Fantasy Football: Week 3 Risers and Fallers

Taylor SmithAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2010

Orton has legitimate fantasy value.
Orton has legitimate fantasy value.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

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Kyle Orton, QB, Denver Broncos

Aided by the presence of rookie Demaryius Thomas in the lineup for the first time, Orton had a field day against the Seahawks, going 25-35 for 307 yards and two scores. 

Eight of those 25 completions went to Thomas. More on him later.

He appears to be a productive fantasy quarterback, and he's a guy that needs to be on your roster, preferably as a backup (unless you're in a four-team league and your quarterbacks are Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, or something ridiculous). 

With the Colts visiting the Mile High City, the Broncos may be playing from behind, meaning Orton will have to air it out more than usual.

He's a good guy to throw into your lineup in a time of need.


Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions

Best broke out against the Eagles, piling up 232 total yards with three touchdowns.

With that kind of production, Best looks like a no-brainer starter this week, even against the Vikings.

He'll likely take his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way as a rookie, but for now, he looks like he's for real. 

His value has skyrocketed.


Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers

Tolbert filled in quite capably for the injured Ryan Mathews against the Jaguars, running 16 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

He's proven that he can mash his way into the end zone in short-yardage situations, so he immediately has value there.

With Mathews expected to be ready to go this week, though, we don't expect Tolbert to be seeing the field nearly as much.

Barring another setback to Mathews, Tolbert's value is solely as a potential touchdown vulture.


Kevin Walter, WR, Houston Texans

After two straight games with a touchdown (not to mention his 11-catch, 144-yard effort against Washington), Walter is once again quite worthy of a roster spot.

Matt Schaub can get the ball to anybody, and with Walter consistently finding himself wide-open last week, he was rewarded. 

With favorable matchups coming in the next few weeks (Dallas, Oakland), Walter is a worthy fantasy starter until proven otherwise.


Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos

As mentioned earlier, Thomas appears to have a big fan in Kyle Orton.

Eight catches for 97 yards with a touchdown is an extremely impressive line, even more so for a guy playing in his first-ever NFL game (he missed all of preseason and Week 1 with injury).

While you should temper your expectations for a rookie like this, the first indications couldn't be more positive in Thomas' favor.

The Broncos' next four opponents are Indianapolis, Tennessee, Baltimore, and the New York Jets.

So, yes, tread carefully with Demaryius Thomas.


Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Sunday's matchup was a forgettable one for the Jaguars, but Marcedes Lewis was a rare fantasy bright spot. 

He caught five balls for 70 yards, and, following his two-touchdown effort in Week 1, he's drawing some legitimate fantasy consideration.

Again, because he hasn't proven himself to be a viable option in the past, don't sell the farm for him quite yet.

If he continues to get consistent looks from David Garrard, he could be a starter. 

For now, it may be best just to pick him up and watch him, unless you're desperate for a starter.


Honorable Mention: Mark Clayton (WR, Rams), Peyton Hillis (RB, Browns), Eddie Royal (WR, Broncos), Dustin Keller (TE, Jets)



Chad Henne, QB, Miami Dolphins

Henne's Dolphins are 2-0, but with how rarely Miami throws the ball, Henne's fantasy value is minimal at this point.

That could change if the Dolphins start to struggle and are playing from behind, but for now, look elsewhere for your quarterback.

Keep an eye on him though, because a target like Brandon Marshall may be too good for Henne to waste for an entire season.


Michael Bush, RB, Oakland Raiders

Bush hasn't played in either of the season's first two games due to injury, but, with how good Darren McFadden has looked, his stock has taken a larger hit than expected.

Bush will likely still get some looks once he's healthy, but unless McFadden struggles mightily, the job looks to be his. 


C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

The Bills' backfield is a complete mess, with three guys (Spiller, Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson) all seeing a decent amount of time.

Considering Spiller has been the least productive of the three so far, it's easy to see that his fantasy value has diminished.

He's still explosive though, so don't be surprised if he randomly breaks one off at some point.

Keep him out of your lineup.


Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago Bears

The Bears' passing offense has been great so far, but Aromashodu has hardly been a part of it.

After catching five passes for 70 yards against Detroit, Aromashodu didn't play against the Cowboys.

Until he's able to free himself of Lovie Smith's doghouse, this guy shouldn't be a part of your fantasy equation.


Pierre Garcon, WR, Indianapolis Colts

It's rare to see a Colts receiver on the "faller" list, but that perfectly describes Pierre Garcon right now.

Austin Collie appears to have supplanted Garcon as Indy's No. 2 receiver, as Garcon followed up a drop-filled Week 1 with a one-catch, 11-yard effort in the win over the Giants.

He may well get into good standing with Peyton Manning again at some point, but the first two games of the season don't bode well for him.


Tony Scheffler, TE, Detroit Lions

Scheffler is a talented pass-catcher, but former first-round pick Brandon Pettigrew got most of the looks from Shaun Hill last week.

There wasn't much value with Scheffler to begin with, and there appears to be even less now.

If you have him, drop him.


"Honorable" Mention: Kevin Kolb (QB, Eagles), Jerome Harrison (RB, Browns), Jabar Gaffney (WR, Broncos), Leon Washington (RB, Seahawks)


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