Welcome to week three of the NFL season, and the second episode of Nothing But Fantasy, presented to you all by NothingButNiners! In our brand new weekly fantasy football segment, our own Fantasy Guru Dillon Frazier (@dillonfrazier98) will bring you his suggested starts from around the league. Also we’ll be sure to warn you which players to stay away from at each position. Last week we saw Zach Hernandez (@Zachhernan ) fill in, but this week Steve Mullan (@smullanjr) is back to state his picks as well! Without further ado, let’s officially kick off our Nothing But Fantasy segment! Be sure to tweet all of your questions/comments at either of us at our personal accounts (linked above) or the NB9ers account (@Nothingbut9ers ) using the hashtag #NBFantasy so we don’t miss them!
QB: Trevor Siemian
Trevor Siemian had what was probably the best game of his career against a very good Dallas Cowboys team. As the Broncos prepare for a matchup against the not even close to as good Bills, Siemian will be going to prove whether it was a fluke or if he is finally ready to be a franchise quarterback. The Bills took a huge hit in the secondary with Stephon Gilmore going to the Patriots but first round pick Tredavious White has stepped up. Unfortunately for the Bills the Broncos have a duo of true wide receiver threats in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. With the favorable matchup, the impressive surroundings, and the Broncos need for a franchise QB it might be time for Trevor to be a must have in your league
RB: Jay Ajayi
Ajayi had the second most rushing yards last week after facing the Chargers who’s front seven is no joke, but what is a joke is the team they will meet this week, the New York Jets who have given up the most rushing yards so far this season. That title is unlikely to change as the Jay Train travels through MetLife Stadium.
RB: Ty Montgomery
Montgomery was one of the guys I wanted to avoid going into the 2017 season just because we haven’t seen real success at the running back position in Green Bay since Eddie Lacy’s rookie season, but so far Montgomery has proven me wrong. Being a part of a definite passing offense was beneficial for the wide receiver converted running back as he works very well in that system. The Bengals have given up the second most rushing yards, just ahead of the Jets and this frees up room for Ty to run as well.
WR: Alshon Jeffery
After Alshon Jeffery’s monster game against the Chiefs fantasy owners that bought in on Jeffery were finally getting what they paid for. The Eagles team lead by second year QB Carson Wentz is on fire even with a close loss to the dominant Chiefs. This week the Eagles take on the definitely-not-on-fire New York Giants who can’t seem to find their rhythm so far. Jeffery is everything Philly could have wanted out of a franchise wide receiver and will be the number one target all year.
WR: Marvin Jones
Sure, Marvin Jones has to line up next to the RAC monster Golden Tate, but Jones has already proven his worth so far and this week I expect the true breakout. No other wide receiver on the Lions has played more snaps than Marvin Jones. Of the 133 snaps Matthew Stafford has played Marvin Jones has been in the game for all but 11. The best ability is availability.
TE: Delanie Walker
Delanie Walker has already proven to be the most consistent of the top tight ends after two weeks. He is still Marcus Mariota’s favorite target and with Corey Davis expected to be out this week against the Seahawks, Walker should continue to produce especially against a Seattle defense that is notorious for leaving tight ends open.
The Titans are better known for their offense than their defense but with a solid group of guys including Woodyard, Orakpo, and Logan Ryan this defense should easily be able to take on the sad Seattle Seahwaks offense we have seen so far this season.
QB: Phillip Rivers
The Chargers will meet the Chiefs this week and it doesn’t look to be an easy one for Los Angeles. The Chiefs defense made Tom Brady look his age, and was able to beat out the young, charged up Eagles. Now it is Phillip Rivers’ turn, and although he has always been the type of quarterback that wins in fantasy and not on the field, this season he hasn’t done either. His numbers so far haven’t really impressed and this week will be another tough one.
RB: Le’Veon Bell
The Steelers will face up against the Bears this week, and if the Bears have anything going for them its they have an impressive run defense. They completely shut down Falcons RB Devonta Freeman in week one and we saw after the Steelers- Browns game that if Le’Veon can’t get the run game going that offense moves to the air. The Steelers will probably have success with Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant all game taking away carries for Bell.
RB: Jordan Howard
On the other side of that match up, Is last year’s owner of second most rushing yards in Jordan Howard. A lot of people that spent big on Howard are starting to get worried about rookie Tarik Cohen out of NC A&T. As the two are both finding their ways in the offense, I think it’s safe to be cautious about Howard this week.
WR: Mike Evans
Mike Evans and the Buccaneers will faceoff against the Minnesota Vikings this week, and if there is anything the Vikings have shown us so far it is that they can shut down a WR 1. They did it to Antonio Brown (Steelers) and Michael Thomas (Saints), who are two of the top receivers in the league. Evans will have Xavier Rhodes to worry about this week, and it will likely be a rough game for him as no one has seen success under his coverage.
WR: Cooper Kupp
First off, if you don’t have Kupp yet, what are you doing? He is the Rams #1 target and has had a good start for a rookie. With Goff starting to get a mental grip on the playbook, Kupp is projected to takeoff soon by many. However, this week is not the week to start him. Although most would think it’s a good week against the struggling 49ers, it really isn’t. The 49ers defense is thriving, showing they are capable of making it hard for offenses to score. They have been excellent against #1 wide receivers, leaving Kelvin Benjamin with 25 yards and Doug Baldwin with 44.
