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So let's just get this out of the way now: last week's picks were absolutely disastrous. I mean, let's take a look at just some of my suggestions I had for you last week and what they netted for you:
Andrew Luck: 21 for 37, 250 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs
Jeremy Hill: 10 carries for 39 yards; 2 fumbles.
Ameer Abdullah: 6 carries for 9 yards, 1 reception for 9 yards.
Andre Johnson: 3 catches for 27 yards.
You trusted me, and I failed you. Sorry folks who decided to take my vile advice. This week, however, it's time for a change, and hopefully a change that will end up fortuitous for you and your daily fantasy excursions. Instead of me suggesting to you which players you should play in Week 3, let me tell you who you should absolutely avoid at all costs this week.
Drew Brees at $8,400
I don't think I could have started this list with a better option for you to steer clear of this week. For one, Drew Brees is questionable this week against Carolina, dealing with a shoulder bruise that caused a few errant passes and costly interceptions against the Buccaneers. You definitely can't be starting a quarterback that might not even be suiting up this week! Also, Brees' numbers with New Orleans when facing the Panthers in Carolina haven't been quite up to snuff for the Pro Bowl quarterback: 217 for 328 (66.2 CMP%) for 2,355 yards (294.4 Y/G), 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. If that wasn't enough to get you away from Brees this week, the Panthers are going into this Sunday with the eighth-ranked pass defense in the league.
Sam Bradford at $7,200
If you're thinking of getting cute this week and saving a bit of coin for other skill positions by starting Sam Bradford, open the nearest window, take the money you were planning on using on FanDuel this week and begin throwing it out of the window with the same reckless abandonment you were going to use on picking Sam Bradford as your quarterback this week. The Eagles looked entirely disjointed last week at home against the Cowboys, and the matchup they have this week against the Jets doesn't have me thinking that things will be getting better for Chip & Co.
Matt Jones at $6,400
You watched that game against St. Louis in Week 2 and you saw the rookie Matt Jones gash up that vaunted Rams' defensive line all day. Immediately, the gears started turning in that noggin' of yours. You checked Washington's schedule and saw that if you decided on taking a chance on Jones any time soon, it would be this week. You would reap all the benefits of the rookie runner from the University of Florida getting a chance to run all over the New York Giants. "The G-Men's defense has been awful," you thought to yourself. You're thinking of cashing in on Matt Jones... Who? Matt Jones. Who? Matt Jones... Who? Exactly. Look, maybe Matt Jones will continue to take opportunities from Alfred Morris. It's only Week 3, so let's not completely write off the idea that Washington will go RBBC -- running back by committee -- for the foreseeable future with two guys who essentially do the same things. Also, that Giants' defense you remember being porous against the run last year at a league worst clip of 4.9 yards per attempt is now touting the league's third best rush defense, surrendering only 3.0 rushing yards per attempt through two weeks.
Matt Forte at $8,400
The Bears selected Jeremy Langford in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft as insurance for Matt Forte in case the workhorse decided to show signs of slowing down this year. Week 1 did anything and everything to cast those doubts aside, and while Week 2 against Arizona wasn't as impressive as his performance against Green Bay the previous week, it's clear that Forte is still the man in Chicago. This may seem like a declaration of my faith in Forte, but this is the classic case of "It's not you, it's Jimmy Clausen playing in Seattle and Kam Chancellor is back."
Calvin Johnson at $8,200
I know, he had a much better Week 2 than the disaster that was Targetgate in Week 1 against San Diego. But let's take a look at everything working against Calvin this upcoming Sunday evening when the Denver Broncos come to town:
1. Stafford's health heading into this game.
2. The offensive line the Lions have trotted out on the field this year has been offensive to both you and me.
3. Denver has been an absolute terror on defense so far this year, ranking second among the rest of league in pass defense and totaling six sacks over the first two weeks.
Translation: I don't like Calvin's chances in Week 3 against the Denver Broncos.
Andre Johnson at $6,800
He burned me last week. He made a fool of me. Now him and his floundering offense are tasked with traveling to Tennessee this week to face the Titans and their third ranked pass defense. You know, there's an old aphorism in Tennessee to describe my relationship with Andre Johnson...
Alshon Jeffery at $7,500
Jimmy Clausen is his quarterback for the foreseeable future and he is questionable. Alshon Jeffery, who would be battling an aggravated hammy and the raucous Seattle crowd as he goes head-to-head with Richard Sherman, I think I would announce how doubtful I am to play until Week 4 at the earliest.
Eric Ebron at $5,100
Do not pick Eric Ebron to play tight end for your fantasy team this week. I think if we as a fantasy football playing collective continue to ignore his solid play this year, us Lions' fans will be able to peg him as a success by year's end that we can look forward to heading into 2016.
Stephen Gostkowski at $5,000
He's tied with four other kickers as the most expensive kicker available for you to pick this week. The Patriots are also playing the Jaguars in Week 3, leaving me little belief that Gostkowski will be doing anything other than kicking PATs until the game is so out of hand that Gronkowski gets a chance to start kicking them.
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