Five Players to Graduate in Week 3

Five Players to Graduate in Week 3

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We’re entering Week 3 and the first two weeks of the NFL season have been full of highlights and casualties, injuries and explosive priorities. As each week passes, defensive identities begin to become a little clearer, making our initiations and decisions a little easier. We still have a small sample, but even that little bit of data helps narrow down our options.

Here are five players you should watch fade away for Week 3. Remember this article is about players who are on the decline for this week. That doesn’t mean you have to sit them, you just might not be able to do them. These players have rough games this weekend and you should avoid or structure your roster with players on the other side if they can’t be benched.

Devin Singletary – Buffalo Bills RB

The Buffalo Bills have been extremely explosive in the first two weeks of the season and it doesn’t look like it’s slowing down anytime soon. To keep QB Josh Allen healthy, the Bills have moved to a heavier passing attack, keeping Allen in the pocket rather than using him as much in the running game as we’re used to. Their offense is now more balanced, ranking 17th in passing attempts and 18th in quarterback attempts so far in 2022.

Last season, the Bills ranked 13th in rushing attempts and Singletary was electric to finish the season. Many had high hopes that this trend would continue. However, Buffalo is using a true run by committee. Singletary, rookie James Cook, and Zach Moss rushed 14, 12, and nine times respectively and Allen also 11 rush attempts to add to the mix. That has downgraded Singletary’s production to single-digit production in half-time PPR scoring.

A fantasy finish of 3.1 and 7.2 in Weeks 1 and 2 is enough to ease the Union. The final straw comes in the form of Miami’s stout defense against the run. Through two games, the Dolphins have allowed just 106 yards to the running back, second only to the 49ers who have allowed 105. They have held the Falcons and Ravens to zero touchdowns during that time.

Singletary has yet to find the end zone this season and likely won’t this week either. He has logged just two touchdowns in the red zone and Allen releases the ball to Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis.

Rashaad Penny – RB Seattle Seahawks

Rashaad Penny has been a beneficiary of Kenneth Walker in the Seahawks’ running back room the past two weeks, but that hasn’t been enough to make him a fantasy producer. Granted, Seattle faced the Broncos and the 49ers who are currently ranked in the top 6 defenses against the run.

After collecting a serviceable 7.7 points against Denver in Week 1, Penny came up short with just six carries for 15 yards totaling 1.5 points in Week 2 against San Francisco.

In fantasy football, we rely on volume, and that is quickly diminishing as Walker gets more and more involved. The rookie outplayed Penny last week, albeit 2.5 to Penny’s 1.5, and was involved in both the running and passing game.

The matchup this week isn’t great for Seattle, either. As porous as the Swiss cheese against the run game, the Falcons are strong against the run. They have held their opponents to 152 yards on 38 attempts for just one touchdown so far this season. That’s only six more yards allowed than the fourth-best Tampa Bay Buccaneers against running backs.

Penny will continue to be a fade away, especially in bad matchups, as Walker continues to heal and get more work each week.

Corey Davis – WR New York Jets

It was sad news in New York when Zach Wilson underwent knee surgery. To clarify, it was sad news for Wilson. The Jets have had great success with veteran Joe Flacco. He struggled in Week 1 against Baltimore, getting benched in favor of Mike Wight, but redeemed himself wholeheartedly in Week 2 with a miraculous come-from-behind win against the Browns.

Flacco has been around the block for a while or so, and is probably the most elite backup in the league. As we saw in Week 1, though, he’s not invincible to a good defense, or even a good defense.

The Jets face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 3 who have allowed the third fewest points to wide receivers this season. Rookie Garrett Wilson has burst onto the scene and shredded the Cleveland defense with eight receptions, 108 yards, and two touchdowns on 14 targets.

Corey Davis also found the end zone in that game, but it was only on four targets. Wilson led Davis in the red zone five to zero in Week 2. As long as Wilson is on the field, he’s a threat no matter where he is. Davis also has to compete with Elijah Moore who had one more target, reception, and ten more yards than himself. Davis is squarely in WR3 territory in the pecking order and should be avoided in bad matchups like this one against the Bengals.

Brandon Aiyuk – San Francisco 49ers WR

Speaking of sad news for a quarterback, the loss of Trey Lance in San Francisco is heartbreaking. With Jimmy Garoppolo back at the helm, the offense can move forward with some experience.

Admittedly, the graduated player is a bit dangerous, since Brandon Aiyuk was Garoppolo’s third-best target behind Deebo Samuel and George Kittle last season. Kittle missed last week with a groin injury but is expected to suit up this week against the Broncos. If it is full-go without any limits, then Aiyuk is as a stronger step.

Whether Kittle is on the field or not, it will be tough on Garoppolo and his receivers on the road in Denver. The Broncos have allowed the fewest yards to wide receivers and have yet to allow a touchdown in the position. Samuel is an auto-start, regardless of the game, but Aiyuk is a riskier option. If you have an alternate for your WR3 or Flex position, I would make that call.

Carson Wentz – Washington QB Commanders

Who would have thought that a battle royal would happen between the Washington Commanders and the Detroit Lions? Carson Wentz lit up the stat sheet with 337 yards passing, three touchdowns, only one interception, and logged 23 rushing yards for 27.78 points.

Granted, the Lions are the third worst against the position, but Wentz had to take advantage of the good game and it certainly came through.

Unfortunately, this week will be far from the fantasy feast in Week 2. The Chiefs face the Philadelphia Eagles who have improved their defense significantly. Ask Kirk Cousins ​​if Darius Slay was their favorite target on Monday night.

In addition to three interceptions, the City of Brotherly Love sacked Cousins ​​twice, logged seven QB hits, four tackles for loss, and only seven points were allowed to the likes of Justin Jefferson and Dalvin Cook. TE Irv Smith got the only score in that game.

This is not good news for Wentz who has struggled against good defenses, let alone a division rival, or the fact that this is his old team. The revenge story could work either way, but the Eagles have the upper hand in this game on the road in Washington.

Maybe you can start Wentz, whether he’s in a 2QB lineup or was the only option after Lance went down for the year. If you can start to avoid it, I would.

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