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Fantasy Football thoughts and opinions heading into NFL Week 3.
Houston at New Orleans
- I know it’s a road game, but QB Matt Schaub needs at least 300 yards passing this week. Anything less is a disappointment.
- RB Arian Foster owners, does RB Ben Tate scare you yet? He should.
- 7 Solos, 3 Assists for LB Brian Cushing was a very comforting line. He eased edgy owners’ concerns after a poor Week 1.
- IDP disappointments, year-to-date: DB’s Danieal Manning and Glover Quin. Don’t drop either yet, but they should be benched in 12-team leagues.
- Week 2 rushing attempts: Mark Ingram 14, Pierre Thomas 9. Significant for real football, but regarding fantasy…
- RB Darren Sproles is not only the best fantasy running back in New Orleans, but he’s a Top 5 fantasy RB. I expect his production to continue.
- I’ve seen WR Devery Henderson have his moments more than once, but he’s also had poor production gaps in his career. The thing I like about him is he doesn’t bloat his yearly stats with one or two monster games. I’d feel comfortable starting him on any given Sunday based on my team’s injuries or match-ups. He’s a great player off the bench.
- DB Malcolm Jenkins may be loved by the coaches and scouts, but it doesn’t translate to fantasy success. I’ve already fired him.
- CB Jabari Greer vs WR Andre Johnson. Excuse me, my secondary is in shambles on both of my 16-team leagues so I need to pick him up. Be right back.
NY Giants at Philadelphia
- WR Domenik Hixon makes a circus catch, and blows out his knee in the process. Stash WR Victor Cruz if you have the roster room. He’s very skilled, but he’s had instances of mental lapses in the past. The lack of receiver depth will force the Giants to put up with it.
- RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Week 2: 15 Rushes, 59 Rushing Yards. RB Brandon Jacobs, Week 2: 16 Rushes, 50 Rushing Yards, 1 TD. Individually, that’s not enough, but the Giants don’t care about fantasy. Add it together with RB Danny Ware’s 3 Rushes for 22 Yards and you have a productive running day (34 Rushes, 131 Rushing Yards, 3.85 avg.).
- Pay attention to the man in the white jacket at the back of the end zone on LB Michael Boley’s fumble recovery touchdown. You’ll laugh your ass off.
- Teams are going to pick on the Giants cornerbacks, and so should you.
- It took a game and a half for QB Michael Vick to get hurt. I hope you drafted a reliable back-up.
- Looks like you good great draft value on WR Jeremy Maclin. He’s running like an Antelope again.
- I was very concerned about the Eagles’ defensive ends in the preseason for fantasy purposes. After watching last week’s game, DE’s Jason Babin and Trent Cole are going to have a great year. So yeah, I was wrong. The coaches tell these guys to go kill the quarterback while dropping everyone else in coverage. Babin and Cole are in the backfield all the time because they have no other responsibilities. There’s no reason to blitz because these guys can create havoc without any help.
- As for the soft linebackers, Jamar Chaney has moved to the middle. I’m still not interested.
Jacksonville at Carolina
- Out, QB Luke McCown. In, QB Blaine Gabbert. ZZZzzzzzz.
- RB Maurice Jones-Drew won’t enjoy 9-man defensive fronts.
- Daryl Smith has been the best linebacker on the Jags after two weeks. He has 8 solos, 2 assists, 1 PD. What’s that say about LB Paul Posluszny?
- Don’t let the Week 2 score hide the fact that the Jags’ defense had good stats. The Jets only mustered 182 Passing Yards and 101 Rushing Yards. The Jags also has two interceptions and a sack.
- You think defenses are going to start respecting QB Cam Newton’s passing? Maybe it’ll open up a few holes for the fantasy-lacking RB’s DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.
- DE Charles Johnson is a sack machine. Sorry it took so long for me to include him in the DL1 Tier (Jared Allen, Justin Tuck, Terrell Suggs, Trent Cole). This tier is miles ahead of the DL2 Tier.
New England at Buffalo
- Aaron Hernandez’s month long injury has propelled Rob Gronkowski to the top of the weekly tight end rankings.
