Fantasy Preview: Early Slate for Week 3 (9/25/22)

  • Sunday Early Slate:

    Texans (+3) @ Bears (-150): O/U 40

    Raiders (-130) @ Titans (+2.5): O/U 45.5

    Chiefs (-250) @ Colts (+5.5): O/U 50.5

    Bills (-230) @ Dolphins (+5.5): O/U 52.5

    Lions  (+6) @ Vikings (-245): O/U 53

    Ravens (-145) @ Patriots (+2.5): O/U 43.5

    Bengals (-260) @ Jets (+6): O/U 45

    Eagles (-265) @ Commanders (+6.5): O/U 47

    Saints (-145) @ Panthers (+2.5): O/U 41


    Texans @ Bears

    Key storylines/What to Watch

    The Bears have been incredibly disappointing on offense through two weeks, while the Texans have had one good game and one not-so-good game. This matchup will likely be a snoozer, but there are still several fantasy relevant options. Somehow the Bears are favorites in this game and that is somewhat surprising even though they are playing in Chicago.  The Texans have passed the eye test on several offensive drives, but just haven’t been able to finish the games.  Someone has to win this game and it will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate and brings home the victory. 


    Top Starts

    Brandin Cooks: Cooks is the top option on an offense that started strong in Week 1, but stumbled in Week 2.  He should rebound nicely and will almost always remain in starting lineups because of the pure volume that he demands.  Through the two games, Cooks is the ninth most targeted player and will receive around the 10 targets per game threshold. He may even be a buy-low target if fantasy GMs are looking to make some early-season trades. 


    David Montgomery: Unfortunately, Montgomery has yet to find the end zone this year, but hopefully that will change in Week 3.  The Texans are allowing a ton of yards on the ground, including 161 yards to Jonathan Taylor in Week 1 and 122 combined to Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams in Week 2. The Bears have been running the ball a ton, ranking sixth as a team in rush attempts per game through the first two weeks. Look for them to lean on Monty once again as home favorites after he tallied 122 yards in Week 2. 


    Boom/Bust Dart-Throw

    Davis Mills:  After a Week 1 performance where he threw for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Mills and the Texans’ offense ghosted in Week 2.  The Bears just gave up 234 yards and two touchdowns to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers did the large majority of that in just the first half. Mills has sneakily become a great streaming option in fantasy football and a Week 3 matchup with the Bears will be a nice spot to get back on track. 


    Dameon Pierce:  The Texans backfield has been a bit of a mess through the first two weeks. In Week 1, Rex Burkhead was the clear top option, but then he quickly vanished with zero rush attempts in Week 2. That’s where Pierce comes in. He handled 100% of the running back rushes last week.  These Bears are far from a scary matchup for running backs and the rookie should be able to have his best week of the season on Sunday.  


    Justin Fields & Darnell Mooney:  The pair of studs should be off to a great start, but for some reason the Bears do not want to pass the ball. The Bears rank dead last in the NFL with 28 pass attempts and 15 completions through two games. The second lowest? San Fran with 28 completions on 52 attempts. That is an insane difference between the last and second-last passing offenses. Fields and Mooney should be able to produce against the Texans, but with the Bears’ stubbornness against passing the ball, they are both very scary dart-throw options in Week 3. 


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