Fantasy Football Live Blog for NFL Week 3
Thanks to a slew of early games featuring key players, fantasy football is in full force this week.
And once pro football's afternoon games kickoff, the matchups only get better with games such as Texans-Broncos and Falcons-Chargers.
Oh yes, and lest we forget the colossal Sunday night showdown between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens.
So for fantasy, be sure to following along before, during and after kickoffs as we bring you continuous updates and analysis throughout Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season.
A WILD end to the Sunday night game.
Nearly 900 yards of offense, big games from Tom Brady, Ray Rice, and Wes Welker, and a narrow win for the Baltimore Ravens.
The player of the game, however, has to be Ravens wideout Torrey Smith, who reeled in six passes for 127 yards and two scores while playing with a very heavy heart.
First-half leaders from Sunday night:
Passing: Tom Brady, NE: 15 of 22, 214 yards, touchdown
Rushing: Ray Rice, BAL: 11 carries, 50 yards
Receiving: Wes Welker, NE: 3 receptions, 96 yards
Dear Baltimore Ravens,
Ray Rice is good. Give him the ball.
59 yards on Wes Welker's first catch of the night.
Remind me again why the Patriots haven't been throwing to him?
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith will play tonight after the death of his brother in an accident less than 24 hours ago.
My sincerest condolences go out to Smith and his family. I lost my youngest brother suddenly in 2010, and the pain is incomprehensible.
If you pray, pray for his family.
Late-game game balls:
Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger threw for 384 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in the Pittsburgh Steelers' last-second loss against the Oakland Raiders.
Running Back: Darren McFadden accomplished a very impressive feat in the Oakland victory, rushing for 113 yards on only 18 carries with a score against a Steelers defense that's very solid against the run.
Wide Receiver: Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals bounced back from last week's disappearing act in a big way in the Redbirds' rout of the Philadelphia Eagles, racking up 114 yards on nine catches against the Eagles.
Tight End: Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to defy Father Time, reeling in nine catches for 91 yards and a touchdown in Atlanta's rout of the San Diego Chargers.
I know that every week in the NFL is wild, but WOW this week has been nuts.
The craziness isn't over yet either. The Raiders and Steelers are knotted at 31 in a game in which Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already has over 350 passing yards and four scores.
This may game may be over by halftime of the Patriots-Ravens Sunday night matchup.
Scary helmet-to-helmet collision in Oakland, resulting in Darius Heyward-Bey of the Raiders being knocked cold.
No flag, but it's going to draw a hefty fine.
I know this has nothing to do with fantasy football, but seriously...
How good are the Arizona Cardinals?
Gotta love the NFL.
14 carries for 80 yards and a score for Michael Turner as the Falcons continue rolling the San Diego Chargers.
Too bad that between his bad year to this point and the DUI earlier this week Turner's probably on the bench in most fantasy leagues.
Meanwhile tight end Tony Gonzalez, who dropped in a lot of fantasy drafts this summer, has nine catches for 91 yards and his third TD in as many games.
Oh yeah, he's done all right.
Surprise of the afternoon has to be in Oakland, where the Raiders and Steelers are knotted at 14 despite the Raiders mustering precious little offense outside a long touchdown scamper by running back Darren McFadden.
Pittsburgh tight end Heath Miller has two more touchdown catches Sunday, meaning that he;s scored as many times in three games in 2012 as he did in all of 2010 and 2011 combined.
Highlights from the first half of Houston at Denver, where the Texans lead by 10 at the break.
- Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is 10 of 19 for 199 yards and three scores, including long touchdown strikes to Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter.
- Houston running back Arian Foster tallied 56 total yards in the first half with a touchdown catch.
- If you play in an IDP fantasy football league Houston defensive end J.J. Watt has continued his torrid start, with tackles and 1.5 sacks in the first half.
Fantasy Leaders from Atlanta's 20-0 first half waxing of the San Diego Chargers.
Passing: Matt Ryan (ATL): 22 of 29, 208 yards, three touchdowns
Rushing: Ryan Mathews (SD): 7 carries, 29 yards, lost fumble
Receiving: Julio Jones (ATL): 5 receptions, 67 yards, touchdown
If the early games were about overtime, the late ones are about blowouts.
