Last week was pretty wild, right? In one of my many leagues, I was perfectly set up to win only to get sniped by my opponent having Andy Dalton and AJ Green. Sometimes you just have to remember that this is a game of luck. There are going to be weeks that players perform exceptionally, either in a positive or negative sense. There will be weeks that you’re hamstringed by an injury, and there will be times that you end up picking up Larry Fitzgerald for the giggles and he ends up doing work for you. This is a game of chance. And being a good player is minimizing the risk of the negative situations, because there’s little that you can do to prevent your opponent having the positive ones.
With that said, let’s get going!
Josh McCown, CLE – Shockingly, whoever is starting for the Browns tends to be a solid, although unspectacular, QB starter. McCown has a far lower ceiling than Johnny Manziel, but he does have a reasonable enough floor. With Travis Benjamin, Gary Barnidge and multiple pass-catching running backs, McCown has enough weapons to be at least a 15 point player.
Lance Dunbar, DAL – Dunbar is a player that will likely keep showing up on this list. As long as Brandon Weeden is the starting QB in Dallas, Dunbar is going to be relevant as a consistent check-down option that can turn short passes into decent sized plays. Once again, his ceiling is limited due to a crowded backfield, but Dunbar has managed to work his way enough into the gameplan to have a decent floor, especially in PPR.
Marcus Murphy, NO – ONLY FOR LEAGUES THAT REWARD RETURN YARDS. Is that big and bold enough for you? Don’t pick up Murphy expecting rushing yards. Like, any of them. He hasn’t touched the ball on offense at all this year. That said, he’s getting more and more of a role on special teams. With the Saints being awful on offense and mediocre on defense, Murphy is going to get a good amount of touches per games on returns. This is a high risk play since returns are so variable, but Murphy could be a sneaky option.
Tyler Lockett, SEA – Once again for those return yard leagues. Lockett has all the makings of a stud. He’s a strong and shifty receiver that is an excellent route runner. Through each week, Lockett’s role in the Seahawks offense has increased. At this point, I would recommend buying early. Lockett is a stud in the making, and you want him on your team for the future.
Willie Snead, NO – Drew Brees likes Snead. It’s about as simple as that. Snead should get at least 5 quality targets a game, and with Coleman and Colston failing to stand out, those targets may actually grow to #2 receiver levels
Jordan Hill, SEA – Buy now. Hill looks to be an incredibly talented defensive tackle on the rise. No, he won’t have spectacular numbers each week, but it’s looking like Hill is becoming a large part of Seattle’s game plan. While he’s not much of a force as a pass rusher, Hill does generate a good number of run stops. Look for him to make plenty of plays throughout his career stopping runs at the line of scrimmage.
Kevin Minter, ARI – If you haven’t noticed by now, Minter has finally arrived. The young linebacker that’s been touted for a couple of years now as ready to explode has finally found himself in a productive place on Arizona’s defense. Through the first 3 weeks, Minter has had two double digit point games in my league and has consistently generated tackles. He’s finding his way into the backfield while also being a responsible defender in space. Take Minter with confidence.
Buster Skrine, NYJ – Miami’s offense has been worse than dysfunctional this season, and that’s going to be no different against the stellar Jets defense in week 4. Their main target, Jarvis Landry, is a slot specialist, so watch for Skrine to be targeted early and often as the “weakest” of New York’s defensive backs. He should get plenty of tackles, and he may even find himself some pass break-ups or interceptions from the inaccurate Tannehill.
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