BUY / SELL / STEAL FOR WEEK 3
(Based on PPR format)
Emptying out the notebook:
— Evan Engram (knee) will miss about a month.
— Rex Burkhead (neck) has been placed on IR.
— Alshon Jeffery has been cleared for contact. His status for Sunday is unknown.
— Byes start this week with Washington and Carolina.
— Minnesota at L.A. Rams starts the week on Thursday.
— Kansas City at Denver closes out the week on Monday.
Ravens Fantasy Outlook
— Joe Flacco: Over the last two weeks, the Steelers have allowed 737 yards passing and nine TD. The Ravens offense has been clicking and Flacco adds to that total.
— Michael Crabtree: The Steelers have allowed a receiver to go over 100 yards every week. Number four happens with Crabtree, Joe’s go to receiver.
Matt Ryan: Ryan has been on a tear, averaging 32.5 points the last two weeks. The Bengals have allowed 20 and 27 points to QBs on the road, so another 30 point game is in reach.
RB: Giovani Bernard: Bernard’s receiving skills put him as a high end RB1 this week. The Falcons have allowed 14 or more receptions to running backs in two of three games.
Kerryon Johnson: Johnson was the first Lions running back to rush for 100 yards in a game since November 2013. Dallas allowed a 100-yard rusher last week, so no reason to think Johnson won’t go over 100 yards again.
JuJu Smith-Schuster: It is worth pointing out what Smith-Schuster is doing in Pittsburgh he’s doing while not being the number one option. He leads the team in receptions and yards and is averaging 118.7 yards per game and 20 fantasy points.
Other names: Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp, Julio Jones, Tyler Boyd, Mike Evans, Kenny Golloday, Golden Tate, Davante Adams, Randall Cobb, Nelson Agholor, DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Jarvis Landry, Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham, Jr., Keenan Allen, Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Emmanuel Sanders
TE: Jimmy Graham: The Bills have allowed over 200 yards receiving to tight ends. Graham finally finds the end zone this week.
Rob Gronkowski: Gronk has been quiet since Week 1, but gets the Dolphins, a team he has dominated over his career at home. His last three home games against Miami, Gronk’s has gone for 14/291/4.
Def: Atlanta, Detroit, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Houston, Jets, Jacksonville
QB: Dak Prescott: Prescott has averaged 10 points a game and now faces the Lions, who held Tom Brady to eight points on Sunday.
Eli Manning: With all the offensive star power in New York, Eli just can’t seem to get it going, averaging 13 points a game. Losing Engram could make it worse.
RB: Peyton Barber: It’s time to just drop Barber, who has averaged four points a game. It will only get worse with Ryan Fitzpatrick coming back down to earth.
James Conner: Since Week 1, Conner has rushed for an average of 39 yards a game. He has five receptions in every game but the Ravens are holding running backs to an average of four catches for 19 yards.
WR: Brandin Cooks: The Rams offense is money, but so is the Vikings secondary. Minnesota has allowed one receiver to go over 60 yards this season.
Demaryius Thomas: Thomas may be leading the team in targets, but he is also leading them in drops. Emmanuel Sanders appears to be Keenum’s favorite target and the emergence of Courtland Sutton will hurt Thomas as well.
TE: Eric Ebron: Over the past two games, Houston has held tight ends to 30 yards or less.
Ben Watson: Watson had a huge game Sunday, but those will be few and far between. Even with his stats Sunday, Watson is averaging 4/44 a week.
Def: Minnesota, Rams, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Miami, Denver
QB: Baker Mayfield: Oakland has allowed a passer rating of 105.2 and an average of 258 yards through the air. With no pass rush, Mayfield is line for a nice day and win number two!
WR: Sterling Shepard: Shepard has seen seven targets in two of the past three games and will see more with Engram out.
TE: Dallas Goedert: Wentz and Philly love playing with two tight ends, especially one who is a clone of Zach Ertz.
Def: Chicago: Fitzpatrick went for over 400 yards on Monday, but it is clear he is coming back to reality. He really crashes on a short week at Chicago, who have 14 sacks and five picks.
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