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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 3

Will Fuller always has a chance to make a big play. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The second week is in the books, and I have more sleeper plays for Week 3. Let’s take a peek at how I did last week, and then look ahead to this week’s slate of games. My criteria for a good game is around 100 total yards and/or a TD. Last week was decent considering I’m not picking studs. Here’s how I did in Week 2.

James White (NE): Right, 83 yards with 7 catches in a PPR

James Conner (PIT): Right

Lamar Miller (HOU): Wrong, they got behind early

Dion Lewis (TEN): Wrong

TJ Yeldon (JAX): Wrong

JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT): Right (Wow)

Cooper Kupp (LA): Wrong, but 12 ppr points didn’t kill you

Mike Williams (LA): Right, thankfully he scored

Brandon Marshall (SEA): Wrong, thought he would get a revenge TD

Eric Ebron (IND): Right

Jack Doyle (IND): Wrong

Jordan Reed (WAS): Wrong, though he's a decent play again this week.

Not a great week going 5-7, but these are sleeper plays. We’ll try and do better this week. I have included some REALLY deep plays, OJ Howard for example, so a lot of these guys should only be used if you're really hurting due to injuries, or you're looking for a good value play in DFS.

Week 3

RB

Jordan Howard (CHI): You’re probably starting him every week, but he has a really nice matchup, so fire him up. Arizona gives up the most fantasy points to RBs this year.

James Conner (PIT): You can’t sit him, and this will probably be the last time he appears in this article. He’s in must-start territory, but I included him because his matchup is terrific. The Bucs give up over 38 FPTS/G to RBs.

Latavius Murray (MIN): With Dalvin Cook out for this week's game, Murray is a nice start. He’s playing the Bills, enough said.

Matt Breda (SF): The Chiefs are a Top 5 matchup for RBs and have already given up 21 receptions to the RB position. Alfred Morris is not much of a receiver.

WR

Keelan Cole (JAX): It’s always dangerous starting a Jags receiver, but he’s a decent play this week. The Titans are giving up over 52 FPTS/G to the receiver position. If you have the stones, and are thin at WR, his matchup suggests he could come through.

Chris Godwin and DeSean Jackson (TB): Hopefully, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a little more magic left in him. The Steelers are giving up a ton of production to WRs. Joe Haden’s return could be an issue, and I don't advise starting both of these guys on the same team.

Will Fuller (HOU): When Fuller plays with Watson usually good things happen. The Giants are pretty decent against receivers by the numbers, but if you need some upside, give Fuller a shot.

Nelson Agholor (PHI):  Carson Wentz is coming back, and who else is he going to throw to besides Zach Ertz?

TE

Eric Ebron (IND): Jack Doyle is now officially out for this week's game against the Eagles. Ebron should get an uptick in targets, so he's worth starting this week for sure.

Jesse James (PIT): He’s hard to trust, but his matchup is fantastic. The Bucs are giving up over 20 FPTS/G to TEs. If you're desperate, he's a decent option.

George Kittle (SF): He let us down last week, but we’ll give him another shot. The Chiefs are giving up the 3rd most points to the position.

OJ Howard (TB): He’s a long shot, but the matchup is really good. This is only if you’re stuck and need a TE.

QB

Jimmy Garoppolo (SF): I think Jimmy is worth a shot this week and is a Top 10 option. This should be a shootout with the Chiefs.

Matt Ryan (ATL): Don’t count on him getting two rushing TDs again this week, but he should put up some points against the Saints.

 

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Don't you worry, son. It will all be over soon.

- Teddy KGB, Rounders

The Texans horrible season continued on Sunday when they were soundly beaten by the Green Bay Packers. The Texans got some garbage points to make the score look better late, but they were never in this. They could not run the football, and even though he had a receiving score, maybe it's time the David Johnson experiment ended. Aaron Rodgers ate their souls with four touchdown passes and the Texans fell to 1-6. Five thoughts on the game:

1) First impressions? Not so much. For the seventh time this season, the Texans failed to score on their opening drive. They had ONE touchdown last season on their opening drive, week 17 against the Titans. While Bill O'Brien still gets a lot of that blame, Tim Kelly is now 0 for 3 as an OC. Whoever takes over next season has to fix this. Especially against good teams, the Texans simply can't afford to get down early. They were down 21-0 at the half and never had a real chance.

2) There is good news! Hopefully this lets the team know that there is no chance of anything this season. With the trade deadline looming, any veteran not named Watson or Tunsil should be available for draft picks. It remains unlikely they will do anything, but they have some pieces that might bring a return. Hopefully they no longer think the season can be salvaged.

3) They really aren't close against good teams. The little things continue to be a problem. Key penalties to hurt drives; untimely failures on third down. The offense has to do a better job staying on the field, because the defense just is not good enough to stop solid offenses. Things got worse when their best corner, Bradley Roby went out with injury. Overall, the Packers were better on both sides of the ball, and they made the Texans look bad throughout. The Texans needed some breaks to go their way in order to be competitive, like what happened last week against Tennessee. That didn't happen, and they were never in the game.

4) They won special teams! They blocked a punt in the fourth quarter that helped make the final score a little closer. They also blocked a kick last week. Other than their overpaid kicker (who missed a field goal), the special teams have been solid. Their punter might be the best player at his job on the entire team. So there's that. A positive, right?

5) The future? Meh. The Texans get the Jaguars, Browns and Patriots next, so they should have a chance at some wins, but they could also lose to all three of those teams. And with no high draft pick reward at the end of the year, there is little left to play or root for in this season.

With nine games left, you would like to think there was something left to care about. But if it isn't over yet, it's as Teddy said: It will all be over soon.

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