Well it took until week 3 but you and I finally saw a little something out of a few highly touted fantasy performers this week. LJ, Fred Taylor and MJD all went over 100 for the first time. The Bengals - minus Ohco - offered some hope going forward. And Ronnie Brown went ballistic on the Pats.
But, even though some of you can breathe a little easier, there are still plenty of opportunities to improve your team using a few of the players below. Also, the bye weeks start next week so you might be looking for a fill-ins. Check’em out!
May be available now…
Brian Griese QB (TB) - He has officially come off the keep an eye on list. The 3 picks are a little worrisome but when you can post 38/67 for 407 yards and 2 touchdowns on the road against the Bears, you should be on a roster somewhere.
Ronnie Brown RB (MIA) - I think he is back with his 113 yards and 4 touchdowns rushing. Oh and did I mention the 1 touchdown though the air. And all against the Patriots of all teams. I doubt he is available but check just in case.
Correll Buckhalter RB (PHI) -Westbrook went down early with an ankle injury and never returned. If Buckhalter isn’t a handcuff somewhere - like he should be - scoop him up. He may lose a few touches to Lorenzo Booker but he should get some decent stats in this offense. In relief this week he put up 43 yards on 10 carries along with 6 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Chris Perry RB (CIN) - I’ve been watching him but wasn’t quite ready to buy in because of the struggles of the entire offense. This week he posted 74 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown (he has 2 td’s this year against two credible defense’s - NYG and TEN). Next week he will go against Cleveland who hasn’t been stopping anyone. Grab him if he is available, he may come in handy during the bye weeks.
Rudy Johnson RB (DET) - Make sure he is not laying around on the wire because he could be worth something going forward. After the Lions benched Kevin Smith, Rudi posted 83 yards on only 14 carries and caught 3 balls for 48 yards with a touchdown.
Steve Slaton RB (HOU) - Even with a horrible performance from his quarterback, he posts 116 yards and a touchdown. He would make a solid bye week replacement or flex player to go along with some decent upside.
Antonio Bryant WR (TB) - 10 for 138 with Galloway out. Looks to me like we could have Griese’s favorite target. Could make a solid WR3 if Galloway continues to miss time.
Jeremy Stevens TE (TB) - Are you still looking for a tight end? Stevens - hot off a suspension - returns to the line-up and post solid numbers; 5 catches for 61 yards and a TD.
Baltimore D - In just two games they have 7 sacks, 4 interceptions, a fumble recovery, a touchdown and held two decent offenses to just 10 points each. I would say that they are worthy of your consideration. Oh, they play the Steelers next week who could not block anyone today in Phili (see Leftwich below).
Keep an Eye on…
Kyle Orton QB (CHI) - Minus a few picks he showed some signs of a decent low end fantasy back-up. He had 268 and 2 touchdowns against Tampa. In deeper leagues you may be able to use him during the bye weeks when he plays like Detroit and Atlanta.
Byron Leftwich QB (PIT) - Might want to keep an eye on Byron because if Big Ben continues to egt rocked on nearly every other play, his shoulder isn’t going to hold up and chances are something else will get injured. This week he left with a hand injury. Here is summary of this weeks carnage from NFL.com:
The Eagles recorded nine sacks and a safety and had at least twice that many knock-downs. And those numbers don’t count the four times Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger barely escaped sacks and was credited with 6 total rushing yards. If Roethlisberger was less elusive, the Eagles very easily could have tallied 15 sacks or more.
Next week the Ravens come to town. Ouch!
T.J. Duckett RB (SEA) -19 carries for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns is pretty damn good, BUT, I want to see it again. He posted most of it when the game was getting out of hand.
Hank Baskett WR (PHI) - Even though he has put up games of 8 catches for 85 and 2 catches for 102 and a touchdown, I just can’t recommend pulling the trigger on him yet. Maybe it is because I know thst when everyone is healthy, he won’t be the number one. Either way, I will keep an eye on him.
Justin McCareins WR (TEN) - I would like to see how he does when Gage returns, but, 4 for 90 made him the top receiver on the Titans team in week 3. We’ll see.
Oakland D -Ever since the week one drubbing at the hands of the Broncos, they have rebounded with two solid games. This week they kept Buffalo at bay for most of the game only to lose late. They had 3 sacks, an int and 3 fumble recoveries. Not ready to jump in yet but I will be watching.
Brandon Llyod WR (CHI) - A good 6 for 124 and a TD performance for the journeyman. Not ready to buy in yet - since this is the first time in 3 games we’ve seen anything significant - but if we see a solid performance in the near future, he may be worth a roster spot.
Robert Meachum WR (NO) - I have been pulling for him to do something and this week he led the team in receiving yards with 86. Only thing is, he only had 2 catches. When your quarterback throws 48 passes and you only get 2 of them, I need to see more.
Lance Moore WR (NO)- 7 catches for 78 yards is a solid performance but outside of Bush - and Colston when he returns - you never know who’s going to win the catch lottery each week in New Orleans.
Delanie Walker TE (SF) - 3 catches for 44 yards and a touchdown. A tight end scoring in a Mike Martz offense is notable but nothing to get excited about.
Remember the bye weeks…
This upcoming week: Seattle, New England, Miami, Indy and Detroit.
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