We’ve discovered that it’s already becoming a weird fantasy season through just three weeks. Jimmy Graham is second in standard scoring out of all running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends. He’s a gifted player for sure, but when was the last time a tight end was outperforming the other positions like that? One has to adapt the best they can because a slow start to the season will put you behind the eight ball.
Below is a list of guys I’m focused on for one reason or another this week. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Jay Cutler (QB - Chicago)
Don’t look now but Jay Cutler is on pace to throw 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions. With Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton on the rag this week, look to Cutler in a plus matchup against a weak Lions’ secondary inside the dome.
Fred Jackson (RB - Buffalo)
The fantasy running back situation is pretty terrible these days so owners are looking for consistency. Fred Jackson has scored 10 or more points in each game so far and that doesn’t include his PPR impact. That’s good enough for me.
Jason Snelling (RB - Atlanta)
Along the same lines as Jackson, Snelling came through last week with a well-rounded performance that include 111 combined yards and a touchdown. He’s the goal line option over Jacquizz Rodgers and should still see half the touches in a Falcons’ rushing offense that increased its looks in Week 3.
Josh Gordon (WR - Cleveland)
I’m not sure if Cleveland is blowing smoke up Gordon’s ass by telling him he won’t be traded, but frankly I don’t care. He was targeted 19 times last weekend, which is absurd. He’ll see plenty of looks again this week.
Brian Hartline (WR - Miami)
The Dolphins are likely to get caught in a shootout in New Orleans on Monday night. Hartline leads the team in targets as Mike Wallace grabs most of the attention.
Heath Miller (TE - Pittsburgh)
The Vikings, Pittsburgh’s opponent this weekend, are the second worst at defending fantasy tight ends. Miller looked good enough in his return from injury last week and has always been Big Ben’s security blanket.
You Know Who You Should Sit?
Eli Manning (QB - N.Y. Giants)
Kansas City’s pass rush should eat up the Giants in the same way that Carolina’s did. The Chiefs kept Tony Romo and Michael Vick in check, so Eli’s next up.
Benjarvus Green-Ellis (RB - Cincinnati)
A changing of the guard is happening before our eyes. If Cincinnati isn’t giving the goal line carries to the Law Firm that his fantasy value drops through the floor.
Ryan Mathews (RB - San Diego)
As mentioned above with the decisions necessary in a year with bad running backs, you can’t start Ryan Mathews these days. He’s had a long run of eight yards in two of his three games and he just isn’t seeing enough of the ball. There are better options.
Andre Johnson (WR - Houston)
As if dealing with a shin issue wasn’t bad enough, Johnson will be shadowed by Richard Sherman the whole game. That’s the last thing any injured player wants to deal with.
Mike Williams (WR - Tampa Bay)
Tampa’s new QB, Mike Glennon, is known to either check down or go long. That doesn’t bode well for Williams since he usually works the intermediate routes.
Tony Gonzalez (TE - Atlanta)
Tony G looks rather old through three weeks. The injury to Roddy White means the middle of the field isn’t as open as it used to be and the Patriots are the best in the league at defending fantasy tight ends through three weeks.