Pick 6 - Week 3

We all saw the Eagles struggle in prime time last week. Can they rebound in Week 3?



Each week this column will suggest borderline players that you should start, and borderline players that you should sit. These projections are based on historical matchups, the matchup against the current defense, and how the player is performing this year.

Last week, things went pretty well in this column except for ahem...Mr. Abdullah, my headliner didn't show up. My pick for the waiver wire stud from last week (Cole Beasley) was also ineffective as Tony Romo went down with an injury. So it goes, on to a new week. I'm not going to waste a spot in my "studs" category for this one, so here it is - don't get cute with benching Jeremy Hill. Yes, he has a tough match up this week, however, he is the clear lead back and will get plenty of run to correct his fumbling issues.

In tribute to the great Yogi Berra who passed away this week, I'm going to mix in a few of his famous quotes.

Studs

Dion Lewis - "It’s like déjà vu all over again." Remember last week when the Patriots ran the ball 15 times and passed the ball 59 times...even while they held a lead for the entire game? Expect the same game plan as Jacksonville actually has a stout run defense. They have given up the third fewest rushing yards per game this year. This means not a whole lot of work for Legarrette Blount and more time for Dion Lewis to shine. Last week he had 40 rushing yards and 98 receiving yards. I would say a 50-50 stat line in rushing and receiving yards for Lewis is very possible. He is an easy flex play with upside of an RB2 .

David Johnson - "You can observe a lot by just watching." If you have watched Sports Center highlights from a Cardinals game this year, you should know this name. Johnson's skills as a runner and passer are far superior to CJ0K. San Francisco's defense looked very vulnerable last week giving up 43 points at Pittsburgh. Now they travel back accross the country to play another road game against the Cardinals. Carson Palmer is on fire and will need to be respected. I think Bruce Arians backs down this week and gives David Johnson a more meaningful workload. Use David Johnson as an RB 3 in your flex spot knowing that he has a high ceiling and low floor this week.

Ryan Tannehill - "It ain’t over till it’s over." That's what the Dolphins will be saying this week against the Bills. Lamar Miller is banged up and the Bills have given up the most passing yards per game and 2nd fewest rushing yards per game. This sure sounds like recipe for disaster for the Dolphins running game. Tannehill experienced success against a tough Bills defense last year (240 yards/game and 3 TD's to 1 INT) when he had a hot/cold Mike Wallace and rookie Jarvis Landry. Now with weapons like DeVante Parker (I like his odds of getting meaningful playing time this week), Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron, and oh...the top possession WR in the league version of Jarvis Landry. Don't be scared by this matchup, start Tannehill with confidence.

Duds

Devonta Freeman - "No one goes there nowadays, it’s too crowded" Don't try to go into AT&T Stadium expecting to run this year. The Cowboys have been plugging holes at the line better than anyone else in the league. So far they have given up 53 rushing yards per game, which is tops in the league. I wouldn't start him if I owned him.

Eagles RB's - "Pair up in threes." I like the trio of RB's for the Eagles to get back on track this year, just not against the Jets defense. DeMarco Murray is banged up and the offense just hasn't had a game where things click. Wait another week on this squad.

Brandin Cooks - "The future ain't what it used to be." A popular break-out pick in drafts this year, Cooks has not delivered. It's too early to call him a bust as the entire offense has struggled a bit. However, with Drew Brees out this week and the team facing a tough Panthers defense outdoors, it's tough to expect much. Expect a run heavy game plan for the Saints.

Waiver Wire Stud
This is the player that I pick each week who is currently a no-namer or unowned in the majority of leagues, but will become one of the top pickups next week. This player is a great speculative add if you have a free roster spot that you can use before you miss out on him next week due to your league’s waiver wire pickup order.

Cameron Artis-Payne - I'm going out pretty far on a limb for this one, so this pick is more for deeper leagues. As I said above, the Saints are going to struggle this week without Drew Brees, and they have never done well at Carolina. I expect Carolina to be salting away a win this week in the fourth quarter, which means plenty of RB touches. Notice that Carolina's top two backs, Jonathan Stewart and Fozzy Whittaker, are both questionable this week. Both players are expected to play but late in the game with the lead I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the rookie Artis-Payne get some touches.

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