Week 3 Fantasy Football Recap: Was Josh Gordon on Your Bench Collecting Points?

Anita MarksContributor IISeptember 24, 2013

As most of you know...I play in 12 fantasy football leagues this season, and in week 3, I went 9-3.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon served a two game drug suspension, and he was ready to light it up in Week 3. UNDERSTATEMENT!

It would have been nice to get a little heads up that Gordon was going to be such a huge part of the Browns game plan—he had 19 targets, 10 receptions, 146 yards and a TD. Imagine my frustration on Sunday having Gordon riding the pine in eight of my 12 leagues.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 22: Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns carries the football during the first quarter of the game on September 22, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hanna
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Gordon put up between 20 to 36 fantasy points on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (pending your scoring system). Thankfully, other players produced for me in Week 3, and I only lost in three of my 12 leagues, where I had Gordon as my water boy. 

Lesson learned...always go with your gut and never over-analyze a decision. I benched Gordon because I had no faith in Browns QB Brian Hoyer. As actress Julia Roberts once said in the movie Pretty Woman, "Big mistake, big, huge!"

Let's take a look at some other players who shinned in Week 3!

 

Out Kicked Their Coverage:

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the third quarter of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field on September 22, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/
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- Russell Wilson = 4 TDs vs the Jacksonville Jaguars

- Cam Newton = a Cammy Cam performance with 34 FF points vs the New York Giants

- Joique Bell = 132 all purpose yards and a TDfilling in nicely for absent Reggie Bush

- Jason Snelling and Ahmad Bradshaw = both with 16 FF points in Week 3well done gentlemen 

- Antonio Brown = 196 yards and 2 TDs vs the Chicago Bearsthank you Todd Haley 

- Santonio Holmes = 154 yards and a TD vs the Buffalo Bills

- Jordan Cameron = 66 yards and 3 TDs vs the Vikings

- Cincinnati Bengals Defense = 16 FF points vs the Green Bay Packersyes, the Packers!

 

They Failed Us All: 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 22:  Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by Jerrell Freeman #50 of the Indianapolis Colts at Candlestick Park on September 22, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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- Colin Kaepernick = 3 FF points vs the Indianapolis Colts

- RG3 = 12 FF points vs the Detroit Lions

- Aaron Rodgers = 13 FF points vs the Bengals

- Stevan Ridley = only 35 rushing yards vs the Tampa Bay Buccaneersenough already

- Arian Foster = only 5 FF points vs the Baltimore Ravens

- Marshawn Lynch = only 6 FF points vs the Jaguars—yes, the Jags!

- Dwayne Bowe = Zero points in Week 3

- Eddie Royal = two receptions for only 34 yards and no TDs

- Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks = "cant throw the ball to themselves"

- Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, and DeSean Jackson = put up a combined total of 14 FF points in Week 3

- Tony Gonzalez = 24 receiving yards vs the Miami Dolphins

- Seattle Seahawks Defense = 8 FF points vs the Jaguars—yes, the Jags!

 

Waiver wire Tuesday pick ups heading into Week 4:

- Alex Smith = facing the Giants at Arrowhead Stadium on Sundaysleeper

- Terrelle Pryor = hosting the Washington Redskins defense in Week 4sleeper 

- Philip Rivers = faces the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Colts and Jaguars in the next four weeks

- Jason Snelling = sounds like Steven Jackson will be out a few more weeks

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 22: Running back Bilal Powell #29 of the New York Jets is tackled by defensive back Nickell Robey #37 defensive tackle Corbin Bryant #97 in the third quarter during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 22, 2013 in East Ru
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- Bilal Powell = becoming the workhorse for the New York Jets

- Brandon Bolden = more impressive than Stevan Ridley for the New England Patriots

- Santonio Holmes = chemistry with Geno Smith is developing before our very eyes

- Donnie Avery = Alex Smith's favorite target and faces the Giants in Week 4

- Ryan Broyles = with Nate Burleson out with a broken armBroyles' fantasy value increases

- Coby Fleener = faces the Jaguars, who gave up two TDs to Seahawks TE Zach Miller in Week 3, in Week 4

- Kansas City Chiefs Defense = available in 70 percent of most FF leagues; hosting a struggling Giants offense in Week 4

 

Good luck in Week 4 everyone!

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