What happened in Week 3 of the NFL season? That's what we'll discuss in this article. We won't touch on Thursday Night Football in this piece. That's so yesterday. We also won't touch on Sunday Night Football because we wanted to get this info out to you as soon as we could and that meant we posted this before the game was complete. What we will touch on are some of the best and brightest of Week 3 as well as those that failed to live up to expectations. There were plenty of guys who crapped out and cost fantasy owners big time.
Trayvon Austin has had a nice start to his NFL career with six receptions in each of his three games. Too bad he's produced a total of 118 yards on 18 catches.
Joique Bell got it done as Reggie Bush sat out with a knee injury. Bell ran angry, turning plays that should have been loses into positive gains, even if he only produced 69 yards on 20 carries. He also caught four balls for another 69 yards and scored as well.
And so it begins. BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored but he also fumbled and ran for 29 yards on 10 carries. Dynamic rookie Giovani Bernard had 14 touches for 99 yards an a score.
In the ever swinging door in the Pats backfield it looks like Brandon Bolden is gaining steam. He ran three times for 51 yards and caught five balls for 49 yards. He played the “Shane Vereen role” in the game. Add him off waivers. LeGarrette Blount, against his former team (the Bucs), carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards. It's a little misleading as eight carries came on a drive late in the game, but still, wow. For those keeping score that's 14 touches for Blount, eight for Bolden and only 12 for Steven Ridley. The Pats win, so there it is, but the fact that Ridley isn't dominating touches out of this backfield is shocking.
The Colts will use Trent Richardson (13-35-1) much more moving forward, but for one final week Ahmad Bradshaw starred (19-95-1). The guy is a fantastic football player. Period.
Drew Brees threw for 342 yards and three scores. He also ran for a TD giving him more rushing scores than RGIII this season.
Wasn't Vincent Brown supposed to be the Chargers best receiver this year? Talent is there, but through three games the guy has 50 receiving yards, and that's with a team that is without Malcolm Floyd and Denario Alexander.
Victor Cruz did nothing with three receptions for 25 yards. His effort looked particularly dynamic though when compared to the effort of Hakeem Nicks – one target, zero receptions. The Giants are 0-3 and they look awful.
Boy are the playoffs a long time ago. Week 3 for Joe Flacco: 171 yards, no scores, on 24 passes.
Jonathan Franklin stepped up and produced 103 yards an a score on 13 carries after James Starks went down with an injury. It's not as exciting as it sounds for Franklin though. He also fumbled late in the 4th quarter costing his team a chance at a victory as the ball was picked up and returned 64 yards for the game winner by the Bengals defense. Coaches don't forget that. He's worth an add though in the Packers beat up backfield though the Packers do have a Bye in Week 4.
For the second time in three games a Browns' quarterback threw more than 50 passes. Seven days ago Brian Hoyer was a third string QB. Now he's a guy who led the Browns to a late win, 31-27 over the Vikings, with a 7-yard score with under a minute left in the game. In the effort Hoyer threw for 321 yards and three scores, even though he also tossed three interceptions. His favorite target on the day was Jordan Cameron. Oh was he a target. He only caught six balls for 66 yards but he scored three times. It's not often that a tight end puts up more than 30 fantasy points in a week.
Chris Johnson had 19 carries for 90 yards. A solid day. Unfortunately he's not getting work at the goaline, and despite proclamations to the contrary he's just not getting the ball as a pass catcher. He has three receptions in three games. Great usage of your best offensive player Titans.
Julian Edelman caught seven balls for 44 yards. As I've been saying though, he's no end zone threat. Also, his 20 receptions the past two weeks have gone for 122 yards. That's flat out terrible.
Tyler Eifert has skills and should be a red zone weapon due to his athleticism. We're still waiting to see it as he caught one ball for seven yards versus the Packers.
Welcome to the party Josh Gordon. Ten catches, 146 yards an a touchdown, and he was targeted a whopping 19 times. Oh yeah, he also got a carry that went for 22 yards. Hell of a first effort wouldn't you say?
Frank Gore had 60 yards rushing coming into Week 3 action. After 11 minutes of the first quarter against the Colts he had 61 yards. Because the Niners offense was so inept, more on that below, Gore only received 11 carries in the game despite going for 82 yards (he also caught two balls for 21 yards).
Jimmy Graham is a bad man. Nine receptions, 134 yards and two scores.
Robert Griffin III had a rough game. He tossed an interception, had a fumble and didn't account for a score. At the same time he again threw for more than 300 yards at 326, and if Aldrick Robinson knew how to hold the ball against his body when hitting the ground RGIII would have added a 57 yard bomb for a score. Robert is a prime buy low option with the Skins defense being so bad that they are always playing from behind.
