Fantasy Football: Dr. Roto’s Week 3 Prescription Notes

Senior fantasy football expert Dr. Roto recaps Week 3's action with his first impressions, observations and future predictions.

New York Giants QB Daniel Jones

— From what I have heard, the New York Giants fans have already begun to erect a statue in QB Daniel Jones’ honor after his big comeback win against the Bucs! Jones never lost his composure and brought the Giants back from an 18-point halftime deficit to win their first game of the season. Sadly, Giants fans are dejected as well because All-Pro RB Saquon Barkley injured his ankle and will undergo an MRI on Monday. As of right now, the Giants are expecting him to be out for the next few weeks.

— If you own Patriots RB Sony Michel, I think you need to be concerned. Yes, Michel scored, but he only had 11 rushing yards on nine carries. Take away his TD, and he was only worth 1.1 fantasy points. If I owned Michel, I would try to trade him ASAP.

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Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen— The Buffalo Bills moved to 3-0 and had great games from RB Frank Gore, QB Josh Allen, and TE Dawson Knox. Gore’s game was not surprising since the Bengals have a porous run defense. Allen’s game was expected as he is a dual-threat to score. But Knox’s performance came out of nowhere. Knox was a QB at Ole Miss before he switched his position to TE. The Bills are desperate for athletic players, and I can see Knox being used creatively by OC Brian Daboll all season.

— Why do you need to avoid preseason fantasy hype? Miami Dolphins RB Kalen Ballage. Everyone was singing his praises when Kenyan Drake was out, but he is a below-average RB. Ballage gained just 17 yards on eight carries, and that is not good enough to keep a job in the NFL.

— It appears for now that Marquez Valdes-Scantling has won the battle for the WR2 in Green Bay over Geronimo Allison. I am not saying that I would cut Allison just yet, but I would temper any preseason expectation and think of him as a BYE week fill-in more than anything.

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Indianapolis Colts QB Jacoby Brissett— Slowly but surely, Colts head coach Frank Reich is going to turn QB Jacoby Brissett into a top-level QB. Reich has slowed the game down for Brissett and is giving him comfortable, high-percentage throws to help build his confidence. I think as the season moves forward, we will see Brissett run more and take more chances downfield.

— Please don’t look at Ravens QB Lamar Jackson’s day and tell me that he passed the ball well. He did not. He got lucky on a few passes that should have been knocked down or picked off—and probably would have been by better teams. I am not saying that Jackson is a bad QB—far from it—I am saying that he is still a work in progress and his owners can expect him to struggle against the better pass defenses.

— At this point, if you don’t believe in Raiders TE Darren Waller, you need to adjust your TV set. Waller has been everything that Jon Gruden was hoping for—and then some. The problem is that Derek Carr is not a very good QB and the Raiders need to move on from him soon.

— Fantasy owners might want to remember September 22, 2019, because I think this will be the day that we remember that Eagles RB Miles Sanders started his breakout. Sanders not only rushed for 53 yards, but he had two receptions for 73 yards. He is a major weapon who will only produce more and more in the coming weeks.

— Look at what an accurate QB means to the Carolina Panthers. I have been screaming from the rooftops that Cam Newton is holding the team back, and on Sunday, it looked like I was right. Backup QB Kyle Allen was accurate enough to find TE Greg Olsen, WR Curtis Samuel, and WR D.J. Moore all for TDs—something Cam rarely does.

Los Angeles Chargers WR Keenan Allen— If we had to draft over again, I think I would take Chargers WR Keenan Allen in the first round. With TE Hunter Henry out, Allen got a whopping 17 targets in this game where he caught 13 of them for 183 yds and 2 TDs. He is unstoppable, and a must-play in seasonal and DFS formats.

— If you look at the New Orleans Saints’ box score this week, you will see what you can expect until Drew Brees returns: 23 rushing attempts, 27 pass attempts, and only Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas have any real fantasy value.

— I know the Steelers lost today, but their youth movement at wide receiver is going to start paying off handsomely in the coming weeks. Both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson are terrific weapons who will eventually click with Mason Rudolph. The Steelers really need to be concerned about getting RB James Conner on track. Putting up 43 yards on 13 carries is not going to be enough to win games.

— I have two comments on the Los Angeles Rams: 1) Head coach Sean McVay makes excellent adjustments at halftime. 2) WR Cooper Kupp is so integral to their offense that I often question whether the Rams would have won the Super Bowl had he played in the game. I think the answer might be yes.

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