Seeing Through The Smoke- Fantasy Football Week 3 Aww’s And Naw’s

Aww Quarterbacks

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – This is not a homer pick but Allen has been playing well in his first two games of the season. This week, he’s facing a Bengals defense that allowed 19 Fantasy points to Russell Wilson in week one and 27 Fantasy points to Jimmy Garoppolo in week 2.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – This is a no-brainer start. Literally anyone can throw for two touchdowns against the Dolphins.


Naw Quarterbacks

Mitch Trubisky, Chicago Bears (away vs. Washington Redskins) – I truly believe that Trubisky will turn his recent struggles around and play better. He has a good matchup on Monday night against the Redskins but just wait another week until he’s consistent.

Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns (home vs. Los Angeles Rams) – Oh Baker…Baker.  There were high expectations on you, yet you’ve been disappointing a lot of fantasy owners. This week Mayfield is playing at home against the Los Angeles Rams, who have yet to allow a touchdown to an opposing quarterback in match-ups against the Panthers and Saints.


Aww Running Backs

Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. New York Giants) – Barber’s 23 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown last week in Carolina was promising. He will continue in a good matchup against the New York Giants.

David Montgomery, Chicago Bears (away vs. Washington Redskins) – The carries jumped from six in week 1 to 18 in week 2 for Montgomery. With the struggles from quarterback Mitch Trubisky, they will rely more on the run.

Frank Gore, Buffalo Bills (home vs. Cincinnati Bengals) – Here’s an interesting fact: Cincinnati has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running back so far. This is a good matchup for Gore.


Naw Running Backs

Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (home vs. Chicago Bears) – Last week at home against the Cowboys, Peterson rushed 10 times for just 25 yards and a touchdown. Looks like he’ll have a repeated performance without a touchdown against the Bears stingy defense.

Damian Williams, Kansas City Chiefs (home vs. Baltimore Ravens) – I’m not a fan of what I am seeing from Williams so far in two weeks. He has also been spotted limping around in practice, so backup LeSean McCoy is looking more likely to handle the workload this week against the Ravens.


Aww Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (home vs. Detroit Lions) – With starting wide receivers Alshon Jeffrey and DeSean Jackson out on injuries, Agholor will get plenty of targets.

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (home vs. Pittsburgh Steelers) – I cannot believe I am putting Evans here because he should be in your starting lineup anyway but there’s no way Evans can have three straight bad weeks.


Naw Wide Receivers

Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns (home vs. Los Angeles Rams) – You would think having Odell Beckham Jr. on the opposite side would create more targets for Landry but he’s been an afterthought in the last two games.

Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins (home vs. Chicago Bears) – With all of the big play guys on the defensive line, quarterback Case Keenum won’t have time to throw any deep balls to McLaurin.


Aww Tight Ends

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers (away vs. Arizona Cardinals) – Stats don’t lie but so far in the two games Arizona played, opposing tight ends had over 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Start Olsen.

Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh Steelers (away vs. San Francisco 49ers) – Last week with backup and now starting quarterback Mason Rudolph, McDonald scored two touchdowns. Could be a favorite target this weekend against the 49ers.


Naw Tight Ends

Trey Burton, Chicago Bears (away vs. Washington Redskins) – In last week’s game against the Broncos, Burton caught just two passes for five yards.  He should see an increase as he is still recovering from a groin injury but until Trubisky plays better, continue to sit Burton on the bench.

Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts (home vs. Atlanta Falcons) – Ebron is looking more like a touchdown or bust type of player early in the season with just seven catches for 33 yards in two games.


Aww Team Defense

Dallas Cowboys (home vs. Miami Dolphins) – Just mark at least 25-30 fantasy points for the Cowboys defense alone as this should be a breeze against an inept Miami offense.


Naw Team Defense

Baltimore Ravens (away vs. Kansas City Chiefs) – Even without wide receiver Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs will find a way to score over 30 plus points against the Ravens.

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