The fantasy football season is even shorter than the NFL regular season, which means the 0-2 hole applies just as much to you as it does the Saints. If your team is in trouble early, week three is a great time to bounce back. That being said, there are some players to go after and some to sit on the bench going forward.
QB Joe Flacco: If you’re stuck in a week-to-week loop waiting on Tom Brady to return, of if your current quarterback match-up isn’t so hot, go with the Ravens’ signal caller. His completion percentage around 60 percent shouldn’t concern. Instead, look at Flacco’s pass volume. He had 33 attempts in week one and 45 last week. Their opponent this week, Jacksonville, has given up six passing touchdowns through two weeks, and Flacco’s shown a solid connection with his new deep threat Mike Wallace.
TE Coby Fleener: There’s no better week for the Saints’ prized free agent to break out than against the rival Atlanta Falcons. They’re another defense that’s vulnerable. Atlanta gave up four touchdowns to Jameis Winston in week one and another three to Derek Carr in week two. The Saints haven’t give up on Fleener, and neither should you, at least not yet. There’s too much upside and probably not a lot of backup options.
RB LeGarrette Blount: He should have been in your starting lineup since week one, but just in case you’re deep at running back and he’s not, go ahead and make that move. His carries increased from the opener to week two, and they should be around the 30-mark again. The Patriots’ quarterback situation is bleak, and they’ll be relying on Blount to carry the load yet again on a short week. At the very least, Blount should be your top flex option.
FLEX Spencer Ware: It looks like we’ve got one more week with the Kansas City backup turned starter getting good production. Judging my Chiefs head coach Andy Reid’s comments, it looks like they’re still playing it cautious with Jamaal Charles. On top of that, I like the match-up against the Jets more than the Texans last week, but not a whole lot more. That’s why I’d recommend as a higher-end flex. The Jets have given up their share of points, but not much on the ground.
QB Kirk Cousins: The league’s most accurate passer from a year ago has underperformed big-time the first two weeks, and he faces one of his toughest tests yet against the Giants this week. New York defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo dialed up some impressive blitzes to slow down Drew Brees and the Saints, and it worked. Last time I checked, Brees > Cousins. This seems like a multiple interception week for the former Spartan and a frustrating day for Washington’s offense altogether.
TE Antonio Gates: He’s been a fantasy football staple since 2004, and somehow still manages to outperform young guns in San Diego to earn the job of starting tight end. But at the age of 36, Antonio Gates’s production is winding down. His first touchdown of the year last week may make him tempting if you’re desperate at tight end, but he may not be ready to go on Sunday. Reports indicate Gates is dealing with a hamstring injury, and those are never easy to bounce back from. They’ve also reportedly added a third tight end to the practice squad this week, which could spell an inactive Sunday for Gates.
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