Mon Dec 9 9:27am ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer
Brees dismantles 49ers defense
This week was another uneven one for fantasy owners. We had some monster games, but some of the top players from the current season were duds, leading to some disappointing fantasy owners. Hopefully, the dud games didn’t impact your team too much and you were still able to pull out a victory in these crucial Week 14 games.
We had eight 300-yard passers in Week 14, including one 400-yard passer. There were eight quarterbacks that had three or more passing touchdowns. So there were plenty of big fantasy performances from the quarterback spot.
The running back spot was pretty quiet, having just five running backs hit the 100-yard mark despite no teams having a bye. And just two running backs had multiple rushing touchdowns. It was not a good week from the running back position. If you had one of the backs that actually produced, you likely had a solid fantasy week.
Receivers had more success than running backs but the position was still down a little compared to past weeks. We had seven receivers that hit the 100-yard mark. And just three receivers had multiple touchdowns. And many of the receivers that produced big were players not used in fantasy lineups, including Emmanuel Sanders, A.J. Brown and Marcus Johnson.
The tight end position had some good showings but many of those were from players that likely weren’t used in lineups. Two players hit the 100-yard mark (Noah Fant and Tyler Higbee), but neither were in many fantasy lineups. There was a two-touchdown performance from a tight end, which was a plus, but most of the fantasy performances from the tight end were pretty mediocre.
Bears 31, Cowboys 24
Fantasy Stud: Mitchell Trubisky. Trubisky continued his late season resurgence, scoring four touchdowns in this game. He was 23-of-31 for 244 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also had his best game of the season rushing the ball, running 10 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. If he keeps using his legs like this, his fantasy value will rise even more. This was an impressive performance from Trubisky.
Fantasy Dud: Dak Prescott. Prescott had a pretty quiet game for his standards. He scored just a touchdown and scored just over 20 fantasy points, which was his third lowest total of the season. He was terrible but you just expect better from Prescott based on his production all season. He finishing the game 27-of-49 for 334 yards and a touchdown without a turnover.
Game Notes: Allen Robinson had his second two-touchdown game of the season. He had five receptions for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson has scores three straight games.
Ezekiel Elliott had his first two-touchdown rushing game of the season. He ran 19 times for 81 yards and two touchdowns. He has 20-plus fantasy points three of four games.
Packers 20, Redskins 15
Fantasy Stud: Aaron Jones. Jones carried the Packers offense in this game. He had a monster game, rushing 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown. He also had six receptions for 58 yards, giving him 192 total yards and a score. This was his third 100-yard game of the year. He is up to 15 total touchdowns. Jones has been a real difference maker for fantasy teams all season.
Fantasy Dud: Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers seemed setup for a big game in this one, but was a huge disappointment. He failed to even throw for 200 yards. He was 18-of-28 for 195 yards and a touchdown with a lost fumble. Rodgers has really stumbled down the stretch for his fantasy owners, having one or no scores four of his last five games.
Game Notes: Derrius Guice left the game with a knee injury. The injury didn’t appear serious, but he was unable to return to the game. He ran five times for 42 yards before leaving. Adrian Peterson got most of the work at running back, rushing, 20 times for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Terry McLaurin scored his sixth touchdowns of the season and first since Week 6. He had four receptions for 57 yards and a score on seven targets.
Jets 22, Dolphins 21
Fantasy Stud: Jason Sanders. Kickers rarely get the “stud” honors, but Sanders really deserves it for this performance. He made seven field goals, accounting for all 21 points for the Dolphins. He even had a 53 and 47-yard kick in the game. He was a huge plus for any fantasy team that used him in Week 14.
Fantasy Dud: Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick finally cooled off in this game. He stalled in the red zone throughout the game. He was 21-of-37 for 245 yards with an interception. Fitzpatrick had six touchdowns his last two games, so big things were expected of him in this favorable matchup with a banged up Jets secondary.
Game Notes: DeVante Parker suffered a concussion and left the game early. He had two receptions for 28 yards before exiting. Isaiah Ford was the leading receiver with Parker out, catching six passes for 92 yards.
Robby Anderson hit the 100-yard mark for the second straight game. He had seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. He has scores three of four games.
