Here comes the Bye Weeks! If injuries and suspensions haven’t already begun to derail your fantasy teams, untimely Bye Weeks will certainly contribute to many a team’s demise. Bye weeks hit us hard with six teams off this week: CIN, CLE, DEN, STL, ARI and SEA. I am looking to give you some guys to plug and play to cover your starters that are on a bye this week. Before we get into that, let’s take a look back at Week 3.
Throughout the season, I will be comparing my picks against two scoring systems affiliated with MajorLeagueFantasySports.com. Since there isn’t a true “standard” scoring system for IDP leagues, these balanced systems give value to IDPs equal to many of the offensive players in standard leagues.
Real Deal Dynasty Football has a weighted scoring system by position. Defensive lineman earn greater points for stats not accustom to them (INT and PD) and Defensive Backs have slightly elevated points for tackles and sacks. It rewards all-around contributions.
Major League Fantasy Football (MLFF) has a unique system that greatly rewards high impact plays such as INT, PD, Sacks and Forced Fumbles. There is also scoring for return yards: Kick, INT and Fumble. On the flip side, the scoring system gives only 1 point for tackles.
Whichever way your league leans, I have you covered. In Week 3, I had a few bullseye hits, a few decent plays, a few, well…meh, and one DNP. It can be a challenge to publish your weekly plays before the injury report even comes out, but all I can say is, “Challange Accepted!”
|CB/S||Antonio Allen||NYJ||19.75||19.5||Double Digit Tackles and 2 PDs = Stud in either scoring system|
|CB||Darius Slay||DET||12||10||Productive day with 6 Tackles and a PD|
|CB||David Amerson||WSH||6||4||4 Tackles from a CB but no impact plays limited his fantasy production|
|CB||Chimdi Chewka||OAK||DNP||DNP||Knee Injury – He wasn’t on the injury report when my article was published|
|CB||Marcus Cooper||KC||9||6||6 Tackles but no impact plays made him a marginal Week 3 play|
|S||George Iloka||CIN||14.75||12.5||8 Tackles and a PD made him a good play|
|S||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||GB||6.5||10.9||No tackles for a safety but INT and PD still made him a decent play|
|S||TJ McDonald||STL||6.75||3.5||Disappointing week registering only 4 tackles and no impact plays|
|S||Barry Church||DAL||8.25||4.5||5 tackles, no impact plays|
|S||Robert Blanton||MIN||17.25||10||10 tackles gets you points in any system|
WEEK 4 TARGETS
Lock It Up!
You can go to the bank with these guys…
CB – Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – NYG (@WSH) — DRC has been a sure thing every week this season scoring double digits every week in both formats. He had two PDs each week plus an interception off Ryan Fitzpatrick. DRC will always have targets because he routinely covers the oppositions top receiver. Cousins averages 40 pass attempts per game. He and Garcon should keep him busy. I see him keeping up the impressive run with another INT and two more PDs on Thursday night.
S – Malcolm Jenkins – PHI (@SF) — Jenkins has made a pick and two PDs in each of the last two games. He has been on fire and there is no reason to think that will change this week. SF is averaging 20.7 points per game this season and Philly is putting up 33.7 points per game. SF will be looking to make up the two TDs and will have to get out of their game plan and start airing it out. Jenkins will be there waiting with bated breath and be primed for another pick and likely a half-dozen tackles. Start ’em if you got ’em.
Veteran Players getting done…
CB – Antoine Cason – CAR (@BAL) – Cason has been “getting it done” so far this season. He scored 20+ in both scoring formats during the first two weeks. Although he did not have any impact plays in Week Three he managed to crack double digits thanks to his 7 tackles. I see him getting back to his impact game this week covering the Ravens WRs. Panthers have a stout Pass Defense and Cason has been leading the way. Start him with confidence and expect 15+ fantasy points in either format.
