MHH Fantasy: Studs & Duds, Week 3

MHH Fantasy Analyst Khalid Alshami returns to help you successfully navigate Week 3 of the season.

The trouble with fantasy football is that it's unpredictable. Top draft picks go down with injuries early in games, leading to a loss for your team. Teams fall behind and abandon the run game. Chalk up a loss for your team. The offensive line looks inept—your running back has an awful day resulting in a loss for your team.

Last week I was confident that with a juicy matchup, breakout running back Ameer Abdullah would have a big game, but he ended up laying an egg. You hate fantasy football, but you love it even more. Don't be a slave to the rankings and projections. Health and matchups are huge factors that go into a successful outing, as does the play of the offensive line.

In this young season, we have seen two backs who were top options last season have very little success, due to poor blocking. Both of those backs play for teams that have quarterbacks who are struggling, all in part to weak O-line play. Don't be a ranking slave.


Studs

Stud of the Week: Joseph Randle RB - Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

With Tony Romo out for eight weeks, look for the Cowboys to lean on the run game during his absence, starting this week against the Falcons. Atlanta has given up 51.6 fantasy points to opposing RBs so far this season. A better matchup, you will not find. High RB2

Peyton Manning, QB - Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions

Time for the old man to awaken from his slumber. I am much harsher on Peyton's regression than many. He is regressing. He is not the same QB he was last year—or the year before that—or the year before that. Even when running his traditional offense, Manning looked off. He looks old, but there is good news. It looks like Gary Kubiak is going to "let Peyton be Peyton" moving forward, allowing the five-time MVP to operate out of the shotgun, which is more comfortable for him and has provided more time to find open receivers, considering the poor offensive line play. Mid QB1

Isaiah Crowell, RB - Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders and Browns each won a game in Week 2 of the NFL season—in the same year! I'm shocked, too! Still, Oakland's defense isn't scaring anyone, allowing 66 points through two games. The Raiders have been exceptionally bad against the run, which is no surprise with Jack Del Rio in charge. Crowell should have a nice game. Mid RB2/Mid Flex

Larry Fitzgerald and John Brown WRs - Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers

The Niners were torched by Big Ben and company on Sunday, to the tune of 339 yards and two touchdowns. I just don't know who's gonna cover these two Cardinal receivers. Both are Mid WR2

Allen Robinson, WR - Jacksonville Jaguars at New England Patriots

If the Pats have a weakness, it is their defense—which is bad. Robinson and Blake Bortles reignited their rookie chemistry against a solid Miami Dolphins secondary. Low WR2/Mid Flex

Kyle Rudolph,TE - Minnesota Vikings vs. San Diego Chargers

The Chargers have given up about 50 yards and a touchdown in both games this season to opposing TEs. With Adrian Peterson getting carries and Teddy Bridgewater looking more like his rookie self, Rudolph should garner a few red zone targets. Low TE1

Jets D/ST - New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

If you haven't already bought into the Jets for 2015, you may soon miss the train. With 10 takeaways through two weeks, this defense is opportunistic with Darrell Revis and Antonio Cromartie back in the fold led by Todd Bowles.

Duds

Dud of the Week: DeMarco Murray, RB - Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets

The O-line is a mess, Chip Kelly's personnel decisions are in serious question and everyone is wondering why Murray chose Philadelphia. How about 18 million reasons? Not to mention they had what was widely considered one of the best offensive lines in the NFL just last season. Exit Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis, now Murray finds himself on track for an 88 yard season. 88 yards! I think Murray may get back to being himself behind an O-line that learns how to block at some point this season, but not this week.

Matthew Stafford, QB - Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos

Whether he is healthy or not, you are sitting him against a ferocious Broncos pass rush and opportunistic secondary.

Matt Ryan, QB - Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys

This puts me in a tough position as a Matt Ryan owner. The Cowboys defense is playing great football right now and causing opposing QBs to struggle. I'm starting him because I have no better options, but if you drafted a capable backup or there is a waiver wire option available, then look to them this week.

Calvin Johnson, WR - Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos

If Wade Phillips is smart (he's not Jack Del Rio), then Johnson will be shadowed by the lanky Aqib Talib, who has been the best corner in the NFL through the first two weeks of the season. Johnson will either have passes thrown his way by an injured Stafford or Dan Orlovsky. Either way, the majority of those passes will fall to the turf.

Tyler Eifert, TE - Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens

It's a bad matchup for Eifert this week, as Baltimore was torched by opposing WRs last week, but were able to contain the Raiders TEs.

Cowboys D/ST - Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons

Julio Jones and Roddy White are bound to get loose for a touchdown or two. the Cowboys defense will come closer to earth this week.

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Khalid Alshami is an Analyst for MileHighHuddle.com. You can find him on Twitter@Kalshami_MHH.

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