Falcons 40, Panthers 20
Fantasy Stud: Devonta Freeman. Freeman had a solid game, rushing 17 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 10 yards. He had just over 19 fantasy points, which was his second highest total of the season. Freeman is not having a great season but shown pretty well at times. He does have double-digit fantasy points seven games.
Fantasy Dud: Austin Hooper. Hooper returned from injury this week but was pretty much a non-factor. He had two receptions for 32 yards. You expected better from the star tight end, especially in a game that Falcons topped 300-passing yards and scored 40 points. His time off might have been an issue in this performance.
Game Notes: Christian McCaffrey was held in check much of the game but still had a huge fantasy game, getting a ton of receptions late. He had 11 carries for 53 yards, and 11 receptions for 82 yards. This was his fourth game with double-digit receptions.
Julio Jones returned from his shoulder injury and had five receptions for 66 yards on eight targets. He looked pretty healthy in the game and should get better going forward.
Ravens 24, Bills 17
Fantasy Stud: Lamar Jackson. Jackson had his usual huge game despite another tough matchup. He was 16-of-25 for 145 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran 11 times for 40 yards. Jackson has three or more scores four of five games. He has 35 total touchdowns on the season, having a monster year. He also went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in this game.
Fantasy Dud: John Brown. Brown had a rare down game for his standard, catching three passes for just 26 yards. His fantasy point total was a season low. He had double-digit fantasy points all but a game before this showing. This was a tough matchup but still disappointing to see Brown stumble in a crucial week for fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Devin Singletary ran 18 times for 89 yards and caught six passes for 29 yards, giving him 118 total yards. He has topped 100 total yards three straight games.
Cole Beasley scored a touchdown for the third straight game. He had four receptions for 29 yards and a score. He also converted a two-point try. He has touchdowns six of eight games.
Browns 27, Bengals 19
Fantasy Stud: Joe Mixon. Mixon continued his big late-season surge. He ran 23 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also had three receptions for 40 yards, giving him 186 total yards. Mixon has touchdowns two straight and three of four. He has 17-plus fantasy points five of six games. His great play down the stretch has been a welcome sight for all his fantasy owners. He really started the season slowly.
Fantasy Dud: Odell Beckham. Beckham had two receptions for just 39 yards. Beckham continued his disappointing season. He has fewer than six fantasy points two straight games. He has just two touchdowns all year and is apparently playing with a painful hernia injury, which seems to be impacting his play.
Game Notes: Nick Chubb hit the 100-yard rushing mark, running 15 times for 106 yards. He has six 100-yard games this year. He is over 1,200-rushing yards for the season with three games to play.
David Njoku returned from his broken wrist and caught a pass for four yards on two targets. It was his first game since Week 2.
Vikings 20, Lions 7
Fantasy Stud: Kenny Golladay. Golladay got his points again despite some bad quarterback play much of the game. He had six receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown. Golladay has been a touchdown machine, scoring 10 times this year. He has scores five of seven games. He continues to be a top play despite having an inexperienced rookie throwing him passes.
Fantasy Dud: Kirk Cousins. Cousins did not have much of a fantasy showing despite a really good matchup. He was 24-of-30 for 242 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He had really mediocre numbers, especially if you consider his play lately. Cousins had multiple touchdowns four straight and six of seven before this game. You just expected better numbers from Cousins.
Game Notes: Dalvin Cook was able to play with his chest injury and looked pretty good. He ran 18 times for 62 yards and a touchdown. He has scores four straight games and all but two games this year.
Stefon Diggs led the Vikings in receiving, catching six passes for 92 yards. Diggs has four or more receptions three straight games.
49ers 48, Saints 46
Fantasy Stud: Drew Brees. Brees had a monster game in a very tough matchup, showing he still has plenty left in the tank. He was 29-of-40 for 349 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover. Brees has three or more scores three of five games. Brees has 18 total touchdowns in eight games this season.
Fantasy Dud: Alvin Kamara. There were all sorts of fantasy points in this game, but Kamara was not part of the fun. He ran 13 times for just 25 yards and caught four passes for 18 yards. His numbers have really been down this year. He has just two touchdowns and hasn't scored since Week 3. He is yet to have a 100-yard rushing game this year.
