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NFL Real Talk: Week Three

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NFL Real Talk functions as a cumulative fantasy football resource for gamers looking to sniff out every advantage they can week-to-week. Here, you will find recommendations for players to buy/hold/sell/drop, as well as matchups for you to exploit. 


NFL Real Talk is back, and we’re going all Bob Backlund in this bitch and putting the fantasy world in the Crossface Chicken Wing. This is where winners come to chill, so if your record ain’t leaning to the left, then you ain’t learning from the best. 


More after the jump:


Buzzy Brohams: Ditch, Grab, Or Pawn

The players here are generating ample buzz… though not all of it is good. Here, we’ll tell you whether to hold, acquire, or straight up ditch the dudes listed below.


David Wilson

The Giants are sharing the ball amongst their RBs, but Wilson should break through soon. Coach Tom Coughlin can’t honestly expect to get anywhere in the standings with Da’Rel Scott and Brandon Jacobs seeing 50-60 percent of the touches in the backfield. OK, he’s a stubborn old fuck who thinks benching a star player in a regular season divisional game is good for the team, so he’s not the smartest guy in the world. Yet despite his curmudgeonly approach, Coughlin will start riding Wilson if he has any designs on coaching beyond 2013. D-Dubs is still capable of huge things, so get him while the price is at dirt-level.

Verdict: Grab him if he’s cheap. Stay the course if you own him.


Eddie Royal

Outside of an impressive rookie season, Royal hasn’t had much of an impact in fantasy prior to 2013. Yet he has five TDs in his first two weeks and is looking like a favorite red zone target of QB Philip Rivers. Everyone thinks it won’t last, but I think he can still score a lot of TDs. With Norv Turner gone, the Chargers are adopting a “take what the defense gives us” attitude towards the passing game, and they are playing more small ball as a result. It’s no surprise that Royal is thriving in this type of offensive attack. He’s got sure hands, runs crisp routes, and does a nice job of getting open. He has zero deep play ability, but he doesn’t need it in San Diego’s offense. Trust is a huge thing in fantasy when it comes to WRs, and Royal has plenty of that built up with Rivers over the first pair of games. I’m not saying he’s “breaking out” as a true WR1, but I see no reason he can’t play like a reliable WR2 if he can stay healthy.

Verdict: Grab him.


DeAndre Hopkins

I ranked Hopkins 47th among WRs coming into the season, making him a WR4/flex option with upside. He flashed all that talent in Week Two, coming up big time and time again for Houston in their overtime win. Hopkins obviously has a lot of ability and could be a monster red-zone weapon, but he’ll have inconsistent performances. For starters, the Texans are a run-first team quarterbacked by a suck-first signal-caller. Andre Johnson is still the number one target in the passing game, and you can’t forget about Owen Daniels (who will steal GL targets). Hopkins is worth owning in all leagues, but he’s not an ideal weekly starter in 12-team formats (though he’ll be a worthy bye-week replacement). Deeper league owners, on the other hand, could do worse at their flex spot.

Verdict: Call him Bruce Grab-kowski.


Matchup Macking
Got a QB platoon or a start/sit quandary on your roster? Or perhaps you enjoy to dabble in weekly money leagues? Whatever your vice, you’ll find matchup plays that will tickle your roster’s fancy. This is where borderline options come to thrive (or die).


Start ‘Em If You Got ‘Em

This week’s recommendations

QB – Alex Smith @PHI

WR – Brian Hartline vs. ATL

RB – Joique Bell vs. WAS

TE – Brandon Pettigrew vs. WAS


Sits ‘N Giggles

This week’s recommendations

QB – Jay Cutler @PIT

WR – Kenbrell Thompkins vs. TB

RB – Fred Jackson @NYJ

TE – Kyle Rudolph vs. CLE


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