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Fantasy Football No-Shows to Start in Week 3

Jason Schandl
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Fantasy football scoring is highly variable on a week-by-week basis. Even the top producers rarely come up big every single week, and it's important not to overreact to a bad game or two.

These five players were Week 2 fantasy football busts, but they should still prove great options to start in Week 3.

1. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

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Six receptions for only 49 yards and no touchdowns in a great matchup was obviously a major letdown after Sammy Watkins had four times as many yards and three touchdowns in Week 1. There shouldn't be need to worry though, as he actually saw an increased target total, notching 13 with Tyreek Hill on the sidelines. Watkins has seen 30 percent of the Kansas City Chiefs' targets through two games, and he still ranks second in the NFL with 247 receiving yards. Despite the quiet fantasy outing in Week 2, Watkins' value is as high as ever heading into Week 3's meeting with the Baltimore Ravens.

2. Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts

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It's easy to be disappointed by Marlon Mack's 6.3 fantasy points from Week 2, but his value should be fine moving forward. He still racked up 20 carries and three targets in that game, and his 45 carries to start the season are the most in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans' defense has looked terrific to start the year, and Mack finds himself in a far more favorable spot in Week 3 at home against the Atlanta Falcons.

3. Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots

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Josh Gordon fell flat with only two receptions and 19 yards on five targets in Week 2's blowout win over the Miami Dolphins. There are a lot of mouths to feed in the New England Patriots' offense, and Gordon could be in for another low target total with the Pats favored by a massive 23 points over the New York Jets in Week 3, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Gordon has seen a lot of downfield usage so far this year though, with a 12.7-yard average depth of target, meaning he can return some strong fantasy upside, even on limited looks. Being huge favorites could drive the passing volume down in New England, but it also gives a huge boost to the Pats' potential for efficiency and scoring, which would then make it even easier for Gordon to rack up big fantasy points without getting a high volume of looks.

4. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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It's never a good sign for a player to land on this list two weeks in a row, but it's not time to quit on Mike Evans yet. His 13 targets through two games are not what you'd like to see out of a highly-drafted WR, but he's never averaged fewer than eight targets per game in a season, and that's still not likely to change with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' thin WR corps in 2019. He's also not hitting anywhere near his usual efficiency, struggling to the tune of 6.8 yards per target (compared to a career average of 8.5), and a matchup with the New York Giants puts him in a terrific spot to bounce back in Week 3.

5. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants

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With 48 yards and no touchdowns, Evan Engram finished only 13th among tight ends in standard scoring in Week 2. He still saw eight targets and racked up six receptions though, and he now ranks second at the position with 22 targets and first with 17 receptions through two games. He's one of the New York Giants' primary weapons on offense, he could be in for an efficiency boost with Daniel Jones starting at QB, and his matchup gets much easier in Week 3, taking on the Bucs after struggling against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. Engram remains an every-week fantasy starter at TE thanks to his elite volume.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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