Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 9/19/12

In last week’s initial column, I talked about how I thought Hakeem Nicks would bounce back, how Wes Welker might be on the back slope, how Michael Turner is done, and how I wasn’t too sure about Chris Johnson.

It turns out I was very right about Nicks, wasn’t totally wrong on Welker, appear to be very right on Michael Turner, and I’ll address CJ168 (his new nickname, based on his current rushing yardage pace…for the season) in just a bit.

Jay Cutler left Lambeau frustrated after being sacked seven times, but expect better from him from here on out.

 Jay Cutler

Big things were expected of the Chicago Bears offense this season, and with 14 games left on the schedule it’d be premature to say that those expectations aren’t still there.

Cutler had a good game in the season opener against Indianapolis, but he ran into a Green Bay defense in Week 2 that had something to prove. Cutler was constantly facing pressure – getting sacked seven times and narrowly escaping a few more. And when he did have time to throw, Tramon Williams had Cutler’s new favorite toy Brandon Marshall on lockdown.  Frustration led to some forcing, and Jay finished with four picks.

From a fantasy perspective, it was not a great game. Heading forward though, I don’t think it’s time to get too wigged out about Cutler as a viable fantasy QB. The Packers have his number at Lambeau, and I would not be at all surprised if this is Cutler’s worst game of the season.

Jamaal Charles

Even though Charles’ knee injury was a full calendar year ago at this point, it’s no surprise that the Kansas City Chiefs are remaining cautious. Charles had six carries in Week 2, gaining only three yards, adding three catches out of the backfield as well.

The Chiefs got down early to the Bills, Charles got a bit nicked up, and the KC coaching staff pulled him. They’d rather stay safe than sorry at this point, and if you are a Charles owner, you should appreciate their concern.

Chances are Charles was drafted in a later round (or cost less in an auction) than in years past, with the injury concern being a main reason why. His injury last season was not insignificant – tearing his ACL. Every running back responds differently, and given that Charles’ game relies heavily on his pure speed, it may be a few weeks till he’s back near the form you remember.

The fact that he did get three receptions in limited time gives you an idea of how Kansas City wants to use him, which should also be encouraging to fantasy owners. Peyton Hillis will be a between-the-tackles complementary piece in a healthy KC lineup, so that’s not worth getting worked up over.

Charles might still be limited for a short time, but if he looks good to go by Sunday, the turf in New Orleans in Week 3 could be just what the doctor ordered.

Ahmad Bradshaw

Bradshaw is out for Week 3, and be cautious of his health for the remainder of the season.

When Brandon Jacobs left for San Francisco in the off-season, I immediately had concerns about Ahmad Bradshaw.

I thought that their games were so complementary that Bradshaw needed a bruiser-type back like Jacobs to absorb some of the hits and do some of the dirty work. David Martin isn’t that player, so it’s not surprising to me that Bradshaw struggled in Week 2.

After a touchdown run solidified his Week 1 (17 carries, 78 yards) against Dallas, Bradshaw had just five carries for 16 yards against TampaBay, leaving with what New York coach Tom Coughlin is vaguely calling a “neck” injury.

His health will be a concern throughout the year, and judging from the fact that Bradshaw has been ruled out of Thursday night’s game, I’d be even more concerned about Bradshaw going forward.

Chris Johnson

Where to start with the erstwhile CJ2K?

After amassing just 21 yards in the first two weeks, there is cause for concern with the high-round pick.

First and foremost, I think his struggles might stem from the fact that the Titans just suck. Tennessee is committed to the Jake Locker experience, which is going to lead to some turnovers and fewer carries for Johnson. I think the system factors are more cause for concern than a drop in CJ63feet’s skill level.

There’s enough talent in Nashville that a 200-yard week out of the blue from Johnson would be a surprise, but not a shocker. I think the reward is high enough to outweigh the risk for Johnson owners for now if you are committed to keeping him on your roster. If you can make a trade that you’re happy with, great, but if you’ve got him, you have to keep starting him.

*****

 

The post Fantasy Football Week 3: What To Make of Jay Cutler, Jamaal Charles, Ahmad Bradshaw, and CJ168 appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.


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