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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 3

After watching a thrilling Week 2 of the NFL season, we need to look ahead and see who will be the lesser known players that can make an impact on your team. I have a couple 2 for 1’s in this week’s edition. Which big name stars will have a difficult matchup next week? Let’s Dive In!


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Travis Benjamin (WR) San Diego Chargers – A week after the Chargers lost Keenan Allen, Benjamin goes off against the Jaguars for 6 catches, 115 yards, and 2 touchdowns. It looks like Philip Rivers may have found a wide receiver he can count on down the field to make big plays for this offense. He plays an extremely depleted defensive secondary next week in Indianapolis. How bad is the secondary? They top 5 corners on the depth chart are out.


Matt Ryan (QB) Atlanta Falcons – It’s time to bring Matt Ryan back into the discussion as a matchup-based quarterback in fantasy football. He has scored 24 and 27 points in his first two games of the season. This new offense seems to fit him very well and he may have found the last ingredient in making this offense something to fear each week. They go to New Orleans next week in a divisional matchup.


Clive Walford (TE) Oakland Raiders – Frustrated with your starting tight end? I have two in this week’s edition and the first is Clive Walford in Oakland. It was only a matter of time until he found his niche in the offense with a gunslinger quarterback in Derek Carr. Walford is athletic and can stretch the middle of the field for this high-scoring Oakland offense. Expect him to have another decent showing against a Titans defense that struggled against tight ends the first two weeks of the season.


Corey Coleman (WR)/ Isaiah Crowell (RB) Cleveland Browns – The first 2-for-1 is in Cleveland as the Browns may have found 2 key ingredients to their offense for the rest of the season. Isaiah Crowell had 133 yards and a touchdown in this week versus the Ravens. He looks to be the pounder in this running attack. Corey Coleman made some big plays for a rookie; and really enjoyed McCown finding him open for 5 receptions, 104 yards, and two touchdowns. It was interesting to see the change of effectiveness in the offense once Robert Griffin III wasn’t in charge. They play a Miami team next week that desperately needs a win after starting 0-2, so this may not be an excellent matchup for them, but they are worthy of a pickup. (As long as McCown stays at quarterback, this offense will function).


Mike Wallace (WR)/ Dennis Pitta (TE) Baltimore Ravens – Another 2-for-1 heads to the same game where we find the two main targets for Joe Flacco in the passing offense. Mike Wallace has scored 19 and 20 fantasy points in the first two games of the season. Joe Flacco has found the deep threat he loves to have in his offense. Dennis Pitta was also a personal favorite of Joe Flacco early in his career before injuries kept him sidelined. Now he is back healthy and connecting with Flacco once again. They travel to Jacksonville who can’t seem to stop the passing game so far this season.

About Dan Collins

I have always been an avid football enthusiast. The NFL Draft and Fantasy Football is my passion in the realm of football. I write Mock Drafts and inform readers of what is happening during the critical stages of the NFL Draft. I spend way too much time working through Fantasy Football analysis, situations, and thoughts; it is an issue. Follow on Twitter @Dan_R_Collins for Football info and the occasional joke or wisecrack.