Fantasy Football Week 3 Aftermath: Gut Checks, Lineup Fun, and Waiver Wire Picks

Ken KellyContributor IIISeptember 28, 2010

CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 19:  Running back Peyton Hillis #40 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball for a touchdown as he is hit by linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Week 3 brought us some huge breakout performances and a few disappointing ones as well.

Let’s get right to it in the week three aftermath!

Week 3 Fantasy MVP

Michael Vick’s return to fantasy prominence is complete.

The amazing thing is Vick looks better than he ever did in Atlanta, in both reality and fantasy.

He’s showing improved accuracy combined with his patented athleticism. He threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and added another 30 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Not bad.

Let’s see what happens this week when he faces a much better defense. If the Redskins can’t slow him down, he’s legit.

Week 3 Fantasy LVP

Ironically, the Eagles have both the MVP and LVP this week.

Fantasy owners were salivating about the prospects of LeSean McCoy this week after his huge performance in Week 2.

Their reward? 11 carries for 54 yards.

Lineup Fun

You probably won if your lineup looked like this…

QB Michael Vick = 291 passing yards, 30 rushing yards, 4 total touchdowns
RB Adrian Peterson = 160 rushing yards, 30 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
RB Chris Johnson
= 125 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
RB Peyton Hillis = 144 rushing yards, 2 touchdown
WR Anquan Boldin = 8 catches, 142 yards, 3 touchdowns
WR Austin Collie = 12 catches, 171 yards, 2 touchdowns
WR Lance Moore = 6 catches, 149 yards, 2 touchdowns
TE Dustin Keller = 6 catches, 98 yards, 2 touchdowns

You probably lost if your lineup looked like this…

QB David Garrard = 105 passing yards,1 interception
RB Shonn Greene = 36 rushing yards
RB Jahvid Best = 26 rushing yards, 13 receiving yards
RB Matt Forte = 29 rushing yards, 14 receiving yards
WR Mike Sims-Walker = 2 catches, 34 yards
WR Miles Austin = 2 catches, 20 yards
WR Steve Smith (CAR) = 3 catches, 22 yards
TE Vern0n Davis = 3 catches, 22 yards

Gut Checks

I’d be worried if…

I owned Clinton Portis.

The Redskin running game is completely uninspiring right now. The only thing keeping Portis in the starting lineup is his premier pass blocking. Fantasy owners don’t get many points for that.

I thought I could figure it the Denver passing game: A week after Brandon Lloyd and Jabar Gaffney were left for dead with the emergence of Demaryius Thomas, they combined for 309 yards and a touchdown.

Good luck figuring out who the best play is each week.

I was counting on Cadillac Williams as my No. 3 running back. He’s averaging 2.5 yards per carry through his first three games. He’s played some tough teams, but that’s just not going to get it done.

I have Brett Favre as my No. 1 quarterback. You can give him one game, maybe two to warm up.

After he could only muster 201 passing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions at home against the Lions, we have a problem.

I have Larry Fitzgerald as my No. 1 wide receiver. Even the great ones can’t make plays without a good quarterback. That pretty much tells you what I think of Derek Anderson.

I’m counting on Jonathan Stewart this season. A year after combining with DeAngelo Williams to form a tandem of dual 1,000 yard rushers, Stewart is being used very sparingly this year.

The only thing that could save him is a Williams injury or a coaching change.

I own Shonn Greene. LaDainian Tomlinson has simply looked better and we’re about a month into the season.

I have Carson Palmer as anything but my backup. The Bengals and Palmer can say what they want, but his arm isn’t the same. He’s floating passes all over the place and his long ball accuracy has been awful.

I think Jerome Harrison is going to have another breakout. There’s a No. 1 back in Cleveland right now and his name is Peyton Hillis.

I’m leaning on MJD to win me a title. He has no touchdowns through three games for the first time in his career. The Jaguars are a sinking ship, so his numbers are going to suffer.

