Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Week 4 Rankings

Image result for jeremy langfordI'm not sure if you've noticed, but football is a rough sport.  Every week brings injuries that end up impacting the fantasy landscape.  Here's what we've seen so far just through just 3 WEEKS...

Week 1: Keenan Allen lost for the season
Week 2: Adrian Peterson, Danny Woodhead, and Ameer Abdullah all likely lost for the season...Jonathan Stewart, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, and Donte Moncrief all with multi-week injuries
Week 3: Shane Vereen, Jeremy Langford, and Thomas Rawls with multi-week injuries

If you're not working that waiver wire, then you must have been avoiding injuries and just have the best team in the league.  Well good for you, buddy!  But it's only Week 4.  There's still plenty of time to improve that 1-2 record (as in my case).  Week 4 also means the start of the dreaded bye weeks.  Only two teams are taking this week off, but some weeks coming up are brutal.
Anyway, let's get to the rankings!

BYE: Green Bay, Philadelphia

1.Cam Newton
2.Philip Rivers  
3.Matthew Stafford 
4.Drew Brees
5.Andrew Luck 
6.Carson Palmer   
7.Ben Roethlisberger 
8.Kirk Cousins  
9.Blake Bortles
10.Joe Flacco
11.Matt Ryan   
12.Russell Wilson 
13.Derek Carr  
14.Andy Dalton  
15.Jameis Winston  
16.Ryan Tannehill 
17.Trevor Siemian
18.Brian Hoyer  
19.Dak Prescott  
20.Eli Manning 

Week 3 was a bit strange for fantasy QBs, as the top-10 included names like Dak Prescott and Brian Hoyer.  Hell, Trevor Siemian was the #1 fantasy QB for crying out loud!  As for my picks versus the ESPN experts, they were pretty bad all around last week.  Let's start with the QBs, as I was high on Blake Bortles (ESPN #13, ME #9).  He continues to have an incredibly slow start to 2016, and he finished 16th in Week 3.  I was down on my man Kirk Cousins (ESPN #16, ME NOT RANKED), but he actually finished as a top-10 QB.  I was happy to be wrong there, as the Redskins finally got in the win column.  I hope he can keep it going this week against the Browns, and I have him as a top-10 play in that favorable matchup.
I'm high on: Matt Ryan (ESPN #16, ME #11) 
This one could come back to bite me in the ass because I might be starting this guy on my own fantasy team this week.  Julio Jones had a horrible game against the Saints, but it was the running game that the Falcons relied on in that victory.  Against the Panthers, I can't imagine they'll be able to stick to that same game plan.  They'll need to air it out a bit, and Ryan has been the #2 fantasy QB through 3 games this year.  I don't think you can just discount that and drop him all the way out of the QB1 conversation.

Image result for eli manningI'm down on: Eli Manning (ESPN #14, ME #20) 
Meanwhile, the ESPN rankings have QBs like Dak and Eli ahead of Ryan this week.  You know who has a really tough matchup this week?  Eli freaking Manning!  He's facing a Viking defense that's made Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton look pedestrian.  And this game is on the road in Minnesota.  At least Matty Ice gets to face the Panthers at home.  I think Eli could end up outside of the top-20 fantasy QBs in Week 4, and the ESPN experts are crazy to rank him all the way up at 14th.

1.David Johnson
2.Ezekiel Elliott
3.Le'Veon Bell 
4.Lamar Miller
5.Melvin Gordon 
6.LeGarrette Blount
7.C.J. Anderson   
8.Mark Ingram
9.Todd Gurley  
10.DeMarco Murray  
11.LeSean McCoy  
12.Matt Forte  
13.Carlos Hyde  
14.Christine Michael 
15.Jeremy Hill  
16.Frank Gore 
17.Isaiah Crowell
18.Devonta Freeman  
19.Charles Sims
20.Spencer Ware     
21.Latavius Murray  
22.Jordan Howard 
23.Matt Jones  
24.Tevin Coleman   
25.Jerick McKinnon 
26.Theo Riddick  
27.Cameron Artis-Payne  
28.Giovani Bernard 
29.Chris Ivory 
30.Dwayne Washington 
31.Rashad Jennings 
32.Duke Johnson 
33.Kenyan Drake  
34.Justin Forsett 
35.DeAngelo Williams  
36.Fozzy Whittaker 
37.TJ Yeldon 
38.Derrick Henry 
39.Orleans Darkwa 
40.Matt Asiata  
41.Jay Ajayi
42.Terrance West  
43,Alfred Morris 
44.DeAndre Washington   
45.Chris Thompson
46.Shaun Draughn 
47.James White 
48.Dexter McCluster
49.Bilal Powell
50.Devontae Booker

