As the weather starts to slowly cool off and we make our way into the heart of fall, it’s time to once again to talk about those players who have cooled off on your roster. It’s week 3 and we now know what to expect for the most part from our teams – which players we like, which we don’t, and which may be getting dropped soon so saddle up folks, because it could be a bumpy ride this week for the following players.
(RQB Rank: 16 | Opponent: Phi)
It’s no secret that the Eagles are a much better team at home than on the road. Getting back Carson Wentz only helps their cause as the offense should be able to put up more points and keep the ball away from Luck. Factor in a ferocious pass rush and Luck could be in for a long day as the Eagles try to get back on track. As of now Luck has the lowest average depth of target in the league meaning he isn’t producing big plays and rather looking for the short intermediate routes. Luck has never been one to be conservative, but the combination of his new playing style and a tough matchup leaves Luck as a risky play.
(RB Rank: 19 | Opponent: DEN)
Collins was supposed to be the go to back in Baltimore, but things just haven’t gone his way so far through two weeks due to game script. He’s be out snapped 72 to 69 by Javarious Allen and has even given up goal-line work which is concerning. Even though John Harbough has mentioned running the ball more effectively to spark the offense, it’s much easier said than done especially against a Denver defense giving up only 78.0 yards/game. Play Collins with caution moving forward until we see consistent production.
(RB Rank: 32 | Opponent: @BAL)
Even though Freeman salvaged a touchdown in week 2 to save what would have been a poor performance, he still hasn’t eclipsed over 8.8 fantasy points in a game. A week 3 matchup against a tough and physical Baltimore defense won’t make things any easier especially with the emergence of Phillip Lindsey who has been more efficient and a better pass catching back. Freeman is a risky play this week and should be left on your bench unless you have no other viable options.
(WR Rank: 9 | Opponent: @LAR)
Allen has feasted on bottom third defenses through the first two weeks and gets his first tough challenge of the year against the star-studded Rams. With Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters on the outside he is surely going to get man marked throughout the game which may lead to Rivers checking the ball down to RBs more often. The Rams haven’t given up more than 28 yards to a wide receiver thus far and although I expect that to happen against a potent Chargers offense, I would tone down expectations for all Chargers wideouts. Allen may win a couple of battles but in the end, Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips isn’t going to let the Chargers best receiving option beat them.
(WR Rank: 34 | Opponent: @Jax)
Davis’s ranking is more of a testament to how good the Jaguars defense is and not his skill or play so far this season. Davis is going to be swarmed all day by either Jalen Ramsey or A.J. Bouye. Even if Mariota suits up this week he’s not going to be 100% and the Titans are going to struggle to move the ball. We all saw what the Jaguars did to the Patriots last week, holding Gronk to 2 catches and 15 yards and Hogan to 44 yards (had 2 touchdowns but one was in garbage time when the game was out of reach). If you think Mariota, or potentially Blaine Gabbert, is going to do any better then good luck but the safe move is to avoid Davis and most if not all of the Titans this week.