*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared.
Week 3 Review:
Top QB: Joe Flacco – finished 21st
QB Sit: Andy Dalton – finished 25th
QB Sleeper: Ryan Tannehill – finished 10th
Top RB: Melvin Gordon – finished 17th
RB Sit: Eddie Lacy – finished 21st
RB Sleeper: DeMarco Murray – finished 9th
Top WR: Julio Jones – finished outside top 25
WR Sit: Golden Tate – finished outside top 25
WR Sleeper: Larry Fitzgerald – finished outside top 25
Top TE: Eric Ebron – finished 8th
TE Sit: Charles Clay – finished outside top 25
TE Sleeper: Coby Fleener – finished 2nd
Top D/ST: Miami Dolphins – finished 19th
D/ST Sit: San Diego Chargers – finished 7th
D/ST Sleeper: New York Giants – finished 24th
Week 3 Predictions
Top QB: Cam Newton – Facing a Falcons defense that allows an average of 25 points per game to quarterbacks, Newton is going to be primed for Week 4 glory. Newton is going to be able to easily get the ball rolling to his favorite targets Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen (the odds of Benjamin being held to 0 points in back-to-back weeks is virtually impossible). Newton has faced some tough defenses so far this season, but now is going to get a chance to do what he does best. Ball out.
QB Sit: Ryan Fitzpatrick – With the Seattle Seahawks giving up the third least amount of points to quarterbacks, as well as the least amount of points to wide receivers, it’s going to be near impossible for Fitzpatrick to get anything going this week. With Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall both not at 100% health, Fitzpatrick is the obvious sit for Week 4.
QB Sleeper: Kirk Cousins – Cousins rolls into Week 4 with a home game against the atrocious Cleveland Browns. Cousins has racked up nearly 20 fantasy points each in his last two games, so a matchup with a fleeting Browns defense, which has given up more than 18 fantasy points per game to QB’s, provides an extra incentive to start him.
Top RB: Melvin Gordon – For the second straight week I am going to go with Melvin Gordon as the top running and here’s why. You saw what the Falcons’ two-headed monster in the backfield did to the New Orleans Saints, didn’t you? Scoring at least a touchdown in each of his games this year, the Saints have given up an absolute brutal total of 33 points per game to running backs. If Gordon isn’t at least a top 3 option this week, everything about fantasy football is a lie.
RB Sit: All of Miami’s Backfield – Miami’s running backs are part of a committee that is for the most part, a mess. None of these players can be trusted simply because of the fact that no one knows who is going to emerge. Could it be Jay Ajayi, Damien Williams, or Kenyan Drake? No one knows. One of them could come out of the committee and post good stats, but trusting any of them is highly risky.
RB Sleeper: Isaiah Crowell – The Redskins have allowed the third most points to running backs this season (26.8), and a total of six touchdowns. With Crowell being on the field for 40+ snaps last week, and receiving 15 carries, he will be a sneaky flex option to maybe finish the week in the top 5.
Top WR: Demaryius Thomas/Emmanuel Sanders – With Tampa Bay allowing the second most points to opposing wide receivers, pinpointing one of these wide-outs for the top spot this is hard, so why not select both? With Trevor Siemian coming into his own at quarterback, either of these guys are the strongest players within Denver’s pass attack.
WR Sit: Jeremy Maclin – Last week, Maclin was not able to take advantage of a matchup against the Jets (that other receivers were able to do so far this season), and only saw a small amount of targets (7) and finished with just 35 yards. For now, Maclin can’t be trusted this week. He rolls into Pittsburgh this Sunday, a team which has allowed the sixth fewest amount of points to receivers.
WR Sleeper: TY Hilton – A week removed from an amazing performance of 174 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers, Hilton comes into a matchup against the Jaguars in London, England. Far from a sleeper, Hilton can be a deadly secondary option to Denver’s receivers. In his last five career games against Jacksonville, Hilton has put up an average of 111 receiving yards per game, most likely good enough for around 20 points for those of you who are in PPR leagues (not including touchdowns.)
Top TE: Zach Miller – Never ignore a matchup when the team you’re facing gives up the most points to that position. In a case like this, Miller administers good fortune going up against a porous Lions defense, that’s surrendered a woeful 17.9 point average to tight ends.
TE Sit: Gary Barnidge – When you’re on the field for 100% of your team’s offensive snaps and only produce 8.6 fantasy points (non-PPR), then you’re better off finding a better option. Barnidge has been targeted just 13 times this season, and things don’t get any easier considering who’s throwing him the ball each week (will it be Cody Kessler or another QB?)
TE Sleeper: Dennis Pitta – With 20 targets in his last two games, Joe Flacco seems to be getting more comfortable again with Dennis Pitta. While the Raiders have allowed the ninth most fantasy points to tight ends at 10 per game, Pitta is definitely a sneaky pick and should be started.
Top D/ST – Washington Redskins – This portion of my outlook seems to go along with the correlation of suicide pools – pick whoever is facing the Browns. In all seriousness, the Redskins are an obvious choice this week as Cody Kessler is due for a turnover or two, and who knows how many points they will put up. However, it’s only a matter of time before the Browns get something rolling consistently on offense and win a game, isn’t it? Maybe next week when Josh Gordon makes his return.
D/ST Sit – Baltimore Ravens – So far this season, opposing defenses have scored ZERO points against the Oakland Raiders. While the Ravens are riding a miniscule and productive defensive streak of 21 fantasy points scored in their last two games, the odds are definitely not in their favor this week, and are of course best left on the bench, or waiver wire.
D/ST Sleeper – New York Jets – This one is going to come as a surprise to some, but with Russell Wilson banged up with a knee AND ankle injury, the chances for the Jets to pounce on some points are present. The Seahawks do actually give up eight points a game to defenses, not amazing, but that does come as a surprise and that total is definitely start-worthy.