Week 3 welcomes Le’Veon Bell back to the fantasy landscape, and leaves the status Eddie Lacy, DeAndre Hopkins, Drew Brees, Alshon Jeffrey, and Tevin Coleman uncertain from a variety of injuries. Tony Romo has also been placed on the IR/designated to return with a broken collarbone, just a week after Dez Bryant was declared out for at least a couple months.
Marshawn Lynch, CHI @ SEA, $7,400 – With injury concerns mounting against other high priced RBs on the late slate (Eddie Lacy, C.J. Anderson, LeSean McCoy, Andre Ellington, Carlos Hyde), Lynch seems worthy of the large investment this week. While the Seahawks are off to a rough 0-2 start, they reap the benefits of home cooking against a Bears team that has surrendered an NFL-worst 79 points already. Lynch has scored 12 or more TDs in each of the past 4 seasons but has yet to reach paydirt in 2015. Given his beastly track record he could be in line for a huge day, as he’s certainly due for one. Lynch is tied with Jamaal Charles as our 3rd highest priced RB of the week.
Carson Palmer, SF @ ARI, $6,600 – Palmer continues to thrive as an underrated signal caller who has been a staple of consistency when healthy. Aside from the game he suffered a torn ACL last year, Palmer tallied 2 or more TDs in all 5 starts, and has continued this trend in 2015 with 7 TDs over the first 2 weeks. The Cardinals attack under Bruce Arians has been explosive thus far, averaging nearly 40 points per game. They will look to continue this success at home against a questionable Niners team under a new coaching regime. Priced outside of the Top 10 QBs, Palmer should give you both stability and upside at the position.
Jarvis Landry, BUF @ MIA, $6,400 – After an impressive 84-catch rookie campaign, Landry has kept the momentum going with 8 grabs in each game this season. The former college roommate of Odell Beckham Jr. is quickly making a name for himself, as a focal point of the Miami offense. Landry is leading the team with 22 targets, and notched his first career 100-yard receiving game last week. These factors have boosted his price $500 from last week, although it still remains relatively low outside of the Top 15 WRs. In Week 1, he also scored his first career punt return TD, demonstrating another facet of his game that offers value. After the way Tom Brady dismantled the Bills secondary to the tune of 466 passing yards last week, Miami will be looking to mimic that recipe and spread the field. This should lead to a lot of work for Landry.
Sammy Watkins, BUF @ MIA, $6,100 – On the other sideline, Watkins can dazzle with the best of them but has produced inconsistently, largely due to the volatility of Buffalo’s QB picture. After a catchless season opener where he was never even targeted, Watkins toasted coverage on a 24-yard score last week. Despite finishing with only 6 catches for 60 yards, Watkins’ after the catch ability is uncanny, and the chemistry he displayed with Tyrod Taylor is starting to trend in the right direction. If the Bills can figure out some creative ways to get him the football, his impact in the passing game should evolve. Watkins presents a nice buy-low opportunity this week at a $900 discount from where he entered the year.
David Johnson, SF @ ARI, $4,000 – The 3rd rounder out of Northern Iowa has burst onto the NFL scene with 3 scores in his first 9 touches. His 2 TD performance in Week 2 was good enough to award him NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. With Andre Ellington out at least one more week, Arians has indicated that Johnson’s role in the offense will continue to grow. Although he only finished with 5 carries last week, he has certainly been efficient with his touches. Being a bigger and more physical back than Chris Johnson, he should also be the favorite for goal line opportunities. Despite both highlight reel plays in Week 2; his price has dropped $200 since last week. He currently sits outside of the Top 40 RB salaries, offering value and big play ability.
Eric Ebron, DEN @ DET, $3,300 – In his sophomore season, Ebron has been one of the few bright spots for the 0-2 Lions, with a score in each game thus far. The former Tar Heel was picked 10th overall in 2014, yet finished the season with only 25 receptions. This season has been a different story as Ebron has already recorded 9 catches on 15 targets for 96 yards. He seems to be scratching the surface of the potential he displayed in college and should become a big part of the Lions air attack. If Peyton Manning plays the way he did in the 2nd half last week, Detroit will be throwing plenty and Ebron should benefit. Priced just $800 above the position minimum, he is a low-cost option with breakout potential.
More to Consider
Ryan Tannehill, BUF @ MIA, $6,700
Anquan Boldin, SF @ ARI, $5,400
Ronnie Hillman, DEN @ DET, $5,300
Travis Kelce, KC @ GB, $5,000
James Jones, KC @ GB, $4,800
Ameer Abdullah, DEN @ DET, $4,500