Week 3 Fantasy Football advice
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 23:09
Start ‘em: Knowshon Moreno ran away with the starting running back spot Sunday afternoon after a sizzling performance of 93 yards and two scores. Coming into the 2013 season, the Broncos backfield was a mess with the three-headed committee of second-round draft pick Montee Ball and promising youngster Ronnie Hillman. However, with Hillman’s ball security issues and Ball failing to effectively pass block as well as losing a crucial fumble in the end zone in week one, Moreno has established himself in the starting slot for week three. After doubling the snaps in week one of Hillman and Ball and asserting himself in week two playing on 46 of 76 snaps in the dominating win over the Giants, Moreno is a legitimate flex option this week. Start this experienced back with confidence against an Oakland defense that hasn’t completely proven itself yet this year.
Sit ‘em: After two disappointing starts of 45 and 28 total yards respectively, Maurice Jones-Drew hasn’t exactly been the fantasy stud many had hoped for drafting him in the first few rounds this year. Coming off a left ankle “tendon sprain” and being limited in practice this week facing a Seattle Seahawks defense that has given up the fewest fantasy points to running backs this season, it may be time to consider finding someone to replace MJD for week three. It is painful to sit MJD when he is normally a RB1/RB2, but he doesn’t have much flex appeal in week three against Seattle who held Frank Gore to just 16 yards Sunday night. Expect MJD and the Jaguars to get stuffed on the line throughout the game and to not get going as much as normal in the passing game. This Seattle defense is impenetrable; it is difficult to start anybody with confidence at this point against them.
Waiver Wire Find: Eddie Royal has exploded onto the fantasy scene thus far. With five touchdowns in just two games, if this legitimate threat is somehow available in your league, grab him before someone else does. It is normal to rush to pick up the new fantasy studs in the first couple weeks, but unfortunately most of them end up disappointing. Royal isn’t going to become a contribution to that list. Royal is on pace for 40 touchdowns this year, although he won’t keep this absurd 2.5 touchdowns a game pace up, he is definitely worth a bench spot at the least. With Donario Alexander on injured reserve and Malcolm Floyd out this upcoming Sunday with no timetable for a return, Royal has emerged as Phillip Rivers’ go-to man, particularly in the red zone. Royal isn’t going to become a bust as long as he stays Rivers’ go-to guy.