NFL Week 3 Takeaways

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 Written by Sal Leto, FLAFFL House Podcast Co-Host, who goes by @sal33 on the Fantasy Life App and @letosal on Twitter

Some guys returned to prominence, some guys announced their arrival and others faded. The good news…the body count was down. The bad news…some of your players suck and need to go. It seems like we just drafted and looked at our teams with such pride but some of you are 0-3 and ready to set that team on fire. Here are my week 3 takeaways that may help you find some names to help.

Cardinals:

-          This offense that looked to have the most fantasy weapons of any team in the league but now it looks like a dart throw on a weekly basis

-           Looking like he might share time after week 2 David Johnson reestablished himself as the focal point of the offense with 22 touches (6 receiving targets) and 2 touchdowns to Chris Johnson’s 2 carries for 5 yards

-          John Brown appears to be back healthy as he caught 6-70 on 11 targets. Cardinals WRs are a wait and see for me. Maybe Carson Palmer (4 ints) can get on track and stop ruining our fantasy hopes

Bills:

-          I said on the podcast this week I'm not worried about LeSean McCoy (110 - 2 TDs) and he came through. My concern going forward especially if Sammy Watkins continues to miss time will be defenses stacking the box. This might be a good time to sell high on Shady

-          There is no receiving option worthwhile on this team period. If you want to grab Watkins and stash him I can't argue but I wouldn't expect anything until he's rested and healthy down the stretch

Vikings:

-          I, like everyone, get plenty wrong but I was on this Vikings defense all preseason. I stated they were a top 5 fantasy defense and they have more than answered the bell. Eight sacks, 3 interceptions, a fumble recovery and a punt return TD vs the Panthers yesterday to go along with 2 previous defensive TDs. They have shut down the Packers and Pantgers in back to back weeks

-          Neither looked good but despite losing out on the starting position in name Jerrick McKinnon (16-45, 1-2) out touched Matt Asiata (6-15, 1-4) by more than double. If I have room on my bench I'm adding Ronnie Hillman

-          Kyle Rudolph (7-70-1) was a bright spot again and appears to be a comfort zone for Sam Bradford (18/28-171-1) and has seen 8, 8 and 10 targets in three weeks.

Panthers:

-          Cameron Artis Payne (12-47) or Fozzy Whittaker (5-22)? Doesn't matter as the goal line back is still Cam Newton (7-26-1)

-          I bought in, he jumped up my rankings. Yup Kelvin Benjamin put up a goose egg but worse was he saw only one target

Broncos:

-          Trevor Siemian? Nah I gave up on him last week when he couldn't put up numbers against a bad Indy defense. He did what now? 312 yards and 4 touchdowns no turnovers on the road against a good Bengal defense

-          It looked like old times for Emanuel Sanders (9-117-2) and Demariyus Thomas (6-100-1) so it's no surprise that CJ Anderson (14-37) fell to earth

Bengals

-          I've been in Jeremy Hill’s (17-97-2) corner the whole way and had him as an RB2 this week. I didn't think he'd pick up the chunks he did but this guy is a grinder and a touchdown scorer. I've made this point before regardless of production the Bengals have not gone away from Hill because they believe in him. Gio Bernard cannot do what he does. Hill is about to slip into RB1 contention

-          Not much else fantasy wise from this game for the Bengals.  AJ Green is a weekly starter and managed 8-77 on 11 targets against a tough Denver secondary. Two straight weeks of average production from a WR1 means someone might be looking to sell him. I'd inquire

Lions:

-          If there's still any question about Matt Stafford (385-3) being a weekly QB1 or if he can survive with out Megatron put it to rest. He's playing at the highest level of his career

-          Marvin Jones (6-205-2) has out targeted Golden Tate (4-40)  in all three games I've seen enough Jones is the clear cut number one

Packers:

-          Aaron Rodgers (15/24-205-4) sure he had the 4 TDs but the team got up early and sat in the lead. When the game got close they could not turn it back on. I'm selling right now on Rodgers

-          Randal Cobb(1-33), yuck sir, trending downward to only 3 targets yesterday. I stuck by him till this week but he is no longer a weekly starter. If you can find someone who will take him on name value get him out

Ravens:

-          Joe Flacco (29/40-214-0-2) completed 21 straight passes at one point yesterday further proving NFL football and fantasy football have nothing to do with each other because if you streamed him in a good matchup he sucked and killed you. Back to the scrap heap

-          Don't look now but the old man just might be finding his groove. Steve Smith Sr. (8-87) saw 11 targets and looked fully healthy. Grab him if he's out there

Jaguars:

-          Chris Ivory (12-14) was back so here we go time for him and TJ Yeldon (6-17) to get the run game rolling. Or not since Blake Bortles (3-17) was the best runner on the day.

