The only way to know if you are good is to review your work. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at what I got right and wrong in fantasy football in week three.
Powell had perhaps his best day, with 27 carries for 149 yards. While he had a few touches from right outside the red zone, I only counted three actual red zone looks for Powell, which is concerning. Meanwhile, Chris Ivory had four carries for five yards. Powell is the back to own for the New York Jets.
Apparently Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley had some WD-40 lying around. After Brown publicly complained about lack of targets during the week, Haley directed 11 targets at Brown, who caught nine of them for 196 yards and two touchdowns. The squeaky wheel was definitely greased.
I thought that with the loss of Duane Brown that the Houston Texans would be in for a long day. Houston was held to nine points, while allowing three sacks of Matt Schaub. Owen Daniels was contained to five catches and 29 yards. I thought the game would skew in Houston’s favor, so I missed that, but Arian Foster and Ben Tate combined for 90 yards. I mentioned that Tandon Doss could be in for a big day, and he agreed with me, taking a punt return 82 yards for a touchdown.
Suggs had a sack. I really don’t want to write off a player with his talent, but with Brown out and Houston trailing, the situation was ripe for Suggs to take advantage of. He didn’t.
I called out McGahee as a week 3 fantasy bust. Granted, I didn’t watch 100 percent of the Cleveland Browns game this week, but I’m not sure I ever even saw McGahee out there. He finished with nine yards.
Starks had to leave the game in the first half with a knee injury. He had a respectable day prior to the injury, with 55 yards on 14 carries. His injury opened the door for Johnathan Franklin, who took advantage of his 16 total touches with 126 yards.
This is why you have your handcuffs ready. When Reggie Bush was announced as out for the game, forward thinking Bush owners didn’t panic, but simply benched Bush and started Bell. Playing in one of the most explosive offenses in the league, Bell answered the call to the tune of 172 total yards and a touchdown.
The fact that he’s owned in 65 percent of leagues is crazy. C.J. Spiller left the game with a thigh bruise and F-Jax turned that into 72 yards on the ground and 37 through the air. If Spiller is healthy, Jackson is a decent flex play. Spiller is reported to be in line to play week four, but Jackson is an absolute essential handcuff for Spiller owners.
It was a pretty safe bet to assume that Pierce would be in for a heavy touch day with Ray Rice out for the game. Pierce got 24 touches that he turned into 65 yards and a touchdown on the ground plus seven more yards through the air. He will remain a high end RB2 next week against the Buffalo Bills if Rice is out. If Rice plays, his fantasy value will obviously take a hit, but should be owned in all leagues and formats.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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