The best thing about Jordan Howard is that he isn’t Jeremy Langford. If you’ve been loitering around fantasy football news on Twitter, then you would know that Mike Clay of ESPN has always hated Jeremy Langford. Myself, like many others, probably wished they listened, but now we get Jordan Howard.
Over at FanDuel, Howard is listed at a beautiful $5,600 and is probably going to be in a lot of lineups.
Howard gets the opportunity to be injected into one of the NFL’s worst offenses through three weeks and is probably going to get touches galore with basically every other Chicago running back hurt.
The Lions run defense has been worse than most this year, allowing 114 yards per game, so even with Chicago’s offense being a wasteland, Howard probably won’t have a hard time getting going.
Matthew Stafford – $8,300
Long story short, I love Matthew Stafford. Save his week two performance when he was robbed of two touchdowns, Stafford has had a great start to the season.
On Sunday, Stafford takes on a Bears defense that has half of their starters injured, so it’s safe to say he’ll have a good game. The Bears do only allow 214 yards per game on the ground but have given up 83 points in just three weeks. Just about every Lion is a good bet in week four.
Cody Kessler – $6,300
Following his NFL debut, maybe we should have trusted Hue Jackson. Even though he didn’t score a touchdown, he kept the game close, completed 63 percent of his passes, and didn’t turn the ball over.
Kessler gets a Redskins defense that is allowing 301 yards per game through the air and basically can’t stop anyone. Though Kessler doesn’t have the best weapons, Terrelle Pryor was a revelation in week three, Duke Johnson seems to be getting worked into the offense more, and Gary Barnidge is a reliable outlet.
The Browns may play it safe with Kessler, but if they want to win he’s going to have to air it out.
Carlos Hyde – $6,800
The fantasy gods and Chip Kelly graced us with, not one, but two garbage time touchdowns last week for Carlos Hyde.
It’s evident that Blaine Gabbert won’t help the 49ers much, and despite the fact that they’ll fall behind in a lot of games, Kelly isn’t going away from the ground game.
Dallas has only allowed 91 yards per game on the ground, but Hyde is the focal point of a very bad offense.
Cameron Artis-Payne – $5,700
Surprisingly, Artis-Payne turned in a really solid effort against one of the NFL’s best defenses.
This week, CAP gets a defense that is allowing 120 yards per game against the run. No matter who’s in the backfield against the Falcons, they’re going to have a useful game.
Duke Johnson Jr. – $5,400
Fantasy wise, Johnson did nothing the first two weeks of the season but turned in a 15 touch, 81-yard week three. While Isaiah Crowell isn’t going anywhere, it looks like Hue Jackson is going to give more looks to Johnson.
Working more in his favor, having a pass-catching running back in the fold will help Cody Kessler a lot. I don’t think you can count on Johnson for touchdowns, but if Johnson is going to get the ball 12 to 15 times per game he should be able to turn them into plenty of yards.
Dwayne Washington – $4,500
It seemed like everyone, myself included, expected Washington to be the ‘second coming,’ but that didn’t exactly happen. Still, his 10 carry, 38-yard performance was much better than what Theo Riddick did on the ground.
All reports coming out of Detroit have been about how impressed the staff was with Washington and how they want to get him more touches.
This week, the Lions will likely destroy the Bears which will lead to plenty of red zone opportunities and late game carries. Washington is cheap, and needs to be locked into lineups.
Marvin Jones – $7,600
The NFL’s leading receiver against one of the most banged up defense in the NFL? Yes, that is all.
Robert Woods – $5,400
While Robert Woods is the most under-appreciated blocking receiver in the NFL, he doesn’t normally get a sufficient amount of targets to be useable in fantasy. However, with Sammy Watkins on the mend in week three, he turned in a decent 6 catch, 51-yard performance.
It looks like Watkins is going to be out once again, which means Woods is a cheap option in daily fantasy. However, I would be a little concerned if Jacoby Brissett is starting for the Patriots because it could be low scoring game which means the Bills won’t be throwing the ball much
Dennis Pitta – $5,400
In general, except for a few standouts, tight ends have been pretty bad this year. In the past two weeks, Dennis Pitta has 15 catches on 20 targets, but has yet to find the end zone.
For the most part, over the past two weeks both Jacob Tamme and Jace Amaro had solid afternoons against a supposedly improved Raiders defense. If Jace Amaro can have a good game, that’s enough for me.
Zach Miller – $5,000
While you got nothing from Alshon Jeffery last week, Zach Miller came along and caught eight passes for two touchdowns.
This game is going to be a high-scoring blowout if favor of Detroit, which means Brian Hoyer will be throwing the ball a lot.