-          This offense is ugly right now and two touchdowns salvaged another below average receiving day for Allen Robinson (7-57-2). Keep an eye on Marqis Lee as a deep league add

Browns:

-          Was anyone else playing besides Terelle Pryor? 35 pass yards, 21 rush yards for a touchdown and 8 catches for 144 yards. One of the most impressive days for an athlete I've seen and he was almost able to overcome the fact that he plays for the Browns

-          You know who wasn't Impressive? Cody Parkey. Missed 3 field goals including a game winner. If you had him drop him as I expect the Browns will do the same

Dolphins:

-          This running game equals headaches. No one plays until further notice

-          DeVante Parker (3-51-1) came right out with a touchdown catch and everyone was tap dancing the chosen one is here. But when the game was in doubt it was old reliable Jarvis Landry (7-120-1) that was the go to guy. Respect this man, 35 targets in 3 games. I'm not saying Parker isn't talented I'm saying Landry is better

Redskins:

-          Jamison Crowder (4-78-1) is the WR I'm most comfortable with. I can't be guaranteed DeSean Jackson (5-96-1) will be there weekly, Pierre Garçon (5-59) seems like his big days are behind him and the rookie Josh Doctson can't stay healthy

-          This run game is uninspiring. Matt Jones (17-65) is a bye week filler for now

Giants:

-          The passing game has been fine it's the lack of touchdowns from it that have become concerning. Eli Manning is averaging 300+ yards a game, he's completing 71% of his passes and his yards per attempt are at 8.6 and the highest of his career. It's the 1.3 touchdowns a game that have killed OBJ’s value. I'm saying be patient or buy low Eli is connecting everywhere else on the field the touchdowns are coming

-          Orleans Darkwa (10-53-1) and Shane Vareen (11-67-1) have brought us back to last years muddled run game. Vareen is now out for the season with a torn triceps and Rashad Jennings (DNP) is not a weekly starter going forward so you may want to keep an eye on rookie Paul Perkins as a stash

Raiders:

-          Well when the Raiders play defense those glorious fantasy shootouts go bye-bye. There were some decent performances but nothing that won you your week

-          Latavius Murray (10-37-1) has survived on the back of a couple of touchdowns but the rookies have both continued to get use and have performed better. Sell on Murray now

Titans:

-          DeMarco Murray (114-1, 5-41) is the leader for most under-appreciated player in fantasy. Thru three games 245 rush yards, 6 yards a carry, 17 receptions on 19 targets and three touchdowns

-          Drop Marcus Mariota (17/33-214-0-2).  He had the sweetest of matchups and put up a dud. He's barely a bye week fill-in. Trust me he’ll be sitting there if you want him

49ers:

-          There's something to be said for garbage time gold. It usually comes in the form of pass and receiving yards. This week it came in the form of rushing. Carlos Hyde (103-2) ran on a Seahawks defense that just wanted to go home. So please listen to me: SELL CARLOS HYDE NOW!!! Don't be fooled

-          How bad is it in San Fran? Bring on Colin Kaepernick

Seahawks:

-          There is more to this than he's just holding the spot till Thomas Rawls (DNP) gets back. Christine Michael (20-106-2) is legit and if you grabbed Rawls as your RB2 that's a gamble you lost

-          Jimmy Graham (6-100-1) tried to tell us he was back. Add, start, repeat

Rams:

-          Break up the Rams, 4 touchdowns who saw that coming after 2 weeks of zero? What came of this though, who's really reliable outside of Todd Gurley (85-2)? No one

-          Tavon Austin (2-22, 5-82-1) flashed that ability that gets us all excited but will be a crap shoot every week

Buccaneers:

