Fantasy Football 2015: Broncos at Lions Week 3 Preview
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions (0-2)
Sunday, September 27 at 8:30 PM ET
Coming up in Week 3 on “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got an interesting matchup between the Broncos and the Lions. Denver (2-0) came up with a shocking victory over the Chiefs on “Thursday Night Football” in Week 2, while Detroit (0-2) dropped a divisional game to the Vikings.
There will be all sorts of notable fantasy football names out there for this one, so let’s check out some of the key players and see what we should be expecting on our rosters this week.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: In Week 2, Manning bounced back from a poor opening performance, logging a 26-of-45 line for 256 yards, three touchdowns and one pick.
Despite the solid line, Manning still looked a little out-of-sorts on the field. It’s evident he’s not his old self, but if you’ve got him in fantasy you’re likely stuck with him regardless.
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Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions: For a top-rated fantasy QB, Stafford sure has put up a couple of meandering weeks so far. In the Vikings game, he posted a 32-for-53 line for 286 yards, two touchdowns and a pick.
The good news (we suppose) is that Stafford managed 20 rush yards in Week 2. That said, he still had something of a “blah” line. We’d think he’ll continue to improve, however.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: Anderson got three more carries than his counterpart Ronnie Hillman, but it didn’t help his stats much. He’d finish with 12 rushes for 27 yards and one 2-yard catch.
It’s hard to know what to make of the Denver offense these days, but it’s clear they’re not really focused on the rush. It’s hard trusting anyone here, but we suppose Anderson has a little more appeal due to his role in the passing game.
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions: In comeback mode for much of Week 2, the Lions didn’t really run the ball much. That meant Stafford led the team in rush yards, with Abdullah posting six attempts for just nine yards.
Abdullah does have a touchdown to his name this year, and also a handful of catches. Still, he’s not much better than a flex option in fantasy.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas put up a strong stat line against the Chiefs, with eight receptions for 116 yards. It was a definite improvement over his 60-yard opener.
Thomas still hasn’t found the end zone yet, but that should simply be a matter of time. He’s obviously a no-duh fantasy start regardless of your league size.
Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions: Every year, pundits predict the downfall of Johnson, and every year he proves them wrong. He’s coming off a 10-reception, 83-yard effort in Week 3 that yielded his first touchdown of the year.
Johnson owners are breathing a big sigh of relief right now, since his opening game wasn’t all that impressive. He’s a no-duh fantasy start in any league out there.
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