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Jeff's Mailbag: Week 3

Wed Sep 18 11:12pm ET
By JEFF PAUR
Sr Fantasy Writer

Bears or Cowboys? Also, I need one from Tyler Boyd, Phillip Lindsay, Jordan Howard or Larry Fitzgerald?

Myron

Myron: I think you have to go with the Cowboys against a dreadful Dolphins offense. Dallas is setup for a big fantasy week on the defensive side of the ball. And I like Boyd a little more than Fitzgerald for your other choice. Boyd has 21 targets in two games and is getting a ton of work in the Bengals pass-heavy offense. 

For a waiver-wire pickup, either Carlos Hyde or Jaylen Samuels?

That is a tough call. I think I probably lean Hyde. He is getting next to no work in the passing game, which is a concern, but is producing well on the ground with his chances. He plays in a better offense and gets the goal-line carries. Samuels is intriguing, especially if James Conner were to get hurt, but that offense is a mess right now and Samuels is getting few touches at the moment. I think Hyde is the safer pickup of the two.

Who would you start this week? Cam Newton, Jameis Winston or Andy Dalton?

Kevin

Kevin: If he plays, I would go with Newton. He has a great matchup against the Cardinals, a team that allows the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks. But if that foot injury keeps him out, which is possible, I go with Dalton. He has been super consistent to start the season and is getting a ton of chances to throw the ball in this pass-heavy offense. 

I drafted Patrick Mahomes, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman and just picked up Demarcus Robinson on the waiver wire. Would you start all three receivers against the 18th ranked Ravens pass defense who have allowed 10 passes of 20-plus yards or start Edelman over Robinson? Chiefs/Ravens are the highest point total of the week and the Chiefs running backs are banged up. Baltimore run defense is No. 1 overall. I could see a fireworks show happening. 

Dave 

Dave: I have no problem starting all three Chiefs receivers, but do think Edelman is a better option than Hardman. So I would go that way - start Watkins, Robinson and Edelman. I think Edelman has a little higher ceiling than Hardman, getting a few more chances than Hardman. It is a close call, though. It is intriguing to start all three of those Chiefs receivers in that offense. 

Should I play Dak Prescott over Tom Brady? I feel good about Prescott.  And which two receivers, Terry McLaurin, TY Hilton, JuJu Smith-Schuster or Brandin Cooks?

George 

George: I would go with Prescott this week. You have to love his matchup and the way he is currently playing. He is third overall in fantasy quarterback scoring, and the Dolphins allow the most fantasy points to quarterbacks and rank 28th overall against the pass. At receiver, I like Hilton and Smith-Schuster. I just think those guys have the highest ceiling of your options, so I go with them.

Jeff Paur is a two-time finalist for FSWA Fantasy Football Writer of the Year and won the FSWA award for Best Fantasy Football Article on the Web in 2011. He also was the most accurate expert in 2012, winning the FSTA Fantasy Football Accuracy Award. If you have any questions for Jeff, email him at jeff@rtsports.com. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeffpaur.

Player Notes
Aldrick Rosas Oct 23 10:00pm ET

New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas is on the verge of being streamable this week against the Lions. The former Pro Bowler hasn't had much success this year and has yet to make more than one field goal in a game all season. However, he's in a good matchup. The Giants figure to move the ball against a banged-up Lions Defense, and they will need to push the tempo to keep up with quarterbackMatthew Stafford and the Lions offense. Rosas still isn't a recommended option, but he can be considered in deep leagues.

From RotoBaller

Zach Pascal Oct 23 10:00pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal has seen his stock consistently grow over the past few weeks. He's still not a player that you can have a ton of confidence in starting, but he does have some flex consideration this week. His size allows him to be a mismatch against most corners, and the Denver Broncos don't have a guy that can match up with him consistently in that regard if cornerback Chris Harris Jr. shadows wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. If you're missing wideouts due to injuries or bye weeks, Pascal gives you upside thanks to his touchdown production and big-play ability.

From RotoBaller

Jacoby Brissett Oct 23 9:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett went off on the Houston Texans in Week 7. In Week 8, his matchup gets more difficult against the Denver Broncos. Through seven games, Denver has yet to allow a player to clear 300 passing yards, and no quarterback has thrown for more than two touchdowns against them. The Colts have a lot of pieces on offense, especially with the emergence of wide receiver Zach Pascal, but expectations for Brissett should be tempered this week. He's still a starter in two-quarterback leagues, but you have better options at QB in standard formats.

From RotoBaller

T Y Hilton Oct 23 9:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver T.Y. Hilton has a bad matchup this week, but you have to start him anyway. He's scored five touchdowns in the five games that he's played, and he's averaging an impressive 17.2 PPR points per game this season. He has 15 more targets than any other Indianapolis pass-catcher, and quarterback Jacoby Brissett looks his way whenever he needs a reliable receiver. He's gotten at least nine targets in three out of his five games, and those looks will continue to be there for him against the Denver Broncos.

From RotoBaller

Marlon Mack Oct 23 9:50pm ET

Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack got shut down in Week 7, but he has a good bounce-back spot in Week 8. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars have beaten the Denver Broncos by running the ball at them all game to control the clock. Mack does his best work when he gets a ton of volume, and that's how the Colts like to win games. If the passing game struggles, which is possible against a solid passing defense, they could lean on Mack throughout the game, especially down in the red zone.

From RotoBaller

Stefon Diggs Oct 23 9:50pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs is in line for an increased workload on Thursday night with target-hog Adam Thielen (hamstring) sitting out for the first time in his career. Week 8's matchup against the Washington Redskins is a favorable one as Diggs should be able to take advantage of coverage by either Quinton Dunbar or a struggling Josh Norman. Cousins and the play-action passing game have been on point as of late, as has Diggs with 14 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns over his last two games. They remain a run-first team and are likely to lean on Dalvin Cook as they're favored by over 15 points at home, but Diggs needs to be started as a WR1/WR2 with upside considering Thielen's absence.

