Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 F6P Roundtable!
Each week, a rotating cast of talented Fantasy Six Pack writers will give their immediate thoughts about the biggest storylines going into the weekend games.
This week, we're looking at:
- Big-name players who have disappointed thus far and should break out in Week 3
- Top quarterbacks and tight ends who won't keep up their hot start
- Under-the-radar breakout players
You'll hear from:
- Dennis Sosic, @Call_Me_SOS
- Mark Strausberg, @MarkStrausberg
- Dave Eddy, @CorporalEddy
- Bob Van Duser, @Bbab_FFB
- Davis Peng, @pengspicks
Let's get started!
2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 F6P Roundtable
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1. Who will be the next big player to go down with an injury in Week 3?
Just kidding. Hopefully none of them.
1. Which big-name player who has disappointed so far are you expecting to have a breakout game in Week 3?
Kenyan Drake, RB, Arizona Cardinals
I believe we will finally get to see why Kenyan Drake was a popular choice to break out this season. After a disappointing first two weeks, Drake gets a favorable matchup this week against the Detroit Lions who have given up the third-most fantasy points to running backs so far this season. With the Lions defense praying to stop Kyler Murray, Drake should see a lot of room to run and will hit the century mark for the first time this season. - Dennis Sosic
Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Chris Carson has not been a fantasy disappointment necessarily but has done next to nothing in the running game. He has zero rushing touchdowns and does not even have 100 rushing yards on the year yet. He thankfully has three receiving touchdowns that have salvaged his value, but even on the receiving side, he has less than 80 yards. But I think he starts to roll with the counting stats this week. Russell Wilson has been amazing this year, but some mild regression back to his career stats is coming. And the Dallas defense has been exposed. I suspect Carson to gash this defense on the ground and see his first 100-yard rushing game this weekend.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eages
I think Carson Wentz is going to come back to life in Week 3. He’s got a good matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals coming to town and I think those two incredible TE’s are going to help lead Wentz back to old form. - Dave Eddy
D'Andre Swift, RB, Detroit Lions
D’Andre Swift is my pick to turn things around in Week 3. Likely in a situation where the game script can flip to a passing narrative early for the Detroit Lions, Swift out of the backfield is the weapon they’ll need to make this a game a contest. Aside from a heartbreaker in Week 1 where he dropped the game-winning TD catch, he’s been extremely efficient with his touches. I’m firing him up everywhere. - Bob Van Duser
Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears
Allen Robinson is my prime target for a bounce-back this week. In fact, he is one of my buy low targets because he faces a shootout team in the Falcons that also boast a terrible defense. - Davis Peng
2. Through two weeks, there are 13 quarterbacks who are averaging 20+ fantasy points per week. Which, if any, do you expect to fall off?
For reference, the 13 quarterbacks are (in order) Russell Wilson, Josh Allen, Cam Newton, Kyler Murray, Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Jackson, Gardner Minshew, Joe Burrow, Ben Roethlisberger
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
The one quarterback that jumps out at me is Josh Allen. His fantasy value has been typically tied with his running ability but this season he has passed for a league-leading 729 passing yards. He had the luxury of facing two weak secondaries in the first two weeks, but he will not have that benefit weekly starting in Week 3 when he takes on the Los Angeles Rams and from this point forward. - Dennis Sosic
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers is the most obvious. He had a monster week 1 and that’s going to be one of the outliers of his 2020 season. He’s now a superior real life QB compared to his current Fantasy value. - Dave Eddy
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
If I had to pick a QB to drop off going forward I’d probably lean towards Russell Wilson. Letting Russ cook has become a popular narrative over the offseason. However, Wilson has a history of fading away and getting hot again. Granted he’s healthy, his weapons are healthy, and that offense is clicking on all cylinders. Personally, I’d love to see him win the MVP award. All in all, I hope none of these QBs slow down because it’s great for business. - Bob Van Duser
None of the Above
Right now I don't expect any of those 13 quarterbacks to go under 20 points. Without preseason and training camps, we are witnessing defenses unable to hold up. Those 13 quarterbacks are relatively good passers and can put up points with their arm if they need to. In 2011, when there also were shortened training camps, defenses across the board performed much worst for the first few games that year. I believe we are in the same boat this year, so expect to see QBs cut into teams for at least a few more weeks. - Davis Peng
3. Through two weeks,there are 12 tight ends who are averaging 10+ fantasy points per week. Which (other than Jordan Reed), if any, do you expect to fall off?