Philadelphia at Arizona First-Half Breakdown
Kevin Kolb, AZ: 13 of 18, 177 yards, 2 touchdowns
Michael Vick, PHI: 9 of 19, 117 yards, 2 lost fumbles, 24 rushing yards
LeSean McCoy, PHI: 4 carries, 15 yards, 3 receptions, 8 yards
Beanie Wells, AZ: 7 carries, 18 yards
Larry Fitzgerald, AZ: 7, catches, 105 yards, 1 touchdown
DeSean Jackson, PHI: 1 catch, 14 yards
All Cardinals so far.
Fumble by Michael Vick returned for a touchdown by the Cardinals...24-0 Arizona.
If you took Arizona as a sleeper fantasy defense this week you're sitting PRETTY right now.
My name is Gary Davenport, and I'll be your captain this afternoon.
Please make sure your tray tables are in the full and upright position.
What a WILD day.
Welcome back Jamaal Charles. 40 points in PPR leagues. Yikes.
Jets at Dolphins: Key Performers
Santonio Holmes: 147 receiving yards on nine catches
Jeremy Kerley: 73 receiving yards on two catches, one TD
Nick Folk: 3-for-3 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points
Daniel Thomas: 80 total yards, one TD, one lost fumble
Jets Defense: 20 points allowed, two forced turnovers, one TD
Chiefs at Saints: Key Performers
Jamaal Charles: 288 total yards, one TD
Drew Brees: 240 passing yards, three TDs, one INT
Lance Moore: 70 receiving yards on four receptions, one TD
Ryan Succop: 6-for-6 on field goals and 1-for-1 on extra points
Bengals at Redskins: Key Performers
Andy Dalton: 328 passing yards, three TDs, one INT
Robert Griffin III: 306 total yards, two total TDs, one lost fumble
A.J. Green: 183 receiving yards on nine catches, one TD
Alfred Morris: 78 rushing yards, one TD
Redskins Defense: 38 points allowed, two sacks, two forced turnovers, one TD
Bengals Defense: 31 points allowed, six sacks, one forced turnover
49ers at Vikings: Key Performers
Christian Ponder: 231 total yards, three total touchdowns
Kyle Rudolph: 36 receiving yards on five catches, two TDs
Vernon Davis: 53 receiving yards on five catches, one TD
Vikings Defense: 13 points allowed, three sacks, three forced turnovers
Lions at Titans: Key Perfomers
Jake Locker: 378 passing yards, two TDs
Nate Washington: 112 receiving yards, one TD, three receptions
Jared Cook: 77 receiving yards, one TD, four receptions
Matthew Stafford: 278 passing yards, one TD
Shaun Hill: 172 passing yards, two TDs
Mikel Leshoure: 134 total yards, one TD
Calvin Johnson: 164 receiving yards, one TD, 10 receptions
Nate Burleson: 69 receiving yards, one TD, 10 receptions
Titus Young: 75 receiving yards, one TD, six receptions
Jason Hanson: 4-for-4 on field goals, 3-for-3 on extra points
Jaguars at Colts: Key Performers
Andrew Luck: 313 passing yards, two TDs, one INT, 50 rushing yards
T.Y. Hilton: 113 receiving yards and one TD on four receptions
Maurice Jones-Drew: 193 total yards, one TD
Cecil Shorts: 80 receiving yards and one TD on one catch
Buccaneers at Cowboys: Key Performers
Miles Austin: 107 receiving yards on five catches
DeMarco Murray: 55 total yards, one TD
Cowboys Defense: 10 points allowed, two forced turnovers, two sacks
Buccaneers Defense: 16 points allowed, three forced turnovers, four sacks
Dan Bailey: 3-for-3 on field goals, 1-for-1 on extra points
Rams at Bears: Key Performers
Michael Bush: 73 total yards, one TD
Bears Defense: Six points allowed, two INTs, six sacks, one TD
Robbie Gould: 3-for-3 on field goals and 2-for-2 on extra points
Bills at Browns: Key Performers
Ryan Fitzpatrick: 208 passing yards, three TDs, no INTs
Steve Johnson: 61 receiving yards, one TD
Trent Richardson: 51 total yards, one TD
Bills Defense: 14 points allowed, four sacks, two INTs
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