This article is part of our Exploiting the Matchups series.
September 15, 2019, henceforth known as the day the quarterbacks died. To be fair, Trevor Siemian lasted a day longer than the rest of them, but only because his team played Monday night. We now enter Week 3 with at least five teams starting a quarterback that didn't get the Week 1 assignment, potentially adding a sixth if Cam Newton's sprained foot doesn't improve in a hurry.
The glut of injuries lowers expectations for a bunch of wide receivers, tight ends, and running backs, though in one case the QB change might prove to be an upgrade (looking at you, Daniel Jones). This is a good time to remind everyone, once again, that our upgrades and downgrades are relative to what can be expected of the player in an average week, focusing on how value is impacted by the opponent.
We're also making an effort to look beyond the obvious, rather than pointing out that it's a good idea to start players on teams with implied totals above 30. That said, it feels a little weird to go through the entire column without discussing the oddity of two NFL games that have spreads larger than 20 points.
My take on the two contests for fantasy purposes is what you'd expect — upgrade everyone on the Patriots and Cowboys; downgrade everyone on the Jets and Dolphins. Bill Belichick kept his starters in the game through the end of the Miami blowout, after doing the exact same thing last year