Once again the NFL was surrounded by controversy this weekend regarding the referees, and Fantasy Football was no different. However, despite the horrendous play calling, the show must go on, and so must the fantasy season. Below is my full reaction to the third week of the 2012 fantasy football season:
Performance of Week:
RB Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs - Anyone who read my start/sit segment this week would have noticed that Charles was my number one starter this weekend, and he did not prove me wrong. Charles rushed for a ridiculous 233 yards and a touchdown, but the back was not done, as he added another 55 receiving yards.
Standout Stat Lines:
QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans - Lost 1 piece of his ear
Adam’s Good For You Award:
WR Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens - Just hours after learning about the death of his teenage brother, Smith was warming up to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football. Smith at a very young age helped raise his five siblings and his younger brother, Tevin was like a son to him.
Despite all the emotions, Smith had a very special game; as he hauled 6 balls for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in Baltimore’s emotional 31-30 win over the Pats. He had one of the most heartfelt performances in the history of the NFL and will no doubt be playing with his heart on his sleeve the rest of the year. Smith’s performance was a courageous effort that will be talked about for years to come.
Rookie Quarterback Tracker:
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts – 22/46 313 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – 21/34 221 yards, 1 TD, 85 rush yards, 1 TD
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – 16/36 196 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns – 27/43 237 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – 10/21 130 yards, 2 TDs, O INT
Rookie Week 3 MVP:
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins - RG3 had another impressive fantasy performance in the team’s 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Griffin scored twice and combined for over 300 total yards, including his second consecutive game with at least 80 yards on the ground. RG3 is becoming one of the best dual-threat fantasy quarterbacks in the game, so use him accordingly for the remainder of the season.
Surprise of Week:
WR Golden Tate, Seattle Seahawks – Regardless of what the call should have been on Monday night, Tate still walked away as the player of the game. Tate hauled in a beautiful 41-yard pass in the first half, on top of his highly debated second touchdown catch. Tate finished the game with 3 receptions for 68 yards and 2 huge scores. He may not have been starting in very many leagues last week, but the ones he did start in, he certainly made a difference.
QB Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – Matthew “Staff Infection” Stafford was forced to leave yet another game following an injury. This weekend Stafford strained his hamstring in team’s grueling 48-41 overtime loss to the Tennessee Titans. It is concerning that Stafford did not come back on the field, especially considering how close the game was, but it is already rumored that he will start this Sunday. Still make sure to keep a close eye on him as the rest of the week progresses.
QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – Many people had the week three matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers penciled in as a an easy win on the Dallas Cowboys schedule, but after a grueling 16-10 win last weekend, it was obvious that Tampa Bay came to play. Romo finished the game with 283 passing yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. He was unable to get comfortable in the game and was constantly in duress. Romo will get better from here, so fantasy owners should not panic. It would have been nice to see him repeat his 3-touchdown performance from week one, but it is hard to expect perfection each fantasy week.
IDP Performance of Week:
DE Chris Clemons, Seattle Seahawks - In perhaps the most talked about football game in years, Clemons was the forgotten player of the game, despite registering a career-high 4 sacks in the game. Clemons had a phenomenal performance, one that may not be repeated this season, and it is a shame that it will be overshadowed by the calls of the referees.
Make sure to check back each Tuesday for my reactions of the previous fantasy football week.