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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.

Washington Redskins DST vs. Oakland Raiders

The Redskins came into the season with some question marks on defense that they’re still trying to iron out. But that’s the nature of the NFL season, as the first two weeks don’t really show what each team is capable of because the NFL preseason shows us next to nothing about what these teams are truly like. They’ll need to figure out some answers quick though because the Raiders are looking like a mighty team with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, providing positive yardage on nearly every carry and the ability to wear an opposing defense down. Defensive / Special Teams units are scoring negative points collectively against the Raiders. It doesn’t help the Redskins that Derek Carr has one of the quickest releases in the game, making sacks next to impossible. The Raiders are scoring an average of 35 points per game and that chill you’re feeling for the Redskins is as close as we’re getting to winter in the month of September.  – Ernie Estrella


By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.

Steven Hauschka, K, Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos

On paper this has everything pointing towards the Broncos direction. Considering how smooth the Broncos are right now and how efficient they’re able to play knowing the defense can set them up on field position makes their work hard and their opponent’s day, a long one. That includes Hauschka whose drought of a start is indicative of the tough times in Buffalo as far as scoring points. Even when they win big, like they did in Week 1, Hauschka made three extra points and missed a field goal, so some years, it’s just not your season. You can tell that’s the case for a lot of Bills players but more so against the Broncos.  – Ernie Estrella

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By   John Ferguson

Each week we are going to be taking a look at a few players or situations that should be on your fantasy football watchlist. These players/situations will be a combination of a few things.

Some will be potential rising stars with low ownership percentages that could become hot names on the waiver wire in coming weeks that you can grab now. Some will be muddy situations we are hoping to shed some light on and get clarity in the coming weeks.

Other situations will be analyzing trends as the season goes on to determine what the most probable future outcome will be for a player’s value and if you should consider buying low, selling high, holding or dropping after the coming weeks performance. Here are our players to monitor for the Week 3 Watchlist:


Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

After kicking off the season with a bang in Week 1 versus the Patriots, Tyreek Hill came back down to earth with a disappointing Week 2 total of 4 catches for 43 yards. There is still a rather small sample size when it comes to what we can expect from Hill as this will be his first season seeing heavy usage on the offense. Is he a WR1 or WR2? What are you going to get with him? I’m sure these are questions going through the heads of fantasy owners.

As it looks now, it’s hard to imagine Hill as anything more than a boom or bust WR2. Hill will give you some weeks with WR1 upside obviously as he did in the season opener, but owning him may be a painful adventure where he has just as good of a chance to lose you your week as he does to win it. As of right now he sits behind Travis Kelce in targets on the team, making him the number two option in what will probably be a balanced offense. Keep an eye on his target share and how he holds up to heavy usage to get a better idea going forward. But if the ups and downs continue to this great of an extent you may want to consider shopping him after a big game.


By   Marc Caviglia


By doing an in-depth Flex ranking article each week we are trying to help fantasy owners make better decisions about which player or position to go with at the flex spot. Our flex rankings are based on standard scoring and combine the three most common flex-eligible positions, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into a single ranking sheet.

We use the Bruno Boys individual positional rankings as a baseline for determining a players point projection or value in the flex position. Remember, the more touches or targets a player gets, the greater his chances to put fantasy points on the board.


 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant change at the tight end position. While the amount of “stars” at the position has fallen off, the depth has risen. Fantasy owners nowadays have a legitimate 10-12 guys at the tight end position that could produce on a regular basis.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football tight end PPR rankings.


 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   John Ferguson


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant rise in production from the wide receiver position. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and each team has two or three wideouts that have fantasy relevance on a weekly basis. With all the depth at the position, it makes ranking wide receivers a tall task weekly.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football wide receiver PPR rankings.



 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant drop in production among the running back position. Gone are the days in which every NFL team has a bell cow running back that is guaranteed 20-plus touches weekly. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and fantasy football players are at an extreme disadvantage if they don’t get their hands on the top running backs.

To find out who those top runners and pass catchers are in Week 3, read our fantasy football running back PPR rankings.



 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX

LB Kwon Alexander (hamstring) has been officially ruled out for Week 3 vs. Minnesota.

Rookie LB Kendell Beckwith will likely fill in for Alexander in the middle and LB Adarius Glanton for Beckwith at the strongside. Beckwith should be in for a good game for fantasy owners.

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The New Orleans Saints have ruled out rookie starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore (concussion) and veteran backup cornerback Sterling Moore (chest) for Sunday’s game at the Carolina Panthers.

With both CB Latimore and CB Sterling out the Panthers can make this interesting if they decide to go pass heavy Sunday. FS Marcus Williams and CB P.J. Williams might be strong plays this weekend for fantasy owners.

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set their hearing date for Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for October 2.

Now that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has set their hearing date for Oct. 2, Elliott will be able to play for at least the next two games. However, if the court rules in the league’s favor, his suspension could begin as soon as Week 5. If Elliott is ultimately suspended, Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will handle the Cowboys’ RB duties in his absence.

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The 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals set an Oct. 2 date for a hearing in Ezekiel Elliott’s case, ESPN.com reports.  The court will hear arguments from the NFL and NFLPA as the league seeks a stay to nullify Elliott’s preliminary injunction.

The good news for fantasy owners is that the timing of the hearing means that Elliot will be available to play in Week 3 in Arizona and Week 4 against the Rams.  Now Elliot just needs to bounce back from a career worst performance in Week 2 against the Broncos. 

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.


Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots vs. Houston Texans

Gronk got loose in Week 2. The tight end finished with 6 receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown. however a groin injury forced him to the sidelines in the second half. There is no indication of if Gronk will be ready to take on the Texans in Week 3 but if he does play, expectations should be limited. The Texans have allowed just 4 receptions and 60 receiving yards to the tight end position and in recent years, whenever Gronk plays coming off an injury, he’s been used as a decoy. – Marc Caviglia

Rex Burkhead (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Even though Burkhead is ruled out for Week 3 the injury does not look to be one that will keep him out for an extended period of time.  Expect Dion Lewis to see an increase in touches on Sunday with Burkhead sitting the game out. 

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Pro Football Talk is reporting the NFL could elect to begin Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension as early as Monday night’s Week 3 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals if the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules in the league’s favor.

It appears that if the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rules in the NFL’s favor, the league could begin Elliott’s suspension as early as Monday night—if the court makes their ruling by Monday afternoon that is. In translation, Elliott could miss Week 3 and beyond, which means Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris will carry the workload for the Cowboys’ backfield in his absence. However, this is also a situation that could drag out until the offseason, which is the expected outcome by most experts. Until the ultimate decision, it is a waiting game for Elliott’s fantasy owners as well as Cowboys faithful.

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Alfred Blue (high-ankle sprain) returned to Texans’ practice Wednesday, but according to head coach Bill O’Brien, he is doubtful to suit up in Week3.

Blue has yet to dress for a regular season game this year after injuring his ankle in late August and is behind both Lamar Miller and rookie D’Onta Forman on the Texans’ depth chart. Miller and Foreman will be the main RBs in the Houston backfield in Week 3 at New England.

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told the media tight end Jimmy Graham (ankle) is a game-time decision for Week 3.

Even if Graham, who is a game-time call for Sunday’s matchup against Tennessee, plays, the veteran TE could be limited, which doesn’t bode well for his already grim fantasy value. Facing a Titans defense that is ranked 28th in fantasy production surrendered to TEs through two games in 2017 yielding a meager 2.8 FPPG, Graham is a risky fantasy option for Week 3.

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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle) was removed from the Week 3 injury report.

Now that Beckham has been removed from the Week 3 injury report, the elite wideout is fully on track to play Sunday against the Eagles, which is outstanding news for his fantasy owners. In six career games versus the NFC East division rival Eagles, Beckham has shown up to play. He’s compiled 41 receptions for 524 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 12.8 YPC. Despite a struggling Giants offense thus far in 2017, Beckham remains a must-start Fantasy option for Week 3. This could be his coming out party for the year.

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Indianapolis Colts beat writer Zak Keefer is reporting running back Matt Jones was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday.

With Marlon Mack already ruled out for Sunday’s matchup against the Browns, the Colts had a void at running back in which they filled with Jones. While not appearing in a game as of yet in 2017, he’ll more than likely be active for Week 3 in a limited role behind Frank Gore and Robert Turbin.

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Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has officially ruled out quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) for Week 3.

As expected, Bradford is out for Sunday’s matchup against the Buccaneers. He felt pain in his knee at practice this week and will seek a second opinion on the injury from Dr. James Andrews. With Case Keenum under center for the Vikings once again in Week 3, temper expectations for Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and company.

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Kamar Aiken (hip) has been a limited participant in practice all week, leading to the expected questionable tag.

If able to play, Aiken is in line to be the number three wide receiver with Chester Rogers being inactive.  If Aiken is unable to go, Quan Bray would most likely assume his role.

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Rob Gronkowski (groin) told reporters Friday that he is good to go for Sunday’s contest against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. “I’m ready,” Gronkowski noted with reference to the Patriots’ Week 3 home game against Houston.

Ultimately Bill Belichick has the final say on whether or not Gronkowski goes on Sunday.  But all signs point to the 28-year-old tight end being able to play.  Fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan just in case.

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Evan Engram is listed as questionable for New York’s Week 3 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles because of a concussion he suffered in Week 2’s Monday night loss to the Detroit Lions.

It does not sound like Engram’s concussion is of the severe variety that could sideline him for an extended period of time, but with the NFL placing an emphasis on head injuries and the Giants having a short week after a Monday night game, it would not be surprising to see the young tight end sit out this week. Monitor his status leading up to kickoff on Sunday.

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John Ross (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Ross tweaked his knee on Thursday and is scheduled to receive an MRI.  Fantasy owners will want to keep an eye on updates on the status of his injury.  Tyler Boyd should see an increase in targets with Ross out.

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Danny Amendola, who missed Week 2’s win over the Saints with a concussion, said he’s “good to go” for Sunday’s game against the Texans, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reports. “I feel really good. I had a strong week,” Amendola said Friday.

It looks like Amendola will definitely be playing on Sunday.  With the injuries to the Patriots wide receiver corp, he could be in line for a good amount of targets.  Fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan in case Amendola does end up inactive. 

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Tyler Eifert (knee/back) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Packers, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals’ official site reports.

It does not look like the knee issue with Eifert will be long-term and he could be back in action as early as next week.  Tyler Kroft is next in line on the Bengals’ depth chart, but C.J. Uzomah seems like the best bet among Bengals tight ends to make a fantasy impact in Eifert’s absence.

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John Brown does not look likely to play in Week 3, with head coach Bruce Arians saying Friday, “I have to see him run before I can get encouraged,” according to Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.

It is sounding like Brown will need at least another week to recover from a lingering quad injury, and he could very well need longer than that. With Week 3 being a Monday night game for the Cardinals, even if Brown does play it will likely be too late for fantasy owners to get him in their lineups. Expect to be without Brown for at least one more week.

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Jordy Nelson (quad) logged another full practice Friday but is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

The fact that Nelson has been practicing is a positive sign that the 32-year-old wide receiver will be playing on Sunday.  Fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan just in case he does not play.

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Chester Rogers (hamstring) ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the Cleveland Browns.

