QB Eli Manning, New York Giants (ESPN 10.3% Owned)
The Giants are coming off a surprising road win over the Houston Texans. Even with absolute turmoil across his offensive line, from injuries to benching, Manning still came away just shy of 20.0 PPR Fantasy points. After a 297 yard and 2 touchdown week 3, Eli and the Giants head back to the Meadow Lands to face the hapless New Orleans Saints defense that just allowed 374 yards and 5 touchdowns through the air to the Falcons.
FAAB Budget: 5%
RB Javorious Allen, Baltimore Ravens (ESPN 39.3% Owned)
With week 3 in the books, Javorious ‘Buck’ Allen has 29 touches for 102 yards and 4 touchdowns. Allen receives work in all facets of the game, especially in the passing game where he averages near 6 targets a game. With Kenneth Dixon sitting on IR until week 8, you should grab Allen now, as he can provide flex support and would step into the immediate RB2/3 conversation were something to happen in front of him.
FAAB Budget: 10-15%
WR Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN 23.8% Owned)
This year was supposed to be the John Ross breakout party and the hype certainly picked up in the preseason. So far after 3 games, Ross looks lost and A.J Green took a beating against Carolina, his status is unknown for week 4. Tyler Boyd has tallied 15 receptions on 21 targets for a 71.4% catch rate, and 249 yards and 2 touchdowns. He has developed into the perfect receiver opposite Green and is excelling when defenses try to double his teammate. If A.J was to miss any time or operate at less than 100%, you can only expect Boyd’s opportunity share and usage to skyrocket.
FAAB Budget: 15-20%
WR Geronimo Allison, Green Bay Packers (ESPN 34.3% owned)
Another one of those 3rd year wide receivers, and playing in an offense led by Aaron Rodgers -Geronimo Allison has quietly had a great start to his 2018 campaign. He is averaging 4 catches on 6 targets per game for almost 70 yards and has reached the end zone twice. Allison has commanded a 16% target share of Rodgers’ pass attempts to this point, and with Randall Cobb having been quiet for two consecutive weeks, Allison has been picking up the slack. Despite being 4th on the team in targets (18), he still leads Green Bay in receiving yards and has averaged 15.3 PPR points per game this season. With Buffalo, Detroit and San Francisco next up, look for Rodgers trust in Allison to continue paying dividends for fantasy gamers.
FAAB Budget: 5-10%
TE Ricky Seals-Jones, Arizona Cardinals (ESPN 9.6% Owned)
Just 15 targets during the first 3 weeks has RSJ on a value decline. Although he did catch 1 for 35 yards and a score versus the Bears, it’s doubtful that anyone will be too excited to run and scoop him off waivers, as he is currently less than 10% owned in ESPN leagues. Seals-Jones has been on the field for 135 offensive snaps to this point, good enough for a 91.22% snap share. His opportunity is there, and with Josh Rosen now named the Cardinals starting Quarterback, RSJ’s involvement within the offense can only improve from here on out.
FAAB Budget: 5 – 10%
RB Marlon Mack, Indianapolis Colts
Mack has been on the field for just a portion of one game, Week 2 against the Redskins, and has recently been tagged with foot/hamstring issues to leave his status as questionable for Week 4 against the Texans. After week 4, Robert Turbin will return to further muddy the situation in Indianapolis. This Colts backfield is best avoided, and Mack certainly so with his inability to stay on the field. Safe to drop is an understatement.
WR Robby Anderson, New York Jets
His week 1 touchdown reception seems well in the rear-view mirror at this point. Anderson and Sam Darnold just haven’t built any sort of rapport, as Robby tends to be a deep ball specialist and Sam just doesn’t seem to take any deep shots. Quincy Enunwa has emerged as Darnold’s security blanket and has paced the team with 29 targets compared to Anderson’s 10. Even though Robby has caught 6 of those 10 targets for 90 yards, he hasn’t warranted more, fumbling twice already in 3 games. At this point, Anderson isn’t start-able and not roster-able outside of deep leagues.
WR Allen Hurns, Dallas Cowboys
I’m sure Dallas fans are just simply pleased with the Cowboy’s passing game for the first quarter of the season (sarcasm). So many thought Dez Bryant was the problem, and they could simply cut him and bring anyone in to have the same production. Dak Prescott hasn’t topped 160 passing yards in any of the first three weeks, and Ezekiel Elliot is leading the team in targets with 18. Hurns isn’t even in the top 3 on the team for looks, as he sits with just 9 targets so far. Until something changes with the air attack in Dallas, rostering anyone outside of Cole Beasley is an absolute dart throw in the dark. Hurns isn’t doing your roster any favors, and likely won’t for the foreseeable future.
By Josh Deisinger – @sconniejosh