We, as writers, walk a very fine line each week. On one hand, we want to report the latest news and information to you in a timely and relatively unbiased fashion. You want to hear exactly what’s going on with your players and what our thoughts are moving forward with regard to their fantasy value. But while we’re supposed to be 90-percent fact and 10-percent opinion, we too play the game and sometimes the lines get blurred. We have our favorites, usually the guys we’ve drafted or have been hyping up to you these last few months, and all too often when those guys let us down, there’s a certain amount of frustration that takes center stage with us. And that’s what today’s column is all about. The opinions expressed in this article belong to me and me alone. Many of the assessments and evaluations of players will be steeped in facts that should prove to be very helpful to you in your fantasy season, but there’s also going to be plenty of ranting and raving as well. Bordering on lunatic? Perhaps, at times. But sometimes even those to whom you go to for advice need a forum just to vent.
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.
On the surface, this game doesn’t look like a real thinker, does it? The high-octane offense of the Patriots that can light up even the best of defenses meets the lowly Jets who barely escaped last week with what could be one of four games they win all year. The match-up just doesn’t look pretty at all. But while that about covers it for real world football, the fantasy aspect is a whole lot different. I’m not saying that there’s as much fantasy gold in this game as there was to be found in last week’s Thursday match-up, but there are a few bargain guys out there who could be of some service. So let’s just get to it and look at the fantasy impact that this game might bring.
Let’s face it…the NFL is all about the passing. Much like when baseball hit that point where chicks were digging the long ball and juiced up home run races were all the rage, football is all about the bombarooski. Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers shooting it out for the NFC Championship; that’s what people want to see. And much like only a select few enjoy a 1-0 pitchers’ duel in baseball, that same small percentage of traditionalists are the ones who crave a 10-7 smashmouth-style football game dominated by strong defense and rough-and-tumble running backs.