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Sunday, September 22, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: 1:00 GAMES

Tons and tons of news to get to in Week 3 fantasy football.  Let's get right to it.

-We all love Drew Brees due to his awesome passing totals each week which is fantasy football gold.  He did more of the same Sunday in passing for 342 yards and 3 touchdowns an 1 INT.  However Brees also RUSHED for a touchdown as he exploded the fantasy football scoreboard. 

-If you can't throw a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints than you don't deserve to be used in fantasy football.  Looking at you Carson Palmer.  Enjoy the wire.

-Palmer's bad day meant a second straight week of next to nothing from Larry Fitzgerald (5 catches for 64 yards).  I thought Palmer was supposed to fix that?

-Jimmy Graham is an absolute beast ho can't be stopped right now as he caught two more touchdown passes Sunday to go with 9 catches for 134 yards.  Unreal.  Forget Jason Witten and Rob Gronkoski.  There is no competition over who is the best tight end in football. 

-Aaron Rodgers had a rare off day Sunday in throwing only 1 touchdown with 2 picks for a total of 244 yards.  If you want to trade him to me please feel free.

-Andy Dalton was pretty miserable early on this season but did well to reclaim some of his solid name by throwing for 235 yards with 2 TD's and 1 INT.  He never wows you but the numbers are good enough, especially in two-QB leagues.

-Giovani Bernard will get the majority of carries for Cincy soon.  It is only a matter of time as he rushed for 50 yards on only ten carries and a score.  He also chipped in 4 catches for 49 yards.  Reminds me of a less muscular Doug Martin.  Pick him up everywhere where available. 

-How about Jonathan Franklin for Green Bay?  The other rookie Packers running back took over for an injure James Starks by running for 103 yards on 13 carries and a 1 touchdown.  He also caught 3 passes for 23 yards.  Unfortunately he lost the game for the Packers by fumbling away the football late in the fourth.  With Edie Lacy likely out for Week 4 s he continues to recover from a concussion and Starks likely out with a knee issue, Franklin should be added if you need a back.

-A.J. Green owners like yours truly had to be pulling their hair out after he got blanked in the first half.  Green rebounded to salvage the day with a TD grab but only 4 receptions doesn't cut it. 

-Jordy Nelson had his turn to lead the Packers in receiving with 8 grabs for 93 yards. 

-He gets too much disrespect considering the terrific numbers he puts up every year but Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo just quietly gets the job done like he did Sunday with three touchdown passes among his 210 yards.  I am an annual fan of Romo given the value he always brings.  Never grouped in as a top fantasy football draft pick, Romo supplies more bang for the buck than almost any other passer. 

-It took awhile but we were reminded of why we are always intrigued with DeMarco Murray as he was not fooling around Sunday in rushing for an insane 175 yards on 26 carries with 1 TD while also catching 3 passes for 28 yards.  Against a Jeff Fisher defense.  The Cowboys love to pass too much for Murray to ever be a top tier runner but especially in PPR formats he carries some burgeoning potential.

-Through three games we can say Tavon Austin is a high volume receiver with a low yardage total after catching 6 passes for only 30 yards.  Use only in PPR for now. 

-Hmmm this Brian Hoyer fella.  Threw for 321 yards and 3 touchowns in a smashing debut.  Yes he threw three picks but give the kid a break.  Not even Hoyer's mother picked him up for her fantasy football team but those in two QB formats should at least consider him as a backup.  Don't jump the gun yet and use him unless you are desperate but he need to be monitored.  We hardly knew ya' Brandon Weeden.

-Jordan Cameron was a guy I compared to Jason Witten in the summer.  Who else made that comparison?  Told you all to pick him up.  Added THREE more touchdowns Sunday on 6 catches for 66 yards.  Can you say WOW?  On Cleveland no less.  We are looking at the next star tight end folks. 

-And now we get to Josh Gordon off his to game suspension.  Dusts himself off to catch TEN passes for 146 yards and 1 TD.  I will go out on a limb in saying he ill be the number 1 pickup this week. 

-No Adrian Peterson won't rush for 2,000 yards.  He lost a fumble for the second week in a row in rushing for 88 yards but he did net a touchdown.  Also helped PPR owners with 6 catches for 27 yards.  Take a deep breath Peterson owners.  Nothing to worry about. 

-I traded for Greg Jennings in trying to shore up my third receiver spot.  I am not impressed.  Only 3 catches for 43 yards.  Wonder how much of a product of Aaron Rodgers he was.

-Surprised Philip Rivers only threw 22 passes for 184 yards and 1 TD after how good the Chargers passing offense had been.  Rivers netted the TD on the Chargers' first drive which no doubt gave his owners the idea of another big day.  Not to be.  Rivers however did nothing to lose this one so put him out there again.

-That big pickup of Eddie Royal wasn't so neat was it?  Only 2 catches for 34 yards.  He was never that good people.

-It has been a bit of a struggle for Tom Brady owners with all the inexperience and injuries making up his wide receiver corps.  However there is light at the end of the tunnel as both Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski could be back next week.  Holding the fort this week as rookie Kenbrell Thompkins who finally showed flashed of what he did in preseason by catching two touchdown passes.  Thompkins only caught one other pass though so don't drool too much.  Aaron Dobson was actually more busy with 7 catches for 52 yards. 

-As a Doug Martin owner, I continue to wonder where all the receptions have gone.  Only two yesterday after none last week.  No touchdowns again either.  This is starting to remind me of Matt Forte's second season when he was a big disappointment off a great rookie campaign. 

-Telling that LeGarrette Blount got more touches than Stevan Ridley.  It looks more and more like Ridley is not getting out of Bill Belichick's doghouse.  Bench him outright. Yuck.

-No garbage time points for RG3 Sunday as he failed to throw for a touchdown and as picked once.  Yes 385 yards is a huge total but it was totally empty.  Right now Griffin owners are wondering what to do here but there really is no easy answer.  I think Griffin is throwing it good enough and will get better as the season goes on.  Give him another week.

-Alfred Morris is being swallowed up by the fact the Redskins can't run it in the second half since they are always playing catchup.  Only rushed for 73 yards on 15 carries but he did score.

-On the other side, Joquie Bell is a guy I want to see more and more.  Has the classic PPR makeup in rushing for 63 yards and a score on 20 carries while also catching 4 passes for 69 yards.  Reggie Bush should be back next week but Bell is involved enough that he can continue being a RB 2.

-Matthew Stafford continues to sling it with the bets of them in throwing for 385 yards with 2 scores and 1 INT.  Told you all to draft him too as a comeback guy.

-If you on a New York Giants offensive player than my condolences.  Cut Eli Manning loose as that is the rule when you throw for only 119 yards and yet another pick.  A doughnut on touchdowns.  What a disgrace.  The entire offense is a joke right now as David Wilson rushed for only 39 yards on 11 carries.  Victor Cruz caught only 3 balls while Hakeem Nicks was shut out. 

-DeAngelo Williams is turning back the clock to his first round pick days as he rushed for 120 yards on 23 carries.  Still onoly like him as a RB 3 though. 

-Both Matt Schaub and Joe Flacco failed to throw a touchdown pass.  In our cut-and-dried world that means they were bums.  Both guys go up and down more than an elevator.

There you have it.  Post your comments below. 



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