Welcome to Week 3 of the fantasy football season. If you are looking for an unexpected roster replacement or an inexpensive starter for your daily fantasy lineup, here are some players who could help.
These deep sleepers are players flying under the radar whose matchups suggest they could have a big game in Week 3. Just remember, they are risky fantasy plays given the other options likely available.
QB Alex Smith, Washington Redskins
After a disappointing Week 2 with no passing touchdowns, most fantasy football rankings (with one notable exception) have Smith out of the top 16 this week. which is incredible. This week, he faces a Green Bay Packers pass defense that is allowing 283.5 yards and two touchdowns per game. The Packers also rank fourth in pass attempts allowed. Smith should have his best game of the season and is available in a good chunk of leagues.
RB Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears
Primarily a passing down threat, Cohen should be busy on Sunday. The Arizona Cardinals are allowing the most fantasy points to running backs, including 164 yards receiving and one touchdown to the position. Cohen could easily post 80 yards and a score.
WR Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers play a Kansas City Chiefs team whose offense has been on fire. It has been so good that opponents have thrown the football a league-leading 111 times for 876 yards and six touchdowns. For wide receivers, this translates to 70 catches for 414 yards and four TDs.
Pettis has quietly led the 49ers with 32 yards per reception. Regardless of whether Marquise Goodwin returns this week, Pettis could easily bust out for 60 to 80 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy rankings:How players stack up at each position in Week 3
TE Ian Thomas, Carolina Panthers
Replacing the injured Greg Olsen, Thomas had a forgettable performance last week with two receptions for 10 yards. However, he should be a larger part of the game plan against the Cincinnati Bengals, who have allowed an average of 99 yards and a touchdown per game to tight ends.
Carolina Panthers defense/special teams
It’s a tough week for deep defensive streamers. But, the Panthers get a matchup against the erratic Andy Dalton at home. The Bengals will be missing their best running back, so the Panthers defense can focus on stopping WR A.J. Green.
The Panthers have six sacks on the season and already do a good job defending the pass. Plus, the Panthers will be playing at home as the area recovers from Hurricane Florence. There’s nothing like an inspired defense in fantasy football.
Jim Saranteas, aka "The Fantasy Greek," is a contributing writer for Ourlads.com, a USA TODAY Sports Digital Property.
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