Week Three Picks: QB & RB

Through the first two weeks of the NFL season we’ve started to get a feel for each team’s strengths and weaknesses. Whether it’s Carson Palmer and the Cardinals’ aerial attack offense or DeMarco Murray and the non-existent running attack in Philadelphia. It’s still early, so five weeks from now things could look totally different for a lot of teams, but I’m making my picks for week three based on the here and now!

These are the QBs & RBs that I like week 3.

QB

Andrew Luck vs Tennessee Titans:
I know Luck and the Colts’ offense have yet to take flight, but they’re facing a division opponent and a Titans defense that Luck has owned since entering the league in 2012. Look for Luck to put up big numbers against the Titans.

Tom Brady vs Jacksonville Jaguars:
Did you see what Brady did to the Buffalo Bills’ defense last weekend? 466 yards and 3 TD passes. Brady is on a mission and Jacksonville is the next defense destined to get shredded by him.

Sleepers:

Josh McCown vs Oakland Raiders:
McCown
has been named the starter against Oakland even though Johnny Manziel led Cleveland to a victory against Tennessee last week. McCown is coming back from a concussion sustained against the Jets in week one. McCown was off to a good start before the injury, and Oakland is traveling across the country with the 30th-ranked pass defense in the league.

Brandon Weeden vs Atlanta Falcons:
The Falcons’ pass defense is one of the worst in the league, ranked 29th and giving up 313 yards per game. Weeden came in off the bench last week and went 7/7, 73 yards and a TD vs. Philadelphia. I’m looking at Weeden as a sleeper because of his salary on FantasyDraft and I don’t expect many people to play him in their lineups.

Others: Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. Dallas, Carson Palmer (ARI) vs. S.F.

RB

Jonathan Stewart versus New Orleans
Stewart
gets to face a Saints defense that’s not very good at stopping the run or the pass. Carolina’s not built to dominate via the passing game, so look for them to feature Stewart against the Saints.

DeAngelo Williams and Le’Veon Bell vs St. Louis:
The Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell returns from his two-game suspension, and in his absence Williams has been a fantasy stud. I like playing these two together against a Rams defense which is giving up a ton of yards on the ground each game.

C.J. Anderson vs Detroit:
I know Anderson and Denver’s rushing offense has gotten off to a slow start, but Detroit is just the opponent to get something going against. The Lions are 28th in the NFL at stopping the run.

Alfred Morris and Matt Jones versus N.Y. Giants
If we had Thursday night’s Redskins/Giants game in our slate of games this weekend, Alfred Morris and Matt Jones would both be in my lineup. Washington leads the NFL in rushing yards per game at 171.5. Even though NY only gives up 68 rushing yards per game, I would start these two backs. The Redskins commitment to running the football will produce a big day on the ground for them.

Sleeper:

James Starks vs Kansas City Chiefs:
Eddie Lacy
’s status is unknown at this point with an ankle injury and Starks is coming off a 20-carry, 95-yard performance against Seattle. Even if Lacy plays, I don’t expect him to be 100%. Starks will see plenty of action.

Others: Adrian Peterson (MIN) vs. S.D., LeSean McCoy (BUF) vs. Miami

 

 

 

 

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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