Game Notes: Michael Thomas continued his red hot play, catching 11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Thomas has seven games with double-digit receptions. He has an amazing 121 receptions with three games to play.
Jared Cook was on his way to a big game but suffered a concussion, forcing him to leave. He had two receptions for 64 yards and two touchdowns before getting injured.
Bucs 38, Colts 35
Fantasy Stud: Jameis Winston. Winston had his turnover issues once again, but that didn’t stop him from having another huge fantasy performance. He was 33-of-45 for 456 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions. He also ran in a score, giving him five total touchdowns. He had more than 42 fantasy points, which was a season high for Winston. He has 300-plus yards nine games. He also has multiple touchdowns eight games.
Fantasy Dud: Jack Doyle. Doyle had two receptions for 27 yards. There were some high expectations for Doyle in this game because of a favorable matchup and Eric Ebron out of the lineup. Doyle disappointed, though. He had been up and down much of the year, so this performance shouldn’t come as too much of a shock to fantasy teams.
Game Notes: Mike Evans had a catch for a 61-yard touchdown but that was his only reception. He injured his hamstring and had to leave the game. This is an injury to watch. He could miss some time.
Zach Pascal had five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown. Pascal has 12 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown his last two games.
Broncos 38, Texans 24
Fantasy Stud: Drew Lock. Lock had quite the second start of his career, showing the Broncos they might have finally found their franchise quarterback. Lock was 22-of-27 for 309 yards and three touchdowns with an interception. He also ran three times for 15 yards. Lock remains a scary fantasy proposition for this season but could have a future. He looked really good in this one.
Fantasy Dud: Courtland Sutton. Sutton was a bit of a surprise in this one because the Broncos had a lot of success throwing the ball. Sutton was not much of a factor, though, catching five passes for 34 yards. This was just the third time all season he didn’t have double-digit fantasy points. The good news is the Broncos had success throwing the ball, which bodes well for Sutton the rest of the way.
Game Notes: Noah Fant had his second 100-yard game of the season. He caught four passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. He has 60 or more yards three of five games. Fant did hurt his foot in the game, though, and was forced to leave. Keep an eye on the notes for the latest on this injury.
Deshaun Watson did most of his damage late with his team down big, but produced great numbers in the end for his fantasy owners. He was 28-of-50 for 292 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions. He ran in two scores, though, giving him three total touchdowns. He topped 30 fantasy points for the second straight game.
Chargers 45, Jaguars 10
Fantasy Stud: Austin Ekeler. Ekeler did the rare feat of topping 100-yards both rushing and receiving. He ran eight times for 101 yards, and caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He had 213 total yards. Ekeler is having a huge fantasy season - even with Melvin Gordon back in the mix. He has 16 or more fantasy points three straight games and double-digit fantasy points all but a game. He has more than 1,200 total yards and 11 touchdowns.
Fantasy Dud: Leonard Fournette. Fournette was pretty quiet int his game, rushing 15 times for 50 yards. He also caught three passes for 13 yards. He failed to top double-digit fantasy points for the first time all year. It was a rare down showing for Fournette, who isn’t having a big season but consistent. The Jaguars got down big, though, which was bad news for Fournette, especially late in the game.
Game Notes: Philip Rivers put the doubters behind him in this game, going 16-of-22 for 314 yards and three touchdowns without a turnover. Rivers has multiple touchdowns three of four and topped 20 fantasy points two straight.
Gardner Minshew didn’t have much of a game in his return to the starting lineup. He was 24-of-37 for 162 yards and a touchdown without a turnover. He should continue to start for the Jaguars, though, with the team out of playoff contention.
Titans 42, Raiders 21
Fantasy Stud: A.J. Brown. Brown made big plays at receiver once again, including a 91-yard touchdown reception. He had five receptions for 153 yards and two scores. Brown has 100-yard games two of three. He also has touchdowns three of six games. He is having a solid rookie season and seems to be gaining a nice rapport with new starter Ryan Tannehill.
Fantasy Dud: Tyrell Williams. Williams had just three receptions for 35 yards. His late season swoon continued. Williams has fewer than 40 yards three straight and four of five games. He also hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 8. He is a very hard fantasy player to trust right now, getting few chances in the Raiders passing game.
