Eagles fans can rejoice with the return of Carson Wentz after over nine months of rehabbing a torn ACL and LCL in week 14 of last season. He’s going up against an Indianapolis Colts defense that, although looked good against Alex Smith last week, doesn’t have the playmakers on defense to match up to the skill players and lineman that the Eagles have. Although this is a risk, Wentz is that good; that doesn’t mean to start him over every other option. I’d start him over Matthew Stafford or Jimmy Garoppolo but wouldn’t over Kirk Cousins.
What has happened to Andy Dalton? After finishing no higher than No. 16 in fantasy scoring for quarterbacks, Dalton has looked very sharp in the young season with impressive wins at Indianapolis and vs.Baltimore on Thursday night.
Going up against a Carolina Panthers team in week three that plays better at home as well as coming off a game where they got torched, I see Dalton having a harder time finding success in this one, especially with running back Joe Mixon out for a few weeks.
Through two weeks, Ryan Tannehill has subtly been a very solid option. After missing all of last season, Tannehill has outperformed big names such as Dak Prescott, Eli Manning, Alex Smith and Jimmy Garoppolo in the young season.
With the Oakland Raiders coming into town, Tannehill has a good chance of continuing his strong start. With the trade of Khalil Mack, Oakland’s defense has really lacked pressure to go along with an already questionable secondary that has held only one quarterback to less than 15 points in the last five games dating back to 2017.
Running Backs (PPR)
After two straight 1,000-yard seasons to start his career, Jordan Howard has had an up-and-down start to the year with a solid performance week one followed by a dud in week two.
To everyone’s surprise though, Howard has displayed improved receiving skills this season (nine targets and eight catches in two games in 2018 compared to 32 targets and 23 catches in 16 games in 2017), which has given him a higher fantasy floor than past years where his rushing numbers were most of the production.
Next on tap is the Arizona Cardinals who’ve surrendered the most fantasy points to running backs this season with three running backs totaling over 23 points in two games. With a talented offensive line in a game that Chicago should be playing with the lead, Howard could have a top five week at the position.
With McCoy nursing a cracked rib cartilage injury from their loss against the Chargers and an inept offense in Buffalo going up against one of the premier defenses in the league in Minnesota, this looks like as good of a week as any to leave McCoy on the bench.
After getting injured and missing all of the preseason and week one, Sony Michel made his debut for the New England Patriots in their loss against the Jacksonville Jaguars, putting up just 34 yards on 10 rushes.
With the soft Detroit Lions defense that gives up the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs next on tap for the schedule and Michel having handled lead back duties for most of his first action, the rookie has the chance to put up big numbers this week.
Wide Receivers (PPR)
The second-year man out of USC, Juju Smith-Schuster has started off the year red hot with 18 catches, 240 yards and one touchdown through two games. His 27 targets are the second most on the team, behind Antonio Brown (33), and 16 more than the next closest guy, James Conner with 11.
In a high-octane offense with that kind of volume going up against a team in Tampa Bay that gives up the seventh most fantasy points to wide receivers, Juju could be in for another big game in a potential shootout.
If it weren’t for the complete disaster taking place in Buffalo, the Cardinals would be the laughing stock of the league. They’ve been outscored 58-6 through two weeks and Larry Fitzgerald can’t do much to stop it.
In his 15th season, Fitzgerald has gotten off to an average start of 10 catches for 104 yards but has yet to find the end zone. With Chicago coming into town this week, I think he continues to put up average to below average numbers as the Cardinals’ train wreck of an offensive line will have a big problem stopping Khalil Mack and the stout Bears defense.
After being held without a catch in his first career game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Calvin Ridley rebounded to post five catches for 64 yards and a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
His five targets were second-most on the team behind only Julio Jones (nine). Now he gets a New Orleans defense that gives up the most fantasy points to wide receivers and he figures to have an easier time getting open with Marshon Lattimore having the duty of shadowing Julio Jones.
With Devonta Freeman out for the at least another week or two, Ridley should get the same if not a larger workload.
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