NFL Bold Predictions Week 3
We are through the first two weeks of the season and we have already seen our fair share of ups and downs. The first week is always filled with excitement with the season getting underway and players making splashes. Week two you start to see who could be the real do and who were just a flash in the pan. This week, we look at a few guys that have got off to extremely slow starts that could turn it around, and guys that have got of to blazing starts that might simmer down a bit. Let’s dive into this week’s very bold takes.
Kirk Cousins Top 5 QB
This has not been the start that Kirk Cousins’ fantasy owners were hoping for. Only ten attempts in week one for less than 100 yards, then comes out against the Packers in Week two and throws two picks and loses a fumble. If he’s not on your team after this week, it’s definitely understandable. But this will be the week he bounces back. The Vikings have clearly been able to establish the run, but teams are very good at game-planning and strategizing towards teams strengths. The Raiders could look to stop Cook and this torrid running game, which will leave the passing game open for Cousins and his weapons. Expect him to come out slinging the ball and looking a lot more sharp in this game. Look for a 325-yard game and three touchdowns from the Vikings QB.
Miles Sanders Has a Career Day
It’s shocking that with the offensive line and the weapons that the Eagles have, that they haven’t been able to get the running game going at all. Between the running backs, they have combined for just 162 yards rushing. Not exactly what anyone was expecting. However, you can see that Miles Sanders is ready to have a big game at any point. He has also seen 43% of the offensive snaps, which is far more than any other running back on the team. It is all up to Sanders now and if he can break some of these runs and get some fantasy points. This is the week he does so. Playing in Philly this week and against an average Lions team, the Eagles should need to run the ball more and give Sanders more opportunities. You can expect a 100+ yard rushing game from Sanders and he will also get in the endzone this week.
Josh Jacobs Will Not Be an RB2
Josh Jacobs has been out to a hot start to begin his rookie year. The Alabama product was one of the highest, if not the highest, rated rookie coming into the year. It’s clear now why people regarded him so highly. He’s rushed for 184 yards on just 35 carries and has reached the endzone twice. Not bad for the rookie. He’s definitely someone to be excited about. But maybe not this week. He comes into Minnesota to face a Vikings defense that got thoroughly embarrassed last week against the Packers. They allowed 21 points in a blink of an eye but shut the Pack down after that. Do not expect them to allow that to happen again. This Vikings defense is fierce and Jacobs will have a hard time even reaching 50 yards rushing this time, and he may not even get in the endzone this week.
Michael Thomas Gets Shutdown
There is little to no doubt that Michael Thomas is not only one of the best receivers in the game, but also one of the best overall players. He can do it all, from running the crispest route to snatching one of the toughest passes. It also helps to have a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees throwing you the ball throughout your entire career. Thomas has been as advertised this year. He’s caught 20 passes for 212 yards but has yet to reach the endzone. Seattle has been a tough team this year, but that isn’t the worst of Thomas’ worries this week. Drew Brees had surgery and will be sidelined for multiple weeks which means backup QB Teddy Bridgewater will be throwing passes to Thomas. Not exactly a Brees clone. These two could very well get off to a rocky start and owners that are expecting a lot from Thomas could be let down. Don’t be surprised if you see less than 40 receiving yards from Thomas and receptions in the single-digits as well as remaining out of the endzone again this week.
DK Metcalf Will Outscore Tyler Lockett
DK Metcalf was talked about more than nearly every other rookie receiver. There was a lot of speculation on whether or not he would turn out to be a quality wide receiver at the next level. We are two weeks in and he has shown the type of player he can be. He dominates against press coverage and catches nearly anything thrown his way. He’s proved his doubters wrong so far, and this week will be more of the same. Through these first two weeks, Metcalf has caught seven passes for 150 yards and a touchdown. He will nearly match that this week as he will catch five passes for 125 yards and a touchdown and will outscore his teammate Tyler Lockett by a very wide margin. Metcalf has proved to be a solid receiver in his rookie year, but the best has yet to come and we will get a taste of that this week.
Greg Olsen Top 3 Tight End
Unfortunately, over the last few years, Greg Olsen has dealt with injuries that have hindered his fantasy football production. He appears fully healthy now and looks to be a weekly contributor for his fantasy owners. The Carolina Panthers could be without Cam Newton as he is dealing with injuries. Even without a healthy Newton, it’s going to be tough to find consistent production from any Panther. But Olsen, despite the team’s struggles, looks like he could turn into more of the safety blanket for the struggling Newton, or one of the young inexperienced backups. Despite who is under center for the Panthers, Olsen will still put up quality numbers. He will be one of the most productive tight ends this week in fantasy football, as he will have over 75 yards receiving and will also get into the endzone. You can bet he will end the week as a top-3 tight end this week.
Thanks and Good Luck!
I have a lovely wife and three children. I have played Fantasy Football since 2006. I began writing Fantasy Football content for FFDynasty260 in 2017 and covered the weekly waiver wire column as well as other topics. I started covering the Minnesota Vikings for Last Word On Sports in 2018. I am currently the Fantasy Football Expert for The Scoop on KLGR in Minnesota. I merged with FFD260 to Gridiron Experts in 2019 covering Dynasty Fantasy Football and more. I am a co-host on The Dynasty Draft Room podcast which launched in 2019. I stopped writing Vikings content for LWOS and switched to The Vikings Age in 2019.