Ultimately I didn't do any better on my RB picks, but I was actually close on both of them.  I was down on Jay Ajayi (ESPN #27, ME #34), saying Miami would rotate in Kenyan Drake and Isaiah Pead (which they did).  Ajayi had about 2 fantasy points until his touchdown in overtime, which bumped him into the top-25.  That's a bad beat right there.  As for Jerick McKinnon (ESPN #31, ME #22), I was high on him because I thought he'd get the majority of touches and Carolina was susceptible to the run.  Well, McKinnon more than doubled the touches and productivity to that of Asiata, but he still finished outside of the top-25 RBs in Week 3.  I still like him this week against the Giants, and my opponent will likely play him against me.  I hope I'm wrong about him two weeks in a row.

I'm high on: DeAngelo Williams (ESPN #46, ME #35)  
Image result for deangelo le'veonI don't doubt Mike Tomlin when he says to expect a lot of Le'Veon Bell in his first game back from suspension.  But keep in mind, this is his first real game back from injury as well.  Sure, he played a preseason game against the Saints in which he ran the ball 3 times and caught a few passes.  Otherwise, he's just been practicing.  I know the Steelers didn't use DeAngelo much when Le'Veon was healthy last year, but I think he could be a little more in the mix this season...especially considering the rate at which he scored touchdowns while Bell was injured in 2015.  I'm not saying I'M going to be starting DeAngelo this week, but I definitely like him more than the ESPN experts.

I'm down on: Jamaal Charles (ESPN #43, ME NOT RANKED) 
Just stop.  First of all, I don't get why experts rank guys like this who are so unlikely to even play.  Charles hasn't seen the field at all in 2016, yet 3 of the 5 ESPN fantasy gurus ranked him in their top-40 RBs.  Even if he does play (which I don't think he will), I wouldn't even think to rank him.  I'd say he maybe plays a series or two once he DOES return to action, and I'd much rather start 10 other guys ahead of Charles this week (knowing they'll at least play and get a few touches).

1.Antonio Brown 
2.A.J. Green  
3.Julio Jones 
4.Odell Beckham, Jr.  
5.Allen Robinson 
6.DeAndre Hopkins 
7.Marvin Jones Jr. 
8.Larry Fitzgerald 
9.TY Hilton 
10.Kelvin Benjamin 
11.Alshon Jeffery
12.Travis Benjamin  
13.Jarvis Landry  
14.Brandin Cooks
15.Amari Cooper
16.Doug Baldwin 
17.Stefon Diggs
18. DeMaryius Thomas   
19.Terrelle Pryor
20.Mike Evans
21.DeSean Jackson 
22.Jeremy Maclin 
23.Willie Snead
24.Emmanuel Sanders
25.Brandon Marshall  
26.Dez Bryant
27.Michael Crabtree
28.Tyrell Williams 
29.DeVante Parker
30.Mike Wallace 
31.Eric Decker
32.Steve Smith, Sr. 
33.Sterling Shepard  
34.Julian Edelman
35.Will Fuller 
36.Allen Hurns 
37.Michael Floyd   
38.Jamison Crowder 
39.John Brown
40.Phillip Dorsett    
41.Cole Beasley
42.Tavon Austin   
43.Golden Tate 
44.Kevin White  
45.Tyler Lockett 
46.Tajae Sharpe
47.Quincy Enunwa 
48.Victor Cruz 
49.Robert Woods
50.Torrey Smith

The top 3 fantasy WRs in Week 3 were Marvin Jones, Emmanuel Sanders, and Terrell Pryor.  Wow.
I was high on Sterling Shepherd (ESPN #39, ME #26), who caught 5 balls for 73 yards and a TD.  He also had one catch and run that landed him down at the 1 yard line, so he almost ended up with two scores.  As it was, he was easily a top-20 WR and actually finished just ahead of OBJ.  As for Sammy Watkins (ESPN #27, ME #37), I continued to be down on him as he is dealing with an injury.  He didn't even suit up in Week 3, so I'll count that as a win too.  I'm not ranking him again this week, but I'll give you someone else I'm down on because I'm tired of talking about him (the ESPN consensus ranking of him is still #32 this week).

