So far this fantasy season has been quite a wild one. A guy named Eddie Royal is currently the top ranked wide receiver in fantasy, yes folks I am not lying nor could I make that up. Peyton Manning looks like he is at the top of his game, Adrian Peterson has competition for the #1 fantasy running back this year and Calvin Johnson isn’t even a top-ten wide receiver currently. It’s only week two and this year is shaping up to be a good one and its only just begun.
Week 3 Fantasy Football Studs
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford has thrown for two touchdown passes in each of his first two games. His go to guy is still Calvin Johnson but he also seems to like Reggie Bush as well. This week Stafford and the Lions have a very good match up as they will face the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have been torched by both the Eagles and the Packers through the air. I would expect the Lions will do the same early and often.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
No matter what you’re starting Matt Ryan this week, however, I expect him to do better this week than most weeks. With the news of Steven Jackson indefinitely out for week three, the Falcons will be forced to attack the Miami Dolphins through the air. Yes, Atlanta has other running backs but Miami has a good defensive front and I don’t see the Falcons having much success on the ground.
Honorable Mentions: Alex Smith, Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub
Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Martin has been one of the most consistent fantasy option in the first two weeks. Martin has been getting a lot of attempts, in week one he had 24 attempts and last week he had 29. This week the Buccaneers face the New England Patriots who are currently ranked 13th in rushing defense. Martin will be a key factor in this game as the Buccaneers will look to control the clock and keep the ball away from Tom Brady.
Matt Forte, Chicago Bears
Forte has been a solid fantasy option for owners. He doesn’t just get rushing attempt he gets a good amount of receiving attempts as well. Last week Forte caught 11 passes for 71 receiving yards. This week the Bears face a Pittsburgh Steeler team that is 31st in rushing defense. Forte has a huge chance to break off big chunks of yards not only on the ground but also through the air.
Honorable Mentions: DeMarco Murray, Darren McFadden
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
After having 8 receptions for 111 yards and catching the game winning touchdown, it seems Johnson and rookie Quarterback EJ Manuel have some chemistry. Manuel has targeted Johnson twice as much as any other wide receiver on the Bills. Also, since this week’s game against the Jets is a division rivalry look for Johnson to be ready to perform.
Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
With Danny Amendola possibly missing another week it looks like Edelman will be Tom Brady’s favorite target for at least one more week. Last week Edelman was targeted 18 times and had 13 catches, yes it’s easy to say Brady is trying to rely on a veteran wide receiver rather than his young wide receivers.
Honorable Mentions: Calvin Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins, Dwayne Bowe, Larry Fitzgerald, James Jones
Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns
In the last two weeks Cameron has managed almost 100 yards a game, and that number is very impressive for a rookie tight end. This week could be an even better week because the Browns face the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings have surrendered three touchdowns to opposing tights ends already this year and Cameron will be looking to have a big game.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Honorable Mentions: Julius Thomas, Owen Daniels, Charles Clay
Defense/ Special Teams
Geno Smith and the Jet offense hasn’t been great. Last week versus the New England Patriots the Jets turned the ball over four times. This isn’t great news for the Jets considering the Buffalo defense will bring more pressure and force Smith to make throws quickly.
The Seahawks have an amazing defense and this week they go against one of the worst offenses in the NFL, the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville is 28th in passing and 30th in rushing, I look for the Seattle defense to easily man handle the Jacksonville offense. Look for turnovers, sacks and maybe even a defensive touchdown.
Honorable Mentions: Chicago Bears, New England Patriots
Matt Prater, Denver Broncos
The Broncos have a good shot at scoring tons of points this week. If Manning and the offense manhandle the Oakland Raiders defense look for Prater to have a very nice day for fantasy owners.
Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins
Sturgis who? Yeah, Sturgis is the new kicker for the Dolphins and is having a very nice start to the year. This week Miami plays a tough Atlanta Falcons defense and a Falcons offense that should be scoring often. Miami will be looking to score points any way they can to keep up with this high flying offense.