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Sunday, September 24, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: ROB KELLEY TO SIT OUT SUNDAY WITH BROKEN RIB

                                                          

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley will not be able to answer the bell Sunday, meaning rookie Samaje Perine will handle the majority of rushing attempts for the team versus the Oakland Raiders.  Chris Thompson will also be heavily involved in the passing game as well so both guys are worth using in standard/PPR respectively.  As far as Kelley is concerned, he practiced leading up to the game but apparently is still feeling too much pain to give it a go.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: DeMARCO MURRAY LIKELY TO BE ACTIVE, DERRICK HENRY EXPECTED TO DRAW MAJORITY OF CARRIES

                                                          

It is looking like a bit of an ugly situation in the Tennessee Titans backfield Sunday as starter DeMarco Murray is expected to at least be active and play a limited role which of course will muddy up the outlook on backup Derrick Henry who was all the waiver wire rage the last few days.  Henry is the much better fantasy football option this week given the fact Murray is hobbled and has been ineffective thus far but his presence will really make this one big question mark for all involved.  If you don't have a good third back and are holding Henry, then go that route.  This may not go as smoothly as all Henry owners might have thought just a few days ago.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: JORDAN REED TO BE GAME-TIME CALL

                                                               

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will be a game-time decision for the team Sunday as he  continues to battle a litany of injuries that include a fractured toe and a chest problem that cropped up last week.  There is a big risk here that even if Reed suits up, he will be used sparingly so the better option is to go elsewhere if you can.  That is always tough to do at the shallow tight end spot but that unfortunately is the situation that is presenting itself this week with Reed.  We have more than reached the point now with the guy where he is simply not worth the aggravation anymore.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: MELVIN GORDON (KNEE) TO START FOR CHARGERS

                                                          

San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon will start Sunday for the team versus the Kansas City Chiefs despite drawing a concerning questionable tag with a knee problem.  Gordon is already paying off nicely as a mid-first round pick which is no small feat in this year where DeMarco Murray and Jordan Howard are already going bust.  He has a tough matchup against a swarming K.C. defense but the usage is always high here which helps across the board.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: JORDY NELSON (QUAD) STARTING FOR PACK SUNDAY

                                                            

Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson will start for the team Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals as he avoided missing any games with the quad injury he sustained last weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.  With Randall Cobb likely a no-go with a shoulder problem, count on Nelson and Davante Adams to get a ton of looks from QB Aaron Rodgers.  Clear WR 1 production on tap for Week 3.  

 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 wide receiver rankings based on opposing matchups.

1.  Antonio Brown
2.  Julio Jones 
3.  Mike Evans
4.  Jordy Nelson
5.  Odell Beckham Jr.
6.  A.J. Green
7.  Michael Thomas
8.  Keenan Allen
9.  Tyreek Hill
10. Brandin Cooks
11. Kelvin Benjamin
12. Michael Crabtree
13. Davante Adams
14. Devante Parker
15. DeAndre Hopkins
16. Amari Cooper
17. Dez Bryant
18. Golden Tate
19. Doug Baldwin
20. Alshon Jeffery
21. Martavis Bryant
22. Emmanuel Sanders
23. Terrell Pryor
24. Stefon Diggs
25. Chris Hogan
26. Larry Fitzgerald
27. Demaryuis Thomas
28. J.J. Nelson
29. Jarvis Landry
30. Tyrell Williams
31. Rashard Higgins
32. Jeremy Maclin
33. T.Y. Hilton
34. DeSean Jackson
35. Danny Amendola
36. Jamison Crowder
37. Adam Thielen
38. Jermaine Kearse
39. Marvin Jones
40. Devin Funchess


Friday, September 22, 2017

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 START/SIT

Already Week 3 in fantasy football and so let's check out who made the START/SIT cut with an eye on less obvious choices (since we all would start Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Le'Veon Bell etc.).  

START

Derrick Henry:  Even if DeMarco Murray does in fact suit up, Henry is expected to receive a heavy dose of carries in a starter's role.  It is only a matter of time before Henry pushed the aging Murray aside and it start this week.  

Jay Cutler:  We just got done seeing Derek Carr toss three touchdown passes versus the 30th ranked NY Jets defese and a fresh Jay Cutler should be able to be in the same statistical ballpark.  

Trevor Siemian:  Ride the hot hand as Siemian already has six touchdown passes on the season.  With to excellent receivers at his disposal, the nice run should continue versus an average Buffalo defense.  

Marshawn Lynch:  While the numbers have not exploded just yet for Lynch, he draws a Washington Redskins defense that made Todd Gurley who like he was back in 2015.  

Isaiah Crowell:  The Cleveland Browns have underutilized Crowell thus far and so count on them giving their best offensive player a heavy workload this week against a soft Indy defense.  

Javorious Allen:  Those who especially take part in PPR formats should like the heavy workload (no Terrance West) and an annually poor Jacksonville defense to face off against.  \

Davante Adams:  With Randall Cobb likely out with a shoulder injury, Adams will get a ton of looks from QB Aaron Rodgers like he did a week ago.  

Eric Ebron:  Having scored last week and now entering into a shootout, Ebron is ready to continue the climb to upper-tier status which his natural ability has hinted at.  

SIT

Cam Newton:  Yes Newton draws the always awful New Orleans Saints defense but this marks his first game without stud tight end Greg Olsen and he is also quite banged up.  No thank you.  

LeSean McCoy:  Fresh off a horrible dud in Week 2, McCoy gets the Denver defense that just destroyed Ezekiel Elliott.  

Chris Carson:  Now the undisputed bellcow back for the Seattle Mariners, look for Carson to keep things moving in a positive direction against the so far shaky run defense of the Tennessee Titans.  

