Welcome to Pro Football Weekly's Fantasy Buzz, where we'll hit on the most pressing topic for every team, every week to try and help you make the most informed daily and weekly roster decisions.
As a general rule of thumb each week, we'll get you the Thursday Night Football goods, an extra serving beyond what we have for the weekend's slate, in time for your Thursday afternoon commute. We'll then circle back in this same space and round out the weekly action by Friday afternoon. Voila.
If you see a position ranking in parentheses, that's where I have a player slotted for the week. Just don't let that preclude you from checking out my top 100 regardless of position here.
Let's get to it.
ARIZONA @ BUFFALO
After looking in the mirror (his Week Two tape), the "old smoke" reappeared in Cardinals practice this week, according to John Brown's coaches. The receiver faster than Rex Ryan's trigger finger is almost back to pre-concussion form.
LeSean McCoy (RB9) is calling interim coordinator Anthony Lynn's offense "simplified," but will be it as simple as finding ways to get McCoy and Tyrod Taylor to the edges, where Arizona's stout run 'D' has been penetrable (4.6-yard average permitted off edges)?
VIKINGS @ PANTHERS
With Jerick McKinnon (RB32) and Kyle Rudolph likely to be neutrailzed in the passing game against Carolina's elite linebackers, can Stefon Diggs (WR22) repeat his magic vs. rookie CB James Bradberry, fresh off his own Week Two coming out party?
Jonathan Stewart is hurt, again, and while the Panthers have a younger and more exciting option than Fozzy Whittaker (RB28) in Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina seemingly has to ride the hot hand (Whittaker). Remember, though, it was CAP and Cam, not Fozzy, down the 2015 stretch, Artis-Payne gets the start in Stewart's absence.
BRONCOS @ BENGALS
Like his owners, Emmanuel Sanders isn't thrilled with his role. Demaryius Thomas (WR27) wants the offense to be more prolific. But just because they're hungry, doesn't mean Trevor Siemian effectively feeds his studs vs. a tough secondary that left Antonio Brown with table scraps.
Tyler Eifert is back practicing, but he's listed as doubtful. (Eifert said last month he had Week Four circled, but that's Thursday Night Football, perhaps making Week Five more realistic.) After watching decoy Gronk last night, owners might want to see Eifert produce once first, anyway.
LIONS @ PACKERS
Marvin Jones (WR13) has been as advertised so far, but a golden opportunity could await Tate (WR29), who has some Diggs-like qualities and surely took notice of the way Damarious Randall was laid to waste by Diggs' route running and quickness.
Aaron Rodgers (QB4) is mad and the Lions' defense is in a sad state injury-wise. There's zero excuses for the Packers offense this week. In addition to Jordy Nelson (WR12) and Randall Cobb (WR24), perhaps Jared Cook awakens, what with Detroit having two healthy linebackers.
RAVENS @ JAGUARS
No defense has allowed more touchdowns to receivers than the Jaguars (5). No wideout has found pay dirt more often than Mike Wallace (3). Small sample size, but big upside for my WR39 this week.
Allen Robinson's issues aren't of the target variety (team-high 19), more so the Randall, Sam Shields and Jason Verrett variety. Jimmy Smith and the Ravens had their issues with Browns blazer Corey Coleman. Blazer, Robinson (WR9) is not, but blazing a trail of success for the Jacksonville offense, he must.
BROWNS @ DOLPHINS
I have Isaiah Crowell ranked rather ambitously as RB21. It's too bad fantasy punters aren't a thing, though, because I'd have Britton Colquitt as my P1.
DeVante Parker (WR26) has 106 yards each of the past two times he's stepped on a field for real action, both against the Patiots. Next up: Cleveland, perhaps without Joe Haden. I wish I had ranked Parker higher.
WASHINGTON @ GIANTS
Kirk Cousins (QB15) has been awful, but that shouldn't provide a pass for Jordan Reed (TE1), also the recipient of a monster raise this offseason. Reed has been OK; he was paid to be special, and Washington needs him to be Sunday vs. Landon Collins and a bad LB corps.
I think there's a good matchup on the perimter in this one. There's also an opportunity for a Giants back, Rashad Jennings (RB17) or Shane Vereen (RB31), to separate from the other against a 'D' that's allowed a league-worst 245 rushing yards and four TDs.
