Well, it’s been a bad first two weeks as we are now 5-12 on the season. But it’s a new week, a new day, and there is nowhere to go but up. So with that, we begin week three of Start ’em Up!!!

QB- Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Fanduel price- $6800, Draftkings price- $5100)

Fitzpatrick hasn’t been perfect this year, but he does have four touchdowns this season, and the Eagles’ defense has been terrible this year, particular in the secondary where Byron Maxwell has been lit up on an almost regular basis. He might be missing Eric Decker this week, but in MetLife Stadium, I fully expect Fitz and the Jets to continue their great start with a victory and a great stat line against the lowly Eagles.

QB- Brandon Weeden, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (FD- $6500, DK- $5200)

As a Cowboy fan, I am worried about Tony Romo being out for at least eight weeks but at the very least, Weeden has a great cast around him. He still has one of the best offensive lines in the league, and he still has solid weapons around him. Even if Jason Witten is out this season, Weeden has the benefit of chemistry with Gavin Escobar due to having plenty of experience with each on the second team snaps at practice. And while the Falcons defense has improved, they’ve still given up over 20 points each of the first two weeks. Roll with Weeden this week due to his cheap prices in both Fanduel at Draftkings, and hope for the best until Romo returns, hopefully.

RB- Ameer Abdullah, Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos (FD- $6000, DK- $4500)

I got burned big time by Abdullah, as both he and the Lions were lit up by the Vikings in Minnesota. And while the Broncos are definitely a tougher opponent, they are a beatable defense against the run, and my motto here is simple- one can’t give up on someone simply because of what they did the second week of the season. Abdullah still has bright future ahead of him, and he is still versatile enough to be on the field in passing plays, which figures to happen when the Lions inevitably start playing from behind against Denver. He’s still cheap, so enjoy the prices while they last.

RB- Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland (FD- $6600, DK- $4500)

Duke Johnson is still a threat to his job, but Crowell has the advantage of being the clear goal line back, and his touchdown from 11 yards out is proof that once the Browns hit the red zone, Crowell will be on the field. The offense is moving well with Johnny Manziel on the field, and against the Raiders in Cleveland, Crowell will greatly outproduce his price tag. Start him with confidence.

WR- Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons (FD- $6500, DK- $4600)

We saw what Williams did with Weeden at the helm last week, as they hooked up for a 42 yard score that clinched the game for the Boys. Again, the Falcons defense has allowed big games to both Julio Jones and Odell Beckham Jr. While Williams isn’t in the same league as either of those two, at those prices, he will do his best imitation. Start him up!!

WR- Josh Brown, Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers (FD- $6000, DK- $5100)

While it was Larry Fitzgerald who had the big game last week (his first three touchdown regular season game in his Hall of Fame career), my feeling is that this will bode well for the second year Brown in the long run. If defenses are still afraid of Larry Legend, it will open the field up for Brown to do what he does best- score long touchdowns. Remember what I said with Abdullah- you don’t give up on a player just because of what he did in week two. At those prices, Brown is a steal against a 49ers defense that looked terrible against the Steelers.

WR- Leonard Hankerson, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys (FD- $5700, DK- $3800)

Hankerson has been heavily involved in both of the Falcons’ first two games this season. He was terrible in week one, with multiple penalties and only two catches for 16 yards. But he blew up in a big way against the Giants, with six receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown, relegating Roddy White to the role of spectator with no catches on the day. Both White and Jones have had injury questions over the first two weeks, leading to his increased role, and the Cowboys defense can still be beat, in spite of its strong play over the first two weeks. Matt Ryan is also a better quarterback than the Boys have played against the year, so I expect Hankerson to put up serviceable numbers for Weekly Fantasy purposes, and if you want to spend big with the rest of your salary, this guy is a must start this week.


RB- Karlos Williams, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins (FD- $5300, DK- $3200)
WR- Dorial Green-Beckham, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts (FD- $5000, DK- $3300)

These are both punt plays, but both these guys have outperformed expectations through two weeks. Shady McCoy hasn’t been himself in Buffalo, and while Williams has only six carries in each of the first two games, he has gotten the goal-line work, with a touchdown run in each game. I’m thinking he scores at least one time in Miami, while Green-Beckham has arrived much sooner than anyone thought, with his first NFL catch going for a touchdown in his first pro game last week. Given the dearth of receiving options in Tennessee (especially if Delanie Walker is out again), with the 6-5 rookie from Oklahoma looking healthy, expect him to only get better, especially against the weak Colts defense.

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