Dez Bryant:  Yet another brutal matchup for Bryant who now draws Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals in coverage.  

Doug Baldwin:  With the Seattle Seahawks passing offense in a major rut, Baldwin is not a good option to start unless we see signs of this changing.  




2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: JOE MAUER 1B MINNESOTA TWINS

Well perhaps Joe Mauer is not done after all.  Seemingly a forgotten man for the better part of the last 2-3 seasons in fantasy baseball due to non-existent power, increasing injuries, and the loss of catcher eligibility; the veteran first baseman has been about as hot a pure hitter as there is in the game in September.  Hitting nearly .400 for the month, Mauer has upped his season average to .311 which is the highest he has been this late in the year since 2013.  While Mauer still has very little power (just seven home runs), those who need a late season boost in the batting average department can't do any better than this guy.  With 68 RBI and 65 runs scored, Mauer can also help a bit in the runs/RBI department as well.  Yes at the age of 34 Mauer's best days are still clearly behind him but he is refusing to go quietly by the looks of it.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: NO TYLER EIFERT (BACK, KNEE) SUNDAY

                                                           

As expected, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss Week 3 with a combination of back and knee pain.  Eifert has only four catches through two games and will be evaluated again in order to try and get him back on the field for Week 4.  

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 INJURY WATCH: NO SAM BRADFORD FOR SUNDAY

                                                         

It appears as though Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford will miss his second consecutive game this Sunday due to the knee pain that flared up prior to last week's contest.  Once again Case Keenum will start and so this is very bad news for Vikings wideouts Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs who can only be classified as WR 3's this week.  Bradford is being aimed to return in Week 4 but it is a reminder that relying on him to stay healthy is always fool's gold.


2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 RUNNING BACK RANKINGS

Here are the fantasy football Week 3 running back rankings based on opposing matchups:

1.  Le'Veon Bell
2.  Jay Ajayi
3.  Kareem Hunt
4.  Devonta Freeman
5.  Ezekiel Elliott
6.  Ty Mongomery
7.  C.J. Anderson
8.  Dalvin Cook
9.  Melvin Gordon
10. Leonard Fournette
11. LeSean McCoy
12. Mike Gillislee
13. Marshawn Lynch
14. Isaiah Crowell
15. Derrick Henry
16. DeMarco Murray
17. Javorious Allen
18. Tarik Cohen
19. Christian McCaffrey
20. Jacquizz Rodgers
21. Jonathan Stewart
22. Chris Carson
23. Tevin Coleman
24. Ameer Abdullah
25. Lamar Miller
26. Frank Gore
27. Chris Thompson
28. Joe Mixon
29. Jordan Howard
30. Mark Ingram
31. Darren Sproles
32. Samaje Perine
33. James White
34. Theo Riddick
35. Chris Johnson
36. Duke Johnson
37. Bilal Powell
38. Rob Kelley
39. Alvin Kamara
40. Giovani Bernard

2017 FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEK 3 WRAPUP: RAMS/49ERS

So fantasy football Week 3 is underway as the Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers engaged in a wildly entertaining scoring bonanza.  Let's see what fantasy football-worthy items came out of it.

-It really looks like Jared Goff is figuring it out.  After a comically inept rookie year, Goff has now been excellent in two of his three starts in 2017 as he completed 22-of-28 throws for 292 yards with 3 TD's and 0 INT's versus the 49ers.  With Sammy Watkins joining Robert Wood, Cooper Kupp, and Todd Gurley; Goff has quite a nice array of weapons and so fantasy football-worthy numbers are likely to continue.  Hitting hard outs and deep passes with aplomb, Goff should be owned everywhere.

On the other side, Brian Hoyer ended the two game TD drought for the 49ers by completing 23-of-37 throws for 332 yards with 2 TD, 1 INT, and a scoring run.  Hoyer has had big games in the past for the Houston Texans and Chicago Bears but he has been stuck in backup/fringe starter mode since entering the league.  You can classify Hoyer as a better Josh McCown but that doesn't make him worth owning in anything but the deepest of two-QB leagues.

-Todd Gurley for fantasy football MVP?  If there was an early front-runner, it would have to be Gurley who is up to six touchdowns on the season after rushing for 113 yards and two scores on 28 carries, while also catching five balls for another 36 yards and a third score.  Clearly new head coach Sean McVay has worked wonders opening up Gurley's skills from 2015 and so he looks set to take the league by storm.

Don't look now but 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is having his best start to his pro career as well as he rushed for 84 yards and 2 scores on 25 carries, while adding 3 catches for another 10 yards.  Hyde battled through a hip injury to have back-to-back monster weeks and so much for the talk that Kyle Shanahan wanted him off the team over the summer since he was a poor fit on paper for the offense.  With a 2017 draft price that fell quite a bit due to unmet expectations the previous two seasons, Hyde looks like a steal right now.  Health is always dicey though so selling high has to be a part of the thought process of his owners given what has taken place and his history with getting knocked out.

-Sammy Watkins has always had insane physical talent but lacked a QB who could get him the football down the field during his years in Buffalo.  Maybe the development of Goff is changing that trend as Watkins caught 6 balls for 106 yards and 2 scores.  Watkins absolutely has WR 1 ability in all fantasy football leagues if Goff can continue his development and if he can avoid his annual foot problems.  He did get some help from Robert Woods who caught 6 balls for 108 yards.  Another former Bill, Woods is more of a WR 4/5 who will likely have wildly inconsistent numbers.

The 49ers really only have one decent receiving option and that is the underrated Pierre Garcon who caught 7 balls for 142 yards.  In all fantasy football leagues Garcon is a firm WR 3 but he carries moe value in PPR formats.