For reference, those 12 tight ends are (in order): Jonnu Smith, Travis Kelce, Noah Fant, Tyler Higbee, Darren Waller, Mike Gesicki, Dallas Goedert, Mark Andrews, Jordan Reed, TJ Hockenson, Hunter Henry, and Hayden Hurst
TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions
A player I am concerned about is TJ Hockenson. The Lions offense is struggling especially without Kenny Golladay so far this season. Hockenson has not capitalized on his workload so far and with Golladay expected to return, his targets will diminish along with his fantasy value. - Dennis Sosic
Jonnu Smith, Tennesee Titans
I think the other TE that concerns me is Jonny Smith. The Titans are a running team first and foremost. While Jonnu is a terrific player, I think he really benefited last week from AJ Brown being out. - Dave Eddy
Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins
Long term my pick to fade away is Mike Gesicki. Last season his numbers spiked only when he was the best or second-best option on the field. However, when playing with a full assortment of healthy weapons his numbers dipped. Another narrative that was made of over the offseason was “oh he’s gonna play the big slot role oh boy!” Well, oddly enough he already played that role last year. He’s also terrible after the catch to boot, so he won’t be racking up those very valuable YAC yards that make TEs so valuable. I’m selling him where I can. - Bob Van Duser
Hayden Hurst, Atlanta Falcons
Hurst is a great player in all aspects but there are three other receiving options on that team and they may yet still begin throwing to the running back. Hurst will be an every-week start but expect to get dud weeks. Hockenson will also most likely see fewer targets with Kenny Golladay's return as Matthew Stafford likes to tunnel in on his primary receiver. - Davis Peng
4) Who is an under-the-radar player that you foresee breaking out in Week 3?
Jeff Wilson, RB, San Francisco 49ers
Although fantasy managers are focusing on Jerrick McKinnon in the Niners backfield, I believe Jeff Wilson might have a higher ceiling due to his touchdown potential. McKinnon has never profiled as a workhorse so the touches for Wilson will be available with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman out. Wilson gets a great opportunity against the Giants to produce in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and make an impact in Week 3 lineups. - Dennis Sosic
Devin Singletary, RB, Buffalo Bills
Devin Singletary. Zack Moss did not practice on Wednesday and Devin Singletary has been the more effective runner (4.5 YPC to Zack's 2.8) and has consistently seen more snaps each of the last two weeks. Singletary's opponent this weekend is the Rams, who have given up the ninth-most fantasy points to running backs. I've been a Moss supporter this year, but I think that ascension hits a bump in the road this week with a breakout game from Singletary. - Mark Strausberg
Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
I think Joshua Kelly is better than people realize. I expect Justin Herbert to become the starter for the Chargers. With him at the helm, they are going to want to run the ball and play defense. Austin Ekeler is a terrific back but he’s more of a pass-catcher than a runner. Kelly, on the other hand, is better on the ground. There will be a timeshare in that backfield for sure but Kelly is going to get a lot more action than people expect. - Dave Eddy
Michael Pittman Jr, WR, Indianapolis Colts
As much as I want to scream Van Jefferson here I won’t - this time. I really like Michael Pittman’s chances to make some noise this week. After Parris Campbell’s injury last week, Pittman’s snaps almost doubled and he hardly left the field. Pittman and Philip Rivers didn’t groove out the gate so maybe a week of practice and a lot of reps can help that situation. Facing the defensive pass and run funnel that is the New York Jets defense, I like Pittman’s chances this week. - Bob Van Duser
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