We are officially three weeks into the NFL season and by now you have an idea of who is your top fantasy football players.
Thus far, New York Giants standouts Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley have yet to go off, but Melvin Gordon, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Patrick Mahomes, DeSean Jackson, and Tyreek Hill have been fantasy football superstars.
However, if you do not have these players or are still waiting for your star players to have that breakout game, you might be in trouble in your fantasy football league.
But no need to worry because here at the Metro, we will try to give you some advice on whom to start each week or pick up off the waiver wire.
Who are these players you might ask? Great question. Here are two players that you need to consider starting this week in your respective fantasy football lineup and a mailbag question.
1. Eagles RB Corey Clement
Before this season began, I listed Clement as one of my 10 fantasy football sleepers. If you remembered last season, the undrafted free agent running back created a niche for himself in the Eagles’ backfield as their change of pace back.
Without Sproles, he excelled in that role and racked up 493 all-purpose yards, six touchdowns, and 82.4 fantasy points.
Nevertheless, he finds himself in the same position this season. Last week, the Eagles were without Sproles and lost Jay Ajayi early in the game, which meant a lot of touches for Clement.
Clement had 85 total yards on 11 touches and a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which equaled 14.5. It was his second-best fantasy football performance through 18 regular season games.
He was great a play last week if you needed an RB2 or someone at FLEX spot. In terms of this week, I think Clement should be in store for another productive game as both Ajayi and Sproles will likely miss Sunday’s game.
The second-year back will be facing a Colts’ defense that is giving up on average 18.1 fantasy points to running backs.
Last week, Washington running back Chris Thompson, who compares well to Clement had 9.30 fantasy points against Indy, according to Pro Football Reference. If you are in a pinch at RB2 or the FLEX spot, make sure to play Clement.
2. Texans WR Will Fuller
Fuller picked up where he left off last season with quarterback Deshaun Watson last week against the Tennessee Titans. The speedster recorded eight receptions (nine targets) for 113 yards and a touchdown. In terms of fantasy, he had a 17.3 point day, which is good if you started him as your FLEX option.
Fuller missed the first game of the season with a hamstring injury, which is still bothering him for this week’s game against the Giants. However, if he is able to play on Sunday, consider him at the FLEX position.
As I hinted to earlier, Fuller-Watson connection was money last season in fantasy. Matter of fact, there was a stretch where Fuller had a receiving touchdown in four consecutive games.
He posted 15.9, 18.2, 12.2, and 24.5 fantasy points during that stretch of games. Fuller started to become a must play every week until Watson went down with a season-ending injury.
However, in regards to this week’s game, Fuller will be facing a New York defense that is giving up 17.3 fantasy points to wideouts.
It is not an ideal matchup as the Giants are only giving up 164 passing yards per game, but they did also play the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys so take that into consideration.
If Janoris Jenkins matchups against DeAndre Hopkins all game, I like Fuller’s chances against Eli Apple in a must-win game for Houston.
Starting with this post and going forward, I will try to have mailbag section, where fantasy football fans can ask me questions about their lineup, who to pick up on waivers and etc. If you have questions, hit me up on Twitter: @Jovan10 or email at email@example.com.
For this week’s edition, we have a start’em question at the FLEX position between two wide receivers.
— Cozy G (@Her_Ral_Dough) September 20, 2018
John Brown was another player who I picked as a sleeper in fantasy football this season and he has paid huge dividends thus far. Through two weeks, Brown has become one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets.
Brown has seven receptions (14 targets) for 136 yards and two touchdowns. While they are not eye-popping numbers, the speedy wide receiver is tied for second with Willie Snead in targets (14).
But unlike Snead and Crabtree, Brown has been the more productive fantasy football player with back-to-back games of 10 or more points. How about this week against the Denver?
Through two games this season, the Broncos’ defense is giving up a ridiculous 261.5 yards per game, good for 22nd in the NFL. Along those same lines, they are also giving up 25.6 fantasy points against WRs, according to fantasypros.com.
That being said, I would continue to ride the Brown train this week. Lockett has a tough matchup against a Dallas’ defense, who has only surrendered 9.9 fantasy points. The Cowboys’ secondary has improved and they showed last week what they could do against an NY wide receiver unit that boasts Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
*Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and fantasypros.com.