By Tim Monk (@Tim_MonkF10Y)
QB – Dak Prescott (DAL) vs Miami Dolphins
Finally, Dak Prescott is ticking all the boxes for fantasy stardom.
Weapons, tick. Rushing ability, tick. Finally though, the trifecta is also ticked…the playcaller.
Kellen Moore has finally brought this team in to the modern NFL.
After last week’s bomb to Devin Smith, Dak now has 9 50+ TDs since he entered the league. Only Tom Brady and Philip Rivers have more (11) in the same timespan.
In previous years, Dak struggled to get to 200 passing yards per game but this year has 674 passing yards through the first 2 games. In those games, he is 51/62 (82.3%), 7TDs and 1INT. Add on top of that is 81 rushing yards, the cheat code for fantasy. He is the current leader in Yards per attempt (10.9), and has not thrown an incompletion in his last 23 attempts.
He faces the Dolphins for the first time in his career, who have given up 633 yards and 102 points (12 TDs) in 2 games.
There is a hint that Dak may be pulled should this get out of hand early like it did vs the Patriots last week, but by that point, he should have at least 20 points in the bank.
Notable Mentions: Josh Allen vs CIN, Kyler Murray vs CAR, Matthew Stafford vs PHI
RB – Frank Gore (BUF) vs Cincinnati Bengals
No, this is not 2009 but all signs point to Frank Gore turning back time and this could be the highlight game of the year for Old Man Gore.
Currently averaging 2.9yards per carry, Frank Gore does not have flavour of the month Devin Singletary to worry about as he is out with a hamstring injury. Gamescript should be in his favour throughout, as the Bengals come to town in the Bills’ home opener.
They are 6pt favourites against a Bengals team that got absolutely savaged by Kyle Shanahan and their RBs. Now I’m not for one moment comparing McDermott to Shanahan, nor am I saying that Gore is any off Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert or Jeff Wilson, but one thing he has over all three of those RBs is volume.
Gore has carried the rock on 30 occasions already this season and if you are going to get a 15+ point game from Gore, it’s going to be early in the season against a team that gave up 259 rush yards last week.
Expect 20+ carries, 80+ yards and at least 1 TD. That my friends for a waiver wire pickup is not too shabby.
Notable Mentions: Devonta Freeman vs IND, LeSean McCoy vs BAL, Sony Michel vs NYJ
WR – Chris Godwin (TB) vs New York Giants
A lot has been made of the starts made by the 2 Tampa Bay WR. Mike Evans has been overshadowed by the 3rd year WR out of Penn State and this could well continue in week 3.
I expect both WR to eat against the Giants who have given up the 3rd most fantasy points to WR in what could be a sneaky high scoring game in Florida. With Godwin’s versatility in his routes and where he lines up, expect Arians and Monken to continue to make Godwin the mismatch here.
The Giants have allowed 550 (!) receiving yards the first 2 weeks and Jameis Winston is continually under pressure to perform so he will keep on slinging the rock. With 11 receptions amassing 174 receiving yards and a touchdown in each of his games thus far, he has the hands, the confidence and the matchup here to be a week winner.
Notable mentions: Sammy Watkins vs BAL, Christian Kirk vs Carolina, John Brown vs CIN
TE – Evan Engram (NYG) vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Evan Engram is 2nd in targets at TE after 2 weeks. Partly down to talent, partly down to everyone else dropping like flies. The introduction of Daniel Jones should not put anyone off as the QB out of Duke was not afraid to push the ball downfield in the action we saw in preseason. Tampa Bay are not a defence to be afraid of, neither is starting this New York Giant who has 22 targets, 17 receptions, 164 yards and 1 TD so far in 2019.
Engram could challenge his rookie year numbers which means he’ll be up there in the top 5 at the tight end position, what more can you ask for?
Notable Mentions: Vance McDonald vs SF (Revenge game alert!), Mark Andrews vs KC, Austin Hooper vs IND
QB – Philip Rivers (LAC) vs Houston Texans
In a seemingly plus matchup, temper expectations in a game where defensive lines could rule the roost. Rivers is coming off a poor stat line last week away in Detroit of 21/36 (58%), 293 yards and 1 INT. Add to that another interception and a fumble in week 1, Rivers isn’t gonna to be a week winner too many times this year.
In his previous 4 games vs Houston, he has averaged 216 pass yards, 3TDs and 1 INT which is around 18 fantasy points. With the strength in depth at the position, even on the waiver wire, there are better options.
Beware! Kirk Cousins vs OAK, Jimmy Garoppolo vs PIT, Baker Mayfield vs LA Rams
RB – Phillip Lindsay (DEN) vs Green Bay Packers
There are a multitude of red flags here.
Firstly the matchup, Green Bay are improved as a whole on defence but especially upfront.
Secondly, opportunity and volume. Now in a confirmed time share with Royce Freeman, Lindsay just does not have the same chances to score points in fantasy football.
Add to that his massive drop in rushing efficiency, Lindsay averaging a mere 3.3 yards per carry so far this year totalling 79 yards on 24 carries and 53 receiving yards on 8 receptions.
Stay clear of Lindsay until advised otherwise.
Beware! Adrian Peterson vs CHI, James Connor vs SF, Josh Jacobs vs MIN
WR – Tyrell Williams (OAK) vs Minnesota Vikings
Tyrell Williams has stepped in admirably as the 1 over in Oakland since the AB debacle. 11 receptions for 151 yards so far this year, don’t expect those to increase much against a Vikings defence that has returned to its stingy ways limited Rodgers and the Packers to under 200 yards passing last week.
Beware! Robby Anderson vs NE, Curtis Samuel vs ARI, Jarvis Landry vs LA Rams
TE – TJ Hockenson (DET) vs Philadelphia Eagles
TJ Hockenson was the talk of the town in week 1, posting 6 receptions for 131 yards and a TD.
Week 2 was the polar opposite with just the 1 catch for 7 yards.
Excpect the week 2 Hock rather than the week 1 for this matchup on Sunday.
He faces a Phildelphia team that have given up just 3 TDs in the last 17 home games and they aren’t a team to be exploited over the middle of the field.
Beware! Jared Cook vs SEA, Greg Olsen vs ARI, Eric Ebron vs ATL