Fantasy Football Week 3: Bold Predictions

Fantasy Football Week 3: Bold Predictions

Our analysts reveal their wildest fantasy predictions for Week 3. Which one will come true?

Rookie RB is getting ready to crush in Week 3

Andy Behrens: As a Bears fan, it doesn’t please me to mention this Dameon Pierce Breakout Week is upon us. He’s on pace for a top-12 (10? 8?) finish among all running backs. Chicago’s defense currently ranks last against the run, allowing 189.5 yards per game, and simply citing the team’s ranking really understates the problem. The Bears had no hope against the Packers run game and, in their first monsoon game of the week, it was clear they were going to be demolished by Eli Mitchell before he suffered a knee injury. Assuming the Texans feature Pierce again, he’ll explode on Sunday.

Rashaad Penny is a DFS tournament winner

Dalton Del Don: That’s a long shot, as Seattle’s backfield became a full three-way committee last week when Travis Homer they joined Kenneth Walker in his NFL rookie debut. The Seahawks are also on pace to record the fewest offensive games in the last 20 years. But Penny was literally the top scorer in fantasy over the last six weeks last season, and he got a Falcons defense on Sunday with strong corners, but one that ranks last in EPA/rush (0.18). Penny has a career 5.5 YPC and just needs a windfall on Sunday for a chance to go away this week.

Etienne’s season can still happen

Scott Pianowski: The James Robinson The comeback story is fun, but I’m not giving up Travis Etienne. Sure, he’s made some mistakes — you want to make any football coach freak out, put the ball on the ground — but he’s also averaging 6.6 yards per touch, which is 2.6 yards higher than Robinson. Maybe that’s an unfair comparison when you consider the players’ roles – Robinson is an everyman, Etienne more of a satellite player – but I think the market has gone too far in terms of Etienne’s current perceived value.

Travis Etienne Jr.  #1 Jacksonville Jaguars has been a fantastic disappointment so far

Will Week 3 provide fantasy goodness for Travis Etienne? (Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Getty Images)

Here’s a vote for Etienne to beat Robinson this week, despite fewer expected touches, and open his touchdown account. The game script could help, with the Jaguars being a touchdown underdog to the Chargers. Jacksonville may be encouraged to use Etienne more if they fall into catch-up mode. It’s a good time to buy low in the second year back.

Matt Harmon: I understand Miles Sanders he told us to undraft him this summer, but he was an underrated fantasy after two games. Saunders has touched the ball 35 times so far and has played well. He currently ranks seventh among all running backs in yards after contact per rushing attempt. We know he’s never going to make a lot of carries, but he’s had a surprisingly positive use of the scoring area with three goal-line carries to his name. This is only better than Jamaal Williams and Antonio Gibson, which each has four.

We want to use Sanders in fantasy when the high-scoring Eagles team is favored and/or plays in a game that could feature multiple touchdowns. Their upcoming game against Washington checks both boxes. I see Sanders finishing in the top seven at the position this week.

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