Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash Week 3
The only thing more frustrating than losing in fantasy, is when you could have won with one of your bench players. It’s like talking to a beautiful woman, buying her drinks all night, having the time of your life with her. Then, finally, when you’ve built up enough courage to make your move, she introduces you to her boyfriend. As you watch her leave, holding back tears, you glance over at your buddy who picked up a dashing young lass down the bar from you that was flashing you smiles earlier in the night. I may have digressed.
Allow me to use a phrase from the dearly departed Yogi Berra. Fantasy Football is 90% roster, the other half is setting your lineup. Well, have no fear, we are here to help.
Week 3 Benchwarmers
Eli Manning QB– Chances are this is going to be a very boring game. That said, the Washington Redskins have allowed the second fewest passing yards, and only 2 TD receptions. They are going to ground and pound this game controlling the clock, and keeping the Giants O off the field.
Drew Brees/Sam Bradford QB– These two are combined as both of them will struggle throughout the season. Fact is, both head coaches are committed to plans that are simply not working. In the case of Bradford, this may be his last appearance. Chip Kelly appears to be to going down with the ship, but one more embarrassing loss and you will see his allegiance to Bradford will dissolve faster than fat kid chasing an ice cream truck.
Matthew Stafford QB– Denver’s D is tougher than a $2 steak right now. The Vikings held the Lions to just 16 points. This is a game Lion fans might not want to see. Here are some friendly suggestions: see how far you can throw a bucket, challenge an infant to a thumb war, or try to lick your elbow. These are all fun activities, and will certainly guarantee more success than Stafford will have on Sunday.
Lamar Miller RB– First, Miller is banged up. Second, the Bills have allowed the second fewest rushing yards. Third, please see previous two points. This will not be pretty.
DeAngelo Williams RB– Le’Veon Bell is back. That fact is, Williams has played great, but he will be utilized as a change of pace back, and his production will reflect it. My gut tells me his numbers will be similar to Ben Tate when he was complimenting Foster in Houston. Might be worthy of a flex, but not much upside unless Bell goes down with an injury.
Calvin Johnson WR– Please see note about Stafford. Denver has allowed the fewest passing yards in the NFL. However, their offense has been mediocre at best. That means it’s not a given that they will have to turn to the passing game out of necessity.
Brandin Cooks WR– It has been a slow start for the chef, and it will not get any better against the Panthers on Sunday. Brees has had his struggles, and a shoulder injury to complicate matters further. I certainly wouldn’t drop Cooks, but he is certainly riding the pine in all fantasy formats until further notice.
Michael Crabtree WR– But Darnz, you had him on your waiver wire pick up. That is true. He is going to be a good match up play, or bye week fill-in. Going against one of the best secondaries in the league is not where we are going to see his production thrive. The only thing boding in his favor is the focus will be on Amari Cooper.
Jimmy Graham TE– I can’t for the life of me figure out why Seattle hasn’t gotten Graham involved. He always has the potential for a big game, but the Bears have been surprisingly effective against TEs this year. Couple that with the fact that they have a lousy Rush Defense, and Seattle is bound to run the score up quick allowing them to run the ball to kill the clock. Jimmy Graham is like a Lambo, but the owner still rides a bike to work.
Week 3 Tradeskis
Calvin Johnson WR– Wheelie will have more future production than Megatron. Calvin will occasionally have some good games, i.e. Week 2, but it will not be consistent. He is still a big name coming off a decent week which will provide you some good value. Father time is ticking, and he is a mother shut your mouth.
Bishop Sankey RB– Making his second appearance, Mr. Sankey is still a chip. Now, he has a favorable match up against the Colts this week, He is a perfect candidate for a trade. You’re on the clock, 1 more week, and then, chance are, the best you’ll be able to get for him is the third string kicker for the Chicago Bears.
Alfred Morris RB– Jay Gruden is a damn good coach. And, as he did with RGIII, he is eventually going to start the better back, Matt Jones. You have a chance now to trade a #1 RB before he is relegated to his future home of change of pace.
Steve Smith Sr. WR– Smith had a great week 2. Bershad Perriman is coming back soon, and he has been known to outrun Rockets. Once he is a full go, it will be the Aiken/Perriman show in Baltimore. In addition, the WR crop is very deep.
DeAngelo Williams RB– Bell is back. Enough said.
Trade to Get
Stevie Johnson WR– Back to his old self, Johnson will be a valued commodity throughout the season. In addition, he has a very favorable schedule.
Carlos Hyde RB– Hyde didn’t have a good Week 2 which is exactly why you want to get him now. Buy low. He will finish the season with solid numbers
Brandon Marshall WR– Marshall has been playing well, and Eric Decker is going to miss time. This is one of those time where you have to remember 1 + 1 =2.
Week 3 Secret Stash Em
Tyler Lockett WR– The focus is on Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham. This is the Rookie’s opportunity to show Seattle why they traded up for him.
Dorial Green-Beckham WR– DGB got his first career catch, and it was a TD. He is adjusting to the speed of the NFL, but loaded with upside. Dare I say, he will be the favorite target of Mariota by week 6.
Rishard Matthews WR– The Dolphins are in desperate need of a spark, and Matthews is it. Rishard has quietly been putting up solid production. He is only owned in 11.3% of leagues.
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