It seems that last week was no aberration. The NFL has officially gone mad. Fitzmagic is a leading candidate for MVP. Patrick Mahomes is doing his best Madden on rookie impression, throwing 10 TDs in 2 games. The Steelers, models of consistency for over a decade, look set to implode. Ties are back in vogue. It truly is a great time to be a fan, as it seems like almost anything is possible. Offense have also exploded over the past week as it seems as if half the league is throwing for over 3 TDs at any given time. This sets the stage for some impressive points totals, and I am here to make sure you find some players that can get you a piece of that juggernaut pie. Here are the Finders Sleepers for week three.
Finders Sleepers: Week 3 by Dan Turner
By Dan Turner
Where did that come from?!?! Bortles was seeking revenge against the Patriots for last year’s AFC title game and boy did he deliver. Bortles completed 29 of 45 passes for 377 yards, four touchdowns and an interception while scrambling six times for another 35 yards. Bortles is often seen as an afterthought when it comes to QB play. The emergence of Keelan Cole and the fact that Bortles has been doing good running the ball leads me to believe he can be a solid QB2/ spot starter if your QB1 is underperforming.
Joe Mixon will be out with an injury for the next couple of weeks, so that should open the door for Walton to make his NFl debut. Gio Bernard will be assuming the bulk of the work in the absence of Mixon, but there should still be some opportunity for Walton to show what he can do. Though he didn’t play as well in the preseason, the Bengals offense seems to be rolling and he could end up playing a part in that. Snag him as a lottery ticket and see what he can do.
The Jaguars offense lighting up the Patriots was a mild surprise. Blake Bortles had a great day and it was seen by some as a coming out party for Keelan Cole. Overshadowed a but was the injury to Leonard Fournette. When Fournette was injured, TJ Yeldon came on and did some decent work, posting a 10/58 line. The real surprise came in the form of Grant, who got some receiving work in and busted some big plays for the offense. If Fournette remains out, think about Grant in your PPR league.
Jay Ajayi suffered an injury in the week two game against Tampa Bay, and that allowed Clement to get more work in. Clement rushed six times for 30 yards and a touchdown while catching five passes for 55 yard, making him a good value play in PPR formats. If Ajayi and Sproles are both limited for the week three game against the Colts, Clement may even see an uptick in usage rate. Snag him and play him in your flex, as he has a good matchup against the Colts with a returning Carson Wentz.
Baltimore wide receivers have mostly been seen as afterthoughts in the fantasy community lately, and with good reason. They haven’t been very helpful in winning your fantasy weeks. That seemed to change this year as Baltimore signed a couple wideouts, headlined by Michael Crabtree. No one expected much else from the rest of the group, but John Brown is putting that line of thinking to the test. He has been solid in both games this year, catching four of 10 targets for 92 yards and a touchdown in week two. He has the trust of the QB, and someone has to catch passes in Baltimore. Good WR3/4 for your fantasy squad.
Callaway gets the nod this week as the replacement for Josh Gordon, who was traded to the Patriots. Callaway had a great game in week two, as he caught three of four targets for 81 yards and a touchdown. While Rashard Higgins played more snaps than Callaway, it was obvious that he is the more physically talented WR. With the spot across from Jarvis Landry up for grabs, Callaway could play his way into a fantasy factor as the season goes along. Nab him now if you can as his ownership will only go up in the coming weeks if he continues this level of play.
James was part of the offense explosion in Pittsburgh last week, as he had a great game. He caught all five of his targets for 138 yards and a touchdown, making him a great TE play for anyone who had him. It seems that even though he is sharing time with Vance Mcdonald, he is vastly outplaying him, as he has almost 200 yards receiving in just 2 games. Players who are streaming TEs or looking for someone with a little upside should take a chance at James. He seems to have the trust of Big Ben, and is a reliable red zone target.