Hide your quarterbacks, protect them in shrink wrap & store them in a safe place. Week Two of the NFL Season changed the landscape for many fantasy owners, I fortunately was not one of them.
Crazy for QBs so far in 2017. Luck retires to start the season with a bang, enter Jacoby Brissett. Sam Darnold has mononucleosis, enter Trevor Siemian…Trevor chucks it 6 times Week 2 & injures ankle… enter Luke Falk. Drew Brees hits his thumb on Aaron Donald’s paw, Teddy Bridgewater takes his place and is set for Week 3, or is it Taysom Hill? Is Sean Payton being sneaky? Big Ben Roethlisberger set to have surgery on his right elbow, ouch. So now we have Mason Rudolph ready to lead the sleigh. When you thought it couldn’t get any worse, Cam Newton pops up on the injury report with that foot that has been hurting him, enter Kyle Allen? Geesh, so many injuries stacking up throughout the league, so make sure you are on top of your player news. Heck, even the Eagles canceled practice on Wednesday in favor of a walk through as they are decimated with injuries.
I’m thinking the first replacement on this list is the guy to pick up and play this week if you need a QB. Below are some additional “sneaks” to help you if you are in a crunch or need a DFS play.
Three ‘Sneaks’ for your Week 3 Lineup
QB – Jacoby Brissett (IND)
Ownership: 12% ESPN, 13% Yahoo
Indy has had two tough road games to start 2019, one against the Bolts and the other the Titans… Brissett has 5 TDs. They are 1-1 and come home to Lucas Oil Stadium to face the visiting Falcons (1-1). The Colts offensive line is stout and only allowed 18 sacks last year, which was fewest in the NFL. If Brissett has time to throw, he could have his way with the Falcons secondary. The Colts running game should be the the focus for Dan Quinn and the Dirty Birds, which should open up targets down field. The over/under is currently at 47, points are gonna be scored. Hilton is gonna have a long bomb and will need it for the Colts to stay in the game against Matt Ryan, Julio, Sanu, Ridley, etc… Jacoby should get you some points on the ground too.
WR – D.K. Metcalf (SEA)
Ownership: 66% ESPN, 60% Yahoo
77% of Snaps Played in Week 1. 89% of snaps Played in Week 2
Russell Wilson is looking D.K.’s way as he leads the team with 150 receiving yards through two games. The rookie is on the field when it counts and has had 6+ targets in each. The big body receiver is just getting comfortable and could become a crucial target hog for Wilson. At 6’3″ 229lbs, he is tough to tackle and as he adjusts to the the speeds of the NFL, defensive backs will become weary. Metcalf might be up against the Saints Lattimore, but I still see him getting his. Currently out of all receivers, 5th in NFL with 21.4 yards per catch. His ownership will skyrocket soon.
WR – Randall Cobb (DAL)
Ownership: 26% ESPN, 28% Yahoo
48% of Snaps Played in Week 1. 53% of Snaps Played in Week 2
Michael Gallup was injured Week 2. Up to that point he saw 7+ targets a game, those are going to fall in both Cooper and Cobb’s lap. Randall saw five targets Week one and six targets Week two plus he has hit pay dirt. Dak Prescott is tied with Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes with 7 TDS so far in ’19. I don’t expect that to change. Teams have to stack the box against Ezekiel, are the Miami Dolphins even a team right now? This could be a big game for Devin Smith & Tony Pollard too. Miami has given up 102 points so far in two games… they have only scored one TD & one FG, yikes.
Don’t get cute, start your studs. Stay on waivers and watch player news and updates. Check my Twitter for player updates and potential plays for Week 3. If you have roster questions or trades to review, send ’em over!
Go smash your rivals!
Todd D Clark
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