Fantasy Football Week 3
After two weeks of the season, up is down, black is white, it’s total pandemonium. Drew Brees and the Saints are 0-2; Tom Brady can’t beat Arizona at Gillette? Aaron Rodgers looks mortal. We’ll try to make a little sense out of things…
Those points being said, Brees should STILL be your #1 option this week against a surprisingly soft KC defense and Rodgers gets a prime timer on Monday against an over zealous Seahawks secondary. RGIII is the real deal and gets the Bengals this week and definitely don’t forget about Cam Newton as he gets a Giants D ripe for the picking on a short week tonight (Thursday). A sleeper pick would be Alex Smith against a perpetually suspect Vikings secondary.
Some sleeper picks at running back include the Giants Andre Brown who gets the start tonight in place of an injured Ahmad Bradshaw; Alfred Morris who (for now) is the man in Washington, and Mikel Leshoure in Detroit getting a look against Tennessee. And get Michael Bush in your lineup against St. Louis while Forte is healing.
Who am I down on? Chris Johnson for one. The former #1 overall pick looks indecisive and deserves to be on your bench. I’m a huge Vikings fan, but AP against a beast of a Niners D, And until KC finds some rhythm, they’re going to be playing from behind which is great news for Dwayne Bowe, horrible news for Jamal Charles and Peyton Hillis.
Victor Cruz could be in for a huge night tonight with Hakeem Nicks and Domenick Hixon both out. You’d start him anyway, but Manning may have to throw his way 20 times tonight to keep up with Cam Newton. Percy Harvin is one of the most exciting players in football and the Vikes keep finding ways to get him the ball. You should too. And it’s a make or break week for Dez Bryant. Great pre-season, same ol’ Dez first two weeks. Dallas is on and off week to week. They were off in Seattle, look for ‘on’ vs. Tampa. I took a flyer on Malcom Floyd in my leagues and Philip Rivers has paid that off by making him his go to guy. And Wes Welker may finally be startable again with Aaron Hernandez on the shelf. Either that or he’ll be on the trade block Monday.
Seattle’s corners gave the Cowboys wide outs fits last week and may do the same to the Packers top guys opening things up for Jermichael Finley and James Jones. And Andre Johnson is a beast, but he’ll spend the afternoon tangling with Champ Bailey while playing in the top rushing offense in the league. Temper expectations.
Did you lose Aaron Hernandez like I did? Get to the waiver wire and get Martellus Bennett for the Giants. The big man is being targeted like crazy by Manning and already has two scores. The Ravens Dennis Pitta has been a target machine as well and has become a trusted part of an improving offense.
Like most of the NFL, I’m 1-1 in both leagues. I scored buckets of points with the team I don’t like and watched McFadden, Dez and the previously mentioned Aaron Hernandez throw up doughnuts as I lost with the team I love. The only thing certain this week? I won’t be .500 come Monday night. Here’s to rolling 6′s all weekend long!