Week 3 is the real opening weekend in the NFL and fantasy football.
The first few weekends are a time for rookies to grow accustomed to the league and players to get back and settled into the flow of the game.
During the offseason and training camp, football players prepare for the upcoming season. They study the playbook, condition and run through game situations for months. They play a few preseason games, but almost never play the whole game.
There is nothing like the grind of playing the entire 60 minutes of an actual football game that counts. As much as you train and work out, nothing prepares your body physically for the strain it goes through the first few weeks of the season.
Now with a few games under their belt, teams and players will start to show their true colors. Players who have been insanely good will most likely come down to Earth, and the fantasy world will regain order.
That being said, it doesn’t mean that the great players as of now will cease being great. They could still go on to have a magnificent year, but C.J. Spiller averaging 10-yards-per-carry by Week 13 is very unlikely.
On the other hand, this doesn’t mean the players who are having horrible seasons as of now will continue their pace all year long. For example, I don’t foresee Larry Fitzgerald averaging two catches and 30-yards-per-game for the rest of the season.
However, trends begin to form with these players, and these trends help us predict who will do well and who will fall off from week to week.
Just a note: if I don’t include a player on this week’s Sit ‘Em list, it doesn’t necessarily mean I like them to start this week (e.g. Chris Johnson, Stephen Jackson, Michael Turner etc.), I just wanted to pick the players least likely to carry high fantasy value into Week 3. Any fantasy questions you have, please feel free to comment on the article and ask. I will answer them all.
These are some of the guys I am predicting will fall off in Week 3.