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Arizona hadn’t looked very good coming into Week 3

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    If last week in the NFL and in fantasy football taught us anything Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hats , it’s that we know nothing.Let’s take a look at how the crazy Week 3 impacted our projections. but neither had Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky. This continued as Chicago got the win, but Trubisky finished 26th among fantasy quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan and Kirk Cousins both delivered on their respective start and (anti)sleeper predictions. Granted, Cousins’ drop in points came for other reasons. RUNNING BACKS (3/3): Saquon Barkley bad good on my starting advice while Jordan Howard was able to bounce back into the Top-15. Lamar Miller was my sit and while he finished 20th (RB2 in 12-team leagues), sitting him was definitely the right choice for your DFS players.RECEIVERS (1/3): Once again my worst grouping of the week. Fitzgerald’s PPR machine didn't get going against Chicago. Austin Seferian-Jenkins made good on my sit advice after being a popular sleeper option in Week 3, and while I got my sleeper tight end team right it was Vance McDonald who racked up the points, not Jesse James.DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS 2.5/3): Chicago finished with fantasy football’s third ranked defense in Week 3, making those who started them very happy. Pittsburgh was gifted a few turnovers and even forced one. But, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense didn’t quite turn-in starting points, so we’ll call that half a point for the sits. Our sleeper (Philadelphia Eagles) came in as DST9, so you were in the green if you play in anything bigger than an eight team league.OVERALL (79%): An increase in overall accuracy this week. But we want to get it higher. Let’s get to it.QUARTERBACKSPhoto by Harry How/Getty ImagesSTART: Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (vs San Francisco)Rivers has been strong and steady through three weeks putting up 68 total points while completing nearly 75% of his passes thus far.San Francisco is surrendering 23.43 points per game to quarterbacks so far, and Rivers should be able to come in somewhere around 25 points for you this weekend.SIT: Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (vs Cleveland Browns)The Browns have a solid defense, and the Raiders have sputtered out of the gates in the second Gruden era of their franchise history.Oakland could get the win, but Carr’s two touchdown to five interception ratio up to this point doesn’t inspire any confidence in this match-up.SLEEPER: Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs New Orleans Saints)New Orleans still doesn’t have their secondary figured out and this is only going to help the younger Manning brother get it figured out, for one week.Manning has completed 80% of his aimed throws this year Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hoodie , tied for seventh on the season. He should be able to aim plenty against this Saints defense.RUNNING BACKSPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesSTART: Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas Cowboys (vs Detroit Lions)Concerns about the Cowboys offense could be put on hold for one week. Especially if they ride the legs of the their star running back.The Lions are allowing more than 25-points per week in fantasy football leagues to running backs, and Elliott is still Top-10 despite his team’s struggles early on.SIT: Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)Tampa’s defensive worries are in the back end more than the front.With one of the better linebacker duos in Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, along with the defensive line stacked with Gerald McCoy, Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry, Howard figures to do little against this unit.SLEEPER: Tarik Cohen, Chicago Bears (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers)If there is a Bears running back who could make a splash play or two and end up with some contributing points to your fantasy success this week, it’ll be Tarik Cohen.The second-year running back hasn’t touched the ball more than eight times in a single game this season. He had eight or fewer touches in 2017 eight times, and the Bears went 2-6 in those games.In their 2017 loss to the Buccaneers, Cohen had eight touches in the receiving game alone, and he turned those into 55-yards. His running totals were significantly lower, but his ability to impact the game on offense is clear.Chicago will need to get both backs involved to enjoy sustained success, and given Cohen’s performance as a receiver last season, he should get some opportunities here.RECEIVERS (WR/TE)Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesSTART: Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs (vs Denver Broncos)A no-brainer for year-long leagues. But is he worth the price tag in DFS? Yes.Currently the league’s top tight end in fantasy football production, Kelce has scored seven more points than the second-place guy (Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard) despite having more than ten fewer targets than the league leader in that stat-line (Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz).Playing the Broncos this week, big players show up in big games, and this rivalry is one of those.Also Cheap Customized Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys , Denver is allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to tight ends among active teams this week.SIT: Dallas Cowboys Receivers (vs Detroit Lions)Lets see. Tavon Austin has the most fantasy points of any Cowboys receiver with 29 (WR50). Cole Beasley has the most targets (16), but has only converted those in 25 fantasy football points. Michael Gallup has the team’s largest average depth of target according to Pro Football Focus, and it’s only 13-yards. Until Dak Prescott and this pass offense get things figured out, it’s a hard pass on any receiver with a star on his helmet.SLEEPER: Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons (vs Cincinnati Bengals)We’re going for it here, folks. Hooper is far from a focal point of this