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2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Vampire League Starters

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Vampire League Starters article!

After my Week 1 disappointment, I was able to record a victory thanks to Robby Anderson, Russell Gage, and Chase Claypool. Now I gladly welcome Derrick Henry to my squad and hope to add another player in Week 3.

I hope you vampires were successful last week. If you won, congratulations on stealing a player; if not, let’s improve your odds in Week Three.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Vampire League Starters

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Quarterbacks

Gardner Minshew, Jacksonville Jaguars

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I had some concerns about Gardner Minshew, but he has buried those offseason questions surrounding his future fantasy potential.

He has thrown three touchdowns in each of his first two games of the 2020 season. In fact, he has thrown three touchdowns in three consecutive games if you go back to Week 17 of 2019.

Minshew has played in only 16 games so far in his career, and he has thrown multiple touchdowns in nine of them. That is going to continue under Jay Gruden, who is one of the most pass-happy offensive coordinators in the NFL.

Minshew Mania is not only a touchdown machine but his a brilliant playmaker. He has a 15.4 bad pass percentage. The only other quarterbacks who have a better percentage (that have started both weeks) are Patrick Mahomes (13.9%), Lamar Jackson (8.2%), and Russell Wilson (6.3%). Not bad company to be with for a quarterback who was undrafted in almost all fantasy leagues.

On Thursday night, Minshew will have the opportunity to continue his three touchdown streak against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins have the highest yards-per-attempt (10.6) and have allowed 33 fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.

The Mustache will be glorious and bring glory for vampires.

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

I know Justin Herbert’s head coach Anthony Lynn is not sold on his young quarterback’s potential, but Herbert convinced me that he could be a weekly winner for vampires.

In his first NFL game ever, he threw for 311 yards and had one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown against a reasonably decent Chiefs defense.

Now he has a matchup against a rebuilding Panthers‘ defense, who has struggled with rushing attacks. There is a strong chance that Herbert walks away with a rushing touchdown or two.

Running Backs

Jerick McKinnon, San Francisco 49ers

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I should copy and paste what I wrote last week about McKinnon, but I will avoid being lazy and provide you with some fresh insight.

Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert have joined the 49ers’ already crowded injury list, making McKinnon the main guy in San Francisco.

Despite only having one target in Week 2, McKinnon has an eight percent team target share, and the Niners running backs have accounted for roughly 30 percent of targets. McKinnon will get the first opportunities at an impressive target share.

McKinnon will get this workload against a Giants defense that is allowing 6.5 yards-per-target and 72.7 catch rate to running backs this season.

Mike Davis, Carolina Panthers

I don’t know if you have heard, but Christian McCaffrey has injured his ankle. McCaffrey’s injury moves Mike Davis up the depth chart as the starter.

When McCaffrey left the game last week, Davis was the main guy with 16 routes, which ended with eight targets and 74 yards.

Davis has the chance for a McCaffrey-lite workload until Christian returns, but especially in Week 3 against the Chargers.

The Panthers defense is a liability that will more often than not force Teddy Bridgewater and the offense to play from behind each week. Bridgewater tends to check down to the running back. He targeted the running backs 13 times against Tampa Bay in Week 2.

Hopefully, Carolina will be in a more competitive game against the Chargers, where Davis will be used as both a rusher and pass-catcher. However, the Chargers did have a lead against the Chiefs, so there is a good chance they force the Panthers into a negative game script.

Wide Receivers

Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

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I mentioned how I needed to stop doubting Gardner Minshew. Now I think it’s time to put a little trust in Corey Davis.

He has a 20 percent target share and a 20 percent red-zone target share in 2020. I don’t see that changing in Week 3 since AJ Brown is dealing with a knee injury.

The Titans offense is maximizing Davis’s targets by throwing the ball deep more than last year. He is currently averaging 74 air-yards per game, which puts him in the top half of the league in air-yards per game.

His Week 3 matchup against the Vikings will add to his air-yards and raise his average even more. Minnesota has allowed the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season and leads the league in touchdowns to wide receivers.

If Davis fails to break out in Week 3, we can go back to ignoring him, but if he can produce against this favorable matchup, we might have to admit he is this year’s Devante Parker.

Micheal Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts

Another Week 2 injury that hurt fantasy owners as Parris Campbell, a post-hype sleeper for many people this year, will miss some time with an MCL injury. Campbell’s injury allows Pittman to seize the workload that could make him a fantasy star that many analysts predicted this offseason.

Pittman has 11.5 percent of his team’s air yards and 11.3 percent of the team’s targets through two weeks. Pittman’s air yards and targets will not increase due to Campbell’s injury. However, it will increase since he leads the Colts wide receivers in snaps.

He is playing the Jets in Week 3 which is enough reason for you to add him to your starting lineup.

Tight End

Jimmy Graham, Chicago Bears

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Jimmy GrahamPA (because he is old) has proven he will be a somewhat boom or bust tight end option this season. In Week 1, he had three receptions for 25 yards and one touchdown. In Week 2, he had one reception for 18 yards. Based on his current production pattern and his matchup against the Falcons, I’m going to say he’ll have a decent game.

Atlanta has allowed 14.2 fantasy points per game and 20 targets to tight ends this season.

Choosing tight ends is always the challenging part of building a vampire roster, so you usually have to the player you think will have a touchdown. Unfortunately, this week, that tight end is Jimmy Graham.

Flex

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

I will admit this is purely a gut call, but I have a few stats to back this gut feeling.

Fitzgerald (the ageless wonder not like Graham who is the real-world version of the Crypt Keeper) has 17.1 percent of the Cardinal’s targets, but only has 8.1 percent of the team’s air yards. The targets have been there, but the yards and touchdowns have not been there, but that will change against Detroit.

The Lions’ secondary is allowing 9.3 yards-per-target to wide receivers so far this season, which will give Fitzgerald plenty of opportunities for a big game.

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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The Buccaneers are facing off against the injury-plagued Denver Broncos.

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The Broncos’ starting quarterback will be Jeff Driskel (or Blake Bortles), which means the Bucs should walk away with at least one interception, if not more.


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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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