Fantasy Soccer 2022 Cheat Sheet

September 25, 2022

A lot adjustments from week to week across the NFL, and we’re right here to ensure you’re on prime of all of it heading into Week 3 of the 2022 NFL season.

The weekly fantasy soccer cheat sheet offers a rundown of the very best suggestions from all the fantasy soccer content material that ESPN has posted over the previous seven days. You will discover solutions to the largest begin/sit questions of the week and different pertinent matchup recommendation from our staff, together with Area Yates, Mike Clay, Eric Karabell, Tristan H. Cockcroft, Matt Bowen, Seth Walder, Al Zeidenfeld, Eric Moody, Liz Loza, Daniel Dopp and ESPN Insiders Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano, plus all of NFL Nation. It is all the very best recommendation in a single helpful article.

This is what our consultants are saying about Week 3 within the NFL:


Are any of those sudden begins for actual?

There have been loads of early surprises to this point within the 2022 season, and whereas a few of them may effectively show to be flashes within the pan because the pattern measurement continues to develop, just a few of those notable tendencies may certainly be the beginning of one thing fantasy managers can really depend on for the remainder of the season. With that in thoughts, NFL Nation turned its collective eye this week towards figuring out what’s actual and what’s merely a mirage.

  • Richie James, New York Giants: James at the moment leads the Giants with 10 catches and 110 yards. It is fairly the revelation contemplating he gave the impression to be on the roster bubble all through the summer time. However James has rapidly turn into a favourite of quarterback Daniel Jones. It is simply exhausting to think about this persevering with all through the season. Kadarius Toney performed an even bigger position in Week 2, and rookie Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) must be again throughout the subsequent couple of weeks. Robinson’s return ought to lower into James’ alternatives, even when it will not fully lower him out of the rotation. — Jordan Raanan

  • The Detroit Lions’ offense: With offensive coordinator Ben Johnson calling performs, this Lions offense is explosive and artistic. Quarterback Jared Goff has loads of big-play choices in working again D’Andre Swift, broad receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark and tight finish T.J. Hockenson. Detroit led 22-0 within the second quarter of its 36-27 win over Washington this previous Sunday and put up 35 factors within the season opener in opposition to Philadelphia. … There is no purpose the Lions cannot hold scoring factors if their prime guys keep wholesome. — Eric Woodyard

  • The Seattle Seahawks’ offense: The Seahawks’ solely factors in Sunday’s loss to the 49ers got here through a blocked area purpose that they returned for a landing, which suggests their offense has been shut out because the second quarter of their opener. Positive, nobody thought they’d be the Biggest Present on Turf with Geno Smith changing Russell Wilson at quarterback. However even along with his limitations, Smith is succesful and has robust gamers round him. Seattle’s sensible first half in opposition to Denver is not going to be the norm, however the Seahawks have sufficient to be significantly better than what they’ve proven since then. — Brady Henderson

  • The Baltimore Ravens’ protection: The Ravens have allowed a league-worst 758 yards passing this season after ending final in move protection final yr. So there’s a troubling development. However Baltimore hasn’t performed a full recreation with its prime two cornerbacks on the sector due to accidents. There have been a variety of rising pains with rookie defensive backs Kyle Hamilton, Jalyn Armour-Davis and Damarion Williams. If Marlon Humphrey (groin) and Marcus Peters (knee) get more healthy, the Ravens will trigger issues for quarterbacks. However two massive exams lie forward in October: Josh Allen and Joe Burrow. — Jamison Hensley

  • Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins: He won’t end this season because the NFL’s main passer, however the Dolphins’ capacity to maneuver the ball by means of the air is official. Receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle will every end the yr with greater than 1,000 yards receiving in the event that they keep wholesome, and Tagovailoa proved in Week 2 he can command this Mike McDaniel-led offense. It is a new day in South Florida. — Marcel Louis-Jacques


Do not go all-in on Dolphins simply but

Let’s keep in Miami for a second. Sure, what Tua Tagovailoa did in Week 2 was actually spectacular, and few fantasy analysts are speaking about “promoting excessive” on the Dolphins quarterback as a result of the long-term prospects do appear to be fairly brilliant. That stated, week-to-week variance and enjoying the matchup recreation is one thing good fantasy soccer managers have to contemplate and, in that regard, there appears to be a variety of help for sitting Tagovailoa for Week 3’s recreation in opposition to the Payments.

