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NFL Fantasy Football Tips For Week 3 (2015)

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One of the earliest surprises of the NFL season has been the disappointing play of the Philadephia Eagles. Over the first two weeks of the season, quarterback Sam Bradford has scored 13 and eight fantasy points respectively. Also, Bradford is the 28th best fantasy quarterback, averaging 6.29 yards per attempt and 0.30 fantasy points per drop back. The Eagles offense is a mess, and new featured back DeMarco Murray, has been slow to pick up the Chip Kelly offense. If you expected a lot from the Eagles this year, we’re here to help your fantasy team out. It’s that time of the week when we provide you with our best NFL fantasy football tips and insights. We’ve researched the best advice for Week 3 from CBS Sports and the New York Times to help you dominate your league. Let’s take a look at the best matchups by offensive positions.

Fantasy Starts at Quarterback

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CBS Sports and the New York Times project Arizona CardinalsCarson Palmer as a great start against the San Francisco 49ers. Few experts expect the Cardinals to suffer their first loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Palmer has thrown for seven touchdowns so far. He should be able to add to keep adding to the pile in this matchup. The Cardinals’ gameplan will focus on keeping Palmer upright. When Palmer started the game last season, the Cardinals were undefeated. As soon as he missed time, the team lost its rhythm and was ineffective during the post-season.

If you needed another matchup to consider, look at Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) versus the Chicago Bears. The Times writes, “The Bears have yielded an NFL-high seven touchdowns to quarterbacks thus far. Their pass rush has been nonexistent, with no sacks to their credit and only one interception.

Best Running Back Matchups

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CBS Sports and the Times’ fantasy football expert predicts the Cleveland Browns’ Isaiah Crowell will perform well on Sunday versus the Oakland Raiders. We think they’re wrong. Often times, these experts lean too heavily on PPR leagues for their projections. F&TS plays in a TD league, but even if we didn’t–yards and carries shouldn’t be prioritized over the back that carries the load and ultimately scores the TDs. Also, the NFL game has evolved. Quarterbacks are throwing more often. Wide receivers that score touchdowns and accumulate big receiving yards are much more common. The days of a short-yardage specialist scoring from the one-yard line, like Crowell, are through. We would look elsewhere for our RB1.

Our suggestion–C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos) versus the Detroit Lions. Detroit ranks 29th in the league in run defense and has permitted a back to score at least 18 fantasy points in consecutive weeks.

Wide Reciever Week 3 Starts

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Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Our best NFL fantasy football tips for Week 3 wrap up at the wide receiver slot. As we mentioned, if you at league trends, the NFL is moving away from running backs who get between 20-25 carries a game. Offenses are more wide open and utilizing three and four-receiver sets. One of the best fantasy football matchups of the week should be Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills) against the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins defense allowed 74 yards on six receptions to the Redskins’ Pierre Garcon in Week 1 and 155 yards and two touchdowns to Allen Robinson in Week 2. The talented rookie could be in for a big Sunday.

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