Here is a week 3 fantasy preview for Sunday’s battle between the 2-0 Jets and the 0-2 Eagles. Again, a reminder from last week, I will not give exact score predictions per player because there are many different scoring systems used by leagues, but I will provide stats for you to predict scores based on your league’s system.
QuarterbacksRyan Fitzpatrick – 263 yards passing, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 5 yards rushing
Fitzpatrick had a very strong showing against the Colts last week, throwing for 243 yards and his second two-touchdown performance in as many weeks. He took a lot of shots down the field that were ineffective, but he exploited all of the holes underneath and in the middle of the field. He continued to show that he has a tremendous understanding of Chan Gailey’s offense and can run it as well as anybody. He has a very favorable matchup this week against an Eagles defense that has had trouble against the pass through the first two weeks, and they will be without Kiko Alonso. Fitzpatrick never has been and never will be a sexy fantasy option, but if he plays the way he has been, he is worthy of a start in deeper leagues this week.
Sam Bradford – 198 yards passing, 1 TDs, 2 INTs, 7 yards rushing
Here is where the guessing game starts — predicting the Eagles offensive output for the week. The high-speed attack has been stuck in neutral for the first two weeks, and a matchup against a stingy Jets’ defense may not be the best opportunity for them to kick things up a gear. This Gang Green defense confused and shut down one of the game’s best QBs in Andrew Luck — what will it do to a guy like Sam Bradford, who still seems a bit uncomfortable in the new offense? Bradford is a must-sit for this week, in fact, Fitzpatrick may be the better option.Running Backs
Chris Ivory – 13 carries, 54 yards rushing, 0 TDs, 12 yards receiving
Ivory’s status is still up in the air, as it appears he will be a game-time decision. If he plays, expect for it to be on a limited basis that will see Powell getting the bulk of the carries. Ivory is in the RB2-Flex range this week if he plays, as he is always a threat for a TD near the goal line and will still have ample opportunity to rack up a few points for yardage. Make sure to monitor his situation and adjust your lineup accordingly.
Bilal Powell – 17 carries, 65 yards rushing, 1 TD, 27 yards receiving, 1 TD receivingWith Ivory possibly limited or out altogether, expect Powell to have a good showing against a weak Eagles’ defense. On 24 carries through the first two games, he has tallied exactly 100 yards on the ground, with another 32 coming in the passing game. Powell has always been underrated, and he may have a chance to prove himself this week if Ivory fails to play. Powell could be a solid flex play if Ivory plays on a limited basis, and a solid RB2 if Ivory is out especially in a PPR league due to his utilization on passing downs.
DeMarco Murray – 15 carries, 33 yards rushing, 0 TDs, 27 yards receiving
If I told you before the season started that a 33-yard effort on the ground against the Jets would be three times as many yards as Murray has gained through two games, would you have believed me? It is evident that Murray is a north-south runner that needs to line up behind his QB and watch the blocks develop in front of him. He is not an east-west guy like LeSean McCoy, and his numbers have taken a plunge because of Chip Kelly’s system. The Cowboys were in the backfield before Murray even had a chance on a lot of plays last week, limiting him to just 2 yards on 13 carries. I expect the Jets to present the same issues for Murray in this one, but I don’t expect him to play as poorly as he did last week. You really can’t sit him unless you have a team loaded with top RBs, but don’t expect much out of Murray this week.
Brandon Marshall – 9 catches, 121 yards, 1 TD
After he dominated both Vontae Davis and Joe Haden through the first two weeks, it’s time to project a big game Marshall against an Eagles team that was victimized by Julio Jones and Terrance Williams. Byron Maxwell has not looked good at all through two weeks, and I expect Marshall to dominate yet again.
Eric Decker – 5 catches, 64 yards, 0 TDs
Decker looked great prior to sustaining his knee injury against the Colts, as he took full advantage of all the extra attention that Brandon Marshall was receiving. If Decker suits up this week, he should have a another solid game against a weak secondary, but he won’t have as good of a game as he had last week if he isn’t playing at 100%.
Jordan Matthews – 3 catches, 38 yards, 0 TDs
As of now, Revis is a game-time decision but the coaching staff is hopeful he’ll suit up come 1:00 on Sunday. Matthews has looked good through two weeks, but he hasn’t played against a CB even remotely close to Revis’ caliber. It could be a long day for Matthews out on the island, and you might want to explore other options if Revis plays. Follow the injury reports closely though, because no Revis could mean a big day for Matthews.
Nelson Agholor – 2 catches, 31 yards, 0 TDs
The USC WR shot up draft boards in the few weeks leading up to the draft, but he is yet to showcase his 1st round talents. Again, the common thread running through all of the projections for Eagles players is that this Jets defense is not the best matchup for a turnaround. Agholor may turn the corner later in the season, but he has no value this week.
Zach Ertz – 6 catches, 43 yards, 1 TD
The Jets did a surprisingly good job of handling the Colts’ TEs last week, although an injury to Dwayne Allen did help. Ertz has seen plenty of targets through the first two weeks, and I think this is the week the he cashes in on those targets. Outside of the league’s elite TEs, deciding on who to start is really a crapshoot — Ertz could present some value this week.
Jets – 280 yards allowed, 13 points allowed, 2 sacks, 3 turnovers
The Jets went on the road against a loaded Colts offense and shut them down. By the end of the season, they may prove to be the league’s best defense in every major category. They’ll have another dominant performance Sunday.
Eagles – 355 yards allowed, 23 points allowed, 1 sack, 1 turnover
The Eagles are already without Kiko Alonso and could also be missing Mychal Kendricks with a hamstring injury. There was a lot of talk about the Pope blessing Sam Bradford’s knee, but they should really ask his holiness to bless a defense ranked near the bottom of the league in total defense.
*Again a reminder, kickers are fluky in fantasy, and throughout this series I will refrain from giving any kicking predictions. My final score prediction, however, can be an indicator of a kicker’s fantasy output (i.e. 23 points = 2 extra points, 3 field goals)*