by Angel Maldonado
Don’t be intimidated by the matchup: Josh Allen is an elite quarterback. After two seasons of ridicule. Allen is starting to silence the haters and beginning his journey towards League MVP. Despite the Rams being in the Top 10 against QBs in terms of points allowed, the Rams are once again on the East Coast, and I expect them to look sluggish against a Buffalo team that has all its confidence. He’s a must-start for as long as he continues this streak.
Kelley has as many carries through two weeks as Austin Ekeler (35). That should tell you all you need to know about Joshua Kelley as he has earned the trust of the Chargers staff and has quickly replaced Justin Jackson as the 1B option in the Chargers run game. He enters Week 3 with momentum and is facing the Carolina Panthers, a team that has given up RB1 weeks to Christian McCaffrey and Leonard Fournette in back to back weeks. He’s a safe RB2 with RB1 potential this week and should be started in all formats.
It’s official: Corey Davis is stepping up. After years of mediocrity, Davis is looking to make the Titans regret not picking up him 2021 option and has done an excellent job so far, catching 10 passes for 137 yards and a touchdown. This week he goes up against a Vikings defense that has allowed the second-most PPG to wide receivers in the league. After years of anticipation, Corey Davis is finally a must-start.
After a tumultuous offseason that saw Fournette released less than two weeks away from opening day, Fournette has found a home in Tampa Bay and may have taken over this backfield thanks to his explosive Week 2 performance in which he ran for 103 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries. He faces a Denver team that was decimated by James Conner last week. Don’t shy away from Fournette this week simply because of a RBBC.
If Davante Adams plays, I wouldn’t expect it to be for much more than a decoy. Either way, Allen Lazard is set to be peppered with targets this week. If Adams plays, expect Marshon Lattimore to stay on him throughout the evening and open up looks for Lazard. If not, Lazard and Marquez Valdez-Scantling become flex options in what could be a surprisingly low-scoring affair tonight. Keep an eye on Lazard.
The art of Will Fuller is simple: when he explodes you win and when he doesn’t you have a long week ahead of you. This week, you don’t want to start him. The Steelers defense is off to an outstanding start and is looking like a weekly “Sit Em'” matchup for opposing wide receivers. After a great Week 1, Fuller was held in check by Baltimore last week and it should be more of the same this week for the explosive wideout. Look elsewhere this week.
Bust of the Week
I’m really high on David Johnson this year, but don’t start him this week. This will not be easy for him considering his offensive line has underwhelmed while the Steelers front 7 is once against elite. I’d be surprised if he breaks 12 points this week.