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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


New England at Buffalo


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


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


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 RodgersGroove 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


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


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  1. Ryan says:

    Favorite feature of the week, great job again man. Who do you like more this week, Ben Tate @ NO or Jahvid Best @ MIN? (Standard Scoring Non-PPR)

  2. Ellison says:

    Okay, folks, pretend you have to drop one of the of the following players to pick up a kicker for this weekend. Who would it be?

    (Return yardage .5 PPR league.)

    Devin Hester
    Lance Moore
    Nate Burleson
    Jacoby Ford

  3. Chris says:

    Should I start AJ Green or Stevie Johnson?
    Thank you

  4. Drew Crew says:

    Gaffney or Demarius Moore in ppr this week? Im assuming Moore will be covered by Revis.

  5. CL says:

    I really dig this format!

    I have both Rodgers & Stafford (I like this security blanket). I see Stafford is #1 this week for you guys.

    I gotta keep rocking Rodgers, right? What do you think? Think I should shop Stafford around?

  6. CL says:

    it’s a 12 team league by the way.

  7. genghis chone says:

    Drop 1: Denarius, Julio Jones, Bernard Scott or Roy Helu?

  8. anthony says:

    Which 2 rbs would you guys start out of these options:

    Benjarvus Ellis, Ben Tate, Legarrette Blount

    And at the Flex Position should i go with the 3 rbs listed above or pencil in Steve Johnson WR ( Bills ) ?

    1 More thing Gates is doubtful for sunday… Put Cooley in or try to find replacement on waivers???

  9. ringo says:

    i got a sit/start question… nate burleson or david nelson, i could squeeze mike sims-walker in there aswell but i doubt it… probably leaning towards burleson… any thoughts?… thank you

  10. Megatron Lives says:

    Hey, Joseph, great read. I’d like your opinion on this.
    I have Willis and Mayo. I’d like to fill the 3rd D spot and hopefully set it and forget it for the season.
    Tackle Solo=1, Assist=0.5, Sack=2, Int=2, Fumble Force=1, Fumble Recovery=1, Def TD=6, Safety=2, Pass Defended=1, Blocked Kick=3, Return Yards 30yds/1pt, Return TD=6

    Mason Foster
    Patrick Peterson
    Navorro Bowman
    Rolando McClain
    Wesley Woodyard
    Nick Barnett
    Patrick Chung
    Laron Landry
    Jamar Chaney

    I have Peterson, who’s gotten decent numbers, thanks to returns. I’m worried about consistency every week. I know that some of these guys are in there thanks to other injuries. Who do I pick for the rest of the season?

  11. Ted says:

    Hightower or D. Thomas?

  12. timmy riggins says:

    so heady, brah….whose got my miracle and some nitrous???

  13. Mr. Miner says:

    Dude, great references. Love it. You just won a new follower.

    Did I see you with a ticket stub in your hand?

  14. Mr. Miner says:

    @timmy riggins: one for 3, 2 for 5

  15. Dezzed says:

    Mike Williams (TB), Eric Decker, or Jordy Nelson, w/ one open slot at WR, V-Jackson is my numero uno.
    It’s a tough call seeing that Decker might get more touches….any suggestions??

  16. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @Ryan: Best
    @Ellison: drop Ford
    @Chris: start Johnson provided he is active
    @Drew Crew: start Gaffney, and this better be a 16-team league
    @CL: shop Stafford for sure
    @genghis chone: redraft, drop denarius
    @anthony: monitor Johnson’s health; ellis 1, blount 2, johnson 3, tate 4; don’t know your waivers
    @ringo: Burleson
    @Megatron: bowman 1, chung 2, landry 3, foster 4
    @Ted: hightower
    @timmy: no nitrous – bad for brain cells
    @Mr. Miner: thanks, and keep feelin’ good
    @Dezzed: Nelson

  17. Commish Cauda says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr

    I’m struggling at RB, (Jamaal Charles, Felix Jones, Tolbert, Ingram, Helu). I finally got a little lucky and snagged Bernard Scott when the news about Benson’s impending suspension broke. And now I have just been offered the following:

    Cedric Benson for Roy Helu

    What do you think?

  18. mark says:

    one for ppr Denairus moore, David Nelson, Mike Sims Walker and Mike Thomas! Thanks! Also PPR got Tate, Starks, Hightower and Bradshaw was thinking of going Tate and Hightower am I wrong or right?

  19. Chris says:

    Great column as always. I also enjoy all the links throughout, including the pure gag jokes.

    0-2 in 1 of my leagues (.5 PPR, the rest standard) and I really need to optimize my lineup this week…

    TE: Winslow or F Davis?
    FLEX: S Moss, T Jones, or Ingram?

    Drafting Foster (w/ Tate handcuff) AND Peyton (thought I was getting a steal in the 4th) has really sunk me…

  20. Timmy riggins says:

    @Joseph Buccellato: What’s a better encore: hood>antelope or 2001>YEM?

  21. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @Commish Cauda: I don’t like Benson, but Helu won’t push Hightower out. Acquire Benson only if redraft.

    @mark: I like Bradshaw over Tate

    @Chris: Davis, Moss

    @Timmy riggins: Impossible to answer cause it would never happen. Gimme realistic options like Guyute > Tweezer Reprise. :)

  22. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    Razzball fans

    I read the ATL-TBB line backwards. The Falcons are getting points, not giving. The article has been corrected. So if I was taking ATL -1, you bet I’m excited about +2.5!

  23. longbeachyo says:

    Love this article every week. Keep up the good work.

  24. ingram toenail says:

    Without jamal charles, i’m left with few options. Better start this week… benard scott, roy helu, or ingram. Thanks!

  25. Commish Cauda (formerly Mike) says:

    12-team, 0.5ppr, all TDs 6pts

    Lost Charles. My RBs are DeAngelo Williams, Jacobs, Benson, Scott and Helu.

    My WRs are Fitz, Mike Williams (TB), Burleson, Julio Jones & Little

    Trade Vick & Mike Williams FOR Matt Ryan & LeSean McCoy?

  26. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @longbeachyo: thumbs up

    llama taboot taboot

  27. nick m. says:

    I’ve been offered my Fred Jackson and Eli Manning for his Matt Stafford. PPR league, 4pts per passing TD. My other RB’s are AP, Beanie, and SJax. Would break my depth (especially with injury prone RB’s) but I am currently trotting Grossman, Eli, or Bradford out there. Pull the trigger?

  28. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @nick m.: Don’t do it!

    @Krslang: SEA offense is awful. Look for other options.

  29. Joe;
    Wondering, what do you think about M. Lynch in Seattle this week vs. Arizona?

  30. friar says:

    What do you think of the following trade? Thanks!

    Maclin and Ingram for Best and Manningham.

  31. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @friar: Seems fair.

  32. chivas_irons says:

    Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs SFO
    Owen Daniels (HOU) @ NOS

  33. Joseph Buccellato

    Joseph Buccellato says:

    @chivas_irons: I’d be fine rolling with either, but I prefer Daniels.

  34. chivas_irons says:

    I thank you very much. Good luck in week 3!

  35. Brody says:

    top-notch, as always

  36. sloan says:

    Alright you sold me. After losing JCsuperstar, I made the trade for D-Will. Got him for nothing really. Traded a 1st rd pick (14 team keeper league, with 12 keeps), Mike Sims-Walker, and Thomas Jones, who I claimed off waivers 2 days prior. The coaching staff is still confident in him, but when can I be?

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