Lions Theo Riddick a Sneaky Play in PPR Leagues
A look at some sneaky plays for Week Three
Matt Ryan vs. New Orleans Saints
Matt Ryan has been hot and cold through the first two weeks of the 2018 season, going without a touchdown in Week One followed by a two-touchdown performance this past Sunday. Coming into Week Three, he gets another familiar foe with a home game against a Saints secondary that is currently a bottom-three unit in points allowed to the position. It has become clear that the Saints’ defense this season is not as tough a draw as it was 2017. I expect Ryan and the Falcons’ offense to take advantage of this in a potential back and forth game. Ryan is likely being rostered as a QB2 in many leagues, but with this matchup I expect for him to put up solid QB1 numbers. A 300-yard game is not out of the realm of possibility here, as I also expect to see Ryan toss a minimum of two touchdowns.
Theo Riddick vs. New England Patriots
Theo Riddick may not be involved in the running attack for the Detroit Lions, but his performance the past two weeks in PPR formats is tough to ignore. Coming off of games with five and nine receptions, respectively, Riddick has quietly found value as a Flex player with the right matchup, and he’s lined up for another good one this week against the Patriots. In what should be a game that sees the Lions trailing, you will likely see Riddick play plenty of snaps, especially in the second half. In a PPR format, he could have some appeal as a low-end RB2 this week, but will surely be a valuable Flex play. Look for him to bring in another seven catches for 55 yards and potentially find the end zone in Week Three.
Jamison Crowder vs. Green Bay Packers
Crowder has been off to a very quiet start in the 2018 campaign, with only five receptions on eight targets through two games. Coming into Week Three, Crowder’s matchup against a Packers secondary that has been susceptible to slot receivers could be just what the doctor ordered. The game-script here should be in Crowder’s favor, as the Packers should play with the lead for most of the game. If Alex Smith and the passing attack can find some type of rhythm, Crowder is in line to double his year-to-date numbers. A five catch, 80-yard day is within reach for Crowder, as he could also score his first touchdown of 2018. A sneaky play as your WR3 in PPR formats in this game.
Ian Thomas vs. Cincinnati Bengals
In his first game as the replacement to Greg Olsen, Thomas had a somewhat disappointing day. That should not be the case in Week Three, as he draws a Bengals defense that is currently allowing the highest average points per game to opposing tight ends. While the Bengals will look to focus on keeping Christian McCaffrey in check, a lot of those short area passes could go Thomas’s way instead. He may not blow you away with his statistics by the end of the game, but five catches for 45 yards and a score could do well enough to be TE1 worthy this week. If you stream at the position in seasonal leagues, Thomas may be a player to grab. In DFS, he will likely be a free option with low ownership.
Houston Texans vs. New York Giants
We all saw what the Giants’ offense was made of on Sunday night in Dallas, and it wasn’t much. They allowed six sacks to the Cowboys’ defense and looked inept in terms of moving the ball for most of the game. Now the Texans’ pass rush gets their shot to redeem themselves after a poor effort in Nashville against the Blaine Gabbert-led Titans. With the Giants also losing their starting center to injury this week, that offensive line could be even more offensive in Week Three. The Texans should give you a solid week as a starting defense and in DFS they could bring back a lot of value for the price. Scoop them up and plug them into your lineups.
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