It’s time for your Studs and Duds Week 3 edition and already we’re dealing with an insane number of injured fantasy stars. Mix in the number of big names that just fell flat last week, and it’s the perfect combination for a miserable fantasy week. Need advice on replacing your injured studs or bouncing back from an 0-2 start? Check out The Fantasy Authority Podcast Episode 62 where we covered just that.
How about that TJ Yeldon dud call-out last week?! Kevin Steele and Jeff Donovan were shocked I was right on that one. I’m sure everyone else was too. It was a match made in heaven vs. that atrocious Chargers defense. There’s just something about Yeldon I’m not too impressed with, and at one point the fantasy community was with me in that sentiment. I’m not sure when that hype train started rolling again. I can say this, Chris Ivory is going to be money when he gets healthy.
My worst call of week 2 was probably in the same game. I thought for sure Philip Rivers would take a step back. He already lost his WR1 and WR2, then he loses Woodhead mid-game, and the dude still puts up 4 touchdowns. I guess that Jaguars defense isn’t all that impressive after all, or maybe Rivers is just that good? We will see.
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Ok, ok, enough of this long intro bologna, who’s writing this stuff?! Onto the Studs and Duds Week 3… enjoy :).
Marcus Mariota vs. Oakland Raiders
Prime match-up for Mariota here, as the Raiders are allowing 400+ yards and over 3 scores per game to opposing QB’s. Mariota’s been consistent so far this season, averaging 250 yards and 2 scores a game.
Alex Smith vs. New York Jets
Our own Kevin Steele picked Alex Smith to finish as a QB1 this season, which looked great in week 1, then came crashing back down in week 2. The Jets defense, while stout, is not on the same level as the Texans, and Revis Island is mostly under water. I like Alex to go for 275 and 2 scores in this one.
Ryan Tannehill vs. Cleveland Browns
Awful start to last week’s game before finally waking up and putting on a show. Facing the Browns may be what he needs to get his team on track, as they’ve allowed an average of 290 yards and two scores per game. Plus, they’re playing rookie Cody Kessler at QB. Expect Miami to dominate the time of possession in this one.
Derek Carr vs. Tennessee Titans
He’s been extremely impressive so far, throwing for nearly over 300 yards per game and 2 scores through his first two games. Keep in mind though, that was vs. the Falcons and Saints anemic defenses. The Titans have allowed just 250 yards a game and 1 total touchdown to the position, making for Carr’s toughest match yet.
Andy Dalton vs. Denver Broncos
What’s amazing is he has exactly 366 yards passing in each of his first two games. What’s sad is his two total touchdowns. Denver’s defense continues to dominate, holding both Cam Newton and Andrew Luck to 1 touchdown and less than 200 yards each.
Tyrod Taylor vs. Arizona Cardinals
He looked much better vs the Jets than he did in week 1 which must have been a relief to most Bills fans. Sadly, that won’t last long, as Tyrod’s match-up vs. the Cardinals will be his hardest test yet. After an embarrassing week 1 vs. the Patriots, the Cardinals defense came out and dominated Jameis Winston, forcing 4 interceptions just one week after the young gun threw 4 touchdowns.
Mark Ingram vs. Atlanta Falcons
Like many of the RB’s selected early in fantasy drafts this season, Ingram has struggled in his first two games. Consider the struggle over, as this week’s match-up is a dream. The Falcons have allowed 177 total yards, 9 receptions and 1 score a game to opposing backs.
Isaiah Crowell vs. Miami Dolphins
We talked about Crowell this offseason as one of the most overlooked players in drafts, often going undrafted. Crowell has shown so far that he deserved to be drafted. With back to back double digit performances and a pristine match-up vs. a Dolphins defense that’s allowing over 120 yards per game on the ground, I like Crowell to continue his success in week 3.
Matt Forte vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Well, hello there Matt Forte! How impressive was that game vs. the Bills? Expecting him to slow down? Think again. The Chiefs defense has been struggling, allowing over 150 total yards and more than 1 score per game to opposing RB’s, 6th worst in the league.
Running Back Duds
Cameron Artis-Payne vs. Minnesota Vikings
He’s got the opportunity to produce with Stewart going down and Rivera naming him the starter. Fact is, he’s still going to split carries with Fozzy Whittaker and this match-up is brutal. Minnesota has allowed less than 50 yards/game on the ground and just 4 receptions/game to opposing backs.