Rogers has not seen much of the practice field since the second week of the preseason.  In his absence, Kamar Aiken has taken over the number three wide receiver duties.

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Randall Cobb (chest) is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bengals, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

There is a chance that Cobb does play on Sunday but fantasy owners may want to have a backup plan if the 27-year-old wide receiver is inactive.  If Cobb can’t go expect fellow receiver Geronimo Allison to get an increase in targets.

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Brian Hoyer completed 23 of 37 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and an interception on Thursday against the Rams. He added a nine-yard touchdown run.

Hoyer’s play this week was a huge improvement from the previous two weeks, but there is still some room for improvement, as his first pass was intercepted and the Rams scored on the very next play. He still made some questionable decisions, especially under pressure and probably should have had another pass intercepted. With that being said, last night’s game displayed what he is capable of in this offense, and if it weren’t for a couple drops, he would have had a much better game. Hoyer displayed a connection between his two top receivers and got the deep passing game going. If this is a sign of things to come Hoyer will be a mid-range QB2 going forward.

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George Kittle caught one pass on three targets for nine yards in last night’s thrilling 41-39 loss to the Rams.

Kittle could have had a better night, but he dropped a pass that had he caught, he likely would have converted into a touchdown. Kittle was questionable going into the game with a hip injury that may have affected him more than anticipated. With a longer break than usual before Week 4, he will have the chance to rest up and get healthy. Still, Kittle is nothing more than a speculation upside add who is better off being left on waivers unless you are in a deep or tight end-premium league.

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Garrett Celek caught one pass on two targets for one yard, but the catch went for a touchdown in last night’s loss to Los Angeles.

Celek saw a little more action than usual with George Kittle seeing his snaps limited. He made the most of it by catching a touchdown pass. Still, Celek is clearly at best the second option at tight end in this offense and has no business being on your roster.

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Marlon Mack out for Week 3

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Fox reporter Dave Griffiths is reporting that Marlon Mack will be inactive for the game against the Browns in Week 3.

After a promising start to his career where he scored two touchdowns, Mack took a step back in Week 2 where he actually lost three yards on six carries. His shoulder is what’s limiting him from practicing and ultimately forcing him to miss this game. Mack is simply a handcuff to Frank Gore at this point, who could have more value if Andrew Luck ever comes back. Considering we have no idea when that will be, Mack belongs on waivers in standard leagues.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.


Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Denver Broncos

As the Bills’ top receiver one needs to look beyond the stats. Yes, the Broncos have given up a good game to Dak Prescott and Philip Rivers, but how did those games go? Most of their production was in garbage time while trying to catch up. Matthews is staring at Aqib Talib or Chris Harris and while Dez Bryant and Keenan Allen salvaged okay days, they performed under what is average for them. Allen only got 35 yards off of five receptions and 10 targets and one touchdown. That’s 5 percent conversion for a top flight receiver. Dez Bryant? He scored too and got 59 yards off of seven receptions off of 16 targets. So Matthews is really going to have to work for his production. Volume may be his friend, as well as garbage time, but it’s not enough to count on outside of a low end flex start.  – Ernie Estrella

ESPN’s Dan Graziano is reporting Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) is not expected to play in Week 3. 

It appears Bradford is on track to miss Sunday’s matchup against Tampa Bay. Per Graziano, the ailing QB’s knee did not respond well at practice this week. As a result, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting Bradford will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews since he is still feeling pain in his knee. It looks like Bradford’s injury is worse than originally expected. Without him in the lineup, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen’s fantasy value will continue to suffer.

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Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn missed Friday’s practice with a sore foot that has hindered him all week. Coach Sean McDermott said Glenn will be evaluated through the weekend but that he’s not as confident in Glenn’s availability as other Bills recovering from injuries. If Glenn can’t play, rookie Dion Dawkins would start at left tackle.

There are two ways to view this in regards to Tyrod Taylor’s fantasy outlook. It may mean more scrambling for more rushing yards, which is Taylor’s fantasy strength. However, it would be another strike against an already anemic passing game, hurting the entire offense. Last week the Bills didn’t even get into the red zone against Carolina, and Denver’s defense is just as tough. Taylor should not be in any fantasy lineups regardless of who his left tackle is. 

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Sam Bradford was not seen during the portion of practice that was open to media in Friday. Kase Keenum and Kyle Sloter were the two QBs involved in practice during that time.

It could just be a matter of gamesmanship by the Vikings, or perhaps Bradford’s status for Week 3 is still a big question mark. If Bradford can’t go it clearly downgrades the entire passing offense.

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Aldrick Robinson reeled in two catches on four targets for 23 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Aldrick was on the field for only 27 of San Francisco’s 87 snap counts on offense, which actually exceeded the 22 he saw in the first two weeks of the 2017 campaign. He now has recorded a meager three receptions on six targets for the year. Needless to say, he is not a primary receiving option for the 49’ers at this time. Unless an injury occurs to one of the 49ers’ starting wide receivers, Robinson offers relatively no fantasy value. 

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Marquise Goodwin made two receptions on five targets for 62 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night.

Goodwin’s yardage came mostly on a 50-yard reception at the end of the third quarter on a drive that eventually resulted in a 49er touchdown with 12:50 remaining. The 26-year-old speedster has yet to catch a red zone pass. In three games, he has collected eight receptions for 109 yards. Though Goodwin offers big-play upside, his fantasy value remains limited until he can see more consistent production. 

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.


Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins at Oakland Raiders

With starting running back, Rob Kelley, leaving Week 2 with an injury, Perine will likely be a hot name on this week’s waiver wire. Don’t be so quick to start him this week against the Raiders however, as they have been a tough opponent against running backs to start the season, notably holding DeMarco Murray to only 44 yards in Week 1. After Perine managed only 3.1 yards per carry in Week 2 and is stuck sharing work with Chris Thompson, Perine is a sit in Week 3 – Ernie Estrella

Trent Taylor made three catches on four targets for 32 yards and one touchdown in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. 

