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Fantasy Football Week 3: Who to start, who to sit, risks and busts for every game on the schedule – CBS Sports


Fantasy lineup calls for each Week 3 game.

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We should begin to see defenses start playing smarter, sounder football this week and next week. It typically takes them a couple of weeks to get a beat on any given offense anyway, and this year’s weird training camp makes for no exception. It’ll be the teams with shrewd coaches and well-stocked pass rushers who begin to make things tough on offenses first. You may want to lower expectations just a little bit for Raiders, Rams, Texans and — gasp — Chiefs players.

Here are my start, sit, sleeper, and bust calls for every game in Week 3 based on what we’ve learned through the first two games, and if you need more lineup help, check out Jamey Eisenberg’s Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em, plus Heath Cummings’ Week 1 previews for quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end. And, if you need to make a trade, the trade values chart can help make sure you’re a winner.

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So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 2 rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that out-performed experts big-time last season.

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2020 Fantasy Football Week 3: Tight End Rankings – Yahoo Sports

Tyler Higbee about to make the leap into the upper echelon of fantasy tight ends?” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>Is Tyler Higbee about to make the leap into the upper echelon of fantasy tight ends?

Higbee went off in Week 2, converting all five of his targets into 54 yards and a whopping three scores. Sure, you’d love to see more targets, but it’s hard to argue with the results.

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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Ben Roethlisberger ready to turn back time again – CBS Sports


Big Ben is the Start of the Week. Here’s who else you’re starting.

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Week 2 is not the time to panic about your Fantasy roster, but it might be the time to adjust. Injuries could force your hand, and we’re dealing with several big-name players being out, which isn’t fun. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find quality replacement options, whether they are already on your bench or off the waiver wire.

Michael Thomas (ankle), Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) and Phillip Lindsay (turf toe) aren’t expected to play in Week 2, and we already lost Marlon Mack (Achilles) and Blake Jarwin (ACL) for the season. We’re waiting to find out if James Conner (ankle) can play in Week 2, and if Miles Sanders (hamstring), Kenny Golladay (hamstring) and Courtland Sutton (shoulder) will make their 2020 debut after being out in Week 1.

Your Fantasy roster could unfortunately be filled with red injury tags, but thankfully some reinforcements could be in play this week. Benny Snell and Nyheim Hines are two potential starting options at running back in Week 2, and we like Anthony Miller, Laviska Shenault and Parris Campbell as sleeper receivers. Dallas Goedert has emerged as a must-start tight end, and Ryan Tannehill is a solid starting quarterback in Week 2.

Injuries stink, and it’s not fun making all of these roster moves after one week to plug holes. But hopefully you were smart with your draft or the waiver wire and can start some of these players with upside. We’ll help you with suggestions below, and let’s hope we don’t get ravaged with injuries to our stars again in Week 2.

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It was great to see Ben Roethlisberger back on the field Monday night in Week 1 at the Giants. After a sluggish start, he looked good, and he should continue to get better after missing most of last season with an elbow injury. He has the chance to go off in Week 2 against the Broncos.

Roethlisberger was 21-of-32 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns against the Giants, and he looked comfortable as the game went on. He connected for two touchdowns with JuJu Smith-Schuster and one to James Washington, and he should continue to improve in his rapport with Diontae Johnson, Chase Claypool and Eric Ebron.

Roethlisberger also gets to face a tired and beaten up defense this week. The Broncos played the late Monday night game in Week 1 and now have to travel across the country to play the Steelers. They were already down standout pass rusher Von Miller (ankle) for the season, and cornerback A.J. Bouye (shoulder) was hurt against Tenneseee.

I have Roethlisberger ranked as a top 10 Fantasy quarterback in Week 2, but a top-five finish wouldn’t be surprising. He’s typically great at home, and this is his first time playing in Pittsburgh in over a year. It should be a dominant performance for Roethlisberger this week.

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Cardinals (vs WAS): A lot was made about the way the Eagles offense played in Week 1 at Washington, but the Washington Football Team’s offense wasn’t much better with 239 total yards. Haskins was sacked three times, and this offense could struggle again on the road against the Cardinals. Arizona also had three sacks in Week 1.

  • Packers (vs. DET): In one game at Green Bay last year, Stafford was sacked three times and had no touchdowns. The Packers pass rush should be a problem for Stafford this week.
  • Titans (vs. JAC): Jadeveon Clowney didn’t make much of an impact in his first game with the Titans at Denver in Week 1, but he should be able to chase down Minshew once or twice this week. This Titans defense should be tough at home.
  • Buccaneers (vs. CAR): The Buccaneers only allowed the Saints to get 271 yards in total offense last week in New Orleans, and this defense should be tough on the Panthers at home. Aside from Christian McCaffrey, this could be a bad game for this Panthers offense.