Game Notes: DeAndre Washington started with Josh Jacobs out and played well in a starting role. He ran 14 times for 53 yards and a touchdown. He also caught six passes for 43 yards, giving him 96 total yards.
Derrick Henry reached the 100-yard mark for the fourth straight game. He ran 18 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. He also has touchdowns five straight games. He is as hot as any back in the game.
Chiefs 23, Patriots 16
Fantasy Stud: Julian Edelman. There were not many fantasy stars in this defensive battle. Edelman was one of the few bright spots, catching eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. He continues to be the main target in the passing game. Edelman has 15-plus fantasy points six straight games. He has been super consistent, getting a ton of weekly volume for all his fantasy owners.
Fantasy Dud: Tom Brady. Brady had his struggles again, finishing 19-of-36 for 169 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Brady had fewer than 15 fantasy points for the third time in four games. He failed to hit 200-passing yards for the third time this year. He just isn’t a very good fantasy play right now. He does not have a very high ceiling.
Game Notes: LeSean McCoy led the Chiefs in carries, rushing 11 times for 39 yards. Newly signed Spencer Ware also was in the mix, rushing five times for 11 yards.
Travis Kelce had seven receptions for 66 yards. He also found the end zone, scoring on a four-yard rush attempt. Kelce has touchdowns three of four games. He also has seven receptions four of five games.
Steelers 23, Cardinals 17
Fantasy Stud: Diontae Johnson. Johnson scored both the Steelers touchdowns. He had one receiving and another on a punt return. He had six receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown. His punt return touchdown was on a 85-yard return. Johnson isn’t having a huge rookie season but showing some flashes of his ability. He should continue to get better with more seasoning, especially when Ben Roethilsberger returns to the lineup.
Fantasy Dud: Vance McDonald. There were big hopes for McDonald this week, getting the Cardinals. Arizona was dead last against the tight end this year, getting torched on a weekly basis by the position. McDonald did not take advantage of the matchup, though, having just a catch for three yards. He also left the game early because of a concussion, so his status going forward is up in the air. This was the time to finally use him with confidence and he failed. You probably just want to leave McDonald on your bench going forward.
Game Notes: Kyler Murray had his first three-interception game as a pro. He was 20-of-30 for 194 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions. The good news is Murray has multiple touchdowns four of five games.
Christian Kirk led the Cardinals in receiving, catching eight passes for 85 yards. He has at least six receptions three of four games. He is becoming the go-to target for the Cardinals passing game.
Rams 28, Seahawks 12
Fantasy Stud: Todd Gurley. Gurley is finally producing more like the Gurley from the past few years, getting a lot more touches in the offense. He had 23 carries for 79 yards and a touchdown. He also had four receptions for 34 yards, giving him 113 total yards. Gurley has topped 100 total yards three of four games. He is finishing his season on a high note.
Fantasy Dud: Russell Wilson. Wilson was a big disappointment, failing to score a touchdown. He was 22-of-36 for 245 yards with an interception. This was his first game all season without a touchdown. He picked a bad time to have a stinker of a game for all his fantasy owners. Hopefully, this game didn’t do in all his owners.
Game Notes: Rashaad Penny had an early exit from the game, hurting his knee on a 16-yard reception. This was his only touch in the game. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.
Tyler Higbee had his second straight 100-yard game. He had seven receptions for 116 yards on 11 targets. He has emerged as a big-time target in this offense since taking over as the starter.
Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at email@example.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.