-          I don't know why I keep seeing start/sit questions every week that include Mike Evans’ (10-132-1) name. I said it coming into the season and it's been confirmed over these three weeks. Without a doubt he is a starter in your lineup every week

-          Another guy whose name I saw a lot this week was Charles Sims (55-1, 6-69) but it was asking if people should add him. Read this carefully, if there is any starting running back on waivers in your league you need to add him, PERIOD. And if you're in one of these leagues that restrict how many players you can have at a certain position here's my advice, quit. That's a load of garbage. No one should control your roster structure. Why should you be punished for being more active or smarter on the waiver wire. Quit now

Chargers:

-          We got a glimpse into the future at Hunter Henry (5-76) but in the biggest moment he didn't protect the ball and had it punched out effectively ending the game. He’ll learn and you need to add him in dynasty leagues now

-          The Charger WRs came back to earth a bit. I was asked a lot this week about them and I was not high on them. I'll say this they should be on your roster but neither Travis Benjamin (4-82)  or Tyrell Williams (6-69)  are weekly starters but should be matchup based only

Colts:

-          TY Hilton (8-174-1) IS a WR1 and a weekly starter. He's another guy who is under appreciated and often over looked. What makes him that? More often than not he gives you the big output as opposed to the Charger receivers who are more a wildcard to give you big numbers

-          Frank Gore (82-1) keeps churning. I don't think you could get much in a trade so do what his NFL team is doing keep riding the wave as far as you can

Jets:

-          I'll raise my hand, I said if Brandon Marshall (3-27)  plays he's in my lineup, that didn't work out well. Neither did Eric Decker (1-31) but you know what I'll say the same thing next week.  Few WRs are more consistent than these two week in and week out

-          Ehhhhhh…Ryan Fitzpatrick shouldn't be owned.  That is all

Chiefs:

-          Spencer Ware (20-75) not the production I hoped for but he was the clear lead back and I stand by my statement that if Jamaal Charles isn't in the game he's an RB1 and with Charles he remains at worst a flex option

-          The highest scoring fantasy player for KC this week? The defense, with six interceptions one for a pick 6 and two fumble recoveries one which went for a touchdown this defense put up 30+ points in most leagues

Steelers:

-          There was a little part of me that really enjoyed watching Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers struggle. Not the part that was hoping to see if a WR2 would develop in this offense. But with Eli Rogers (2-32) leaving hurt and Markus Wheaton (1-2) dropping touchdowns the best one so far is Sammie Coates (3-50) but I'm not starting him yet

-          Bell is back this week and maybe just in time, DeAngelo Williams (8-21, 4-23) looked every bit his age this week

Eagles:

-          Who the hell are these guys? Rookies Carson Wentz (23/31-301-2) and Wendell Smallwood (17-79-1) along with veterans Darren Sproles (6-128-1 receiving) and Brent Celek (3-61) make up the unlikeliest fantasy relevant group we would have expected coming into the season

-          More shocking than that this Eagles defense. They shut this high powered Steelers offense down. Four sacks, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries lead to a 16 point game and they are owned in only 20% of ESPN leagues

Bears:

-          It's rarely pretty but Brian Hoyer (30/49-317-2) has fantasy relevant games because he is seemingly always playing catch up

-          Zach Miller (8-78-2) was a name a lot were high on preseason but I was not one of them and I was on the money after two weeks. But the change in QB could make him a great grab as he caught 8 of his 9 targets and the one he didn't was another end zone look where he was double teamed

Cowboys:

-          Ezekiel Elliott (30-140) had his best game but I felt the Cowboys left him in to take an unnecessary pounding in a game that was never really in doubt. He has 71 carries through 3 games

-          I'm gonna keep writing about Cole Beasley (7-73) until you add him. He caught all his targets and was inches from a TD. He is still only owned in 14.5% of ESPN leagues and has averaged 10 points a game in .5 PPR leagues

Alright I'm sick and struggled to write this so leave me alone now, damn it [Editor’s Note: Sal’s views do not necessarily express the views of the rest of us here in the FLAFFL House.  But he is our resident curmudgeon so unfortunately we deal with it]. Oh and for more help check back tomorrow for our waiver articles from Jay and Tony. And get Willie Snead out of your lineups.