By Jesse Larch – Site Editor
It is too late to go back and insert Todd Gurley, Sammy Watkins, Carlos Hyde or Pierre Garçon (who I left on my bench) into your lineups, but there are still plenty of options who can help lead you to victory in week 3.
At the top of the list is the man in the picture, Jay Ajayi. To put it simply the New York Jets are not a good football team – but somehow playing better than their NFC neighbor (more on them later). Ajayi looked great in week one against the San Di…I mean Los Angeles Chargers, picking up 122 yards on 28 carries. In the first two weeks of the season the Jets defense has surrendered 370 yards on 69 carries. that is a whopping 5.36 yards allowed per carry. Ajayi should feast on the Jets defense this week.
Yes, the Giants have looked worse than bad to start the season on offense, but this is a week that Odell Beckham Jr. owners should be smiling. After missing week one and underwhelming in week two, Odell is poised to break out against a Philadelphia Eagles team that he has owned in his career so far. Beckham has averaged 6.8 receptions and 87.3 yards with four touchdowns in six career games versus Philadelphia, and he has amassed 150 yards or more twice in those six games. With Ronald Darby out, and Rodney McLeod questionable, the Eagles secondary is incredibly thin. The only question will be if the Giants line can fend off the Eagles pass rush in time to get the ball to Odell because the Eagles secondary will not be able to stop him.
If you ever have a player taking on the New Orleans Saints (cite Sam Bradford and Adam Thielen in week one) you would be ill-advised to bench them. This week a dual-threat quarterback with weapons surrounding him like Cam Newton has this week at home no less, and it could not be a more obvious decision. Newton should have a huge day.
There will be a clash on Sunday when A.J. Green tries to lead the struggling Bengals over the Green Bay Packers. Green has 10 catches for 140 yards and no touchdowns so far this season, but there’s reason to believe that Green can turn in a standout performance at Lambeau Field. Green should not even see the Packers’ secondary as a challenge for him.
I know how bad Andy Dalton has been through the first two weeks, but I like the matchup this week in Green Bay. As I just mentioned, Green should have no issue dominating the weak Green Bay secondary, and all Dalton will have to do is deliver the ball. With Bill Lazor taking over the offense in Cincinnati, Dalton should feel less pressure and get back to basics as he eases into a new play caller, allowing him to just play ball.
Rashard Higgins stepped up when teammate Corey Coleman broke his hand for the second year in a row, and he will have a good chance to build on his seven reception, 95 yard debut against a bad Indianapolis Colts defense.
With Case Keenum handed the reigns of the Minnesota offense after Sam Bradford was ruled out for the second consecutive week, you do not want to take a chance on any of their receivers. Dalvin Cook is going to be the workhorse with a restricted pass game, so he should be a high-floor play in week three against Tampa Bay.
The only reason not to trust Jermaine Kearse is that he is on the New York Jets, but he is the only player that the Jets can trust as an offense. Robby Anderson has not looked impressive, and the running game is ineffective. Kearse has 11 catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Pretty good for a guy who got traded to New York right before the season started. As he gets more comfortable with the playbook, his usage should increase. The Miami Dolphins secondary is not bad, but it is not a group that will shut anyone down, so Kearse should find opportunities.