Week 3 got off to a surprising start with one of the most entertaining Thursday Night games in recent history between two teams that couldn’t even fill up a stadium for prime time. It just goes to show anything can happen and starters hide on every roster. Let’s try to sift through the rest of the week’s action and find some diamonds in the rough.
If you’re not starting Aaron Rodgers at home against a beleaguered and struggling Cincinnati team that sits middle of the pack against QBs like Flacco and Watson, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. A-A-Ron FTW.
Prescott is facing off against the Cardinals, in a dome, with question marks surrounding Ezekiel Elliott’s ability to get it done. It’s possible Dak will have to turn to his favorite weapons against a soft D.
Which Cam will you see? It’s a risk. While it can be pointed out that Cam’s struggles center around O-line and receiver mishaps, a handful of overthrown balls isn’t helping his cause. N.O. gives up the most points to QBs, you gotta take a shot.
Montgomery continues to impress in his new role. The converted receiver put up 29 pts against the Falcons in prime time. Cincinnati gives up the 8th most points to RBs. If GB gets an early lead, a heavy dose of Ty could pad out the score nicely.
The Falcons have allowed 100 yards rushing and TDs against RBs twice this season. Abdullah had a healthy dose of action the Giants and looks to be a solid weapon against an Atlanta team that Detroit will need control the clock against to have a chance of winning.
Stewart is the points bell cow for Carolina and a solid option against the defense that gives up the 4th most points to RBs. With Carolina’s struggles in the red zone, the power run game could make a huge difference on the score board.
As noted before, Dak has a lot of weapons at his disposal, few as reliable as Dez Bryant. Whether the running game rights itself in AZ or not, Dez faces a banged up AZ defense with targets trending up through 2 weeks.
The Chargers are a team that surprises when they shouldn’t. Sitting at the bottom of one of the best divisions in football, the Chiefs won’t take them lightly. Hill is a player that lives and dies by the big play. Big plays that will be much needed to pull out win number 3.
The Saints are the worst team against the pass and Kelvin is Cam’s favorite weapon. Playing at home and lacking dependable Greg Olsen, Kelvin has the opportunity to make a big statement.
Kelce has struggled early but he doesn’t struggle often. The Chiefs will be firing on all cylinders Sunday and hitting all their targets. With injuries to Gronk, Olsen, Eifert and Reed, Kelce is one of the few elite TEs standing.
Ebron played a big role in the Lions win over New York. He’ll need to show up again for the Falcons to get their first loss of the season. Golladay and Tate were absent from the stat line last week, if this becomes a trend, Ebron gains more value.
It’s doubtful Carolina continues it shutout, holding opposing teams to no TDs and only a FG each through two weeks but Brees loves to throw downfield and Coleman is an INT specialist. With two missing tackles, Carolina’s D will feast on N.O.
One of the best defenses in the league season after season, expect a shut down similar to what Buffalo experienced in Carolina Sunday. The Broncos should have a heavy advantage against Buffalo.
Baltimore may or may not be one of the best defenses this season but their facing a team with no discernible offense. Let the stat line speak for itself. There’s points to be had here.
Sam Bradford will not suit up Sunday. The whole team takes a hit on this one.
Tyrod is a good sleeper most weeks but Denver is not the team to test your luck with. Taylor is a no go in week 3.
Still struggling with injuries and facing one of the toughest run defenses in the league. Howard and Cohen both will face tough sledding in what will likely be a lopsided game by halftime.
Chris Johnson / Kerwynn Williams
Until further notice I don’t trust anyone in the AZ backfield. David Johnson is a beast who could flourish anywhere. AZ hasn’t shown anything to be excited about otherwise.
Carolina shut down McCoy for four quarters. Denver should be able to replicate this process in week 3. Starting McCoy feels shady.
Without Bradford. Diggs’ boom or bust potential turns even more bust. Until Sam is back in the lineup Stefon is a sit.
Suffering from severe ‘not Braford’ syndrome, Theilen is shaky choice against a defense that added one of the best Safeties in the league recently. There are better options out there.
Benjamin is a high potential, TD dependent target. This game is one that could go either way but KC’s defense is stout and it’s probably best to go with more reliable options.
Playing away against a strong defense, Brate isn’t the worst option but his production is limited in potential with other targets on the roster. Call it a gut move.
Reed is a game time decision a mean defense. With the limitation of serviceable TEs, going with Jordan might pay off but if you can make other plans, it might be worth it.
The Cheifs took New England to the woodshed but even in that awful performance, the Patriots managed to put up points. If Amendola is back, Houston is going to have a hard day.
Rodgers won’t make it a fun afternoon for Bengals fans. Too many weapons, too few answers. Sit em this week.
That’s my list. Good luck! Who are your starts/sits this week?
Who do you think will have the most surprising stat line in week 3?