Thursday Night Football Fantasy Matchup - Week 3
MIA @ JAX 47.5 o/u -3 JAX
The two active quarterbacks with the highest Wonderlic scores face off in a Florida showdown Thursday night. With both defenses averaging over 25 points against so far this season, it should be a high-scoring affair. The quarterbacks have even begun trading facial hair-based banter on Twitter, so the stakes just keep getting higher. It should be a good day for fantasy scorers.
The Dolphins are led by bearded elder journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick, and though he isn’t a good option this week in fantasy, Miami is hoping he’ll lead them to their first win. He’ll be passing to Devante Parker and Preston Williams at the WR position along with TE Mike Gesicki, Devante is a low-end WR2 and Williams a low WR3, but Gesicki seems to be an integral part of the offense and is a good streaming option if you didn’t put much draft capital at TE.
The Dolphins run game is tough to recommend. Their rushing leader so far is Myles Gaskin, the sophomore RB out of Washington. He’s followed by Matt Breida and Jordan Howard, neither of whom is worth owning at this point in the season. Myles is a desperation play at RB if you’ve been hurt by injury, but he’s a low-end RB3 at best this week.
Jacksonville is led by Gardner Minshew, a mustachioed sophomore drafted in the 6th round out of Wazzu. He’s a decent streaming option this week, and at WR you can rely on D.J. Chark, but it’s tough to recommend another pass catcher this week since none of them have seen consistent targets yet, including WRs Chris Conley, Laviska Shenault, and Keelan Cole, and TEs Tyler Eifert and James O’Shaughnessy. There’s a good chance one or two of them will have a big game but picking which one is a dart throw this week. If you’re desperate, I’d lean toward Laviska due to his use in the run game as well.
One of the surprises so far this season is the Jaguars’ reliance on James Robinson as their primary RB. Looking back, the signs were there with their release of Leonard Fournette, but in their two games he’s already carried the ball 32 times to go along with 4 receptions. Chris Thompson and Laviska Shenault have both been involved as well but aren’t worth starting at this point. Look at Robinson as a solid RB2 this week.
Defense and Kicking Game:
These two D/STs don’t predict to be good options this week per the Vegas line, as the total score is on the higher side and the Jags are only favored by a field goal. Look at other options for streaming this week. At kicker, Josh Lambo should have a decent day for the Jaguars and is worth a pick up, but you can pass on Miami’s Jason Sanders.