Week 3 brought a lot of changes to the fantasy world. We saw two future Hall of Fame quarterbacks go down with injuries. Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees combined have three Super Bowls and have worked with many top fantasy wide receivers throughout their careers. They both have injuries that will hold them out for many weeks, which will have a major effect on both of their top fantasy wide receivers.
Michael Thomas has been a fantasy stud and was most likely a top pick in your draft. However, without Drew Brees throwing him the ball his fantasy production is going to take a plummet. Drew Brees’ current replacement is Teddy Bridgewater; with a chance for the dynamic, 3rd string quarterback Taysom Hill, who we have seen throughout this season and last on some trick plays.
Either way, it is a rough situation for Thomas without his hall of fame quarterback. It will be nearly impossible for him to produce his normal elite fantasy numbers in this new situation. Thomas has a tough matchup going into Seattle to take on Pete Carroll’s Seahawks, who are especially dangerous in September. If you are a Thomas owner you need to be ready for this huge drop of production and could even consider benching him in some smaller leagues. Thomas’ daily fantasy value is nowhere near worth his price and nobody should be paying his high price.
JuJu Smith-Schuster was also drafted as a top fantasy wide receiver and is going to give his fantasy owners a stressful rest of the season. Smith-Schuster has already had a pretty slow start to the season with only 11 catches for 162 yards and has yet to find the end zone. Now that he has lost Big Ben, his fantasy stock is plummeting with little sign of recovery. His new quarterback Mason Rudolph did have a lot of buzz around him when he was drafted. However, Ben was very clear that he was not there to help develop Rudolph into an NFL passer. So it can be assumed that Rudolph isn’t going to be that much more prepared than the typical rookie QB coming into his first NFL game.
Smith-Schuster already had to overcome being the main threat for the defense to watch with the departure of Antonio Brown in the offseason. Now that his future hall of fame quarterback is out for the season, Smith-Schuster will have a very difficult time producing the top wide receiver numbers that he was drafted to score. JuJu Smith-Schuster will likely live or die with the performance of Mason Rudolph. Rudolph made his first NFL start this Sunday. It is not likely that the already struggling Steelers will start to turn things around just yet and as a result, Smith-Schuster could be benched. If you have strong wide receiver options, Smith-Schuster should be avoided like the plague in daily fantasy play. Juju Smith-Schuster’s season could turn around if Rudolph can perform, but that won’t likely be until he has a little bit more experience later on in the season.