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Fantasy Football Week 3: 5 Players Ready to Bounce Back

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Fantasy Football Week 3: 5 Players Ready to Bounce Back

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Here we are, entering Week 3 of the season and already deep in the thick of things. We spent so much time studying, preparing for our drafts and crafting the perfect strategies to maximize our potential. Yet, like always, the season seemed to kick off abruptly and we hit the ground running.

In the blink of an eye, we’ve watched a number of players go down with injuries, derailing Fantasy seasons in their infant stages. The nicks and scrapes start piling up and we watch in horror, holding our breath every time one of our players takes a hard hit.

Then there’s the glory. Seeing those sleepers break out, watching our opponents’ players fumble and throw interceptions, sitting back with smiles on our faces as our running backs get goal-line carries gift-wrapped … Sundays certainly bring us a lot of joy, indescribable to the wives, girlfriends and friends who just don’t understand why we can’t leave the house all day.

Of course, the glory can quickly turn to agony at any moment. Watching our sleepers do little more than sleep, watching our own players fumble and get picked off, sitting back with frowns on our faces as our opponents’ running backs get hooked up at the one-yard line. One man’s garbage is another man’s gold, as they say.

It’s all part of the Fantasy Football experience. Unfortunately, so is the inevitable occasional letdown from guys we’re counting on. Again, it’s part of the game but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt when it happens. Last week brought a number of such occurrences, a few dud performances from guys many of us were counting on. Here are five of those players, destined to bounce back this week and atone for the heartache they caused last week.

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5. Adrian Peterson

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Adrian Peterson still finished with 100 rushing yards last week but it took him 26 carries to get there. That’s 3.8 yards per carry, and it gets worse; his longest run of the day was 36 yards, meaning the rest of the game he had 25 carries for 64 yards (2.6 YPC). For the first overall pick in almost every single 2013 Fantasy draft, that’s brutal. His owners rightfully expect more from him and we all know he definitely expects more from himself. Expect him to bounce back this week as he looks to get himself back on track towards his 2500-yard legacy.

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4. Eli Manning

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Eli Manning was absolutely brutal in the Manning Bowl last week. Maybe it was the pressure of trying to get that elusive first victory over his big brother but either way his performance was terrible. He threw four interceptions, bringing his season total up to seven through just two games. But facing a weak secondary and badly needing to bring his team a W this week, he’ll show up.

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3. Frank Gore

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Frank Gore was horrible in last week’s loss, rushing for 16 yards on nine carries against a very good defensive line. Playing at home this week against a pretty poor run defense and with his offensive coordinator committed to getting him the ball, he should bounce back nicely with the effort his owners have been waiting for.

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2. Drew Brees

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Although he led his team to victory last week with a vintage last-minute drive, Drew Brees had his worst game in a long time. His yardage total was solid as always but he threw only one touchdown and got picked off twice, one of which was taken back for a defensive touchdown. He finished with a 67.5 QB rating, his second-worst in the last year. The good news is that there’s probably a better chance of him being struck by lightning than there is of him having two bad games in a row. Count on a nice bounce-back performance.

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1. Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick’s performance in the spotlight last week left his owners nauseous. Granted, it was against a ferocious defense and relentless crowd, but a 20.1 QB rating? I don’t think anyone could have expected him to be that bad. This week he’ll be playing at home with a chip on his shoulder, against a pretty bad defense. Last week you saw Hyde but this week you’ll see him turn back into Jekyll. No one is primed for a bigger bounce-back.