The madness that was week two is finally behind us; as the severity of all the injuries continues to trickle in, we will turn our attention forward to week three. Several premier players went down last week and will be out for an extended amount of time in the best-case scenario. I cannot remember there ever being a week where so many key players (on both sides of the ball) went down. There are some excellent games on the slate this week that we will exploit with the players who are still standing.
Ryan Tannehill QB Tennessee Titans (at Vikings)
Admittedly I was not on board with Tannehill or any of the Titans this year. However, through two weeks, he seems to have picked up right where he left off. Through his first two games, he has thrown for 488 yards and six touchdowns. This week, he faces the sixth-worst team against the quarterback position in the Vikings, having given up 578 passing yards and five scores in the first two games. If you have been streaming quarterbacks this year, Tannehill is in a great spot this week.
Miles Sanders RB Philadelphia Eagles RB (vs Bengals)
Sanders made his season debut last week after being held out a week and looked good. He rushed 20 times for 95 yards and a score and caught three balls on seven targets for 36 yards. Sanders was the clear bell cow playing 55 snaps compared to just 13 for Boston Scott. The Eagles host the Bengals this weekend, who are the worst team against the running back this year. Through two games, they have surrendered 358 rushing yards and four touchdowns to the position. Sanders will be in for another busy afternoon.
Austin Ekeler RB Los Angeles Chargers (vs Panthers)
After week one, when he saw just one target, he got an uptick in targets this past week, catching all four for 55 yards along with 93 rushing yards on 16 carries. The rushing volume has been there, and it was encouraging to see him more involved in the passing game. Rookie Justin Herbert will be starting again this week, which means Ekeler should continue to see those targets. The Panthers have allowed a league-high six touchdowns to running backs. This will be the week Ekeler finally breaks through and gets in the end zone.
Tyler Lockett WR Seattle Seahawks (vs Cowboys)
Lockett has been as steady as they come so far this year. In two games, he’s seen 16 targets made 15 grabs for 159 yards and one touchdown. The Cowboys are coming to town this week after giving up 267 yards and four touchdowns through the air to the Falcons a week ago. This one has the same back and forth makings with both teams giving up a ton of air yards. Lockett should be able to take advantage of this matchup and keep rolling this week.
Chris Godwin WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Broncos)
After a good opening game going for 79 yards on six catches, Godwin was out last week with a concussion. He’s back this week for a matchup with the Broncos, who have given up a total of 437 yards and two scores to receivers through two weeks. Godwin was a hot target coming into the year as most felt he fit Brady’s game better than Evans. He missed the coming-out party last week, but it will be more of the same this week as the Bucs will take advantage of a weak secondary.
Logan Thomas TE Washington Football Team (at Browns)
Thomas has put together a decent start to the year, given how unpredictable the position can be at times. Through the first two games, he has 17 targets, eight catches for 63 yards and one score. The Browns have given up three touchdowns to the tight end this year, which is the second most this young season. Thomas could find pay dirt again this week and is an option if you are streaming the position.