Top 5 Fantasy Football Matchups for Week 3 of the NFL: Will the Ravens vs. Chiefs be a high scoring game?
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Game vs. Denver Broncos
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off their first win of the season after beating the Carolina Panthers at home 31-17. In week two, we saw incredible performances from their fantastic duo of running backs Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. Fournette led the duo with 31 fantasy points while Ronald Jones still put up a healthy 10 points. However, the Broncos are in the top ten through two weeks in running back fantasy points allowed, not allowing many points to opposing running backs. Furthermore, they are below-average in allowing fantasy points to wide receivers and quarterbacks. While the Bucs have struggled to throw the ball a bit this season, Chris Godwin is making his return after being in concussion protocol last week and missing last week’s game. Not to mention, Denver has lost starting quarterback Drew Lock and starting wide receiver Courtland Sutton due to injury. The Buccaneers’ defense should not have a lot of trouble stopping the Denver Offense. The Bucs have a prime opportunity to take advantage of their offense being on the field most of the time in which I believe they will be mostly passing the ball to receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and hopefully giving more action to their tight ends O.J Howard and Rob Gronkowski.
Dallas Cowboys Passing Game vs. Seattle Seahawks
Last week against the Falcons, Dak Prescott threw the ball 47 times to accumulate 450 passing yards against a poor Falcons defense. They had close to three receivers catch for over 100 yards and have at least six catches. This week they face off against the Seattle Seahawks, who have an above-average defense in the league. However, the Seahawks have let up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this year (most likely in garbage time play). I expect the Seahawks to go up early in the game and make the Cowboys pass for most of the game like they did last week against the Falcons. Look for receivers Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, and tight end Dalton Shultz to have solid fantasy weeks.
Los Angeles Chargers Run Game vs. Carolina Panthers
The Chargers fought well against the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs’ team last week, only losing by three points. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert made quite the impression on the league after throwing for 311 yards and one touchdown in his first appearance. Although, the Chargers have run the ball an average 42.5 times through the first two weeks of the NFL and usually run the ball more than they pass it. Between Austin Ekeler and Joshua Kelley, they have made quality use of the number of carries they have been getting each game. In week three against a Carolina Panther defense that has allowed the most fantasy points against running backs this season, I expect the Charger running back duo to be dominant in the backfield in week three. Look to start Ekeler and Joshua Kelley for week three in fantasy football.
Philadelphia Eagles Run Game vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to get their first win of the season after losing to the Washinton Football Team in week one and the Los Angeles Rams last week. The Eagles have been struggling to produce on offense and it is mostly in the passing game with Carson Wentz. Wentz has averaged 14.69 fantasy points through two weeks of play and the Eagles will need to change something to get their first win. This week the Eagles play the Cincinnati Bengals, who are also looking for their first win of the season. The Bengals, similar to the Panthers, are the second-worst team in the NFL on fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. This gives the possibility to Miles Sanders and maybe Boston Scott to take advantage of the Panthers’ weak rush defense to lead their team to their first win. I would start Miles Sanders and think about using Boston Scott as a waiver wire pick up for week three.
Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
In one of the most highly anticipated regular-season games of the 2020 NFL season, the Baltimore Ravens will take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs at home on Monday night football. Both teams are undefeated in through the first two weeks, even after the Chiefs almost were upset by the Los Angeles Chargers last week. This will be the first true matchup that either team will face in a possible AFC championship game come playoff time. While both of these teams have very solid defenses, they have two of the best offenses in the NFL. Since the start of the season, both MVP quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson have been a little quiet in fantasy football. However, I believe the reason is that they have not had to put in full effort for the teams they have faced through the first two weeks. I expect them to be very competitive and live up to their high expectations in week two to try to remain undefeated. This bodes well for top ten wide receiver Tyreek Hill and top-five tight end Travis Kelce for the Chiefs. Look for Mecole Hardman to be involved in the passing game too. For the Ravens, Marquise Brown, Willie Snead, and tight end Mark Andrews should be key pieces in helping the Ravens in their tough matchup versus the Cheifs. Moreover, running backs Clyde-Edwards Helaire for the Cheifs as well as Mark Ingram and J.K Dobbins will have a fair share of opportunities from the backfield and in the red zone.
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