|Updated September 29, 2009 JunkyardJake.Com
Glen Coffee/Vernon Davis, RB/TE
It took a couple days to figure out what type of foot/ankle and/or strain/sprain it was that sent Frank Gore to the locker room on the first offensive snap of the game this past Sunday, but what we do know for almost certain, is that we probably won't be seeing Mr. Gore until after San Franciso's week six bye. This makes Glen Coffee a great pickup this week, especially against the clumsy Rams defense.
Vernon Davis, who just had a career game of seven catches for 96 yards and two TDs, is another interesting prospect who should see more chances with Frank Gore out. Provided that you are not holding a grudge because you had Davis on your team in any of the past three years, he is definitely worth picking up as well.
Mike Wallace, WR
Sorry 60 Minutes Mike Wallace, you are pretty cool, but Pittsburgh's rookie receiver is my new favorite Mike Wallace. Wallace can flat-out fly down the field, and unlike Limas Sweed, he also seems to hang onto the ball after Ben Roethlisberger hits him in the hands. There is a good chance that the rookie will assume the deep threat role that Nate Washington filled for the Steelers last year, so he should be worth stashing on your roster.
Jerome Harrison, RB
- It was against the tough Ravens defense, but he came through with 16 carries for 52 yards, also converting seven pass targets into five catches for 33 yards. Not a tremendous statistical day, but it's safe to say Harrison strengthened his claim to the Browns number two RB spot because James Davis did virtually nothing with his chances. Of course the Browns number two job is a rather lucrative position these days, since Jamal Lewis is likely to remain as reliable as your pothead friend when you ask him to pick you up at the airport.
- As far as the Earl Bennett/Johnny Knox sweepstakes goes, the apparent edge goes to Earl Bennett this week, as he finished with four catches for 80 yards. However, the box score was a little deceiving in terms of the Bennett/Knox rotation. While Knox had one catch for seven, he was targeted three times, and twice in the redzone. Bennett was targeted only four times in total, with no redzone targets. Knox still seems to be the guy with the best upside given his exceptional speed and ability to gain consistent separation.
Jamaal Charles ,RB
- Anyone else getting the nagging suspicion that Larry Johnson is about to get cancelled like a Jeff Foxworthy TV show? Johnson certainly seems to be running more like Larry the Cable Guy these days, with 136 total rush yards, and a YPC of only 2.5. Meanwhile, second year running back Jamaal Charles seemed to provide a spark when he was given the chance this week, gaining six yards per carry in limited duty (six carries for 36 yards). Charles was also fairly active in the passing game, with four targets.
Fred Taylor/Laurence Maroney ,RB
- Laurence Maroney was once again hiding in his injury bunker against the Falcons this week, allowing Fred Taylor to party like it was 1999. Taylor ended his productive day with 21 carries for 105 yards and one TD, a stat line that will no doubt have him showing up in week four fantasy lineups. That's fine if it works, but with the New England running back rotation still looking like a covert operation, and this weeks matchup versus Baltimore, it's probably best to steer clear of the Patriots running game altogether.
Bryant Johnson, WR
- On the surface, it looks like the Lions found themselves a viable number two receiver this week in Bryant Johnson, afterall, he finished the day with four catches for 73 yards and a touchdown. However, before anyone goes starting Bryant over Santonio Holmes or Steve Smith this week, also consider that Bryant was targeted 13 times, meaning he only caught 30% of the balls thrown to him.
There seems to be maybe two conclusions here - 1) On the plays where Calvin Johnson isn't triple covered, Matthew Stafford will gradually become more comfortable throwing it in his direction more often and 2) If you put one of those big 35 LB Rubbermaid trash receptacles in the corner of the endzone with a careless free safety covering, chances are any NFL QB will be able to hit it for a 21 yard touchdown.
Eddie Royal, WR
- OK Josh McDaniels, we get it, you are a super-genius who can win football games with marginal talent receivers like Jabar Gaffney that you worked with in New England, while leaving Eddie Royal on the sidelines playing checkers with the offensive coordinator. Terrific, we are really impressed, just don't come whining to us when your defense lets you down and actually need to score some points.
Jamal Lewis, RB
-So, was Jamal Lewis really injured in week three, or has he come to the realization that the Browns are just so hapless that he decided to call in sick on Sunday because he figured playing golf with Michael Jordan was a much more constructive use of his time?... ..(nasally voice)...yeah coach this is Jamal...(cough..cough).., I'm really sick today, I'll try to make it in next week...That's okay Jamal, you get well, it was a little more interesting watching Jerome Harrison anyway.
Robert Meachem, WR
- Maybe someday we will all have that miraculous Robert Meachem story to tell our grandkids. You know the one, it kind of goes like...'Yeah, I picked Robert Meachem in the 14th round of my fantasy draft, and he went on to have a 1,100 yard 12 TD season just like I knew he could'. Alas, we may need to wait yet another year for Meachem to do anything noteworthy, he is just too inconsistent to depend on for fantasy purposes right now.