Rashard Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns
Higgins was the hottest waiver wire addition this week after his performance last week where he caught seven balls for 95 yards against a very good defense. Perhaps even more impressive was that he had 11 targets in the game. Corey Coleman is on Injured Reserve with a broken hand so Higgins is now pressed into a starting role. Now this is still Cleveland and the offense is certainly far from a juggernaut, but you can’t dismiss 11 targets on a team that will be playing from behind most weeks. He has a great matchup against Indianapolis this week and is a solid FLEX option.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos
I know what you’re thinking: how can a quarterback with seven total touchdowns in two games be trending down? There’s no doubt that Siemian is useful in fantasy most weeks, especially with the great defense behind him, but he’s better left on your bench for Week 3. He had two very favorable matchups to start the season, but now squares up with a very good Buffalo defense. A defense that has allowed a quarterback rating of less than 70 so far. Denver should still win fairly easily, but it won’t be smooth sailing for Siemian.
J.J. Nelson, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Nelson is somehow still available in about 25 percent of fantasy leagues. This is puzzling to me as I think he’s a must start in Week 3. He’s coming off a 120-yard performance and has scored in both games so far. Nelson will receive even more work this week with John Brown on the shelf and should see double-digit targets. Carson Palmer hasn’t looked great in 2017, but he trusts Nelson and whenever he takes a deep shot, it’s in his direction. Arizona will have to air it out a bit against Dallas so Nelson will be busy against a beatable secondary.
Jermaine Kearse, WR, New York Jets
Even though Kearse now plays for the lowly Jets, he is shaping up as a very productive fantasy player. Widely underrated, Kearse is locked in as the No. 1 receiver and is coming off a two touchdown game in Week 2. Quarterback Josh McCown has played better than people are giving him credit for and the Jets are coming up on the easiest three-game stretch of their season (Miami, Jacksonville, at Cleveland). Kearse should get plenty of chances to make plays with his team playing from behind and is a sneaky good flex play Sunday.
Lock of the Week
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
Cutler had a solid start to his season last week in a win against the Los Angeles Chargers. He completed 24-of-33 passes for 230 yards and one score. Miami didn’t ask him to do too much as a lot of his throws were 10 yards or less with an occasional deep ball. With a game under his belt, look for Cutler to start throwing down the field more to his talented receivers. The New York Jets defense has already allowed five touchdown passes in the first two games of the season so look for Cutler to have a big day. Three hundred yards and three touchdowns are not out of the question in Week 3.