The Best Fantasy Matchups of Week 3
Another week, and another tie. I really wish the NFL could do something different about that but as of now, we just have to live with the fact that there are four teams that have a “1” in the tie column. So, what did we learn about last week? The Bills are still bad, Andy Dalton is… a quarterback?! and Pat Mahomes is a literal torch at this point. Let’s jump right into the matchups for week three.
San Francisco 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 55.0 (Arrowhead Stadium)
At this point, what is there to say that hasn’t been said already? The Chiefs offense looks unstoppable and their defense looks awful. This bodes well for anyone that has Mahomes, Kelce, Hunt, and even some Sammy Watkins on their team. There is nothing saying that Mahomes doesn’t throw for three or more TD’s again this week. He’s got a 143.3 passer rating, hasn’t thrown an interception and has 10, yes count them, 10 passing touchdowns through two weeks. If you think that this offense is going to slow down, especially at home, you’re mistaken. The 49ers are getting Reuben Foster back this week after a two-game suspension, so that will help, but not a whole lot. Fire up those Chiefs this week.
New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons – 1:00 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 53.5 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
So, I guess the Browns are just going to be a good defense this year and they showed us that last week against the Saints. This week, however, the Saints take on the Falcons in what should be a shootout. The Falcons will be without Safety Keanu Neal and Linebacker Deion Jones. Drew Brees and company should go into Atlanta and have a monster week. Kamara and Thomas should feast on this secondary and Brees will be Brees. Drew Brees has thrown five touchdowns and no interceptions through his first two games and I don’t think he’ll have a problem padding the passing TD stat line on Sunday. Honestly, on the other side of the ball, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Tevin Coleman are the guys I’d look to target everywhere I can. Julio will do Julio things and probably have another monster game. The only downside to Julio is his touchdowns. The Falcons need to feed Julio the ball in the end zone. Tevin Coleman will be the lead back this week with Freeman out. Last week Coleman had 16 rushing attempts for 107 yards and four receptions for just 18 yards. Don’t let the receptions stat line from last week fool you. He will get work and you can feel safe starting him up everywhere.
New England Patriots vs Detroit Lions – 8:20 PM ET Kickoff, O/U 53.5 (Ford Field)
Tom Brady had a down week but we can simply chalk that up to the seller defense that is Jacksonville. This week, however, he’ll be facing a defense that let Sam Darnold throw for two touchdowns. I should just stop here, but I won’t. Brady should be able to pick apart this bad defense of the Lions with ease. Rob Gronkowski will give a few Gronk Smashes in the end zone this week as well. Now, here comes the tricky part. The Patriots wide receivers. We don’t know if Josh Gordon is going to play and even if he does, I’d be a little hesitant to put him in my lineup this week just for the fact of how little practice time he’s had with the offense since being traded from the Browns this week. Instead, let us look at Chris Hogan. In week one he had just 11 receiving yards, week two he had 42 receiving yards but two TDs. I really don’t know what to expect from Chris Hogan this week but you can’t sit him. If he does have a big game, maybe another two-touchdown performance, I’d would be looking for someone to trade with. Maybe Phillip Dorsett will be the guy this week? Who knows. I’d try and stay away from the WR position this week. However, Sony Michel looks like the guy to own in the Pats backfield right now and he will be facing the defense that gave up 190 rushing yards last week to the 49ers. I’d feel confident starting Michel and I’d be okay with flexing Rex Burkhead in the off chance that they give him the goal line carries.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 8:15 PM Kickoff, O/U 53.5 (Raymond James Stadium)
This is the Monday Night Football game and man, are we going to be in for one high scoring affair. Connor McGreg… oh sorry, Ryan Fitzpatrick is just a man on fire right now. He’s thrown back-to-back 400-yard games and back-to-back four-touchdown games. You need to play him until this fire dies. DeSean Jackson has gone two straight games with over 100 receiving yards and at least a TD in both. Did you see what KC did to the Steelers last week? It’s going to happen again and Fitzmagic is going to do it. Mike Evans is obviously a must start as well as he also had a TD in back-to-back games. The Bucs can’t run so what are they going to do? Throw! Chris Godwin is another guy that has seen a touchdown in each of his first two games as well. Just start them all and never look back. On the Steelers side of the ball, it’s like Cirque du Soleil in the locker room but don’t let that bother you when filling out your starting lineups. Give me all of the Juju someone can handle. He’s had over 100 receiving yards in both of his games and he could be in for another one this week. Antonio Brown is a no-brainer here so I’m just going to move on to James Conner and Jesse James. Conner is making it look easy out there. He’s utilized in the rushing and passing game and is a must start against the Bucs. The Steelers really try and get him the ball as much as possible and Ben likes to check down to his RB and his TE which is why I’m totally okay with a Jesse James start this week as well. Now, he may not get another 138 yards and a touchdown this week but Ben loves his wild Wild West tight end, Jesse James. James caught all five of his targets last week and I look for Big Ben to use him a lot again in what just may be the game of the week. One last thing, I know that Ben Roethlisberger’s home/road splits are the best and we are looking at away Big Ben this week but I still think he’s going to get the job done. If you have a player on either of these teams, and they’re fantasy relevant. Use them.