It’s Sunday and you’re tinkering with your lineup. Questioning who to put where, if this guy will break out or if that guy will bust, maybe even pondering what flavor of wings you’re gonna order before game time. That’s where we can help. Not the wings part (although honey barbecue is always a good choice), but this article will discuss some players that you might be questioning. The intent here is to go beyond the obvious, but we do want to cover all the bases. Just to be sure.
RB Latavius Murray
This qualifies as an obvious start. But any time a start/sit question revolves around a guy you probably got on waivers that week, it’s worth at least mentioning. Dalvin Cook is out, Murray is starting, and the Vikings are facing the hapless Buffalo Bills. That should be enough for you to put Murray into your lineup, but if you want some stats to back it up, I got you. The Bills are the 30th ranked defense against running backs this year, allowing 3 TDs to each of their first two opponents. Before Melvin Gordon gashed them last week, it was actually a committee of Ravens backs that did the damage in week one, not just Alex Collins. So it’s clearly not just high-end backs who are capable of putting up numbers on this defense. With the Vikings likely to get out to a lead and try to kill clock the rest of the way, Murray is an ideal streaming option for week three.
RB Corey Clement
Despite being listed on the injury report himself, Clement is slated to get the bulk of the Eagles touches with both Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles ruled out. Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams will be involved, but Clement is the most talented player in the group and the safest bet for fantasy value. Carson Wentz is back to run the offense and there’s a relative lack of weapons right now beyond Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz. So it’s a safe bet that Clement will have a busy day against a Colts defense that feels like it hasn’t been able to stop the run since Blockbuster went out of business.
QB Carson Wentz
Speaking of Carson Wentz, roll him out this week against the aforementioned horrendous Colts defense. If he’s been cleared to play, then he’ll be playing without restrictions. Unless you were one of the lucky few to pair Wentz with a guy like Patrick Mahomes in your draft, it’s time to grease up the wheels on the Wentz wagon and deploy him in his return. To their credit, Indianapolis has only allowed 27 total points to QBs this season, but they played the inconsistent Andy Dalton and middling Alex Smith in their first two games. Wentz should be ready to have his way with the Colts today.
WR Keelan Cole
Cole is emerging as the Jaguars wide receiver to own. A one-handed highlight catch against the Patriots last week showed the type of ridiculous talent Cole possesses, but he’s more than just a SportsCenter top play. He churned out 7 catches for 116 yards and a TD against New England. After his incredible finish to last season (475 yards and 3 TDs over his last 5 game), he’s picking up right where he left off. Against a beatable Titans secondary, Cole should be able to have another productive week.
TE Eric Ebron
He just won’t stop. A regularly disappointing fantasy play while in Detroit, Ebron stepped into what looked like a backup role when he signed with Indianapolis. But Andrew Luck obviously has a connection with Ebron, as the new signee has 2 TDs while incumbent starter Jack Doyle has none. Doyle is the safer long-term bet with 15 targets this season to Ebron’s 9, but Doyle’s not playing this week. In a game where the Colts will likely have to throw to keep up, Ebron is a great play and a solid bet to keep up his TD streak.
RB LeSean McCoy
If you haven’t jumped off the Shady train yet, do it before it’s too late. McCoy is questionable for this week with a rib injury, but even if he plays, the outlook is not good whatsoever. With a dreadful offensive line, McCoy has found no room to run through two weeks, managing just 61 yards on 16 carries. That’s not going to get any better against the Vikings defense. For any of you still clinging to the name brand here, it’s time to stop. Breakups are hard, I know, but you can do this. I believe in you.
RB Rex Burkhead
The Patriots backfield is a mess (in fantasy) for the billionth year in a row. Shocking. And the guy who was projected to lead the charge in the beginning of the year now has a questionable workload. Double shocking. With Sony Michel healthy and Burkhead not getting any work in the second half of last week’s game against the Jags, this is once again becoming a backfield to stay away from altogether until you can see how it shakes out, if it ever does. As of now, the best bet is that Michel takes lead back duties, but that means less in New England’s backfield than it does in others. Even if you spent a fairly high pick on Burkhead, you should bite the bullet and sit him this week.
WR Sammy Watkins
People are jumping all over Watkins after he broke out a bit last week. 6 catches for 100 yards can’t be completely overlooked, but this offense has too many weapons to consistently trust Watkins, who has struggled to produce in his career even when being funneled targets. With Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Kareem Hunt all prioritized above Watkins, give it another week or two before thrusting him into your starting lineup. Unless your roster is truly thin, there are better options for your flex in week three.
WR Corey Davis
Davis is Marcus Mariota’s favorite target. That would potentially be enough to warrant flex consideration even against a tough Jaguars secondary, but with Mariota out this week, forget it. It’s pretty rare that a talented receiver with such a huge target share is an obvious fade, but that’s exactly what we’re looking at here. You just can’t trust him against Jalen Ramsey and the Jags with Blaine Gabbert under center. Leave Davis on your bench this week.
TE Will Dissly
It hurts me to put my man Will Dissly on this list. It truly does. But I just don’t buy it yet. 3 catches for 105 yards and a TD put Dissly on the map week one, but pretty much everyone thought it was a fluke. Then he scored again in week two along with another 3 catches for 42 yards. But that was in garbage time against a Bears defense that might as well have been half way out of the stadium at that point. Tight end is a crapshoot in fantasy, so keep Dissly on your bench to see if somehow he keeps this up. But for week three, look for more reliable options.