By Derek of The Sportmeisters
Week Three of the season is in the books. Here are my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders blog from the week. Let’s go!
QB – Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – 26 Completions, 35 Attempts, 300 Yards, three TD, one INT
Schaub had yet another monster game last week against Jacksonville. He threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He has another great matchup this week against Oakland and if he can stay healthy, he has the weapons around him to wind up a Top Five fantasy QB at the end of the year.
QB – Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – 24 Completions, 35 Attempts, 379 Yards, four TD, one INT
Peyton Manning proved once again this past week why he is an elite fantasy QB. He threw for 379 yards and four touchdowns. It doesn’t matter who he plays, you never bench Peyton Manning!
QB – Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia Eagles – 24 Completions, 34 Attempts, 327 Yards, two TD, zero INT
Who needs Donovan McNabb? Kolb has been brilliant in his two games replacing the injured McNabb. This week, he threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns against Kansas City. As good as he has been, he will go back to being the backup after the bye week (and maybe even third string when Michael Vick is up to speed) and isn’t worth a waiver wire pickup unless McNabb misses any more time this year.
RB – Maurice Jones-Drew – Jacksonville Jaguars – 23 Carries, 119 Yards, three TD, four Receptions, 28 Yards
Is he worthy of a first-round pick yet? MJD ran for 119 yards and scored three touchdowns against Houston. He also had four receptions for 28 yards. He is an elite RB and should be started every week.
RB – Pierre Thomas – New Orleans Saints – 14 Carries, 126 Yards, two TD
Thomas was injured for the first two games of the season and didn’t play much in the first half last Sunday. However, he ran the ball 14 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the second half, to lead the Saints to victory over Buffalo. Thomas appears to be healthy and all signs point to him regaining his fantasy relevance.
RB – Steven Jackson – St. Louis Rams – 27 Carries, 117 Yards, five Receptions, 46 Yards, one FUM
This is the Steven Jackson that we all remember. When he’s healthy he is an elite fantasy RB. He has now posted back to back 100+ yard games and has been very good even without scoring a touchdown.
WR – Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – 10 Receptions, 178 Yards, one TD
It was only a matter of time before the Redskins got Moss involved in the offense. In the first two games he had a combined five catches for 41 yards, but he exploded against Detroit for 10 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown. Moss is no longer a top tier fantasy WR but can be used as a good WR2 or WR3, depending on the matchup.
WR – Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – 7 Receptions, 126 Yards, one TD
After a down week, Wayne picked right back up against Arizona. He now has 20 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns in three games. He is an elite WR and should be started every week.
WR – Jerricho Cotchery – New York Jets – eight Receptions, 108 Yards, one TD
Cotchery has been a very consistent option for Rookie QB Mark Sanchez so far this year. In three games he has 18 receptions for 285 yards and a touchdown. This trend should continue, and Cotchery looks like a very safe WR2 play almost every week.
WR – DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – six Receptions, 149 Yards, one TD
Jackson has been extremely valuable this season, even with Donovan McNabb out with an injury. He has had 10 catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns with Kevin Kolb at the helm. He also returned a punt for a touchdown in week one. Keep starting him while he’s hot.
TE – Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – eight Receptions, 104 Yards, one TD
Celek was the player that has benefited most from Kevin Kolb being the QB instead of Donovan McNabb these past two weeks. He now has 22 receptions for 245 yards and a touchdown in three games this season and looks to be a big part of the offense.
TE – Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – seven Receptions, 96 Yards, two TD
Davis has gone from a complete malcontent to a huge part of the 49ers' offense, even drawing much praise from Head Coach Mike Singletary, who had highly criticized him last season. He now has 14 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in three games. Look at the matchup before using him, but he doesn’t appear to be such a bad option anymore.
QB – Brady Quinn – Cleveland Browns – six Completions, eight Attempts, 34 Yards, zero TD, one INT
It has gone from bad to worse for Quinn. He wasn’t very good in the first two games of the season and was benched midway through the game last week. He has now been benched for this week’s game against Cincinnati. He should not be owned in any league right now and if you own him, drop him.
