By Adam Filadelfo (@FNTSYArchitect)
It's that time of the week again. Time for fantasy owners to give
serious consideration to their starting lineups. Injury reports are out
and fantasy owners know for the most part who has a chance to play and
who doesn't. Of course there are always a few questionable players
heading into Sundays but that won't stop us from setting our lineups
Fine- Jay Cutler- Chicago Bears- Cutler gets a weak pass defense on Monday
night when the Bears face the Jets and since the Jets can defend well
against the run, expect the Bears to pass a ton to play to the weakness
of the Jets. As of this week, the Jets are allowing over 21 fantasy
points per game to opposing quarterbacks while Jay Cutler is averaging
over 26 fantasy points per game. With Brandon Marshall and Alshon
Jefferey healthier than last week, fantasy owners can expect a big game
from the Bears signal caller this week.
Pine- Brian Hoyer- Cleveland Browns- While Hoyer hasn't played bad at
all the first two weeks of the season, he does face a tough Ravens
defense that is allowing only 12 fantasy points per game to the opposing
quarterback. Brian Hoyer himself is averaging just under 15 fantasy
points per contest and those numbers could equal trouble when Hoyer
faces the Ravens defense this week.
Fine- Arian Foster- Houston Texans- Hopefully I'm not going to the well
one too many times with Foster but barring his hamstring issues keeping
him out for this week's game, Foster should have another fantasy
relevant game in him when he faces the Giants. New York is giving up
over 20 fantasy points to the running back position on average and
Foster is averaging 16.5 fantasy points per week. Until the Giants
defend against the running backs, expect teams to have success versus
Pine- Matt Forte- Chicago Bears- I'm going bold again on my running back
prediction. Last week it was Eddie Lacy, this week is Matt Forte. I
realize that this move can also work against me but the matchup for Matt
Forte this week doesn't look good and with a bad pass defense, one can
expect the Bears to pass more than run. The Jets are allowing barely six
fantasy points per game to the opposing running back and Forte himself
was held to under nine fantasy points last week by the San Francisco
defense. The combination does not bode well for the Bears back.
Fine- Dez Bryant- Dallas Cowboys- The Rams defense is allowing almost 40
points to opposing receivers and Dez Bryant is as good as receivers
come. Dez is averaging almost 11 fantasy points per game and Romo seems
to only look for Dez or DeMarco so fantasy owners can expect another big
game from the Pro Bowl wide out in week three.
Pine- James Jones- Oakland Raiders- Let me start off by saying that
James Jones could end up with some garbage time points in this contest
but waiting on those points could give fantasy owners fits. The New
England defense has been vulnerable to the run more than the pass while
giving up just over 13 fantasy points per game to wide receivers while
getting torched for over 24 points per game on the ground. Again, Jones
could end up with some fantasy points late if the Patriots go up big and
ease up on defense but it's hard to wait on garbage time points when
fantasy owners have other options.
Fine- Julius Thomas- Denver Broncos- Regardless of how stout the
Seahawks defense may be, somebody's got to catch passes from Peyton in
this game. Orange Julius seems like a more likely candidate to make the
plays seeing how the Seattle defense is allowing 15 fantasy points to
the tight end position and Thomas is averaging over 19 fantasy points
the first two weeks of the season.
Pine- Martellus Bennett- Chicago Bears- I realize I said the Bears will
probably be throwing a lot this week versus a poor Jets pass defense but
I think the wide receivers get more action in this game than the tight
end. The Jets are allowing under three fantasy points per contest to
tight ends and the Bears seem to have a healthy Alshon Jefferey and
Brandon Marshall going in this matchup.
Fine- New England- How can the Patriots defense not be the overwhelming
favorite to play this week? They face the hapless Raiders at home and
the New England defense is giving up the second lowest amount of fantasy
points to opposing quarterbacks at under 12 per game. Couple that with a
rookie quarterback facing a Bill Belichick defense and this has all the
makings of the Patriots defense being a top fantasy unit in week three.
Pine- Seattle- I realize the last time these two teams met, the Seattle
defense made Peyton look like a rookie but fantasy owners shouldn't
expect those results again. I think the Broncos put up a few more points
in this one. Manning is averaging almost 25 fantasy points per game
this season while the Seahawks are middle of the pack in passing against
the Quarterback giving up almost 18 fantasy points per contest to them.