What a weekend! Although there were some exciting games including a few upsets in Week 2, injuries are stealing the headlines. Tony Romo was the first major name to suffer an injury as he broke his left collarbone. That’s the second time he’s suffered that injury in six years. Romo will join teammate Dez Bryant on the sidelines as he will be out for a minimum of 6-8 weeks.
Two more injuries hampered signal callers as well. Drew Brees’ shoulder injury was confirmed on Monday, which should be monitored to see if he starts or sits against division rival Carolina. Lastly, Jay Cutler injured his hamstring and is expected to miss a couple of games. Lastly, Eddie Lacy suffered a high-ankle sprain, but X-rays came back negative. His Week 3 status is up in the air, as he will be testing the injured ankle this week, but at least he seems to have dodged a long-term injury. Many fantasy teams are deepening their rosters and adding handcuffs not already secured as Week 3 begins. Take a dive with me as we review several players that may make a difference in your matchup for Week 3.
QB Nick Foles
Opposing quarterbacks are 2-for-2 in lighting up the Pittsburgh secondary to begin the season. In fact, Pittsburgh has allowed the most points and second-highest touchdown total to the position thus far. St Louis quarterback Nick Foles may not have the skills and weaponry of Tom Brady or athletic prowess of Colin Kaepernick, but he still could be a sleeper play in Week 3. Foles was impressive in Week 1, but came back to earth in Week 2. He has never faced Pittsburgh in his career, but should fare well especially if rookie running back Todd Gurley makes his much-anticipated debut.
Week 3 Projection: 200 passing yards, 2 TD
RB Lance Dunbar
Lance Dunbar may be overshadowed by Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden on the Dallas running back depth chart, but has provided value especially in points per reception leagues. Dunbar has lined up as a receiver and held a major role in the passing game. Although he has only one rushing attempt for 8 yards, Dunbar has caught 11 passes from 13 targets for 115 yards receiving. With Dallas missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant, it will have to continue manufacturing offense creatively so expect Dunbar’s role to continue into Week 3 against Atlanta. Atlanta has not only surrendered the most points to opposing running backs, but also the most receptions, which will serve Dunbar well.
Week 3 Projection: 100 total yards, TD
WR James Jones
After spending his first seven seasons in Green Bay, Jones had a disappointing 2014 season in Oakland. In the 2015 preseason, he was cut by Oakland then the New York Giants before making a triumphant return to Green Bay. Jones has already made a huge impact with 80 receiving yards and three scores despite being listed behind Randall Cobb and Davante Adams on the depth chart. With Adams nursing an ankle injury, Jones will see a boost in value for Week 3 when Green Bay welcomes Kansas City to Lambeau Field. Kansas City has given up the most points, including receiving yards and receptions to opposing wideouts. Look for Aaron Rodgers to spread the ball as usual with Jones being a top target after Cobb.
Week 3 Projection: 80 receiving yards, TD
TE Eric Ebron
With a number of relatively unknown tight ends producing early for fantasy teams this season, Detroit’s Eric Ebron has been overlooked in some leagues and may be available on the waiver wire. The second-year tight end has been targeted frequently by Matthew Stafford and already has nine catches for 96 yards including two touchdowns. Detroit’s offense has appeared out of sorts at times, and should only improve heading into Week 3 against Denver. Although Denver’s defense has been solid thus far, it struggled against Kansas City’s tight ends in Week 2. Look for Detroit to use Ebron even more frequently if Calvin Johnson is double-teamed.
Week 3 Projection: 60 total yards, TD
Defense/Special Teams – New York Jets
The preseason headlines were far from friendly to the New York Jets. However, the Jets are faring much better than their NFC counterparts: the winless New York Giants. Not only are the Jets 2-0, but their defense has allowed a league best 17 points and forced the most fumbles lost. Antonio Cromartie and Darrelle Revis will lead the Jets’ secondary against an inept Philadelphia offense. DeMarco Murray may be hampered with a hamstring injury, which eliminates another potential weapon. Start the Jets defense if you own them!
Week 3 Projection: 13 points
Week 2 Results
Week 2 Projection: 300 passing yards, 2 TD
Week 2 Results: 185 passing yards, 4 TD, INT (great call)
Week 2 Projection: 90 total yards, TD
Week 2 Results: 32 total yards, TD (OK call; partially due to injury)
Week 2 Projection: 100 receiving yards, TD
Week 2 Results: 17 receiving yards (bad call)
Week 2 Projection: 75 receiving yards, TD
Week 2 Results: 29 receiving yards (bad call)
Defense/Special Teams – Tennessee Titans
Week 2 Projection: 12 points
Week 2 Results: 1 point (bad call)
Light it up in Week 3!