- 15 Receptions, 19 Targets, 222 Receiving Yards not for WR Chad Ochocinco, but for WR Deion Branch.
- Fantastic read by DL Vince Wilfork. He jumped all over that attempted screen, and he moves pretty well for a fat man.
- DB Sergio Brown had 6 Solos in Week 1, and 5 Solos, 2 Assists, 1 Int, 1 PD in Week 2. I’ve never heard of him either. He’ll get a bunch more chances with DB Patrick Chung expected to miss the game.
- I’ll perk up when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick plays against better defensive teams.
- RB Fred Jackson’s next four games before bye: vs NEP, at CIN, vs PHI, at NYG. I like that, a lot.
- Some tight end named Scott Chandler already has three touchdowns.
- WR David Nelson’s touchdown is my favorite highlight of the season. Not only did the play-call work to perfection, but watch the Bills celebrate a split second before Nelson caught the ball. My nephew could have caught that pass, and he’ll be two years old in November. Nelson’s season stats: 14 Receptions, 19 Targets, 149 Receiving Yards, 1 TD. If you didn’t claim him on Monday, you’re already too late.
- DB Jarius Byrd leads the Bills with 13 Solos. He was supposed to be the ball-hawk, not the tackler. Perhaps he’s becoming both.
Miami at Cleveland
- So RB Daniel Thomas stinks according to the Dolphins’ coaches, and then gets 18 Rushes, 107 Rushing Yards in Week 2. He did lose a fumble, but it’s hard to argue 100+ yards. I still like RB Reggie Bush for the long haul, that is if he stays healthy.
- WR Brandon Marshall has been quiet off the field and strong on the field. Good combo.
- LB Karlos Dansby injured his groin and is iffy for Week 3. Adjust accordingly.
- As long as QB Colt McCoy doesn’t turn the ball over, he’s effective. His schedule seems favorable.
- Spreading the ball around has produced lousy fantasy results for all of the Browns’ wide receivers. It’s still early so give Mohamed Massaquoi and Greg Little some time. As for Brian Robiskie, you can cut him.
- CB Joe Haden vs WR Brandon Marshall. Expect strong stats for Haden.
San Francisco at Cincinnati
- RB Frank Gore is averaging 53 Rushing Yards and 18 Receiving Yards in his first two games. Again, that’s average, not total.
- TE Delanie Walker gets special team tackles which is great for IDP leagues. But until the 49ers use his talents on offense, he can be ignored. It’s a shame cause the guys has skill.
- LB Navorro Bowman, season stats: 16 Solos, 1 Assist, 1 PD.
- RB Cedric Benson was suspended, so stay in the loop as to which weeks it will occur. RB Bernard Scott will pick up significant carries, that is if he doesn’t get hurt doing the dishes, picking up groceries, making a phone call, or participating in some other strenuous activity.
- I don’t care whether WR A.J. Green got both feet in-bounds, that’s a tremendous catch.
- The loss of WR Jordan Shipley for the season bumps the value of WR Andre Caldwell, and perhaps WR Brandon Tate. It might take some time for it to help WR Jerome Simpson – he’s been visited by the Makisupa Policeman.
- DE Michael Johnson, Week 2: 7 Solos, 1 Sack, 1 FF. Add him immediately. He’s putting up the stats everyone thought would go to DE Carlos Dunlap.
Denver at Tennessee
- I just acquired RB Knowshon Moreno as a throw-in. His value is so low, my trading partner preferred to keep DB Patrick Chung over him.
- WR Eric Decker, season stats: 8 Receptions, 14 Targets, 166 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TD’s, 128 Punt Return Yards, 1 Punt Return TD, 1 Fumble Lost. WR Brandon Lloyd’s presence will only help.
- I was looking forward to WR Eddie Royal’s Week 2 game because I had to start him (16-team league, WR Dez Bryant hurt, Ochocinco stinks). What a disaster.
- LB Wesley Woodyard has a history of extended fantasy production, and he’s doing it again in the absence of LB D.J. Williams. Ride him while he’s hot.
- QB Matt Hasselbeck is old, but dependable. Having WR Kenny Britt helps.
- When is RB Chris Johnson gonna end his holdout?