WR: Evan Engram
Evan Engram has been the safety valve for a struggling Eli Manning, who has been taking a beating this season. Eli hasn’t seemed to build a rapport with newly-acquired WR Brandon Marshall just yet, and usually doesn’t have time to let routes develop. So, Eli always ends up forced to leave it for Engram. Well now that it looks like Eli will finally get back his top target -Odell, maybe he can pick up the chemistry and start making magic again. Unfortunately, that will render Evan Engram completely touchdown dependent.
I know I just said that the Vikings defense has shut down WR 1s all year, but that’s about all they have done and it has been a huge letdown. Going up against an offense with more threats than about any other team with the likes of Evans, Jackson, Howard, Brate and Godwin – this Vikings defense is not worth starting.
WR: Cooper Kupp
I may have just said not to start him, but I found out in my research – only 29% of leagues on ESPN have Kupp owned! The guy has easily developed into the WR 1 for the Rams, and a rough week in Washington shouldn’t change that. As Goff slowly begins to develop and thrive in McVay’s system, the numbers for Kupp will start to skyrocket.
QB: Jay Cutler
Cutler goes up against the New York Jets, who are allowing 224 yards per game through the air. Cutler played well last week throwing for 230 yards and 1 TD in his Dolphins debut. The weapons are there, it’s a matter of whether or not Jay is able to utilize them properly.
RB: Carlos Hyde
You may remember Hyde was a sit for me last week – well, that backfired. “El Guapo” is carrying the entire 49ers offense on his back. The Rams are giving up 152 yards on average on the ground this season, and over 200 yards to the Redskins last week. Thursday nights are usually great for running backs, so look for the NFL’s current leading rusher (that’s right, a Shanahan back leads the NFL in rushing, and all was right in the world for a moment) continue that trend.
RB: Theo Riddick
As I said last week, Atlanta is not good against pass catching running backs. They gave up 6 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown to Ty Montgomery last week. It should continue this week as Atlanta should be up for most of the game, which means we will see more of Riddick in the passing game.
WR: DeVante Parker
DeVante Parker had a solid game catching 4 passes for 85 yards while being targeted 9 times. The Jets are one of the worst teams at stopping the pass (or, in general), so it should be an easy one for these Dolphins wide receivers.
WR: Kelvin Benjamin
Benjamin had a terrible week 1, but a much better week 2. Carolina goes up against the worst pass defense in the league in the Saints, who are giving up over 375 yards passing per game! With Olsen injured, look for the majority of Cam’s targets to go to Benjamin.
TE: Zach Ertz
The Giants defense has given up a touchdown each week to opposing tight ends. That’s good news for Eagles TE Zach Ertz. New York has been terrible against tight ends and now are facing a far more talented receiver in Ertz.
In case you haven’t noticed, the Giants offensive line stinks (well, the entire offense stinks to be honest). The Lions had 5 sacks and 1 turnover on Monday night. Look for that pass rush to be all over Eli Manning once again this week.
QB: Marcus Mariota
It’s safe to Mariota has under performed so far this season. They went out and got him a legitimate weapon with their first, first-round pick, WR Corey Davis, but he hasn’t had much of an impact so far in this young season. Davis also did not practice on Wednesday, which isn’t a good sign heading into Sunday. The Titans go up against Seattle this week, and it will be a tough one. Although Seattle is much better at home, they still have a dominant defensive line that should give the Titans a lot of problems.
RB: LeSean McCoy
McCoy goes up against a team that just held Zeke to 8 yards rushing in the match up. The Broncos are first in the league against the rush, so I wouldn’t expect anything but the Bills to struggle this game and be down early, which means less carries for McCoy.
RB: Melvin Gordon
Gordon only has 27 carries for 67 yards rushing on the season – that’s less than 3 yards per carry. Last Sunday, Gordon averaged a terrible 1.4 yards/rush. Although Kansas City gives up over 100 rushing yards per game, they should be able to shut down Gordon pretty well.
WR: Stefon Diggs
We seen what happen last week without Bradford. Diggs only had 2 catches for 24 yards. As much potential as Diggs has flashed over the duration of his career, it will be hard to trust him until QB Sam Bradford is healthy and back in the starting lineup.
WR: Keenan Allen
He had a great week 2 catching 9 passes for 100 yards. Allen goes up against Marcus Peters and the red-hot Kansas City Chiefs this week. Peters is arguably the best cover corner in the NFL. Look for Allen to struggle this week.
TE: Coby Fleener
Fleener has scored the last 2 weeks for the Saints, but look for that to change this week against Carolina. They have shut down tight ends so far this season. They held Charles Clay to 3 catches for only 23 yards last week. We could see more of the same this weekend.
Arizona played well last week, but that was against a bad Colts offense. This week they play Dallas who will be looking for revenge after last weeks terrible loss. The screams Zeke Elliot bounce back game.
WR: JJ Nelson
Nelson has been red hot. He had 5 catches for 120 yards and 1 touchdown on 7 targets last week. We still don’t know what’s going on with John Brown, so Nelson is taking advantage of his opportunity. Siemian had 231 yards and 4 touchdowns last week against Dallas.