This week has some matchups that could be really friendly to fantasy scoring. According to Vegas, the Lions/Falcons and Redskins/Raiders games both look to score in the 50s, while the Chiefs/Chargers game is looking like it will be high scoring as well, with just under 50 projected points. Based on the high projected score totals from these games, it makes the quarterbacks and their weapons enticing plays for the week. Based on the matchups, this looks like a week where you might benefit from paying up at the tight end position and play it safe with some of the more expensive options in daily. Hopefully we can help steer you in the right direction and help you with some of your daily and season long lineup decisions heading into week 3.
Matthew Stafford – QB Detroit Lions – vs Atlanta Falcons – Fanduel $7,900 – DK $6,200 – The Falcons offense is as good as any in the NFL and their defense is good but not great. You can say the same for the Lions defense, so this game has the makings of a shootout. Aaron Rodgers threw for 343 against the Falcons in week 2 without Jordy Nelson, so with a full compliment of weapons, Stafford is a good bet to go over 300 yards passing and throw for a few scores.
Jay Cutler – QB Miami Dolphins – @ NY Jets – Fanduel $7,400 – DK $6,100 – The Jets pass defense is not very good, fresh off surrendering 45 points to Derek Carr and the Raiders. Cutler is fairly inexpensive in daily and is a good bet to come through for you this week. However, you need to monitor the Dolphins wide receivers throughout the week because Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker appear to be a little banged up. As long as Parker and Landry play, you can roll Cutler out there and he should give you QB1 numbers. Morris Claiborne is the best Jets cover man and looks to line up against Parker most of the day. I think we can look to Jarvis Landry for a big game because he has a matchup advantage against Buster Skrine in the slot. Based on the matchup and his cost, Jay Cutler looks to be one of the better values in daily this week.
Derek Carr – QB Oakland Raiders – @ Washington Redskins – Fanduel $8,400 – DK $6,800 – The Redskins secondary is very beatable, even Josh
Norman. The Raiders defense isn’t the greatest, and in week 2 they allowed the horrible Jets offense to score 20 points. Kirk Cousins and the Redskins figure to move the ball with ease against the Raiders and Carr will most likely need to keep the pedal on the gas the entire game. As long as Carr has Cooper and Crabtree, which have proven to be one of the better wide receiver tandems in the league, he will always have somebody to target because defenses cannot key on both of them. Michael Crabtree should see Josh Norman a majority of the time and Amari Cooper should see Bashaud Breeland; both have matchup advantages against these corners, but I think this may be a Cooper week.
Kirk Cousins – QB Washington Redskins – vs Oakland Raiders – Fanduel $7,600 – DK $6,100 – The Raiders have some issues on the back end and honestly haven’t been challenged very much yet this year facing off against the Titans and the Jets, two teams who aren’t exactly looking to air it out. Kirk Cousins will be the Raiders toughest test of the season and they should be able to hang some numbers on a Raiders defense that simply isn’t that good in the secondary. According to Pro Football Focus the Raiders corners grade out well, but I think that is partially a product of playing against the Jets and Titans to start the season. Look for Jamison Crowder to break out in a very beatable matchup against TJ Carrie this week.
Zach Ertz – TE Philadelphia Eagles – vs NY Giants – Fanduel $6,500 – DK $5,000 – The Giants have shown to be very good covering receivers on the outside this season but very vulnerable to opposing tight ends. Zach Ertz has been getting it done so far this season and he is a good bet to continue his streak against a Giants defense who has already given up decent stat lines to Eric Ebron and Jason Witten through the first 2 weeks of the season.
Travis Kelce – TE Kansas City Chiefs – @ LA Chargers – Fanduel $7,100 – DK $6,000 – Travis Kelce is the #1 passing threat in Kansas City and I am not sure who the Chargers have on their defense who can hang with him. The Chargers have decent corners on the outside so the matchup advantage in the Chiefs passing game should come from the tight end and running backs. Given the high projected point total, the arrow is pointing up for Kelce this week.
Eric Ebron – TE Detroit Lions – vs Atlanta Falcons – Fanduel $5,200 – DK $3,300 – This game has the makings of a shootout. Although the Falcons defense has been fairly tough on tight ends so far this season, they haven’t really faced any world beaters at the position. Last week, Martellus Bennett was targeted heavily against the Falcons but he had a somewhat bad game and was only able to haul in 5 of his 11 targets. In week 1, the Falcons faced Zach Miller who is an ok NFL talent, but Mike Glennon was “Checkdown Charlie” in that game and didn’t look to throw anywhere other than to his running backs. Eric Ebron will be the biggest test the Falcons have faced all year, and with the weapons the Lions have on the outside, they won’t be able to key on any one player.
Jordan Reed – TE Washington Redskins – vs Oakland Raiders – Fanduel $6,700 – DK $5,400 – The Raiders don’t really have any linebackers who excel in pass coverage and Karl Joseph is more of a run supporter than a cover guy. With the Redskins struggling in the run game and heading into what looks to be a shootout, Reed should come through with a high target volume against the Raiders. If Reed goes, play him.
Vernon Davis – TE Washington Redskins – vs Oakland Raiders – Fanduel $4,700 – DK $3,000 – Only consider Davis if Reed doesn’t play. If Reed doesn’t play, stick Davis in your daily lineups with his low salary and load up on elite talent at other positions.
Quarterback – Tight End Stack of the Week
Last week, Eric Ebron found the end zone for the first time this year and is on the verge of breaking out heading into week 3. The Lions/Falcons game has the makings of a shootout and Stafford might need to feed the tight end as the Lions wide receivers have even, but beatable matchups with their opposing corners according to Pro Football Focus. Ebron could really take advantage of the Falcons if he finds himself lined up on a linebacker other than Deion Jones, and he will have a size advantage if they try to cover him with a defensive back. The Falcons struggle mightily defending running backs out of the backfield, making Stafford an extremely high upside quarterback with 5 serious threats in Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay, Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick. Atlanta will have to pick their poison.
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