Alex Smith (5600)
Smith is currently averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game in daily league scoring, this is more than serviceable for the $5600 price. This week he is facing a Steelers defense that is allowing 332 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. Add to that the fact that they should be playing in somewhat of a shootout and you have a great fantasy day in line for the Chiefs quarterback.
Jimmy Garoppolo (5200)
Garopps is back to practice this week after taking the game off against the Texans to let his shoulder heal. While it seems like anyone put under center in New England is going to produce, Garoppolo is clearly the better choice. In just 25 minutes against the Dolphins he was able to throw for 230 yards and 3 touchdowns. Look for him to go out with a bang against Belichick’s rival Sexy Rexy.
Cody Kessler (5000)
In Kessler’s debut game he was a solid 21 for 33 with 244 yards and no interceptions, the only downside was that he did not throw a touchdown either. This week he has a favorable matchup against the Redskins who have been allowing an average of 19 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Isaiah Crowell (4400)
Crowell has been the Browns main running back over the first 3 weeks, averaging just over 6 yards a carry and scoring 2 touchdowns through the first 3 games. Crowell, much like Kessler, has a favorable matchup against a Redskins defense that ranks 30th against the run in fantasy. To break it down a little more, they have allowed at least 2 rushing touchdowns in each game and are allowing an average of 120 yards on the ground.
LeGarrette Blount (5000)
Blount has been running like a beast, averaging just under 100 yards per game on the ground. He has been able to reach paydirt at least once in every game thus far. As of now, he is averaging 19.6 points per game in daily fantasy scoring and has done it against good competition in the Cardinals and Texans. This week he matches up against the Bills that are allowing 3.2 more points per game to opposing running backs than the league average.
Theo Riddick (5200)
Last week I was very high on Riddick and the possibility of what he could do. He was not able to get much done at the start of the game, rushing for -10 yards on five carries. He was, however, targeted 11 times during the game and caught 7 of those balls. He also suffered from the fact that the Lions went down big early in the game. This week he faces an injured Bears defense that was shredded on the ground to the tune of 160 yards and 2 touchdowns. Riddick bounces back in a big way this week.
BONUS – Also look out for Washington who carried the ball 10 times for 38 yards against the Packers and looks like more of the goal line option.
Julian Edelman (5800)
Edelman has been relatively quiet over the first 3 games of the season averaging 6 catches for 60 yards per game. Part of the reason is he has been playing with a carousel of quarterbacks and the one week that his quarterback was playing well, Amendola was the one getting into the endzone. This week it looks like Garoppolo will be the one under center and Edelman should benefit in a big way.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. (4300)
This man did a bit of everything last week, playing QB, RB, WR, and even some defense. He spent most of his time out wide catching 8 of his 14 targets for a staggering 144 yards. This week he should see a similar amount of targets with the game between the Skins and Browns looking like a shootout. He is getting the largest number of targets on his team and that is the most telling stat. The Redskins are allowing 7.6 more points per game than the league average to opposing quarterbacks. Look for Pryor to continue with his impressive play in week 4.
Jamison Crowder (4200)
Everyone was excited about Jackson and Reed this year but Crowder has been a pleasant surprise in daily fantasy. He has been targeted 25 times through the first 3 games and has turned that into an average of 15.2 points per game in PPR format. Last week he showed his explosiveness as he turned a short pass into a 55 yard touchdown. This week he has an even better matchup against the Cleveland Browns who have been torn apart through the air, they are allowing 31.8 points per game to opposing wideouts (8.7 more than the league average). Crowder is poised to have another big week for people smart enough to put him in their lineup.
Dennis Pitta (3900)
Dennis Pitta has looked great over the past 2 weeks, catching 15 balls for 144 yards, but he has not yet reached the end zone. This week he plays the Raiders who are ranked 23rd against tight ends. While the Ravens have been playing well defensively, the Raiders have a potent defense and you should see each team throw the ball a lot, which means a lot of targets for Flacco’s favorite TE.
Colby Fleener (3200)
Fleener was beginning to look like a bust through the first 2 weeks combining for 6.5 points in daily fantasy. In comes week 3 against the Falcons, Fleener was targeted 11 times, hauled in 7 of those for 109 yards and a touchdown. He was open all day on those seam passes that Brees loves so much. This week he has another solid matchup against the Chargers. San Diego has been allowing an average of 7 catches and 94 yards per game to opposing tight ends, Fleener should be used early and often in week 4.
Dallas Cowboys defense (2900)
The Cowboys are playing a 49ers team that has been up and down with their play thus far. Their offense has turned the ball over 5 times in 3 games and conceited 1 defensive touchdown. The Cowboys defense has been playing well against opposing offenses, allowing 20 points per game and averaging 1 turnover per game. Their defense will have a field day with Gabbert and his lack of weapons.