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Week 3 Best/Worst Matchups

LOVE Lamar Jackson vs Indianapolis

Lamar Jackson has a fantastic matchup this week - Colts are allowing the 9th most points to QBs through 2 weeks, and Lamar hasn’t played anywhere close to his best game yet. Mark Andrews should also be healthier.

TAP THE BRAKES on Deshaun Watson vs Tennessee

On paper, this is an excellent matchup - the Titans are allowing the 12th most points to quarterbacks and the 3rd most points to receivers. But they’ve played Tua (PFF’s highest-graded passer so far) and Justin Herbert. This isn’t just a set and forget kind of matchup. Definitely keeping an eye on this one, because if Watson isn’t able to get it done here, it might be time to consider finding another quarterback.

NOT SCARED of Jordan Love vs New Orleans

The Saints defense is good, but I’m not sure they’re not able to be taken advantage of. I mean, they’ve played Ryan Tannehill and Bryce Young and two very unexciting offensive schemes - of course they're going to have a low number of points allowed to QBs. Matt LaFleur and Jordan Love can change that this week, especially if Christian Watson is back.

LOVE Kirk Cousins and Justin Herbert

This is easily the best matchup to target in the QB realm in Week 3 – Cousins just crushed the Eagles for 28 points last week, and now he gets the Chargers who are allowing the second most points to QBs at 24 points per game. This is the highest total in a game yet this season at 56, so rev up your Vikings and Chargers players for this one. It’s gonna be haymakers flying.

LIKE Dak Prescott vs the Cardinals

This is the second matchup in a row the Cowboys have been favored in by over 9 points, and that usually means the quarterback is only going to get three quarters of meaningful action. We saw that last week against the Jets. Now, the Cardinals have been competitive this season against the Commanders and Giants – their point differential is just -7 – but the Cowboys are a different animal than either of those two teams. The Cardinals are allowing the fourth-most points to fantasy QBs this season, but that might not matter if the Cowboys can jump out to a big lead.

LOVE Matthew Stafford vs. Cincinnati

Cincinnati is allowing the third most fantasy points to the position, and Matthew Stafford has been tearing it up with the help of Puka Nacua. I know we talked about touchdown regression coming for both of those guys yesterday, and that could very well be the case this week – especially if Joe Burrow is out.

TOUGH MATCHUP for Jerome Ford & Kareem Hunt vs Titans

You’re starting Jerome Ford this week regardless, but the Titans are allowing the least fantasy points to running backs through two weeks. I’m not too worried about Ford from a utilization standpoint, considering he just played very well against a good Steelers defense and saw 20 opportunities, but Kareem Hunt figures to sap some of that away. Even with the matchup and added competition, I’m not buying into that hurting Ford too much. Just tempering expectations here.

GREAT DEBUT MATCHUP for Kendre Miller vs Green Bay

The Packers are allowing the third most points to running backs through two weeks, and the biggest competition for Kendre Miller has removed itself from the picture. Alvin Kamara is back in Week four, so it’s now or never for Miller to establish a role for himself in the Saints backfield - and he can do that in a strong matchup.

CHANCE TO GET BACK ON TRACK for Travis Etienne vs Houston

The Jaguars went pass heavy last week against the Chiefs with a 78% dropback rate, leading to deflated utilization for Travis Etienne (Just 12 rushing attempts and two targets on the day). The Jaguars should have an easier time this week against the Texans, and Etienne’s workload can increase back to his Week 1 levels.

LOVE Breece Hall vs New England

It’s the perfect storm for Breece Hall in Week 3. Not only does he get a division rival in the Patriots to take out his 4-carry frustration on, but New England is also allowing the 9th-most fantasy points to the position. Raheem Mostert just gashed them, and Kenny Gainwell had his way in Week 1. The Jets will be run heavy after getting a taste of Zach Wilson in Week 2.


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