I'm high on: Mike Wallace (ESPN #40, ME #30) & Steve Smith, Sr. (ESPN #43, ME #32)
The ESPN experts nearly all agree that Joe Flacco is a top-12 play this week at home versus Oakland.  But they all also seem to agree that none of the Ravens WRs are really worth starting in this game.  Huh?!?  Well I'm going to respectfully disagree, especially considering the Raiders have given up the MOST fantasy points to WRs through 3 games.  Meanwhile, Mike Wallace has 3 TDs and Steve Smith is averaging nearly 9 targets per game.  I think both of these guys are startable, at least as a FLEX option.

Image result for sad mike evansI'm down on: Mike Evans (ESPN #12, ME #20) 
Evans has had a good start to the 2016 season, seeing over 12 targets per game and scoring a TD in each of his first three games.  I say that streak ends on Sunday against a Denver defense that gave up the fewest points to WRs last season and already the 3rd fewest this year.  Evans may still get double digit looks, but I think he'll end up well outside of the WR1 conversation this week.

1.Greg Olsen
2.Jordan Reed 
3.Rob Gronkowski 
4.Travis Kelce 
5.Kyle Rudolph   
6.Delanie Walker
7.Zach Miller 
8.Eric Ebron
9.Dennis Pitta 
10.Julius Thomas 
11.Coby Fleener   
12.Jimmy Graham 
13.Gary Barnidge 
14.Jacob Tamme 
15.Jason Witten    
16.Dwayne Allen
17.Hunter Henry
18.Cameron Brate
19.Jack Doyle
20.Clive Walford 

Last week I actually talked up Jordan Cameron (ESPN #25, ME #18), but he left the game in the 2nd quarter with a concussion and didn't return.  That kind of stinks for my pick, as he only had one catch on the day for 5 yards.  I was also really down on Gary Barnidge  (ESPN #8, ME #19) versus the ESPN experts, but he actually finished as a top-10 fantasy TE.  So no luck with my tight end picks last week, but maybe better luck here in Week 4!
I'm high on: Kyle Rudolph  (ESPN #9, ME #5) 
Image result for kyle rudolphI know we only have a 3 game sample, but Rudolph is the #2 fantasy TE so far this season.  He has no fewer than 8 targets in each game, at least 6 fantasy points in each game, and he's found the endzone in each of his last two contests (both of Bradford's starts).  I like him as a top-5 option against the G-Men at home.

I'm down on: Coby Fleener (ESPN #6, ME #11) 
I know Fleener finally had a big game on Monday night, but excuse me for not wanting to forget the first two weeks of the season (and the drops he had against the Falcons too).  I think Willie Snead will be back this week, and Fleener may get fewer looks (definitely fewer than the 11 against Atlanta).  I think it's possible he's a top-10 fantasy TE this week in a good matchup against the Chargers, but I have plenty of other guys ranked ahead of him.

Image result for colts defense london

Last week I was high on the New York Giants (ESPN #17, ME #8) and down on the Kansas City Chiefs...again (ESPN #11, ME NOT RANKED)...WRONG AND WRONG.  The Giants were one of the worst fantasy defenses in Week 3, and the Chiefs were the absolute best.  Well, crap.  I'm still down on the Chiefs though, and I'll explain below...

I'm high on: Indianapolis Colts (ESPN #21, ME #14) 
I know this isn't a great defensive unit, but since the horrible Week 1 showing against the Lions, Indy's D has actually held opponents to 22 and 16 points in their last two.  Also remember this is technically an away game for the Colts, but the game is being played at 9:30am EST in London, England.  The Jags beat the Bills last year at Wembley, but they got smoked in their previous two games (2014-Dallas & 2013-San Fran).  I think Andrew Luck has a big game with some long drives, and I think the Colts defense will step up and get their team to 2-2.

I'm down on: Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN #10, ME NOT RANKED) 
I know I sound like a broken record, but I still don't like the Chiefs this week.  I know they were the beneficiary of SIX Ryan Fitzpatrick interceptions last week, but the Steelers are going to be playing angry after getting embarrassed in Philly in Week 3.  They're also getting Le'Veon back, who is an obvious threat to put up points.  Keep in mind that Kansas City didn't even have a sack against the Jets, and they only have 3 through 3 games (second fewest in the league).  I just think they had a good week, and I wouldn't start them in Pittsburgh.

Good luck to everyone in Week 4!  
(Except you, Tommy...)


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

2016 Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings

If you came out of Week 2 without a running back injured, then congratulations.  I was not so lucky, as Jonathan Stewart left the game early with a hamstring injury and will probably miss at least a couple of weeks.  Other notable RB injuries (in order of severity): Danny Woodhead, Adrian Peterson, Ameer Abdullah, Doug Martin, Arian Foster, Thomas Rawls, and probably someone else I'm forgetting.  Yikes!

