Sunday Update (11:20am)
Sam Bradford is missing the game, but the long-term news is positive: he is suffering from a bone bruise, and not structural damage. This has to be considered a win for Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook, and Kyle Rudolph, even if all deserve slight downgrades in today’s matchup. Diggs takes the hardest fall, going from my WR16 to my WR35. Though also downgraded, Thielen isn’t hurt quite as hard coming out of the slot, as Case Keenum almost exclusively tossed high-percentage, between the number throws. I’d still seek alternatives like Danny Amendola and Rashard Higgins.
Jordy Nelson has had his health all-but-confirmed, and is expected to be a full go. Treat him like his dominant WR1 self, especially with Randall Cobb set to miss the game.
Danny Amendola is back in for the Patriots. He can immediately be tossed back into lineups as an upside WR3, with the classic “8 catch, 80 yard” floor of a Pats slot WR. James White takes a slight hit in target share, although I expect the game plan to be attacking the middle of the field very quickly with the Pats line overwhelmed by a terrifying Houston front. Chris Hogan is probably hurt the most, but he is still always a threat to pop a big one, so he’s not immediate bench fodder by any means.
Terrance West is active, which lessens Buck Allen‘s appeal, which was purely volume based. He was my “RB Sit” of the week on this week’s Fantasy Fullback Dive.
Odell Beckham has been taken off the injury report, and is set for a much heavier workload against a very beatable Philadelphia secondary. He has moved up to my WR10, and has the upside to finish far higher. I’d still like to see Eli Manning make a solid throw before sending OBJ back to his “Elite” throne though.
Rather surprisingly, Rob Kelley is set to miss the night game, which sends Samaje Perine soaring up the rankings to my RB27. He’s a solid shot at a TD, with potential for stealing this gig with a strong showing. Owned in just 38% of Yahoo leagues, Perine needs to be scooped up immediately.
Sit/Start and Lineup Help
Our Mailbag is filling up fast, so be sure to get your question in! Starting at 11:30am, The Wolf will be answering questions LIVE on our Fantasy Sunday Preview Facebook broadcast. Comment your dilemmas live on the show, or submit your questions in the following ways:
A) Use our Submit a Question Form
B) Hit The Wolf up on SnapChat or Twitter (@RotoStreetWolf)
D) Tune in to our Fantasy Football Week 2 Sit / Start Show, live on Facebook this Sunday @ 11:30am EST.
Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings
Week 3 is of course crucial. If you’re 2-0 (because you listened to our glaring scream of Kareem Hunt from the mountaintops), congrats. Keep securing that bye.
If you’re 0-2, it’s time to start clawing out before the hole gets too deep. And for those .500 squads, 2-1 feels a hell of a lot better than 1-2.
Needless to say, a win is necessary regardless of your situation. Be sure to optimize your line up with our Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings.
Scoring Reminder: These rankings are based on 1/2 PPR, 4 Pt Passing TD Scoring.
Sit / Start Help: If you have any specific lineup questions, please let me know. While rankings are helpful, many factors are at play that can make a lower-ranked player more appealing to start. For example, you may be an underdog, and starting a “boom-or-bust” player is more recommendable versus a sure 7 or 8 points.
Thus, hit me up @RotoStreetWolf, and be sure to tune into our 11:30 AM EST Facebook Live “Fantasy Football Week 3 Preview” Broadcast. I’ll also be keeping a Running Sit/Start Mailbag here, beginning on Thursday, so get your questions in and an extra set of eyes on those lineups.