NFL Week 3 Fantasy Fill-ins
I’ve uncovered some guys you can plug in if you are dealing with an injury or tough matchups.
Trent Edwards, QB, Buffalo Bills - Kevin Kolb nearly threw for 400 yards in his first NFL start against New Orleans. Edwards, with two above average WRs in T.O. and Lee Evans, should be able to find success as well.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens - I’m guessing the Ravens rushing attack is going to punish Cleveland’s defense, which should open up the passing game. Look for Flacco to produce solid fantasy points this week.
Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles - McNabb is still hurting and Kolb should be able to move the chains through the air against a bad Kansas City team. It’s unclear how much Michael Vick will be used, but Kolb makes for a sneaky solid start this week.
Willis McGahee, RB, Baltimore Ravens - McGahee has been a repeat visitor to the TD club with four in the first two weeks. With Cleveland on tap, there’s a good chance he’ll be clubbing again.
Felix Jones, RB, Dallas Cowboys - With Marion Barber hurting, Felix gets a chance to show what he can do with a heavy workload. Tashard Choice will be in the mix, but Jones could have a monster game against Carolina.
Beanie Wells/Tim Hightower, RB, Arizona Cardinals - Miami showed a blueprint of how to beat the Colts. They ate up so much clock on Monday Night Football. The Cardinals could attempt to copy that pattern, only with the weapons in the passing game to keep the Colts honest. Wells would do the damage on the ground and Hightower with dump offs.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans Saints - Mike Bell is banged up so this is Pierre’s chance to reclaim his starting position. There should be room to run as the Bills will be gearing up to stop Drew Brees and the aerial assault.
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jags don’t have a lot of options in the passing game so Sims-Walker could have his number called early in often against Houston. They’ll likely be playing from behind most of the game, which would force them to abandon the run.
Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears - Knox has put together two solid weeks for the Bears. As Jay Cutler gets more comfortable in the Bears offense, he’ll look to get others involved. Right now though, Knox is a comfort zone for Cutler.
Laurent Robinson, WR, St. Louis Rams - The Packers are going to be angrier than a hornets nest after falling to the Bengals. They are going to bring it to the Rams, but Robinson should get plenty of looks.
Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans Saints - Devery appears to be working his way into the rotation. There are plenty of fantasy goodies to go around. It’s just a matter of picking the right one.
Todd Heap, TE, Baltimore Ravens - Heap looks to continue his resurgence with a strong game against Cleveland.
Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami Dolphins – San Diego has been dominated by Tight Ends in the early weeks. Fasano has struggle getting out of the gate, but this could ge hte jumpstart he needs.
Lawrence Tynes, K, New York Giants - Tampa Bay has allowed a league-high 6 FGs so far, making Tynes a nice play.
Green Bay Defense – Green Bay’s Defense should bounce back in a big way as they face St. Louis this week.
Washington Defense - Washington takes on Detroit this week, meaning the Skins could be called once again.