Image result for adrian peterson injuryThis week, I've expanded t a few of my positions (i.e. my top-12 TEs has become a top-20).  I'm doing this for a few reasons.  For some positions (like TE), after the top 3 or 4, it gets messy...and fast!  Expanding to a top-20 should also allow me to give you a guy I'm high and down on versus the ESPN guys too.  It also provides a bigger list to choose from if you're considering playing one of these guys at the FLEX position.  And for other positions (like RB or WR), I'm just expanding from 45 to 50 because there are guys I want to rank.  I mean, I don't want to leave off Kenyan Drake, do I?!?

Anyway, let's see how the Week 3 rankings are shaping up!

1.Drew Brees
2.Cam Newton
3.Aaron Rodgers
4.Andrew Luck 
5.Ben Roethlisberger
6.Carson Palmer
7.Matt Ryan
8.Philip Rivers  
9.Blake Bortles 
10.Eli Manning   
11.Russell Wilson 
12.Derek Carr
13.Jameis Winston 
14.Ryan Tannehill
15.Matthew Stafford  
16.Marcus Mariota 
17.Joe Flacco
18.Tyrod Taylor
19.Ryan Fitzpatrick 
20.Dak Prescott

I was high on two QBs in Week 2, and they were Derek Carr (ESPN #10, ME #4) and Jay Cutler (ESPN #27, ME #18).  I said Carr would throw for 300 yards and 3 TDs and easily be a top-5 fantasy QB versus Atlanta.  He threw for 299 yards and had 3 TDs on his way finishing as the #4 QB...right where I ranked him!  What more do you want from me?!?  Well you probably want me to be right about my other pick in Cutler, but that didn't happen.  Hopefully you weren't so desperate in Week 2 that you were playing him, but I guess you never know.  I didn't believe in Philly's secondary after one game against the Browns, and honestly, I still don't.  Cutler was apparently playing with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, but he was lighting up Philly's D in the first half.  I expect the Eagles to get torched this week by Big Ben, and I have him as a top-5 play. 

Speaking of the Steelers, I was down on Andy Dalton (ESPN #15, ME NOT RANKED), citing his struggles when he traveled to Pittsburgh.  This one was looking good for me until Andy racked up some yardage at the end and finally got a passing TD (to a running back) with less than 4 minutes to go in the game.  But garbage time points count, and Dalton finished with 366 yards and that TD on his way to a #15 finish, right where ESPN ranked him.  Hopefully I'll do better with my QBs this week.  And don't worry, I won't rank Cutler ever again.  Seriously.  Like, ever.

I'm high on: Blake Bortles (ESPN #13, ME #9) 
Baltimore has been pretty stingy against the pass through two games, but those games were also against the Browns and Bills.  It's not like they held Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees in check.  I think Bortles will get it going this week and be a top-10 fantasy QB against the Ravens at home.

Image result for kirk cousins giantsI'm down on: Kirk Cousins (ESPN #16, ME NOT RANKED) 
It's Week 3.  If you're starting Cousins on your fantasy team, you have problems.  Kirk has struggled to start this season, throwing 3 INTs and just 1 TD.  He has thrown for nearly 700 yards through 2 games, but I'm not sure he gets over the 300 yard mark this week in New York.  This Giants defense  is looking much better in 2016, and I wouldn't trust Cousins in my starting lineup until he looks a little more consistent.  Keep in mind that in 4 career starts against the G-Men, Kirk has just 3 TDs and 8 INTs.  I'd stay away...for now.

1.David Johnson
2.DeAngelo Williams
3.C.J. Anderson 
4.Lamar Miller
5.Matt Forte  
6.Ezekiel Elliott
7.Melvin Gordon  
8.Todd Gurley  
9.Mark Ingram 
10.LeSean McCoy 
11.DeMarco Murray  
12.LeGarrette Blount
13.Eddie Lacy 
14.Latavius Murray
15.Devonta Freeman
16.Isaiah Crowell 
17.Spencer Ware 
18.Frank Gore  
19.Rashad Jennings  
20.Jerick McKinnon
21.Jeremy Langford
22.Charles Sims 
23.Theo Riddick 
24.Tevin Coleman
25.Ryan Mathews 
26.Carlos Hyde 
27.Jeremy Hill 
28.Christine Michael 
29.Giovani Bernard 
30.Matt Jones 
31.TJ Yeldon 
32.Cameron Artis-Payne  
33.Justin Forsett 
34.Fozzy Whittaker   
35.Jay Ajayi 
36.Matt Asiata  
37.Terrance West
38.Dwayne Washington 
39.Chris Ivory  
40.Shane Vereen
41.Thomas Rawls
42.Derrick Henry 
43.Duke Johnson     
44.Kenyan Drake 
45.James White  
46.Chris Thompson
47.Alfred Morris 
48.Jordan Howard 
49.Darren Sproles
50.Jacquizz Rodgers