Taylor scored his first NFL touchdown, reeling in a three-yard pass from Brian Hoyer with 5:08 left in the game. The rookie fifth-round pick from Louisiana Tech is currently serving as San Francisco’s primary slot receiver. He has the hands and quickness to eventually turn into an appealing PPR option, but will need more passing volume from the 49ers’ offense to garner any effective fantasy value.

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Pierre Garcon hauled in seven of 10 targets for 142 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He did not find the end zone. 

Garcon had a huge game, making several acrobatic catches throughout the night, while averaging 20.3 yards per reception. In the third quarter, he made a 19-yard toe-dragging reception on the sideline that was properly ruled a catch after official review. His longest grab came in the fourth quarter on an impressive 59-yard reception down the left sideline with about six minutes left to play. A solid chemistry seems to be developing between quarterback Brian Hoyer and the 31-year-old veteran receiver. Look for it to continue in Week 4 when the 49ers travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. 

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Pierre Garcon hauled in seven of 10 targets for 142 yards in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams on Thursday night. He did not find the end zone. 

Garcon had a huge game, making several acrobatic catches throughout the night, while averaging 20.3 yards per reception. In the third quarter, he made a 19-yard toe-dragging reception on the sideline that was properly ruled a catch after official review. His longest grab came in the fourth quarter on an impressive 59-yard reception down the left sideline with about six minutes left to play. A solid chemistry seems to be developing between quarterback Brian Hoyer and the 31-year-old veteran receiver. Look for it to continue in Week 4 when the 49ers travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals. 

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to sit your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs or your bench players, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. On rare occasions, because the matchup is stacks so high against a player, that even studs or high draft picks need to be benched on occasion Here are our recommendations on who to sit.


Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks at Tennessee Titans

The offensive line woes are long documented as well as the slow starts. The Seahawks are also playing on the road where they’re less intimidating than normal. Russell Wilson doesn’t have many playmakers beside Doug Baldwin and Jimmy Graham, a rookie is leading the rushing attack. The offense doesn’t look sharp at all and this may be another slow start, but the personnel, especially on the offensive line doesn’t offer much in the way of immediate hope. Wilson has yet to crack the 200-yard barrier in either of his first two starts and has just one touchdown on the season. If that’s any indication for what’s on the horizon, 2017 could be a long one for Wilson owners. – Ernie Estrella

Kyle Juszczyk recorded one catch for 34 yards on his only target in Thursday’s loss to the Rams.

Juszczyk had a big catch that converted a first down on a drive that ended in points for the 49ers. He later left with a neck injury and never returned to the game. As of right now Juszczyk isn’t being used enough to even justify him as a flyer in deep leagues, leave him on waivers.

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Matt Breida received three carries for nine yards and caught three of his four targets for an additional 20 yards in a thrilling loss to the Rams in Week 3.

Breida had an opportunity to impress as Carlos Hyde missed a little bit of action. Breida failed to impress and was out-carried by fellow running back Raheem Mostert 4-3. It appeared to be a committee between the two while Hyde was out but it was a very small sample size. Mosert did lose a fumble, however, so it may have given the team more trust in Breida going forward. Regardless, Breida should only be rostered in the deepest of leagues and only if you own Hyde.

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Raheem Mostert saw his first offensive action of the season in Week 3 totaling four carries for 11 yards but he also lost a fumble in the loss to the Rams.

Mostert saw action because Carlos Hyde missed some time in the first quarter with a hip ailment. His fumble came in a disastrous first quarter where nothing seemed to be going right for San Francisco but they later righted the ship. Mostert should be ignored in fantasy, however, unless Carlos Hyde were to get hurt.

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Carlos Hyde finished the 49ers’ Week 3 loss to the Rams with 25 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns while also adding three catches for 10 more yards on four targets.

Hyde briefly missed time in the first quarter with what was said to be a hip problem but later returned to the game. He dominated the backfield touches once again leaving little doubt who the back to own in San Francisco is. Hyde missing time also provided a slight peek into what may happen if he were to miss time with an injury, and it didn’t look pretty. Hyde is an every-week RB1 moving forward with his usage, regardless of matchup.

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Robbie Gould knocked down both of his field-goal attempts, but missed one of four extra-point tries in the 49ers 41-39 loss to the Rams.

Gould’s field-goals from 36 and 48 yards makes him a perfect 6-for-6 from the field this season. His extra-point attempts were his first tried this year, being that San Francisco failed to score a touchdown in its first two contests. Unfortunately, Gould’s missed extra-point attempt, following a Garrett Celek touchdown catch in the fourth quarter with 12:50 remaining, turned out to be costly. It forced the 49ers to go for a would-be game-tying two-point conversion after Carlos Hyde scored on a one yard plunge with 2:13 left in the game. The conversion failed on Brian Hoyer’s incomplete pass to Trent Taylor. Still down by two points, Gould then executed a perfect onside kick that Raheem Mostert recovered at midfield. Gould’s chance at redemption would end however, when the 49ers turned the ball over on downs, unable to get into field-goal range.

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Jared Goff completed 22 of 28 pass attempts for 292 yards and three touchdowns on Thursday night against the 49ers.

Goff was efficient in the matchup, completing over 72% of his passes, with three of them going for touchdowns. While a good showing is promising for Goff dynasty owners going forward, he still remains only a streaming option in redraft leagues. This was one of Goff’s best showings yet, and it came against a weak San Fransisco defense. If Goff continues to progress, he could be worth an add, but as of right now, he remains a bye week fill-in or streamer.