From RotoBaller

Matthew Stafford Oct 23 9:00pm ET

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford absolutely feasted on the Vikings secondary in Week 7, and the feast may not be over with the New York Giants coming to town in Week 8. The Giants currently allow 8.92 yards per attempt, which trails only the Dolphins, so fantasy owners could be in for another huge performance from the 31-year-old signal-caller. The Giants don't present much in the way of run defense either, but with Kerryon Johnson recently being placed on IR a more pass-heavy approach can be expected. With top quarterbacks Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott on byes this week, and with Matt Ryan still yet to practice, Stafford vaults up the charts as one of the top quarterback options in Week 8 no matter the fantasy format. Get him in your lineups.

From RotoBaller

Russell Wilson Oct 23 8:53pm ET

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (knee) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Wilson threw his first interception last week but still has posted 15 passing touchdowns in seven games. He should have success against the Atlanta Falcons this week and can be a No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Tyler Lockett Oct 23 8:53pm ET

Seattle Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (non-injury) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Lockett has posted at least 50 yards in each of the last six games and has been targeted 12 times over the last two weeks. He should have a favorable matchup in Week 8 and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in all leagues.

From TheHuddle

Ezekiel Ansah Oct 23 8:53pm ET

Seattle Seahawks S Lano Hill (elbow), DE Quinton Jefferson (oblique) and S Bradley McDougald (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. OT Duane Brown (biceps), OT George Fant (shoulder), CB Tre Flowers (neck), DE Ziggy Ansah (ankle) and S Quandre Diggs (hamstring) were limited during practice. OG D.J. Fluker (hamstring) fully participated in practice.

From TheHuddle

Chris Carson Oct 23 8:43pm ET

Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (non-injury) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Carson has received at least 20 carries in each of the last four games and has posted three 100-yard games in that span. He will continue to be the focal point in the running game for the Seahawks and is a must-start option in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Ty Johnson Oct 23 8:40pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Ty Johnson, arguably this week's hottest waiver wire pickup after Kerryon Johnson was put on IR Tuesday, has a real chance to establish himself as the Lions lead back against a porous New York Giants squad in Week 8. Johnson should see most of the action out of the Lions backfield Sunday and can be expected to be involved in the passing game even with J.D. McKissic likely suiting up as the Lions passing-down back. Johnson's small stature does put into question whether he can be an every-down back, but with the Giants nonexistent run defense standing in his way this week fantasy owners should get some clarity as to whether Johnson can truly take over this backfield. Johnson will be considered a mid-range RB2 this week in a matchup where the game script should work to his benefit.

From RotoBaller

Raheem Mostert Oct 23 8:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers RB Raheem Mostert (knee) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Mostert appears to have a chance to play in Week 8, but fantasy players will know more about his status later in the week. He will see a handful of touches if he is active for the game but can be avoided in most leagues.

From TheHuddle

Kyle Juszczyk Oct 23 8:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee), OT Mike McGlinchey (knee) and CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. DE Dee Ford (quadriceps), DT D.J. Jones (hamstring) and OT Joe Staley (leg) were limited during practice.

From TheHuddle

Christian Kirk Oct 23 8:23pm ET

Arizona Cardinals WR Christian Kirk (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Kirk has been limited during practice over the last two weeks but has also been inactive for the last two games, so his status for Week 8 is uncertain. Fantasy players may want to look at other options since he would have a tough matchup if he plays in the game.

From TheHuddle

Terrell Suggs Oct 23 8:23pm ET

Arizona Cardinals DE Zach Allen (neck), RB D.J. Foster (hamstring), LB Jordan Hicks (calf), DT Corey Peters (non-injury) and LB Terrell Suggs (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. LB Dennis Gardeck (ankle), LB Haason Reddick (knee), LB Zeke Turner (hamstring) and TE Maxx Williams (ankle) were limited during practice. DT Zachariah Kerr (ankle) and S Charles Washington (shoulder) fully participated in practice.

From TheHuddle

George Kittle Oct 23 8:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle (groin) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Kittle has been on the injury for the last few weeks but is in no danger of missing the Week 8 game. He should continue to be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Tramon Williams Oct 23 8:13pm ET

Green Bay Packers OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), TE Marcedes Lewis (non-injury) and CB Tramon Williams (knee) were limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 23. S Adrian Amos (shoulder), CB Tony M. Brown (hamstring), LB Oren Burks (chest), DT Kenny Clark (shin), LB B.J. Goodson (shoulder), LB Blake Martinez (wrist), S Will Redmond (ankle), S Darnell Savage (ankle) and TE Robert Tonyan (hip) fully participated in practice.

From TheHuddle

Larry Fitzgerald Oct 23 8:13pm ET

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (non-injury) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Fantasy Spin: Fitzgerald is coming off a disappointing Week 7 performance but has still be targeted at least seven times in five of the seven games this season. He will be facing one of the better defenses this week but still has a chance to be a flex option in leagues.

From TheHuddle

Marquez Valdes-Scantling Oct 23 8:10pm ET

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday after being questionable for Week 7 against the Raiders. MVS ultimately played, albeit limited snaps, and finished with over 100 yards and a touchdown with No. 1 wideout Davante Adams (toe) sidelined again. Adams missed practice on Wednesday and could very well sit out again this Sunday night against the Chiefs. Against a porous secondary, Valdes-Scantling would be a boom/bust WR3/flex. Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow and Allen Lazard should all continue to see more run if Adams misses anymore time, but they're all hard to trust as anything more than low-ceiling flexes in deeper formats.

From RotoBaller