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

Aww Quarterbacks

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – The hottest name off the waiver wire, who should definitely be considered as a fantasy starter this Monday night at home against a bad Steelers defense.

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (home vs. New England Patriots) – If Blake Bortles can throw for 377 passing yards and four touchdowns with his receiver core, what do you think Stafford can do with Tate, Jones and Galloway at home?? Let’s hope he doesn’t get flashbacks from Week 1.


Naw Quarterbacks

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (away vs. Seattle Seahawks) – This will be the Seahawks first home game, so it’s doubtful Prescott puts up a big fantasy stat line to make you feel comfortable starting him. No one should have Prescott as a fantasy starting quarterback anyway!

Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – The Eagles defense always plays well at home and they’ll be extra hype to play against their former coordinator Frank Reich.


Aww Running Backs

Corey Clement, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Indianapolis Colts) – If Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are out, Clement should be a great flex play against the Colts. He’ll also have Carson Wentz back, which he’ll be relied on more often.

Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – After two weeks in the season, Breida leads all running backs in rushing yards. Alfred Morris still has a few more touches than Breida but if the Chiefs get ahead early, he’ll be used a lot more which will help his fantasy stats.

Sony Michel, New England Patriots (away vs. Detroit Lions) – It’s rare that I would put a New England Patriots running back as an “Aww” but I like Michel’s matchup this week in Motown. If the Lions trail in this game as expected, we could see the Patriots lean on Michel to continue increasing his reps.


Naw Running Backs

LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (away vs. Minnesota Vikings) – His ribs are hurt, the offense is a mess and the matchup is even worse playing against the Vikings.

Royce Freeman, Denver Broncos (away vs. Baltimore Ravens) – Lindsay is a bit safer than Freeman since he plays on third downs but this committee is hurting Freeman’s value. They have a tough matchup away against the Ravens.


Aww Wide Receivers

Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – In the first game without Greg Olsen last week, Funchess saw nine targets for seven catches and 77 yards against the Falcons. That should continue with Funchess and McCaffrey the only options for Cam Newton in the passing game.

DeSean Jackson, Tampa Bay Bucs (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – Keep starting Jackson till reality hits him and the team. He has a great rapport with Fitzpatrick in an excellent matchup against the Steelers.


Naw Wide Receivers

Keelan Cole, Jacksonville Jaguars (home vs. Tennessee Titans) – Cole has been picked up off waivers in a ton of fantasy leagues after last week’s game against the Patriots but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Jaguars are a run-first offense and with Leonard Fornette back in the lineup this week, passing will be limited.

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (away vs. Jacksonville Jaguars) – If Marcus Mariota plays, Davis may have similar fantasy numbers as Chris Hogan last week in garbage time. If not, there’s no hope.


Aww Tight Ends

Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks (home vs. Dallas Cowboys) – Dissly has scored a touchdown in his first two games this season as he’s becoming more involved in the passing game.

O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – The Steelers defense is horrible and couldn’t stop Travis Kelce last week at home. Fitzpatrick/Howard connection should have a field day.


Naw Tight Ends

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts (away vs. Philadelphia Eagles) – Here’s an interesting fact: Since last season, the Eagles defense has only allowed six points to opposing tight ends at home. I do think he’ll break this slump but teammate Eric Ebron has been scoring the touchdowns.

Tyler Efiert, Cincinnati Bengals (away vs. Carolina Panthers) – Before the season began, head coach Marvin Lewis only wanted Eifert to play 30 plus snaps due to his past injuries. He’s splitting snaps with Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah, so his upside is limited.


Aww Team Defense

Chicago Bears (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – The Bears defense should definitely shut down Sam Bradford this weekend in a must start. I wonder if Coach Steve Wilks will say at the press conference “They are who we thought they were.”


Naw Team Defense

Los Angeles Chargers (away vs. Los Angeles Rams) – The Chargers are still without Joey Bosa plus they cannot stop the Rams high-powered offense.

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