offense, but is still 17th among fantasy football tight ends in targets with thirteen. Only eight tight ends have more than fifteen right now, so he isn’t far off from being a Top-10 targeted tight end.This week he draws a Cincinnati defense which gave up three catches to the Panthers’ Ian Thomas who had been targeted no more than six times coming into Week 3.Hooper may not be a star, but he’s better than Thomas. So is his quarterback. With the Bengals focused on the myriad of other weapons Atlanta possesses, this is a sneaky spot for Hooper to have a good week.DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMSPhoto by Scott Halleran/Getty ImagesSTART: Jacksonville Jaguars (vs New York Jets)The Jaguars have the eighth highest fantasy football points output in the NFL right now. Going up against this Jets offense should help them climb in or near the Top-5.SIT: Denver Broncos (vs Kansas City Chiefs)I don’t think the Chiefs offense will play the way they have every week, but I don’t think it’s going to stop this weekend.The Chiefs are allowing negative points per game on average for opposing fantasy defenses. Yeah. Stay away from that.SLEEPER: New York Jets (vs Jacksonville Jaguars)The Jets have a really solid defense. It’s the offense that’s the problem.Jacksonville knows the struggle all too well, and we may see a game where both defenses come in producing points which make every player happy. Tennessee Titans running back Dion Lewis has been so focused on football with his new team that he didn't realize until a few days into training camp just how special the benches on each sideline really are.Now he takes a couple of minutes whenever possible during practice to sit and cool off.Literally."It's great," said Lewis, who spent the past three years with New England. "It's real hot ... so whenever you use anything to make you cool down a little bit, I think it's a great tool. It's been here for the whole time, but I just realized it like probably last week. So definitely take advantage of that whenever I get a chance."Keeping football players cool during the sweltering days of training camp is critical, especially in the wake of the heat-related death of Minnesota offensive tackle Korey Stringer in August 2001 and the June death of Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair . An attorney for the McNair family says a preliminary death certificate indicates the cause of death was heatstroke.Old-fashioned tubs filled with water and bags of ice await NFL players, even for teams staying at their headquarters this time of year. A few minutes provides a quick, but very wet White Demar Dotson Jersey , recovery once practice is over.The Titans and New Orleans Saints both decided to give players a chance to cool off during practice, improving both safety and the workouts.With a new coach in Mike Vrabel, the Titans put a bench on each side of their three practice fields, giving players a chance to recover when the temperature during morning practices can feel like 90 degrees."I don't think our players have done a good enough job of taking advantage of it, but, we're trying it out," Vrabel said."Going to Miami and Jacksonville in the early games here, if there's anything we can do to keep our guys as fresh as possible on the sideline, we're going to try."In hot and humid Jacksonville, the Jaguars have had such cooling benches for years in the shade and near huge fans to use during breaks.The New Orleans Saints have used a cooling tent for years, even when holding training camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. With the tent kept off to the side of the football fields, it wound up too far away for the Saints to slip over during practices.This August, an 18-wheeler dropped off what looks like a massive storage trailer. Inside, it's actually a chilly 25 degrees featuring dim lighting and black padded folding chairs.The Saints can walk in for a quick refresher or sit down to drop the body temperature. If needed, coach Sean Payton can put a whole position group inside at once, especially effective for big men such as offensive or defensive linemen."As bodies go in there, it goes to 28," Payton said. "But it's almost three times colder than a tent."Payton said colleges such as LSU and Alabama are among those already using the cooling trailer. Being in muggy Louisiana , the Saints didn't have to go far to find a company that could help them out.Payton said when the temperatures soar, teams can't cool players down enough. The trailer allows New Orleans to keep the Saints refreshed enough to practice, not just survive until the final horn signals a blissful end."You want to not just be running plays, and then you also have an answer if someone is going through a second-level heat illness or God forbid something more serious," Payton said."But, the first thing we want to be able to do is cool the core temperatures down. We've always taken a lot of breaks, so we've handled the heat well. We've had to. But if you went back to Millsaps even, we had a cool tent. This is just much colder."The Tampa Bay Buccaneers don't use cooling benches. For the first time, they are making good use of an indoor practice facility 鈥?complete with air conditioning 鈥?that was completed earlier this year.Despite playing in Florida, the Buccaneers had never had an indoor practice field before now, and coach Dirk Koetter has used it liberally.He's started several practices outdoors before going inside where the Bucs even installed bleachers for fans attending open sessions. Koetter also keeps the Bucs inside for walkthroughs to avoid the heat.Just standing near the cooling bench is comfortable enough to watch an entire practice without even needing to sit on the chilled aluminum seats. Titans running back Derrick Henry tested the cooling bench last weekend and liked what he found. A big man at 6-foot-3, Henry says he won't use it too much to avoid stiffening up.Walking by to cool off?"It feels good, especially because it's hot out here," Henry said. "It's camp, and we got to put it to use. It's a good tool for us to cool our body off, so we're ready when we go back out there."AP Sports Writers Brett Martel in Louisiana and Fred Goodall in Florida contributed to this report.Follow Teresa M. Walker at teresamwalker
      March 13, 2019 1:28 AM MDT