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Cover 3: Week 3

Glass NFL Logo Over a Dark Football FieldWeek three is already underway after the Giants defeated the Redskins on Thursday Night Football. Last week we saw a lot of sloppy football resulting in a case of fumblitis that I discussed earlier in the week here. Hopefully this week we see some better football played, they are supposed to be professionals after all! I also felt a little disappointed after Monday Night Football, I just wanted more from a week of football. This season is extremely short, so I definitely want some more exciting games to watch! Maybe I’m just greedy, but oh well. Let’s get into this Cover 3 article where I will cover three different games this week!


Fantasy Jackpot Game of the Week—Steelers vs Rams

Le'Veon Bell returns after his two-game suspension

Le’Veon Bell returns after his two-game suspension

The Steelers offense is unbelievable right now, and the week after they put up 43 points, they get Le’Veon Bell back from suspension. Now they arguably have the best running back and wide receiver in the game, and a quarterback with a cannon. Even though their offense is amazing, the defense is less than spectacular. Because of this, I think the Rams will be able to move the ball and put up some points. The Rams also have to be embarrassed after the disaster of a game that happened against the Redskins in week two.

The defense of the Rams is good, but the Steelers offense is just better. Rothlisberger has already racked up 720 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. He will have another good game, but I don’t think he will have to throw quite as much now that they get Le’Veon Bell back. He was fantastic last year, and during the offseason he worked hard to become even quicker and more agile. Look for him to get plenty of rushing and receiving yards week to week from here on out. Big Ben’s favorite target, Antonio Brown, will surely have another great week as he always does. He gained 128 yards last week in the first half! He has 35 straight games of at least five catches for 50 yards, and he will make it 36 on Sunday. I also think tight end Heath Miller is in for another good game. The Rams have given up six catches to the opponent’s starting tight end in each game this season. Miller has 99 yards and a touchdown so far this season, and I think he has a good chance to score again this week.

The Rams will look to rebound from last week’s performance and get things to click for them offensively. The Steelers have given up 623 passing yards, 6 touchdowns, and no interceptions to quarterbacks in both games so far. Rams will obviously need to pass to keep up with the Steelers, so I think Foles will have a pretty good game, and I think he could be a very good, cheap play in daily leagues. He will have to throw to someone, and who has been his leading receiver in both weeks? Jared Cook. That alone makes him a good option, but the Steelers have also struggled against tight ends so far: Gronkowski with 94 yards and three touchdowns, and Vernon Davis with five catches for 62 yards. He will be another cheap option in daily leagues, and it is a good option to pair those two in at least a couple lineups. There are rumors that rookie running back Todd Gurley could make his debut. If he does, I think he will be limited. Tre Mason will be the other running back, and he should be able to find some lanes against Pittsburgh, their front seven is surprisingly softer than Washington’s (oh how the times have changed). If you are really desperate at receiver, you could take Britt or Givens, but I wouldn’t start either with confidence.


Charles Clay returns to Miami to face his former team

Charles Clay returns to Miami to face his former team

“Bad Blood” Game of the Week—Bills vs Dolphins

The “Bad Blood” Game of the Week is between AFC East Rivals: the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins. This will be the 103rd meeting between the two teams with Miami leading the all-time series 85-43-1. This rivalry isn’t like it used to be with Kelly vs Marino, but it should still be a fun game to watch. Much like last week’s “Bad Blood” game, there is a player that made the move from one team to its division rival. The new tight end for the Bills, Charles Clay, will be traveling back to Miami to attempt to put on a show for his former fans. I do think quarterback Tyrod Taylor looks to get Clay involved since he will be a little more motivated than a normal week. The Bills also got running back LeSean McCoy this offseason, he hopes to put his injuries behind him from here on and out and have a good performance this week.

On the other side we will have the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill has had a good season so far with 585 yards and three touchdowns. Since running back Lamar Miller has struggled so far this season (for a couple different reasons) I think Tannehill will look to throw often again Sunday to Rishard Matthews, Jarvis Landry, and Jordan Cameron if he gets past his injury (groin).

Both offenses have been decent this season, but the story has been the defenses with these two teams. Both teams have strong defenses (with strong personalities) that struggled badly last week. Both teams feel like they have something to prove regarding their defenses, but I think the Bills have the better chance to prove it Sunday. No matter the score, look for both tough defenses to be making their mark on the field and getting into it with the offenses. There is no love lost between these two teams.


Must-Watch Showdown—Bengals vs Ravenscin vs bal

This week’s Must-Watch Showdown is between two teams that are very familiar with each other: the Bengals and Ravens. The 0-2 Ravens will look to narrow the gap in the AFC North this week as they host the 2-0 Bengals. Matchups in the AFC North have traditionally been a battle of two tough defenses, and this matchup will be similar to that.

The Bengals enter this game with the 3rd most rushing yards per game with 151, and the 3rd best defense for points against with 16. They escaped last week with a 24-19 win over the Chargers as starting running back, Jeremy Hill, got benched for fumbling twice. I think he will be fine going forward getting the same workload, but he will definitely have a shorter leash since Giovani Bernard has been effective running the ball (6.6 YPC). Tyler Eifert will look to continue his success this season and get into the end zone for the third game in a row. While he has been strong, A.J. Green has just been… blah! He got three catches for 45 yards and a touchdown last week, all in the first quarter. The last three games against the Ravens has gone well for him: 131, 61, and 151 yards with a touchdown in each. I think he is in for a big week against them again. They have to get Green going, much like the Giants needed to do with OBJ when they forced the ball to him last week.

The Ravens enter this game 0-2, and looking empty on offense. Even though Flacco played well last week (384 yards and 2 TDs) it wasn’t enough to beat the Raiders. Offensively they have Forsett in the backfield again this year, and backup Taliaferro will probably miss the game with a foot injury. Veteran Steve Smith Sr. announced that this will be his final season, and he is playing with nothing to lose at this point. He is easily Flacco’s favorite target with second-year tight end Crockett Gilmore and third-year wide receiver Kamar Aiken being the second and third options. The Ravens will still be without rookie wide-out Breshad Perriman (PCL injury). Once they get him back, I think this offense will finally start to hit its stride under Offenseive Coordinator Marc Trestman. Defensively the Ravens struggled last week without their leader, Terrell Suggs. He is out for the season, and the further they get along, the better they will be. They just need to learn how they will need to play without him

The result of this game will come down to which Bengals quarterback we see on Sunday: Good Andy or Bad Andy.dalton

Who do you think will win this game? What did you think of this week’s Cover 3? You can post and questions or comments down below, or talk to me over on Twitter @FantasyFlurry! If you mention that you read the Cover 3 article, I’ll be sure to give you a shout-out!

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