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The Turf Sleeper Cell – Week 3: Feeling Philly

After a week off and a lead change, we’re back and we’re feeling Philly in week 3.

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The Turf Sleeper Cell – Week 3: Feeling Philly

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So we bungled last week due to some unforeseen issues, but in order to keep you updated, here are last week’s picks.

The Turf Sleeper Cell Week 2 Picks

1. Joe Dalfonso – 85.2 PTS – Austin Ekeler – 3.6% ownership – 12.3 points – 36.9 PTS

2. Matt DaSilva – 56.68 PTS – NO PICK

3. Andrew O’Neill – 54.8 PTS – Ito Smith – RB, Atlanta Falcons – .08% ownership – 6.4 points – 38.4 PTS

4. Meg Schneider – 49.16 – Patrick Mahomes – QB, Kansas City Chiefs – 12% ownership – 41.64 points – 36.64 PTS

5. Matt Speckman – 45.5 PTS David Njoku- TE, Cleveland Browns – 6.5% ownership – 6 points – 5.61 PTS

6. Ben Salus – 40.4 PTS – Ian Thomas – TE, Carolina Panthers 1.5% ownership – 3 points – 15 PTS

7. Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 27.40 PTS – Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles – 1.5% ownership – 19.5 points – 97.5 PTS

8. Sam Silva –15.75 PTS – Alfred Morris – RB, San Francisco 49ers – 2.2% ownership – 10 points – 40 PTS

10. Chris Plonka – 14.60 PTS – Phillip Lindsay- RB, Denver Broncos – 3.6% ownership – 15.1 points – 45.3 PTS

10. Charlie Forray – 14.60 PTS – Alfred Morris – RB, San Francisco 49ers – 2.2% ownership – 10 points – 40 PTS

11. Ryan Kelly – 14.5 PTS- Zay Jones – WR, Buffalo Bills – .3% ownership – 8.3 points – 49.8 PTS

12. Matt Branigan – 11 PTS – Case Keenum – QB, Denver Broncos 6.6% ownership –  15.4 points – 14.38 PTS

13. Justin Colombo –7.3 – Royce Freeman – RB, Denver Broncos – 3.3% ownership – 8.8 points – 26.4 PTS

14. Mark DiGiammarino – 0 PTS – Quincy Enunwa – WR, New York Jets – 12% ownership – 16.2 points – 14.26 PTS

14. Joanna Krupnick – 0 PTS – Kenny Golladay – WR – Detroit Lions – 13.9% ownership – 20.9 points – 17.99 PTS

16. Kevin Michael Morin – -0.5 PTS – Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers – 3.6% ownership – 12.3 points – 36.9 PTS

The Turf Sleeper Cell Leaderboard

  1.  Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 124.9 PTS
  2. Joe Dalfonso – 122.1 PTS
  3. Andrew O’Neill – 93.2 PTS
  4. Meg Schneider – 85.8 PTS
  5. Ryan Kelly – 64.3 PTS 
  6. Chris Plonka – 59.9 PTS 
  7. Matt DaSilva – 56.68 PTS
  8. Sam Silva –55.75 PTS
  9. Ben Salus – 55.4 PTS 
  10. Charlie Forray – 54.6 PTS
  11. Matt Speckman – 51.11 PTS
  12. Kevin Michael Morin – 36.4 PTS
  13. Justin Colombo – 34.7 PTS
  14. Matt Branigan – 25.38 PTS
  15. Joanna Krupnick – 17.99 PTS
  16. Mark DiGiammarino – 14.26 PTS

Week 3 Picks

1. Andrew Mark Wilhelm – 124.9 PTS – Wendell Smallwood – RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Woah. So, this is unfamiliar territory for me as I typically am not good at this sleeper thing. So I’m going to stick with what worked and try to catch lightning twice. With Jay Ajayi getting hurt in Week 2, further helping Corey Clement, I am going with the next man up for Philly’s depleted backfield. Clement will now be the lead rusher, and Smallwood will take over the role Sproles, then Clement was filling. Add to that a team that will probably want to run the ball to help get Carson Wentz back up to game speed and a pretty favorable matchup.

2. Joe Dalfonso – 122.1 PTS – Nyheim Hines – RB, Indianapolis Colts

Who cares…I’m watching Tiger in his Sunday Red.

3. Andrew O’Neill – 93.2 PTS – Lamar Jackson – QB, Baltimore Ravens

Yes, Jackson IS the Ravens backup QB.  And no, Joe Flacco IS NOT injured.  But unlike any other NFL backup, this one is guaranteed to get a few touches.

The magic Jackson can conjure with the ball in his hands has been too tantalizing for John Harbaugh to resist using in the first two weeks.  Expect Jackson to see a number of snaps and to get the ball in traditional AND untraditional ways.

4. Meg Schneider – 85.8 PTS – Corey Clement – RB, Philadelphia Eagles

Ajayi and Sproles are both out, which means Clement’s touches will go up substantially. Also, the Colts D has allowed RBs to run all over the place the last couple weeks. I’m excited for this one…except sad, because Sproles is on my fantasy team. I can’t bear to part with him (I’m in a dynasty league) because he won a Super Bowl with the Saints. Anyway, hope that hammy feels better real soon, Darren.

