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Fantasy football under-the-radar plays — Week 3

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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