  • As Tristan H. Cockcroft factors out, whereas we would like to see a repeat of Week 2’s fireworks in opposition to Buffalo, latest historical past ought to take a again seat to a longer-term historical past of outcomes: “Whereas the 52-point complete, second-highest for the week, appears to again it up, have we thought of that the Payments may take in chunk of that quantity? Tagovailoa’s curiosity in airing it out is admirable, however each for our functions in addition to the enjoyable of soccer watching, this is not matchup for a quarterback with an 18.3% off-target fee (17.1% league common). The Payments have completely embarrassed their first two quarterback opponents, a development that extends from final season when it pertains to the place’s non-elite. In reality, Tagovailoa totaled solely 15.72 fantasy factors on 71 snaps performed in his two video games in opposition to the Payments final season.”

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Liz Loza assesses Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle’s possibilities of going for 40 or extra fantasy factors in opposition to the Payments.

  • Matt Bowen has checked the tape and thinks the Ravens should take a few of the “credit score” for the way effectively Miami’s QB carried out in Week 2: “However a deeper have a look at the tape reveals a number of protection busts and general poor defensive construction from that Ravens unit. You possibly can’t surrender free photographs excessive. For me, Tagovailoa continues to be a QB2 who will elevate — or decline — based mostly on the weekly matchup. And this week versus the Payments, the league’s most basically sound protection, just isn’t the very best spot for him and the Miami move recreation. There are higher matchups obtainable in Week 3 for Joe Burrow, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins based mostly on my rankings.”

  • And, as Mike Clay’s projections appear to point, the Payments’ protection just isn’t almost as susceptible to errors the best way Baltimore’s was in Week 2: “Tagovailoa is off to an impressive begin, however he has a a lot harder matchup in opposition to Buffalo this week. The Payments held Stafford and Ryan Tannehill to a mixed one TD move, 5 INTs and league-low 8.5 fantasy factors. Take into account Tagovailoa as solely a fringe QB1 (in Week 3).”


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Benching Brady and the Bucs?

I imagine it was Chaucer who first posited that “all good issues should come to an finish,” however even when I am mistaken concerning the true literary origins of the phrase, the actual fact stays that even a GOAT ultimately turns into a fantasy goat in some unspecified time in the future. Have we lastly reached that “finish” for Tom Brady and, in that case, how does that influence the remainder of the offensive items on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

  • By way of two video games, Brady has a paltry 402 passing yards, whereas finishing simply 59.0% of his passes. It is extraordinarily early, however that might be the bottom completion share in his profession. Multiply that by the truth that Mike Evans (suspension) is out for Week 3, whereas we do not know the standing of Chris Godwin (hamstring) or Julio Jones (knee) but (or left deal with Donovan Smith, for that matter), and Brady is outdoors my prime 10 quarterbacks for the week. … And whereas the Packers had been thumped by the Vikings in Week 1, their protection is nice sufficient to dissuade me from beginning Brady.— Yates

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Area Yates, Stephania Bell and Daniel Dopp unanimously agree that Tom Brady must be benched in opposition to the Packers.

  • In the meantime, Mike Clay says to downgrade Breshad Perriman and Russell Gage in opposition to Inexperienced Bay’s Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas and Eric Stokes: “With Evans and maybe Godwin and Jones sidelined this week, the Bucs are already short-handed at receiver. That’s removed from ideally suited in opposition to a terrific Packers secondary that has allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy factors to receivers to this point this season.”

  • Not all the Bucs buzz is unfavorable, although. Al Zeidenfeld occurs to love the appears of Leonard Fournette for Week 3: “Over the past two seasons, there have solely been three cases the place a participant has opened the season with 20 carries and a number of receptions in each of his first two video games. Dalvin Prepare dinner and Christian McCaffrey did it final yr. Fournette is the one participant to examine each packing containers in 2022. The matchup is okay, with the Packers permitting over 3.0 yards per carry to working backs, each earlier than and after first contact.”


Do you have to be leaving Las Vegas out of lineups?

The Las Vegas Raiders sit at 0-2 and within the cellar of the AFC West. Their remaining power of schedule is at the moment projected to be the eighth hardest within the NFL. What ought to fantasy managers do with any Raiders they’ve on their rosters? Is there a silver (and black) lining to be present in what has been a really cloudy begin to 2022? Our consultants appear to assume so.

