Week 3 will have the usual 16 games as the fantasy football season marches on, but Sunday will have an early start time thanks to the first London game of the year. The Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars will square off at 9:30 a.m. ET, so fantasy owners will want to make sure their lineups are set early this week.
Of course, most fantasy leagues won’t actually lock rosters at the London times — you’ll still have until at least 1 p.m. to make final adjustments to your starting lineup. However, for Ravens and Jaguars players, it’s something owners will have to take care of early.
Here are some of the most relevant players taking the field at Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning.
RB Buck Allen — Allen seized control of the starting job in Week 2, playing 43 snaps while putting up 101 total yards against the Cleveland Browns. With Danny Woodhead on injured reserve and Terrance West dealing with a thigh injury, Allen will be on the RB2 radar in Week 3. The major concern is the loss of Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda, out for the year with a broken ankle. It’s a huge loss to the run game that will undoubtedly lower Allen’s ceiling.
WR Jeremy Maclin — The Jaguars have a sneaky good pass defense, anchored by cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye. That will make it hard to trust many receivers facing off against that duo this year, but Maclin is probably the best bet to produce out of the slot position. He isn’t getting a lot of targets with the Ravens committing to the run, but Maclin has two touchdowns through the first two games.
QB Joe Flacco — Flacco was much better in Week 2, completing 25 of 34 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He’s still not an inspiring fantasy starter, but two-quarterback leagues might find some use for him. Flacco could also be a competent streamer during the bye weeks.
RB Leonard Fournette — The Jaguars successfully hid Blake Bortles in the season opener, but it was only a matter of time before he went full Bortles again. His Week 2 meltdown was a stark reminder that Jacksonville’s ground-and-pound gameplan only works if the team doesn’t fall behind early. Either way, Fournette got his second touchdown of the year and is getting all the volume he can handle. It feels like only a matter of time before he starts breaking big gains.
WR Marqise Lee — Garbage-time Bortles was back in business, feeding Lee 12 targets in their loss to the Tennessee Titans. Lee got seven catches for 76 yards and will need to step up with Allen Robinson done for the year. Getting open against the Ravens’ defense will be a much harder task, but target opportunities could be there if the Jaguars are playing from behind again.
WR Allen Hurns — It seemed like Hurns was falling out of favor in the preseason, but Robinson’s ACL tear forced the Jaguars to elevate him as a starter again. Like Lee, Hurns benefited from meaningless fourth-quarter production, putting up six catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. He’s only two years removed from a 10-touchdown season, so we know Bortles likes looking his way in the red zone. That touchdown potential will put him on the WR4 map even if Bortles keeps playing like trash.
Start: Buck Allen, Leonard Fournette, Jeremy Maclin
Start if you’re desperate: Joe Flacco, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Ben Watson
Sit: Terrance West, Mike Wallace, Blake Bortles, Chris Ivory, Marcedes Lewis