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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap: Winners and Losers

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Well, Week Three is almost over and done with. It’s crazy to think that we are already three weeks deep into the NFL season. Week Three was nothing short of an interesting week of NFL football. We finally saw one of the best Thursday night games we will see in quite some time. As many of us expected the game between the Rams and 49ers to be low scoring and boring offense, that was the complete opposite of what happened. It was in fact one of the highest scoring NFL games we’ve seen in recent years. A combined 80 points were scored as Jared Goff and Brian Hoyer led the two teams on the offensive end.

Week Three also had its first game in London. The Ravens went up against the Jaguars and that was a game where it was dominated by the Jaguars from the start. It seems like the Jags play their best ball over in London as they had a god showing last year as well.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap

There were many different games all throughout Sunday in which they came down to the final wire. Overtime and last second field goals highlighted the early games played on Sunday. Week Three was probably the most intense and electrifying week throughout the NFL and it’ll look to continue with the Cowboys and Cardinals playing on Monday night.

Winners

Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams

Todd Gurley was the talk of the fantasy world after he exploded during his Thursday night game against the 49ers. He ended up carrying the ball 28 times for 113 yards and three touchdowns. He had several more opportunities to get four and even five touchdowns Thursday night, but being stuffed near the goal line was the kicker there. The new and improved offense under Sean McVay is clearly a positive thing for Gurley and his fantasy outlook. It is a much needed bounce back season for Gurley and fantasy owners as he disappointed many a year ago. The locked in bell-cow usage and the trust Mcvay and this team has in Todd Gurley make him a safe start every week in fantasy leagues.

Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesotta Vikings

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Another week without Sam Bradford throwing the ball led fantasy owners to stash Diggs and Thielen on their bench. Diggs rebounded in a big way from a week ago by catching eight of 11 targets for 173 yards and two touchdowns. It was a risky start to plug him into your lineups but he proved to be worth the start. His ability to get open down the field against a weak Tampa Bay secondary made it easy for Case Keenum to find him open down the field. You should feel safe trusting a guy like Diggs to have a safe enough ceiling to plug him into your starting lineup even without Bradford starting.

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Another week in the books, another week Tom Brady shines. After a stellar performance last week, Brady followed up by having himself an even better day during Week Three. The veteran completed 25 of 35 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns against the Texans. He also led the team to a game winning touchdown drive which ended by finding Cooks in the end zone with limited time remaining. Brady continues to impress football fans every week, no matter what is coming at his way. These past two weeks have been fantasy gold for Tom Brady owners. 825 yards passing and eight touchdowns against the Saints and Texans. Tom Brady and the Patriots host the Panthers during week four.

Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears

Im sure not many people started Jordan Howard on Sunday. He was playing with a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and he was nothing short of spectacular. He handled 23 carries for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Many fantasy owners became uncertain of his role as he was struggling with Tarik Cohen on the rise in Chicago. Well, he has surely regained some trust in that backfield but it’s still going to be interesting to see how Chicago uses these two running backs. Howard and the Bears will face a short week as they take on the Packers Thursday night.

Mercedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Probably the surprise of the week on the winners side. It was a very ugly showing for the Ravens in London; losing to the Jaguars in a rout early Sunday morning. Mercedes Lewis stole the show as he caught 4 of 5 targets for 62 yards and three touchdowns. This was such a rare occurrence for Lewis as he hadn’t had a catch all season before this surprise performance. What’s also crazy is that Lewis only has three total touchdowns since the 2013 season so getting three in one game was something that is not likely of happening again. Many people will try to pick him up on the waiver wire this week but he should not start on any team moving forward.

Losers

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

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After an impressive week two showing, Kelce disappointed fantasy owners during Week Three. Kareem Hunt seemed to steal the show yet again for the Chiefs. Travis Kelce only caught the ball once on his lone target for just one yard. Hopes were high for another monster week from Kelce in the Chiefs offense. He will look to bounce back in a major way as Kelce and the Chiefs play against the Redskins week four.

Mike Gillislee, RB, New England Patriots

It was the first time Gillislee was held out of the end zone. He wasn’t that efficient running the ball either during the win Sunday. Gillislee carried the ball 12 times for just 31 yards. He is a touchdown-depending fantasy option every week as he needs to get the ball in the end zone in order to produce viable fantasy numbers. A guy like Mike Gillislee is a flex option or a high end RB3 moving forward. The touchdown upside is there with him on New England.

Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens

It wasn’t a very pleasant game to watch for Ravens fans. The jaguars dominated them from the beginning, as Flacco and the offense just couldn’t get anything going. Buck Allen was getting all the hype this past week as rumors were going around that he might get the start against the Jaguars. West seemed to show his frustration during the game as he wanted more carries. A fumble late into the game appeared to end his day sat on the bench after that. The Ravens backfield seems to be one that is going to be a timeshare moving forward and the fantasy value of West seems to be shaky moving on. View him as a flex option and a touchdown or bust player.

Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints

Week Three was the worst week for Fleener. Catching only one pass for 21 yards made him a bad option in the end to start against the Panthers. We’ve seen some positive signs from Fleener with the absence of Willie Snead. With Snead coming back next week, it’ll be more tough for Fleener to become a starting fantasy tight end on a weekly basis. Coby Fleener and the Saints travel to play Miami next week.

Kendall Wright, WR, Chicago Bears

After leading the team in targets in week two, Kendall Wright went without a target Sunday against the Steelers. He seemed to have earned himself a steady role in the Bears offense but that was not the case this past week. Mike Glennon only completed one pass to a wide receiver all game long. It was shocking to see this happen as he was a waiver wire target and a pretty safe flex play in some leagues. He now becomes a risky play on a short week against the Packers Thursday night.


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