Patriots (at SEA): The Patriots defense was great against Miami last week in allowing just 11 points, and New England had three interceptions against Ryan Fitzpatrick. But obviously Russell Wilson is on a different level, and the Seahawks are playing at home. I would look for another DST option this week instead of trusting the Patriots.

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2020 Fantasy Football: Week 2 Tight End Rankings – Yahoo Sports

T.J. Hockenson’s breakout in Week 1?” data-reactid=”16″ type=”text”>Did we just see the start of T.J. Hockenson’s breakout in Week 1?

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The second-year tight end caught all five of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown, the only Lions receiving weapon to catch one on the day. It

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Fantasy Football: Targets You Don’t Want to Lose to the Waiver Wire After Week 1 – Bleacher Report

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    At this time of the year, with surprise roster cuts and players going on injured reserve, we’ll see fantasy football stocks rise as teams finalize depth charts. Don’t miss out on a hot pickup before the 2020 season starts Thursday.

    The Washington Football Team released starting running back Adrian Peterson on Friday, so who’s the next man up in an offense that needs a playmaker to emerge in the backfield?

    Final training camp reports give us a glimpse of developments that didn’t gain much traction over the past month. While some players solidified key roles—others fell in the pecking order. 

    Let’s check out eight players who belong on your last-minute fantasy draft radar.

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    ADP: 11.10

    DraftKings DFS Value: $6,400

    The choice between Comeback Player of the Year candidates Matthew Stafford and Ben Roethlisberger comes up in discussion as managers look for a quarterback who can produce at a level above his average draft position.

    Both have several quality pass-catchers at running back, wide receiver and tight end, though you should favor Roethlisberger’s surroundings. He has a more experienced offensive line, while Stafford will play behind two new starters on the right side—one of them possibly rookie third-rounder Jonah Jackson, who took first-team reps through camp.

    Secondly, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic doesn’t see Roethlisberger’s surgically repaired elbow as a concern.

    “He’s made every throw possible over the three-week camp and was impressive doing it,” Kaboly wrote. “His surgically repaired elbow isn’t a concern. He only sat for one practice and part of another.” 

    Just two years ago, Roethlisberger threw for a league-leading 5,129 yards and 34 touchdown passes, though he logged the most interceptions (16) as well. 

    Yet if the Steelers take an aggressive approach through the air with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Chase Claypool, Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald, Roethlisberger could creep back into top-10 fantasy scoring range among quarterbacks.

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    ADP: 10.08

    DraftKings DFS Value: $6,100

    The New England Patriots tabbed Cam Newton as the starter in a quarterback battle that included Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer, so no surprise here.

    Nonetheless, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe wrote he’s “held a firm grip” on the first-string position, which provides more assurance that the Patriots won’t pull him at the first sign of any trouble on the field.

    In a 14-game 2018 campaign, Newton finished QB12, per FantasyPros. He’s healthy with limited offensive weapons, which means we could see him on the run this season.

    For his career, Newton has rushed for 4,806 yards and 58 touchdowns. If necessary, he will tuck the ball and run for yardage. If you prefer a quarterback who can rack up some extra points as a ball-carrier, take a look at him in the late rounds.

    Aside from wideout Julian Edelman, Newton’s weapons won’t excite you, but he has some starting appeal in a favorable matchups (like Week 1 against Miami) because of his rushing capability.

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    ADP: 6.11

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,400

    This will become one of those “I told you so” picks. Initially, running back Devin Singletary seemed like the runaway option to lead the Buffalo Bills backfield—not so fast.

    The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia projects that the Bills’ lead running back will depend on the opponent and that Singletary’s ball-security issues could cost him the starting job if they crop up again.

    “Since each player can be a pass-catching option on third downs, it’s likely there will be some weeks when Singletary is the lead back and Moss is the change-of-pace player, and other weeks when that’s reversed. …The Bills love Singletary’s vision and instincts, but if his fumbling issues carry over into 2020, Moss could take over as the lead back.” 

    Under offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, the Bills have logged the sixth-most rush attempts two years in a row, and two running backs recorded at least 115 carries in both seasons.

    The Bills will likely rely on Singletary and Moss to carry most of the load on the ground, though the latter has more upside because of the former’s issues with fumbles. The rookie third-rounder has flex appeal with an RB2 ceiling.

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    ADP: N/A

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,500

    When one running back battles with an injury, he leaves the door open for another to step into a bigger role.

    Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic reported Darrell Henderson rehabbed a hamstring injury on the sideline September 2. She also wrote that head coach Sean McVay categorized him as “day-to-day.” Eric Williams of SI.com tabbed Malcolm Brown the starter for his latest 53-man depth chart. 

