Sometimes being right sure is painful. Many saw me as a lunatic when I said to ride the red hot Phillip Rivers against the Eagles, despite a disappointing loss in week 1 and a trip all the way out to the East coast. Well now, who is looking so silly? Of course his great performance took down my hometown Eagles, but hey such is fantasy life.
So as we enter week 3, we see real teams playing fantasy-type games as the Colts traded a first-round pick next year to the Browns for RB Trent Richardson. Quite a shocking move by a team desperate for a franchise face, but they are piling up picks for 2014. Sorry Browns fans, I know in the past we have had our differences (I have the hate mail still to prove it) but your team is in complete disarray. By the way Richardson owners, watch carefully to see how he progresses.
Without any further delay here are my picks for this week. Some rock solid games this week, and some big performances are to be had. Last week yours truly mopped up going 3-0, so hop aboard my wagon and let’s get some wins shall we? Here are weeks 3’s picks, best of luck:
[adinserter block=”1″]Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles: If you haven’t noticed, despite being a huge Eagles fan, I am well aware that this defense is pretty bad. Yes the Chiefs have a real good running game, but I get the feeling that former Eagles coach Andy Reid will be pumped to win this through the air. The key to Philly is have the ball last, because they don’t do a great job stopping anyone.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins: The Redskins defense has been shredded like cole slaw the first 2 weeks, and here comes Stafford and his gang. Stafford can easily throw it 60 times if needed, and he will get some juice here this week.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins: Yes, another road QB. Ryan lost top RB Steven Jackson to an injury, and the Dolphins play the run pretty well, so it’s up to Ryan to win this one with his arm. I still think he has the ability to do so. Besides you don’t expect the Dolphins to go 3-0 do you?
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints: While Palmer has done nice things with the Cardinals, the match up scares me. In week 1 the Saints defense sent lots of blitzes and pulled out the win over Matt Ryan and the high flying Falcons, and last week they kept Josh Freeman in check at home. Something tough about playing in New Orleans, and it makes me think you can do better than Palmer this week.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears: The Steelers offense is actually putrid right now, and the Bears defense is not the remedy. Stay far away here.
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos: I was on the Pryor bandwagon, was that is. He did average at best against a bad Jags defense, and now a Monday night stint against Peyton and the Broncos spells potential disaster.
Marshawn Lynch vs. Jacksonsville: Get your Skittles ready Seattle. If this beast can manage to shred San Fran like last week, imagine what he will do to Jacksonville. Yikes!
CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills at New York Jets: Much more active last week, and the time has come for him to explode. Yes, the Bills swore they would run him to death, and now is the time to get it started.
LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs: If you’re not starting him you shouldn’t be playing fantasy football anyway, but he’s just this big of a must start.
Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers: After the big trade that sends Richardson to the Colts, I immediately recommend you sit him here. Will he play this week? If so is he ready for this offense? Not to mention this defense is not the friendliest. Wait on Trent.
Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tampa plays pretty good defense so it doesn’t look like it will be an easy day for Ridley. Some guy named Brady will probably have to pull this one out for New England.
The New York Giants backfield at Carolina Panthers: The Panthers are tough against opposing RBs and this tandem is a mess. No one is taking charge of a wide open situation. Keep clear until it shows improvement.
Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins: He was “questionable” last week too. He is a monster and you start him no matter what.
Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints vs. Arizona Cardinals: Not much running game to work with makes me like a guy who is still a nice combination of possessive and deeper threat. Colston still delivers big and should have a nice game this week at home.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants at Carolina Panthers: 2 TD’s coming this week. Book it! The Giants are going to have to throw a ton to win, and this guy is the best weapon they have. They will force him all day long to try and get some salsa dancing. I know I am bringing my dancing shoes.
The New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills: Yes, if you have any Jet at all you sit them. The Bills have actually been okay on defense so far this year and this group has no value. Don’t get cute with a Stephen Hill, Kellen Winslow or even a Santonio Holmes, just don’t.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns: He has been more active with each week, but this week he should see plenty of Joe Haden, and that usually doesn’t work well for any WR.
St Louis Rams WRs at Dallas Cowboys: In a race that no one wants to win, it sure is hard to try and pick someone I like here. So I won’t and you shouldn’t either. This team has no clear cut number 1 going up against an improving Cowboys secondary. This could be a long day.
Defenses I like this week:
Minnesota Vikings vs. Cleveland Browns
New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Seattle Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Defenses I don’t like:
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers
Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos
Waiver Wire Gems:
Some names are stepping up their game, and some are clearly a hunch, but look to add these guys for a boost.
Eddie Royal, WR, San Diego Chargers: 5 TD’s in 2 weeks does not happen by accident, even for Eddie Royal. Yes it looks a lot like years past, but Royal is coming up huge.
[adinserter block=”2″]James Starks, RB, Green Bay Packers: He now gets the start and if last week was any sign, he should be ready to earn some major playing time again.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans: With Andre Johnson hobbled, and Hopkins amazing grab for last week’s winning TD, he is looking like a nice pick up if you need him.
Chris Ogbonnaya, RB, Cleveland Browns: Richardson is gone, Rainey has never carried a ball and they want to try Willis McGahee? I still don’t see why this guy, who averages over 4 yards per carry for his career and also pulled in 47 catches over the last 2 years doesn’t get more playing time. I think he might this time around.
Thanks for reading everyone, wishing you all the best of luck in week 3!
Oh and as for the Sharks new Bold Gold upset special, well I fell to 1-1 as the Browns fell to the Ravens. Stay tuned for this week’s pick coming up on my Twitter page, JPShark71. Follow me and me weekly NFL fun and surprises. See you all next week.
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