Another week bites the dust, and after going 3-6 we are now an ugly 8-18 on the season here on Start ’em Up, but with the bye weeks beginning as week head into week four, its time to dust ourselves off and begin again. With that, we begin:

QB- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns (Fanduel Price- $7400, DraftKings Price- $6100)

The last two weeks on the road have not been kind to Rivers and the Chargers, as his numbers have kept getting worse, and San Diego keeps on losing. But now they return home, where Rivers was at his best when San Diego came behind from 30 points to beat the Lions in week one. The Browns aren’t even close to the Lions, and they just got lit up by David Carr and the Raiders. Expect more of the same and a return to a quality stat line for Rivers. At those prices, he’s easily the steal of the week on both sites.

QB- Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears (FD-$7000, DK- $5300)

Speaking of Carr, he’s easily been among the biggest surprises in the NFL, as in the two weeks since he returned to health he’s turned in over 60 fantasy points against the Ravens and the Browns. The question isn’t “will his streak continue,” against a sagging Bears defense that couldn’t stop anyone in Seattle last week, the question is “how long will this streak continue before the price-makers catch on?” Don’t wait to find the answer, enjoy the prices while they last.

RB- Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants (FD- $6300, DK- $3400)

Another one of the bigger surprises of the season, and one of my Special Performances from last week. He’s scored a touchdown in each of the first three games and last week he hit 110 rushing yards on only 12 carries. This week reports say that it is highly unlikely LeSean McCoy does not play as the Bills hope to rid themselves of his hamstring woes. Against a soft Giants run defense in Buffalo, expect another big game out of the upstart rookie.

RB- Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington (FD- $600, DK- $4500)

Sproles didn’t have a large rushing workload last week, but Sproles has benefited from his versatility in the passing game and the fact that he’s still one of the best return men in the game to be one of the bright spots in Philadelphia this season. Last week he scored on a punt return and a short yardage run, and this week he faces Washington, who has been surprisingly good against the run, but is still a weak defense. If Demarco Murray sits again and even if he doesn’t, expect a big game out of the tiny terror.

WR- Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers (FD- $7500, DK- $6400)

The Panthers might not be a soft defense against the pass, but at long last Evans is finally recovered after his hamstring woes destroyed his value for the first two weeks. He went off last week for seven catches and 101 yards, and it would have been more if he didn’t drop four passes. Chalk that up to his need to get re-acclimated to the game, and now that he’s back and ready, expect another 100 yard game and at least one score. Enjoy the prices while they last.

WR- Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders at Chicago Bears (FD- $7200, DK- $6300)

If Carr is one of the hottest players in the league and he’s playing one of the worst teams in the league, then he needs someone to throw to, right? Cooper is coming off of back to back 100 yard games, and while he didn’t score last week, he’s still becoming Carr’s go-to receiver, with 15 catches off of 22 targets in those two games. Cooper has a legitimate shot at becoming the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, enjoy the prices before they skyrocket.

WR- Stevie Johnson, San Diego Chargers vs. Cleveland Browns (FD- $5800, DK- $4400)

I’ve been a fan of Johnson all season, and while he’s coming off of his worst game as a Charger, expect a big rebound game this week, and he’ll have the benefit of having Keenan Allen being guarded by All-World corner Joe Haden. With the rest of the Browns’ defense being erratic at best, look for at least one touchdown and over 60 receiving yards off of at least six catches on Sunday.


RB- Ryan Mathews, Philadelphia Eagles at Washington (FD- $5900, DK- $3800)
WR- Marvin Jones, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Kansas City Chiefs (FD- $5500, DK- $3800)

Sproles isn’t the only one who benefits if Demarco Murray stays off the field, as he is the passing back and Mathews is the default lead back, and last week he actually got involved in the passing game for his first receiving touchdown of the season while rushing for over 100 yards. Even if Murray does come back its obvious the Eagles offense works better without him. As for Jones, he is clearly back in a groove after missing all of last season with an injury, and he’s coming off two straight games with a touchdown. We saw the Chiefs defense get lit up for five passing touchdowns, and while Andy Dalton isn’t Aaron Rodgers, he’s been a pretty good imitation so far this season. In Cincinnati, expect a big week at a low price for Jones.

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