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Monday, September 23, 2013

FANTASY FOOTBALL WRAPUP: 4:00 GAMES AND LATER

                                                               

Let's finish out the rest of Sunday's game in the fantasy football Week 3 wrapup.

-Matt Ryan is pretty damn consistent ever since Dirk Kotter became offensive coordinator last season.  He is almost a lock for two scores each week which he did Sunday against Miami among his 231 yards.  A late last second pick though took some shine off the game as those lost points could have made a difference in a close game. 

-We are really starting to see Ryan Tannehill develop as he has been instrumental in leading the Dolphins to a 3-0 record.  He threw for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 pick Sunday and is starting to catch up to Andrew Luck, RG3, and the rest of his draft class.  Tannehill has graduated to QB 2 usage.

-Still no bustout for Lamar Miller as Daniel Thomas is firmly entrenched as the goal-line back.  Damn.

-Jason Snelling owners couldn't be happy seeing Jacquizz Rodgers gain 86 yards on 11 carries while their guy got only 11 carries of his own for 53 yards.  Strict timeshare in play here so RB 3 category goes both.

-Julio Jones is right there now with A.J. Green and Dez Bryant in fighting for the title of number 2 receiver behind Megatron.  Jones caught 9 passes for 155 yards and is a big play waiting to happen.  Roddy White meanwhile was a dud for third week in a row with only 2 grabs for 16 yards.  This is not looking good at all for White owners hoping for a rebound from the high ankle sprain.  While I won't call it a cliff season yet, White is quickly losing his appeal as an impact fantasy football receiver.

-Speaking of cliff seasons, Tony Gonzalez has yet to do much of anything through three weeks.  He caught 4 harmless balls for only 24 yards Sunday and has been a non-factor for his owners throughout.  As someone who owns Gonzalez, frustration has already set in.  You can never totally doubt the guy but eventually age was going to be a factor here.  Could that finally be happening?  So far the results say yes.

-Can't wait to hear Mike Wallace pop off this week after catching only 2 passes for 16 yards.  Like I said in the summer, Wallace is a volatile fantasy football receiver due to his fluctuation in stats.

-Clearly a nice game by Geno Smith of the New York Jets as the rookie threw for 331 big yards with 2 scores and 2 picks.  Progress for sure but Smith is still a turnover machine and the Jets offense will have few games like this given their lack of weapons. 

-Bilal Powell has now firmly pushed Chris Ivory out of the picture after rushing for 149 yards on 27 carries.  A terrific receiver, Powell also chipped in two receptions.  Those in PPR formats should absolutely give Powell a shot due to his receiving ability and the fact the Jets are looking like they will use him as their workhorse runner.  Don't go crazy with expectations though as Powell has a lot more to prove in order to be depended on as anything more than a stopgap.

-So remember that guy who told you to avoid drafting C.J. Spiller in Round 1 due to his bust potential when everyone else as creating pools of drool around his legs?  Yup that was me who told you to steer clear and no look.  After being a no-show for two games, Spiller goes out and rushes for a grand total of 9 yards on 10 carries before leaving with a knee injury.  Uh-oh.  And yes I was right.  Spiller was grossly overdrafted this summer with little in the ay of proof he could hold up as the number 1 guy.  Meanwhile Fred Jackson becomes a MAJOR person of interest as the guy still has a great deal of RB 2 ability.  Yes he is aging but there is not much tread on the tires since he didn't play much early on in his career.  Jackson showed he as still fresh by rushing for 72 yards on only 7 carries.  A terrific receiver, Jackson is a PPR diamond in the rough if Spiller is going to miss games.  Go get him.

-Really I don't know why you would ever read another fantasy site.  On the heels of being correct on Spiller so far, I told you I was avoiding Colin Kaepernick due to my mantra of needing to see a breakout guy do it a second time before I buy in.  Well Kaepernick was a dud for the second week in a row as he failed to once again throw a touchdown in a 150 yards/1 INT slopfest.  Time to panic?  Not yet as he still has a ton of ability but so far Kaepernick has proven to be an overreach draft buy.

-It took Trent Richardson all of one carry to make good in his debut with Indy by scoring right off the bat.  However his day was quiet after that as expected with 35 yards on 13 carries.  Meanwhile Ahmad Bradshaw made a clear statement that he should remain at least part of a timeshare with Richardson by rushing for 95 yards and a score on 19 carries.  Hold Bradshaw.

-It is likely those who went up against Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson this week lost as the second-year stud threw FOUR touchdowns among his 202 yards.  What a terrific player the kid is and he more than has cemented his status as an every week guy.  Just don't look for a string of 300 yards games as the Seahawks offense is not set up for that. 

-I can't catch a abreak this season with my receivers.  Both A.J. Green and Brandon Marshall are on my roster but both have been underwhelming so far based on what they did last season.  Marshall caught only 5 balls for 52 yards with no scores.  Jay Cutler meanwhile is getting more comfortable with the talented Alshon Jeffrey who grabbed 7 passes for 51 yards.  Pick up Jeffrey.

-Matt Forte is the man.  Rushing for 87 yards on 16 carries with a TD while also catching 4 passes, the guy continues to churn out big game after big game.

-Antonio Brown finally realized the season is underway as he caught 9 passes for 196 monster yards and 2 scores.  With Heath Miller back, the field opens up some for Brown whose ability to hit the big play should make him a solid guy going through the rest of the season.

There you have it.  As always let us hear your thoughts.

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