Week 3 has started with the Cleveland Browns winning for the first time in 635 days. So we can safely go into the rest of the week knowing anything is possible. These IDP starts for week three will make all seem right with the world.
Yes, some of your studs are acting less than studly…we are looking at you Chandler Jones. But it is only week two so don’t panic, and step away from the waiver wire. It’s going to be okay.
Here are a few men you want to consider to get you through the week:
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Leighton Vander Esch, Linebacker, Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks
This is a close-your-eyes-and-believe call. Yeah, Vander Esch only played 28 snaps last week, but there are reasons to believe. First, in those 28 defensive snaps he collected seven total tackles. Second, the Seahawks are just begging defenses to come into the backfield. They have gifted 46 tackles to linebackers, three forced fumbles, and 8.5 sacks. Then there is the fact that Sean Lee is looking less and less formidable, having left in the fourth quarter last week due to cramps. Lee is also questionable for this week.
Yes, Jaylon Smith should reap the windfall of not having Lee in the lineup, but as generous as the Seahawks have been to opposing defenses, there should be plenty to go around.
If you are that guy who wants to play it super safe, Jaylon Smith is a pretty safe option. But for those who like those sleepers, Vander Esch is looking pretty good.
Justin Simmons, Defensive Back, Denver Broncos @ Baltimore Ravens
While Von Miller and that defensive line are getting all the highlights (and rightfully so), Simmons is quietly making the highlight reel his own. He is the melding of opportunity and talent. Opportunity: Simmons was on the field for every defensive snap opportunity. Talent: He collected nine total tackles. And oh yeah, the Ravens, per Pro Football Focus have given up 57 total tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles to the defensive back position.
Miller and company will stop the run and rush the quarterback, which will give Simmons plenty of opportunity to put his talent on display.
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Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Line, Minnesota Vikings v Buffalo Bills
This is not about piling on…but the Bills are starting rookie Josh Allen. Allen takes an eternity (in football terms) to throw the ball, averaging 3.36 seconds per pass attempt. He has been sacked eight times in five quarters. Also, the Bills will now be starting three new starters on the offensive line. None of this feels good for the Bills and Allen.
But who does it feel good for? Sheldon Richardson’s stats line. Richardson has racked up one sack, five quarterback hits, and seven quarterback hurries. This looks like the perfect opportunity to pad those numbers.
Week three go ahead and dominate your league.
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