    If Henderson doesn’t suit up for Week 1, Brown and rookie second-rounder Cam Akers could split the rushing workload. While the latter’s draft pedigree suggests he has significant upside, the sixth-year veteran holds the edge in playing experience. 

    Akers has a strong season outlook, but Brown may handle the bulk of the touches for the first few weeks. Managers who whiffed on running backs during the draft can do some patchwork at the position here.

    Of course, once Henderson returns, Brown should go back on the waiver wire.

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    ADP: 6.02

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,000

    The Washington Football Team made a notable cut, releasing Adrian Peterson on Friday. The backfield features two veterans, Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic, along with two youngsters, Bryce Love and rookie third-rounder Antonio Gibson.

    Nicki Jhabvala of the Washington Post broke down the running back group.

    “The top two guys—Gibson and McKissic—are receiver converts. Barber adds a physicality inside and Love has been described by Rivera as a possible every-down back, giving offensive coordinator Scott Turner a number of options in how he wants to use his options,” Jhabvala wrote. 

    Because Washington invested a third-round pick in Gibson, he’s the running back who stands out. As Jhabvala writes, the Memphis product has a wide receiver background, which makes him a potential threat on all three downs. Secondly, McKissic has only 88 rush attempts in four seasons.

    If you need a dual-threat running back with upside in point-per-receptions leagues, grab Gibson without hesitation.

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    ADP: 11.01

    DraftKings DFS Value: $4,900

    Typically, you want to stay away from aging wide receivers. Yet 33-year-old speedster DeSean Jackson has an opportunity to start the season with high volume of targets. 

    The Philadelphia Eagles will open the season with wideouts Alshon Jeffery (Lisfranc) and Jalen Reagor (shoulder) on the sideline. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the former may not go on the physically unable to perform list, but he could sit out multiple weeks. Geoff Mosher of Inside the Birds reported on August 30 that the latter could miss “about four weeks.”

    Far more advanced than second-year wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and rookie fifth-rounder John Hightower, Jackson should take the field as a top-two pass-catching option along with tight end Zach Ertz.

    Even though we saw only a small sample of Jackson and quarterback Carson Wentz last year, the two connected eight times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Washington Football Team. The 13th-year veteran averages 17.4 yards per catch for his career. He’s worth a gamble with two receivers out.

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    ADP: 8.10

    DraftKings DFS Value: $5,300

    While quarterback Tyrod Taylor started for the Buffalo Bills between the 2015 and 2017 seasons, tight end Charles Clay listed within the top three on the team in targets for each of those seasons.

    Although Taylor’s career-high 3,035 passing yards may scare away fantasy managers, you should take a look at Hunter Henry because of the signal-caller’s tendency to target tight ends at a high volume.

    Henry has to stay healthy. He missed the entire 2018 season because of a torn ACL and suffered a tibia plateau fracture that kept him out of four games last year.

    Per Daniel Popper of The Athletic, the Chargers are prepared to play through the “majority of September” without Mike Williams. However, according to head coach Anthony Lynn, the wideout will be a game-time decision for Week 1 against the Cincinnati Bengals (h/t Joe Reedy of the Associated Press).

    While Keenan Allen will likely command a high target volume, running back Austin Ekeler or Henry could slip into the No. 2 spot in the pass-catching pecking order depending on the opponent.

    In 2019, Henry caught 55 passes for 652 yards and five touchdowns. He may see an early spike in numbers if Williams misses a few games.

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    ADP: 13.09

    DraftKings DFS Value: $3,300

    The New York Jets have notable injuries at wide receiver. Rookie second-rounder Denzel Mims missed several practices because of a hamstring injury, which raises concern about his early rapport with quarterback Sam Darnold. 

    Breshad Perriman had swelling in his knee. He missed over a week of practices, per ESPN’s Rich Cimini. Head coach Adam Gase said the wideout is “feeling a lot better.” Yet his status for Week 1 remains unclear. 

    While Jamison Crowder and Chris Hogan could see most of the targets at wide receiver, tight end Chris Herndon may open the season with a big role. He’s going into his third campaign with Darnold. As a rookie, the Miami product hauled in 39 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns. 

    Last year, Herndon only played 18 offensive snaps. He served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and then battled a hamstring injury that resulted in a season-ending trip to the injured-reserve list.

    Herndon goes into the upcoming campaign healthy and available for Darnold, who has a shortage of familiar pass-catching options. The two can rekindle their spark from two years ago.

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Hartitz: Top 300 Fantasy Football Rankings | Fantasy Football News, Rankings and Projections – Pro Football Focus

Happy draft season everyone! What follows are my top-300 rankings for PPR formats. Great day to be great.

1. Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers (RB1)

CMC averaged a full 6 points more than the next-highest-scoring skill-position player in 2019 PPR leagues and now has a QB known for his willingness to check down.