I own Kevin Kolb in a dynasty league. The Michael Vick experience doesn’t look to be closing any time soon and he looks a little too comfortable with that headset on.

I need points from Heath Miller. Eight catches for 68 yards isn’t a bad day. Unfortunately, those are his numbers for the season.

I expect any type of consistency from Mike Sims-Walker. He has twelve catches for 139 yards and one touchdown in three games. He has two catches for 34 yards in two of those. Nice!

A Look Back at our Waiver Suggestions for Week 3

Five we hit on:

1. Charlie Batch = 186 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
2. Bruce Gradkowski = 255 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
3. Aaron Hernandez = 65 receiving yards, 13 rushing yards
4. Mark Sanchez = 256 passing yards, 3 touchdowns
5. Sean Weatherspoon = 7 solo tackles

Four we missed on:

1. DeShawn Wynn = Released!
2. Earl Bennett = 3 catches, 21 yards
3. Mike Tolbert = 73 rushing yards, 17 receiving yards (we just wanted more)
4. Rashad Jennings = 19 rushing yards, 14 receiving yards

A Look Back at our Fifteen Sneaky Plays for Week 3

Five we hit on:

1. LaDainian Tomlinson = 70 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
2. Louis Murphy = 5 catches, 119 yards
3. Bruce Gradkowski = 255 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception
4. Josh Morgan = 1 catch, 12 yards, 1 touchdown (all on the last play, but it counts!)
5.  Tony Moeaki = 4 catches, 44 yards, 1 touchdown

Five we missed on:

1. Laurence Maroney = 24 rushing yards, 1 touchdown called back
2. Deon Butler = No catches
3. Nate Washington = 3 catches, 30 yards
4. Marcedes Lewis = 3 catches, 15 yards
5. Demaryius Thomas = 2 catches, 43 yards

A Look Ahead to Hot Names on the Week 4 Waiver Wire

1. LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB

At one time, Blount was in serious contention to be a first or second round draft choice.

You likely know the story about his collegiate sucker punch and the subsequent tanking of his draft stock that culminated in him being dumped by Tennessee this preseason.

What you may not know is that he had 26 rushing yards and a touchdown for Tampa this week. Those yards didn’t come in garbage time and the Bucs beat writers are buzzing that Blount is a serious threat to Cadillac Williams.

I don’t think I’d go that far, but I wouldn’t discount it either.

2. Ryan Torain, RB, WAS

You have to love Mike Shanahan! Clinton Portis‘ struggles have been well documented, but most fantasy owners felt Keiland Williams was going to be next in line.

Torain was a former Bronco who was signed off the practice squad last week. He was inexplicably inserted as the backup this week and is now listed as the official No. 2.

Let the circus begin!

3. Lance Moore, WR, NO

We thought he might get some more action with Reggie Bush out—I’d say that’s accurate.

4. Kenneth Darby, RB, STL

I don’t love Darby’s talent, but I don’t love Steven Jackson’s groin injury either.

5. Willis McGahee, RB, BAL

He may not be available in your league, but Ray Rice owners need to have him.

Rice has a banged up knee that could keep him out this week.

6. Danny Woodhead, RB, NE

The Hard Knocks favorite made a splash in New England this week, rushing for 42 yards and a score.

While BGE should benefit the most if Fred Taylor is out for a bit, Woodhead needs to be monitored.

7. David Gettis, WR, CAR

The Panthers offense is terrible, but any receiver who has cracked the starting lineup deserves to be on a roster in a deep redraft or dynasty league.

8. Dominique Zeigler, WR, SF

If Josh Morgan is out for any extended amount of time, the door is open for one of our preseason favorites.

9./10. Maurice Morris/Kevin Smith, RBs, DET

Monitor the news wires and our message board the next few days to see what the status of Jahvid Best is.

If he can’t go, one of these players could be a spot play for a desperate team this week.

Keep in mind, the names found on this list are added to ones from previous weeks. For the prior week’s picks, check out the links below:

Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Good luck this week!


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