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Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap: Not Who We Thought?


Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap

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Before we kick off the Week 3 of the NFL recap, I would like to send out my condolences to the family of Jose Fernandez, his friends, and his teammates. The age of 24 is far too young to lose any soul on this Earth. May you have enjoy an eternal rest Jose. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Week 3 of the NFL season is done and in the books. You’re either rubbing your friend’s face in your dominance of the league OR you’re trying to figure out different ways to spend your Sunday. Like maybe raking leaves as we enter the fall season.

In this third week, I had high expectations for a lot of players and teams. Some teams have been consistent through the first two weeks. And by now, you think you know the players you can trust and the players you cannot.

Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap

In a world where you must keep your friends close and your enemies closer, the same goes for the friends and foes that you rank through fantasy value!

You Are Who We Thought You Were

Mike Evans, WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The big time wide out for the Bucs is exactly who we thought he was at the beginning of the season. Mike Evans put up one of those games we saw him do week and week out during the 2015 campaign. He put up a monster stat line of 10 grabs for 132 yards and a touchdown. After his mediocre first two weeks, it looks like Evans has resumed his chemistry with Jameis Winston.

Odell Beckham Jr, WR New York Giants

Matching up with his arch nemesis, Josh Norman, OBJ returned to form in week 3. While OBJ was on the field, you saw the return of his swagger when he was out there making plays. This can only mean good things for his fantasy owners. When OBJ is rolling like he was on Sunday, he is worth that first round pick you spent on him and then some. OBJ finished Sunday with seven grabs for 121 yards. A touchdown would’ve made his day perfect.

Matthew Stafford, QB Detroit Lions

So the Detroit Lions spent the entire game in garbage time. However, in the world of fantasy, the world of garbage time is truly a great thing. Ask any Blake Bortles owner from the 2015 season. Matthew Stafford is exactly who we thought he was.

Stafford returned to his gunslinging ways from previous seasons; launching the ball all over the field and propelling one of his wide receivers over the 200 yard mark. Questions surrounded his value since the departure of Calvin Johnson, but with this performance, you can insert Stafford back into your lineups.

LeGarrette Blount, RB New England Patriots

With injuries and suspensions a plenty for the New England Patriots, they’ve done the logical thing and found a running back they can put their workload on in LeGarrette Blount. Through the first two weeks, they’ve been force feeding Blount the ball and Week 3 was no different.

Playing on a short week with a rookie at quarterback, Blount saw another heavy workload. Success for New England, even after Brady’s return, will ride on Blount’s back. The passing game is missing some options and Gronk isn’t healthy. If they ensure Blount gets 24 touches a game for 110 yards and two TDs, it’ll mean Ws for the Pats and your fantasy team.

You Aren’t Who We Thought You Were

Ben Roethlisberger, QB Pittsburgh Steelers

Throwing to arguably one of the most explosive weapons in NFL history, Big Ben is off to a very slow start. Through his first three games, Ben has only thrown for 560 yards and six touchdowns. Those yards rank him for the 19th among quarterbacks – behind guys like Trevor Siemian.

Yes, Trevor. With the return of LeVeon Bell next week, it should open up the passing game to give Ben Roethlisberger a kick in the can. His performance in Week 3: 24 of 44 for only 250 yards and an interception with no scores. Keep your eyes open for a Big Ben rebound.

Duke Johnson Jr, RB Cleveland Browns

What we thought would be a running back by committee in Cleveland, is now strictly a one back show. Isaiah Crowell returned to the excellence we thought he would have been as a young running back at Georgia. They selected Duke Johnson Jr. in the NFL draft; while his backfield counterpart came on as an undrafted rookie. Crowell has simply out-performed Johnson.

If you own Johnson, redraft or rookie, it may be time to cut the cord. However, his week 3 performance may have you hanging on. He nearly doubled his season carries to 10 and yards to 69. But Crowell is the guy in Cleveland leaving little hope for Johnson Jr.

Rob Gronkowski, TE New England Patriots

This is most likely a little premature understanding the quarterback problems that the Patriots have, but if you put a bet in Vegas at the beginning of the year that Gronk would have ZERO catches through the first three weeks, you would be a wealthy man. It is now past Week 3 and Gronk indeed has zero catches.

He missed the first two games, but Jacoby Brissett was unable to find the monster tight end for any kind of offense even though they were rolling at points in the game. All Gronk owners can hope for is a Brady return and a Gronk explosion.

You May or May Not Be Who We Thought You Are

Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers

After an incredible Week 1 performance and an awful Week 2 performance, we got the Week 1 Jameis back. After a delay at the end of the Rams and Buccaneers game, Winston finished up with an impressive 405 yards and three touchdowns. Jameis has gone from hot to cold to hot again giving me a really hard time to figure out what to think on a week in and week out basis. Winston may be the reason you win or the reason you lose, he’s certainly a roll of the dice every week.

Hopefully you weren’t one of the 348 people who voted in this poll to sit the Bucs QB!

Christine Michael, RB Seattle Seahawks

Dynasty Darling Christine Michael has been the hardest player to grab a gauge on since he entered the league in 2013 as a second round pick. His flashes of brilliance as the heir apparent to Beast Mode’s throne in Seattle seemed to never happen. He quickly aroused strong fantasy interest in Dallas, but then cut by the Cowboys and back to Seattle where he finds himself in a running back by committee – or so we thought.

In preseason, we expected Rawls featured and Michael used sparingly. Through the first two weeks, Michael had low end flex appeal. In Week 3, the game has changed. Michael carried the ball 20 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns. As someone who had Michael on the bench, I found it hard not to see this coming. However, like everything else in his career, you never know what’s coming next for Christine Michael.

Allen Robinson, WR Jacksonville Jaguars

Allen Robinson recently found out that the NFL regular season started and showed up for week 3. After a combined first two weeks of the season with ZERO touchdowns, Allen Robinson found the end zone twice this week.

If you read my overrated players at the beginning of the season, you know my admiration for Robinson is small. However, I can’t argue or disagree with some of these WR1 performances he put out.

For the first two weeks, Robinson played a small role for the Jags. Bortles got him going this week. Hopefully for your Robinson owners out there, Bortles continues to throw to the former Nittany Lion.

About Gage Padula

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