Fantasy Football Week Three: Starts, Sits, and Sleepers
Detroit Lions @ Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 25 September @ 1:00 PM
Lions looking to make it two in a row at Lambeau.
START: QB, Aaron Rodgers
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a bad start to his season.
Currently, he ranks 30th in passing yards per game with just 206, and he’s 13th in the league with three touchdown passes.
He acknowledged the need for his-self to step up, and I believe he will in this divisional game against the Lions.
For Rodgers and Green Bay to stay near or at the top of the NFC North they have to be able to perform within their division and simply cannot afford to drop two in a row here.
In 2015 the perennial MVP Candidate torched Detroit by throwing for over 250 yards and two touchdowns in each contest.
They say you can’t keep a good man down and Rodgers is too good to stay down another week.
SIT: RB, Theo Riddick
If Theo Riddick wasn’t on a roster in your league to start the year then he probably landed on one following his two touchdown performance opening weekend against the Colts.
If he wasn’t picked up then, well he probably is now, and if you got him then you’re probably considering him as a sleeper to take advantage of the injury to lead back Ameer Abdullah.
Well, not so fast my friend – I just made that up.
The Green Bay Packers defense has been the second best team against opposing running backs so far this year allowing just 9.2 points.
Riddick may be the guy now in Detroit, but this is a touch match-up and while he may be attractive to start, you need to go with a more consistent option for this week.
SLEEPER: TE, Eric Ebron
No risk no reward right?
Tight end Eric Ebron hasn’t been the dominant force some thought he would be for Detroit after being drafted.
This year he’s been fairly consistent at least with five catches in Week 1 and four more in Week 2. Not Pro Bowl catch totals by any means, but respectable.
He’s hit nearly 50 yards in each of his first two games as well and has a touchdown from their Week 1 victory over the Colts.
In targets, Ebron is third on the team behind wide receivers Marvin Jones and Golden Tate.
This week could be the young tight end’s week though. The Green Bay Packers are great at containing fantasy running backs, but less great against tight ends.
In their Week 1 game against the Jaguars, Green Bay surrendered a combined seven catches for 112 yards and a score. In Week 2, Kyle Rudolph had a more modest catch total but also got in the endzone giving his owners a double-digit output as well.
If you give Ebron a try this week he’ll save you cap space for sure, if he’s in your league’s free-agent pool he may be an interesting flier against a tight end friendly defensive unit.
Next: Cleveland Browns @ Miami Dolphins