We are heading into week three of the NFL season, and it has the makings for some juicy fantasy football matchups.
Let’s jump right into the Week Three fantasy football lineup that needs to be plugged in and played.
QB | Cam Newton | vs. Raiders | $7,700
Well, leading up to the regular season, I didn’t think Cam Newton would be much of a play in fantasy football, but it’s only taken two weeks to feel comfortable plugging the veteran former league MVP back into the starting lineup.
The Patriot offense looks nothing like it did for years with Tom Brady calling the shots. Newton is providing his team with a tremendous mix of running and passing. Last week New England was one play away from upsetting Seattle.
Through the first two weeks in New England, Newton has averaged nearly 31 fantasy football points. Last week he went 30-44, totaling 397 yards and a touchdown. He also galloped for 47 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 11 carries. The Raiders rank 30th against the pass and 16th defending the run.
RB | Miles Sanders | vs. Bengals | $7,400
The Philadelphia Eagles have sputtered to an 0-2 start but got their starting running back, Miles Sanders, back last week after missing Week One of the season. In Sanders’ season debut, he carried the ball 20 times totaling 95 yards and a touchdown.
Sanders is a dual-threat back, and that bodes well this week with the Eagles receiving corps once again in ruins without Alshon Jeffrey and rookie pass-catcher Jalen Reagor. Last week Sanders came in second with seven targets, the same as Zach Ertz; DeSean Jackson led the team with nine targets.
The talented back only made three catches totaling 36 yards, but expect much more production Sunday in his second start of the season.
RB | Jonathan Taylor | vs. Jets | $6,700
The former Wisconsin Badger is now the feature back for the Indianapolis Colts after Marlon Mack’s season-ending torn Achilles in week one. Last week Taylor compiled 110 total yards, 101 of which were on the ground.
Taylor’s 3.9 yards per carry on 26 totes leaves him with plenty of room for improvement especially running behind one of the leagues’ top offensive lines.
The Jets are simply atrocious. Fire up J.T. against one of the leagues’ worst defense. The Jets are 26th in the NFL defending the run.