- After two weeks, the best IDP on the Titans has been Devin’s twin Brother CB Jason McCourty.
Detroit at Minnesota
- This is why we love RB Adrian Peterson.
- Kevin Seifert via KFFL, WR Percy Harvin has played in just 57 of the 118 offensive snaps in the two games this season. Ouch.
- CB Antoine Winfield has started the year hot.
- If you own QB Matthew Stafford, do you dare trade the other quality quarterback you drafted? Don’t do it!
- There’s no other back on the Lions roster to slow down RB Javid Best.
- Over/Under on WR Nate Burleson’s final stats: 1006 Receiving Yards, 9 TD’s. That’s his 2004 season, and I’ll take the “over” in yards and the “under” in TD’s.
- CB’s Chris Houston and Eric Wright are going to be very busy if the Lions continue to open up huge leads.
Baltimore at St. Louis
- If I owned QB Joe Flacco, I’d be fuming. His performance in Tennessee puts doubt in my mind that he can be an upper echelon fantasy QB.
- Cumulative Ravens’ linebacker stats not including Ray Lewis (Terrell Suggs is a DE): 6 Players, 9 Solos, 5 Assists, 1 Sack, 1 PD.
- Consecutive 9 Solo games for CB Lardarius Webb.
- I didn’t notice any issues with QB Sam Bradford finger. Perhaps I could’ve had a better look if he did this.
- Somehow WR Danny Amendola went from being out for the season to almost being ready to play this week. Pick him up asap if someone dropped him.
- Don’t go gaga yet about WR Danario Alexander. Those were the Giants cornerbacks he was abusing.
- We knew DB Quintin Mikell would excel, but you need to pay attention to the Rams top CB Justin King. Check out his next seven weeks: vs Anquan Boldin, at Santana Moss, bye, at Greg Jennings, at Dez Bryant/Miles Austin, vs Saints, at Larry Fitzgerald.
NY Jets at Oakland
- Nice grab by WR Santonio Holmes. I thought they banned stickum.
- WR Plaxico Burress had zero catches in Week 2. Didn’t CB Nnamdi Asomugha leave Oakland?
- Sell LB David Harris now while his value is high. He’s great in real life, but he’s no longer making monster plays that catapult him to the top of the fantasy linebacker ranking.
- After a lousy Week 1, QB Jason Campbell put up 323 Passing Yards, 3 TD’s and 1 Turnover in Week 2. Yes, it was the Buffalo D’, but it still encouraging considering the cross-country road game.
- I suspect WR Denarius Moore has been picked up in all leagues based on this catch. He’s still young, unproven, and plays for a heavy run-first team, so give it some time.
- Looking ahead, after the Raiders play the Jets in Week 3, CB Chris Johnson gets the Patriots and WR Andre Johnson in Weeks 4 and 5. Add him now before it’s too late.
Kansas City at San Diego
- RB Jamaal Charles owners, you might think it’s early enough in the season to escape your bad trip. You can’t, and your season is over.
- RB Dexter McCluster, Week 2: 8 Rushes, 51 Rushing Yards, 4 Receptions, 5 Targets, -2 Receiving Yards, 1 Fumble Lost, 5’7”, 170 lbs. He too small to handle a full work load. Add RB Thomas Jones.
- Acquiring Chiefs’ linebackers and defensive backs is a wise investment. They’ll be on the field often.
- Every RB Mike Tolbert fumble is another opportunity for RB Ryan Mathews.
- I like the WR Vincent Jackson touchdown celebrations – nothing. Perhaps it was the fact that they were trailing and there was no reason to style and profile. Or could it be his desire to land a new contract. Maybe, just maybe, this is the new mature V-Jax. Go with Door #2.
- The inside linebackers have been productive in San Diego for awhile, and it’s continuing in 2011. LB Donald Butler has recorded 5 Solos in each of the first two games.
Arizona at Seattle
- QB Kevin Kolb’s next three games: at SEA, vs NYG, at MIN. Anticipate a temporary rise in value.