Matt Jones vs. New York Giants
Coming off of a decent performance against the Cowboys diminished front 7, I’m sure Jones owners were hopeful there would be an easy match-up on the horizon. That won’t be this week. The Giants revamped front 7 has been a force so far this season, allowing just 65 yards per game on the ground and one score.
Jeremy Hill vs. Denver Broncos
It’s been a rough start for Jeremy Hill, and it’s not getting any easier this week. Lack of opportunities and a brutal defensive match-up are a wicked mix for a bad game. Sorry Hill owners… maybe give Gio a try?
Wide Receiver Studs
Tajae Sharpe vs. Oakland Raiders
What a story Tajae Sharpe has been. Drafted in the 5th round of the 2016 NFL Draft and working his way up to a week 1 starter for the Titans! In two games this season, he’s been targeted 18 times, pulling in 11 receptions for 109 yards. This week is a prime opportunity for him to find the endzone for the first time, as the Raiders defense allowed 5 touchdowns to opposing receivers through just two games.
Nelson Agholor vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Surprise, surprise. Looks like Agholor could be making the leap here in his second season as he seems to have a decent rapport with rookie QB Carson Wentz. In two games this season, he’s been targeted 12 times, pulling in 8 for 99 yards and a score. The Steelers secondary is beatable too, allowing 16 receptions and 200+ yards per game to the WR position this year.
Sterling Shepard vs. Washington Redskins
If you’re still holding off on starting this young stud, you need to get on board asap. In week 2, he doubled his targets from week 1, meaning he’s got Eli’s attention. This week’s match-up is making headlines for the OBJ/Norman face-off, but it’ll be Shepard making noise against a Redskins defense that’s allowed 15+ points to 3 different receivers in PPR formats.
Wide Receiver Duds
Allen Hurns vs. Baltimore Ravens
Hurns has been a solid play in PPR leagues so far, but has left standard owners wanting more. This week he faces off with a Ravens defense, that outside of the Corey Coleman explosion, has allowed very little production to receivers so far.
Sammie Coates vs. Philadelphia Eagles
It’s going to be very tempting to stream or start Coates this week coming off a nice performance last week with 2 receptions for 97 yards. Let’s pump the brakes a little though – that’s not a sustainable work load, getting only 5 targets and making due on just 2 of them. Plus, the Eagles secondary has been doing work, having yet to allow a single touchdown pass to receivers.
Emmanuel Sanders vs. Cincinnati Bengals
I couldn’t understand the Emmanuel Sanders hate during draft season, but after two weeks, it appears it may be warranted. He’s getting the targets, with 16 on the year, but has only pulled in half of them for less than 100 yards and no scores. The Bengals defense just held Antonio Brown in check, and have been solid overall this season, ranking 8th best in points allowed to opposing receivers (PPR).
Tight End Studs
Eric Ebron vs. Green Bay Packers
The TE position overall has had a very slow start to the season, but Ebron has been a bit of a bright spot. He gets looks in the red zone often and pulled in 9 of 12 targets for 99 yards and a TD. The Packers defense has allowed a touchdown to the TE in each of their first two games. I like those odds.
Dwayne Allen vs. San Diego Chargers
He’s likely lost some of his luster after a disappointing week 2, but don’t fret yet Allen owners! The Chargers defense has given up 10+ fantasy points to starting TE’s in each of their first two match-ups (PPR).
Jimmy Graham vs. San Francisco 49ers
Jimmy Graham not only played in 82% of snaps last week, he played pretty well. Pulling in 3 of 4 targets for 42 yards may not seem like much, but for a guy who’s career was very much in question going into this season, that’s pretty darn good. He should be good to go against a 49ers defense that got torched by Greg Olsen last week to the tune of 5 receptions, 122 yards, and a score.
Tight End Duds
Vance McDonald vs. Seattle Seahawks
A touchdown in back to back games for Kevin Steele’s man crush TE, but this week he gets the unenviable task of facing the Seattle Seahawks and the legion of boom. C’mon, being the TE2 overall on just 4 targets is absolutely sustainable right? Ehhh, maybe not.
Martellus Bennett vs. Houston Texans
I really can’t wait to see what Bennett does when Brady gets back, and while he was impressive last week, I expect a big step back this week given the situation. Houston also hasn’t allowed squat vs the TE. They held Chiefs TE Travis Kelce to 34 yards on 5 catches last week.
Jesse James vs. Philadelphia Eagles
He’s been as solid as they come for consistently average points, but this week may be his toughest task yet. The Eagles defense has been on fire, especially vs the TE, holding Gary Barnidge to a goose egg, and keeping Zach Miller in check with just 33 yards on 4 receptions.