Here are Matt Delima's suggested plays for Week 3 of the NFL. His picks are based off the salary cap values at Fantasy Feud.
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Alex Smith has more rushing yards (82) than Ray Rice, Frank Gore, Cam Newton, Mike Vick, Maurice Jones-Drew and the list goes on. Joe Flacco and Matt Schaub, both quarterbacks of what was thought to be “run-first” offenses, lead the league with 95 and 93 pass attempts, respectively. Eddie Royal is one of fantasy’s most productive receivers.
What can we possibly take away from these two weeks of football? Keep your resolve and stick to the gameplan. Tired clichés? Yes, but they speak the truth. Let’s not bench our studs after a slow start. Let’s not trade David Wilson for James Starks. Let’s keep our cool and remember our preseason rankings and cheat sheets. There’s a difference between making small adjustments and selling the bell-cow for magic beans.
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs Arizona - $166,100
Same old Brees. He had 46 attempts in Week 2 and the yardage totals are strong through two weeks (357 & 322). The Cards aren’t the easiest of matchups, but the Saints play far better at home.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Washington - $157,200
The Skins’ defense has been dreadful thus far, allowing Aaron Rodgers to pass for 480 yards last week and Philly rushed for 263 two weeks ago. Stafford may need to lean on the passing game a bit more if Reggie Bush does not play.
Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers vs Indianapolis - $139,100
It has been a tale of two games for Kaepernick. He was unstoppable against Green Bay and plain awful versus Seattle this past weekend. The Colts are average at best against the pass (ranked 16th, 249 yards allowed per game) and bad against the run (ranked 29th, 136 yapg).
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys vs St. Louis - $144,800
The Rams allowed Carson Palmer to go 327-2-1 and Matt Ryan went 374-2-0 through two weeks. Romo hasn’t had a great game yet; however, Dallas has failed to establish a running game thus far. This should force Romo to throw the ball more.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals vs Green Bay - $120,100
As long as BenJarvus Green-Ellis and his 2.8 yards per carry is seeing the bulk of carries for Cincinnati, this places the onus of the offense on Dalton and A.J. Green. Dalton is fantasy’s No. 16 QB, yet he has the 21st-highest salary.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh - $113,200
A year ago, you would never start Cutler against a tough matchup on paper. This season looks different for Chicago and Cutler, in particular. He’s on pace for career-highs across the board and the Steelers simply do not look that great after two games.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears at Pittsburgh - $126,000
Once again, what looks to be a tough matchup on paper isn’t the whole story. Forte is a bona fide workhorse this season. He is projected for over 300 carries and his 15 receptions rank sixth in the NFL, and that’s including receivers.
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks vs Jacksonville - $149,800
Mr. Beastmode was just that against the 49ers last weekend. Needless to say, the Jags aren’t nearly as tough against the run, making Lynch a must-start even at this lofty salary.
DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys vs St. Louis - $108,300
Murray has 13 receptions already, second-most in the NFL among running backs. This helps his overall fantasy value since he hasn’t provided that much on the ground (32 carries for 111 yards and no TDs).
Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions at Washington - $116,500
Bush is currently listed as questionable for Week 3. Assuming he is ready to play, the former Heisman winner has to be in your lineups against a woeful Redskins defense since they can’t stop anybody right now.
Daryl Richardson, St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys - $74,100
Richardson is one of just 18 running backs with 30 carries and while he hasn’t found the end zone yet, he has been relatively productive with the football. He has 98 rushing yards and 10 receptions for 78 yards.
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans - $65,600
Mendenhall is another one of those 18 RBs with 30 or more carries. The Cards have nothing behind him on the depth chart and there aren’t any other workhorse backs with such a clearance rack price tag.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay - $136,100
If Dalton is a good play, then Green must be too. The Packers had no answers for Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin. With their secondary in shambles, Green should have his way.
Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos vs Oakland - $137,600
Oakland ranks fifth in total defense (261 yards allowed per game). That’s what happens when you play Jacksonville and catch the Colts on an off-day. Thomas should have a ton of one-on-one matchups on the outside and we already know Peyton Manning will find him.
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans - $97,800
Fitz is ranked 16th among fantasy receivers after two games, yet has the 27th-highest salary. This has value written all over it, especially since the Saints have struggled against the pass last season.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay - $111,500
Only Andre Johnson has more targets and receptions than Edelman thus far. He is a legit WR1 and that status will remain as long as Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola are out.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants at Carolina - $76,200
We’ve been waiting for two seasons now for Nicks to be healthy. Now he is, and this is the respect he gets? At just over $76K, Nicks can be every bit as productive as Victor Cruz and then some.
Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys vs St. Louis - $75,000
Austin’s numbers dipped in Week 2, but we’ve already seen what he can do this year. He caught 10 passes for 72 yards in Week 1 and that’s just the nature of the Cowboys’ aerial attack. Austin is clearly the third-best option behind Jason Witten and Dez Bryant; however, he can still light it up in any given week.
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns at Minnesota - $85,300
The easy play would be to dismiss Cameron since Brandon Weeden is out. I’m going the other way with it. Brian Hoyer probably has no idea what he’s gotten himself into and will look to check-down to Cameron early and often.
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers vs Indianapolis - $69,600
After such a putrid game against Seattle, most of the 49ers’ salaries are a bit too low. Davis is great value here since he is one of the few tight ends who can actually stretch defenses vertically. He is Kaepernick’s second-best option and there aren’t really that many options behind him anyway.
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins vs Detroit - $62,100
There appears to be a changing of the guard happening in Washington. Fred Davis played in just 16-of-61 snaps in Week 2, conceding 29 snaps for Reed.
Seattle Seahawks DST vs Jacksonville - $117,900
Since Seattle destroyed San Francisco in Week 2, it only makes sense to be very high on them against Chad Henne and the Jags.
New England Patriots DST vs Tampa Bay - $73,800
The Bucs are now 0-2 and can’t seem to get their offense in sync. Josh Freeman is rumored to be on the trading block and his completion percentage is 45.3-percent. Yikes. The Pats haven’t been anything special on defense, but do they really need to be?
New York Jets DST vs Buffalo - $56,200
The Jets are good for one thing at least, and that’s stuffing the run. They’ve allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league. Buffalo’s E.J. Manuel has looked pretty good for the most part, but this is still a rookie we’re talking about. He’s bound to look like one sooner or later and he could struggle against the Jets’ barrage of zone blitzes.
Good luck on Sunday!