- RB Beanie Wells, season stats: 32 Rushes. 183 Rushing Yards, 4 Receptions, 6 Targets, 12 Receiving Yards, 2 TD’s, zero Fumbles Lost. Fantasy owners love consistency – Week 1 and Week 2 stats were almost identical.
- Is TE Todd Heap still playing?
- I hope you have decent options on your bench for LB Daryl Washington. He’s still sore.
- WR Sidney Rice has been the best offensive player on the Seahawks this season.
- The News Tribune via Rotoworld: LB Aaron Curry has lost his job. I don’t want to say he lost it to rookie LB K.J. Wright. I think he just lost it, period.
Atlanta at Tampa Bay
- TE Tony Gonzalez in not dead.
- Did you draft WR Julio Jones ahead of A.J. Green? Silly you.
- Solo tackles for Falcons’ linebackers: Sean Weatherspoon 16, Curtis Lofton 14, Stephen Nicholas 7. Expect it to continue.
- WR Preston Parker has 13 Targets so far. We’ll see if the Bucs’ coaches keep him involved once WR Sammie Stroughter returns from injury. It’s freaking Stroughter, so c’mon coaches!
- LB Mason Foster replaced LB Quincy Black as a three-down LB due to injury, and finished Week 2 with 7 Solos, 3 Assists, 1 Sack, 1 FF. I think it’s too soon for him to permanently replace Black.
Green Bay at Chicago
- You see a tough defense here: at CHI, vs DEN, at ATL, vs STL, at MIN, bye, at SDC, vs MIN, vs TBB, at DET, at NYG, vs OAK, at KCC, vs CHI, vs DET. QB Aaron Rodgers’ Groove will last all season.
- TE Jermichael Finley, season stats: 8 Receptions, 10 Targets, 121 Receiving Yards, zero TD’s. Last I checked he was not a top tier producer. Don’t believe me? Look up his game logs. He’d cream to have the consistency of WR Greg Jennings.
- If Week 1’s poke didn’t get you to notice DB Morgan Burnett, then Week 2’s slap surely did. 7 Solos, 1 Sack, 1 FF, 1 Int, 2 PD.
- The Bears can’t run, so RB Matt Forte must catch a ton of passes to keep his fantasy value high. As Jay Clemons points out, Forte’s receiving skills are sucking up all the Targets in Chicago.
- Who is WR Dane Sanzenbacher and why is he catching balls in Chicago?
- Don’t walk out of a Chicago Chinese restaurant with take-out when CB Charles Tillman is nearby. He’ll slap the egg roll out of your hand.
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis
- WR Mike Wallace’s catch defied gravity. And be sure to notice the hit QB Ben Roethlisberger takes.
- 66 Rushing Yards against the Seahawks was not enough for RB Rashard Mendenhall owners.
- OLB’s James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley are going to feast on QB Kerry Collins.
- I’m not threatened by RB Delone Carter’s 11 Rushes in Week 2. I still like RB Joseph Addai as long as he starts.
- LB Pat Angerer has company. LB Kavell Conner is making the most of his opportunity.
Washington at Dallas
- I don’t trust this QB Rex Grossman experiment one bit. However, I own QB Matt Cassel too so I’m forced to roll with Rex until he turns into roadkill.
- RB Tim Hightower got 20 carries last week. Don’t be greedy.
- Any sign of DB LaRon Landry? A Monday night game means he’s on your bench unless you have a Redskin or Cowboy backup.
- How can an athlete play with a punctured lung? I imagine QB Tony Romo feels like this.
WR Miles Austin, Week 2: 9 Receptions, 15 Targets, 143 Receiving Yards, 3 TD’s, 1 busted hamstring.
- I’m going to be pissed if WR Dez Bryant is “Questionable”. Give us a heads up and make him “D” or “P” please.
- I told you it wouldn’t take long RB Felix Jones owners.
- The Cowboys’ front seven is so good, the secondary gets very few chances to make a fantasy impact.
Vegas, NFL Spreads Week 3, Season Record: 4-2-1
- Atlanta (+2.5) at Tampa Bay
- Houston (+4) at New Orleans
- Detroit (-3.5) at Minnesota
- Oakland (+3.5) vs NY Jets
- Baltimore (-3.5) at St. Louis