Week Three, Fantasy Football Thoughts


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Week 3 is nearly in the books and we saw some huge performances on Sunday.

A quick glance shows that six wide receivers posted two touchdowns and 13 went for more than 100 yards receiving.

Oh yeah, and one went for better than 200 receiving yards. (A.J. Green)

Running backs had some big games as well with six rushing for at least two touchdowns and three different backs rushing for three scores. Eight running backs also ran for at least 100 yards. Wow!

So let’s take a quick look at the things that I found interesting this week.

What a treat to watch Steve Smith and A.J. Green have huge weeks in the Baltimore-Cincinnati tilt. Games like that are  fun to watch from a fantasy standpoint and one of the many reasons I love this game. Speaking of Smith, he has a great matchup this Thursday night against a weak Pittsburgh secondary.

If Dorial Green-Beckham is available on your league’s waiver wire, go and get him. You’ll thank me later as his role in the offense is expanding week to week.

Devonta Freeman is a dynamic player and was way better than I had thought he’d be this week (wait … I think he just scored again). Hey, I will always admit when I’m wrong. I was really wrong! Once Tevin Coleman returns, Atlanta will have a great one-two punch at running back.

Raise your hand if you predicted Chris Thompson was the Washington running back to start in Week 3. Yeah, right.

At least the New York Giants were true to their word when they mentioned getting Rueben Randle more involved in the offense. I maintain my contempt for Thursday Night Football. The games are generally sloppy and hard to watch.

Yes, now I am going on the porch and yell at the neighbor kids. “Hey you! Get off of my lawn!”

Nice game by Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson. He had more tackles Thursday night than in his first two games combined.

This is the Greg Olsen we have all been waiting for. OK, two games is not exactly a long wait but his owners sure are happy this week.

How much do Adrian Peterson owners hate fullback Zach Line today? A lot. But Peterson still had a great day.

Speaking of Vikings;  how bout that South Dakota boy, Chad Greenway. Ninety-one yard interception return for a TD!

This just in … the Philadelphia Eagles are not dead yet. That offense is still nowhere near what it was the last two seasons but they did get a win. No, Sam Bradford is not even close to a weekly starting option.

Hate to see Ben Roethlisberger go down the way he did. Hopefully the 4-6 weeks report is on the money. Looks like it is Michael Vick time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is going to be fun to watch. Buckle your seatbelts, Steelers fans.

So it looks like LeGarrette Blount is going to be all right in this pass-happy New England offense. Is the clock ticking on ‘Cinderella’ story Dion Lewis? Or, did Blount just come on once the game was in hand in order to keep the injury-prone Lewis fresh for another day? It may be as James White saw some snaps in passing situations. Of course, it’s tough to gauge when the game is such a blowout.

I am awarding the first ever Toad Zone, “I got pummeled like Matthew Stafford” award to Philip Rivers this week. Ouch.

Look at Alfred Blue topping the 130-yard rushing mark this week with a score!  OK, now go to the bench as soon as Arian Foster returns and please let that be Week Four.

So, Antonio Andrews is now the running back we want from the Tennessee Titans, eh? Nah, we don’t want a running back from the Titans. That huge sigh of relief we hear is from all the Indianapolis Colts fans after they barely beat the Titans.

All the worried faces we see are Andrew Luck owners because he’s still turning the ball over a ton. I’m not sure if my wife wants to trade Luck in my keeper league because of his terrible play or that terrible beard?

At least Frank Gore finally got on track and that was good to see.

The New Orleans Saints are done like dinner for 2015. Stick a fork in them. ‘Who dey say gonna beat dem Saints?’ I guess the answer is everyone.

Drew Brees should sit out as long as it takes to heal that shoulder. Maybe even for the rest of the season. Yes, it’s that bad for the Saints.

It’s even worse for the Chicago Bears. Never thought I would say this but Jay Cutler can’t come back soon enough.

C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman, Juwan Thompson, Joique Bell and Ameer Abdullah combined for 71 yards rushing on 36 carries in the Denver victory over Detroit Sunday night. That’s 70 yards less than the aforementioned Devonta Freeman. Ugh.

What a roll Julio Jones is on. He is simply unstoppable. It’s a little disconcerting that he’s usually hobbling off the field at the end of the game but as long as he suits up he is pure fantasy gold.

Lost in that second half collapse by the Dallas Cowboys was a great game by running back Joseph Randle. That offense is going to lean on him a lot moving forward making him an every week start. Yes, I said every week.

It appeared as if Colin Kaepernick was going to be the king of ‘garbage time’ for the second straight week Unfortunately, he was so bad that there was never even the possibility for late game junk.  Maybe there’s a reason Jim Harbaugh wanted out of San Fran?

The Arizona Cardinals took San Francisco out to the woodshed this week pure and simple.

Before we all jump back on the Chris Johnson bandwagon let’s keep in mind that Andre Ellington is close to returning. While Johnson will still have a role on the offense, it will be a diminished one.

Double-digit solo tackles for Paul Posluszy against New England was nice to see. The veteran just continues to produce.

It looks like Mike Evans is healthy again for Tampa Bay.  Now, if he could just work on those pesky drops. Evans is still working his way back into shape after missing much of the preseason. Last year he only had 4 drops (16th in the NFL).

Don’t fret too much Tyler Eifert owners. He did have a touchdown called back on a bit of an iffy call by the officials. He will remain a big part of what has become a very potent Cincinnati offense.

Undrafted free agent running back Thomas Rawls is a must-add this week on waivers. He is the handcuff to Marshawn Lynch and it appears that Lynch may finally be breaking down. This week it was a hamstring injury that follows the calf and back issues he’s had lately. Grab the kid out of Central Michigan as insurance and thank me later.

As long as Brandon Weeden is running the Dallas offense we can seriously downgrade all the receiving options. It won’t be long until Matt Cassel takes over.

Sooooooo…. I hate to admit it – maybe this isn’t the year that Ryan Tannehill takes that next step and Miami challenges New England for the AFC East title.

It’s officially time to stop starting Justin Forsett in standard scoring formats. The Baltimore Ravens just can’t run block. Forsett is still a capable receiver out of the backfield and holds flex appeal in points per reception scoring leagues but not much more.

Welcome back, Jimmy Graham!!!!

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