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Todd Gurley rushed for 113 yards on 28 carries and two TDs, adding five catches for 36 yards and another score in the Rams Week 3 win over the 49ers. He was targeted seven times.

All three of his scores came in the first half. The 49ers simply had no answer for Gurley early on. He consistently ripped off chunk gains and got some great push from his offensive line. No other Rams’ RB logged a carry in this game, and Gurley now has six total TDs through the first three games. Its time to start taking the Rams’ offense seriously. Skeptics will point to a weaker schedule so far, but with his three-down workhorse role, Gurley is a legit RB1 every week. He travels to Dallas in Week 4.

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Tavon Austin had three rushing attempts vs the 49ers in Week 3 on Thursday Night Football. He rushed for a total of 14 yards and also had a fumble on a punt return.

Austin wasn’t targeted in the passing game in this one, and was surprisingly used as the backup RB to give Todd Gurely a breather. He had a jet sweep in the red zone that barely missed going for a touchdown, but that was it for his night outside of his fumble on a punt return. Austin continues being used in questionable ways and should be far off the fantasy radar.

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Greg Zuerlein was great again in Week 3 vs the 49ers. He went a perfect 5-for-5 on extra point attempts and 2-for-2 on field goal attempts.

Zuerlein continued his perfect start to the season making all seven of his kick on Thursday night. With the Rams posting 41 points, Zuerlein had plenty of action through out the night and that should continue the rest of the season. Fantasy owners in need of a kicker need to look no further, Zuerlein will be a reliable kicker all year.

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Cooper Kupp had a quiet night in Week 3 vs the 49ers on Thursday Night Football. He was targeted two times, catching both for a total of 17 yards.

Kupp had a disappointing performance based off his recent games, but with Watkins and Woods clicking with Goff, and Gurely running the football phenomenally, it was to be expected. He wasn’t needed on Thursday night, but should see his targets spike back up in the coming weeks making him a dependable WR3 in PPR leagues.

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Sammy Watkins caught 6-of-7 passes thrown his way on Thursday night vs the 49ers in Week 3. He had 106 receiving yards with a long of 47 yards and also hauled in two touchdowns.

Watkins wasn’t involved early on, but that all changed on the fifth drive of the game when he hauled in two catches for 30 yards. He came out in the second half with an amazing 47 yard catch before grabbing a one yard TD on a nifty goal line play. Watkins finished his night with a 13 yard TD where he bowled his way into the end zone, but had to be evaluated in the locker room afterwards. If Watkins comes out of tonight’s game unharmed he’ll be a great WR for next weeks matchup, against the Dallas Cowboys, as he’s shown to finally be on the same page as QB Jared Goff.

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Robert Woods caught 6-of-7 passes thrown his way vs the 49ers on Thursday night in Week 3. He had a team high 108 receiving yards with a long of 31 yards.

Woods came out of the gates hot on Thursday night as he caught two deep passes early on for 31, and 21 yards respectively. He continued dominating the rest of the night making key catches through out the game, and ended up being the most targeted receiver along with Sammy Watkins. With Goff clicking at QB, Woods could be an interesting deep WR fantasy option in the coming weeks.

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DeMarco Murray did not practice on Thursday. He’s listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Murray admitted after Sunday’s game that he had experienced some tightness in his hamstring. If he can’t give it a go, look for a large dose of Derrick Henry.

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George Kittle active for Week 3

09/22/2017 - 12:23 AM

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (hip) is officially active for Week 3.

Kittle will play in Thursday night’s tough matchup against the Rams despite dealing with a hip injury at practice this week. Although he’s only caught seven targets for 40 years through two games in 2017, Kittle is beginning to emerge as one of the 49ers’ top receiving options. For Week 3, however, he is not a reliable fantasy option.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Carolina Panthers DST vs. New Orleans Saints

Last week we saw a flash of the old Drew Brees. He threw two touchdowns and over 350 yards and no interceptions against the New England Patriots, but we’ve seen a trend continue that’s all too common in Saints games: Brees needing to play from behind. Now he has yet to throw a pick this year but the way that they’ve played, it’s coming and it could be a costly one against this Panthers defense where there are lots of playmakers. Something that’s equally disconcerting is the Saints’ run game being stuck in neutral so they’ve been able to generate enough offense to get on the board, but these are bad habits we’re seeing out of the Saints.

Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett (thigh) is officially active for Week 3.

Despite being a limited participant in practice for the past two days, Everett will play Thursday night against the 49ers. As the Rams’ primary pass-catching tight end, Everett is a boom or bust fantasy option for Week 3. However, since he doesn’t garner ample opportunities, he is not a trustworthy fantasy option in redraft.

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Eric Reid out for Week 3

09/21/2017 - 11:52 PM

Eric Reid (knee) has officially been ruled out for Week 3 against Los Angeles.

This is exactly what we expected, that he would miss Week 3, a short week, and hopefully the extended layoff following a Thursday game will be enough to get him healthy for Week 4. Expect Jaquiski Tartt (neck) to slide over to strong and Jimmie Ward (hamstring) to start at free safety. Both had a questionable tag going in but are both active.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Greg Zuerlein, K, Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

When it comes to streaming kickers week-to-week, I love to target young offenses on the rise, incomplete offenses (either being heavy on the run or pass) with good defenses. That’s the definition of Rams right now who have a run game that can move them down the field. They have a defense and special teams that, at times, can take over a game given the matchup. But the passing game needs work and we could see drives stall out tonight against the 49ers who have one of the best young defensive lines in the NFL. That could push Greg “the Leg” Zuerlein on the field a lot this season and Sean McVay is perfectly fine with that. He walked Zuerlein three times in Week 1 and he nailed three field goals, plus five extra points and he nearly scored in double digits against the Redskins. The tried and true names usually dominate the kicker field in fantasy but don’t overlook Zuerlein, you might be missing out on some points. – Ernie Estrella


By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

The rookie looked good in his NFL debut in Week 1. He finished with 44 receiving yards on 4 receptions and showed a nice rapport with Eli Manning. Engram looked even better in Week 2, hauling in his first career touchdown reception and another 4 receptions for 49 yards. With the Giant’s running game struggling out of the gate, Manning will need to take advantage of his weapons and Engram should continue to see consistent targets. Plus, the Eagles are vulnerable against the tight end position, having allowed 13 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown to opposing tight ends through two games. – Marc Caviglia

Barring any setback, receiver Markus Wheaton is due to make his season debut on Sunday against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He has been held out due to a finger injury.

