After Week 1, it can be easy to overreact to a shocking performance whether it was superb or lackluster. If a player performs similarly in Week 2, then maybe their performance was indeed legit and not a fluke! Quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Ryan Fitzpatrick both appear to be legitimate starters as they have moved from potential QB2 status to must- start! In addition to their remarkable encores in Week 2, we also witnessed another tie game as well as a controversial mid-game retirement from Vontae Davis.
What’s in store for Week 3? Who knows, but let’s take a dive together and review several players and a defense primed for a solid outing.
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tampa Bay
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been on seven teams and generally “typecast” more as a backup quarterback than starter. However, Fitzpatrick has become “Fitzmagic” through the first two weeks of the season with nine touchdowns and averaging over 400 passing yards per game. In fact, he may keep the starting role even when Jameis Winston becomes eligible to return in a couple weeks. With an attractive home matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense who has allowed the 2nd most points to quarterbacks this season and was just torched by Patrick Mahomes, Fitzpatrick has reached QB1 tier with a nice upside. If your quarterback has started slow this season or faces a brutal defense, roll the dice on Fitzpatrick this weekend.
Week 3 projection: 300 passing yards; 2 TD
RB Lamar Miller, Houston Texans
Although the Houston Texans’ offense is not running on as many cylinders as last season, running back Lamar Miller has been a bright spot. He is averaging almost five yards per carry, however has not scored or been a major component in the passing game thus far. Regardless, Miller should fare well again in Week 3 with a home matchup against the New York Giants who have given up the 6th most fantasy points to opposing running backs. Treat Miller as an RB2 or FLEX heading into week 3.
Week 3 projection: 80 total yards; 1 TD
WR Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions
Second year wide receiver Kenny Golladay has emerged as Matthew Stafford’s top target this season with 21 targets, 203 receiving yards, and a touchdown through two weeks. Although Marvin Jones and Golden Tate will continue to see targets, Golladay should lead the “pride” of Lions’ receivers and in line for another productive game in Week 3. The Detroit Lions welcome the New England Patriots who have surrendered the 10th most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in a potential high scoring affair. Golladay is a WR2 and great FLEX this weekend with a high ceiling!
Week 3 projection: 80 receiving yards; 1 TD
TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay
It’s too early to determine whether the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ offense will continue to sail smoothly or may be on the verge of a shipwreck. With the tight end position getting shallower already this season, check for O.J. Howard on your free agent list. Although he’s only averaged three targets per game thus far, he has a big play ability with catches over 35 yards in each game. Start O.J. Howard this weekend against a Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense that has allowed the 5th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends including two scores to Travis Kelce last weekend.
Week 3 projection: 60 receiving yards; 1 TD
Chicago Bears D/ST
It can be difficult to trust a defense that may be paired with a struggling offense, as the additional time on the field will eventually fatigue the defense. However, the Chicago Bears’ defense is now in “must start” status especially with the addition of Khalil Mack even though the offense is still looking to hit their stride. The Chicago Bears’ defense should feast in Week 3 when they visit the lowly offense of the Arizona Cardinals who rank last in points, total yards, and passing yards. If Chicago’s defense is still available, scoop them up and start them this weekend.
Week 3 projection: 13 points