Here are 66 stories to follow for Week 4 in the NFL
N.Y. Giants (1-2) at Washington (1-2)
Do the Giants come out throwing against a weak secondary, since it’s tough to run on the Redskins right now? I think they do, so I like Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, and I like Reuben Randle and Larry Donnell as sleepers. Eli will get 250 and 2 TDs tonight, one to Cruz and one to Randle.
Can Alfred Morris take advantage of the Giant defense without Jon Beason?
Can Kirk Cousins string together consecutive strong performances just four days apart?
Carolina (2-1) at Baltimore (2-1)
Can DeAngelo Williams grab carry the rushing load? If not, they’re in trouble because they have nothing else in terms of a healthy back others than Tauren Poole, who was just signed this week.
Does Cam Newton start running? If not, he’s just a guy for fantasy, but it might take another few weeks before he’s ready to run on designed runs.
Will the Panthers sell out to slow down Steve Smith, or will he wreak havoc on them? I think both things may happen this week.
Bernard Pierce is expected to get the first crack at the starting job, but his margin for error is [...]
There are plenty of story lines in the NFL right now, and here’s a quick list of the top ones I’m following in Week 3…
Tampa Bay (0-2) at Atlanta (1-1)
The continued emergence of Bobby Rainey, who the coaches really like and who looks to carry the mail this week. Even if Doug Martin returns, Martin could actually handle the Mike James role behind Rainey. Rainey’s been great at times, and bad at other times, but he’s looking good this year.
Can Josh McCown settle down with better protection and get the ball to his two huge receivers? If McCown doesn’t shape up soon, we could be looking at Mike Glennon in the near future.
Is Brandon Myers a guy who can be picked up and used in deeper PPR leagues? He might just be until rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins is ready.
Will Roddy White play, and if he does will he be effective or might he be used as a decoy, as he was at times last year?
Does anyone in the Falcon backfield separate himself or even get a legit chance to?
San Diego (1-1) at Buffalo (2-0)
How do the Chargers split up the touches between Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown? Woodhead is great in [...]
New this season and starting this week, I am going to try to lay out the top storylines that I’ll be following for fantasy for each upcoming week. While I’m covering these storylines, I’ll also try to include some fantasy tips and tidbits. I’ll probably place these in my weekly strategy article, but I’ll also put it up on the blog.
I have 82 story lines for Week 2, so let’s get to it.
Pittsburgh (1-0) at Baltimore (0-1)
Can Markus Wheaton build on the momentum he created in Week 1? He looks very good and jumped off the page a bit, so if so, that would be a great sign.
Will the Steelers game plan to get Heath Miller the ball more?
Can Le’Veon Bell, who looked fantastic last week, run well against another good defense? If so, there’s no reason to give Leg Blount meaningful carries.
Who carries the load for the Raven running game, or is it a full-fledged RBBC? Gary Kubiak would like one guy, but if Bernard Pierce isn’t effective and/or fumbles, Justin Forsett deserves a lot of opportunities. Can Forsett essentially be what we expected Ray Rice to be? They are similar players, but Rice is bigger and more powerful [...]
Here are the results of the 12-team PPR 3rd round reversal NFFC 20-round draft I participated in last night in New York City.
I was pretty pleased with the draft and felt I was generally ahead of the curve. While I did have to pay a premium for some players early, I did get solid value for others later. In a high-stakes draft, you have to be very proactive and draft players you like 1-2 rounds earlier than their ADP.
Here a few other notes from the draft.
I’m not a big fan of the 3rd round reversal when you’re picking at the top of round one. So 1 pick after I made my second pick, 23rd overall, round 2 ended and round 3 started with the team that drafted 12th. In a normal draft, I would have had a crack at either Julius Thomas, Andre Ellington, Shane Vereen, Roddy White, or Keenan Allen. I would have taken a WR there, most likely Allen (although I do love Roddy). That made me use my third and fourth picks on Michael Floyd and Cordarrelle Patterson. I felt fortunate to get those two, but it would have been nice to get a crack at Allen. [...]
Update: There is no MNF game this week, so we’ll be doing a full projections/PDF/excel file update later this afternoon. You can generate a printable custom cheat sheet today that is as of Sunday evening.
Note: If you use the 1-page printable feature it does print out a pretty solid cheat sheet, updated today, it just spills into a second page.
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