Wheaton should step in as a primary receiving option for quarterback Mike Glennon.  However, given he has not played a game snap yet, be careful plugging him in fantasy lineups, not sure what to expect against a pretty good Steelers defense.

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Garrett Bolles was back at practice on Thursday in pads and helmet. Bolles went from possible season-ending injury to missing four to six weeks to potentially playing in Week 3 against the Bills.

This is great news for the Broncos’ O-Line as they don’t have much depth behind Bolles. He’s still likely to miss Week 3, but getting him back sooner than later is good news for your Denver fantasy players.

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Malik Jackson was tagged with a groin injury before Week 3’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Jackson had a limited practice this Wednesday.  His injury will need to be monitored going into Week 3.

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Tashaun Gipson has an injured ankle and did not practice this Wednesday before Week 3’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Gipson’s absence will be felt if he misses the game.  Backup safety Calvin Pryor was just sent to the IR in Week 1.  Hopefully this is precautionary,  because the entire Jaguars secondary would be downgraded if Gipson misses time.

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Jalen Ramsey had a limited practice on Wednesday in preparation of Week 3’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ramsey did not practice the entire week prior to Week 2 but he ended up playing all game.  The limited practice is an attempt get Ramsey’s ankle back to full strength.

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The Cleveland Browns are expected to be without outside linebacker Jamie Collins in Week 3. Collins suffered a concussion during Week 2’s action against the Ravens.

Collins is still in the concussion protocol and it appears unlikely he will be cleared in time to play. Look for James Burgess to take Collins’ spot in the starting lineup. Collins has made 11 combined tackles for the Browns this season.

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is starting to show signs of getting over an ankle injury that has held him out of the first two games of the season. Garrett was spotted at Wednesday’s practice riding a stationary bike without his walking boot.

Head coach Hue Jackson told reporters that Garrett has made “huge progress” of late. That being said, don’t expect to see Garrett make his NFL debut this weekend against the Colts. There’s an outside chance he’s able to return in Week 4 if his ankle sprain keeps improving.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Rashad Higgins, WR, Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts

Every young team needs a guy to move the sticks and with Corey Coleman out with a broken hand, Higgins immediately became that guy. The Colts defense does have its bright spots but stopping the passing game has not been one of them. They are coming into Week 3 giving up the second most fantasy points and 650 yards through the air, which is good for the third most in the NFL. QB Deshone Kizer needs to stay on the field for the Browns to stay competitive and while he doesn’t have much to throw to, Higgins is most certain going to get plenty of targets given how sparse the personnel is right now and Higgins knows their offense well enough and can run the short to intermediate routes that the Colts are willing to surrender. Higgins by no means is a red zone threat, but for PPR leagues, Higgins was a wise pickup this week and should be put in the lineup as a low end flex. – Ernie Estrella

Next man up. After Coleman’s broken hand injury, and Kenny Britt forgetting how to run a proper up, Higgins took advantage of the opportunity in Week 2. He torched a stubborn Baltimore Ravens secondary to the tune of 7 receptions for 95 yards on a team-high 11 targets. Next up is a favorable matchup against a Colts team that ranks 30th in the NFL against the pass and gives up 308 yards per game. Look for Higgins to make it two straight quality starts. – Marc Caviglia

Jordan Reed returned to practice on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday. He was running routes with WRs while TE’s worked on blocking drills.

The fact that Reed made his return to the practice field is a positive sign as he tries to work through a chest contusion injury suffered in Week 2. He may see a reduced role, at least as a blocker, if he is indeed active for the Week 3 matchup with Oakland.

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By   Marc Caviglia


By doing an in-depth Flex ranking article each week we are trying to help fantasy owners make better decisions about which player or position to go with at the flex spot. Our flex rankings are based on standard scoring and combine the three most common flex-eligible positions, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends into a single ranking sheet.

We use the Bruno Boys individual positional rankings as a baseline for determining a players point projection or value in the flex position. When two players grade out similarly as in the case of a running back and wide receiver, the running back will generally be the recommended play in standard scoring leagues. Why? It’s quite simple, really. Running backs tend to get more opportunities to touch the ball than either wide receivers or tight ends. The more touches a player gets, the greater his chances to put points on the board.



 
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WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX

Receiver Tanner Gentry has cleared waivers and resigned on the Chicago Bears’ practice squad.