Colin Kapernick went for 420 yards in Week 1 and all was right with the world. Still I warned folks not to get ahead of themselves. Few listened I'm sure. Colin K completed 13 passes for 127 yards in Week 2 before completing 13 passes for 150 yards in Week 3. In those two games he's also thrown four interceptions and lost two fumbles without producing a touchdown. The Niners' ffense looks like a virgin in a brothel – totally lost. Maybe the Niners wish they had kept Alex Smith?
Brandon LaFell had three receptions for 53 yards. Big deal. Oh, I left out the best part. He scored twice. He's gone for less than 75 yards through three weeks though. Don't pay heavily to add him off waivers.
Jake Locker fell one yard short of 300, sorry those that get bonuses for that, and tossed a TD pass. He also looked extremely athletic with the ball in his hands running five times for 68 yards an another score.
Ryan Mathews had 16 carries for 58 yards. He's a talented man and he should get more work than he did last season, and is getting this year. Why in hell was Ronnie Brown in there to steal a one yard touchdown run from him? Makes no sense.
Lance Moore caught one ball for four yards. He has four catches in three games, a year after he went for more than 1,000 yards. That's disappointing.
It might be time to sell high on DeMarco Murray. He's gonna get hurt, history and his upright running style tell you that, but he ate the Rams for lunch Sunday going for 175 yards an a score on 26 carries. With three catches for 28 yards he went over 200 yards from scrimmage on the day.
It wasn't very pretty, but in the end Bernard Pierce scored and produced 65 yards on 24 carries against a tough Houston D. He also caught two balls for seven yards.
I still like Chris Ivory, but it's clear that the Jets do not agree. Bilal Powell went off against the Bills for 149 yards on 27 carries. Somehow the Jets won the game despite committing 19 penalties.
We got a late report, about an hour before kickoff, that Daryl Richardson (foot) didn't look good. Boy was that accurate. He went out and played one snap. One. Thanks for letting us know Rams. Isaiah Pead is a must add, he caught seven balls for 43 yards, since the Rams play Thursday this coming week. Game is against the Niners though which is clearly not a good matchup as the Niners will be pissed after getting smoked in 2-straight weeks.
You didn't buy the hype that Philip Rivers was “back” did you? He threw for 184 yards and one score against the Titans.
In one of the more unlikely numbers you will ever read... Aaron Rodgers is just 5-17 as a starting QB in games decided by four or fewer points. In the 30-34 loss to the Bengals Rogers only threw for 244
yards an a score as he tossed two picks.
Can't say I didn't warn you. Eddie Royal had two catches for 34 yards. The party is already over folks.
Gotta love that garbage time. The Jaguars were predictably throttled by the Seahawks 45-17 (it was 31-7 when the Seahawks basically went to the JV squad). Cecil Shorts was able to do his thing with eight grabs for 143 yards.
Kenny Stills was held without a catch. You can stop asking if you should start him each week. Robert Meachem stole his touchdown reception in Week 3.
Zach Sudfeld might have less value right now than Todd Christensen. He didn't have a catch in Week 3 and one of his routes ended in an interception that was his fault. He and Kenbrell Thompkins are proving, yet again, that preseason numbers mean nothing. OK, Thompkins did have two TD catches in Week 3, but hopefully you get the point.
Ben Tate averages 9.2 carries a game in his career. Guess what? He had nine carries for 36 yards in Week 3. The hype-train rolls on, but there is no conductor piloting the train. Arian Foster didn't do anything either though as the Texans had to abandon the run when falling behind. Foster had 12 carries for 54 yards and caught one pass for (-1) yards.
DeAngelo Williams looked sharp carrying the mail 23 times for 120 yards. Too bad he lost a potential goaline score to both Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton who both had rushing scores. Newton had a monster day by the way throwing for 223 yards and three scores while running for 45 yards an another score. That's why you NEVER bench Cam Newton in fantasy football.
Russell Wilson continues to get it done, even though he shouldn't. He only threw the ball 21 times for 202 yards. Terrible. He had four passing scores though. Fantastic. Sidney Rice had two scores in the game, but don't believe it. The Seahawks just don't throw the ball enough.
Kendall Wright had six receptions last week. He had six receptions for 71 yards this week. He's a sneaky PPR option even though he didn't get much love on draft day.
Finally, play everyone against the Redskins. They've allowed 1,464 yards through three games. That's the most in NFL history.
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