Fantasy Football Talk: Week 3

The NFL season is almost looking like an alternate universe where the Bills are 2-0, Antonio Brown is now a Patriot, and Lamar Jackson is throwing the ball accurately. There’s a lot to discuss regarding a very upside down NFL season in regards to who to start, sit, and pick up. All point totals are done in the basic ESPN PPR point format.

Who To Start:

David Montgomery- Running Back- Chicago Bears: The player I was most excited about heading into the season finally showed out in week 2. He put up 18 rushing attempts for 62 yards and a TD along with one reception as well. He finally lived up to his hype of being a bell-cow and now you can confidently start him. He faces off against a Washington team who has allowed the second most rushing yards per game so far this season with 168. Montgomery not splitting carries with anyone makes this matchup have massive appeal as he could go north of 100 rushing yards easily, not to mention the fact that a possible touchdown as well.

Greg Olsen- Tight End- Carolina Panthers: In a team that is having a very rough time right now Olsen is one bright spot. He is currently ranked as the 9th best fantasy TE and goes up against a Cardinals team that has allowed the most fantasy points to TE so far this season. Cam Newton is also struggling a lot right now, so he will want to turn to his surest target in Olsen when distributing the football. Last week Mark Andrews put up 8/112/1 against them, so Olsen has the potential for a big day. 

Detroit Lions Wide Receivers: This includes Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones Jr., and Danny Amendola. Why all three you may ask? They face an Eagles team who has allowed the second most fantasy points to wideouts so far this season, but also have a very stout rush defense. The Lions will have a rough time getting the ground game going so Stafford will being doing a lot of passing which will lead to high volume for these WRs. Each has the potential for a standout day, but it could go in either three ways. It is still safe to start any of these three wideouts though,

Do Not Start:

T.Y. Hilton- Wide Receiver- Indianapolis Colts: The number 7 ranked fantasy wideout salvaged a productive week last week with one TD to bring his point total up to 14.3 against the Titans. Hilton faces a Falcons team that has allowed the second least amount of receiving yards per game to opposing WRs. They have done an elite job on Adam Thielen holding him to only 3 catches and I don’t really trust Jacoby Brissett to make Hilton’s day any easier.

Kerryon Johnson- Running Back- Detroit Lions: This is now the third week in a row that Johnson has found himself in a fantasy football talk article. Unfortunately for Johnson, he’s on the wrong end of the article. He faces an Eagles rush defense that is still elite. He is only averaging 3.2 YPC and Philly is only allowing 42.5 rushing yards per game. Johnson will most likely have to salvage his day in the passing game, but even as a feature back he is struggling to get receptions as he only has four receptions through two games. 

Damien Williams- Running Back- Kansas City Chiefs: I have a lot of concerns starting Williams against a Ravens team who is only allowing 9.6 fantasy points per game to opposing RBs. Williams is also coming off existing last weeks contest early so it will be tough to say how much of a workload he is up for. Williams makes most of his point totals with his heavy use in the passing game, but if he’s not 100% he may pass off some of those targets to others like LeSean McCoy.

Waiver Wire Pickups

Terry McLaurin- Wide Receiver- Washington Redskins: If this kid is somehow still available in your league I don’t even know why you’re hesitating to pick him up. He found himself with an amazing nine targets last week and is currently the 11th ranked fantasy wideout. With only 41% ownership in ESPN leagues you have to give him an add.

Nelson Agholor- Wide Receiver- Philadelphia Eagles: With question marks surrounding Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson’s availability for the next couple weeks, Agholor all of a sudden is the WR1 in Philly. He didn’t disappoint as in the new WR1 roll he put up 24.7 points on 8/107/1 and his only competition for targets was really Zach Ertz. He is only owned in 4% of ESPN leagues and has great upside, especially if some of these injuries keep Jackson and Jeffery out for an extensive period of time.

Josh Allen- Quarterback- Buffalo Bills: He has shown he is a very solid fantasy play. He improved his throwing this off-season, but his main fantasy appeal is with his legs. He has combined for 17 rush attempts for 59 yards and 2 TDs through two weeks and is currently the 11th ranked fantasy QB. If you are a fantasy owner looking for a replacement for Drew Brees, Ben Rothelsberger, or even a struggling QB like Cam Newton, Allen is a very solid option. He only is owned in 30% of ESPN leagues as well.