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THE DIVE: Week 3 “Down on Injured Knee”

Prior to Week 2 kicking off, we knew a few big names would be absent from action including George Kittle, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay and A.J. Brown to name a few. Week 3 will have many more names missing as this past weekend was a true blood bath, especially for knee injuries! Injuries galore were popping up like a horror movie and now the competition for handcuffs, trades and waiver wire claims could potentially reshape your league as we head into Week 3. The injury-bug spread like wildfire and affected both offensive and defensive stars. Each of the major offensive skill positions in fantasy football was impacted as running backs Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley and Raheem Mostert went down. Quarterbacks Drew Lock and Jimmy Garoppolo both left their games injured, while Tyrod Taylor was a last-minute scratch before his matchup with chest pain and is currently developing into quite a controversial story! Finally, wide receivers Courtland Sutton, Davante Adams, Breshad Perriman, Parris Campbell, Sterling Shepard and Will Fuller suffered injuries and will require close monitoring of their status for the upcoming weeks. Although Week 1 appeared worse for tight ends, Cincinnati did lose C.J. Uzomah on Thursday night. Despite all of the injuries, several fantasy studs continued their strong starts to the 2020 season including Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Aaron Jones, Calvin Ridley Josh Allen, Kyler Murray and Alvin Kamara.

Hopefully Week 3 is almost here and will be less destructive to fantasy teams everywhere! Take a dive with me as review several players who may be in store for a solid game.

Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago

Some may say Mitchell Trubisky is a better fantasy football quarterback than “real life” quarterback. For anyone who has owned Trubisky on their fantasy teams, it often is a roller-coaster ride! Thus far, he looks improved after a slow start in Week 1 and is averaging 216 passing yards, 21 rushing yards, and 2.5 pass touchdowns per game. With a juicy matchup against Atlanta (who has allowed the most points to quarterbacks through two games this season), Trubisky should be in line for a generous outing and may be considered a low-end QB2 with a high ceiling.

Week 3 projection: 275 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, 2 TD

Leonard Fournette, RB, Tampa Bay

Although Fournette may not have cemented himself as Tampa Bay’s primary back quite yet, it appears to be trending in that direction after his superb Week 2 performance with 12 carries for 103 yards, four catches for 13 yards, and two scores. Although his road matchup against Denver is not overly favorable, expect Fournette to serve as the primary ball-carrier for a potent offense and also play an active role in the passing game. Consider Fournette as an RB3 or flex this weekend.

Week 3 projection: 100 total yards, TD

Robby Anderson, WR, Carolina

Seeing big plays from Robby Anderson is not news, as he showcased his big play talent for the New York Jets in recent seasons. However, he is showing a much higher level of consistency through the first two games with 18 targets, 223 receiving yards and a score. Anderson has quickly become a top target for Carolina’s new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and is on pace to blow his previous career highs out of the water! Although the sample size is still small, Anderson may be one of this year’s biggest breakout candidates and is in-line for another gem this weekend. He faces a touch matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, but expect Carolina to throw more with Christian McCaffrey out and likely playing from behind.

Week 3 projection: 80 receiving yards, TD

Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami

Miami tight end Mike Gesicki had been labeled as a potential sleeper after a solid 2019 campaign and has officially validated this label after a monster Week 2 with eight catches for 130 yard and a touchdown. His momentum will continue when he travels north to battle state-town rival Jacksonville, who has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends including a pair of touchdowns to Jonnu Smith last weekend. Consider Gesicki a TE3 with a very high ceiling this weekend!

Week 3 projection: 75 receiving yards, TD

Tennessee D/ST

The Tennessee defense was considered one of the stronger options as the season began, but have not met these expectations against Denver and Jacksonville in the first two games. Although Tennessee allowed 30 points to Jacksonville last week, it was able to earn two sacks and two interceptions. I recommend firing Tennessee up one more time as it visits the disappointing Minnesota offense, whose offensive line has struggled and has given up the third-most points to opposing defenses.

Week 3 projection: 11 points

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.