QB – Derek Anderson – Cleveland Browns – 11 Completions, 19 Attempts, 92 Yards, zero TD, three INT
Even though Anderson has finally gotten into the game, he was still horrible against Baltimore. He came in and threw three interceptions, and I don’t expect much from him this week against Cincinnati. Do not pick him up in any format, especially if he plays like he did last week.
QB – JaMarcus Russell – Oakland Raiders – 12 Completions, 21 Attempts, 61 Yards, zero TD, two INT
Russell has not been what the Raiders were hoping he would be so far this season. He has thrown for only 378 yards in three games and has thrown just one touchdown to four interceptions. He doesn’t have any real value right now and should not be owned in any league.
QB – Byron Leftwich – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – seven Completions, 16 Attempts, 22 Yards, zero TD, one INT
This is a miserable situation for Leftwich. He didn’t play too bad in the first two games, but played so miserably against the Giants that they benched him and have now made him the third QB behind a second year QB and a rookie. Not that you ever should have owned him, but now wouldn’t be the best time to do so either.
RB – Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – one Carry, four Yards
The reason he is on this list is due to the ankle injury he suffered in week two that flared up after just one carry in week three. He will now be out for at least week four, but more than likely week five also. Keep him stashed on the bench as he has proven that he is going to be productive this year, when healthy.
RB – Jonathan Stewart – Carolina Panthers – 3 Carries, -1 Yards
Stewart has yet to really become fully involved in Carolina’s offense and is coming off a miserable three carry performance against Dallas on Monday. Don’t give up on him just yet because he proved last year that when Carolina’s offense gets going, he will be a big part of it.
RB – Chris Wells – Arizona Cardinals – two Carries, -2 Yards
So much for the hype. Wells has yet to come anywhere close to becoming truly involved in Arizona’s offense and had just two carries against Indianapolis last week. He has just 16 carries for 71 yards so far. If you own him, keep him stashed as he may come on strong towards the end of the year.
WR – Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – four Receptions, 24 Yards
White hasn’t been the fantasy force that people expected so far this season, but he hasn’t been terrible either. He faced a tough New England D last week, but has 15 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in three games. He isn’t elite yet, but should pick it up soon, so don’t lose hope yet.
WR – Santonio Holmes – Pittsburgh Steelers – one Reception, 18 Yards
Holmes had a phenomenal week one, but he's faded since then. He has just six catches for 101 yards in the past two games. He will bounce back and is the No. 1 WR in that offense, so don’t even think about dropping him after one bad week.
WR – Antonio Bryant – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – one Reception, six Yards
Bryant has a serious problem. He has two problems actually. One is the fact that he doesn’t have a QB and the other is the fact that he is not 100 percent healthy, as he is nursing a knee injury. He has just three catches for 35 yards in two games played, and the QB factor really hurts his value. You may want to drop him now, while you can still get a good WR off the waiver wire.
TE – Tony Gonzalez – Atlanta Falcons – one Reception, 16 Yards
This is a fluke. Gonzalez has been terrific this year for Atlanta and this one bad game against a good D shouldn’t scare you away. He is still an elite fantasy TE and should start every week.
Waiver Wire Wonders
TE – Vernon Davis – San Francisco 49ers – seven Receptions, 96 Yards, two TD
Davis has gone from a complete malcontent to a huge part of the 49ers' offense, even drawing much praise from Head Coach Mike Singletary, who had highly criticized him last season. He now has 14 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns in three games. He is owned in 72 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 8.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and 63 percent of Yahoo leagues. Look at the matchup before using him, but he doesn’t appear to be such a bad option anymore.
TE – Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – eight Receptions, 104 Yards
Celek was the player that has benefited most from Kevin Kolb being the QB instead of Donovan McNabb these past two weeks. He now has 22 receptions for 245 yards and a touchdown in three games this season and looks to be a big part of the offense. He is owned in 81 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 30.9 percent of ESPN leagues, and 64 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and grab him while you can.
RB – Glen Coffee – San Francisco 49ers – 25 Carries, 54 Yards
Coffee is going to be a very sought after pickup this week. He has a terrific matchup vs. St. Louis and will be the starter while Frank Gore is out with an injury. He is starting to go fast, as he is owned in 84 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 29.5 percent of ESPN leagues, and 48 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him if you can.
That’s all for now, sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.