  • Josh Jacobs nonetheless has worth as a lower-tier RB2 this Sunday in Tennessee. That matchup is fairly stable in opposition to a Titans protection permitting 6.05 yards per carry. However I’ve had a troublesome time rating Jacobs this season. He offers you little or no within the move recreation (two receptions on the season) and he is but to attain greater than 10 PPR factors in a recreation. You might be merely betting on extra regular speeding quantity and low crimson zone/purpose line carries on this one. He is a touchdown-dependent again with extra upside in non-PPR leagues. — Bowen

  • Derek Carr was twentieth (by means of Sunday) in fantasy QB scoring in Week 1 as (apart from Davante Adams) the Raiders’ aerial assault did not look as if it has hit its stride but. However I watched the Cardinals strive in useless to cease Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Sunday, and whereas Carr isn’t any Mahomes, I do not see how Arizona places up a lot resistance in opposition to a Raiders staff trying to get on observe. Should you waited till late in your draft and received Carr as your beginning QB, or in the event you play in a two-QB league and had been relying on him, do not despair simply but. A giant yr continues to be in retailer for Carr and his pass-catchers. — Graziano

  • The Titans’ protection had a tough go in opposition to the Payments on Monday night and has now allowed probably the most fantasy factors to perimeter receivers by means of two weeks of play. The Titans have additionally allowed the fifth-most fantasy factors general to receivers (second most over anticipated). … Mack Hollins is coming off a powerful Week 2 displaying and is a deep sleeper. — Clay

  • Hunter Renfrow didn’t observe on Thursday (and) additionally missed observe Wednesday. Hollins would substitute him within the beginning lineup if he cannot play in opposition to the Titans in Week 3. Hollins had eight targets final week, and if Renfrow is out, he may replicate that in opposition to the Titans, although Darren Waller and Adams would be the main members within the passing recreation. — Moody


Fast hits, begins and sits

  • The tape on Jalen Hurts in Week 2 is nearly as good because it will get. He made throws inside and out of doors of construction. He created as a runner. Plus, his capacity to isolate targets each pre- and post-snap jumps off the display. Hurts has posted at the least 24 fantasy factors in each begins this season. Lock him in as a top-five QB play. — Bowen

  • CeeDee Lamb’s begin has been OK, particularly within the context of enjoying with out Dak Prescott now, however here is one purpose for optimism: adjustments to his route profile. The large improve right here? Deep outs: Lamb’s 10% deep out fee is the fourth highest amongst wideouts this season and an enormous uptick from the 4% he ran final yr. It is a good factor for a route that is one of the environment friendly by way of yards per route run. Plus — you guessed it — he is working fewer deep fades and gos. — Walder

  • Tyler Higbee has performed a position-leading 95.3% of the Rams’ offensive snaps, paces his place with 20 targets, has the second-most crimson zone targets (4) and has run 71 routes. Higbee is getting a ton of labor, and since defenses are inclined to concentrate on the Rams’ broad receivers, he may proceed to see protection by the Cardinals’ linebackers, a place that has been a weak spot to this point this season. — Cockcroft

  • Jeff Wilson Jr. establishes himself as a helpful RB2 or flex choice. Elijah Mitchell’s damage elevates Wilson to the highest of the 49ers’ depth chart, which is at all times place to be for straightforward speeding yards. QB Trey Lance and WR Deebo Samuel mixed for 21 carries in Chicago. Gotta assume Wilson absorbs a few of that workload in opposition to Seattle. — Fowler

  • Kyle Pitts is extremely proficient, and he was unfortunate to attain just one landing final season. He had extra receiving yards than all however 23 gamers. Guess on expertise, we are inclined to say. The Falcons appear to be curiously ignoring that expertise, however we stay assured issues will work out. If they do not work out this week, then, effectively, simply blame the Falcons, not us. — Karabell

  • Allen Robinson II is not a star-caliber starter, nevertheless it was heartening to see him obtain an uptick in targets. The person is recording a 90% snap share and working near 35 routes per recreation. He additionally has drawn crimson zone appears in every contest. Let him get just a few extra brunches on the SoHo Home underneath his belt and he’ll begin to ROI with WR2 manufacturing. That stated, his Week 3 matchup in opposition to Byron Murphy Jr. is lower than inviting so I am rating him outdoors of my prime 30 this Sunday. — Loza

  • Nico Collins has caught simply six of 12 targets from Houston Texans quarterback Davis Mills by means of two video games. Nevertheless, in final week’s loss in Denver, Collins had two receptions of 20-plus yards in opposition to zone protection. He caught a deep, dig ball to the center of the sector and a nook route in opposition to Cowl 2. These are schemed performs to seek out open gaps in opposition to zone — and that is precisely what Houston will see from the Bears’ protection on Sunday. Collins has extra upside in non-PPR codecs till we see a leap in quantity. — Bowen

  • I like JuJu Smith-Schuster to go OVER 4.5 receptions (-151) and OVER 49.5 receiving yards (-119). JuJu thrives when deployed through the slot. It is sensible then that the previous Steeler has run 30% of his routes within the slot to this point this season (18.9% final season). That places him in a first-rate place to use a vulnerability that has plagued the Colts because the prime of 2021. Indy is ranked twenty ninth in YPA to the slot because the starting of final yr (twenty sixth to this point in 2022). — Loza

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