Five Hot Starts: Week 3
Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (hamstring) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Thursday but is in line to make his season debut in Week 3 against the Cardinals. Golladay suffered a strained hamstring in practice on Sept. 9 and has missed the first two games of the season. Normally a pretty solid WR1 option for fantasy lineups, the Lions No. 1 wideout will carry a bit more risk with him if he makes his 2020 debut this weekend. Plus, Golladay will likely be covered by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, which won't be an easy task by any means. You're probably starting Golladay if he's active, but it might be wise to temper expectations a bit. If he's back, it'll be bad news for Marvin Jones Jr. and Danny Amendola.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (knee) missed his second straight practice on Thursday. It's not a good sign for the 23-year-old after he missed the Week 2 game. Brown will need to get in at least a limited practice on Friday to have a shot at suiting up this Sunday against the Vikings. Have a backup plan in place if you own him. Corey Davis will be worth flex consideration if Brown misses another game, Adam Humphries would have some sleeper potential in DFS and deeper leagues, and tight end Jonnu Smith would have real TE1 appeal after going for four catches, 84 yards and two touchdowns without Brown in the lineup last weekend.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. was a popular pick to have a breakout game against the Dolphins in Week 3, but it didn't happen, as he finished with just 33 receiving yards. Shenault did record five receptions, but with his usage mainly coming in the short-yardage passing, Shenault didn't have the chance to do much with the opportunities he received. Moving forward, Shenault is a low-ceiling fantasy option until we actually see him used in a way that offers a chance for him to produce more than just a handful of yards.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Thompson continued to see his role expand on Thursday night, catching five passes for 35 yards and adding three rushing yards on two carries. Thompson isn't the same receiving threat that he was in Washington, but he's becoming a larger part of things for the Jaguars. That doesn't mean you need to rush out and put him in your fantasy lineups moving forward, but it's worth keeping an eye on what Thompson does in Week 4 against the Bengals.
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Keelan Cole caught four passes for 43 yards in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. It was Cole's first game this year without a touchdown. Thursday showed us what Cole's floor this year likely looks like: a handful of catches with an average of around 10 yards per reception. You'll take that in deeper leagues, but he's likely just a tad too inconsistent to be a weekly start in 12-team leagues, especially when you consider this was a matchup that felt ripe for the taking for the Jaguars passing game and they responded with their worst offensive output of the season.
With D.J. Chark Jr. (chest/back) out, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Chris Conley was a popular pick to see an expanded role on Thursday night. And he did, as he led the team in targets with eight. The problem? Drops and some poor positioning led to Conley catching just three of those passes for 34 yards. This was his chance to impress and show he deserved a larger role, and it just didn't happen. Conley's on the fringes of rosterability in season-long leagues at this point, with his value fully dependent on Chark missing more time.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson was the only consistent source of production in Thursday's loss to the Miami Dolphins. The undrafted rookie ran the ball 11 times, finishing with 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also led the team in receptions, catching six of them for 83 yards. Robinson might be the only player who can be a weekly starter on this offense right now and should be considered a fantasy RB2 going forward. Even when the Jaguars offense looks like a train wreck, Robinson manages to get his numbers.
The Jacksonville Jaguars weren't supposed to be blown out by the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, but they were, as the Dolphins took the 31-13 victory. Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II struggled all night, going 30-for-42 for 275 yards with no touchdowns while throwing an interception and narrowly avoiding throwing a second. He also added 22 yards on the ground. Minshew was a huge disappointment to fantasy managers, and now we have reason to doubt the mustached passer, who we thought was on his way to being a consistent fantasy QB2.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has his most formidable challenge of the 2020 season thus far against the Chiefs on Monday night. The third-year signal-caller has played relatively well against Kansas City throughout his career (two games), throwing for 414 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 22 carries for 113 yards and an additional score. While his previous performances against the squad doesn't guarantee a similar output, it is reasonable to assume that fantasy managers may see the same type of production once again. In case there was any doubt, keep him starting in all formats.
