Welcome to week 3!
Last week, we nailed some predictions: Stefon Diggs, Jameis Winston, Mike Wallace, Michael Crabtree, Jesse James and Delanie Walker. Of course, we all have our duds, but hopefully your studs outweigh those duds as the season progresses.
Let’s get to this weeks start em/sit em’s, shall we?
- Ryan Tannehill: Raise your hand if you’ve been burned by Tannehill in the past (raises hand). Well, it might be time to buy back into that Tannehill stock from years prior. Through two games, he has put up 15 and 26 points respectively against two stout defense– The Seahawks and Patriots. This weekend, Tannehill takes on the vaunted Browns defense. With Arian Foster on the shelf, and little trust in Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake, expect Tannehill to throw a ton on Sunday against a Browns defense that is the Browns defense. He might be on your waiver wire still so you might as well pick him up and start him.
- Phillip Rivers: Rivers lost Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead in back to back weekends and what did the veteran do? Throw for 4 touchdowns against a Jaguars defense that held Aaron Rodgers in check for most of week 1. Now, he takes on a very poor Colts secondary that would have been exposed in week 2, had the quarterback not been Trevor Siemien. This Colts defense allowed 25 points to Stafford week 1 in a game that should be similar to this one. Start Rivers.
- Dak Prescott: This has recency bias written all over it, but the Bears defense is SO bad and on top of being bad, they lost a bunch of guys to injury this week. Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and Lamarr Houston are all missing this week and they’ve been without their best cornerback, Kyle Fuller for two weeks. Prescott has been a solid game manager through two games and when he’s given plenty of time he picks apart defenses. The Bears will struggle to get to Prescott and he could have another huge game on Sunday night football.
- Andy Dalton: Dalton’s been a pretty good option so far this year in fantasy but Sunday he has to matchup against the Broncos defense, which is by far the best in football. If the Bengals want to win, it’s going to be a grind it out affair and I can’t see Dalton doing much against the Broncos defense. While he’s a good option the rest of the year, you can probably find a better option for this week.
- Tyrod Taylor: The Bills are so close to blowing up I can feel it. They just fired Greg Roman for no reason and Rex seems to be on the hot seat. Now, after a deflating home loss to the Jets, the Bills welcome in a fired up Cardinals team. This Cardinals defense abused a much better QB then Taylor last week in Jameis Winston and I would expect more of the same against the inferior Bills. The Cards are 5th in pass DVOA and ninth in fantasy points allowed to QB’s this season.
- Melvin Gordon: Welcome to the start em side of the column, Melvin! Gordon is now the primary back in San Diego given Danny Woodhead’s torn ACL and has shined so far this season. Now, he takes on a Colts defense that has allowed 4.6 yards per carry and the most points to fantasy running backs this year. The most points to fantasy running backs this year. Must start.
- Rashad Jennings: This is the week Jennings breaks out… maybe. He was such a dud last weekend against the Saints at home but he’s still getting the majority of the carries and the Redskins have allowed the most rushing touchdowns so far this season. The Giants run blocking has to be better, but Jennings is still getting all of the touches so he’s still a good option to start if you need a guy.
- Eddie Lacy: Lacy has been alright for the Packers this season and could be trending upwards heading into week 3 against a beat up Lions defense. Even though he’s not putting up huge fantasy numbers, Lacy has been averaging 4.3 yards per carry, which is a good sign. Also, Lacy has ran for at least 99 yards in his last two games against the Lions in Lambeau. This is also a Lions defense that allowed Demarco Murray to torch them for 145 yards last week. Don’t lose faith just yet in fat Eddie Lacy.
- Theo Riddick: I know everyone is all over Theo Riddick, but let’s pump the brakes on starting him this week. Riddick is still mainly a pass catcher for the Lions. In two games last season against the Packers, Riddick only had 5 rushing yards. They’re going to use Dwayne Washington more as their running back. If they do decide to rush Riddick more, the Packers are the wrong team to do it against. They’ve allowed the fewest rushing yards through two weeks and the Lions run-blocking hasn’t been great.
- Isaiah Crowell: Crowell is the leagues third leading rusher and has averaged 6.3 yards per carry on the season BUT 43% of those yards came on his 85 yard touchdown sprint last week. Cam Erving is likely out and this game is likely to be a blowout, which means Crowell won’t get the touches to be effective in week 3. Could be a good sell high candidate.
- DaVante Parker: Parker was targeted 12 times in the Dolphins new pass happy offense on Sunday for a total of 106 yards. Now the Dolphins new offense is taking on a Browns defense that has been torched by receivers in both week 1 and 2. With Foster out, the Dolphins should be even more inclined to throw and with Landry being mostly a possession guy, Parker should score a touchdown on Sunday.
- Tajae Sharpe: Sharpe had 18! targets last week against the Lions budding star corner, Darius Slay. Now, the Titans go up against a Raiders defense that has allowed over 800 yards through the air on the season and a corner in Sean Smith who has allowed 250 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Love Sharpe this weekend.
- Sammy Watkins: Watkins is a really tough guy to sit, but he’s been disappointing this season, is hurt, has a new O.C and is going to draw Patrick Peterson. Until we know more about Watkins situation, he should be on your bench.
- Golden Tate: Tate has been super disappointing with the loss of Calvin Johnson in the offseason. Tate was supposed to take over his role as the number one target on the team, but that has seemingly gone to Marvin Jones. Tate isn’t getting the targets and only has 63 yards on the entire season. He just doesn’t possess the upside right now.
- Dwayne Allen: One of the Colts main red zone targets is out in Donte Moncrief, replacing him is a speedy guy in Phillip Dorsett and Andrew Luck has been looking his tight ends’ way more and more through two weeks. Now, they’re playing a Chargers defense that has two poor coverage linebackers, in Manti Te’o and Denzel Perryman, and a defense that has allowed the second most yard and fifth most points to tight ends this season.
- Dennis Pitta: I know what you’re thinking, “Holy crap, Dennis Pitta is back?” Pitta’s back baby and has turned into a reliable fantasy tight end. Last week, he torched the Browns for 102 yards on 12 targets and this week he’s going up against the Jaguars who allowed a touchdown to Antonio Gates last week. Flacco and Pitta know each others game very well and the targets should continue to be there for him. Should be a reliable option going forward.
- Jacob Tamme: “Whoa Jacob Tamme is back too?” The resurgence of the late 2000’s tight ends is on in 2016! Tamme has had 8 targets each in the Falcons first two games. Of those 16 targets, Tamme has caught 11 of them for 126 yards and touchdown. He seems to be the main weapon outside of Julio Jones in the red zone and in that pass happy offense, Tamme should be a reliable option.
- Jesse James: The Eagles have allowed maybe one catch to opposing tight ends this year through two games. The Eagles sport the number one coverage linebacker in football, Jordan Hicks and another stud in coverage, Malcolm Jenkins. James is still learning his role in the Steelers offense, regardless of how high on him they are. It’s tough matchup him this week.
- Gary effin Barnidge: This guy is absolutely BURNING me through two weeks. Is this a bit biased? Probably, but also remember that Cody Kessler is starting for the Browns this weekend and the Dolphins have only allowed 8 catches to opposing tight ends on the year. You can do better then Barnidge this week.