2. Saquon Barkley, New York Giants (RB2)

2018’s overall RB1 is second only to McCaffrey in PPR scoring per game over the past two seasons. Barkley is probably the single best player in the league with the ball in their hands.

Saquon Barkley would be Earth’s RB1 if the aliens invaded and we had to play a game of football to save humanitypic.twitter.com/QZ2lQc58KS

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 20, 2020

3. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (RB3)

The RB3, RB3, RB6 and RB5 in PPR points per game from 2016-2019 has room for target growth thanks to the departure of Jason Witten. Zeke remains the engine of arguably the NFC’s best offense.

4. Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints (RB4)

An ankle injury slowed down Kamara greatly in 2019… and he still finished as the PPR RB9. Only McCaffrey has a higher target floor among all RBs.

5. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs (RB5)

Patrick Mahomes‘ preferred pick, Andy Reid has already compared his new rookie RB to former Eagles great Brian Westbrook. CEH is the only player in SEC history with 1,000 rushing yards and 50 receptions in a single season, and he’s set up for a three-down role from Day 1.

6. Dalvin Cook, Minnesota Vikings (RB6)

Holdout potential is concerning, but the new CBA makes the prospect less likely for the Vikings’ bell-cow RB. OC Gary Kubiak’s starting RB has always been a fantasy cheat code.

7. Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (RB7)

Posted snap rates of 84%, 64%, 90%, 79%, 66%, 75%, 81% and 96% upon joining the Cardinals, working as the PPR RB4 along the way. No remaining backs have a clearer path to a true three-down role.

8. Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans (RB8)

2019’s triple-crown rushing leader enters virtually the same situation in 2020 and should be the favorite to lead the league in rush attempts. Game-script concerns are overblown; Henry had at least 16 touches in every game last season.

9. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints (WR1)

Averaged 3.7 PPR points per game more than the next-closest WR in 2019; Thomas is locked in as an alpha target-hog WR1 who could feasibly receive a season-long target total that starts with a 2.

10. Nick Chubb, Cleveland Browns (RB9)

Chubb averaged 19.2 carries and four targets per game in Weeks 1-9 without Kareem Hunt (PPR RB6) before going for 18 carries and 2.1 targets per game in Weeks 10-17 with Hunt (PPR RB15). The floor is high; the ceiling is the roof.

11. Joe Mixon, Cincinnati Bengals (RB10)

2018 and 2019’s PPR RB10 and RB13, Mixon will benefit from the presence of both Joe Burrow and OT Jonah Williams. Unfortunately, Giovani Bernard (40% snaps in 2019) isn’t likely to take a full backseat to Mixon (59%), particularly on pass downs.

12. Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (RB11)

Has played 65%, 68%, 72%, 74%, 75%, 78% and 95% snaps in seven career games without Melvin Gordon. The loss of Philip Rivers hurts, but this is still a proven, talented back with anyone’s idea of a three-down role.

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Fantasy Fit: Baltimore Ravens Rookie Receiver Devin Duvernay – Sports Illustrated

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Bill Enright: The Baltimore Ravens selected Devin Duvernay out of Texas in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft, trying to give Lamar Jackson some new weapons and that passing attack. Let’s find out what kind of fantasy fit Duvernay will be in his rookie season. For that, I bring on Todd Karpovich from Raven Country and Jaime Eisner fantasy and Gambling Insider here at SI. Todd, I’ll start with you. Let’s talk about Duvernay and where he fits on this Ravens depth chart.

Todd Karpovich: Well, when the Ravens drafted Duvernay, there was a video, John Harbaugh on his jumping again of his seat, pumping his fists. This is a guy they really want. They were afraid New England was going to take him before they got to him. Now he’s a versatile guy, he could play a slot and play on the outside. So he will sneak around for some reps at slot. He could play with Miles Boykin for a starting job on the outside. So they’re gonna find a way to get Duvernay involved in this offense. It’s gonna be up to him to fill the void. But I see Duvernay taking plenty of opportunities with the Ravens in 2020 as a rookie.

Bill Enright: From a fantasy perspective, Jaime, we know the Ravens were one of the best rushing teams of all time, let alone just in 2020. But from a fantasy perspective, are we expecting some more action for these Ravens playmakers, at wide receiver specifically? What do you think about Duvernay?

Jaime Eisner: Maybe a little bit. But the Ravens ran on 54 percent of their offensive plays last season, which was the highest percentage in the NFL. And I expect him to be around that point there again this year. Duvernay is interesting in best ball formats. He might have some really big games. He’s got dynamic game-breaking speed. So Lamar Jackson might be able to find him. Duvernay and Hollywood Brown both have kind of similar … you could see them have 2 (catches) for 105 (yards) and two touchdowns stat lines at some point. 

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