Week three’s slate of games brought us an entertaining couple of days of football. With some breakout performances and some elite players putting up disappointing numbers here is what you need to gain an advantage over your opponent this week.
Do QB1 Aaron Rodgers
The Packers, this past April, drafted former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round. This decision has appeared to anger Aaron Rodgers. He is playing like his hair is on fire. We haven’t seen him play like this since his MVP season in 2014. What makes this more impressive is the weapons he has at his disposal. In 14′ he was throwing to Jordy Nelson, a rookie Davante Adams, and a prime Randall Cobb. This year Rodgers has thrown to a better version of Adams however he has missed more time than he has played. His other weapons are Allen Lazard and a wildly inconsistent Equanimeous St. Brown. Look for Rodgers to continue his dominance as he’s got a favorable matchup against Atlanta.
Do QB2 Jared Goff
Let’s face it The Giants defense is absolutely atrocious. I know it you know it and the Rams know it. The last time The Rams played The Giants, The Rams won 51-17. With the defense being as leaky as-is and The Rams offense finding its legs in the post-Todd Gurley era, combined with the fact that The Giants have to travel across the country I can see Goff having a huge day.
Don’t QB1 Nick Foles
Hold your horses with Nick Foles here people. I know he played well in relief of Mitchell Trubisky last week but please don’t expect that production to continue. Foles and The Bears are at home this week against an Indianapolis Colts defense that has allowed the fewest yards per game out of any team in the NFL. Nick Foles feasted on a leaky Falcons secondary that has blown two 4th quarter leads of 15 points or greater in their three weeks of play. However, Foles surely won’t experience the same success this week. If you were thinking about giving him the start, don’t.
Don’t QB2 Carson Wentz
Like The Giants, The Eagles have to travel across the country to face a 49ers team that even with all of their injuries have steamrolled their last two opponents. Pair that with the fact that the Eagles have one wideout on the active roster (Greg Ward). It should be a rough day for Carson Wentz who has already been struggling to begin with. I would have him sit if it was my team.
Do RB1 Melvin Gordon
The Broncos are playing a Jets team that is quite frankly terrible at all facets of the game of football and I’m sure it will show again tonight. With that said Denver is starting Brett Rypien. Rypien came in at the end of last week’s game against The Buccaneers due to the injury to Jeff Driskel. Look for Denver to take some pressure off of Rypien by pounding the rock with Gordon. There is a good chance that Gordon is available on your waiver wire so pick him up and give him a start if you can.
Do RB2 Carlos Hyde
At the end of last week’s game against the Cowboys starter, Chris Carson went down with a scary-looking knee injury. In the short time that he played Hyde looked explosive and powerful as a downhill runner. While Carson’s status is unknown for Sunday, I’m sure Seattle will be careful with him especially considering the depth they have in the backfield. Hyde should be a good plug and play option this week.
Don’t RB1 Mike Davis
Davis made his first start of the season last week in place of pro bowl back Christian Mccaffrey and he was ok. It is clear though that The Panthers looks pretty much dead without Mccaffrey in the backfield. Davis struggled to produce consistent runs and that was what held the offense back. This week Davis is facing a Cardinal defense that ranks 12th in terms of yards allowed on the ground per game so the matchup isn’t great for him. He was a good plug and play option last week but I wouldn’t double down with him.
Don’t RB2 Mark Ingram
Ingram once again finds himself on the sit list after an underwhelming performance against The Chiefs. It is clear that Baltimore is heavily in favor of rookie J.K. Dobbins. Ingram has been inconsistent at best and there is no way I’d start him. Even with a favorable matchup against Washington I just see how he is going to see any type of real playing time, especially after his struggles last week.
Do WR1 Cooper Kupp
After a solid week last week, Cooper Kupp is poised for another big week against The Giants. Their number one corner James Bradbury is normally a boundary exclusive guy while Kupp is primarily a slot receiver. It is going to be up to rookie 3rd round pick Darnay Holmes to cover one of the games’ best slot guys. Look for Goff to go to Kupp early and often.
Do WR2 Scotty Miller
Tom Brady loves his undersized slot receivers. He made that obvious throughout his career throwing to guys like Wes Welker and Julian Edelman a number of times. Brady has found his new favorite target in the quick game in Scotty Miller. Miller has made multiple clutch catches and had himself a few productive games with Brady. With Chris Godwin hurt and out of this game Miller will be on the field for a majority of the snaps this Sunday. Consider him as a play this week.
Don’t WR1 Darius Slayton
I will stick by the fact The Giants will struggle because of the travel and I think Slayton has the worst draw of them all. The former Auburn Tiger is going to be lined up against all-pro corner Jalen Ramsey. Slayton struggled to produce outside of one big catch in week one. I’d leave him on the bench this week.
Don’t WR2 Henry Ruggs
Ruggs had a productive beginning to his career in the first half of week one. He then had to leave the game with an injury. I believe he attempted to play last week but was once again pulled from the game. Ruggs is listed as doubtful for this week’s game against Buffalo but even if he goes he will draw attention from Tre’davious White. This is a tough assignment regardless of who you are. Sit him plain and simple.
Do TE George Kittle
This one is a bit obvious but after missing two games with a knee injury Kittle will be playing this weekend. Outside of Kittle, The 49ers have really no other healthy offensive weapons. Look for Nick Mullens or whoever starts at quarterback for them to look his way and look there often.
Don’t TE Jimmy Graham
Graham had a productive game last time out in The Bears comeback victory over The Falcons last week. With a tough matchup against The Colts, I would think that Graham would have a slow game this weekend being that I think the entire Bears offense is going to struggle. Bench him if you can.
Do FLEX Joe Mixon
Mixon has not been great this season. While it isn’t totally his fault he has not put up the numbers he is used to. With that said Mixon is poised to have the breakout game he is looking for. The Bengals are playing a Jags team that has been worse than they look. Look for Mixon to finally have a good one against Duvall counties best.
Don’t FLEX Todd Gurley
Gurly has lost a step recently, everyone with eyes can see it. I’m not even sure how many people have Gurley rostered Green Bays defense isn’t anything special but neither is Todd Gurley sit him. Atlanta won’t be running at all they are going to be playing from behind all game. Just leave him on the bench.
Do D/ST Los Angeles Rams
The Rams have two All-pros on their defense and they just so happen to be the best player at their respective positions. Jalen Ramsey and Aaron Donald will absolutely wreck The Giants offense that has struggled to produce. This is partly because the players are trying to gel under a new system but they also have had to deal with a number of injuries to their best players. No matter the excuse, it doesn’t change the fact that that offense isn’t good. LA’s defense is a good play
Don’t D/ST New England Patriots
New England’s defense is a shell of the dominant unit it was in 2019. It has given up 30 plus points once in the first three weeks after only giving up 30 plus only once the entire tear last year. They are going up against a Cheifs that has been rolling all season. If you have another option go to it I don’t like the matchup.
Do K Stephen Gostkowski
I don’t know how much explanation this needs. The former Patriots kicker after struggling open the season went 6 for 6 on kicks including a game-winner last week. There is a good chance he’s available in your league. Go pick him up.
Don’t K Graham Gano
The new Giant kicker is not going to get the chance to kick much this weekend with the way I believe the offense will struggle. If you have another option go for it. This game is going to get ugly for The Giants.
As always these are just opinions of mine good luck with your matchup this week.