Elijah Mitchell and Justin Fields are amongst potential Week 3 fantasy busts and sit on the start-or-sit bubble. As most bust candidates do, they’ve the simple upside, however Mitchell’s shoulder damage and the 49ers’ philosophy of “RBs do not matter” preserve him from being a must-start. Many have been chomping on the bit to begin Fields, however we all know a rookie’s first begin can go certainly one of some ways.
As at all times, we’re not coming with weak decisions who ought to clearly experience the bench; quite, we’re taking a look at guys who completely may make us look foolish for putting the label on them. If a few of these guys are in your lineups, it does not imply you have to bench them. In any case, it is your crew, and it is typically powerful to provide you with higher choices. Simply perceive the potential for a disappointing week.
Final week, we nailed the operating again place. Mark Ingram and the Raiders’ RBs had been flat-out busts, and whereas Damien Harris did find yourself with a stable fantasy outing, a landing saved his sport in a day that might’ve netted solely seven fantasy factors with out it. At quarterback, we appropriately recognized Ryan Tannehill and Jameis Winston, as neither scored a landing. The massive run continued with Corey Davis, DJ Chark, Tyler Higbee, Mike Gesicki, and Juwan Johnson (though all tight ends seem to be busts past a choose few.)
We whiffed on Julio Jones and obtained blended outcomes on protection. General, it was a stable week — our second straight week at ending within the inexperienced within the busts division.
Week 3 Fantasy Busts: Working backs
Elijah Mitchell, 49ers vs. Packers (Jackson Sparks). This might sound plain ole dumb as Mitchell is without doubt one of the few comparatively wholesome backs for the Niners, however even he’s coping with a shoulder damage heading into the matchup on Sunday Night time Soccer. This appears like a sport the place the 49ers get run over. The Packers bounced again after a tough Week 1 efficiency, and the Niners are coping with RB accidents and an offense that sputtered final week in Philadelphia. The Packers’ protection is far weaker within the secondary, so the 49ers is likely to be compelled to make this sport a gunslinger showdown. There’s at all times the possibility a random operating again on the 49ers turns into the lead canine in any given week, too.
D’Andre Swift, Lions vs. Ravens (Vinnie Iyer). He’s nonetheless startable, however put together for disappointment. The Ravens are stable in opposition to operating backs and shall be extra weak on the again finish in a high-volume passing sport. Plus, Jamaal Williams is consuming into Swift’s workload a bit greater than anticipated.
Sony Michel, Rams vs. Buccaneers (Matt Lutovsky). Even when Darrell Henderson shakes off his rib damage and performs, fantasy house owners is likely to be anticipating extra work for Michel, who noticed 10 carries final week after Henderson exited. If Henderson is out, many will view Michel as a volume-based flex in commonplace leagues. You possibly can strive him there, however both means, his ceiling is low in opposition to Tampa’s second-ranked run protection. You’re hoping for a brief TD, and even that is powerful to return by in opposition to Tampa.
Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Busts: Quarterbacks
Tom Brady, Buccaneers @ Rams (Sparks). Tom Brady has by no means confirmed the doubters flawed, proper? Nicely, perhaps he has, however this week goes to be totally different. Traditionally, the video games Brady has struggled in are ones the place he is pressured from proper up the center. Enter Aaron Donald. Brady is not probably the most cellular man, so if Donald is on, he can wreck the sport in a rush. Additionally, is not he due for one dangerous sport a yr the place the sports activities world overreacts and calls him washed? That is that likelihood! Do not bench him for simply anybody, however you probably have a viable various, take into account it.
Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Dolphins (Iyer). Maintain the NFL passing yardage chief and scorching pickup parked in opposition to a troublesome protection that’s extra weak in opposition to the run.
Justin Fields, Bears @ Browns (Lutovsky). Fields regarded terrible in his first intensive regular-season motion final week, however that’s nothing new for rookie QBs thrust into video games round halftime. With per week to arrange, he ought to be higher, proper? Possibly, however he’s not somebody you are feeling nice about in your single-QB lineups immediately. In the event you actually need to play Fields someplace, use him in DFS.
Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Busts: Large receivers
Mike Evans, Buccaneers @ Rams (Sparks). Evans has typically been shut down by elite corners. In Week 3, he is the almost certainly candidate to be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey. Sufficient stated.
Antonio Brown, Buccaneers @ Rams (Iyer). There gained’t be many big-play probabilities on the Rams, as their extra methodical targets get the job accomplished for Brady.
Will Fuller V, Dolphins @ Raiders (Lutovsky). Is Fuller going to lastly play? We’ll see. He missed Week 1 due to a suspension and Week 2 due to a private matter. He ought to miss Week 3 in your fantasy crew due to his QB scenario and Vegas’s surprisingly respectable protection.
Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Busts: Tight ends
Tyler Higbee, Rams vs. Buccaneers (Sparks). Higbee was certainly one of our picks to bust final week due to Darius Leonard, and he caught only one cross on one goal. This week, he will get Lavonte Davis and Devin White. Laborious cross.
Logan Thomas, Washington @ Payments (Iyer). In shallow leagues, you might need higher choices than forcing him into a troublesome spot regardless of the “revenge sport” narrative.
Robert Tonyan, Packers @ 49ers (Lutovsky). Tonyan’s Week 2 efficiency is sufficient to make him a “must-start” at this place, however we all know he comes and goes within the Packers’ offense, and this appears like a “goes” week, as San Francisco confirmed final week in opposition to Philly the way it can clamp down on TEs once they’re not the No. 1 choices in an offense. Tonyan additionally had simply three targets, displaying he is even riskier in PPR leagues.
Week 3 Fantasy Busts: Defenses
Washington Soccer Crew @ Payments (Sparks). Washington’s protection carried quite a lot of hype into the season however has been largely disappointing via two weeks. They’re twenty third in FPPG because it sits in the present day, and the Payments’ offense regarded to get again on observe in Week 2. If Daniel Jones had success in opposition to WFT, Josh Allen ought to do exactly that after which some.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Packers (Iyer). They preserve discovering methods to return via, however the Packers gained’t allow them to do it once more given all their key accidents.
D/ST Los Angeles Rams vs. Buccaneers (Lutovsky). Expertise alone has the Rams on the beginning/sit bubble, however the Bucs merely don’t permit many fantasy factors. Tom Brady will take some sacks and perhaps even flip it over, however the Rams ceiling is decrease than ever even when it is a comparatively low-scoring sport.