2016 Draft Kit

10 bold predictions and emergency start options for Week 3

With so much turmoil between injuries and suspensions and overall production shortfalls this season, it is nice to have a few aces up your sleeve when setting a fantasy football lineup.

Everyone knows you start guys like LeSean McCoy, Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson every week. Some may be tempted to sit Peyton Manning against a Seattle defense that made him look like a midget football league waterboy in the Super Bowl. But, above and beyond any advice you have ever considered when setting your lineup, don’t overthink starting your stud players despite the matchup.

Outside of that, though, all bets are off. Here are 10 predictions I foresee unfolding this week in fantasy football. He’s a guy I think can save your season.

1. Ahmad Bradshaw is a top-8 running back in PPR leagues this week. Love the matchup and he’s getting a ton of looks in the passing game. He’s one of the players who can save your season.

2. Greg Jennings is a top-15 receiver vs. a porous New Orleans defense in a game where the Saints will set the tone early. Lots of catch-up garbage time for Matt Cassel and company and uber-talented Cordarelle Patterson is dinged up.

3. Shane Vereen bounces back with a top 10 PPR running back performance. The Patriots will go up early against the hapless Raiders and while Stevan Ridley played the ground-and-pound volume back last week in that situation, I think the craft Belichick goes back to the guy he so highly touted in the preseason.

4. If you listened to me last week in my bold predictions, you traded this week for Victor Cruz. That pays off this weekend with a huge top-1o WR performance. He’s another save-your-season candidate.

5. Keenan Allen fared better than I expected last week vs. Seattle, but he still is majorly underperforming for those who drafted him early. This week, as long as a groin injury doesn’t hamper him, Allen doesn’t face a defender named Patrick Peterson or Richard Sherman. And defensive personnel will be forced to focus on a rejuvenated Antonio Gates. This will leave Allen open for a top-10 WR day.

6. Early next week, most every league will be putting in a waiver claim for Alfred Blue. I love Arian Foster, but his hammy flared up late this week, and while I think he plays vs. the Giants, I have a hunch that Blue will get plenty of opportunities, regardless, to make his mark. I also own and am starting Foster at the moment in several leagues … so that is a jinx right off the bat.

7. The Giants are reeling this season so far and need to turn things around in big way at home this week. Expect Larry Donnell to be a part of that thanks to newly formed chemistry with Eli Manning, helping Donnell to be a surprising top-7 TE play in PPR leagues.

8. Need an emergency TE for this week? Look no further than Derek Carrier of the 49ers. Vernon Davis is hobbled and unlikely to play. Even if he does, he won’t be getting the volume we are used to. Carrier is a very talented player who is a huge target and the Cardinals are horrific vs. the TE.

9. Ryan Tannehill has been underimpressive so far but expect that to change this week in a prime matchup vs. an exploitable KC defense. Tannehill has a top-8 fantasy QB output.

10. This is the week Justin Hunter blows onto the scene statistically. It isn’t that he has a great matchup … I expected this last week vs. Dallas. But he continues to get the lions share of looks in that offense and is primed to break out. If he’s a free agent in your leagues, go squirrel him away.

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