Our analysts reveal their wildest fantasy predictions for Week 3. Which one will come true?
Rookie RB is going to pop in week 3
Andy Behrens: As a Bears fan I don’t like to report that Dameon Pierce Breakout Week is upon us. He is about to deliver a top-12 (10? 8?) finish between all the running backs. Chicago’s defense is currently in last place against the run, allowing for 189.5 rushing yards per game, and simply citing the team’s ranking really underestimates the problem. The Bears had no hope against the Packers run game and in their opening week monsoon game they would clearly be demolished by Eli Mitchell before sustaining a knee injury. Assuming the Texans have Pierce again, he will explode on Sunday.
Rashaal Penny is a DFS Tournament Winner
Dalton del Don: This is an opportunity, as the Seattle backfield became a full-fledged three-way committee last week when Travis Homer joined Kenneth Walker during the rookie’s NFL debut. The Seahawks are also on pace to record Fewest offensive moves in 20 years. But Penny was literally the highest score of fantasy in the last six weeks last season, and he gets a Falcons defense on Sunday with strong corners, but one last on the list in EPA/rush (0.18). Penny has been awarded a 5.5 YPC career and just needs an unexpected chance on Sunday to get a chance to leave this week.
Etienne season can still take place
Scott Pianoowski: The James Robinson comeback story is nice, but i’m not giving up Travis Etienne. Sure, he’s made some mistakes – you want to infuriate every football coach, put the ball on the ground – but he also averages 6.6 meters per touch, which is 2.6 meters higher than Robinson. Maybe that’s an unfair comparison when you look at the role of the players – Robinson is the all-rounder, Etienne more of a satellite player – but I think the market has gone too far in curtailing Etienne’s current perceived value.
Here’s a vote for Etienne to beat Robinson this week, despite less expected touches, and open his touchdown account. Game script could help, with the Jaguars a touchdown underdog to the Chargers; Jacksonville can be encouraged to use Etienne more if they get into catch-up mode. It’s a good time to buy low on the second year back.
Matt Harmon: I get it Miles Sanders told us to take him off our draft boards this summer, but he’s been an underrated fantasy during two games. Sanders has touched the ball 35 times so far and has played well. He currently ranks seventh among all running backs in yards on contact per rush attempt. We know he’s never going to get a ton of pass-down work, but he’s gotten surprisingly positive use of the scoring area with three goal lines to his name. That is only surpassed by Jamaal Williams and Antonio Gibson, which have four each.
We want to use Sanders in fantasy when the high scoring Eagles team is preferred and/or playing in a game that can have a lot of touchdowns. Their upcoming matchup against Washington checks both boxes. I see Sanders finish in the top seven in the position this week.