Week three was a decent one for my fantasy surprises as there were some solid performances overall. Dak Prescott had a nice game, Sterling Shepard was able to haul in a touchdown and then some while Dennis Pitta was serviceable for PPR formats. Plus, despite a rocky game the Buccaneers defense chipped in a defensive touchdown for good measure. It’s hard to believe, but this is already our first week with teams on their bye. Only the Packers and Eagles are impacted this Sunday, but obviously more will be in the coming weeks.
In these instances, this is where having a deep bench pays off. Whether it was drafting with opponents during bye weeks in mind, or just plucking the waiver wire early it’s important to address early. The last thing you would want is cutting a necessary player for one week, but that is a factor some fantasy owners have to address.
QB: Trevor Siemian vs Buccaneers: Was last week a sign that Siemian could turn into a possible starting option? His performance certainly looked that way, and he has another nice matchup this week against a struggling Buccaneers secondary. While he may not be counted on to throw as much as other quarterbacks, Siemian still has two top notch wideouts ts his disposal in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. At the worst he could be a solid daily fantasy play at a nice price. Expect around 240 yards and two touchdowns.
RB: Jordan Howard vs Lions: Howard was one of the most frequently picked up players in fantasy leagues this week and for good reason. With Jeremy Langford out, Howard figures to see plenty of work and has shown a pass catching element that many analysts weren’t sold on coming out of college. The Lions defense as a whole has struggled this year, so don’t be afraid to start Howard in this potential high scoring matchup. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.
WR: Terrelle Pryor vs Redskins: Did even the biggest Pryor supporters see this coming? We always knew Pryor had the physical gifts, but now at receiver he has really put them to use. The Redskins already said that Josh Norman won’t be shadowing him, so even with Cody Kessler starting, Pryor makes for a very enticing number two option. Especially with the possibility of designed runs or passes. Expect around 100 total yards and a touchdown.
TE: Hunter Henry vs Saints: As you might of noticed the past few weeks, the Saints defense appears to bleed fantasy points. With Antonio Gates’ status in doubt, this could be a fantastic chance for the rookie Henry to shine. A highly regarded pass catcher coming out of Arkansas, Henry has a nice matchup and with Philip Rivers’ receiving corps short handed should see at least a handful of balls his way. Expect around 50 yards and a touchdown.
K: Josh Lambo vs Saints: As I mentioned earlier, the Saints defense has allowed plenty of opportunities for opponents. This obviously plays a benefit to kickers too. While it’s unlikely he kicks four or five field goals, all it takes is a few field goals and extra points to make him a nice fantasy play. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.
DEF: Texans vs Titans: This would be a slam dunk play if JJ Watt were active. However, with him likely out of the picture for 2016 some fantasy owners might have second thoughts. Even without Watt, the Texans have some capable pass rushers and should be able to contain a Titans offense that has yet to score 20 or more points in a game this year. Expect around three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.