Week Three Fantasy Surprises

tempa36i6479-nfl_mezz_1280_1024Last week was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as both Philip Rivers and Mike Wallace paid off in big ways for those who played them. Through two weeks, this has been an interesting fantasy season in large part due to the inconsistency at running back. In past years, you had your five to ten backs that players knew they could count on when drafting them. Now, the top scorers due to injury or matchup are inconsistent and changing constantly. It will be interesting to see, but odds are the winners of many fantasy leagues this year will be decided by who hit on the right running backs early in their drafts.

QB: Dak Prescott vs Bears: With just one total touchdown through two weeks, Prescott hasn’t exactly lit the fantasy world on fire out the gate. However, this week he faces a banged up Bears defense in what should be a favorable matchup. While it might be hard to justify in standard leagues, Prescott makes an intriguing daily fantasy option for a cheap price and the multiple ways he can score points. Expect around 250 total yards and two touchdowns.

RB: Isaiah Crowell vs Dolphins: Did you know through two weeks Crowell has actually been one of the league’s most productive backs? Told you this was an odd year. With rookie Cody Kessler getting the start, chances are Crowell will see the ball early and often to take pressure off him. It also doesn’t hurt the Dolphins through two games haven’t excelled at stopping the run either. Expect around 90 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Sterling Shepard vs Redskins: Obviously Odell Beckham vs Josh Norman will get the headlines, but don’t be stunned if Shepard ends up being a highly productive option this week. The Redskins have struggled against the pass and the rookie seems to have developed some nice early chemistry with Eli Manning. If you are in a league that starts three wideouts, he makes for a very nice play this week. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Dennis Pitta vs Jaguars: Despite year four of “defensive minded” head coach Gus Bradley, the Jaguars pass defense has still had it’s struggles. Granted, they have more talent than when Bradley first got there, but through 50 games Bradley’s win percentage of .250 is only passable as a batting average.

Now Pitta and the Ravens have their chance and the early indications have been that Joe Flacco looks to his tight end relatively option. For a player who could be available in many leagues, Pitta is worth starting this week. Expect around 60 yards and a touchdown.

K: Matt Bryant vs Saints: Odds are you will see kickers that go against the Saints in this space often this season. Playing in a dome with a defense that is extremely vulnerable tends to lead to that type of thing. This week, Bryant figures to be the beneficiary who sees his fair amount of opportunities. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Buccaneers vs Rams: The Dolphins were a little too obvious here, so I opted to go with another Florida team with a nice matchup. In a feat only a Jeff Fisher team could achieve, the Rams are 1-1 despite scoring 9 points through two games. As long as Case Keenum as at the helm, things don’t figure to get much better.

Do I realize I’m recommending a defense after they allowed 40 points last Sunday? Yes I do but unless Todd Gurley gets things going (which is certainly possible) I haven’t seen anything that would make me stay away from picking against the Rams offense. Expect around four sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.


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