Trust or Bust: Week 3 Lineup Decisions

Author: Sanatan Saraf

Twitter: @SanatanSaraf


Welcome back everyone to this weekly series of articles! I hope my article last week helped you make calculated decisions for your lineup. Boy, was i wrong on OJ Howard. But i had mentioned in my previous article that it’s really difficult to predict the future, and even more difficult to trust Arians’ love for us fantasy players. I doubt anyone would have predicted that John Ross would be the receiving yardage leader through 2 weeks. But hey i hope the analysis on the other players helped you. Let’s look at a few players for week 3, who you may be torn on whether to put in your line-up or not, and let’s decide whether you can TRUST or will they be BUST!

Kyler Murray vs Carolina Panthers

The off-season darling hasn’t had the start that we all had hoped for. He looked like a kid among men for the first three quarters of his debut against the Lions. Then he started getting a hang of it and delivered a decent performance, albeit most of it was garbage time. The second game was against a Ravens defense on road. I suppose the kid deserves a pass there. When we talk about statistics, he has had freaking 94 pass attempts through 2 games. So when Kingsbury was suggesting they are going to run 70 plays a game, he wasn’t kidding. Mere volume is going to guarantee a safe floor for Kyler and the fact that he hasn’t had rushing volume through 2 games suggests that the ceiling could be enormous if he is being used in that facet of the game. Combine it with the fact that he is facing a Cam Newton - less Panthers at home, i am expecting an excellent production from him this week. Throw him into your lineup without fear. The verdict for Kyler in week 3 is



Carlos Hyde at Los Angeles Chargers

Carlos Hyde has been on his fourth team in the past one year. Looks like he finally found a home that needs him and his bull rushing talents. Duke Johnson was the hot name before season started but Hyde has taken over the lead role in this backfield. He had 20 carries in week 2 compared to Duke Johnson’s 6 carries. And it was not like the Texans were leading by multiple scores. The game script was neutral for almost all of the game. If it was not for a boneheaded decision by Jaguars coach, Mr Hot Daddy Minshew had almost tied the game for the Jaguars. Next, the Texans travel to LA to face the chargers horrible run defense. Hyde has been almost 6 yards per carry for the Texans and has been getting quite a workload too. The game script should be favoring the Texans and that would allow them to run the ball even more. I expect a decent RB2 performance from him this week. The verdict for Hyde for week 3 is


John Ross at Buffalo Bills

The guy who was proclaimed to be one of the biggest bust of the last decade, is the receiving yardage leader through 2 weeks. He is also the number 2 ranked receiver right now. The start of the 2019 fantasy season has been weird to say the least. It’s not like he has produced on a few targets. He has 20 targets through 2 games and has been making the most of AJ Green’s absence. Also Zac Taylor seems to have resurrected this offense by bringing the McVay’s system with him. Dalton has been a throwing machine out there and they are not holding back. With so many opportunities, production is bound to come. However, they have a date with the Bills on road in week 3. Bills have been great on defense this year. And Ross would be matching up with an elite corner in Tre’davious White this week. I am expecting the Bengals offense to falter a bit this week and Ross is bound to suffer because of that. If there are better options out there, i would suggest to temper expections with Ross and may be sit him on your bench for this week. I am sure Ross would have been a waiver wire add for you and you must have better options to fall back at for this week. The verdict for Ross for week 3 is


Vance McDonald at San Francisco 49ers

I know I know, the Steelers offensive players have taken a huge hit because Big Ben has gotten injured. But the NFL debutant, Mason Rudolph actually looked better than Ben while filling in for him. He was showing command of the offense and had a decent outing in his NFL debut. He was taking his shots and his accuracy was average. He threw 2 TDs and guess who had both the TDs! Vance McDonald was used as a safety blanket and as a red zone weapon while Rudolph was on the field. And that is expected, TEs are the safety blanket for young QBs. His target share also rose due to the fact that Moncrief donte knows how to catch a ball. Next in line for McDonald is a revenge matchup against his former team, the 49ers. With consolidated targets in the offense now and the fact that Rudolph is using him as a safety blanket, it is expected that he has a decent floor in this offense. And after AB is gone, he has a good stake at being the main red zone weapon, so his ceiling can be decent too. Throw him into your lineup if you don’t have the top 5 elite TEs. The verdict for McDonald for week 3 is


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