Players to Avoid in Week Three

Matthew Stafford, Lions, $12,400 – Typically, you look at a team playing against the Denver Broncos and just assume it’s going to be a shootout. So far that has not been the case for their opponents, as they have only scored 13 and 24 points (37 total) in two games. Joe Flacco threw for 117 yards and two INT in week one, while Alex Smith only managed 191 yards and two INT in week 2. The Broncos simply possess a solid secondary led by one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in Chris Harris. The Lions are a higher-powered offense than either of the two Denver has seen so far, but Matthew Stafford has long suffered from inaccuracy. If recent history tells us anything, it’s that QBs are likely to turn the ball over in the air against the Broncos, and Stafford is the prime candidate. Hell, Alex Smith is as accurate and risk-averse as the NFL has to offer and he threw two picks. With the Broncos having allowed the least amount of passing yards by almost 60 through two games, I think there are better options around the same price.

Matt Forte, Bears, $14,100 – Seattle’s defense gets treated like they are the GOAT, but I don’t think they are this season (especially with the absence of Kam Chancellor). The team is now 0-2, which signifies the issues the team is having overall… and certainly the defense (or lack thereof) is a contributing factor. Through two games, the team is allowing the 15th-most rushing yards (203 yards), but I still have my reservations about Matt Forte. For one, the team just lost Jay Cutler, so Pete Carroll is not going to be afraid to load the box. Do you really think he’s worried about Jimmy Clausen beating him? Furthermore, the team being 0-2 can’t be sitting well with them, so they will be looking for revenge. After scheming for a full week figuring how to stop Forte, I think the team should prove to be successful and at least hold him to a fair game instead of a monster. A mediocre output is not enough to justify the price.

Lamar Miller, Dolphins, $9,900 – Lamar Miller left week two’s game with an ankle injury, but insists he’ll be “alright” and could have returned to Sunday’s game. Okay, well I’m not sure why he didn’t return if he was able to, but regardless, he sounds okay. Even so, the Bills’ rush defense is no joke (allowed the second-least amount of rushing yards through two weeks) and Miller is struggling to earn his share. He has only carried the ball 13 and 10 times in two games. Even though the price is decreasing, do not fall into the trap of rostering him just for the bargain. Too many factors are working against him (injury, matchup, playing time) so just eliminate him from consideration.

Jordan Matthews, Eagles, $14,100 – The Eagles’ passing game is struggling mostly due to the poor play of Sam Bradford thus far. He has completed the second-highest percentage of passes (59 percent) among all NFL QBs behind only Tom Brady, but only 6.29 yards per attempt (YPA). The YPA ranks 28th among qualified QBs, which doesn’t feel right in either a Chip Kelly offense or the Eagles’ offense. Coach Todd Bowles and the New York Jets just shut down Andrew Luck and what should be one of the NFL’s best passing attacks, so the Eagles are in trouble. Even if they improve as a whole, Jordan Matthews will likely draw the matchup against Darrelle Revis for a majority of the day. Nelson Agholor has yet to emerge as a real threat, so Matthews, the tight ends and the backs are the only threats in the passing game. As a cornerback, that makes it an easy choice of who to cover. I do not trust Matthews at this phase in his career to be able to burn one of the best corners of the past decade. He’s an easy fade, as I’d rather roster Agholor for the price difference.

Delanie Walker, Titans, $7,000 – This could prove to be a moot point as Delanie Walker sat out last week with a wrist injury, so I suppose there’s a chance he sits again. I doubt it however, considering he put in a full practice on Friday, so I think he suits up week three. With that being said, I wouldn’t use him even if he plays. A wrist injury is never favorable for a pass catcher, let alone one with a brutal matchup. The Colts have allowed the second-least amount of fantasy points to TEs over the first two weeks, although they’ve played two teams without a dominant force at the position (Bills and Jets). Indianapolis allowed the fourth-most amount of fantasy points last season to TEs, so while limited sample size may be misleading, the injury is still enough to deter me. The elite TEs feel like the play this week, so try to focus more on Rob Gronkowski and/or Jimmy Graham at the position, especially in cash games.

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders

Ricky Sanders is a fantasy sports expert with over 15 years of playing experience. After starting several freelance fantasy sports blogs, Ricky moved up in the fantasy industry when he joined Going9 Baseball. He wrote fantasy baseball content and had a weekly radio spot on the site’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio show. Shortly thereafter, in early 2013, Ricky joined RotoExperts as a three-sport fantasy contributor, eventually becoming one of the site’s lead basketball writers. While writing for RotoExperts, Ricky was introduced to daily fantasy sports and immediately fell in love. With help from some of his mentors, some of the best DFS players in the world, he honed his skills and became the daily fantasy expert he is today. When RotoExperts created a daily-focused website called DailyRoto.com, Ricky was brought on as one of the main contributors. He still makes frequent appearances on the RotoExperts SiriusXM Radio show and on the FNTSY Sports Television Network, talking daily fantasy sports. He also continues to write for a few DFS content sites: RotoCurve and The Fantasy Fix. Ricky is a proud and active member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He 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. Don’t hesitate to contact Ricky with questions on Twitter @RSandersDFS.

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