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The Playoffs – Hot or Cold: Thermometer of NFL Fantasy Football Week 3

After week 2, many questions are raised about some of the players in your roster as well as the performances of the teams, whether in the NFL or our beloved fantasy football. Of course, only 2 weeks doesn’t clarify any doubts, even more if your selected ones until the fifth round still haven’t performed as well as expected, even if you started with two defeats so far, because that doesn’t mean that all is lost.

That’s why we, from The Playoffs, We’re here to help. Our in-game thermometer, as one of the FF gurus in the newsroom says, Andre Amaralis here to try to help you perform better when it comes to scaling your squad so that it can fight like a true dream team.

But before getting down to business, a few important clarifications: superstars like Josh Allen, Christian McCaffrey, Justin Jefferson and Travis Kelce will not be mentioned, as they are pretty obvious choices.

In addition, the tips are simple: the hot ones are those players who, for this round, have favorable matchups to score very well. The cold ones are the exact opposite: those who tend to score few points or a lower score than what is expected as an average of such players, at least this week.

In addition, there is a record that the tips are based on the scoring format that left the old “standard” behind, consolidated itself as the most popular and is now the standard on all the main platforms: the PPR, which is the one that assigns one point per reception.

(Photo: Reproduction Twitter/Around The NFL)

hot quarterbacks

Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills @ Miami Dolphin) – I don’t think I need to say much about why Josh Allen is on fire. The player, with two weeks into the regular season, is already the top contender for the 2022 NFL MVP award and has shown against the Titans how one of Fantasy Football’s top scorers can be. If the Dolphins’ defense plays against Allen like they played against Lamar Jackson, there’s a high score for the GMs of shirt 17.

Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens @ New England Patriots) – Speaking of Lamar Jackson, the player had a gala performance against the Dolphins in the air and on the ground. Against the Patriots’ defense, the QB can put on another show of athleticism and quality to ensure a great game score. He is also up for the FF MVP and Highlight of the Week award.

Other hot QBs: Jimmy Garoppolo (SF @ DEN), Tua Tagovailoa (BUF @ MIA), Jared Goff (DET @ MIN)

cold quarterbacks

Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Commanders) – Facing a defense like the Eagles is not going to be easy for Wentz. Even more so with a strong secondary, in which Darius Slay plays – he got two interceptions against Kirk Cousins, marking Justin Jefferson very well. This must be a tough match for the American capital’s signal caller.

Tom Brady (Green Bay Packers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers) – What makes it more complicated for Brady is being without his three main wide receivers – Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Julio Jones – in addition to his starting LT. As much as it is the GOAT, this task should not be easy for shirt 12. Betting on him is at your own risk.

Other cold QBs: Russell Wilson (DEN vs SF), Daniel Jones (DAL @ NYG), Matt Ryan (IND vs KC)

Running Backs quentes

James Robinson (Jacksonville Jaguars @ Los Angeles Chargers) – It seems to me that the Jaguars’ backfield has an owner and he won’t give it up for anything. James Robinson has been playing so well that it doesn’t even look like he came from a serious Achilles injury. He’s one of the most prolific running backs of the year and promises to be the differentiator for Jacksonville’s offense against the Chargers’ running problems.

Tony Pollard (Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants) – Gradually, Pollard is showing even more quality and putting Zeke Elliott behind, at least when it comes to Fantasy Football. The player is coming off a great game in week 2 and should be one of the key pieces for Dallas to face one of its biggest rivals away from home.

Other hot RBs: Jeff Wilson (SF vs SEA), Aaron Jones (GB @ TB), Nick Chubb (PIT @ CLE)

Running Backs frios

Derrick Henry (Las Vegas Raiders @Tennessee Titans) – Apparently, the teams know how to stop the battle tank that Derrick Henry is. Both the Giants and Bills defense held the 22 shirt off very well and I don’t expect anything different from the Las Vegas defense, which has good calls from Patrick Graham. Henry may have a match short once more.

Najee Harris (Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants) – One of the players who has suffered from inconsistency in the offense, but even more from the problems of the Steelers’ weak offensive line. The unit can’t keep up in the field and Matt Canada hasn’t made good calls that favor Pittsburgh’s “RB bell cow”.

