Fantasy Football Tips: Gettin’ It In, Week 3
Returning to Form
LA Rams’ RB Todd Gurley must be getting trolled hard by fantasy football GMs again. Last season, Gurley was ranked #1 RB on several pre-draft boards. Then Gurley severely underperformed in the regular season and faced the wrath of fantasy players on social media. Thankfully, Gurley has reverted back to his rookie form. Once again, he is a fantasy football darling and has scored six TDs in three games. Here’s some free fantasy football advice, try to acquire Gurley in your leagues. As LL Cool J would say, “Don’t call it a comeback.”
This week, we continue to try to help the less fortunate and discuss our ‘gettin’ it in’ picks of week 3. We will compare them against ESPN’s Matthew Berry’s week 3 start em’ and sit em’ projections to figure out who really knows what they are talking about.
Matt Stafford vs. the Falcons – Only two other teams besides the Falcons have allowed more fantasy points to QBs this season. Berry expects a high-scoring game, especially on the fast track of Ford Field. The Lions haven’t shown a consistent dedication to the running game. Stafford has led the Lions to a 2-0 record on the strength of his right arm and is creating MVP buzz for his great play. However, take note, the Falcons faced Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers in consecutive weeks. That pair consistently put up big fantasy points on most teams.
The Falcons are still without LB Vic Beasley Jr., but until the Lions develop a more balanced offensive attack, they are not one of the elite teams in the NFC. If you are in a PPR league, Stafford will give you solid numbers for attempts and yardage, but our gut says the Falcons will limit Detroit’s trips to the red zone.
Alex Smith at the LA Chargers – We are surprised that ESPN doesn’t project a big week 3 for Smith and the Chiefs. This rivalry tends to produce shootouts going back to their original AFC roots. With Andy Reid’s more aggressive play calling and speedy playmakers, Smith has been racking up big yards and touchdowns. We expect the trend to continue against the Chargers and a big week for TE Travis Kelce.
Frank Gore (home) vs. the Browns – Berry notes, “the Browns have allowed 4.49 yards per carry since the start of last season. Expect another heavy workload and a top-20 finish from Gore in Week 3.” This matchup is tough to predict. Keep this in mind, there will be no Luck under center and backup QB Jacoby Brissett will be asked to manage the game, rather than push the ball downfield. But, for some reason, we have more faith in the Browns’ run defense and Gore’s advanced age. We would look elsewhere for an RB 1 or 2.
Jay Ajayi at the New York Jets – C’Mon, it’s the Jets. That defense will be on the field too much and will be worn down by halftime. We expect Ajayi to put up big numbers in attempts and production. He is coming off a 122-yard rushing performance in Week 2 against the Chargers and has shown the explosiveness that made him a fantasy sleeper last season. We expect at least 20 fantasy points. Your smartest pick of the year should be whoever is playing the Jets that week.
AJ Green vs. the Packers – Sorry Berry, we think this is a 50/50 bet at best. Yes, the Packers are giving up points in the passing game, but these are the Bengals at Lambeau with a struggling quarterback. Andy Dalton is closer to a seat on the bench than putting up big yards against the Packers.
Kelvin Benjamin (home) vs. the Saints – Berry and FTS are in agreement on this pick.