Tom Brady, Michael Crabtree, and C.J. Anderson led the way for fantasy teams in Week 2. Who will be the leader in Week 3? We turn to Remarkable! to give us its predictions:
Philip Rivers had an excellent game against the Dolphins last week, completing 79.5% if his passes and throwing for 331 yards, but has always had a bit of an interception problem as he has averaged just 1.3 TDs per Interception since Week 7 of last season — eighth worst among qualified QBs. He will be facing a stout Kansas City defense that allowed just 1.3 TDs per Interception last season (NFL Rank: fifth best).
Although Carson Wentz threw the ball surprisingly well last week (333 yds, 2 TDs against the Chiefs), he has thrown 12 interceptions since Week 7 of last season (NFL Rank: third most). Wentz will face a New York defense this week which allowed a passer rating of 76.6 last season (NFL Rank: second best of 32).
Still unproven in the NFL, we know the Rams drafted Jared Goff because of his ability to throw the ball. In his limited opportunities, he threw for 20 or more yards on 13.7% of 73 attempts over the last four weeks of the 2016 season — second best among qualified QBs. San Francisco allowed 20+ yards on 11.2% of attempts last season (NFL Rank: worst; League Avg: 8.7%).
Theo Riddick may not get the majority of carries for the Lions, but that won’t hinder his production as he had 3 catches and a TD last week. He has been targeted 42 times since Week 7 of last season (NFL Rank: 6th among RBs). Detroit will face Atlanta, who allowed 116 receptions to RBs last season (NFL Rank: most of 32).
The Panthers clearly want to have first round pick Christian McCaffrey involved in the offense, but Jonathan Stewart is still the primary back at the goal line. Look for him to score as Carolina faces New Orleans, who allowed 14 rushing touchdowns in the Red Zone last season (NFL Rank: 5th most in NFL).
Todd Gurley had a down year in 2016. He’s averaged just 10.0 fantasy points per game since the start of last season. But he had a strong game in Week 2 and will look to continue his solid play as the Rams and their new look offense face a San Francisco defense that allowed 20.1 points to its opponent’s top scoring RB each game last season — worst in the league (League Avg: 13.0).
Isaiah Crowell has had a slow start to the year, totaling only 70 rushing yards through the first two games. He looks to break his little cold spell against an Indianapolis defense that allowed 16.2 points to its opponent’s top scoring RB each game last season — second worst in the league (League Avg: 13.0).
Mike Evans is one of the best WRs in the NFL, but sitting him may not be the worst idea as he will most likely match up against Xavier Rhodes, who held Antonio Brown to 62 yards last week and allowed receptions to receivers he was covering on just 40 of 81 targets (49.4%) last season (NFL Rank: 2nd best of 73 Qualified DBs; League Avg: 61.2%)
Sammy Watkins has been disappointing so far in 2017, but he is still the most talented WR on his team and will face a San Francisco defense that allowed 13.9 points to its opponent’s top scoring WR each game last season — fifth worst in the league (League Avg: 12.1).
Cincinnati’s offense has been abysmal so far this year, but one player to keep an eye on is Brandon LaFell. He has been targeted 10 times in the Red Zone since Week 11 of last season (NFL Rank: 8th among WRs) and will face Green Bay, who allowed 14 receiving touchdowns to WRs in the Red Zone last season (NFL Rank: 5th most in NFL).
Dez Bryant had a poor Week 1 performance (2 catches, 43 yds), but looked more to form in Week 2 as he had seven catches and a TD against Denver. He will have a much easier challenge this week as he faces an Arizona defense that allowed 13.8 points to its opponent’s top scoring WR each game last season — sixth worst in the league (League Avg: 12.1).
Martellus Bennett has yet to have a breakout game this season, but has a great opportunity this week as he faces a Cincinnati defense that allowed 1,173 receiving yards to TE last season (NFL Rank: third most).
Julius Thomas hasn’t seemed to get much going recently, but this week he will face a New York Jets team that can’t do anything well, including covering TEs. The Jets allowed 7.8 points to its opponent’s top scoring TE each game last season — fourth worst in the league (League Avg: 6.1).
The Colts don’t look great right now, but starting someone against the Browns is never a bad idea. Coming off an eight catch performance last week, Jack Doyle is up against a Cleveland defense that allowed 9.7 points to its opponent’s top scoring TE each game last season — (worst in the league; League Avg: 6.1).
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