Peterson set up for a dominant Week 3

Dan Schneier brings you his Week 3 Matchups Machine to help you pick your starters and optimize your daily fantasy football lineups.

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(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Peterson set up for a dominant Week 3


For those who missed this column last season, welcome to the Matchups Machine, which narrows down ideal matchups from around the league on a weekly basis using the tools we have available at PFF, the Las Vegas odds, and insight from yours truly.

PFF has all the tools to break down each individual matchup. Do you want to know how your wide receiver is going to do? Well, if he lines up as a split end on 90 percent of his snaps, we can pinpoint which cornerback he will be matching up with for those snaps. We can also tell you how that cornerback has performed.

Of course, as was the case last season, this column will become more accurate as the season goes on and we compile more grades for the players and get a feel for the tendencies and overall strengths/weaknesses of the 32 teams.

The goal of this column is to help you with those tricky decisions in year-long leagues, but also to help you narrow down your best options in daily fantasy leagues. You will see a mix of big-name players and fringe starters. Without further ado, let’s get into it.

 

Carson Palmer vs. 49ers

The 49ers pass defense is probably not as bad as they looked in Week 2 — allowing 369 yards passing and three touchdowns on just 21 completions. They traveled across the country for an early slate game after playing on Monday night. However, they’re also probably not as good as the version we saw in Week 1. One conclusion we can make for certain is that the 49ers don’t have the pass rushers and defensive backs that once made them an elite pass defense. Carson Palmer will be able to pick apart this pass defense, at home, in Week 3.

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  • Andy

    Hey Dan, glad I stuck with Brady last week! Although Tannehill did put up much betters numbers as you projected. I agree wholeheartedly with your B. Marshall and AP picks this week. Jones and Murray are interesting. May try them in a daily lineup or two. Keep up the good work.

    • Dan Schneier

      Hey @[email protected]_EiZCfxDJFg:disqus thanks again for reading…I was looking back and thinking, please tell me he didn’t bench Brady. As I said, I can be a slave to the matchups to a fault. It seems like right now, this NE offense is clicking, negating the opposing pass rush entirely with timing and quick strikes, and that probably makes Brady a must-star weekly…also his fantasy numbers when Gronk is healthy are ridiculous, of course.

  • Garrett

    Like the Marshall pick, and I’ll be starting him in a few lineups due to volume targets and EZ opportunity, but I’m concerned about Marshall’s separation. Maxwell’s been beaten by Julio & TWill (42 yd slant v. soft+zero coverage & a half-hearted tackle attempt), but I think Maxwell’s physicality and Marshall’s average separation limit the YPC. Volume wins, but Marshall’s not going to see (much) zero coverage. And he’s not Julio. Great stuff as always, Dan!

    • Dan Schneier

      @[email protected]:disqus thanks again for reading. I have the same concerns, to be honest, from a separation standpoint. I’m just not a believer in Maxwell, and I never have been. I can see why the Eagles should use less zero coverage this week, but I’m not so sure they will. Chip Kelly teams believe in execution over all. Josh Huff’s comments this week confirm that. I don’t see Davis changing things up too much on defense just because Maxwell got burned Weeks 1 and 2. I also think Marshall can use his physicality to beat up on Carroll when he plays the other side. You’re correct though, his ability to breakaway could limit his ceiling.

    • Dan Schneier

      thanks again for reading. I have the same concerns, to be honest, from a separation standpoint. I’m just not a believer in Maxwell, and I never have been. I can see why the Eagles should use less zero coverage this week, but I’m not so sure they will. Chip Kelly teams believe in execution over all. Josh Huff’s comments this week confirm that. I don’t see Davis changing things up too much on defense just because Maxwell got burned Weeks 1 and 2. I also think Marshall can use his physicality to beat up on Carroll when he plays the other side. You’re correct though, his ability to breakaway could limit his ceiling.

      • Garrett

        Great points. Seems the floor is even higher than I anticipated, which by itself justifies the start.

  • Will

    Just a side note, Sean Smith is suspended!