RAIDERS @ TITANS
Since Amari Cooper (WR7) or Derek Carr (QB7) haven't yet been asked to to play DB, they'll have to do even more on offense... unless Oakland feeds Latavius Murray (RB14). After the odd choice not to give Murray (5.3 YPC) that fourth-down carry, I'm predicting a 20-tote floor.
It doesn't take a genius to declare Marcus Mariota a sneaky DFS — or even season-long — play against Oakland. How about taking a sharper stab, then, with Tajae Sharpe against the NFL's worst secondary? The rookie's breakout is coming...
49ERS @ SEAHAWKS
Is Carlos Hyde (RB27) a buy-low candidate? Depends how low, obviously, but his 3.3 yards per carry could drop even lower against Seattle before a spike with three bottom-seven fantasy defenses vs. running backs — plus Dallas — in the following five games.
Pete Carroll says Jimmy Graham will be a "big factor" soon. It makes sense, as he played 82 percent of the snaps in Week Two and Russell Wilson currently needs all the help he can get. The Niners were roasted by Greg Olsen last week. Is Graham's return to fantasy relevance nigh?
RAMS @ BUCCANEERS
This job is rarely difficult — but finding Rams' fantasy nuggets puts that statement to the test. Which happens first: Gurley awakens or Goff is anointed as the starter? Are these two things mutually exclusive?
Jameis Winston tossed four touchdowns and one pick in Atlanta, then threw one touchdown and four interceptions in Arizona. What happens when he makes his home debut is anyone's guess, but I continue to believe he needs Vincent Jackson (WR40) to ease his and Mike Evans' (WR6) burden.
CHARGERS @ COLTS
Vontae Davis could return to lift up the secondary, but who's bringing down Melvin Gordon (RB10)? Philip Rivers (QB13) might have 99 problems (or children), but Gordon, whose ball security and blocking have improved, isn't one. With Woodhead and Gates down, his ceiling keeps going up.
Get to know Phillip Dorsett (WR37), because he's ascending fast and, in a likely shootout, gets Casey Hayward while Jason Verrett covers T.Y. Hilton (WR19). Then there's Dwayne Allen, whose owners coiuld be the biggest beneficiaries of Donte Moncrief's injury, drawing a Eric Weddle-less secondary that allowed 70-plus yards to Travis Kelce and Julius Thomas.
JETS @ CHIEFS
I like Eric Decker (W23) more than Brandon Marshall (WR33) here, not because Marshall is nicked but because Decker will miss Marcus Peters in the slot. I like Quncy Enunwa because he's proving he can take advantage of his opportunities, not decreasing any time soon.
I kind of feel for Jamaal Charles owners (unless, of course, we're playing this week). You're likely not playing Charles, not against Gang Green's vaunted front, but what about Spencer Ware (RB20)? He's averaging 152 scrimmage yards and has been too special to worry about after key fumble vs. Houston.
STEELERS @ EAGLES
We'll find out just how much Pittsburgh loves Eli Rogers and Sammie Coates now that Markus Wheaton is back. I spent 9 percent of my waiver budget in one league (#whocaresaboutyourfantasyteam) to pluck Wheaton, whose experience, I believe, will vault him back into coveted spot alongside Antonio Brown (WR1).
Carson Wentz doesn't feel pressure — or a need to slide — and the Ben Roethlisberger comparisons, unfair as they may be, aren't insane. What's insane is Jordan Matthews (WR20) dropping perfectly-placed touchdown bombs, but until Zach Ertz returns, he's a high-volume/high-ceiling WR2.
BEARS @ COWBOYS
If you listened to our Week Three fantasy podcast (and if you don't, you're out of my 5), you know I boldly predicted Jordan Howard will outscore Jeremy Langford Sunday night. I just wasn't bold enough to rank him, whereas Langford (RB24) makes what could be his last appearance for a while in the old handy-dandy rankings.
Dez Bryant (WR8) is the household name, but keep an eye on Cole Beasley and Jason Witten (TE7) Sunday night, when the Bears' defensive interior will be, let's say, depleted without Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan and perhaps Bryce Callahan and Adrian Amos. Ezekiel Elliott (RB2) could also erupt, assuming he and Dallas don't self destruct with fumbles and odd onside kicks.