TNF, Week 3


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Welcome to Week 3! How is your lineup faring after last week’s injury apocalypse? Doubtless you have some holes to fill and some decisions to make, and tonight’s game might not make that any easier.

These early season Thursday Night Football games are a mixed bag. Looking at the schedule in late August and seeing Dolphins versus Jaguars on the schedule, it would have been easy to dismiss this week’s game. But with the way the season has started, and the power of jorts that are boosting Gardner Minshew, this one seems kind of exciting. The Jaguars have show some fighting spirit and enter this one looking pretty frisky.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, have suffered a pair of division losses. One wasn’t close in New England, and one was tight against the Buffalo Bills. But either way, it adds up to an 0-2 start. Can that change in this battle for Florida?

That depends on a lot. In this short week, the Dolphins will be playing without one half of their star cornerback duo in Byron Jones. The Jaguars, meanwhile, have a banged up top receiver as D.J. Chark hasn’t practiced and is a game-time decision tonight. So who should you play as the Dolphins and Jaguars clash on NFL Network? Let’s consider.

Fantasy Impact

For the Jaguars, Minshew has had a solid season so far, and seems to have found some magic. I like him as a solid QB2 and a start in Superflex. Also solid has been rookie running back James Robinson, who powered the offense last week. He’s flown under the radar, but been a trendy waiver wire add the past two weeks. He should be a solid RB2 this week.

Among the Jaguars’ receivers, Chark is a big question. Even if he plays,  it’s not a great matchup. And with Chark often drawing top coverage, the Jaguars have turned to veteran Keelan Cole and rookie Laviska Shenault. Both are intriguing deep league options, but given the matchup I think all three Jaguars receivers range between WR3 and WR4 potential this week.

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For the Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled a little, especially Week 1. It’s hard to get a feel for this offense right now, and as such Fitzmagic is a QB3 for me and not someone I’m rushing out to play. In the backfield, the Dolphins made a splash by grabbing Jordan Howard and Matt Breida, but it’s been Myles Gaskin that’s the best play. Gaskin is an RB3 for me.

Among receivers, DeVante Parker was the breakout last year and has looked like the best this year. He’s a WR3. Preston Williams has talent and potential, but he’s not yet clicking. You probably have better options. Tight end Mike Gesicki, however, had a great Week 2. He’s a TE1 this week.

Prediction: Jaguars ride the magic jorts of Minshew to their second win of the season.

Drive In Podcast Network Picks

Many of those who struggled in Week 1 managed to find a rhythm in Week 2, while a couple of us forgot to log our picks on the site. So here’s where we stand heading into Week 3.

Jacob
Week 2: 14-2
Total: 25-7

Matt B.
Week 2
: 14-2
Total: 22-10

Dennis
Week 2
: 13-3
Total: 21-11

Matt F.
Week 2
: 14-2
Total: 20-12

Ricky
Week 2
: 10-6
Total: 20-12

Lindsay
Week 2
: 9-7
Total: 19-13

Kenzie
Week 2
: 0-16
Total: 9-23

Stoops
Week 2
: 0-16
Total: 9-23

Good luck tonight!

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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