Week 2 is in the books and things are beginning to crystallize. The grabs for Week 3 are below.
Derek Carr, OAK
Carr put up a big game against a credible defense and this bodes well for the Raiders going forward. He’s a bona fide QB2 who won’t hurt you during bye week needs and is serviceable based on matchups in the interim. Of the likely available QBs, he is the best of the lot.
Ryan Mallett, HOU
Mallett is a tough grab because he is entirely unspectacular, but he threw 58 passes and that makes for fantasy volume even if it isn’t quality. The Texans are an awful offense, but will get a boost from Arian Foster returning soon. He’s worth rostering for bye weeks or deeper 2 QB leagues.
Brandon Weeden, DAL
Weeden comes in as a game manager but actually has potential to put up some nice games. He’s not worth replacing any QB1 candidates, but he qualifies as a DFS streamer and matchup play for bye weeks. He was 7 of 7 for 73 and a TD – not shabby. He’s not a typical backup.
James Starks, GBP
Lacy looks certain to miss at least this week and probably several others, and Starks has proven a capable insert to your squad. He was a focal point for the Packers and amassed 95 yards rushing against the formidable Seahawks D. While Lacy is out he remains a higher end RB2 based on matchup.
David Johnson, ARI
Johnson has been third on the depth chart, but after his third TD in two weeks he has to be moving up and is clearly the long-term answer in Arizona. He returned a kick for a TD and had 45 yards and a TD on only 5 offensive touches. He will see more and more time while Ellington is out. A must grab in dynasty leagues.
Giovani Bernard, CIN
Gio earned himself a spot in a time share after Hill’s poor performance, but don’t get overly optimistic. Hill is a beast and will still occupy early down work, but gio will get more snaps and should be considered a high end RB3.
Matt Jones, WAS
Jones got as many snaps as Alfred Morris and showed why the staff is so high on him. With their jobs on the line, this kid makes them look good for selecting him so he will get more and more work. He’s far more dynamic than Morris and will play a big 3rd down role, more when they trail or want to spread the field. He’s a nice add in all formats.
Travis Benjamin, CLE
I hate this recommendation with all of my body and soul but after 4 TDs in 2 weeks we have to strike while the iron is hot. He made Johnny Football look great. The only concern is that he had only 3 catches, so if he doesn’t score he can hurt you. In leagues that account for return yardage he is a no brainer.
Leonard Hankerson, ATL
Hankerson is a relatively risky pick up, because this very well could have just been a matchup that Ryan liked, but he was ahead of Roddy White significantly and if that sticks he becomes a viable WR2. I wouldn’t play him just yet, but he is worth rostering and saving for bye weeks.
Allen Robinson, JAX
He was cut after week 1 shockingly in many leagues. If he is available in yours go get him.
Michael Crabtree, OAK
Crabtree has the benefit of playing opposite Amari Cooper, which will free him up for some nice WR2 performances. He’s a lower end WR3, but he will have a few big games and should be an adequate bye-week filler.
Crockett Gillmore, BAL
Gillmore just went off for two TDs and that should largely be ignored because the Raiders gave up the same monstrous performance to Eifert in week 1. The main takeaways are to start any TE vs. the Raiders, and that Gilmore is second in targets on the Ravens through two games. He clearly is the lead pass catching TE in their offense and while he occupies that role he is a viable upper end TE2.
Richard Rodgers, GBP
I have been touting Rodgers throughout the pre-season and he finally delivered a TD. He looks better every week and has Aaron’s confidence. With Adams hurting and Lacy out, he should get more targets.
Larry Donnell, NYG
Donnell got a few red zone targets and pulled one in, and will continue to get those looks near the goal line. He is a TD dependent TE2, so tread lightly.
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