Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 3 Start or Sit

Its week 3 and we’re here to help you find some names that you should be starting or sending to the bench.

Time to Shine or Ride the Pine

Week 2 saw some Fitzmagic and a Red Raider throw 6 touchdowns. In the fantasy world all three of my suggested running back starts ran like they wore cement shoes and got stuck in quick sand. Tyler Locket salvaged an overall mediocre day with a late td, and Larry Legend showed his age. It also looks like Peyton visited the Barber as he’ll likely be losing some playing time this week. Green Bay and New England are likely moving to some fresh legs out their backfields as well. Here are the full results of my attempted fortune telling:

Running backs who will shine

Matt Breida (SF@KC, 1pm est)

Breida exploded last week vs the Lions for 138 yards on the ground. Although he played less snaps, and had 11 carries, to Alf’s 14, Matt is still the preferred option on passing downs. The Niners should be doing plenty of that in this game at Arrowhead against Kansas City and their crazy offense. San Francisco will have to keep up with the NFL’s leading scoring team and Breida will be the biggest benefactor of the running backs.

Prediction: 10 carries 56 yards, 6 rec 41 yards 1 td: 18.7 pts

Gio Bernard (Cin@Car, 1pm est)

In his first game minus Joe Mixon, the former no.1 back in Cincy should be heavily involved. Once the featured runner, Gio has all the skills necessary to play a 3-down role. He will however be used more as a scat back against Carolina and their front seven. In relief of Mixon last week, he averaged 4.5 yards on the ground while being targeted 7 times out of the backfield. Now getting the start and presumably almost all the snaps, Bernard have plenty of opportunities to put up good fantasy numbers.

Prediction: 15 car 61 yards 1 td, 7 rec 57 yards: 21.3 pts

Marshawn Lynch (Oak@Mia, 1pm est)

Marshawn is ready to level up into Beast Mode. He has almost tripled Doug Martin in carries, 29 to 11, as well as tallied a touchdown in consecutive games. Jon Gruden is just starting to get his offense rolling, and Lynch will undoubtedly benefit from the passing game succeeding. The Raiders will want to avoid opening the season 0-3 and will want to feed Marshawn plenty of Skittles in this game.

Prediction: 21 car 97 yards 1 td, 2 rec 16 yards: 18.3 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Derrick Henry (Ten@Jac, 1pm est)

The bruising 6-foot 3-inch Henry has 1, yes 1 reception this season. The quicker and more agile Dion Lewis is Tennessee’s favorite back for all passing downs and 2-minute drills. Going up against The Jaguars, who minus one long touchdown are surrendering only 2.8 yards per carry this season will consistently prowl the line of scrimmage and scare the Titans from running meaning mare of Dion. This plus Henry’s inability to make an impact in the passing game will make for a very disappointing game.

Prediction: 12 car 39 yards, 1 rec 6 yards: 5 pts

Marlon Mack (Ind@Phi, 1pm est)

This Mack will not be on the attack this week. He returned last week with 10 carries for 34 yards but was outshined by rookie Jordan Wilkins who reached 61 yards on 10 carries. Both were vultured at the goal line by Nyheim Hines who scored the Colts first rushing touchdown. Facing an Eagles defense who was torched through the air last week but still very stout up front, the Colts will test their “LUCK” through the air in Philly. The emergence of rookie runners, Wilkins and Hines, makes this backfield a full-fledged three headed monster.

Prediction: 9 car 42 yards, 3 rec 22 yards: 7.9 pts

Royce Freeman (Den@Bal, 1pm est)

One of my starts last week finds himself on the Sh!t list this week. Although he did get the first goal-line opportunity and scored a touchdown, his lack of targets thus far, 1, will not bode well against the Ravens in Baltimore. Game flow and situational usage will limit Royce to a Chevy instead of Rolls.

Prediction: 10 car 34 yards 1 td: 9.7 pts

(John E. De Freitas/The Washington Informer)

Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight

Austin Hooper ([email protected]Atl, 1pm est)

Austin Hooper caught his first touchdown last week when Matt Ryan didn’t force the ball to Julio. This week the Falcons host the New Orleans Saints in what should be a shootout with plenty of touchdowns to be had. New Orleans will look to contain Julio as much as possible leaving Hooper and company in one on one matchups meaning Ryan will likely use Hooper’s size near the goal line. The Stanford product should be on the receiving end of at least one alley “Hoop”er.

Prediction: 6 rec 62 yards 1 td: 15.2 pts

T.Y. Hilton (Ind@Phi, 1pm est):

Andrew Luck’s favorite Beanie Baby, I mean toy, T.Y. Hilton is healthy and receiving 25% of the targets early on. One week after being destroyed by Tampa Bay and their passing attack, there is no doubt the Colts will look to air it out in Philly this week. In a game more likely to resemble their week 1 game versus the Bengals then last weeks game where they led Washington early, expect to see Andrew test his luck plenty of times towards T.Y.

Prediction: 8 rec 121 yards 1 td: 22.1 pts

Josh Gordon (NE@Det, SNF 8:20pm est)

Assuming Flash plays Sunday night, he’ll be in on packages designed to try and get him open. Brady has shown a superior ability of welcoming new targets by feeding them early in their Patriots career. The presence of Gronkowski will help Josh see single coverage and Brady will not be afraid to trust his new wide out. Expect Josh to play a small percentage of plays but have a large impact as Brady will look to add Gordon to his bunch early on.

Prediction: 4 rec 73 yards 1 td: 15.3 pts

Splinter Time

 Michael Crabtree ([email protected]Bal, 1pm est)

We won’t get to see Talib v Crabtree 2, but we will see Michael be Crabby on Sunday vs the Broncos. His declining speed and limited separation from db’s will make Flacco look elsewhere for his passing yards. Crabtree is averaging a minuscule 5 yards per target thus far while only reeling in half of those. Flacco will most definitely be under constant pressure from Von Miller and friends making Crabtree the perceived favorite target. He’ll likely be covered by Chris Harris most routes meaning the slowest of all the Ravens will find little space to put up relevant fantasy numbers.

Prediction: 5 rec 49 yards: 7.4 pts

Mike Williams (LAC@LAR, 4:05pm est)

Mike Williams, NO, not the bust Mike Williams from USC who ate himself into a Tight End and eventually out of the NFL, is a distant 3rd for Philip Rivers and the Chargers. Now, he gets to go up against the NFL’s best defense and a pass defense who has only allowed 98 receiving yards to wide outs in 2018. Although the Chargers new weapon is starting to stake his claim as Philip’s second favorite receiver, he is still a distant 4th in the hierarchy of Chargers weapons behind, Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, and surprisingly Austin Ekeler. It won’t matter where Williams lines up Sunday as he’ll be covered by an elite corner the entire game.

Prediction: 5 rec 71 yards: 9.6 pts

Brandon Marshall ([email protected]Sea, 4:25pm est)

The Marshall’s from Dallas are coming to town and will be locking down Brandon all day. The Cowboys defense has performed very well and is second to the Bears with 9 sacks. The Boys will be creating constant pressure and making Wilson get rid of the ball quick. Marshall like many older receivers with diminishing speed will have difficulties creating windows for Russ to complete passes to him. Lets also realize the Boys are gonna feed Zeke plenty and use the clock trying to limit possessions for the Seahawks. Limited field time and no separation make Marshall an iffy play.

Prediction: 4 rec 42 yards: 6.2 pts

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