A no-brainer: Grab May­field if you can

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Football - BY ALAN SATTERLEE Correspond­ent Alan Satterlee writes about fan­tasy foot­ball for The Ob­server. Find him on Twit­ter at @Speed­kills_ DFW.

The No. 1 over­all pick in the NFL draft Baker May­field (Cleve­land) is set to make his first NFL start for the Browns after lead­ing the team on a tremen­dous come-frombe­hind win last week.

If avail­able, May­field is eas­ily the top quar­ter­back waiver-wire ad­di­tion this week given his amaz­ing ac­cu­racy and ex­plo­sive skill-set.

May­field also raises the fan­tasy pro­files of es­sen­tially all the Browns’ skill­po­si­tion play­ers, par­tic­u­larly wide re­ceiver Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku. It’s been a slow start to the sea­son for Njoku (69 yards in three games) but he is a break­out can­di­date this week.

Fel­low first-round rookie quar­ter­back Josh Rosen (Ari­zona) will also make his first NFL start, though the sit­u­a­tion isn’t nearly as at­trac­tive.

The Car­di­nals are av­er­ag­ing a league-low 6.7 points per game.

The 49ers are also forced to start C.J. Beathard after the sea­son-end­ing in­jury to Jimmy Garop­polo. Beathard will likely im­prove some off his 2018 sea­son where he threw just three touch­downs in five games, but the 49ers are look­ing rough with so many in­juries to their of­fense. The in­jury to Garop­polo is a ma­jor down­grade for once-promis­ing fan­tasy prospect wide re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win.

PLAY ’EM

At 380 yards pass­ing per game Ben Roeth­lis­berger (Pitts­burgh) is on pace for 6,080 pass­ing yards on the sea­son. Don’t see the Bal­ti­more de­fense on the sched­ule and give a thought about not start­ing Roeth­lis­berger who threw for 506 yards in his last home game ver­sus the Ravens.

Tom Brady (New Eng­land) is only the No. 20 quar­ter­back on the sea­son but ex­pect a bounce-back game this week at home and against a Mi­ami de­fense ranked 29th against the pass.

Eli Man­ning (NY Gi­ants) should be good for a few touch­downs against a Saints’ de­fense al­low­ing 3.3 pass­ing touch­downs per game and the most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing quar­ter­backs.

Case Keenum (Den­ver) has sleeper po­ten­tial this week in what should be a shootout and against a Chiefs’ de­fense al­low­ing a league-high 362.7 pass­ing yards per game. Keenum and the Bron­cos are go­ing to have try to keep up with a Chiefs’ of­fense lead­ing the NFL in scor­ing.

It looks as though the Seahawks have com­mit­ted to Chris Car­son (Seat­tle) after col­lect­ing 34 touches last week. This week Car­son goes against the 28thranked run de­fense which has al­lowed a league-high 1.7 rush­ing touch­downs per game.

James White (New Eng­land) has high-end sleeper ap­peal es­pe­cially as Tom Brady was vo­cal after a rough Week 3 show­ing say­ing White should be more in­volved in the game plan plus now Rex Burk­head has been sent to in­jured re­serve.

Phillip Lind­say (Den­ver) was ejected for throw­ing a punch last week but he should pick right back up hav­ing a healthy work­load (Lind­say av­er­aged 16 touches and 106.5 yards in the first two games). He’ll go against a Kansas City de­fense that al­lows the sec­ond-most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing run­ning backs.

Austin Ekeler (LA Chargers) has more than 70 to­tal yards and three re­cep­tions in ev­ery game this sea­son and he should get a strong work­load again this week es­pe­cially if the Chargers get well ahead of the 49ers, which would seem likely.

Allen Robin­son (Chicago) gets a Bucs de­fense on the road and off a short week while they also al­low the sec­ond-most fan­tasy points to op­pos­ing wide re­ceivers.

Ster­ling Shep­ard (NY Gi­ants) should be in store for a busy week in what could be a shoot-out and with an el­e­vated role in the Gi­ants’ of­fense after the in­jury to tight end Evam En­gram.

SIT ’EM

An­drew Luck (In­di­anapo­lis) is av­er­ag­ing just 7.8 yards per com­ple­tion — last among all start­ing quar­ter­backs. Luck has failed to top 180 pass­ing yards in back-to-back games.

Not much to like about Der­rick Henry (Ten­nessee) right now — he’s the No. 50 ranked fan­tasy run­ning back to start the sea­son, av­er­ag­ing 48 yards per game and with­out a score while this week he goes against the No. 1 ranked de­fense.

Amari Cooper (Oak­land) is sim­ply too un­re­li­able to trust — he popped for 100 yards in Week 2 but has av­er­aged just 13 yards in Weeks 1 and 3.

RON SCHWANE AP

Browns quar­ter­back Baker May­field will make his first ca­reer start this week­end against Oak­land.

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