Other cold RBs: Ezekiel Elliott (DAL @ NYG), Dameon Pierce (HOU @ DEN), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC @ IND)

hot wide receivers

Garrett Wilson (Cincinnati Bengals @ Jets) – The rookie finally “debuted” in the NFL and showed what he came for. QB Joe Flacco has been distributing the ball well among his receivers, but Wilson seems to ask for even more space in this attack and should have a good part of the targets against the Bengals. I don’t know if he’s coming for another 30-point game in FF, but that he’s on the rise in Gang Green, that’s for sure.

Amon-Ra St. Brown (Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings) – Do you still need reasons to believe in the excellent phase of the “sun god”? Amon-Ra has already made statements about his potential, which is something personal to him, and promises to play even better in Week 3 against the Vikings. The player is more than hot and should be a differential in your team, without a doubt.

Other hot WRs: Deebo Samuel (SF @ DEN), Courtland Sutton (SF @ DEN), Jaylen Waddle (BUF @ MIA)

Wide Receivers frios

Terry McLaurin (Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Commanders) – The distribution of the Commanders’ aerial play between McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas has hurt the franchise’s WR1 numbers. Against the Eagles’ defense, life is not going to be easy for the receiver, as it is for the entire Washington offense.

Darnell Mooney (Houston Texans @ Chicago Bears) – Talking about the Bears’ offensive unit is complicated. The team doesn’t mesh and even though Mooney is the main name in Chicago’s receiving corps, believing he’s going to have a great game even against the Texans is risky. Escaping the players of this attack seems more than ideal.

Other cold WRs: CeeDee Lamb (DAL @ NYG), Brandin Cooks (HOU @ CHI), DJ Moore (NO @ CAR)

Tight Ends quentes

Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles @ Washington Commanders) – One of the big names in Philly’s offense, Goedert is a solid target for Hurts and should explore midfield well against his division rival, who has had trouble scoring TEs for some time. He should be a good outlet for the Eagles’ offense to fly even further in Week 3.

Other hot TEs: Pat Freiermuth (PIT@CLE), Zach Ertz (ARI@LV), Irv Smith Jr. (DET@MIN)

Tight Ends frios

Kyle Pitts (Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks) – The lack of targets for Kyle Piits was already the subject of a press conference by Arthur Smith, who said he was not worried about it. However, Pitts is one of the best players in the position and has not been used as such, and this reflects within Fantasy Football. The promise is that it will be another game where he has few Marcus Mariota targets, even more so with Drake London having a great week 2.

Other cold TEs: Robert Tonyan (GB @ TB), Col Kmet (HOU@CHI), Hayden Hurst (CIN@NYJ)

hot defenses

New Orleans Saints (@Carolina Panthers) – Even losing to the Bucs, the Saints’ defense is extremely solid and should have a great match against the Panthers, who have been collapsing more and more and can’t develop their offense under Matt Rhule. And the Saints’ defense has a mission to guarantee this victory within the division.

Other hot defenses: Cleveland Browns (vs PIT), Dallas Cowboys (@NYG), Philadelphia Eagles (@WAS)

cold defenses

Washington Commanders (vs Philadelphia Eagles) – If facing the defense shouldn’t be easy, the opponent’s offensive dynamism is not left behind. Commanders must face problems on both sides of the ball and betting on this defense, even with a very strong front, could be a problem.

Other cold defenses: Miami Dolphins (@ BAL), Las Vegas Raiders (@ TEN), Miami Dolphins (vs BUF)

hot kickers

Graham Gano (Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants) – The Giants’ top scorer for some time, Gano had an excellent game against the Panthers and was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Against the Cowboys it should be no different, with the offense failing to set touchdown drives and Gano putting the ball in the middle of the “Y” to save.

other hot kickers: Daniel Carlson (LV@TEN), Evan McPherson (CIN@NYJ), Matt Gay (LAR@ARI)

cold kickers

Chase McLaughlin (Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs) – Life for the Colts hasn’t been easy and the team, who passed zero in Week 2, and released Rodrigo Blankenship after a common mistake in Week 1, must have everyone cold against the Chiefs. Betting on a player in the franchise who is not named Jonathan Taylor seems like a very big risk.

Other cold kickers: Riley Patterson (JAC @ LAC), Jason Myers (ATL@SEA), Randy Bullock (LV @ TEN)

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