Fantasy Draft Week 3 Bargain Buys

Philip Rivers

As I cursed Crockett Gilmore for the fiftieth time on Sunday I decided that no matter what I would be recommending the tight end playing Oakland in my week 3 bargain buys column. Then I looked at who Oakland were playing and I quickly changed my mind seeing that it was the Gary Barnidge led Cleveland Browns. At least Gilmore had some hype entering the season, if Barnidge comes off this week I will curse his name far more than I did Gilmore’s on Sunday.

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Why was I cursing Gilmore you may be wondering? No I don’t support the Raiders, No I wasn’t playing against him in fantasy and No I don’t hate the Ravens (actually scrap that yes I do!). I was cursing Gilmore because I named him as a bargain buy in week 1 and he flopped and I debated it in week 2 but shied away thinking that he wasn’t going to the major part of the offence I saw in pre-season. So really I was cursing Gilmore because I wanted to curse myself for not selecting him but you cannot walk around the house cursing yourself in third person without your other half thinking you have completely lost it (although walking around saying Crockett ******* Gilmore made her look at me questioningly enough).

So I started looking for bargain buys on Monday evening and I was struck by what a tough week it was looking like being. A number of running backs are questionable right now and if they are ruled out then back-ups like James Starks, Karlos Williams and Jeremy Langford would all become potential bargain options. However, if the starters do play then these guys are all busts so in week 3 it really comes down to the last minute line-up sets. With Starks it is safer to leave him be unless we hear something definitive before Sunday with the Packers playing Monday night but the other two guys mentioned above are names to keep an eye on.

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There are a few repeat offenders here but hey if wants to ignore the Chargers then I will keep picking their players in this article. Once again I have named tight ends here but I am going to find every way possible to select Gronk in as many line-ups as possible. However, I also want to lock in one of Antonio Brown or Julio Jones at wide receiver so that means I am really riding the cheap options at running back and at flex. That is where the tight ends come in because their value is deflated compared to receiver I consider equivalent scorers due to the nature of the tight end positions.

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Carson Palmer $13,000, SF @ ARI: Palmer didn’t light the world on fire last week but he was still very effective thanks to the resurgent Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer has some superb talent around him and Arians looks willing to be aggressive and keep attacking even when his team is up. Add in the way San Fran got physically destroyed by the Steelers last week and Palmer could take advantage of a fragile 49ers group to lead your line-up to the big money prizes.

Philip Rivers $12,600, SD @ MIN: The Vikings put up a really good defensive effort against the Lions last week but I think the Chargers are a different kettle of fish even with the travel. Rivers finished with a decent line last week against a tough Bengals defence with 241 yards and 2 TD’s and I would expect him to do even better this week. With Floyd, Green and Johnson as other receiving options alongside Allen as well as the electric Danny Woodhead he has some great options to get the ball out to quickly. Add in the developing run game with Melvin Gordon and Rivers could have the chance to pick the Vikings defence apart this week.

Andy Dalton $11,200, CIN @ BAL: The Terrell Suggs-less Ravens have just been ripped apart by Derek Carr to the tune of 37 points including three touchdown passes for the young triggerman. If the inexperienced Carr can do that then Dalton could cause all sorts of carnage with the time his offensive line have been giving him and the offensive talent around him. I know he struggles against common opponents and he is on the road in Baltimore but Dalton is one guy I am very intrigued about this season.

Danny Woodhead $8,500, SD @ MIN: Frankly I just love Woodhead and whilst he is priced outside the top 15 running backs in a PPR format I will pick him every week. The team and Rivers trust him as a utility back who can run and catch the ball and he should have around 100 totals yards in most games he plays this year.

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Frank Gore $8,400, IND @ TEN: Gore has been underwhelming this season and his fumble last week just summed up the Colts start to the season. However, the Titans got ran on last week by Isiah Crowell so I have to believe that Gore can do the same. The Colts need to use their run game to take the pressure off a struggling Andrew Luck in order to get their season started and they have the perfect bell-cow for the job in Gore who has seen his price drop quickly this season.

Dion Lewis $8,300, JAX @ NE: Apparently the Patriots love Lewis so much that even fumbling doesn’t derail his career. However, I hate trusting a Patriots running back and honestly he is the last of the three options here because of that but if they really are going to stick with him then he could be a stud especially in PPR. With Vereen gone it was thought Lewis may take his role but it looks like he could be even more than that in the Patriots offensive explosion which is happening right now.

Stevie Johnson $8,400, SD @ MIN: This is another Charger I am going to keep picking because I love the combination of talent and opportunity he has this year. Rivers is happy to use the short pass and that is where Johnson thrives. He should see plenty of targets making him a great PPR option in daily or year long.

Doug Baldwin $8,500, CHI @ SEA: A man who seems to have seen a surprising number of targets this year so far. He is averaging 16 points a game this season and has had seven receptions in each of the first two games with one touchdown. He had a couple of big weeks last year but was very touchdown dependent. However, Seattle will want this to be a get right game and against the frankly crappy Bears that is exactly what I see it being and they could score a lot of points.

Travis Benjamin $8,000, OAK @ CLE: Yes I am as nervous about this as anyone but after his start to the season how can you not just take a gamble? Benjamin has been explosive in the receiving and returning game. Manziel and he seem to be on the same page and he looks like he is a smart receiver who has the speed t beat defenders and cause big plays. He averages over 25 points which isn’t sustainable long term but the Raiders defence looks garbage against the pass so why not go for it when there is the potential for a big win?


Heath Miller $7,400, PIT @ STL: The rams ae traditionally stingy against tight ends but Miller is no average tight end. Big Ben loves this bloke and seems to make it a personal crusade to send him the pro-bowl every year be it by feeding him the ball to move the chains or using him as a red zone target. If you’re not using Gronk or need to go even cheaper at flex then this is your man.

Anthony Fasano $6,400, IND @ TEN: This is a shot in the dark because if Walker plays then I wouldn’t touch Fasano but after Walker had a good week in week 1 Fasano stepped up in his absence in week 2. 5 receptions 80 yard and one touchdown gave him a 20 point day which is stunning for this price. Naturally repeating that will be tough but Mariota has thrown touchdown to tight ends in each of the first two games and if that continues Fasano could be a big reward play.


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