Fantasy Football: Week 3 RB And WR Bounce-Back Candidates

By Shawn Ferris
Frank Gore
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I hope you aren’t 0-2 because 0-2 teams are the easiest to trade with and the easiest to manipulate. If you are 0-2, it’s possible you may have some dialogue with a happy, carefree 2-0 owner looking to take advantage of your panicked state.

Tell Mr. 2-0 to go take a hike.

Two weeks is just too early to start trading your studs and blowing up your whole team. I suggest you resist the temptation. Your guys will bounce back. Here’s a few guys in Week 3 that will be on the road to redemption very soon, and could reward fantasy owners greatly for their patience.

Frank Gore vs. Indianapolis Colts

Gore has a lot of explaining to do after a miserable two weeks in which he’s averaged an anemic 2.0 YPC, including last weeks’ stinker in Seattle where he accumulated a less-than-exciting two fantasy points. Not to make excuses for Gore, but let’s not forget those two matchups against the Green Bay Packers and against the Seattle Seahawks on the road might be the worst that Gore will have to endure all season.

He’s still running behind one of the NFL‘s best run-blocking offensive lines, and now he gets a plus match-up against a Colts team giving up 4.5 YPC this season. Get that man back in your lineups.

Joique Bell @ Washington Redskins

After scoring two TD’s in Week 1, some fantasy owners might be a little upset with the eight carries for 31 yards that Bell produced in Week 2. However, it would not be wise to have him on your bench in Week 3 against the Redskins’ “I wish we played two-hand touch” defense, regardless of whether Reggie Bush manages to play or not.

Bell is the goal-line back, and another two touchdowns against this defense seems like a reasonable expectation to me, especially with Bush being limited or inactive.

Mike Williams @ New England Patriots

Two catches for nine yards against the New Orleans Saints? The team that gave up the most yards in the history of the sport last season? Are you serious Mike? Let’s not be too hard on the guy, however, Josh Freeman was awful last week. I expect Freeman to be much better this time around, and with Aqib Talib shadowing Vincent Jackson, that leaves the Patriots’ miserable plethora of other defensive backs to cover Williams.

This game also has blowout potential in Foxborough with plenty of garbage-time stats available for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to accumulate. Williams should be a large part of that.

Vincent Brown @ Tennessee Titans

It’s tough to endorse a guy with six receptions for 39 yards this season and no immediate chemistry with noodle-armed quarterback Phillip Rivers, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway. I still believe in Brown’s talent. The San Diego Chargers just lost Malcom Floyd for the foreseeable future to a scary neck injury, and Eddie Royal can’t catch every touchdown Rivers throws this year (I would suspect anyway).

The Titans have very burnable corners, and if Rivers can somehow manage to throw the ball downfield with that thing he calls a right arm, then Brown has some big-play potential this week.

Week 2 Bounce-Backs:

Lamar Miller — 14 carries, 69 yards, one TD, two receptions, six yards
Deangelo Williams — 22 carries, 85 yards
Antonio Brown — six receptions, 57 yards
T.Y. Hilton — six receptions, 124 yards

Shawn Ferris is a Boston Red Sox and Fantasy Sports Writer for Follow him on Twitter @RealShawnFerris, “like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google+

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