Week 3 is here, and there are finally some trends becoming clear as fantasy managers look to find some trophy winning sleepers from this injury-riddled slate.
Week 3 is here, and there are finally some trends becoming clear as fantasy managers look to find some trophy winning sleepers from this injury-riddled slate. I need to get more information to avoid the roller coaster that was Week 2. So before reviewing this week’s, let’s hold our noses and dive right into last week's trash can of takes.
Remember, I must pick one player from each position, outside the top 20 to finish in the top 10.
The worst fantasy advice I have ever given? Quite possible
As someone who advised a friend not to trade Myles Gaskin for Justin Jefferson in his rookie year (redraft of course, I am not that stupid), the bar is very low for the worst advice I have given. Whether or not suggesting playing Matt Ryan over Tua Tagovailoa was worse is up to you. The Michael Pittman injury isn’t what made this bad advice either; it was just a terrible read on both the Indy and Miami offense.
Terrible doesn’t begin to describe it. Tack on Wentz as another player I suggested you bench for Ryan, and quarterback was a dumpster fire. After nailing quarterback in Week 1, I came back with a counterbalance for the ages. Only up from here I guess, but I am sorry to anyone who followed my advice.
You deserve better.
Running back and wide receiver also fell flat.
While not quite as embarrassing as the quarterback call, Kareem Hunt and Russell Gage (as a pivot from the injured Julio Jones) didn’t exactly bring fantasy gold. Nick Chubb was an absolute fantasy star despite scoring a touchdown to cost them the game—honestly, no one could have seen that coming.
In addition, the Bucs/Saints game was almost as big of a dumpster fire as my article. We found no gold in the first three sections for Week 2.
Finally, a Tight End Worth of a Championship Belt
Irv Smith had exactly zero catches coming into Monday night and was projected to be TE23 in the consensus rankings. Instead, Smith ended up as the TE4 and was a horrific drop away from being the runaway TE1. However, he still managed to outscore every lineup recommendation in the article to keep us from total embarrassment. I can’t say I am happy about this week, but it felt good to avoid going 0-4.
Trophy Winning Sleepers Record Going Into Week 3:
Top 12 Finishes - 2-6
Lineup Advice - 23-15
With that out of the way, let’s bounce back and find those trophy winning sleepers for Week 3!
Award Winning Generational Talent To Start My Week 3 Sleepers
Trevor Lawrence has yet to put it together, but the former first overall pick is starting to show signs of life. In Week 3, he gets an average Chargers defense who have given up an average of 265 yards and two touchdowns a game to start the season.
With Herbert’s status up in the air at this point, it could be a neutral game script, and the Jags are coming off an absolute ass-kicking they put on the Colts. A high energy and boosted confidence could result in another big point total for Jacksonville. Lawrence is due for a big game and Week 3 could be worthy of a trophy winning performance as one of my sleepers.
Players ranked ahead of Lawrence, who shouldn’t, include Marcus Mariota, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Tom Brady (some legends in this group).
Doubling Up Jags—Yes, It Feels Gross
James Robinson heals better than Wolverine—truly a freak of nature. While fellow Achilles bros Marlon Mack and Cam Akers struggle, James Robinson is thriving yet still finds himself at RB25 in the consensus rankings.
The Chargers are 19th against the run to start the year, and I expect Robinson to get loose for a touchdown again this week. If he's productive for a third consecutive week, watch Etienne fade from the picture as JRob takes over the backfield. Week 3 may be the last week he qualifies as a trophy winning sleeper, so we might as well take advantage.
I would start Robinson ahead of Josh Jacobs, Michael Carter, James Conner, and Najee Harris.
Trophy Winning Sleepers for Week 3 Gets Tricky for Wide Receivers
Curtis Samuel AKA Deebo Light (Just kidding; we gotta stop doing that) is getting peppered with targets and even getting a few looks out of the backfield. Much like his fantasy managers, the Commanders are using Samuel as much as they can while he’s still healthy. With twenty targets in two games and the high-flying Eagles offense coming to town, Samuel should have a lot of opportunity. I absolutely love him this week, and at WR28, he is as close to a lock to smash that ranking as we tend to see around here.
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Samuel is currently ranked behind DJ Moore, Hollywood Brown, Brandin Cooks, and teammate Terry McLaurin but should outscore them all.
Going for Two with Trophy Winning Sleepers at Tight End
I am almost scared to make another suggestion at the position. I hit one, and I should probably just call it while I am ahead. But, unfortunately, I get paid to write about one player at each position so I have to put something out there. So let’s bet on an elite quarterback to ensure his tight end gets six this week.
Tyler Conklin comes in at TE16 Week 3 despite hefty usage and an unimpressive Bengals defense as his opponent. Conklin is averaging eight targets a game and should be playing in a negative game script in a get-right game for the Bengals offense. After Pat Freiermuth tore apart the Bengals in Week 1, Conklin follow with a massive game of his own as one of my trophy winning sleepers for Week 3.
Let’s get Conklin in those lineups over Hayden Hurst, Dawson Knox, Zach Ertz, and T.J. Hockenson.
That will do it for this week, hopefully these picks bring you a step closer to the Championship Hardware!