IDP Corner: Week 3
It must be week 3, injuries are starting to trickle into the league, changing the dynamic of offenses and defenses alike. Given this swath of injuries, let’s explore who might have a chance at stepping up in a bigger way this week. And just to stir the pot, I have thrown in a returning player who will make a bigger impact to his team than I think most fantasy players are expecting.
Time to get down to business:
William Gholston: With Sam Bradford out, the Vikings will push the run. Since Delvin Cook is speedy enough, cut backs and end arounds that will target Gholston’s end of the line make him a great one week fill in.
Frostee Rucker: Dallas has said they will re-commit to the run after putting the ball in Ezekiel Elliot’s hands only 8 times last week. Rucker is your tackle leader on the Arizona line, and while the linebackers and defensive backs make plenty of plays, the guys on the line will have to make plays too from time to time.
Paul Worrilow: Don’t call it a comeback, no seriously, don’t. Jarrad Davis does not look like he will be out of the league’s concussion protocol before the start of the game, and while Tahir Whitehead should benefit, he is already a starter and someone else needs to step up, Worrilow is that guy. Davis is the LB that can drop into coverage smoothly in DET so there should be plenty of action over the middle from the Falcons this week.
Calvin Munson: He did a decent job when B.J. Goodson was a late scratch last week. The Eagles will likely push right up the middle on both passes and runs, so Munson should have plenty of work this week too.
Deone Bucannon: Just in case anyone in your league has forgot that he exists, Bucannon is making his season debut. He will be expected to be an every down player again once healthy. For now fade Haason Reddick from starting if you have him, but don’t drop him unless you don’t have room as I expect him to come on strong as the season gets past game 8 or 10.
P.J. Williams: The Saints will not have Marshon Lattimore, and it sounds like Kenny Vaccaro may be on the outs with the coaching staff. Williams was able to put together a nice stat line last week, and I think he’ll be able to keep that rolling this week against the Panthers. If New Orleans does part ways with Vaccaro, depending if it was a trade and who was acquired, Chris Banjo is next on the depth chart.
Jourdan Lewis: With Nolan Carroll out this week, we’ll likely see Carson Palmer try to make some throws to redeem his play of late. Lewis already has one Interception this season, and could have a real chance here. That said, I feel like the opportunity here is more of a one week stream.
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