Another week of fantasy football action is upon us, and it can only get more unpredictable from here. Seriously, we saw the likes of Larry Fitzgerald, Travis Benjamin and DeAngelo Williams all score three touchdowns in week two. That’s just crazy.
Not only were those guys low in the week two fantasy player rankings, but a lot of fantasy owners probably had them glued to their bench. Heck, in a good amount of leagues, those dudes were on the waiver wire. D-Will’s two-week run of dominance ends with the return of Le’Veon Bell, but we must proceed into week three with caution when it comes to Fitz and Benjamin – both not to completely ignore them, and also not to overreact to their big week two performances.
Along with that comes some tasty matchups for some studs (Tom Brady/Gronk vs Jaguars) and some duds (Andrew Luck vs Titans). It’s anyone’s guess how it all shakes out, but we’ll lean on logic to sort through the ugliness. Let’s break down each position by pointing out a lock, bust and sleeper for week three, then feel free to peruse my week three player rankings:
Quarterback – Tom Brady is my stud for the week. The Jags got lit up last week and Brady has a sick 7:0 TD to INT ratio. He’s a man on a mission and I doubt he lets up this week. My dud is Ryan Tannehill, who could still be fine but I bet an angry Bills defense keeps him in check. Johnny Manziel was my favorite sleeper last week and he has another good home matchup with the Raiders – provided he’s starting.
Running Back – Adrian Peterson is going to go nuts this week. San Diego’s run defense hasn’t been very good and he looked like his old self last week. I like another 100+ yard day and this week he gets a score or two. My dud is DeMarco Murray, who I just can’t get behind. Obviously he’s been awful, but I can’t see him turning it around on the road against a nasty Jets defense. Latavius Murray may not qualify as a true sleeper, but he’s in my top-10. That feels bold enough. I like him plenty against a beatable Browns run defense.
Wide Receiver – Demaryius Thomas has been letting Emmanuel Sanders get most of the stats so far and I think he wrecks this week. Detroit has not been good in general on defense so I think DT gets them for 1-2 scores. I still like Sanders, too. I’m staying away from Jordan Matthews this week. The Darrelle Revis impact has been very real for two straight weeks. Davante Adams is my favorite wide receiver sleeper for the week. The Chiefs should be more focused on Randall Cobb and Eddie Lacy if he plays, while Aaron Rodgers tends to spread things around. After not scoring in the first two games, I like Adams to have a big game on Monday Night Football.
Tight End – Look no further than Rob Gronkowski to be the top tight end this week. It’s absolutely possible the Pats wreck early and simply don’t need Gronk, but he should still be quite good even if that does happen. The Rams are stingy as balls against tight ends, so I’m not a fan of Heath Miller this week. The return of Le’Veon Bell could sap some targets, too. My favorite tight end sleeper is Austin Seferian-Jenkins, if he can still be considered one. The Texans have had difficulty keeping tight ends in check. If you need a deeper sleeper, try Jared Cook on for size. He’s had a decent role and the Rams should have to throw a good amount against the Steelers this week.
Kicker – Kickers fluctuate so much, this doesn’t even matter. I like the Pats a lot this week, though, which should make Stephen Gostkowski the top kicker. Steve Hauschka could also be busy at home against the Bears. I’d really avoid Jason Myers though. Jacksonville showed nice life last week but New England on the road doesn’t feel great to me. A sleeper kicker is Josh Lambo, who operates in a solid Chargers offense.
Defense – Jimmy Clausen is headed for Seattle, making the Seahawks the top defensive play of the week and it might not be close. I hate the Jags this week, as they head to New England to try to be the first team to silence Tom Brady. Doubtful. Cleveland remains a solid streaming/sleeper option, as their pass defense could give Derek Carr and the Raiders fits.