It’s that time of the week again. Sunday is approaching and fantasy lineups are shaping together. I have my eye on a few options that I’m excited about. But first, let’s see how I did last week:
Studs: Jordan Matthews, Willie Snead, T.J. Yeldon
Dud: Dez Bryant
Not my best showing. The Jags found themselves playing catch-up with San Diego, so Yeldon and the running game were essentially abandoned. Unfortunate. On the other hand, Willie Snead was able to find the endzone for a productive fantasy afternoon. Jordan Matthews posted a decent statline with 71 yards, but dropped a sure touchdown before halftime that would’ve led to big fantasy numbers. That one hurt. Maybe Dez was reading last week, he looked like he had a chip on his shoulder during his 100-yard performance against Washington.
I’m putting last week behind me. Let’s get to it, your Week 3 Studs & Dud:
Week 3 Studs:
Sterling Shepard, WR New York Giants
The rookie wide receiver has looked sharp out of the gate this season with two double-digit fantasy performances. Just how efficient has he been? Eli Manning has thrown his way 12 times, and he’s connected with Shepard on 11. The Giants face off with Washington this week, so Josh Norman will be shadowing Odell Beckham Jr. I think Shepard benefits from the focus on Odell against a pedestrian defense.
Philip Rivers, QB San Diego Chargers
I have Rivers here because I don’t think he’s as respected in fantasy as he should be. His play may not be all that entertaining, but he’s been an upper-tier quarterback for the majority of his career. He’s coming off of a four touchdown game against Jacksonville, and the Colts defense can’t stop a nosebleed currently. Rivers is a top 5 option at QB this week and he might even be a free agent in your league. I’ll pass on the big names at QB this week in daily fantasy and slot the overlooked Rivers into my lineups.
Phillip Dorsett, WR Indianapolis Colts
I’m rolling with a Phillip on the other side of the ball with this one. I just mentioned how the Colts defense has been horrible through two weeks. Well, I expect Andrew Luck to be airing it out to keep up with San Diego on Sunday. Dorsett is usually the 3rd option for the Colts, but with Donte Moncrief out for a while, he’ll have more opportunities in the offense. T.Y. Hilton should also have a nice game, but with only 3 touchdowns in his last 20 games, I think a more involved Dorsett may be the one that finds the endzone. He’ll be cheap in daily fantasy, and is a solid free agent pickup moving forward.
Week 3 Dud:
Demaryius Thomas, WR Denver Broncos
There’s a lot working against Demaryius in this matchup with Cincinnati. The Broncos have established themselves as a run-first offense and they’re doing it very well so far. I expect them to continue pounding it, limiting opportunities for Thomas. Not to mention, just last week the Bengals held the league’s best receiver, Antonio Brown, to just 39 yards. Road game. Young quarterback. Stout secondary. Run-first philosophy. There are better options for you this week sitting on your bench. Sorry, Demaryius.