Week 3's Monday Musings with Kevin Tompkins
Week 3 is almost in the books and the hits just keep on coming for some of the NFL and fantasy football elite. Saquon Barkley is the latest to get bit with the injury bug and more on that below. Lots of craziness, so let's get into my thoughts on Week 3! As always, feel free to shoot me a follow or if you need any start/sit questions answered, @ktompkinsii! Without further adieu... on to the recaps!
JAX 20, TEN 7
- I’m not saying outright cut Corey Davis, but there’s no fantasy league you can trust him in right now. Granted some of that has to do with Jalen Ramsey but has there been anybody that’s done the least with the most talent?
- D.J. Chark is must-start going forward. Don’t fight it. Let it happen.
- I’m totally fine with Gardner Minshew as a streamer starting next week with bye weeks begin. He’s been solid and deserves to be added in your lineup.
BUF 21, CIN 17
- The Bills aren’t pretty but get the job done. TE Dawson Knox (3-67-1 on 4 targets) should now be in our fantasy consciousness after trucking his way through the Bengals’ secondary. Worth an add in deeper formats and on your radar in 12 teamers
- Auden Tate, a thing? He paced the Bengals' receivers with a 6-88 line. So... probably not. Just goes to show outside of Tyler Boyd (6-67 on 11 targets), the Bengals pass catchers are going to be very boom or bust and nothing you can bank on in fantasy. Even more so once A.J. Green returns shortly.
DAL 31, MIA 6
- Once the game was well in hand, Tony Pollard put up his own 100 yard rushing game on 13 carries, with a touchdown. Pollard (with Alexander Mattison and Malcolm Brown) solidified themselves as the most desirable handcuffs in fantasy.
- Say what you want about the Dolphins, but the most fantasy relevant entity on the Dolphins is not Kenyan Drake, but Preston Williams. Double digit PPR finishes the last two weeks, he should at the very least be rostered in 12 teamers.
GB 27, DEN 16
- A great showing by Marquez Valdes-Scantling, falling one yard short of a 100 yard effort on 6 catches, adding a touchdown. He can be safely started as a WR3 this Thursday versus a susceptible Eagles secondary.
- Jamaal Williams got more carries, more touches, and led the Packers with 59 yards rushing. Aaron Jones went 10-19 but got both the rushing touchdowns. It's still Aaron Jones' backfield, but the fact we are STILL having these concerns in the second coaching regime is really baffling to be honest.
- Philip Lindsay looked decisive and powerful against the Packers, and was easily the most productive member of the offense with 25 touches compared to 19 touches for Royce Freeman. The split is still relatively even, but Lindsay is certainly the most profitable asset of the Denver running game.
IND 27, ATL 24
- Devonta Freeman finally broke out of his early season funk with 88 rushing yards on 16 carries. Hopefully this is something he can build on, but owners of Freeman were definitely worried after the first two weeks this can be the start of alleviating those concerns.
- Calvin Ridley's 1 target for 6 yards line is certainly worrying considering three Falcons had at least 6 receptions in this contest. It drops the floor off of Ridley and makes him harder to trust, though he should still be started in a majority of leagues depending on your roster makeup.
- Having his best game of the season by far with 310 yards passing and 2 touchdowns, Jacoby Brissett is in the streaming conversation as bye weeks begin this week.
KC 33, BAL 28
- Mark Ingram's 3 touchdowns on Sunday just hammers home the value intrepid fantasy owners got in the 5th round of their drafts. He's been a perfect fit for the Ravens offense so far. He's as rock solid an RB2 as it gets in fantasy.
- Patrick Mahomes? Still good, or something.
- Don't look now, but we were all on Darwin Thompson, but Darrel Williams stole the show with 109 total yards and 5 receptions. He has value as long as Damien Williams is sidelined.
MIN 34, OAK 14
- With Minnesota's philosophy shift, should we fade the entire Vikings passing game? Adam Thielen still has WR2 value, Stefon Diggs however is a middling WR3 with a high variance of outcomes right now.
- That shift has benefitted Dalvin Cook the most, who right now is the fantasy football MVP thus far. 143 total yards and a touchdown, Cook has been just unreal so far.
- Darren Waller, anybody? A solidified top 6 TE going forward, 14 targets, 13 catches, 134 yards. My word.
NE 30, NYJ 14
- New England Patriots doing New England Patriots things. Philip Dorsett is back to fantasy relevancy. 6 catches, 53 yards and a touchdown on the day, and with the narrow target distribution aside from the main players, he's going to get his. Borderline WR3/nice flex play value.
- Sony Michel... I loved you. A touchdown saved you, but you continue to disappoint me. 9 carries, 11 yards isn't going to keep you in my lineup. I won't learn though. The struggles of Michel ownership.
- The Jets offense was offensive. Stay the Falk away.
DET 27, PHI 24
- Kenny Golladay's blow up spot simply blew up. 2 catches on 8 targets? Just when you think he's turning a corner... Also, T.J. Hockenson can be benched, potentially dropped in 10 team formats, benched and held for now in 12 team formats. Week 1 seems so long ago...
- Miles Sanders is bubbling up to the surface, with 126 total yards and 15 touches. Get him while he's not at a premium price. It's going to be his backfield before too long.