I definitely whiffed on my RB picks in Week 2.  I was high on Rashad Jennings (ESPN #18, ME #12) against the Saints.  I mean, why wouldn't I be?  But he didn't make the most of an amazing matchup and actually finished outside of the top-40 RBs.  And
I was down on Devonta Freeman (ESPN #17, ME #24), as I was assuming the even time share with Tevin Coleman would continue (and it pretty much did).  Although Freeman continues to get more touches than Coleman, it's the latter who has more fantasy points.  Devonta still had a decent game though, and he finished as a top-20 fantasy RB. 

I'm high on: Jerick McKinnon (ESPN #22, ME #31)  
With Adrian Peterson likely out the rest of the season, the Vikings will use a committee of McKinnon and Asiata (and maybe mix in newly signed Ronnie Hillman in the coming weeks, if not right away).  But I think the majority of the touches will go to Jerick McKinnon, who is the superior talent among that group of RBs.  Asiata may vulture a TD (which is why I picked him up off the waiver wire), but McKinnon should get the bulk of the work.

I'm down on: Jay Ajayi (ESPN #27, ME #34) 
Image result for dolphins running backsWhile I'm confident McKinnon will get 70% of the snaps against Carolina, I'm not that confident in Ajayi against the Browns.  It's a nice matchup, sure.  But I think Miami will rotate Ajayi with Kenyan Drake and even Isaiah Pead, and I bet they'll go with the hot hand (whoever that will be).  I say Ajayi only gets about 10 touches, and I don't see him anywhere close to an RB2.

1.Antonio Brown 
2.Julio Jones 
3.DeAndre Hopkins  
4.Kelvin Benjamin 
5.Jordy Nelson
6.Odell Beckham, Jr.  
7.Allen Robinson  
8.Brandin Cooks
9.Mike Evans 
10.Alshon Jeffery
11.AJ Green
12.Larry Fitzgerald 
13.Amari Cooper
14.Jarvis Landry 
15.Dez Bryant 
16.Brandon Marshall  
17.Jordan Matthews
18.Eric Decker
19.Travis Benjamin 
20.TY Hilton 
21.Jeremy Maclin 
22.Willie Snead 
23.Marvin Jones Jr.   
24.DeMaryius Thomas  
25.Stefon Diggs
26.Sterling Shepard  
27.Doug Baldwin 
28.Randall Cobb 
29.Michael Crabtree  
30.DeVante Parker 
31.Mike Wallace
32.Will Fuller 
33.Julian Edelman 
34.Michael Floyd 
35.Phillip Dorsett
36.Tyrell Williams
37.Sammy Watkins
38.Golden Tate   
39.Allen Hurns
40.Emmanuel Sanders 
41.Victor Cruz 
42.DeSean Jackson 
43.Tajae Sharpe
44.Mohamed Sanu
45.Tyler Lockett 
46.Kevin White
47.Cole Beasley
48.Tavon Austin
49.Quincy Enunwa
50.Steve Smith, Sr. 

I was high on Allen Hurns (ESPN #38, ME #27) and down on Sammy Watkins (ESPN #17, ME #31), but neither produced so I was only 1 for 2 here as well.  I said Hurns would only catch 4 or 5 balls against San Diego (he caught 5), but I was counting on one of them being a TD.  So far, Allen isn't being as efficient with his catches this season as last year.  As for Watkins, he didn't look anywhere near 100% healthy on Thursday night.  Tyrod threw his way just 5 times, and one of those got intercepted.  That ball was certainly underthrown, but Watkins barely made a play on it and seemed to grimace/limp afterwards.  He ended up with just 2 catches for 20 yards, and I have some serious concerns about him moving forward.

Image result for sterling shepard giantsI'm high on: Sterling Shepherd (ESPN #39, ME #26)
This rookie has double digit fantasy points in each of his first two games, and I think he'll do it for a third week in a row.  Josh Norman will likely be shadowing OBJ, so Shepherd should be open against guys like Bashaud Breeland.  I think he's a borderline WR2 with WR1 upside in this matchup.