Gentry was moved to active roster for Week 2, but had an underwhelming performance, dropping some passes from quarterback Mike Glennon.  Gentry has been moved back down, hopefully to make room for teammate Markus Wheaton, who is looking to make a return.  Gentry is not worth a roster spot in fantasy leagues at this time.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams

It’s Week 2 and Hyde is still healthy and with each passing week, the Niners’ running back builds confidence for his owners, especially when one has the Week 2 that he had. Hyde ran over a stout Seattle Seahawks defense in Week 2. He finished with 124 rushing yards on 15 carries and hauled in three Brian Hoyer passes. The running back now has 9 receptions on the season and his versatility should give the Rams problem on Thursday. Los Angeles allows 4.8 yards per carry and 152 yards per game to opposing running backs. Hyde is a prime candidate for another 100-plus yard game. – Marc Caviglia


By   John Ferguson

Each week we will be looking at players whose value is looking to take a serious hit that you should consider selling on the trade market. It’s easy to get attached to players based on name value, but in a game determined by numbers, sometimes you need to read between the lines and realize when it’s time to jump ship and get the most out of your investment. Selling guys who are trending down can be a slippery slope where you may never be completely happy with your return, but sometimes you need to get what you can and call it a loss before there is no value left at all.

Here is a look at some guys we think you should consider moving on from before things get worse.


DeMarco Murray, RB, Tennessee Titans

While DeMarco Murray owners have been on high alert since the start of last season, it’s officially time to hit the panic button. Murray was able to shut down all the talk of age, injury and capability to hold off elite running back in the making, Derrick Henry, last year. But this season is starting off much different. Murray just hasn’t had the burst he showed last year to start the season, only averaging 3.2 yards per carry so far compared to Henry’s 5.85.

Then, there is the injury concern. Murray was limited in the preseason with a hamstring injury and looked to have re-aggravated it in Week 2. As Murray watched from the sidelines as Henry was off to the races pilling up yards after contact, Murray only got a little bit older. It’s not looking good and it’s time to start shopping while Murray still has decent value. The injury has already hurt Murray’s selling price but it’s nothing compared too what his value will do once Henry takes the reins completely. Sell now as an RB2 and hope to get something decent in return before the value is gone completely.


By   Marc Caviglia


Forget about it. We don’t care how good the defense is, or how good the matchup is, there are no sure bets to produce on a weekly basis. Year after year, fantasy football owners waste a middle round pick on a team defense and think they’ve got a steal, however more often than not the defense struggles throughout the season. Moral of the story: make sure to pay close attention to who we trust each week because there are no automatics when it comes to predicting defenses.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football team defense rankings.



 
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By   John Ferguson

Each week we will be taking a look at some fantasy football players who underwhelmed in their previous weeks performances. These players offer great trade value as buy low targets. Swinging deals on the trade market is an art form that is intimidating for some fantasy players to utilize aggressively, but can be a difference maker for your lineups and provide you an advantage over your competitors. This will help you build a stacked team of reliable players instead of constantly chasing points on the waiver wire.

The concept entering trade negotiations is to strengthen a weak point on your team, offering up your depth at one position to satisfy the needs of another.

Here is a look at some players we think you should BUY coming off down weeks that could offer excellent fantasy football value for the remainder of the season.


Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

When looking at players to trade for, sometimes it’s worth it to shoot for the stars. With a steep draft price of an early second round pick in most fantasy drafts, it’s understandable if some owners have been left wanting more out of Michael Thomas to begin the season. While the sophomore superstar hasn’t found the end zone just yet, his targets (18) and receptions (10) thus far are still good enough for top-10 through the first two weeks. The Saints offense as a whole has had a rocky start but they should get things figured out sooner rather than later.

It all comes down to roster construction when trading for a bigger name guy like this and if you can exploit an opponents weakness by giving up a strength of yours without it leaving a whole on your roster, you can land a solid WR1 like Thomas in a deal this week.


By   Marc Caviglia


It is now year three of the 33-yard extra point for kickers and while some teams opted for more two-point conversions, the majority kicked the longer one-pointer. Because of this we didn’t see a huge decrease in fantasy points among kickers and the same ole guys sat atop the point leaders.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football kicker rankings.



 
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WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant change at the tight end position. While the amount of “stars” at the position has fallen off, the depth has risen. Fantasy owners nowadays have a legitimate 10-12 guys at the tight end position that could produce on a regular basis.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football tight end rankings.



 
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WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX

Rex Burkhead (ribs) was not at Patriots practice on Wednesday after leaving Sunday’s game with an injury.

It’s unclear how serious the injury is, but Burkhead is only worth starting in the deepest of leagues right now. Through two games he has 18 rushing yards, 49 receiving yards, and one receiving touchdown.

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Receiver Kendall Wright was limited with a shoulder injury during Wednesday’s practice.

If Wright cannot play, it is a another blow to the already-depleted Bears receiving depth. Luckily teammate Markus Wheaton might be ready to play if Wright cannot. Follow Wright’s status closely this week.

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Given teammate Nick Kwiatkoski did not practice on Wednesday due to a believed torn pec, Christian Jones should be next man up to replace the injured linebacker.

Jones filled in during last Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers when Kwiatkoski left the game and finished with six total tackles. Consider Jones a LB4 with much upside, in IDP leagues, as the Bears figure to be on defense a lot again.

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According to Bears reporter Brad Biggs, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski did not practice on Wednesday due to a pec injury. Although unconfirmed, it is believed he tore his pec in last Sunday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Given Kwiatkoski was already playing for teammate Jerrel Freeman due to his season ending injury, the Bears linebacker depth is getting pretty thin. The next man up should be Christian Jones, who has proven to be a viable replacement, should Kwiatkoski miss the next game.

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In advance of the Bears game this Sunday against his former team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, receiver Markus Wheaton practiced in full during Wednesday’s practice.

Wheaton has been out with a finger injury all season, so seeing him practice is a great sign. Given the lack of receiving threats the Bears have, if Wheaton plays, he should see lots of targets and attention. Consider him as WR4 with upside for deeper leagues.

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By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant rise in production from the wide receiver position. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and each team has two or three wideouts that have fantasy relevance on a weekly basis. With all the depth at the position, it makes ranking wide receivers a tall task weekly.

To find out who you should trust in Week 3, read our fantasy football wide receiver rankings.



