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Hype/Gripe: Week 3

Injuries…ugh. I get that injuries are a part of the game, but what happened last week was unbelievable. It was not just the amount of injuries across the league, it was the amount of injuries to key offensive players, which is obviously what we care about most in the fantasy-world. If I had to write a book about what happened last week, I would name the book “Running Back Genocide.” That’s basically what it was! The amount of chaos heading into week three is at a completely different level, so I just hope I can help you figure out all of your problems before the games start. Let me clarify…your FANTASY problems. You’re on your own with your real-world issues. ANYWAYS…

In this article, I will be hyping up some players this week, but also will share some gripes on a few others. There is one thing I need to stress: this is not a start/sit article. You can use it as a tool to decide who to start/sit, but not every “hype” means “start,” and vice versa. All “hype” means is I think that player will out-perform their current value and projections. This means I think a player who is a “gripe” will under-perform based on their current value and projections. Questions, comments, or discussion? You can do that in the comment section, or continue this conversation on Twitter @FantasyFlurry.


Quarterbacks Who Are Hyped for Week 3

Matt Ryan, vs NO: Who would’ve predicted Matt Ryan to be the #1 QB in fantasy through two weeks? Well he is, and he faces-off against the Saints on Monday Night Football. After two games, the Saints have given up the third-most passing yards at 336 per game.

Russell Wilson, vs SF: Wilson and the Seahawks have struggled offensively so far, but he should bounce-back this week against a 49er secondary that is mediocre at best. As long as the offensive line can keep Wilson off of his back, he should put together a solid game.

If You’re Desperate: Ryan Tannehill, who could be without a running game, will play the Browns in Miami. The offense started to look much better last week after they got DeVante Parker involved. He finished with 23 fantasy points last week, and I expect him to get at least that against the Browns.


Quarterbacks Who Get Gripes for Week 3

Andy Dalton, vs DEN: Dalton hasn’t been too bad, but he’s also only played the Jets and Steelers, who both have struggled in pass defense. Try to avoid QBs who play Denver, and really avoid them if their last name is Dalton.

Derek Carr, vs TEN: The Titans are not a great football team, but their defense actually isn’t too bad. Their run defense is better than their pass defense, but I expect the entire Raiders team to struggle here.

NFL: New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys

Running Backs Who Are Hyped for Week 3

Ezekiel Elliott, vs CHI: The already banged-up Bears’ defense lost Danny Trevathan last Monday night. That will be a big loss for their run defense, and it couldn’t be at a worse time since they go up against the Cowboys’ offensive line. Obviously, this is all good new for Elliott. Also, this is the Sunday night game, and Elliott seems like one of those players who would play better during prime time.

Melvin Gordon, vs IND: 1) Gordon is back to playing like the Melvin Gordon in college. 2) With the injury to Woodhead, Gordon’s touches will rise at least a little. 3) The Colts’ defense is not that good.

If You’re Desperate: Giovani Bernard could be sneaky-good this week. Yes he plays against Denver, but I think Bernard will find some success catching the ball. The Colts’ RBs combined for eight catches for 48 yards with a score, and Bernard is a much better receiving back than those two. The Broncos’ defense looks strong again this season, but I believe one area that got worse is the linebackers, especially their lateral quickness. Bernard should be able to exploit that matchup at least a couple times.


Running Backs Who Get Gripes for Week 3

Ryan Mathews, vs PIT: The Steelers give up only 50 rushing yards per game, and if you take away Mathews’ two touchdowns on Monday night, he didn’t have a very good game. The main reason for his poor performance was workload: 10 total touches for Mathews, and 14 for Darren Sproles. This is no accident. The Eagles want to get split the touches in the backfield to keep Mathews healthy, and it’s a way to expose matchups. The Steelers are a great run defense, so it would make more sense for the Eagles to use the smaller, quicker Sproles out of the backfield more often on Sunday.

Latavius Murray, vs TEN: Refer to Derek Carr above. Murray is already losing carries, but now he actually plays against a pretty good run defense too.


Wide Receivers Who Are Hyped for Week 3

Brandin Cooks, vs ATL: If Brandin Cooks is at home, you play him. The guy is money! In his past six home games, Cooks has gone for 37-653-8. This equals out to 18.88 fantasy points per game in standard leagues, and 25.05 in PPR.

DeVante Parker, vs CLE: Parker returned last week against the Patriots and had a great second half to finish with eight catches for 106 yards. This week he faces a worse defense, and with the struggles of the running game, the Dolphins will pass early and often.

If You’re Desperate: Phillip Dorsett is now the #2 option in the Colts’ offense after the injury to Moncrief, so this means a boost in targets for Dorsett. CB Jason Verrett is no joke for the Chargers, but I expect the Colts to shift their WRs around during the game.


Wide Receivers Who Get Gripes for Week 3

A.J. Green, vs DEN: I dislike his QB and I dislike him this week. I know that the only chance the Bengals have to be successful on offense is to feed Green the ball. Unfortunately, the Broncos know this too. Green continues to disappear randomly during games, and I think he will disappear for all four quarters here.

Amari Cooper, vs TEN: I guess I’m on the Raiders’ hate train this week! These players are valued so highly, and I think they come up short. Again, this is not a start/sit column, I just believe Amari Cooper will under-perform.

San Francisco 49ers v Tennessee Titans

Tight Ends Who Are Hyped for Week 3

Delanie Walker, vs OAK: When will the Raider hate stop? Nobody knows! The Raiders have given up the most passing yards per game (404). The Titans’ leading pass-catcher is Delanie Walker. He’s my #1 ranked TE this week, and if you have him, you’re playing him. Walker will actually be a great play in DFS leagues this week too, so put him in your lineup. If you win, just remember who “hyped” him up!

Jacob Tamme, vs NO: Tamme is surprisingly the #2 TE in fantasy so far. He goes up against a weak Saints defense on Monday night, and I expect a lot of points to be scored on both sides! A Ryan/Tamme stack in DFS is another great strategy this week.

If You’re Desperate: Eric Ebron goes up against a Packer defense that has given up a touchdown to a tight end in each of the first two weeks. After the injury to Ameer Abdullah, I expect the Lions to pass even more than they usually do.


Tight Ends Who Get Gripes for Week 3

Jesse James, vs PHI: James has been fine so far, but the hype on him has been kind of crazy, don’t you think? He will catch a couple passes, but you’re banking on a touchdown this week for him to have value, and I don’t think he gets it.

Julius Thomas, vs BAL: The Ravens’ defense has looked pretty good so far this season. Thomas has been one of the best tight ends in fantasy so far, but WR Allen Robinson has been terrible for the Jaguars. I think the Jaguars try to get him more involved this week as they go for their first win, so this will mean less targets for Thomas.


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