Another interesting week is in the books for fantasy football owners. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson had another big day, this time against Arizona (21.98 points), while Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey put up nearly 21 points. Giants running back Saquon Barkley earned a healthy 20.98 points against a good Bills defense despite New York’s offensive woes.
Here are a few predictions that we feel will help you up your game this week (standard leagues):
Who to start
This one has more to do with Washington’s poor defensive showing over two games. Robinson is predicted to haul in a nice 12.43 yards Monday night against Washington, which sports a pass defense giving up the third-most fantasy points to receivers.
Last week Robinson was held in check by one of the NFL’s best corners in Denver’s Chris Harris Jr., but he went over the 100-yard mark against the Packers in Week 1.
2) WR DJ Moore, Carolina Panthers (vs. Arizona Cardinals)
Through two games, former Maryland star DJ Moore sits fifth among all wide receivers in targets. Cam Newton may not be his old self, but he’s looking for the speedy Moore a lot. His yardage-per-catch isn’t great at 10.3 yards, but my feeling is that good things will come for fantasy owners if he continues to see this kind of attention from Cam.
And guess what? The Cardinals have given up the NFL’s second-most yards on defense.
2) WR Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins (vs. Chicago Bears)
Washington might have a fantasy gem on its hands in rookie receiver Terry McLaurin. Over two weeks he’s earned the ninth-most fantasy points among all wide receivers with 35.70. He had nine targets last week against Dallas and seven against Philly in week 1, catching touchdown passes in both games.
One thing is for sure: Case Keenum is feeding this dude the football. He remains more of a WR3 or FLEX play, but keep him on your radar. He’s also played against decent corners in Byron Jones in Dallas and Ronald Darby/Sidney Jones in Philly, no small feat for a first-year pass-catcher.
Who to sit
1) WR John Ross III, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. Buffalo Bills)
Through two weeks in the NFL, Bengals wide receiver John Ross III leads all receivers with 50.50 fantasy points and he leads the NFL with 270 yards. I’d say this has been mildly surprising after Ross caught just 21 passes over his first two years in the NFL. We always knew he was a burner but it finally looks like things are coming together for the young wideout.
However, he’ll face a stout Bills pass defense on Sunday after the Bengals fell in a lopsided 41-17 loss to San Francisco. Ross III is currently projected to earn less than 8.50 points, a little under what I’m usually comfortable with.
Moreover, A.J. Green should return within the next few weeks, further diminishing Ross III’s looks.
The New Orleans Saints offense will undoubtedly take a huge hit with quarterback Drew Brees on the shelf for several weeks. This loss will funnel down to everyone else in terms of their fantasy expectations.
Backup running back Latavius Murray handled just five carries last week against the Rams and hasn’t really filled in Mark Ingram’s shoes. He’s projected to earn a low 7.83 points against Seattle on Sunday.
3) RB Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (vs. Carolina Panthers)
Peterson rushed for just 25 yards on 10 carries last week against the Cowboys, despite scoring a historic touchdown that put him ahead of Jim Brown on the all-time rushing TD list. But Chris Thompson remains a more valuable back for the ‘Skins. Peterson’s carries will likely diminish more once Darrius Guice returns.
The veteran rusher is predicted to get 9.53 points on Monday night, not the most attractive scenerio.