Brian Sullivan (@MadMenScouting)
You guys know the drill by this point. The only difference is that now, I’ll be using Draftkings for my ranking instead, because they appear to be more realistic than Fanduel. Let’s all win this week.
Week 2 – Biggest Hits/Misses
Philip Rivers – 22.74 Points
Chris Thompson – 22.3 Points
Nelson Algholor – 23 Points
Bears Defense – 19 Points
Case Keenum – 7.88 Points
Adrian Peterson – 8 Points
Paul Richardson – 10.3 Points
George Kittle – 4.2 Points
Week 3 Sleepers
Matt Ryan (18th)
Like last season, the Saints are off to a slow start on defense. They held their own against Cleveland at home, but this is a whole new animal. Matt Ryan provides excellent value this week, as he should be in for a solid performance in a game that could end up being a shootout.
Joe Flacco (25th)
The Broncos still have a great defense, but it isn’t what it once was. Losing Aqib Talib has proven to be detrimental, as the Broncos are allowing the 12th most passing yards per game. Now they hit the road against Joe Flacco, who’s put up some surprising numbers so far. This is solid value.
Ryan Tannehill (26th)
Did you know that the Dolphins are 9-1 in Ryan Tannehill’s last 10 starts? That stat flew under the radar, but Tannehill and Gase appear to have solid chemistry. Against this Oakland defense, at home, he could have a solid game.
Jay Ajayi (20th)
The Colts have actually been better than expected on defense so far this season, especially against the run. But this Eagle’s offensive line is on a different level compared to their match-ups so far. As long as Ajayi is healthy, he’s a solid play, especially against a weaker defense.
Lamar Miller (28th)
Miller is quietly averaging 4.9 yards per carry so far this year, but his volume has been limited since Houston has been down early in both games. They should be able to sustain a lead against the Giants, so expect Miller to see more action.
James White (31st)
Sony Michel (60th)
I’ll bunch these two together because the logic is the same; Detroit is awful on defense. White could see plenty of receptions, and Michel could have the first of many big games of his career. White is a safer option, but I was a huge fan of Michel as a prospect, and this could be his coming out party.
Kenny Stills (25th)
Kenny Stills has proven to be a boom or bust player so far in this young season. Well, I expect him to “boom” against the Oakland defense. I don’t think they have anybody that can shut him down.
Pierre Garcon (35th)
Garcon has been lukewarm so far this season, but a match-up against the worst pass defense in football might be just what he needs to get his groove back. This play becomes especially juicy if Marquise Goodwin misses another week.
Chris Godwin (48th)
Godwin was one of my breakout players this year, and through two games he’s been fantastic. His touchdown streak is due to end, but he has the skills to put up a bigger game in the receptions category, especially against a reeling Steelers defense.
Geronimo Allison (51st)
If you get a chance to start a Packers wide receiver against any defense that isn’t Minnesota or Jacksonville, you should probably do it. That’s the only logic I need here.
Antonio Callaway (54th)
The absence of Josh Gordon opened the door for another troubled wide receiver, and Callaway took full advantage of this against New Orleans. He tallied 3 receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown, and he could see even more receptions this week as the Jets will likely key in on Jarvis Landry.
Jesse James (14th)
If the Fitzmagic is still alive, then this game could become a shootout. If that’s the case, James could see some more targets. I doubt he repeats his phenomenal performance from last week, but he could still have a nice night.
Will Dissly (17th)
Will Dissly has been a touchdown machine so far this year, and while that streak should end, he’s a talented young tight end who Wilson appears comfortable targeting while Doug Baldwin is out.
OJ Howard (18th)
The same thing that applies to James applies here. I think people forgot that OJ Howard was one of the greatest tight end prospects ever, and that this production is actually sustainable for him.
Austin Hooper (23rd)
I doubt Hooper explodes for 20 points, but he’s a solid option in an offense that will likely air it out this week. For this kind of value, he’s a solid play, as long as you take advantage of the money you save when you start him.
I guess the 12th ranked defense isn’t really a sleeper, but Carolina at home against the Joe Mixonless Bengals feels like a top 5 play.
Everybody wants to talk about how boring Dak Prescott is, but they ignore the fact that Dallas has one of the better defenses in football. One week doesn’t change the fact that Seattle has an atrocious offensive line. This is fantastic value.
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