Fantasy football is fun, sometimes. And fantasy football is hard, most of the time. Week 3 was a challenging week for many. All you can do is make good decisions, load your roster smartly, and hope that a few bounces work out for you. And remember, balls roll fun for everyone, kid. Eddie Felson tried to warn us about that.
Big names reinforce Week 3 Sunday action busts
Consider the running board front of the early window. Khalil Herbert pinballed the Texans after David Montgomery get hurt Monty’s managers feel the pain, and Herbert’s managers probably didn’t benefit this week, though good things could come in the future.
Herbert stands as RB1 as we compose this piece. He started in the top four percent of Yahoo’s leagues.
Detroit Lions Spirit Animal Jamaal Williams ranks second among backfield leaders. Williams was plausibly playable for some fantasy teams, as he gets double-digit carries almost every week and has plenty of goal-line equity. But his 107 total yards and two touchdowns surely leaned toward D’Andre Swift managers
dalvin cook (shoulder) and Montgomery walked away with injuries. Christian McCaffrey he hit for 108 rushing yards, but did not score a touchdown and only received seven yards. baker mayfield has torpedoed dj moore (1-2-0) for three straight games. Moore can’t start until that couple shows some chemistry.
Alvin Camara he has 19 receiving yards for the year. The 1-2 Saints haven’t done much offensively, save for a few james winston yards in garbage time (and a quick comeback win at Atlanta), but when the Saints really move the ball, it’s Chris Olave winning downfield. Kamara looks slow during both of her games, and Miguel Tomas (foot) left early with an injury.
We have good news on the Bengals, later, but joe mixon He wasn’t invited to that party. The Jets held him to 38 total yards and no touchdowns on 15 touches.
Okay, backfield bricks can happen. We can usually quell a tough 1 pm window with a few easy receiver hits.
Can anyone find any?
The Dolphins had a glorious victory over Buffalo, but Tyreek Hill (2-33-0, four goals) was not the accelerator. After two weeks of highly focused passing, the Dolphins threw their only touchdown to river craft. At least jaylen waddles he racked up 102 yards on just four receptions.
Stefon Diggs he didn’t kill you with a 7-74-0 line, although a touchdown would be nice. Gabe Davis He was calm on his return (3-37-0), more of a lure than anything else. The Dolphins did harass and confuse joseph allen for three hours.
Pursuit of Ja’Marr he recorded a touchdown on the Jets, but had only 27 total yards and lost a fumble.
davante adams he needed touchdown deodorant to partially salvage a 5-36-1, 10-goal line. If you had the foresight to predict mack hollins releasing 8-158-1 to the world, I’d like your lottery numbers.
justin jefferson, whom we were ready to follow into a burning building two weeks ago, is depressed. It’s one thing when Darius Slay shuts him down in Week 2. But how do we explain Jefferson’s 3-14-0 flop against the Detroit turnstile? kirk cousins threw touchdown passes to Adam Thielen (a yard, of course) already a charitable figured out k j osborn in the last two minutes.
We’ll keep grinding, players. In general, we think running back production is strongly tied to usage projections and winning scenarios, while wide receiver is a position where dynamic talent is much more critical. (One of my favorite followers put this in perfect words this week, can’t remember who it is. Reebs? Mattek? McFarland? Hartitz? I’ll try to find the appropriate tweet.) But that doesn’t mean no position. it is easy to project. And it doesn’t mean every week is going to be sunshine and lollipops.
Of course, this column is called Booms and Busts. We also have some happy stories to highlight:
lamar jackson he bet on himself before the year, and that bet looks like a home run. He had no problems with Bill Belichick and the Patriots defense on Sunday, throwing for four touchdowns (two of them to superstar Mark Andrews) and adding another 11-107-1 on the ground. No matter what his scoring system is, Jackson is easily the No. 1 quarterback on the starting board, at least 12 points ahead of the chasers. Jackson was the cheat code for September.
Jalen hurts has a good thing in Philly. He threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns at Washington, and he was kind enough to make sure all the touchdown throws went to the pass rushers that fantasy managers care about (DeVonta Smith, AJ Brown, Dallas Goedert). The widely available Eagles DST also answered the bell, laying off carson wenttz nine times. Philadelphia’s schedule is comically easy for most of the year. The Eagles might be the favorites in the NFC right now.
joe burrow He didn’t go crazy on the Jets, but the Bengals cleaned up pass protection and Burrow did a better job guarding the ball. Three touchdowns, 275 passing yards, no interceptions, just two sacks absorbed. That’s a huge step forward for a Bengals team that did little for two weeks.
Quick feedback will follow after Matt Harmon and I record the week 3 review podcast. .