Burning Questions: Week 4
Week 3 was action packed with some monster fantasy performances from WRs (Marvin Jones, Jordy Nelson, T.Y. Hilton) and even some teams flexing their defensive muscles (Kansas City!) We tackle another week of Burning Questions that must be answered. Follow our contributors for this week’s Burning Questions: Travis Strickland (@DFF_Travis), Keaton Denlay (@keatondenlay), and Kyle Borgognoni (@kyle_borg)
1. What are we supposed to believe about Kelvin Benjamin after this week?
“My biggest concern with Kelvin Benjamin revolves around whether or not the offensive line can find a way to keep Cam Newton upright long enough to find him. Thankfully, it’s not every week that they’ll face a defense as stout as Minnesota. They made it their mission to take Kelvin out of the game and dared the Panthers to beat them with the run, which they couldn’t do without Jonathan Stewart. Kelvin Benjamin’s best asset remains intact which is that he’s a giant human being.” -Travis Strickland
“You are supposed to panic! Freak out! The sky is falling! Please, for the love of pigskin… trade Kelvin Benjamin to me for pennies on the dollar.” -Keaton Denlay
“After failing to see a target until the 4th quarter, I was perplexed as to why K-Benji wasn’t involved more. That Minnesota defensive front simply gave Cam no time to read through his progressions. The Vikings put a body on Benjamin while frequently pressing him at the line of scrimmage. He won’t run by you so taking away the post was their No. 1 priority. We might’ve jumped the gun thinking he’s a WR1 the rest of the way. Chalk this up to the Vikings defensive approach and treat Benjamin more as a mid-to-high level WR2, which is where he was originally drafted anyway.” -Kyle Borgognoni
2. Which fantasy performance surprised you the most in a Week 3?
“Has to be Terrelle Pryor. It would appear that he’s the real deal. Unfortunately he’s on a bad team with major QB problems, which probably makes him a sell high candidate and a scary play going forward. Still it’s good to know that “The Human Nine Route” has a little bit more in his bag of tricks.” -Travis Strickland
“I was impressed with Trevor Siemian’s 312 passing yards and 4 TDs without committing a turnover. But how is the answer not Terrelle Pryor? At one point in this game he led his team in receiving, rushing AND passing yards. He contributed to 200 yards of offense and scored, amounting to roughly 27 fantasy points, depending on your scoring system.” -Keaton Denlay
“Trevor Siemian’s 4 TDs…LeSean McCoy’s 110 rushing yards and 2 TDs against the Cardinals…Carlos Hyde played like a man at Seattle… But we are all in agreement here. Pryor was an absolute beast and someone who will be a top waiver add after Week 3. Those passing yards are a fun addition to a player who looks to be the sole receiving target in Cleveland. He does draw Josh Norman and the Redskins next week.” -Kyle Borgognoni
3. There were some fantasy defenses that made some major noise (Minnesota, New England, Kansas City) in Week 3. Any highly drafted defenses that teams need to cut bait with after 3 weeks?
“I have a buddy that decided to get clever this weekend and bench the Vikings defense in favor of Miami vs Cleveland. I told him I probably would’ve done the same. Playing matchups can be fun, but it’s far from safe. I know people are down on the Jets and Revis Island, but I still love that defensive front, and I’m not ready to cut bait after 3 weeks.” -Travis Strickland
“Surprisingly, many highly drafted defenses are panning out for fantasy owners. The Steelers, drafted as defense #7, stand out as underperforming and can be dropped. The other top drafted defense that should be dropped is Green Bay, they have the week off in week 4.” -Keaton Denlay
“Arizona definitely underperformed this week against Buffalo and despite having a ridiculous opening schedule. They play the Rams at home next week so don’t go on tilt. Hold the Cards for one more week. Seattle also has underwhelmed despite starting with Miami, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. They are droppable soon considering they play the Jets on the road in Week 4 and then enter into a bye week. I’m not into holding an extra defense this early in the season.” -Kyle Borgognoni
4. Who has cemented themselves as an every week start for you after Week 3?
“Sterling Shepard is locked and loaded going forward. I was a little worried about Victor Cruz’s involvement for his production and his TD opportunities playing from the slot, but he’s too good of a receiver on a pass first offense to bench in most leagues, especially if its PPR.” -Travis Strickland
“Calvin Johnson… err… I mean… Marvin Jones. The Detroit WR now has 18 receptions for 408 yards and 2 TDs in 3 games. This passing game is humming under Jim Bob Cooter’s reign. Stay in the Flames and start Jones each and every week. His upcoming schedule of @CHI, PHI, LA, WAS shouldn’t scare you either.” -Keaton Denlay
“Dennis Pitta posts solid if unspectacular weekly numbers at the TE position. That’s what you’re looking for from a waiver add TE especially in PPR leagues. The TDs will come soon. And he’s best friends with Joe Flacco. What could be better than BFFs on the football field?” -Kyle Borgognoni