The arrival of bye weeks removes four players who have been Fantasy Draft studs from contention this week (oh and some Titans too) in the form of Gronk, Brady, Edelman and Lewis. Add in the loss of Antonio Brown, Steve Smith and Le’veon Bell to the Thursday night game this week already feels odd. The loss of the Patriots removes some key players but the loss of the Steelers may actually save a lot of us from ourselves. With Big Ben missing for a few weeks it will be interesting to see how the value of Bell and Brown survive in DFS with Mike Vick under centre but name and reputation would likely leave us considering them anyway.
The loss of Gronk means that I am know actually left considering tight ends properly as options I may actually use but additionally it also renders a couple of players as non-bargain buys (The price of Bennett and Reed looks less of a bargain when Graham is the top price compared to a usually $14,000 Gronk). However, as I expect Reed to be a top three tight end option this week whilst bein priced the 7th I have cheekily snuck him in here.
Just because I pick a player here doesn’t mean I think he is a must play I am just providing money saving options in order to allow you to get those studs in your line-ups. I have included a few of the players I consider to be the stud picks at the bottom essentially telling you my entire line-up for this week!
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Andy Dalton $11,900 KC @ CIN: Dalton is tearing it up so far this season averaging 25 points a week thanks to eight passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown whilst throwing just one interception. Now he get the Chiefs coming into Cincy on a short week following a drubbing in the Monday night game in Green Bay. The Chiefs have given up 18, 20 and 34 points to QB’s so far this year and with a secondary that is struggling for health Dalton should have the opportunity to extend his streak to four good games to start the season.
Tyrod Taylor $12,900 NYG @ BUF: Taylor has looked really good to start the season with two 20+ point weeks in a row. Last week he victimised a poor Miami defense and there is real chance he could do that again to the Giants. New York looked better last week but Tyrod looks to be a better QB than Cousins and the Bills scheme means he can start conservatively and avoid mistakes before opening the taps if the Giants get a lead. Taylor has scored 15 points this season with his legs which is a nice little addition to someone who is proving to be a more than competent passer.
Karlos Williams $9,500 NYG @ BUF: Williams broke out last week with a 20 point game after two 11 point weeks raising his season average 14 points. With McCoy looking likely to be out Williams is by far the most talented back in Buffalo and should be able to feed off the threat his running QB offers to have another good game this week. The Giants had a reasonably good week against RB’s last week but before that they were giving up 20 points a game against mid-level run games so Williams has the potential to be a big earner are a bargain price.
Danny Woodhead $8,700 CLE @ SD: A down week last week for Woodhead as the Chargers suddenly looked lost. This week they should have a nice get well game against a Brown’s defense who have given up a 28 point week and a 27 point week already this season. The only danger for Woodhead is if San Diego get up early then they could just run the game out with Gordon but I think Woodhead sees enough usage early and in the redzone that he can have a 10-15 point week.
Donte Moncrief $10,300 JAX @ IND: The Clear number 2 in Indy gets to go up against a Jags secondary in tatters whilst averaging roughly 20 points per week to start the season. Moncrief had his worst week last week and still scored 13.2 points on 4 receptions and scored his third touchdown in three weeks. The Colts need to show the NFL they aren’t as bad as they have looked so far and I could see them trying to match the Patriots 50-burger this week meaning we should see Luck throwing a lot and hopefully plenty to Moncrief.
Michael Crabtree $9,000 OAK @ CHI: Two bad weeks sandwich a really nice 111 yard and a touchdown performance from week 2 against the Ravens. Crabtree is benefitting from having Cooper opposite him and he saw plenty of targets last week but he failed to pull them in against a Cleveland defense who have some decent defensive coverage options. Expect Chicago to focus the bulk of their attention on Cooper which could see Crabtree repeat his week 2 score.
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Jordan Reed $9,100 PHI @ WSH: The Eagles have been decent against tight ends this week conceding just 6 points all season to them. However, Reed will be the second best they have faced (after Witten) and Cousins loves to target the impressive tight end who can have had a couple of touchdowns last week if the throws had been better. With 6 receptions in every game so far and no less than 14 fantasy points Reed feels like a safe option if you want to save the $200 on Bennett.
Charles Clay $7,700 NYG @ BUF: Clay was really impressive last week both with Watkins in the game and out. With Watkins looking doubtful I expect to see Clay get a lot of looks this week against a Giants defense who gave up three TD’s to tight ends in week 1. The Giants defense is improving but they could have given up a lot more to Reed last week if the QB play had been better.
Oakland Defense @ CHI $5,200: This feels like an overreaction to a shoddy Chicago offense playing a top end Seattle defense and scoring nothing but I just feel this one. The price is almost as cheap as it gets and Jimmy Clausen is not a good QB who should give the Raiders plenty of opportunities to force mistakes. However, the Raiders defense hasn’t been great so you are relying on some turnovers.
My studs I’m using this week:
Aaron Rodgers $15,300: The 49ers have been torched two weeks running and Rodgers is the best in the game right now
Julio Jones $18,000: The best receiver in football and I cannot see anyone stopping him if he can stay healthy.
AJ Green $14,800: No Antonio Brown and no Gronk means I have room for a different elite receiver and I will take the stud that is Green. KC has a banged up secondary and Green can exploit that
Martellus Bennett $9,300: Playing Oakland who have given up five touchdowns to tight ends and allowed Gary Barnidge to be relevant last week. I think Chicago struggles but I think Bennett can be decent as the only show in town not named Forte.