Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/23/13
 Quarterback Champs:Drew Brees- 29/46, 342 yards, 3TDs, INT; 6 Rush, 21 yards, Rush TD- 31.7 fantasy pointsOh, IT’S BREESY BABY! Finally, the top-tier QB performance we were looking for. Doesn’t hurt when you have Jimmy Graham. Cam Newton- 15/27, 223 yards, 3 TDs, INT; 7 Rush, 45 yards, Rush TD-29.3 fantasy PointsKilla Cam definitely took advantage of the third-worst loss in Giants franchise history. Manning got sacked seven times, and they gave the ball away 6 turnovers. Heck, Sir Isaac Newton would have torched the Giants. What a mess. Jake Locker-23/37, 299 yards, TD; 5 Rush, 68 yards, Rush TD- 28.6 fantasy pointsNot sure many people saw this coming, but Locker had himself a nice little day, including a 39-yard rush. He was efficient both on the ground and through the air and didn’t make any mistakes. Nothing too flashy here, but the Titans are 2-1. Quarterback Chumps: Carson Palmer- 18/35, 187 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs- 3.4 fantasy pointsSo much for Palmer making his receivers looking better. This is classic “smh Palmer.” We can say the Saints D was good, but I’m sticking with the “Palmer was atrocious” option. This is what I’ve been saying all along, not only is Palmer a year older, but his line still stinks (sacked five times).Colin Kaepernick- 13/27, 150 yards, INT, Fumble; 7 Rush, 20 yards- 4 fantasy pointsWhat’s up with our dude, Kaep? I know he and RG3 are struggling, but at least Mr. Griffin is putting up (second half, albeit) fantasy stats. Second straight week under 6 points, and I will specifically give him the credit for being 0-3 in one of my leagues. PICK IT UP! Eli Manning-12/23, 119 yards, INT; 1 Rush, 14 yards- 4 fantasy pointsI remember not too long ago that people were saying Eli was better than Peyton. I laughed. They said to “look at his Super Bowl rings.” I couldn’t say much at the time. But now I can tell those people to look at this stat line and say, “Peyton doesn’t do that.” 8 interceptions through 3 games. GROSS. Running Back Champs:DeMarco Murray- 26 Rush, 175 yards, TD; 3 Red, 28 yards- 26.3 fantasy points.This is what Murray owners have been waiting for! Much of Murray’s woes have been a function of the Cowboys inability to run the ball in general, but this was a nice game. He would have topped the 200 mark if they had left him in.Jamaal Charles- 20 Rush, 92 yards, TD; 7 Rec, 80 yards- 23.2 fantasy pointsAnd THIS is why I drafted Jamaal Charles third overall in my PPR league. He’s a PPR god among men in Andy Reid’s offense. Duece Staley, Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, Jamaal Charles. Are you seeing the trend here?LeSean McCoy- 20 Rush, 158 yards, TD- 21.8 fantasy pointsSo effective in that offense and his lateral cuts are the closest thing we’ve seen to Barry Sanders since…well….Barry Sanders. Yeah I said it. He was over seven YPC on the day. He had a little injury scare, which is something to be wary of moving forward. McCoy owners NEED the Bryce Brown handcuff in this offense, unless you’re into the whole Russian Roulette thing.Joique Bell- 20 Rush, 63 yards TD; 4 Rec, 69 yards- 19.2 fantasy pointsJOIQUE’n IT! Mr. Bell had himself a day. For those in PPR leagues, you must be salivating. If you were smart enough handcuff bell (for Reggie Bush owners) you are breathing a sigh of relief. For those who didn’t, you are hitting yourself in the head with a tack hammer! Running Back Chumps: C.J. Spiller- 10 Rush, 9 yards; 1 Rec, 1 yard- 1 fantasy pointI’m going to be nice here (because he’s my first-round pick), but brutally honest as well. He’s by far the most explosive back in Buffalo. That’s about it. Mr. Spiller, you dance around in the backfield, you don’t see the holes, and have been deemed the nickname “Mr. Glass.” Plain and simple, Fred Jackson has better vision, is a harder runner, and has been more effective thus far. Let’s see how serious Spiller’s knee injury is.David Wilson- 11 Rush, 39 yards- 3.9  fantasy pointsI’m starting to feel like O’Doyle from Billy Madison, just bullying David Wilson for no reason. But, come on, the guy is a 3-time chump. It’s partially the Giants sloppy play for his dismal performances, but the guy also can’t hold on to the ball. Wilson IS NOT startable at this point (outside 14-team or deeper leagues). Grab some bench.Stevan Ridley- 11 Rush, 35 yards; 1 Rec, 8 yards- 4.3 fantasy pointsOh boy, this is getting bad/concerning. Just close your eyes and click your heels and just hope when Gronk comes back, so does the firepower of this offense. I mean, right? Am I taking CRAZY PILLS?!Wide Receiver Champs:Antonio Brown- 9 Rec, 196 yards, 2 TDs- 31.6 fantasy pointsWell, I guess all Brown’s crying and moaning he did after the week 2 loss got him the ball. Big Ben looked his