Fantasy Football Week 3 Aww’s And Naw’s: Not Your Usual Suspects

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Aww Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Stafford will be forced to throw a lot to keep up in a shootout with Matt Ryan and the Falcons. He plays well at home and should continue his hot start this week.

Trevor Siemian, Denver Broncos (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – Siemian has looked great through two games at home, as he’s scored at least 25 fantasy points against the Chargers and Cowboys. What will he do for an encore? Let’s see this Sunday as he play against the Buffalo Bills.

Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (home vs. New Orleans Saints) – This may seem cliché, but start any quarterback that plays against the Saints this season. Losing Greg Olsen to a broken toe will hurt, but Newton should still post good numbers.


Naw Quarterbacks

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Tennessee Titans) – Here’s an interesting stat – Wilson has averaged only 14 fantasy points per game in September the past three seasons. The offense is struggling right now and Russell will bounce back….just not this week.

Eli Manning, New York Giants (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Manning has looked awful in his past two games and now he goes to Philadelphia who plays good defense at home. The Eagles should be able to put plenty of pressure on Manning, who in the last four games in Philly, has averaged 235 yards with two touchdown passes, five picks and two fumbles.


Aww Running Backs

Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – This is just a gut feeling after what I saw last week against the Giants. If Abdullah gets 17-20 carries, he can hurt the Falcons, especially with his catching ability.

Javorius “Buck” Allen, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – There’s no official word if starting running back, Terence West will be playing in London, but even if he plays, Buck has outplayed West in the last two games. He leads the Ravens in backfield snaps and touches. I expect Allen to continue his hot play this weekend.

CJ Anderson, Denver Broncos (away vs. Buffalo Bills) – He’s proven to be the number one running back in Denver over the past two weeks and I think he’ll continue to shine in a good matchup against the Bills. Buffalo has given up an average of almost 28 points per game to running backs on their home field last season.


Naw Running Backs

All New Orleans Saints RB’s (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Doesn’t matter if it’s Peterson, Ingram, or Kamara….it’s a big headache and I’m avoiding them all.

All Cincinnati Bengals RB’s (away vs. Green Bay Packers) – The Packers normally play good defense at home and being that the Bengals has not scored an offensive touchdown yet, I’m avoiding Mixon, Bernard, and Hill this week.


Aww Wide Receivers

Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (away vs. New York Jets) – Here’s an interesting fact. The Jets have allowed the fourth-most yards per catch to slot receivers (12.6) and the fifth-most slot TDs (12) since the start of last season. Landry got a little banged up last week with a knee injury but should be a go against the Jets.

Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers (home vs. New Orleans Saints) – Benjamin has struggled this year with no touchdowns, and his best game was Week two against Buffalo with six catches for 77 yards on eight targets. He should go off this week in a big way against the Saints poor defense.

J.J. Nelson, Arizona Cardinals (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – J.J. has been playing well in his first two games this season and as long as John Brown is out with a quad injury, Nelson is a must play.


Naw Wide Receivers

Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Most fantasy owners will start Dez no matter what but he will be guarded by one of the best cornerbacks in the league in Patrick Patterson. The last time they battled, Bryant had just two catches for 15 yards…OUCH!

Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Maclin has been solid so far this season and he’s clearly been the No. 1 receiver for the Ravens as expected. But he should struggle this week against a very good Jaguars secondary.


Aww Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett, Green Bay Packers (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – He’s bound to play a bigger role even if Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb plays Sunday. He’s due for a touchdown for the first time with Green Bay against the Bengals.

Benjamin Watson, Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – Watson led the Ravens in targets in Week 2 against the Browns with eight and he finished with eight catches for 91 yards. The Jaguars gave up six catches for 91 yards and two total touchdowns to the Titans tight ends last week.


Naw Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks (away vs. Tennessee Titans) – He’s hurt and may miss the game. Russell Wilson has not clicked with Jimmy yet in their first two games.

Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Denver Broncos) – Even though Jason Witten just beat up Denver for 10 catches, 97 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets in Week 2, the Broncos also held the Chargers tight ends to two catches for 17 yards on three targets in Week 1.


Aww Team Defense

Green Bay Packers (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – If there’s any week to start the Packers defense is this week against the poorly offense of Cincinnati, who has not scored an offensive touchdown this season.


Naw Team Defense

Houston Texans (away vs. New England Patriots) – Tom Brady at home? Heck no.

Raphael Haynes

Atlanta, GA

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