We’ve combed the far reaches of the Internet and culled only the choicest fantasy tips and advice. Below you’ll find easily digestible nuggets addressing some of the critical situations fantasy owners will face from week to week.
Rex Burkhead, RB, Patriots: Quick quiz: Which New England running back leads the team in yards from scrimmage? Sony Michel? Nope. James White? Incorrect. Yes, it’s Burkhead, and yet he remains widely available even after midweek pickups. Burkhead is available in 86 percent of ESPN leagues. So long as Michel continues to average a pathetic 2.8 yards per carry, Burkhead will continue to see a decent amount of touches. The Patriots host the Jets at home on Sunday. Without quarterback Sam Darnold, New York’s offense is reliant on Le’Veon Bell. Its defense will be without C.J. Mosley. All this bodes well for Burkhead’s production. If you find yourself in dire need of an RB2/flex, Burkhead offers some appeal.
Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles: Like Burkhead, Agholor is widely available. And the receiver figures to inherit a lot of targets with Philadelphia teammates DeSean Jackson (out two weeks with an abdominal strain) and Alshon Jeffery (calf) both injured. Agholor will be facing a solid Detroit defense. Still, some owners may need a wide receiver and Agholor has proven capable. He’s available in 86 percent of ESPN leagues.
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Colts: Perhaps you own the aforementioned Roethlisberger or Brees, or maybe Cam Newton, who won’t play in Week 3. Or perhaps you need a QB, or at least a second QB, to consider for byes and matchups in the weeks ahead. If Brissett is available, you shouldn’t hesitate to grab him. He’s played two road games and put up 20-plus fantasy points in each contest. Not too shabby. Brissett is available in 84 percent of ESPN leagues. Next up: a home game against an Atlanta secondary that so far has been solid. The Falcons’ offense should hold its own in what could be a high-scoring affair, and Brissett has a strong chance to put up another 20-point week.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Browns: Landry has provided very little to his owners thus far and that may not change this week. The Cleveland offense has not replicated the impressive play we saw during the second half of QB Baker Mayfield’s rookie season. The Browns host the Rams on Sunday night, and the Los Angeles secondary has yet to allow a passing touchdown this season. Perhaps if this were a better matchup, Landry would be worth a roll of the dice, but until he produces, he has to be relegated to the bench.
Demarcus Robinson, WR, Chiefs: Robinson’s ownership skyrocketed (from 0 percent to 51 percent) following his performance in Week 2 (six receptions, 172 yards, two touchdowns). Pundits are getting on board. Kansas City plays its home opener Sunday against the Ravens. Baltimore’s defense isn’t as good as it was a year ago when the Ravens nearly upset the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Ravens’ secondary enters Week 3 a little beat-up after surrendering 349 yards passing to Arizona Cardinals rookie Kyler Murray last week. Most fantasy owners probably have enough depth that they’ll be tempted to wait another week before inserting Robinson into their lineups. Others may not have that luxury or simply do not want to miss out on a potential big day. The lean here is that Robinson is worth a play. Baltimore will be without cornerback Jimmy Smith so Robinson gets another boost.
Mark Andrews, TE, Ravens: While Andrews is officially listed as questionable with a foot injury, he is following the routine the team utilized leading up to Week 2′s contest. His owners shouldn’t be too concerned and Andrews has another good matchup vs. the Chiefs on Sunday.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Colts: The Indianapolis wideout is listed as questionable as he is dealing with a quad injury.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders: Jacobs was a limited participant in practice Wednesday. While the rookie has produced nicely, he is going to have his hands full should he play in Oakland’s road game at Minnesota. Jacobs was not listed on Friday’s injury report, and while Sunday’s matchup is hardly ideal, he would be a difficult player to bench given his production. At worst, it would seem he would be relegated to a flex spot. But expectations should be tempered.
Marlon Mack, RB, Colts: Mack is dealing with a calf injury and missed practice Wednesday. The bad news is Mack is listed as questionable heading into Week 3. The good news is he practiced Friday, and while he could see a limited snap count, the expectation is he will play Sunday. Certainly monitor his status until game-time. Jordan Wilkins or Nyheim Hines would see an increase in touches if Mack is out or limited.
David Njoku, TE, Browns: It appears Njoku will be out at least a few weeks with a broken wrist, which landed him on IR on Friday. For those owners in need of a tight end, Jason Witten of the Cowboys (owned in 31 percent of ESPN leagues) might be an alternative for the Cowboys’ Week 3 matchup with the Miami Dolphins. Another alternative going forward could be Chris Herndon of the New York Jets. He’s suspended through Week 4 and could return in Week 5 when Darnold is expected to rejoin the club.
Devin Singletary, RB, Bills: The promising rookie tailback suffered a hamstring practice in the fourth quarter of Buffalo’s Week 2 win. He did not practice Wednesday and has been ruled out for Sunday. It’s unfortunate since Singletary was on the cusp of becoming a weekly play. It’s also unfortunate because Sunday’s matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals looked awfully tasty for Singletary.
Tyrell Williams, WR, Raiders: The Oakland wideout has been dealing with a hip injury, but he is not listed on the team’s injury report.