CHICAGO, IL- SEPTEMBER 09: Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs after catching a pass as Jerraud Powers #25 of the Indianapolis Colts chases him on September 9, 2012 during their 2012 NFL season opener at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Week 3 in fantasy football has arrived, and there are plenty of favorable matchups out there. Here are five to help propel your team to the top.
Two weeks are in the books for the fantasy football season, and while it's still early, these games are important. Whether you look to continue your unbeaten streak, break the .500 mark or just get your first win, Week 3 provides us with some favorable matchups for your fantasy team.
Before we get into the favorable Week 3 matchups, last week I gave you five players in my opinion that had favorable matchups for their Week 2 games. Here's how I did.
Dwayne Bowe (vs Buffalo) finished with eight receptions for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Bowe provided fantasy owners with a productive week early on in the season.
Jimmy Graham didn't have his typical big game the past week against Carolina, but he did provide seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown.
DeAngelo Williams is tough to call a hit, but with Carolina using virtually having three running backs with the scramble happy Cam Newton, 69 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown is a nice game for Williams.
Chris Johnson continues his struggle this season as he had another disappointing game for the Titans. Is it time to give up on the former 2,000 yard rusher?
With Week 2 in the books, here are five favorable matchups for week 3.
Brandon Marshall vs St. Louis
After his impressive performance in week 1, Marshall had an awful outing against the Packers last week. He caught two passes and dropped a wide open touchdown.
I like Marshall to rebound this week against the Rams at Soldier Field. This has 'bounce back' game written all over it for Marshall, as he goes against a Rams secondary that has given up 280 yard per game passing this season. Cutler will look for Marshall early and often which is a positive for your fantasy team.
CJ Spiller vs Cleveland
I've been high on Spiller since the Bills drafted him a few years back. He's just never received his chance to prove he belongs in an NFL backfield until now. With Fred Jackson still sidelined, Spiller will continue to shine and put up big fantasy numbers.
This week Spiller goes against the Browns who are very capable of giving up a lot of yards on the ground. Will these be another two touchdown performance for Spiller? Possibly, I see Spiller going for at least one touchdown this week.
Mike Wallace vs Oakland
Wallace is just getting back into the NFL routine and that's great news for fantasy owners. Wallace is Big Ben's favorite target, and against Oakland that smells like a recipe for success.
He's poised for a nice game against a Oakland secondary that is just poised to give up a big play.
Maurice Jones-Drew vs Indianapolis
Jones-Drew's workload will increase week by week, and with Rashad Jennings out, MJD will continue to get the bulk of the carries in Jacksonville. This week MJD goes against division rival Indianapolis, and could be a nice matchup for MJD to get back on track.
The Jaguars will look to get MJD going early and often, trying to establish the run game against a poor Colts defense. Jones-Drew can shred this defense, and put up solid numbers for your fantasy team.
Drew Brees vs Kansas City
Brees hasn't had his greatest start to the season like previous years past, but a week 3 matchup with the Chiefs could help get Brees going. Brees is a key to many fantasy owners as they expect big numbers each and every week. So far Brees hasn't exactly given fantasy owners what they have wanted this season.
I'm not saying Brees has had an awful start to the season, but the interceptions have been a problem. Brees has thrown four interceptions to match his four touchdowns on the season. One thing you can guarantee from Brees is yards, but he needs to get the touchdowns going. Let's see if he can do it this week.