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Here we are at week three of the NFL and fantasy football season. With most fantasy leagues starting their playoffs by week 14 or so, you don't want to start 0-3 in your league. If you are indeed winless right now(or lucked your way into a win or two), you should put more research into who to put in your starting lineup, scour the waiver wire for potential gems to turn your season around, and look for potential trade options around your league. Hopefully this roundup will serve as a nice resource to help you accomplish these things.
Also, free to email(firstname.lastname@example.org) me any fantasy football links that you think belong on here, and I'll consider adding them to the post.
- Projections: ESPN, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Yahoo, Fantasy Sharks, Fantasy Phenoms, Fantasy Pros 911, FF Toolbox.
- Rankings: ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, KFFL, Rotoworld, Bruno Boys, Pro Football Weekly, Razzball, Fanhouse, Eat Drink & Sleep Football, Rotoinfo.
- Injury Concerns: RB- Beanie Wells(Questionable), Joseph Addai(Questionable), Kareem Huggins(Questionable), Ryan Mathews(Doubtful); WR- Andre Johnson (Questionable), Pierre Garcon(Questionable), Steve Breaston(Questionable).
Great fantasy football articles from around the web...
- Yahoo Fantasy Football adds a "Trade Evaluation" tool (FF Geek Blog)
- Random stats of randomness (Razzball)
- Dave Richard chat transcript (CBS Sports)
- Potential gems on the waiver wire (Fantasy Knuckleheads)
- Flames/Lames from Brad Evans (Yahoo)
- Matthew Berry's week 3 love/hate (ESPN)
- Detailed injury report from Will Carroll (Sports Illustrated)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Midwest Sports Fans)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Camel Clutch Blog)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (CBS Sports)
- Start 'em/sit 'em (Sports Illustrated)
- Week 3 matchups (Rotoworld)
- Week 3 over/under (Fanhouse)
- Top 10 moves you must make for week 3 (Fox Sports)
- Waiver wire wonders (Fantasy Sharks)
And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):
Week 3's Best
QB: Peyton Manning... With Broncos cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman sounding quite doubtful to play Sunday against the Colts, it should make the Colts' passing attack even better than it usually is. That's a scary thought. Less than 20 fantasy points this week out of Peyton would be a disappointment.
RB: Chris Johnson... CJ had a crappy week two(16 carries for 34 yards), but it was against the outstanding Steelers defense. If any running back performs very well against them this year, that will be a headline story. The Titans' star running back will get back on track this week against a Giants defense that allowed 163 yards on the ground to the Colts in week two. If Joseph Addai and Donald Brown can make it look easy against them, imagine how the league's best back could do.
WR: Andre Johnson... Listed as "Questionable", but ESPN's John Clayton just said, ""I can 100% guarantee you he will be out on the field." And if he's on the field, you know he's going to produce, as he did last week with 12 catches for 158 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Antonio Gates... 10 catches and three touchdowns already. He might be staying in this spot each week for the rest of the season.
K: Ryan Longwell... Home game, in a dome, against the Lions. The Vikings will be in scoring position frequently.
D/ST: Baltimore Ravens... The Ravens defense against Seneca Wallace and a crappy supporting cast? We'll take it!
QB: Kyle Orton... With the dynamic Colts offense, the injuries to the Broncos' secondary, and running back Knoshown Moreno being out, the Broncos will be throwing a lot to keep up. I like for Orton to throw for 280+ yards.
RB: Mike Tolbert... It sounds like the Chargers' starting running back, Ryan Mathews, is out Sunday due to a high ankle sprain. After Mathews went down with the injury against the Jaguars, Tolbert replaced him, and did an outstanding job, rushing for 82 yards on 16 carries and reaching the end zone twice.
WR: Dez Bryant... The Texans have the league's worst pass defense after two weeks, as they're allowing 411 passing yards per game. The Cowboys will try to exploit the weak Texans pass defense, and with Miles Austin surely getting a ton of defensive attention, Bryant should be able to get open and do some damage.
TE: Todd Heap... 10 catches already for the veteran tight end, and Joe Flacco's already thrown five interceptions. Flacco will look to his big, safe target this week against a horrible Browns team.
K: Jay Feely... Even with Derek Anderson at quarterback, the Cardinals' offense should be able to get into the red zone frequently at home against the Raiders. However, even when the Cardinals have moved the ball well, they've struggled to find the end zone. Jay Feely may get three+ field goal chances.
D/ST: Tampa Bay Buccaneers... The Tampa Bay defense currently ranks fourth in fantasy football. They face Charlie Batch this week, who was #4 on the Steelers' depth chart not too long ago. The Bucs will bring plenty of pressure on the old veteran.
QB: Eli Manning... The Titans currently have the #1 pass defense in the NFL and are giving up just 85.5 passing yards per game(of course those games were against Jason Campbell and Dennis Dixon/Charlie Batch). Cortland Finnegan and the rest of the Titans secondary will make it tough on Eli, whose line isn't giving him much time to throw anyway.
RB: Brandon Jackson... The Bears' run defense looks great early on, but the secondary is still a major question mark, particularly at the safety position. The Packers will try to beat them through the air, so don't expect much out of Jackson this week.
WR: Devin Aromashodu... After being the Bears' most targeted receiver in week one, Aromashodu did not play an offensive snap in week two against the Cowboys. Aromashodu had some bad drops in week one, which is believed to be the reason for his demotion on the depth chart. Earl Bennett has passed him as the #3 wide receiver, and until that changes, do not put Aromashodu in your lineup.
TE: Kellen Winslow... He's a solid play usually, but this is not a desirable play against the best defense in the league.
K: Jeff Reed... We don't know what to expect out of Charlie Batch against a solid Buccaneers defense. This isn't the week to use Reed.
D/ST: Chicago Bears... The defense is much improved with the addition of Julius Peppers, and the healthy return of Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa at the linebacker position. They're swarming, hitting, and forcing turnovers, but as I alluded to when talking about Brandon Jackson, their pass defense is suspect. Furthermore, the Packers' offense is outstanding, and Aaron Rodgers only threw seven interceptions in 2009. This game will be a shootout, so I don't really like playing either defense this week.
My week two picks(Points based on standard scoring systems; Green indicates a notably good pick; Red indicates a notably bad pick):
Best: Peyton Manning(22 points), Adrian Peterson(24 points), Andre Johnson(21 points), Antonio Gates(17 points), David Akers(5 points), Green Bay Packers(12 points).
Sleepers: Michael Vick(22 points), Darren McFadden(14 points), Eddie Royal(12 points), Zach Miller(4 points), Matt Prater(7 points), New England Patriots(-1 points).
Shit: David Garrard(2 points), C.J. Spiller(2 points), Randy Moss(9 points), Owen Daniels(2 points), Neil Rackers(13 points), San Francisco 49ers(1 point).
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