Fantasy football pickups for Week 3

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon hasn't done much so far this season, but with Adrian Peterson out, he'll take on a much bigger role. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

(WTNH)–Week 2 of the NFL season is over, and if you’re like me, you’ve already dropped half of your fantasy team, given up on your first three picks and have come to the existential conclusion that life is merely a continuation of the physical reaction of the Big Bang. (I watched an episode of ‘Through the Wormhole’ with Morgan Freeman last week).

If you’re not like me, though, and you feel hopeful about the future, you’re in luck! We’re here to help you win your league with the best pickups this week. Read this column, then go out there and humiliate your co-workers to the best of your ability!

Quarterbacks:

The usual crop of QB’s are available, including Baltimore’s Joe Flacco and Kansas City’s Alex Smith. But you may want to take a good, hard look at the Eagles’ Carson Wentz. First of all, the dude comes from a bona-fide football powerhouse (North Dakota State upset No. 11 Iowa on Saturday), and he’s played extremely well in his first two starts in the NFL.

The Eagles are bringing him along slowly, staying conservative on offense and not daring to throw the ball down the field very much. But he’s thrived–completing 60.5 percent of his passes so far and going 21-for-34 with 190 yards and a touchdown against the Bears on Monday night.

Wentz clearly has an NFL arm and a capacity to make quick decisions, something most QB’s at his level of experience don’t have. He’s not an ideal starter, and you’re probably going to be one of the worst teams in your league if you’ve got him as your No. 1 QB, but if you’re desperate for help at that position or are in one of those ridiculous leagues that starts two QB’s, you may want to pick him up.

Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker (43) moves past Tennessee Titans strong safety Da'Norris Searcy (21) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker has a cool name and an awesome mouth guard, and that’s reason enough to pick him up. (AP Photo/James Kenney)

Running backs:

Jerick McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings.

Adrian Peterson has once again let our own John Pierson down, as he tore his meniscus in his right knee on Sunday night. There is no timetable for his return at this point, just like there’s no timetable for the return of Pierson’s sanity (just kidding, John). With AP out, the Vikings will turn to McKinnon, who has only scored 1.75 fantasy points so far this season but is in line to get the bulk of the carries. Also look out for Matt Asiata, who is a bigger back and figures to get more goal-line opportunities for the Vikes than McKinnon.

Fozzy Whittaker, Carolina Panthers.

Not only does he have an awesome name, he’s in line for an uptick in carries after the Panthers lost starting running back Jonathan Stewart on Sunday. Whittaker stepped in and rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries against the 49ers, which was good for 16.50 points in our News 8 fantasy league. The only problem for Whittaker is that he’s going up against the miserly Vikings’ defense on Sunday.

Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears.

Ka’Deem Carey is hurt and Jeremy Langford has been awful, so Howard is a nice sleeper pick. He should see plenty of carries on Sunday at Dallas.

New York Jets wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (81) catches a pass in front of Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Quincy Enunwa looks like he’s going to be a big part of the Jets’ offense this season. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Wide receivers:

Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets.

Enunwa has been a breakout star in the Jets’ offense so far this season, catching 13 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in two games. Last week against the Bills, he busted out for six catches for 92 yards. Even more surprisingly though, Enunwa saw nearly as many targets against Buffalo (14) as star wideout Brandon Marshall (17). Marshall is dealing with a knee injury and may not play Sunday against the Chiefs, which would make Enunwa an even better play for those looking for help at wide receiver.

Corey Coleman, Cleveland Browns.

The former Baylor star has been a revelation for the Browns, and he racked up 5 receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns in Cleveland’s very-Cleveland-like loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Even without starter Robert Griffin III and backup Josh McCown, the first-round pick has proven he’s got what it takes to be a game-breaking player for the Browns. He’ll be catching passes from third-string rookie Cody Kessler this weekend, but if the Browns do anything through the air against Miami’s secondary, Coleman will be heavily involved.

Eddie Royal, Chicago Bears.

Yes, the Bears are awful, and yes, starting quarterback Jay Cutler went out with an injury in Monday night’s 29-14 humiliation against Philadelphia. But Royal has been consistent through two games (13 points each) and has a chance to be a solid wideout for you this year. Definitely worth a look if you’re in need of wide receiver help.

Tight Ends:

Jordan Cameron, Miami Dolphins.

Cameron came out of his opening-game slumber to score a touchdown against New England on Sunday. He also caught 5 passes for 49 yards. Miami gets a much-needed bye week on Sunday (they’re playing the Browns), so he’s got a chance to put up a double-digit point total again.

Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts.

Doyle scored two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Lions, and he saw 43 snaps Sunday against Denver. He’s been very productive so far, putting up 21.50 points in our News 8 league, and faces a relenting San Diego defense this week.

Defenses:

San Francisco.

The 49ers will face a struggling Seahawks offense Sunday and are coming off of a nice two weeks (18 and 7 points, respectively). You might want to take a flyer on them if you need a defense for Week 3.

Oakland.

Pierson likes the Raiders’ defense at Tennessee, which has turned the ball over a ton in its first two games. The Titans have given up the most points to fantasy defenses thus far. We know one thing–the Raiders will be available. They’ve given up the equivalent of the state of Nebraska in yardage so far this season and have posted exactly one fantasy point so far.

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