Cincinnati Bengals tight end Drew Sample caught seven of his nine targets for 45 yards against the Browns in Week 2. Although it's unlikely that rookie quarterback Joe Burrow will throw 61 passes against the Eagles as he did against Cleveland, the sophomore will likely be in line for an uptick in production after Cincy lost C.J. Uzomah (Achilles) for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. While Sample probably can't be depended on for consistent production moving ahead, he is a suitable dart throw for those in need of a tight end in Week 3 and the remainder of the year.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd has racked up 11 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown throughout his first two games of the year. With A.J. Green back in the mix after missing some time due to injury, concerns emerged as to whether or not Boyd would be able to produce a third-straight 1,000-yard season. Nonetheless, as the 25-year-old builds a familiar rapport with rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow, the door could open for an uptick in fantasy production moving head. While Green, John Ross III, and Tee Higgins will also be looking for Burrow's attention, Boyd may emerge as the undisputed No. 1 wideout for the team from a production standpoint. As far as his Week 3 outlook against the Eagles, fantasy managers should keep him starting, regardless of format.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley continues to get work as the No. 2 running back. Kelley received 52% of the snaps out of the backfield and 23 carries compared to the 16 that starter Austin Ekeler got. Kelley has now recorded 124 rushing yards on 35 attempts and has scored one touchdown in two games. He has also chipped in with a pair of catches for 49 yards. The Chargers have a favorable matchup against a Panthers Defense that has given up the sixth most points per game this season. Kelley is a solid option at the flex position for managers in Week 3.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen will look to build off of a strong Week 2 outing in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers. Allen was a beneficiary of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert drawing the last minute start over Tyrod Taylor (chest) this past Sunday. Allen capitalized by hauling in seven of his 10 targets for 96 yards. The Panthers Defense is 10th in the league in allowing the fewest receiving yards per game, but that same defense has allowed 32.5 points per game this year and that would increase the odds of Allen getting a chance for his first touchdown. Allen should be considered a low-end WR2 in Week 3.
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Hunter Henry has been off to a hot start in 2020, but will have a tough challenge against the Panthers in Week 3. Henry has been one of the better options at a tough position and most importantly has looked healthy in two games. The Panthers have been successful in shutting down the tight end position thus far and have held Darren Waller, Jason Witten, O.J. Howard and Rob Gronkowski to just eight catches and 58 yards over the first two weeks. Henry should still be considered a TE1, but this will be his toughest test so far this season.
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green hasn't had the most spectacular 2020 campaign but will attempt to get on track against Philadelphia in Week 3. Despite being targeted 22 times by rookie signal-caller Joe Burrow throughout the first two games of the year, the veteran has hauled in only eight of them for an unimpressive 80 yards. After having not played for nearly two years due to injury, the 32-year-old may have needed a game or two to get rid of any residual rust. While many are likely apprehensive about starting him against the Eagles due to his underwhelming play thus far, he has done enough throughout his career to earn another start or two before fantasy managers decide whether or not to pull the plug. For now, keep him starting.
Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler will look to continue his strong season with a matchup against the Panthers in Week 3. Ekeler has been sharing work with rookie Joshua Kelley and received 56% of the snaps in Week 2. Kelley also got a big chunk at 52% last Sunday. The backfield has worked out well so far for fantasy managers and Ekeler should be considered a low-end RB1 against a defense that is allowing 127.5 yards per game and 32.5 points. Ekeler has rushed for 177 yards on the season with five receptions for 58 yards.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon will look to get things going against Philadelphia on Sunday. The 24-year-old has been a colossal disappointment through the first two games of the year, racking up an underwhelming 115 yards off of 35 attempts for a miserable 3.3 YPC. He has also hauled in just five catches for 42 yards. The former Sooner isn't a stranger to slow starts, especially since he didn't score on the ground until Week 11 of the 2019 campaign. Although Mixon hasn't done much to earn the trust of fantasy managers, there aren't many options with an upside as high as his. Keep him starting in all formats against the Eagles in Week 3.
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow will look to keep things on track in Week 3 against the Eagles. The rookie has had an impressive inaugural season, throwing for 509 yards, three touchdowns, and only one interception throughout his first two games. He has also racked up 65 yards and an additional score on 15 attempts on the ground. The 23-year-old has displayed maturity and game-management skills well beyond his years. Although he may have a few rough performances over the team's next 14 games, fantasy managers, especially in deep, Superflex leagues, shouldn't hesitate to roll with Burrow against Philadelphia on Sunday as the upside is certainly there.
The Cleveland Browns Defense is a solid fantasy option for their Week 3 matchup against the Washington Football Team. Washington's offense has not been very potent through two weeks, scoring 42 total points and while allowing seven sacks and committing two turnovers. Cleveland is installed as a seven-point home favorite in a game that could be rather low-scoring. Fire up the Browns defense as a top-10 fantasy option for Week 3.
Jacksonville Jaguars LB Leon Jacobs (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 3 game and has been ruled out.