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2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Vampire League Starters

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Welcome to Week 3 Vampires, hope you were victorious last week and received a new gem from the loser.

Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in my matchup, but I was so close to getting Saquon Barkley. All I needed was for DeSean Jackson to catch a few passes, but he pulled his groin.

I could have told him that pulling your groin can lead to injury, I learned that as a teenager…when I tried to run that one and only time.

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Anyway, I have found the perfect starting options to prevent all of us from losing in Week 3.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford has been a capable passer in his past two games, 630 passing yards, and five touchdowns. His passing excellence will continue against the Eagles in Week 3.

Philadelphia has allowed 680 passing yards and six touchdowns in their first two games. Quarterbacks are averaging 23.15 fantasy points against the Eagles defense.

The Eagles’ front seven is going to hamper the Lions’ running game, which increased the likelihood that Detroit will be forced to rely on the passing game. The lack of running game will also increase Detroit’s third-and-long chances, which would typically be the kiss of death for an offense, but not for Detroit. They have the 31.5 first-down percentage on third-and-long situations, one of the best in the NFL.

Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings

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Cousins has not been a great fantasy option since signing with Minnesota, but Cousins’ Week 3 matchup against Oakland makes him one of the best options for vampires.

The Raiders defense has been picked apart by quarterbacks in their first two weeks. They’ve allowed 682 passing yards (leads the NFL), five touchdowns, and 23.22 fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Cousins has one of the best wide receiver duos in Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. When you add the Raiders failure to stop the passing game with the Vikings’ weapons, you have all the elements to make Cousins a fantasy stud for a week (and only a week).

Running Backs

Carlos Hyde, Houston Texans

Just when you thought Carlos Hyde’s time as a fantasy starter was long gone, he resurrects his career with Bill O’Brien.

Hyde currently ranks fifth among running backs in efficiency ratings. His efficiency rate should sustain since he has a low eight-defenders-in-the-box percentage. Deshaun Watson will make sure that Hyde will continue to see a small number of stacked boxes. Even if Hyde doesn’t remain efficient, one thing we’ve learned from O’Brien’s tenure at Houston is he will give carries to inefficient running backs (Alfred Blue).

The Texans will face the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 3, a team that has been exploited by running backs. The Chargers have allowed 134 rushing yards per game, two rushing touchdowns, and one receiving touchdown to running backs. Los Angeles has allowed 27.25 fantasy points to running backs through two weeks.

Ito Smith, Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons’ Week 3 matchup against the Colts is going to be fruitful for the number-two running back in Atlanta.

The Colts’ defense has allowed 33.30 fantasy points, 248 rushing yards, and two touchdowns to running backs so far this season. The Colts’ defense not only has a problem stopping the rushing game, but they’ve struggled against the receiving game against running backs, 117 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns.

Smith has been the best running back for the Falcons. He leads the team in rushing (63 yards) and averages 6.3 yards per carry. Smith is fourth in running backs efficiency in the NFL and has one of the fastest time behind the line of scrimmage percentage.

If Smith continues to be this effective, you could be looking at the Falcons’ new starting running back.

Wide Receivers

Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles have very few receiving options since injuries have plagued most of their wide receivers. Other than Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor is the only receiving weapon who has chemistry with Carson Wentz.

If Alshon Jeffery misses Week 3 due to injury that makes Agholor the number-one wide receiver, a position Detroit (Eagles’ Week 3 opponent) has failed to stop this year. According to Football Outsiders, The Lions have allowed 113 yards and 13 receptions to WR1.

Even if Jeffery does start, Agholor will still be an excellent starting option for vampires. He has an 18.39 target percentage, 13.33 red zone target percentage, and 25.95 percentage share of Philadelphia air yards (highest on the team).

Agholor usage makes him the perfect option for vampires in Week 3.

Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens

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It’s official, Hollywood Brown is a Fantasy star.

He leads the team in targets (29.69 target percentage), receiving yards (233), and is tied with Mark Andrew in touchdowns (2).

There is a good chance Baltimore will end up in a shootout against Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs‘ defense won’t stop Baltimore’s surging offense. Kansas City has allowed 41.95 fantasy points and four touchdowns to wide receivers.

Tight End

Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

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Witten is a touchdown-dependent fantasy option. All the stats show he will catch a touchdown in Week 3.

When the Cowboys enter the red zone, Dak Prescott looks for Witten. He has a 41.67 target percentage in the red zone.

The Cowboys’ opponent is the Dolphins which means you must start Witten in Week 3.

FLEX

Taylor Gabriel, Chicago Bears

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Mitch Trubisky needs to spread the ball around if the Bears are going to improve their offense. Chicago’s matchup against Washington will allow Trubisky to spread the ball safely to wide receivers not named Allen Robinson.

Washington has allowed 56.25 fantasy points, 424 yards, and five touchdowns to wide receivers. According to Football Outsiders, Washington has allowed 111 yards to the number-two wide receivers. Gabriel is on the field for 90 percent of Chicago’s offensive snaps, making him the clear number-two wide receiver for the Bears.

The Bears offense has looked atrocious through two weeks, but so has Washington’s defense. Take the chance, and see if Chicago can turn it around in Week 3.

Plus, Gabriel is a speedster and remember what D-Jax did to Washington’s secondary.


Defense/Special Team

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers might have actually improved their defense from last year’s tire fire. They have not allowed over 20 points in a game this season, and they are facing the Giants (a meh offensive team). The Giants are starting Daniel Jones, and Todd Bowles is going to make it his mission to throw everything at the rookie quarterback.


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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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