CAR 38, ARI 20
- That Thursday night game against the Bucs was certainly a hiccup for Christian McCaffrey as he reeled off 188 total yards and a touchdown. Kyle Allen though was fantastic, throwing 4 touchdowns and really stabilizing the position in the stead of Cam Newton. He's a QB streamer as long as Newton is hurt.
- Kyler Murray had an up and down game, up because he started using his legs more on the ground (69 rushing yards) and down because he was sacked 8 times on Sunday. He's going to take his lumps as a rookie, but he's still a borderline QB1 for me.
NYG 32, TB 31
- Saquon Barkley left this contest with an ankle injury and was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, which has a 4-8 week timetable for recovery. I'd bet on closer to the 8 weeks being conservative for the proper healing protection of Barkley's long-term future. Wayne Gallman will step into the Barkley role and will be an immediate flex option while Barkley is sidelined.
- I'll certainly say I had my doubts about Daniel Jones, but he looked fantastic leading the Giants to victory. He gave the Giants a spark and actual, real hope. He's a streaming option right now for bye weeks, but he's going to take his lumps on a mediocre Giants team.
- Welcome back, Mike Evans. 8-190 with three touchdowns. We won't see this every week obviously, but he should be back in fantasy's good graces again... until he goes 3-24 on 7 targets. Such is life.
HOU 27, LAC 20
- A quality day for Deshaun Watson, over 350 yards and 3 touchdowns, without any pass catchers having a standout day. Those standout days will be much fewer and far between for Keke Coutee, as he's been replaced by Kenny Stills as the fantasy relevant pass catching option aside from DeAndre Hopkins.
- It was a Keenan Allen day. 13 catches, 183 yards, 2 touchdowns. Not bad for a receiver who slipped into the middle of the 3rd round in some fantasy drafts. Stud.
SF 24, PIT 20
- No matter who is in, that 49ers running game with Raheem Mostert, Jeff Wilson Jr., and Matt Breida just gets the job done. 168 total rushing yards. Breida over Mostert as it stands right now. Mostert though is a solid flex option too.
- As we feared, Mason Rudolph in at quarterback devalues the entire offense. Juju Smith-Schuster right now is the only player you can start with confidence out of the Steelers' offense. James Conner has been banged up and when in the lineup, hasn't been great. Tough to trust.
NO 33, SEA 27
- Teddy Bridgewater's reputation as a game manager served him well, as he leaned on Alvin Kamara (161 total yards, 2 touchdowns, 9 receptions) and Michael Thomas (5-54-1). Not a bad gameplan there. Bad for fantasy, however as there's little upside there.
- I think we're out of the Tyler Lockett extreme efficiency narrative and into the full on breakout now. 11-154-1 line on 14 targets, wow.
- Russell Wilson has been exceptional so far this season. He topped 400 yards on Sunday with 2 more passing touchdowns. He has 9 TD passes on the season and is currently QB4. He's must-start each week.
LAR 20, CLE 13
- Both Jared Goff and Baker Mayfield have had pretty subpar starts to the 2019 campaign and those continued on Sunday night. You likely drafted Mayfield as your starter so you have to think better days are coming, but if you want to drop Jared Goff, I'd be okay with that.
- Continuing the trend of "2 Rams receivers have good games, 1 is left out", Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks both had 12 targets and 100 yard games, and Robert Woods was left out in the cold with 3-40 on 8 targets. Kupp right now is the #1 receiver to own for the Rams, with Cooks and Woods 2A/2B.
Top 5 Fantasy Assets that went undrafted!
5. Will Dissly, TE, SEA
Will Dissly is currently TE8 in PPR formats and has emerged as a viable option at the position, despite the low volume pass game he is a part of. Having been labeled a "run blocker", Dissly has started to prove those who thought that very wrong. Dissly will become even more valuable as the bye weeks start, so if he's out there, pick him up or put a claim on him.
4. DeMarcus Robinson, WR, KC
You always want a slice of the Chiefs pie, no matter how small the slice is. DeMarcus Robinson is now at the adult's table, currently as WR20 in PPR, he blew up versus Oakland with a 6-172-2 line and caught a touchdown pass yesterday. He's proved his viability and we'll see what happens when Tyreek Hill comes back, but for now, he's a quality WR3.
3. Terry McLaurin, WR, WAS
Terry McLaurin (WR33 in two games) has come out of the gates super strong with touchdowns in consecutive games and is the player to own in this mediocre Redskins offense. He clearly has a rapport with Case Keenum and on a different situation, would be the #1 player on this list. He's a locked-in WR3 with room to grow.
2. Philip Dorsett, WR, NE
Philip Dorsett just got his viability back when Antonio Brown was released but in Week 1, he scored two touchdowns and then scored one this week in both weeks without Brown. Any piece of the Patriots offense or consistent passing game target of Tom Brady should be owned in fantasy and Dorsett is no exception. He's a solid WR3 for now, with Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon who have never been pictures of health in their career.
1. D.J. Chark, WR, JAX
There is clear and obvious rapport with Gardner Minshew, but we may be on the verge of a full on breakout for the 2nd year receiver from LSU, D.J. Chark. He's caught touchdowns in all three games, been the focal point of the offense, and should be owned in 100% of leagues. As the current WR8 in PPR, Chark should be started in a majority of leagues.