Fantasy Football Week 3 — Jets Bad at Football
Like many of you, I spent much of my day today watching the fantasy football developmental league, otherwise known as college football. It got me ready to set my lineups for week 3. Here are the players that I’m excited about this week, particularly in daily formats. I’ll give the players along with their Draft Kings prices, though the advice is certainly applicable in yearlong leagues as well.
Jay Cutler, Miami ($6,100)
This might be the Dolphins fan in me talking, but there’s not reason that Miami shouldn’t absolutely cream the Jets this weekend. He’s prime to outperform his value against a poor Jets defense. In season-long, if you’re worried about starting Marcus Mariota this week (you should be), Cutler’s a great option.
Derek Carr ($6,800)
Carr has looked great this season, and his receiver corps has looked fantastic. The Raiders and Washington professional football team’s match is prime to be a high scoring affair, and both QB’s are going to be beneficiaries of a lot of opportunity.
Andy Dalton ($5,100)
Talk about bargain basement prices. Players who are priced higher than Dalton include the injured Sam Bradford and Andrew Luck, as well as Jimmy Garoppolo. The Bengals are going to be playing from behind in Green Bay, and Dalton’s going to throw upwards of 35 passes.
Le’Veon Bell ($8,800)
Saying that Bell is a bargain might sound odd, but his price hasn’t been this low in a while, and I’m willing to bet that this game against Chicago will be a good bounce-back opportunity. He’s worth paying up for.
Frank Gore ($4,200)
Gore won’t be catching many passes, making him a bit of a liability in the Draft Kings PPR format, but Marlon Mack, the only other RB of note in Indianapolis, is out for their game against Cleveland.
Alvin Kamara ($4,000)
The Saints are going to have to keep up with the Panthers, and Kamara is the Saints passing down back. If this season is any indicator, he’ll be used at least heavily enough to make up for his price. His ceiling is lowered by his not being likely to score, making Kamara a better option in 50/50’s or head-to-heads than tournaments.
Kelvin Benjamin ($6,700)
The Saints defense is bad. It’s the law of the land. Benjamin is going to have a big day at the helm of a productive receiving corps. He’s not an amazing PPR WR, but he’s prime for at least one score this week, making him an amazing option. If you’re really looking for a deep sleeper at WR, Devin Funchess ($4,200) is another great option.
Jarvis Landry ($6,800) and Devante Parker ($6,300)
Remember when I said Cutler was going to be an amazing play this week? The Jets haven’t gotten any better since the top of the article, and these two are who Cutler will be throwing to. Landry is the better cash game play, as he’ll catch more passes, and Parker’s boom potential makes him the better tournament play.
DeAndre Hopkins ($6,200)
Hopkins has 29 targets on the season. He gets thrown to a lot. That will not change.
Danny Amendola ($5,400)
Until he was knocked out of the Patriot’s week 1 matchup, Amendola’s 6 rec’s for 100 yards made him seem like the new de facto Julian Edelman. In the spirit of buying low, I’ll be getting shares of Amendola until everyone else realizes the role he has in this offense.
Rashard Higgins ($4,000)
Higgins had 11 targets last week in relief of the injured Corey Coleman. With Kenny Britt seeming, just… old… Higgins is the new #1 receiver in Cleveland. The matchup against Indy is pretty solid, and he’s my bargain of the week.
Jack Doyle ($3,600)
Indianapolis doesn’t have much going for it on offense. T.Y. Hilton is the only other player on the field who will seriously compete for targets against the Browns, and I expect Doyle to be a popular option as Jacoby Brissett works his way into being comfortable in his interim QB role.
Hunter Henry ($3,900)
With Eric Berry injured for the season, the Chiefs are going to have issues covering Henry. I don’t think the offensive line is going to be able to protect Phillip Rivers for long, so Henry will be getting some extra targets.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins ($3,000)
This one might be a week too early, as there’s some talk of Seferian-Jenkins not being in the best shape, and he might be eased into this game. He’s going to emerge as the most targeted receiver for the Jets, and the only question is whether that happens this week or not.
The buccaneers are my defense of the week. Sam Bradford is hurt, and the Tampa offense is better than you think.
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