Week Three Fantasy Busts: Elijah Mitchell, Justin Fields injured, matchup worries


Elijah Mitchell and Justin Fields are among the potential third week fantasy busts and are sitting on the start-or-sit bubble. Like most bust contestants, they have the undeniable advantage, but Mitchell’s shoulder injury and the 49ers philosophy of “RBs don’t matter” keep him from being a must-have. A lot of people were excited to start Fields, but we know that a rookie’s first start can go many ways.

As always, we don’t come up with weak decisions that should obviously be on the bench; Rather, we’re looking for guys who could make us look absolutely silly if we put the label on them. If some of these guys are on your lineups, it doesn’t mean you have to bench them. After all, it’s your team and it’s often difficult to come up with better options. Just understand the potential for a disappointing week.

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Last week we nailed the running back position. Mark Ingram and the Raiders’ RBs hit the bull’s eye, and while Damien Harris ended up on a solid fantasy foray, a touchdown saved his game in a day that would have earned only seven fantasy points without him. With the quarterback we correctly identified Ryan Tannehill and Jameis Winston as neither scored a touchdown. The big run continued with Corey Davis, DJ Chark, Tyler Higbee, Mike Gesicki, and Juwan Johnson (though all tight ends go like busts over a few).

We gave Julio Jones a breath and got mixed results in defense. All in all, it was a solid week – our second week in a row that ended up being outdoors in the Busts department.

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Week 3 Fantasy Busts: Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell, 49ers vs. Packers (Jackson Sparks). This may seem silly, given that Mitchell is one of the few relatively healthy backs for the Niners, but even he’s struggling with a shoulder injury ahead of the Sunday Night Football matchup. It feels like a game where the 49ers get run over. The Packers bounced back from a tough week 1 performance and the Niners faced RB injuries and a crime that spat in Philadelphia last week. The Packers’ defense is much weaker on the secondary side, so the 49ers could be forced to turn this game into a gunslinger showdown. There is always the possibility that a random running back on the 49ers will become the lead dog in a given week.

D’Andre Swift, Lions vs. Ravens (Vinnie Iyer). Still ready to start, prepare for a disappointment. The Ravens are solid against running backs and will be more vulnerable in a high volume passing game at the back end. Also, Jamaal Williams eats Swift’s workload a little more than expected.

Sony Michel, Rams vs. Buccaneers (Matt Lutovsky). Even if Darrell Henderson shakes off his rib injury and plays, fantasy owners may expect more work for Michel, who saw 10 carries last week after Henderson’s exit. If Henderson fails, many will consider Michel to be volume-based flex in standard leagues. You can try him there, but either way, his cap is low against Tampa’s secondary running defense. They’re hoping for a short TD, and even that is hard to come by against Tampa.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Busts: Quarterbacks

Tom Brady, Buccaneer @ Rams (sparks). Tom Brady never proved otherwise to the doubters, did he? Well, maybe he did, but this week is going to be different. Historically, the games Brady has fought in are those where he is put under pressure from the center. Enter Aaron Donald. Brady isn’t the most mobile guy, so Donald can ruin the game quickly. Isn’t it also due for a bad game of the year in which the sports world overreacts and calls it washed? This is your chance! Don’t bank him for everyone, but when you have a viable alternative, consider it.

Derek Carr, Raiders vs. Dolphins (Iyer). Keep the NFL Passing Yardage Leader and hot pickup truck parked against a strong defense that’s more susceptible to the run.

Justin Fields, Bears @ Browns (Lutovsky). Fields looked terrible on his first major action of the regular season last week, but that’s nothing new for rookie QBs who get stuck in games around halftime. With a week to prepare, he should be better, right? Maybe, but he’s not someone you instantly feel comfortable with in your single QB lineups. If you really want to play Fields anywhere, use it in DFS.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Busts: Wide Receiver

Mike Evans, Buccaneer @ Rams (sparks). Evans was often shut down from elite corners. In week 3, he’s the most likely candidate to be shadowed by Jalen Ramsey. Enough said.

Antonio Brown, Buccaneer @ Rams (Iyer). There won’t be many great opportunities at the Rams as their more methodical goals get the job done for Brady. (And the missed practice time due to the COVID list doesn’t help if Brown is still playing.)

Will Fuller V, Dolphins @ Raiders (Lutovsky). Will Fuller finally play? We will see. He missed week 1 due to suspension and week 2 due to a personal matter. He should miss week 3 for your fantasy team because of his QB situation and Vegas surprisingly decent defense.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football Busts: Tight Ends

Tyler Higbee, Rams vs. Buccaneers (Sparks). Higbee was one of our favorites last week because of Darius Leonard, and he only caught one pass on one target. This week he gets Lavonte Davis and Devin White. Hard pass.

Logan Thomas, Washington @ Bills (Iyer). In flat leagues, you may have better options than forcing him into a difficult position despite the “game of revenge” narrative.

Robert Tonyan, Packers @ 49ers (Lutovsky). Tonyan’s week 2 performance is enough to make him a must-start in this position, but we know he comes and goes on the Packers offense and this feels like a week of “goes” , as San Francisco demonstrated against Philly last week as to how it can crack down on TEs when they’re not the # 1 option in an offense. Tonyan only had three goals as well, which shows he’s even riskier in PPR leagues.

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Week 3 Fantasy Busts: Defense

Washington Football Team @ Bills (Sparks). Washington’s defense generated a lot of hype this season but was largely disappointing for two weeks. You’re 23rd in FPPG today, and the Bills offense seemed to get back on track in Week 2. If Daniel Jones succeeded against WFT, Josh Allen should do just that and more.

San Francisco 49ers versus Packers (Iyer). They keep finding ways to get through, but given all their key violations, the Packers won’t let them again.

D / ST Los Angeles Rams versus Buccaneers (Lutovsky). Talent alone has the Rams on the start / sit bubble, but the Bucs just don’t allow a lot of fantasy points. Tom Brady will take a couple of sacks and maybe even turn them over, but the Rams cap is lower than ever, even if this is a relatively low game.