 
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The Patriots listed Rob Gronkowski (groin) as a non-participant at Wednesday’s practice.
That said, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots’ star tight end was spotted Wednesday working on his blocking technique with teammate Dwayne Allen.


The fact that Gronkowski was on the field is a good sign for fantasy owners.  Keep posted on updates coming from Thursday and Friday practices to see if Gronk is ramping up his work on the field.  Owners should have a backup plan just in case Gronkowski can’t go on Sunday.

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Danny Amendola (concussion/knee) was limited at Wednesday’s practice.

Amendola was cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol earlier in the day.  And his return to the practice field bodes well for Amendola’s status for Sunday’s game against the Texans.  This is good news for fantasy owners.

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By   Ernie Estrella

Drafting your fantasy football team is the easy part, now comes the hard part, knowing who and when to start your players on any given week. Sure, it’s easy to decide what to do with your studs, but at Bruno Boys Fantasy Football, we concentrate on giving our readers start and sit advice about players who are at the middle to lower down the rankings. If you assembled your team on the strength of positions other than the one we’re highlighting in this article, chances are you have players where you have to consider the best matchups, the skill players around them, the strength of the opposing defense and their health. Here are our recommendations on who to start.

Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins at New York Jets

Cutler looked sharp in his Dolphins debut. The gunslinger went into Los Angeles and completed 24-of-33 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown in a narrow win over the Chargers, for his third straight win against and is now 4-4 overall against the lightning bolts. While he didn’t fill the stat sheet this time around, Cutler didn’t turn the football over and used his plethora of weapons in Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker and Kenny Stills to move the football. When he’s managed games and doesn’t try to do too much, Cutler is an effective quarterback. Expect another productive showing and multiple touchdown passes for Cutler against a Jets secondary that has allowed 5 touchdown passes over their first two games. – Marc Caviglia

Corey Davis ruled out Week 3

09/20/2017 - 9:52 PM

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting Tennessee Titans have ruled out wide receiver Corey Davis (hamstring) for Week 3.

Davis, who left Week 2 due to his lingering hamstring injury, is already ruled out for Sunday’s Week 3 matchup against the Seahawks. Rishard Matthews, Eric Decker and Delanie Walker will continue to eat up Marcus Mariota’s targets will Davis out.

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Broncos’ WR Bennie Fowler missed practice Wednesday after sustaining a concussion in the Broncos’ Week 2 game against the Cowboys.

Fowler looked extremely disoriented after getting the concussion in the game, so this is not a huge surprise. Fowler scored twice in Week 1 and was third on the team in snaps and targets prior to going down in Week 2. The Broncos have not had a clear-cut #3 WR in at least a couple seasons, and this year is likely to be no different. Fantasy owners waiting for Fowler to duplicate his Week 1 performance may be waiting a long time.

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Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said to the media Wednesday that Texans wide receiver Will Fuller will not be available to play Week 3 against the Patriots.

Texans got some encouraging news this week with Fuller returning to practice, but unfortunately he will not be able to suit up against the Patriots.  The Texans desperately need some help on offense with their wide receivers and tight ends dropping like flies.  It would be a quick recovery if Fuller came back this week as he was slated to miss 2-3 months from the beginning of August.  Fuller is an interesting stash as he had a very promising beginning to his season just a year ago, before succumbing to the Texans inconsistent quarterback play.  When he returns healthy he should be considered an upside WR4/5 with a very low floor.

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Alfred Blue back at practice

09/20/2017 - 7:18 PM

Alfred Blue returned to Texans’ practice Wednesday. Blue has been sidelined since late August with a high-ankle sprain that he suffered at the end of training camp.

Having missed the past couple weeks, it is unlikely that Blue will see many opportunities in Houston’s upcoming matchup at New England in Week3. Due to the injury, Blue is nothing more than the third RB in the Houston backfield behind starter Lamar Miller and rookie D’Onta Foreman.

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By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a significant drop in production among the running back position. Gone are the days in which every NFL team has a bell cow running back that is guaranteed 20-plus touches weekly. Nowadays, it’s a passing league and fantasy football players are at an extreme disadvantage if they don’t get their hands on the top running backs.

To find out who those top runners are in Week 3, read our fantasy football running back rankings.


 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   Marc Caviglia


Take a quick look at the fantasy football landscape over the past 10 years and you will see a rise in production at the quarterback position. Gone are the days in which fantasy football players are at an extreme disadvantage if they don’t get their hands on the top signal callers.

Instead, we have over a dozen (or more) quarterbacks that have the talent, and supporting cast to sit atop the fantasy football quarterback rankings from week to week.


 
WEEK 3 STD RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  K  |  DST  |  FLEX
 
WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:  QB  |  RB  |  WR  |  TE  |  KK  |  DST  |  FLEX


By   John Ferguson


Whether you have 10 fantasy football teams or just one, the Bruno Boys staff is here to answer your burning fantasy football lineup and roster questions in our Weekly Live Chats. Our staff will be hosting Live Q&A chats on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s throughout the football season.

If you need fantasy advice, this is the place to ask about who to drop, trade, start and sit each week during your season. Daily Fantasy players can ask all of their tough lineup questions as well.

Post the question in the live chat ONCE and we will do our best to answer it. We queue all of our questions and answer them as we go. We answer a large quantity of questions each session, so there is no need to repost your question multiple times. Make sure your questions are brief (140 characters or less), to the point, and respectful. That will help ensure we get to your question in a prompt manner. Also, you won’t be able to post a second question until your first one is answered in the chat.

If we don’t get to your questions, remember that we will have another chat later in the week and are available around the clock on our Live Chat window (right hand column of website), Facebook page, and Twitter: @brunoboys.


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