We had another good week in Week 3. The return of Lamar Miller and A.J. Green hurt a few of our candidates, however the rest clicked on all cylinders. Kirk Cousins had himself a monster day, while the RBs all were given the feature back touches as expected. Donald Brown actually earned a heavier workload due to an injury sustained by Danny Woodhead. Allen Robinson played very well and Mohamed Sanu threw a TD pass to Andy Dalton (yes, you read that correctly). After a good start to the season, we’ll try to keep it going.
Note: Players from last week such as Brown and Cousins will not appear again this week. Although they are still excellent adds.
QB Teddy Bridgewater – MIN
We were all waiting to see which of the top three QBs would get their shot to start first. Next week it looks like we’ll have two of them starting. Bridgewater was my personal highest ranked rookie QB. His great accuracy and football I.Q. was on full display at Louisville. As a senior he had a completion percentage of 71.0 and accounted for 32 TDs and just four interceptions. Yesterday, after Matt Cassel was forced to leave with multiple fractures in his foot, Bridgewater went 12-of-20 for 150 yards and added 27 yards on the ground. He is not someone you want to plug in to your starting lineup immediately, nevertheless he could prove to be a much better option than many stashed QB2s.
QB Blake Bortles – JAX
Bortles is of course that other first-rounder getting his first start next week. The preseason star had an up-and-down first game. He entered the second half of the Jags Week 3 blowout loss. He went 14-of-24 for 223 yards, 30 yards on the ground, two TDs and two interceptions. He has a lot of talented young WRs to throw to. If Bortles and the likes of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee can all grow and develop together, they could be a formidable passing threat. Bortles has a ton of upside and is worth stashing on your bench.
Note: He faces the Falcons next week and could earn a lot of trade value.
RB Lorenzo Taliaferro – BAL
We all kind of knew Taliaferro was better than the lackluster combination of Bernard Pierce and Justin Forsett. It was always more of a matter of when not if. When, was Week 3. With Pierce sidelined with a thigh injury, the stage was set for Taliaferro’s coming out party. He was given 18 carries for 91 yards and a TD. It’s hard to imagine a situation moving forward in which he is not given the bulk of the carries in Baltimore. There is no reason for Forsett or Pierce to get more touches. It may be somewhat of a committee, but Taliaferro is definitely their most talented RB.
WR Miles Austin- CLE
For the second straight week Austin caught six passes and a TD. He appears to be the guy Brian Hoyer looks for in the end zone. Andrew Hawkins is earning more targets but not scoring TDs. Assuming Austin stays healthy and continues to be utilized in the same way, Austin could be a nice bye week flex and desperation fill-in. The Browns offense in general has been much better than most people anticipated. This team has a lot of fantasy value on it and should not be cast aside.
TE Owen Daniels – BAL
Unfortunately Dennis Pitta is likely out for the rest of the season with a dislocated and possibly fractured hip. This leaves Daniels as possibly the most “sure thing” waiver wire add on this list. With Pitta there, and earning a lot of targets, Daniels was already averaging 4.5 catches and one TD per game. He didn’t do much week 3, only catching one pass, however the injury to Pitta skyrockets his value. He could become a legitimate low-end TE1 and at the very least a solid TE2. If you are desperate for TE help, add this man immediately.
Long Shot of the Week
WR Stedman Bailey – STL
Bailey’s suspension was lifted and he should have a role in the Rams’ offense Week 5, when they return from their bye. This gives him plenty of time to re-acclimate himself to the team. After being reinstated late last week, he did not factor in to the offense. The fact of the matter is Bailey is the Rams most talented WR and that will begin to show in their next game. He came on very strong late last season, and much like at West Virginia, Bailey will prove to be a superior WR to Tavon Austin.