What I Learned in Week 3

Posted: September 25, 2017 in News, Opinion, Analysis
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This was a perfect week to be reminded that you need to stay the course with the guys you drafted, as several top-tier players were redeemed after shaky starts to the season.  But you also have to keep on eye open for emerging talents.  Basically, get good players on your team.  And keep them.

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Tom Brady improved his point total for the second straight week, scoring 35 points and making his week 1 ten-point performance a distant memory… Just when it seemed like Russell Wilson was falling from the top tier of fantasy QBs, he goes ahead and puts up 33… Very disappointed in Derek Carr. I had him QB2 this week but finished with a pathetic 5.2 points. Don’t QBs get 10 points just for showing up?…You’re going to look at the point total Jacoby Brissett put up and be like “27 points!”. Fool’s gold, my friend. Two rushing touchdowns inflated his production. But if he scores more than 15 points next week, he’s certainly worth a roster spot. Plus he was playing the Browns and next week he has the Seahawks… Other QBs who drastically underachieved: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith, Marcus Matiota, and Carson Wentz all finished outside of the top ten QBs this week. It pains me to say it, as I live in Charlotte, NC, but Cam Newton owners need to be genuinely concerned and may want to look to Carson Wentz or Trevor Siemien who aren’t impossible to find.

Tom Brady improved his point total for the second straight week, scoring 35 points and making his week 1 ten-point performance a distant memory… Just when it seemed like Russell Wilson was falling from the top tier of fantasy QBs, he goes ahead and puts up 33… Very disappointed in Derek Carr. I had him QB2 this week but finished with a pathetic 5.2 points. Don’t QBs get 10 points just for showing up?…You’re going to look at the point total Jacoby Brissett put up and be like “27 points!”. Fool’s gold, my friend. Two rushing touchdowns inflated his production. But if he scores more than 15 points next week, he’s certainly worth a roster spot. Plus he was playing the Browns and next week he has the Seahawks… Other QBs who drastically underachieved: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith, Marcus Matiota, and Carson Wentz all finished outside of the top ten QBs this week. It pains me to say it, as I live in Charlotte, NC, but Cam Newton owners need to be genuinely concerned and may want to look to Carson Wentz or Trevor Siemien who aren’t impossible to find.

Tom Brady improved his point total for the second straight week, scoring 35 points and making his week 1 ten-point performance a distant memory… Just when it seemed like Russell Wilson was falling from the top tier of fantasy QBs, he goes ahead and puts up 33… Very disappointed in Derek Carr. I had him QB2 this week but finished with a pathetic 5.2 points. Don’t QBs get 10 points just for showing up?…You’re going to look at the point total Jacoby Brissett put up and be like “27 points!”. Fool’s gold, my friend. Two rushing touchdowns inflated his production. But if he scores more than 15 points next week, he’s certainly worth a roster spot. Plus he was playing the Browns and next week he has the Seahawks… Other QBs who drastically underachieved: Matt Ryan, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Matthew Stafford, Cam Newton, Phillip Rivers, Alex Smith, Marcus Matiota, and Carson Wentz all finished outside of the top ten QBs this week. It pains me to say it, as I live in Charlotte, NC, but Cam Newton owners need to be genuinely concerned and may want to look to Carson Wentz or Trevor Siemien who aren’t impossible to find.

Todd Gurley led all RBs, I’m proud to say. I ranked him RB4, more accurate than my competitors, but also finished with 18 more points than Leonard Fournette. I like to compare the two because I received a lot of negative feedback when my pre-draft projections listed Gurley higher than Fournette… Jordan Howard looked magnificent, but Tarek Cohen had one of the greatest TD runs called back in NFL history. If Cohen is available, you have to get him on your roster. He’s available in 42% of NFL.com leagues… Take away Chris Thompson’s 13 points on a 74-yard TD, and he’d still have 11 points, dispelling the notion he is just a goal-line TD or bust back… Good to see LeVeon Bell crack the top ten this week… Good to see Christian McCaffrey crack the double-digit point mark this week… This just in: LeGarrette Blount is back. Don’t overreact, as I’d have him no higher than a Flex option at this point, but it’s good to know he still exists… Otherwise, there’s a lot of anxiety as several top ten backs disappointed, and several backfields got muddled. Jay Ajayi’s performance is baffling, although he was injured during the week, during the game and the Dolphins fell behind 20-0 in the first quarter… Marshawn Lynch and LeSean McCoy both finished with less than 7 points. McCoy faced the second toughest fantasy defense against the run in the Denver Broncos, but one would expect more from Lynch who faced Redskins defense that allows 15 pts to opposing RBs.

Everything felt right with the WRs. The top ten looked like this: Stefon Diggs, Brandin Cooks, Sammy Watkins, T.Y. Hilton, Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, Chris Hogan, Jordy Nelson, A.J. Green, and Antonio Brown. Julio Jones finished 31, but what can you do? Though he has been a disappointment. Depending on which website is running your league, Chris Hogan is either available in 51% (NFL) or ZERO% (ESPN) of leagues. Get him if you can. Edelman-esque production awaits.

Mercedes Lewis went off this week, but then again so did the Jaguars. Wait, how is it possible that Bortles, Fournette, and their defense didn’t finish higher than 5th in fantasy scoring at their respective positions?

It’s hard to single out a kicker’s performance, but Jake Elliott booted a 46 and 61-yarder in the fourth quarter to win the game for the Eagles… But it’s Matt Bryant and Ryan Succop who are the only kickers to score double digits in all three games this year.

Finally, it’s interesting that the top two defenses over three games are Detroit (huh?) and Jacksonville. Yet, Detroit is available in 93% of the leagues; Jacksonville 78%.

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