2013-09-18 11:00:00 EDT
Today’s a big day for fantasy owners, as we’ll be getting Week 3 in the NFL kicked off this evening. Before you get those lineups set for a very important set of games, let’s take a closer look at some of the noteworthy fantasy names around the league. We’ll examine the numbers and see what we should be expecting from each player. Here’s the latest.
Trent Richardson, RB, Indianapolis Colts: Ever since the news became public yesterday afternoon, Richardson’s trade from Cleveland to Indianapolis has been the talk of the fantasy world–and the sports world as a whole. Although it was something of a head-scratching move from the perspective of Browns fans, the jury remains out as far as whether or not this will be a positive thing for fantasy owners. Let’s take a closer look at the situation and see what we can determine.
Richardson has sputtered this season in a weak Cleveland offense, tallying just 105 yards through two games. The thinking is that he’ll have more running room in a vastly superior Colts offense, thanks to their plethora of potent receivers. Richardson will be the feature back in this system, but may not get too much playing time in Week 3. After that, however, he’s back into must-start territory in fantasy.
Willis McGahee, RB, Cleveland Browns (?): Okay, McGahee isn’t officially a Brown yet, but he’s expected to be signed by the team very soon. He was set to be taking a physical as of yesterday, and an announcement could be forthcoming. Is he worth owning in fantasy? We’d say yes, but that sentiment comes with conditions.
Don’t expect McGahee to immediately jump into the lineup and explode. He’s over the RB hill at 32 years old, but is reportedly in solid football shape and should be able to acclimate himself. That may take a few weeks, and McGahee remains a lower-end option, but if you’re hurting for bodies at the RB position, he’s worth looking into.
Kellen Winslow, TE, New York Jets: We’ve been recommending the Bills defense for this impending matchup against the Jets, but there might be some room in there for Winslow to put up solid numbers. Buffalo allowed Carolina TE Greg Olsen 84 yards and a score in Week 2, so there’s a potential for a low-end fantasy start here.
Winslow has 14 targets through two games thus far, so he’s developed some early chemistry with rookie QB Geno Smith. He was a disappointment in Week 2 against the Patriots, but realistically everyone in that game was a disappointment. If you’re in need of a lower-end TE plug-in, look Winslow’s way.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Let’s move on over to one of the other AFC East teams and check in on Brady’s impending matchup. Brady had a pretty darn ugly game against the Jets last Thursday, especially by his standards. He threw for just 185 yards and one touchdown, but perhaps the most telling statistic is that he completed just 48.7 percent of his passes (19-for-39).
Brady is struggling to develop some chemistry with his young group of patchwork receivers, and it’s definitely showing over the first couple of games. He could desperately use his ol’ buddy Rob Gronkowski back in the mix, but according to reports he’ll likely sit out at least one more week. That said, Brady is still an obvious must-start at home against Tampa Bay, just don’t expect too much from him.
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