Recapping the Sit ‘Em & Start ‘Em suggestions that I made for week three of the 2013 Fantasy Football season.
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(STL) QB Sam Bradford vs. (DAL) – 29/48 240 yards TD – Not the effort I was expecting from Bradford and the Rams in a blowout 31-7 loss to the Cowboys. Even moe disappointing is the way the game played out, with Bradford having to throw almost 50 times but only connecting on one touchdown. Bradford has a questionable matchup next this coming Thursday against the ‘49ers. While yes the ‘49ers are also struggling, Thursday night match ups have routinely been disappointing fantasy outing as teams have less preparation less time to rest.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton vs. (GB) – 20/28 235 yards 2TD, 1FumLost – Things were looking pretty rough for Dalton owners at first as the Bengals got off to an early lead without Dalton having to do much. Aided by a fumble return touchdown though, the Packers were able to come back and take a two-touchdown lead before falling apart themselves. Dalton was able to throw third quarter and fourth quarter touchdowns in order give those who started him a decent point total. Overall though I still don’t like Dalton going forward as he still didn’t reach 20 points or 300 total yards once again.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (NYG): 23 rush 123 yards, 1 catch -3 yards – I would have been nice if Williams was able to find pay dirt, but you really can’t complain about 120 yards from a guy mostly drafted as a flex play. The running back position has been a rough one so far this season and Williams has 80 or more yards in all three games this year. Unfortunately Williams and the Panthers will be on bye in week four before getting the Cardinals in week five.
(NO) RB Demarco Murray vs. (STL): 26 rush 175 yards TD, 3 catch 28 yards – Murray did exactly what I wanted from him on Sunday afternoon, routinely gashing the Rams defense for big gains. Hopefully the result will give Murray more confidence going forward and helped show how good of a team the Cowboys can be when both the running game and passing game are working. Beware his week four match up though with the Broncos, the Cowboys could be playing from behind.
(BUF) RB Fred Jackson vs. (NYJ): 7 rush 72 yards, 4 catch 37 yards – Once again Jackson was the Bills leading rusher at the end of the day. Jackson was able to rip of a 59-yard run while C.J. Spiller was left with 9 yards on 10 carries and a couple of loose balls that fortunately weren’t turnovers. As someone who invested heavily in Spiller this season my concern for him is extremely high, at first glance I am not excited about Spiller’s week four matchup against the Baltimore Ravens.
(DET) WR Nate Burleson vs. (WAS): 6 catches 116 yards – The good news is that Burleson had a nice day with 116 receiving yards, one more than Calvin Johnson; not bad at all for a WR3 or flex play. The bad news though is that Burleson was involved in a one-car collision this morning and broke his arm in two places. This could mean even more targets for Calvin Johnson, and even more likely additional targets for the young receiver Ryan Broyles.
(MIN) WR Jerome Simpson vs. (CLE): 3 catch 29 yards –
(CIN) WR Mohamed Sanu vs. (GB): 4 catches 68 yards – Sanu actually led the Bengals in receiving on Sunday with his 68 yards, but was unable to find the end zone like teammates AJ Green and Marvin Jones. I really like Sanu as a player and think he will have a few touchdowns this season, but I am not confident in being able to predict when. I have Sanu in a few leagues and am going to try to keep him on my bench should he break out
(HOU) TE Owen Daniels vs. (BAL): 5 catch 29 yards – It was a rather poor performance from the entire Houston Texans offence who failed to put up a single touchdown in Baltimore. The Texans moved the ball for more yards than the Ravens, but were unable to find the end zone the way the Ravens were. The Ravens actually haven’t allowed a single touchdown in two games since being rocked by the Broncos in week one.
(SEA) QB Russell Wilson vs. (JAC): 14/21 202 yards 4TD, 2 rush 14 yards – In terms of yardage, this was the type of result I was expecting from Wilson, but I didn’t think he would throw for four touchdowns while Lynch had just 69 yards on less than 20 carries. Similar to 2012 when Russell had less than 200 yards but 4 touchdown passes against the ‘49ers, he has proven he can be a very effective passer in the red zone (3 of his 4 TD passes were inside the 20).
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones-Drew vs. (SEA): 19 rush 43 yards TD – A coulple things to consider here; despite averaging only 2.3 yards per carry, the Jaguars still committed to MJD by giving him the ball 19 times. Luckily for fantasy owners Jones-Drew was able to convert one of those carries into a 2-yard touchdown run and 10-point fantasy effort in a very tough matchup.
(NE) RB Stevan Ridley vs. (TB): 11 rush 35 yards, 1 catch 8 yards – Things continue to look bad for owners of Stevan Ridley; he received less carries than LaGarrette Blount of all people and was outrushed by Brandon Bolden who had 51 rushing yards on three carries thanks to a 46-yard dash. Unless the Patriots recommit to giving the ball to Ridley consistently, he is looking more like a flex play for next weekend.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (TEN): 16 rush 58 yards – Mathews has just two 100 total yard games since the start of the 2012 season, and has just two total touchdowns in that time frame. Mathews is nothing more than a low end flex play or bye week replacement no matter how much potential he apparently has/had.
(PIT) WR Antonio Brown vs. (CHI): 9 catch 196 yards 2TD – After falling behind early, the Steelers were left throwing the ball the majority of the game, which resulted in more than 400 yards for Big Ben, just under 200 of which went to Antonio Brown. Brown was in desperate need of a breakout game as he was trailing Emmanuel Sander in both catches and yards after two weeks. This is quite possibly the best result Brown will have in any week this season, but it’s nice to see him have such a great result against a defence like Chicago.
(TB) WR Mike Williams vs. (NE): 5 catch 65 yards – The Buccaneers were playing from behind most of the game and quarterback Josh Freeman had to throw the ball 4 times, but the struggling slinger completed less than half of those passes. As a result of Freeman’s continued struggles, Williams was left with 5 catches for 65 yards, both team highs on Sunday.
(CHI) TE Martellus Bennett vs. (PIT): 2 catch 10 yards – Despite 40 points being scored by the Bears, Martellus Bennett was unable to have much of a game. Cutler threw for just 159 yards and one touchdown in the game as the Bears rushers Forte and Bush each cross the goal line and the other Bennett, Earl snagged the only passing score. I imagine the Bears passing attack will be needed more next weekend against the Lions.