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RISERS and FALLERS: Week 3

Minnesota and Carolina – Stefon Diggs

Diggs showed up in the stat sheets big time in week two. The addition of Sam Bradford sky rocketed Diggs’ receiving potential. But it’s not all wine and roses for Diggs’ owners. Not only did the Vikings lose perhaps the best running back in football until what sounds like December, but they lost their best offensive lineman too. Jerick McKinnon may be able to help recover some value from the loss of AP but not behind a shaky offensive line. If defenses no longer respect the run, will Diggs be allowed to get behind the secondary? This very tough matchup against Carolina could be an indicator of how defenses look to handle the best remaining offensive weapon of the Vikings.

Baltimore and Jacksonville – Allen Robinson

Maybe it’s Blake Bortles regressing a bit. Maybe it’s Julius Thomas cutting into his catches. Whatever it may be, it’s getting a bit concerning that we haven’t seen Robinson look anywhere near the level he played at in 2015. Right now, it’s a toss up between Dez Bryant and Robinson owners as to who are the most frustrated. Here in week three though, Robinson has the perfect chance to repay distraught owners. Baltimore will allow all of the Jacksonville options to be very busy and Robinson should be among the leaders. That’s a big word in fantasy; should. That means we are expecting results and let downs can’t be tolerated. If Robinson finishes the opening three weeks without a big game, it’ll officially be time to reevaluate and maybe seek out alternate options. The household name factor will start to lose it’s luster soon so you may be forced to get out while you have the chance. Let’s all hold out hope that Robinson’s SHOULD turns into a DOES.

Cleveland and Miami – Terrelle Pryor

Let’s get through some of the latest news in Cleveland. First, Josh Gordon has a warrant out for his arrest. Secondly, rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand in practice this week and could miss up to 6 games. Lastly, the Browns are on their third quarterback of the young season. That’s a whole lot of turds mixed into one giant punch bowl. Now, we have the last man standing at wide receiver in Terrelle Pryor. Pryor has looked more poised than many were expecting during his transition from quarterback to wide receiver. Being the only healthy man remaining should lead to a world of targets. We just don’t know how accurate those targets will be or if Pryor is ready to take on the expanded workload. There’s a tremendous amount of value in the balance for Pryor here. He could end up being a weekly WR3 depending on how things transpire.

San Diego and Indianapolis – Melvin Gordon

During the preseason, the Chargers lost their valuable all around back in Branden Oliver with an achilles tear. Then, in week one, Keenan Allen went down for the year with an ACL. Danny Woodhead didn’t want them to be lonely on injured reserve, so he joined him in week two. Now, this week, Antonio Gates seems uncertain to play against Indianapolis. On paper, this is one of the easiest offensive games of the Chargers’ 2016 schedule. With many of the weapons currently on the shelf, it could end up being Gordon who is most heavily relied on. Indy can’t stop anyone at any position, so Gordon has a great chance to post top-10 running back numbers. He needs to completely destroy the Colts defense in order to be trusted in the approaching weeks. With Woodhead out, we should expect Gordon to become far more involved in the passing game as well.

Los Angeles and Tampa Bay – Todd Gurley

Well then, I guess we do have something to be worried about with the Rams running back. Gurley has been completely sandbagged to start the 2016 campaign. He has found zero running room in the first two weeks, which is something that we can’t tolerate from a top-five fantasy selection. We’ll give Gurley one more swing at the fences here as Tampa Bay is an easy team to move the ball against. Even with the Bucs stacking the box, Gurley needs to excel and start accruing some fantasy points quickly. Another game with less than 100 yards and at least one touchdown may be all she wrote for him this season. His value will bottom out until someone can step up and make the passing game less of a joke. If you’re a Gurley owner, you better be watching this one with your eyes covered.

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