Fantasy Projections Updated: Version 3.3
With the endless NFL injury updates to many key fantasy football starters this week, Gridiron Experts has updated it’s fantasy projections and rankings for the third time in 3 days.
We advise all fantasy owners to take the time check any questionable players leading up to gametime and always give yourself options by placing the most banged up player on your team in your flex position, allowing you more options if they are ruled out.
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- With RB Eddie Lacy is some doubt, we increased the projections for RB James Starks, and fully endorse Starks as a cheap DFS option for Monday should the Packers wisely decide to sit Lacy. The Chiefs have a strong run defense, so Starks is more likely to make an impact as a pass-catcher.
- Don’t count on Arizona RB Andre Ellington (knee) to play this week. Bruce Arians indicated that explosive rookie RB David Johnson would see more touches and that Chris Johnson would still start in Ellington’s absence. When Ellington does return, expect CJ0K to be relegated to a seldom used RB3. Could be a good time to move him if he does much of anything in Week 3 action.
- Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (ankle) has been ruled out, leaving Carolina with a receiving corps of Corey Brown, Ted Ginn Jr., and Devin Funchess. TE Greg Olsen should be one of them most targeted players this week, as it’s a nice matchup against a depleted New Orleans team that is likely to have trouble moving the ball without QB Drew Brees, but it’s likely that the Panthers will used a ground-n-pound offense this week.
- Speaking of the Saints, expect a heavy running game reliance this week. RB CJ Spiller could make a sneaky ppr play. Check out our other PPR Sleepers in this weeks Gridiron Experts article.
- RB DeMarco Murray practiced Friday, but could still be limited in the game. It’s not a good matchup regardless, as the Jets defense is among the best in the game, and the Eagles O-line has done a terrible job blocking. Look for Ryan Mathews to have an increased role, but neither make particularly good starts.
- WR DeAndre Hopkins cleared the concussion protocol and has been listed as probable. He should be in for his usual WR1/2 numbers this week at home against Tampa Bay’s pass defense.
- We are one of the few sites out there that’s advocating WR Allen Hurns this week. In fact, we think he’s a decent bet to be Jacksonville’s top wideout in Week 3. If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Bill Belichick coached teams is that their MO is to try to take away what an opposing team does best. In this case, that would be getting the ball to WR Allen Robinson. Now the Patriots don’t exactly have a great secondary, but should they choose to focus on A-Rob, there will be opportunities for Hurns to make plays.
- Chris Ivory (leg) is considered a game-time decision. Ivory owners would be advised to add Bilal Powell in case Ivory is ruled out.
- While on the subject of the Pats, be cautious of RB Dion Lewis this week, as all indications are that this could be the kind of week where RB LeGarrette Blount gets 20+ carries and Lewis’s impact is reduced in a game that New England should comfortably lead in the second half. It’s hard to sit the PPR RB5 through two weeks, but just be warned that gameflow could dictate a different story.
- RB Marshawn Lynch (calf) was a late edition to the injury report and is listed as questionable. At this point, Lynch is a gametime decision, but does you no good if your lineups lock early. Those who can, should look to add RB Fred Jackson as insurance. F-Jax is likely to be more involved this week, both as a pass catcher and as a second half grinder if the Seahawks, as expected, make short work of a decimated Bears squad.
- 49ers RB Reggie Bush (calf) is doubtful. Teammate Carlos Hyde should play close to full time, but it’s not an easy matchup. Still, Hyde should be started in all formats.
- Baltimore RB Lorenzo Taliaferro missed Week 1, returned to vulture a short-yardage TD last week, and is back on the injury report again. Should Zo miss this game, he would be replaced by rookie Buck Allen, but it would mean significantly more snaps for starter Justin Forsett. If Taliaferro is ruled out, boost Forsett up about 8-10 spots in the rankings with an excellent chance at getting his first touchdown against Cincinnati.
- Jason Witten (leg,ankle) is hurt, but will play. Witten has started 186 straight games.
- Rookie RB Todd Gurley (knee) should see his first action of the year, splitting time with Tre Mason. Expect Gurly to be brought along slowly, maybe getting 10-12 touches, but when healthy, Gurley is a difference-making talent who should immediately be on the fantasy radar.
- We boosted WR Larry Fitzgerald’s projections after learning that he is likely to draw coverage from 5-10 49ers CB Tramaine Brock. Fitzgerald has a five inch advantage over Brock, and is red hot, showing tremendous chemistry with revitalized QB Carson Palmer.
- Houston RB Arian Foster (groin) has been medically cleared to play, but won’t suit up until he feels 100% healthy. It’s getting closer, so Week 4 looks like a reasonable expectation and fits right in with the original injury diagnosis of 6-8 weeks’ recovery time for groin surgery.
- San Diego TE LaDarius Green (concussion) returned to practice Friday, but is said to still be feeling the effects of his head injury. Green has suffered two concussions in an 11-day span, and would probably be best advised to sit until he’s 100%. Even if he plays, Green is better left on your bench this week.
Other great articles this week:
- Sleeper Team Defenses: Week 3
- PPR Sleepers for Week Three
- FantasyScore: 10 Value Plays for Wk3
- FanDuel Lineup Advice: 10 Value Plays
- Gridiron Experts Week 3 DraftKings Gauntlet
- Analyzing Fantasy Targets: Weeks 1-2
- Fantasy Perspective Week 3: Stats, Advice and Trends to Watch
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