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THE DIVE: All That Hype – Week 3

Unfortunately, Week 2 had its fair share of injuries with a few players lost for the season including Danny Woodhead and Adrian Peterson. The rematch of the New York Giants versus the New Orleans Saints received so much hype after their 2015 shootout with 13 passing touchdowns between Eli Manning and Drew Brees. Well, the Giants ended up topping the Saints without even scoring an offensive touchdown in a game that turned out to be a snoozefest. Another game receiving ample coverage was the Cincinnati Bengals versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC playoff rematch with two of the best wideouts in the game pitted against each other. Well, wide receivers Antonio Brown and A.J. Green combined for only 78 receiving yards and no touchdowns. Bummer.

Week 2 shows that hype for certain matchups can build as high as the sky, but the stars of the week were actually Jimmy Garoppolo, Derek Carr, Stefon Diggs, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, and Tyrod Taylor to name a few. The NFL is unpredictable, but let’s take a dive into Week 3 and try to pick a few gems!

QB

Unless you compete in a deep league, two quarterback league, have an injured quarterback, are a huge Baltimore Ravens fan, or your other quarterback’s jersey reads “Brady” on the back, it is unlikely that Joe Flacco is your starting quarterback. Although he had two picks in Week 2, “Joe Cool” threw 45 times for 302 yards and two scores. He was also solid during Week 1 against a tough Buffalo Bills defense. Flacco’s matchup in Week 3 is much more favorable as the Ravens head south to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars who have allowed the 6th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks including 7 total touchdowns. Flacco lit up Jacksonville’s secondary in 2015 for three touchdowns so expect more of the same especially now that he has even more weapons.

Week 3 Projection: 250 passing yards; 2 TD

 

RB

Frank Gore may not have the same wheels as he did early in his career, but he is still a productive and relatively durable running back. He also continues to receive the bulk of carries for the Indianapolis Colts potent offense with no threat of moving down the depth chart. He has also been more active in the passing game, which should continue while wide receiver Donte Moncrief recovers from his recent shoulder injury. The veteran running back will welcome the San Diego Chargers who allow the 8th most fantasy points to opposing running backs including the most receptions. Look for Gore to have a productive Week 3 as he hits paydirt.

Week 3 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

 

WR

Remember Revis Island?   I do too, but it appears it has now become a distant memory and now has been remodeled into a “resort.” Even NBA star J.R. Smith has been poking fun at the Jets’ cornerback’s nickname through social media as they have bantered back and forth this week.   Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin will be welcoming the New York Jets to Arrowhead Stadium and should have another solid contest even if Darrelle Revis is guarding him. Maclin was targeted 15 times in Week 2 even though only 5 were caught, and should see plenty more as the New York Jets have allowed the 2nd most points to opposing wide receivers. Start Maclin as a WR2/Flex especially in PPR leagues.

Week 3 Projection: 100 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

TE

We all waited for tight end Colby Fleener to breakout with the Indianapolis Colts. Splitting time with Dwayne Allen over the last two years combined with Andrew Luck’s injury-riddled 2015 season did not help his cause. The move to New Orleans seemed promising, but has paid no dividends thus far as Fleener has posted a mere three catches for 35 yards in the first two games. Many analysts thought Fleener would play a similar role to former Saints’ tight end Jimmy Graham who has not come close to replicating his own previous success in Seattle. After two heartbreaking losses to the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants, New Orleans will rebound in Week 2 and Fleener should shine as the Saints welcome their division rival Atlanta Falcons to the Superdome on Monday Night Football. Atlanta has allowed the 2nd most points to opposing tight ends, which should tee up Fleener for his best game of the season thus far.

Week 3 Projection: 50 receiving yards; 1 TD

 

DST

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were firing on all cylinders in their opener, but then misfiring terribly in Week 2. They welcome a weak Los Angeles Rams offense who just defeated the Seattle Seahawks, but have yet to record a touchdown. Tampa Bay’s defense has struggled on the road in the first two weeks of the season, but also played against the strong offenses of the Arizona Cardinals and Atlanta Falcons. Look for the Bucs to bully the Rams who have shown very minimal chemistry thus far, especially in moving the ball down the field.

Week 3 Projection: 11 points

 

Week 2 Results: It was a so-so week….

QB Marcus Mariota

Week 2 Projection: 225 passing yards; 25 rushing yards; 2 TD

Week 2 Results: 238 passing yards; 11 yards; 2 passing TD; 1 INT (good call)

RB Rashad Jennings

Week 2 Projection: 100 total yards; 1 TD

Week 2 Results: 40 total yards (bad call)

WR Mohamed Sanu

Week 2 Projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD

Week 2 Results: 19 receiving yards (bad call)

TE Jason Witten

Week 2 Projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD

Week 2 Results: 51 receiving yards (ok call)

DST Baltimore Ravens

Week 2 Projection: 11 points

Week 2 Results: 12 points (good call)

Good luck in Week 3!

About Marc Griffis

Marc Griffis has competed in fantasy football, baseball, and basketball leagues since 2005. Marc has written "The Dive" for Fantasy Sharks since 2010. Additionally, his expertise is featured in David Gonos' E-books "101 Fantasy Baseball Tips" and "101 Fantasy Football Tips". Lastly, Marc competed in the Fantasy Sports Trade Association SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball experts' league from 2012-2014.