Week 3 is among us and after two weeks of football, we’re finally seeing those IDP players come to fruition. Not to mention those that opted out and the injury bug which has really started to hit the NFL unfortunately. It’s time to start getting ahead and seeing the trends with some young players and those that have started to see an increase in snap counts. Matchups are the name of the game, but even bad matchups on paper look good in the IDP world. Here are some guys you should consider for this week and going forward.
Quinnen Williams at Indianapolis Colts
Williams had a noticeably quiet rookie season in 2019. Now after a great performance for Week 2 against the San Fransico 49ers, where he recorded seven total tackles, four solo, two for loss, two sacks, and a forced fumble. Now you can’t expect that performance every week, but it’s definitely something to grow to and in deeper league pick him up to play. Week 3 he gets the Colts, who look to keep rookie running back Johnathan Taylor going in their run game.
Ndamukong Suh at Denver Broncos
Suh is part of a nasty defense that allows him to continue to be a force on the field. With a nice Week 2 performance of five total tackles, four being solo, two sacks, two tackles for loss, and hit the quarterback twice. Now fast forward to Week 3 and this is a good pickup/start for the simple fact he faces a wounded Denver offense and Jeff Driskel. He is a nice play on the defensive line this week.
Micah Kiser at Buffalo Bills
Kiser has been on a tear past two weeks with getting nearly 100 percent of all defensive snaps. Week 1 he produced seven tackles with one being solo and had a big performance Week 2 with 16 total tackles and 11 of them being solo. Not to mention a forced fumble and pass deflection to go along with it. He should be picked up everywhere and started this week. The playing time he is receiving, and the Bills matchup makes a nice Week 3 plug and play.
Kevin Pierre-Louis at Cleveland Browns
Pierre-Louis is a name to be on the lookout for. He leads the team in tackles and seems to be getting the most snaps (98 percent) resulting in the number of tackles he produced Week 2. Pierre-Louis had 15 total tackles and 10 of them being solo. He forced a fumble as well. Even though his Week 1 performance was nostalgic with only four tackles, his playing time increase allowed those tackle numbers to grow. Furthermore, playing alongside fellow linebacker Jon Bostic, someone else to make sure you have, with their time on the field with a struggling offense, could very well grow those stats as well. The Browns rushing game continues to be a big focal point of their offense, so the tackle opportunities are definitely there.
L’Jarius Sneed at Baltimore Ravens
The fourth-round rookie has become an every-down player and with that comes the opportunities to put up the stats each game. Sneed has been doing just that with an interception so far in each of his first two career games, to go along with 10 total tackles. He notched a nice game in Week 2 and should look to continue that with a nice Week 3 matchup against the Ravens in what is expected to be a shootout. He’s very under the radar and should be owned in leagues soon enough.
Nasir Adderley vs Carolina Panthers
Adderley is a nice sneaky play to keep an eye on. When the playing time spikes up, then you must notice and see that going from 50 percent to 99 percent in snaps from Week 1 to Week 2 is something to watch. He played 99 percent against the Kansas City Chiefs and though only managed four total tackles and three of them being solo, the opportunity of a better stat line is there with an increased snap count. Be sure to stash him now so you don’t lose out later. Furthermore, given his matchup with the Carolina Panthers and their struggling offense, he is a decent start in deeper leagues.
T.J. Edwards vs Cincinnati Bengals
The young second-year linebacker has started to make an impact with limited snaps but could see an uptick going forward. The Eagles defense is hurting and with Edwards emergence in Week 2 with five total tackles and a forced fumble, there is hope. Now facing a Cincinnati Bengals offense still trying to find themselves, Edwards should have a good stat line. With a continued rise in snaps, Edwards is a key player for the Eagles and your fantasy teams.
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