S – Charles Woodson – OAK (MIA in London) – 37 year olds aren’t suppose be this productive. After an entire career at Cornerback, Charles has successfully transferred his skill set to playing safety. He has 22 tackles in the first 3 games as well as a pick and 3 PDs. Miami’s offense is in disarray with the injury to Moreno and a lack of confidence in current starter Ryan Tannehill. Rumor has it, Coach Philbin is considering a switch at QB in the near future. The vet, Woodson, will be able to handle the travel and will prepared to wreak havoc on whoever the Dolphins trot out in London. The Raiders might be 0-3 but they are the 4th best defense for passing yards. He should get near 10 tackles and at least one impact play to be a solid play this week in all formats.
Young DBs with high tackle potential
CB – Shareece Wright – SD (vs.JAX) — The Chargers are home against the Jags. Wright and company are licking their lips. Jacksonville is 0-3 and they have just inserted Rookie QB, Blake Bortals, into the starting lineup. Blake has two quarters of NFL experience and has already proven to be a gunslinger when down big. I expect them to be down big in the second half. Wright will reap the rewards as he is an excellent tackler for a CB and will excel in Real Deal and similar scoring models. He should be able to accrue a PD and perhaps even an interception off an ill-advised throw. Wright might not be a big time name but I expect him to have big numbers in tackle heavy leagues and double digits in all formats.
S – Aaron Williams – BUF (@HOU) — Aaron only has one impact play this season (PD) but he has 25 tackles already in three games. He gets involved in nearly every play and can play in coverage as well as shut down the run. Love the matchup with the Texans this week as he might be able to get his first pick of the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick doing his best Brett Favre impersonation. As the heading suggests, get him in your lineup in heavy tackling systems and he is still a decent play in impact systems as he is in line to breakthrough on this end too.
Rookies that can start for your Fantasy team…
CB – Kyle Fuller – CHI (vs.GB) — I’ll be honest. I hadn’t noticed what Fuller was doing until I saw him on Monday Night Football against the Jets. The rookie pulled off a 35 point night in MLFF. He filled out the box score with 7 tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 2 PDs and an interception in just one game. That wasn’t it. He had two picks and two PDs in Week 2 against SF. Fuller appears to be the “Real Deal” and there has been no drop off from the loss of Charles Tillman for this position. The rest of the Chicago backfield is in shambles and they will now be leaning on Fuller to have a big impact again this week against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Although I can’t see another 35+ point game this week, he should have plenty of targets and opportunity to make and impact and pick up some tackles for another big fantasy day.
S – Calvin Pryor – NYJ (vs.DET) — Pryor has the starting gig in NY and is a great source of tackles. There aren’t many Rookies starting at safety so he has a unique opportunity. He is a heavy hitter and could force a fumble or two but his real value will be in tackle heavy leagues. He is a legit play in deep leagues and as a bye week play. The impact plays should come as he develops with experience.
Dynasty/Deep League plays…
CB – AJ Bouye – HOU (vs.BUF) — Looking for a sleeper pick for a dynasty or deep league? You’re welcome. The average IDP owner doesn’t have AJ on their radar because he is not a starter. Football Guys has him 5th on their depth chart. Are there injuries he is filling in for? Nope. Why am I recommending him? It’s a hunch. He seems to be acting as the nickel back and does get enough defensive snaps to make an impact. In heavy tackle leagues, he could be a decent source of tackles from the CB position and has potential to pick up a PD or two. If you are in a 32 team dynasty league (single player universe), he is a must start for your fantasy team this week. He makes a nice bye week play in deeper leagues regardless of scoring format.
S – Isa Abdul-Quddus – DET (@NYJ) — Um…who? Isa is the 3rd string FS for the Lions that will get a ton of snaps this week as there are some injuries in their backfield. Don Carey left Week 3 with a hammy and projected starter James Ihedigbo hasn’t played yet this season. Enter Abdul-Quddus with a chance to pick up a few tackles and perhaps a PD. Nothing too sexy, but for deep leagues, he can give you some valuable points.
Bryan Luhrs Real Deal Dynasty Sports, Creator & Executive Commissioner MajorLeagueFantasySports.com, Fantasy Baseball and Football Writer http://www.realdealdynasty.com @realdealdynasty
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