As I alerted you to last week, DeAndre Hopkins (5 pts), Alfred Morris (8 pts), and Marcus Mariota (2 fumbles) all struggled in Week 2, while Palmer (4 TDs), Crowell (13 pts), and Bernard (16 pts) all had productive weeks as I assumed they would. I had the right idea that a tight end would play well against the Raiders, just picked Maxx Williams when it was Crockett Gillmore (25 pts). Week 3 is a brand new week with some surprising teams looking to keep momentum and desperate teams looking to find their path to success.
Just a reminder, this article presents two different groups. The firstgroup are not about studs that will produce, but rather, lower-end players with high potential. The second group are solid players that won’t live up to the “stud” status for that particular week. Let’s dive in!
1) Frank Gore (RB) Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee – Boys and girls, it is time. The beginning of Gore being effective starts Week 3 against the Titans. It has been a disappointing first two weeks for Frank, but it hasn’t been totally his fault. The Bills and Jets are stout defenses and the Colts offensive line has looked average. Look for Gore to shake off the rust and play well against the weaker defense in Tennessee. You will appreciate having stayed patient with Gore, he will pay off the next three weeks starting this week against the Titans.
2) Travis Benjamin (WR) Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland – I am usually a person that is very hesitant to jump on a hype train for a player that is just known for deep plays. But it is all about the matchups, and he is hot right now and making big plays for Cleveland.
If Manziel plays again next week, or even McCown, Benjamin seems to be the favorite for big plays. They are playing a Raiders team that can’t stop anybody in the secondary. Benjamin could be in store for a big play or two in the passing game. Did I mention he is a threat in the return game as well?
3) Darren Sproles (RB) Philadelphia Eagles at N.Y. Jets – This game is a HUGE GAME for the Eagles. In Week 1, the play calling of choice for Chip Kelly was Bradford’s arm and Sproles out of the backfield. Week 2 was all about revenge as Murray dominated touches from the backfield, but to no avail. Sproles will be the key for the Eagles in this week’s contest against the Jets. Out of all the personal matchups, Sproles against the linebackers is the only one that isn’t truly close. The Eagles wide receivers vs. the secondary will be tough and the run game will struggle against the stout front seven of the Jets. Sproles’ ability to make big plays will be vital for the Eagles to create an offense on Sunday. He will see plenty of opportunities in Week 3.
4) Marvin Jones (WR) Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore – The Ravens surprisingly struggled against the Raiders mediocre passing attack as they often beat them with their slot receiver. Marvin Jones looked healthy and fluid against the Chargers last week and could be in store for a heavy workload against their divisional foe. A lot of attention will be paid to Green on the outside and Eifort over the middle. The beauty of that will be Jones will see a lot of one-on-one coverage that he can beat with his speed. Jones will make plays for the Bengals in Week 3 to keep that offense clicking.
5) John Brown (WR) Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco – Palmer threw 3 TDs to Fitzgerald on Sunday against the Bears. They saw the advantage with his height and went to it against the smaller, less physical corners. Next week will be a different story as the 49ers are physical, but are slow. Palmer will look to his best matchup and see John Brown’s speed as his best weapon. The Steelers destroyed them with speed from Antonio Brown and Darrius Heyward-Bey and the Cardinals will look to do the same with their speedster John Brown.