We went 3-3 in week three, so we are now 7-5 on the young season here on Start ’em Up. The one bright side was that nobody we picked last week got hurt, even though Chris Hogan’s day wasn’t exactly going that great before Jimmy Garoppolo went down, but that did help lead to the explosion LeGarrette Blount had in week two. Anyway, it’s now time to look at fantasy football week three, and for this week (seeing as how I’ve had a good run there so far), we’re sticking with Yahoo after all, but we will also look at DraftKings prices for the first time this season. With that, we begin with Start ’em Up!!

– QB- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns (Yahoo price- $31, DraftKings price- $6200)

This is one of those picks where you see the difference in pricing between the daily fantasy sites- Tannehill might be a tad bit over priced on Yahoo, but he’s a quality play on DraftKings, and a great play in yearly leagues this week as he takes on a Cleveland defense that has given up plenty of points the first two weeks of the season to both Carson Wentz and Joe Flacco. Tannehill himself is coming off two second half touchdowns (garbage time yes, but they still counted) against the Patriots, and now he gets a much softer opponent. In any format, Tannehill is worth a start this week.

– RB- Melvin Gordon, San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts (Yahoo- $22, Draftkings- $5800)

Danny Woodhead was a casualty of the brutal week two injury epidemic, and is now out for the season with a torn ACL. Insert Gordon, coming off the first 100 yard rushing game of his career, and with three touchdowns through the first two weeks. Taking on a brutally bad Colts defense that has given up five touchdowns to backs over the first two weeks of the season, Gordon is going to finally become the breakthrough running back everyone thought he could be last year. Expect him to get involved in the passing game too, with at least 100 all-purpose yards and possibly two scores on the day.

– WR/SPECIAL PERFORMANCE- Mike Wallace, Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars (Y- $14, DK- $5000)/Victor Cruz, New York Giants vs. Washington Redskins (Y-$16, DK- $4700)

I had to combine these two, because both would be receiver pick or special performance depending on the format. Get ready for the price on both these guys to skyrocket over the next two weeks, as its clear both are back to their Pro Bowl form; as Wallace has three touchdowns over the first two games and is the clear number one receiver for Flacco, and Cruz is making game winning catches for the Giants again. Both these guys have dream matchuos this week, as Wallace takes on the reeling Jaguars, and Cruz should have the benefit of being the slot receiver, meaning he will likely draw Josh Norman the least. Either way, I’m expecting at least one score out of both of them, with Wallace a lock to pass 100 receiving yards, and Cruz a solid bet to top 70 with at least five catches.

– TE- Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Y- $17, DK- $3700)

Truthfully I’m still pissed I let Ebron’s preseason injury scare me off of keeping him in my dynasty league, because now I’m stuck with Zach Ertz, who actually got hurt in the regular season and will probably miss his second straight game this week before his bye come up in week four. Great move on my part. As for Ebron, he’s off the a modest start this season, with 99 receiving yards and a score on nine catches through the first two games, but he does have the confidence of his quarterback, as he’s been targeted 12 times thus far. This week’s matchup against the Packers is interesting because they have actually allowed tight ends to score in both games this season, and I see no reason why that can’t continue this week. Put Ebron down for about 50-60 yards and a score on six catches this week.


– RB- Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers (Y- $15, DK- $3800)/ Alfred Morris, Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Bears (Y- $10, DK- $3700)

Of course the biggest injury news of the week was Adrian Peterson going down to a torn meniscus, so in comes McKinnon, who performed admirably two years ago when Peterson was out for the year, so he is expected to get the bulk of the work in AP’s absence. He might lose goal-line touches to Matt Asiata, but let’s not forget that the Panthers did give up over 100 rushing yards and two rushing scores in week one against the Broncos, so they can be beat on the ground. I like McKinnon for over 100 yards this week, and at that price he’s basically a must start for the near-future. As for Morris, it’s not that I’m completely down on Ezekiel Elliot, it’s that I’m worried the fumbling might be an issue for the rookie. After his second fumble of the game in week two, he was taken out of the game for the final six minutes, where Morris took over, and while he only had seven yards on six carries, he did get a touchdown out of it, and let’s not forget that Morris has rushed for over 1000 yards three of his previous four seasons in the league, with none of those years seeing him have an offensive line nearly as good as the Cowboys have blocking for him. If Elliot gets benched again Morris becomes a solid start, and its not implausible to think they might have a sort of timeshare regardless, at least for the next few games until the Boys are more comfortable with Elliot in the backfield. He’s a necessary handcuff in yearly leagues, and a solid flier for those in need in weekly leagues.

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