way early and often, but we will also attribute this to the Steelers playing from behind all game. However, this Herculean effort from Brown has to put a smile on owners’ faces, especially in PPR leagues.Josh Gordon- 10 Rec, 146, TD; 1 Rush, 22 yards- 22.8 fantasy pointsNOBODY SAW THIS COMING. Not only did people expect him to be a bit rusty in his first game back, BUT Brian Hoyer was throwing him the ball. An equation for bad, right? Wrong. I’m not sure if you ever watched Hoyer as Brady’s backup, but the dude can play. He looked good here, and it will be interesting to see if this leads to a QB competition moving forward. Sidney Rice- 5 Rec, 79 yards, 2 TDs- 19.9 fantasy pointsFantasy zombie! Sidney Rice, back from the dead! Can he be inching his way loser to fantasy relevance? He’s a freak talent; he can just never stay healthy. Like seriously, if you cough on this guy, he may need a sling for a week. Consider rostering him in deeper leagues, but do note that the Seahawks played the Jags and “they terrrble” (Charles Barkley voice).Calvin Johnson- 7 Rec, 115 yards, TD- 17.5 fantasy pointsJust another solid performance from your favorite Transformer. 17 catches, 268 yards and three TDs through three games. Wide Receiver Chumps:Hakeem Nicks- 0 Rec, 0 yards- ZERO fantasy points (1 target)Mr. Nicks, you get a Mulligan. If you “nixed” Nicks from your lineup this week, you were a happy camper. Stop laying eggs, bro!Dwayne Bowe- 1 Rec, 4 yards (3 targets)- 0.4 fantasy pointsWhelp, it’s not looking like Bowe is as big of a piece of this offense as years past. Here’s the way it looks. Alex Smith is conservative and is perfectly fine running the ball for a minimal gain, or “dinking and dunking” in the flats, rather than taking a risk and letting Bowe make a play. Send Bowe to the pine until further noticeT.Y. Hilton- 2 Rec, 13 yards- 1.3 fantasy pointsJust the way I figured he’d be all year. BOOM or BUST.Roddy White- 2 Rec, 16 yards- 1.6 fantasy pointsSeriously though, just rest a game, Roddy. This hurts to watch you stink. Just swallow your pride bro, because fantasy owners don’t know what to do with you. Tight End Champs:Jimmy Graham- 9 Rec, 134 yards, 2 TDs- 25.4 fantasy points19 Catches, 313 yards, 3 TDs. No, that’s not my Madden stats playing against my little cousin, it’s Jimmy Graham’s stats over the past two games. Call him Freddy Kruger, because the dude’s a defensive nightmare. He’s also pretty much the Blake Griffin of the NFL. FREAK.Jordan Cameron- 6 Rec, 66 yards, 3 TDs- 24.6 fantasy pointsAre you kidding me? How is this sustainable? Can somebody please pinch me? If you own this guy, chances are, you are either undefeated or have a winning record, because this guy is clearly winning people matchups early on.Antonio Gates- 5 Rec, 55 yards, TD- 11.5 fantasy pointsNot a lot of HUGE tight end performances this week, but this is just nice to see. Good old Antonio Gates, just putting up solid numbers early on, giving people value at the round 8-10 draft position you took him at. Gotta give credit to Rivers’ stellar play thus far.Tight End Chumps:Brandon Pettigrew/Zach Sudfeld- 0 catches, 0 yards- 0 fantasy pointsAs expected, we had repeat “geese of week 3.” Sudfeld doesn’t have a single catch through 3 weeks. I know he didn’t play week 2, but COME ON. So over-hyped. He has the same amount of fantasy points as Zach Hanson (from the Boy Band). Just saying.Martellus Bennett- 2 Rec, 10 yards- 1 fantasy pointFinally, he comes down to Earth. I’m selling on Bennett. Not sure he will be a consistent part of this offense over the course of the year. I would do my best to move this guy and upgrade at another position if you have TE depth. Tony Gonzalez- 4 Rec, 24 yards- 2.4 fantasy pointsHe had a great start to the game and it looked like he was going to do some serious work on the Miami D, facing single-coverage much of the first half, but he literally didn’t do anything after the first two drives. This is getting frustrating… Honorable Mention Champs:Brandon LaFell- 3 Rec, 53 yards, 2 TDs fantasy pointsHard to tell if this is flukey, considering the beating the Giants took, but he’s worth and a to the “watch list” and worth rostering in deeper leagues.Jason Snelling- 11 Rush, 53 yards; 4 rec 58 yards, Rec TD- 17.1 fantasy pointsAs long as Steven Jackson is out, Snelling is more than flex-worthy. He’s a versatile power RB who catches passes and gets goal line carries. Pretty ideal, don’t you think?Donnie Avery- 7 Rec, 141 yards- 14.1 fantasy pointsOur boy Donnie was clearly the beneficiary of Dwayne Bowe being double covered all night and Smith looking for the shorter, more conservative options over the middle (many of which he took for long gains down the field). He’s definitely worth the add…for now.
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