5. Ryan Kelly – 64.3 PTS  Aldrick Robinson – WR, Minnesota Vikings

This may be my best pick ever. Seriously, there’s too much to like here for me to not go for it. First off, how many people knew Robinson was on an NFL team again? Until five minutes before writing this, I wasn’t one of them. But he’s back, this time joining the lethal Vikings offense.

Here’s why I love him this week:

  1. He spent two seasons previously in Washington, where his QB was… Kirk Cousins.
  2. The Vikings only real competition for targets behind Thielen and Diggs is Laquon Treadwell, and he dropped 3 passes last week. Hence Robinson’s arrival.
  3. The Vikings play the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, so there’s at least a 50% chance whoever is matched up on Robinson will retire mid-game.
  4. Literally nobody in your daily fantasy leagues will pick this guy. There’s no way.

Now who knows, Robinson is new and may not even suit up for the game. Perhaps he’s a healthy scratch. So this is a boom or bust pick for me. But my gut is feeling like Robinson sneaks in there with like a 50 yard TD, I’m boarding this train.

6. Chris Plonka – 59.9 PTS – Taylor Gabriel – WR, Chicago Bears

Gabriel has been relatively quiet for the Bears, but he is in prime position against a weak Cardinals team to make a statement.

9. Ben Salus – 55.4 PTS – Jordan Matthews – WR, Philadelphia Eagles

In combining the fact that most of the Eagles Offense is limping around the sidelines with the return of Carson Wentz, I’m looking for one thing here: familiarity.

Matthews was Wentz’s go-to receiver before he was shipped to Buffalo. Their previous rapport should prove to be valuable for fantasy owners, as Nelson Agholor and Zach Ertz should pull a lot of coverage from the Colts Defense. Jordan Matthews seems to be healthy, and his timing with Carson, along with his familiarity with the offensive scheme should play a huge factor here.

I’m shooting big: I think J-Matt and Carson will do their semi-famous suit & tie touchdown dance and he should rack up over 60 yards. J. Matthews: 5 Catches – 80 yards – 1 TD

10. Charlie Forray – 54.6 PTS – Aaron Jones – RB, Green Bay Packers

Jones is coming off of a suspension and will need to fight his way up the depth chart to his starter role. This starts this week. He’s gonna enter this game as the team’s RB3 and end as the clear-cut RB1. I’m thinking 70 yards on 15 carries and an end zone visit.

11. Matt Speckman – 51.11 PTS – Cole Beasley – WR, Dallas Cowboys

Cole Beasley is Dak Prescott’s possession receiver, and though I can’t typically remember what I had a meal prior, I do seem to recall he usually has one or two big games a year that aren’t 5 catches for 46 yards.  Against a Seattle team struggling in all facets, I like the chances of this game being one of the former.  My confidence is sky high on this pick.  And by sky high, I only mean I don’t see how it could go worse than last week.

12. Justin Colombo – 36.4 PTS – Geronimo Allison – WR, Green Bay Packers

Geronimo Allison is averaging 7 targets a game, and over 10 years a catch. That’s 70 yards on 7 catches per game on average. Sure it’s been two games, but still. I’ll take what I can get. 

12. Kevin Michael Morin – 36.4 PTS – Josh Adams – RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles are in rough shape at running back this week. Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are out against the Colts, and Corey Clement was limited in practice on Friday with a quad injury. He’s expected to play, but I imagine he’ll be limited. Alshon Jeffrey is also banged up. This is going to force Carson Wentz to use some unconventional weapons in his return. I’m banking on Adams getting more touches than Wendell Smallwood. Fingers crossed…

14. Matt Branigan – 25.38 PTS – Latavius Murray – RB, Minnesota Vikings

With Dalvin Cook out, I expect Murray to get a lot of reps. The Vikings are also up against a Buffalo defense that has given up the most fantasy points to running backs in the AFC in PPR leagues. There is also a good chance the Vikings will be destroying the Bills, which means potentially less throwing and more running for Minnesota.

15. Joanna Krupnick – 17.99 PTS – Doug Martin – RB, Oakland Raiders

Doug Martin sounds like the name of your parent’s accountant who likes a very specific kind of fishing and enjoys Cognac. I’m here for that. It’s only a matter of time before Doug blows up.

16. Mark DiGiammarino – 14.26 PTS – Calvin Ridley – WR, Atlanta Falcons

Last week Ridley caught 4-of-5 targets for 64 yards and his first career TD. Now the 6’1” wideout gets to go against the Saints #2 CB, Ken Crawley, since Lattimore will be on Julio Jones; a matchup Ridley can definitely exploit.

Justin Colombo is a 2017 Broadway Show Softball League All-Star at 3B/SS. He's essentially the Manny Machado of the Kinky Boots team. Justin has been writing about Baseball since he was a little kid. Now that being an actor in NYC has given him a lot of free time, in 2015 he decided to take his passion public and founded Three Up, Three Down as a way to express his love for the game. From there, Three Up, Three Down grew from a hobby to an obsession. After years of growth and one insult from MLB's Historian, Justin launched The Turf, a way to expand into all areas of the sporting world. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter. LET'S. GO. METS.

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