I'm down on: Sammy Watkins (ESPN #27, ME #37) 
I'm still down on Sammy Watkins, and I'll continue to feature him here because, well, it's easy.  I'm not getting paid by the word count here, people.  In fact, I'm not getting paid for this at all, so deal with it.

1.Greg Olsen
2.Jordan Reed 
3.Delanie Walker
4.Julius Thomas
5.Antonio Gates
6.Dwayne Allen
7.Eric Ebron
8.Dennis Pitta
9.Travis Kelce 
10.Jason Witten 
11.Jesse James 
12.Martellus Bennett 
13.Clive Walford 
14.Jacob Tamme 
15.Coby Fleener  
16.Jimmy Graham
17.Kyle Rudolph
18.Jordan Cameron 
19.Gary Barnidge
20.Vance McDonald 

Last week I didn't have a tight end I was down on versus the ESPN experts, but I did talk up Antonio Gates (ESPN #8, ME #5).  With Keenan Allen going down in Week 1, the Chargers had to game plan with their go-to tight end in mind, right?  Well, he caught only 3 balls for the second week in a row, but at least one of them was in the end zone I guess.  He finished with 7.5 fantasy points in standard leagues, which was better than the likes of Jordan Reed, Julius Thomas, Gary Barnidge and Travis Kelce (among others, obviously).  So while he wasn't a top-5 TE, he should still prove to be a touchdown threat each and every week.  He'll remain in my top-10 until proven otherwise.  Gronk is still missing from my rankings, but if he plays tomorrow night (even with a 3rd string QB), he has to be a top-5 play and you're starting him.  Just wanted to make that clear...

I'm high on: Jordan Cameron (ESPN #25, ME #18) 
I'm still much higher on Dwayne Allen versus the ESPN experts, but I've already talked him up a bunch this season, so let me give you someone else I'm high on.  I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm actually high on Jordan Cameron this week.  He had a stinker of a game in Seattle, but then again, so did the entire Dolphin offense.  In Week 2 though, he had 5 catches for 49 yards and a TD.  Cleveland has given up top-10 fantasy points to the TE position through the first two games, and I think Cameron could have another decent game.

I'm down on: Gary Barnidge  (ESPN #8, ME #19) 
Image result for gary barnidgeWeek 1, Barnidge had zero catches with RGIII as the QB.  Week 2, everyone was excited that he was getting McCown back.  But he only had 5 catches for 37 yards.  This week, his QB will be rookie Cody Kessler.  Do you trust Cody to get him the ball?  I sure don't.  Maybe Barnidge will have a phenomenal game, but he'd have it on my bench if I owned him in a fantasy league.  This is way too risky of a play in my mind to be ranking Barnidge as a top-10 fantasy TE.


Last week I was high on the Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN #18, ME #10) and down on the Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN #9, ME NOT RANKED).  The fact is, neither put up many fantasy points and finished right next to each other in the middle of the pack (just outside of the top-15).  Dalton didn't throw any picks against Pittsburgh, but the Steelers still held the Bengals to just 16 points (with the lone TD coming in the final minutes, as mentioned above).  I still think they're an improved defense, and we'll see teams like them and the Giants in the rankings regularly in the coming weeks.  As for the Chiefs, I said I'd probably leave them on the bench until after their Week 5 bye, and I'm sticking with that.  I've expanded my defense list from 12 to 15 so I can hopefully always have a squad to be high/down on versus ESPN each week.  Let's see who I have for Week 3.

I'm high on: New York Giants (ESPN #17, ME #8) 
I already alluded to this above when I talked about Kirk Cousins, but I'm definitely worried this week as a Redskins fan.  Kirk hasn't been good against the Giants in his young career, and the G-Men look a lot better this season with their new additions on the defensive side of the ball.  I think they'll hold the Redskins to 20 points or less, force a couple of turnovers, and probably sack Kirk a few times as well.  They're a top-10 fantasy defense for me this week, and I just might pick them up and start them.

Image result for chiefs defenseI'm down on: Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN #11, ME NOT RANKED) 
Well, I still don't like the Chiefs this week, as they face a Jets offense that has been putting up a lot of points so far this season.  I'll just keep putting KC here until I'm wrong I guess...or at least until after their Week 5 bye.  I want to see Tamba Hali playing more than half the snaps, and I want to see the Chiefs play a weaker opponent.

Good luck to everyone in Week 3!  
(Except you, Andrew...)