Another week in the books! Week 2 saw some great performances, along with some flops. Before we get into my picks for week 3, I will review my week 2 choices.
For overvalued, I chose Thomas Rawls, Javarius Allen, Martavis Bryant and Stefon Diggs. Rawls and Diggs flopped as I suspected, but Allen and Bryant were week 2 stars.
For the undervalued picks, I went with Terrance West, Tyrell Williams, Adam Thielen and Kerwyn Williams. West got off to a good start before fading due to injury, but the other three were pretty lackluster.
While you’re taking a look at the Undervalued and Overvalued players of the week, don’t forget to check out our Staff Rankings!
Week 3 Undervalued and Overvalued Fantasy Players
DeMarco Murray, Tennessee Titans (RB27)
This first one comes with a caveat. If Murray goes through the week without practicing, I want no part of him. However, if reports are good and Murray seems healthy, I will be rolling him out as a low-end RB2. This home game against the Seahawks is a big one for the Titans.
And in order to win, they need to be at their best. While Derrick Henry has been effective this season, he is not the three- down capable back the Murray is. With his ability to run and pass- catch, Murray will need a sizeable role in order for the Titans to win against this strong defense. If healthy, Murray should be undervalued here.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts (RB26)
Gore, along with the rest of the Colts, has been underwhelming this season. But week 3 could be a bright spot for their season. After a competitive showing against the Cardinals in week 2, they get to face off against the Browns at home. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett will have another week under his belt and the Colts should at least be able to find the end zone.
With a weak Cleveland defense and a young quarterback, the Colts should be able to rely on the run game to balance things out. At the very least, the game script should not hurt the Colts, leaving some room for Gore to get sufficient touches and a chance to find the end zone. He’s not my favorite choice, but at least has the opportunity to be an RB2 this week.
Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (WR32)
This one, like DeMarco Murray, comes with the guarantee of healthy only. The Packers are not in a great matchup here against the Bengals, but there are plusses. Cobb has already received 15 passes for 145 yards in two games, and Jordy Nelson is banged up as well.
Cobb seems to have regained his role in this Rodgers led offense, and in a home matchup he provides a fairly safe floor. Especially if Nelson is out or limited, Cobb should be looked at as a high volume WR2, particularly in PPR.
Chris Carson, Seattle Seahawks (RB23)
To be completely honest, this is mostly because I’m having a hard time finding overvalued players. Carson has completely taken over the Seattle backfield. Last week he was effective, totaling 93 yards on 20 carries. But I still have my doubts about the Seattle offense, particularly on the road.
Seattle’s offensive line is atrocious, leaving little room to run and even less time for Russell Wilson to pass. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tennessee win the game and to see the Seattle offense struggle again. Even though Carson was able to produce with this line last week, I wouldn’t bank on it consistently just yet.
Brandin Cooks, New England Patriots (WR8)
Show me! So far this season Cooks only has 5 receptions for 125 yards. Even though we know that he can explode at any time, I always have a hard time trusting Cooks. Even more so when he is on a new team, and has yet to have a good showing in two fair, if not good matchups.
Cooks very well may go off this weekend. But against a tough Houston defense, I would feel safer rolling out a high- floor alternative. Start Cooks at your own peril, but be prepared for another 4 catch, sub- 100 yard game from the spotty wideout.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (QB6)
I would temper my expectations for Brees this week. He hasn’t been great so far this season and runs into a tough road matchup here in week 3. The Panthers have faced two poor offenses in Buffalo and San Francisco, but their defense has obviously improved from last year.
Brees not only has been average this season but has struggled over the past couple years against the Carolina defense. He is still probably a QB1, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him underperform this week.