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Fantasy Football Week 3 Recap: The Good, The Bad & The Busted


By: Joe Bond

There was a lot of scoring this week as 10 teams scored at least 30 points and another 7 more scored at least 24 points.  So good news first. What this equated to is there were a lot of players that had very nice fantasy days.  Now the bad news of the week there were quite a few injuries that made headlines as well so owners will need to pay extra attention this week to see if their players will be able to play on Sunday.

The Good
Jamaal Charles (RB – KC) – Safe to say this eased Charles’s owners fears that his knee was bothering him to the point where he would be ineffective.  Jamaal Charles rushed for a ridiculous 233 yards, 1 touchdown and added 55 receiving yards.  It is clear by this point that the Saints defense is awful but Charles owners should be plenty encouraged by this.

Jake Locker (QB – Ten) – After two very subpar weeks Locker was seemingly unstoppable Sunday throwing for 378 yards and two touchdowns.  Maybe this is close to what we can expect to see from him now that he has both Kenny Britt and Nate Washington playing together.

A.J. Green (WR – Cin) – It definitely helps that your first play from scrimmage ends with a 73 yard touchdown, but Green absolutely dominated the Redskins defense which is becoming a theme each week.  He ended up finishing the day with 183 yards, so that means even without the first play he got an extra 110 yards, not too bad.  

Maurice Jones-Drew (RB – Jac) – MJD looked like he was back to his old self this Sunday thrashing the Colts for 177 yards and a touchdown.  The Colts do not have a very good run defense, but this is encouraging to see for MJD owners who took a huge risk drafting him this year.

Honorable Mention:  Ben Rothlisberger (QB – Pit), Calvin Johnson(WR – Det), Matt Schaub(QB – Hou), Andre Brown (RB – NYG)

The Bad
Philip Rivers (QB – SD) – Philip Rivers looked horrible this weekend throwing for only 173 yards and two interceptions.  He hasn’t exactly looked spectacular this season yet and if I were Rivers owner I would officially start to be worried.  

Chris Johnson (RB – Ten) – What did I say last week? If he does not perform against a pretty average run defense, the Lions, then it might be time to sell him for $.50 on the $1.  Well he only had 24 yards on 14 carries and two fantasy points, and this was in a game the Titans put up 44 points. I think its finally time to move on.  

Steven Jackson (RB – StL) – The Rams as a whole played pretty horrible, but Steven Jackson never seemed to get it going, only rushing 11 times for 29 yards.  Some of this is obviously attributed to playing Chicago, but part of me thinks it has to do with the groin injury that made him a game-time decision.

DeSean Jackson (WR – Phi) – With no Jeremy Maclin on Sunday, I would have pegged Jackson for a pretty big day.  Instead all we got was 3 receptions for 43 yards.  Some of the blame has to go on Michael Vick who threw only 45% complete on Sunday. But considering 10 of those attempts went Jackson’s way, I still would have expected more out of him.

Honorable Mention: Tony Romo (QB – Dal), Vincent Jackson (WR – TB), Frank Gore (RB – SF)

The Busted
C.J. Spiller (RB – Buf) – Spiller was knocked out early during Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.  It looked really bad at first but today the Bills announced it is just an A/C sprain and he might only miss 1-2 weeks.

Reggie Bush (RB – Mia) – Bush injured his knee and this also looked like it could be very bad for him and fantasy owners.  However after an MRI Monday there was no structural damage and he could actually play in week 4.

Matthew Stafford (QB – Det) – He is the first major quarterback to go down this season with an injury.  A leg injury knocked him out and the Lions are not saying much about it.  That to me screams he won’t be ready for week 4, might want to go pick up Shaun Hill if you own him as insurance.

Willis McGahee (RB – Den) – McGahee wasn’t having much of a game anyway and the rib injury only made it worse. Not much is being said about this injury either, but unless its a broken rib I don’t think he’ll miss much time if any.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including,, and Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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