Week 3 in a nutshell ….
Guys, I first and foremost whole heartedly apologize to the loyal Lemonsiders Fantasy Facts readers. Not only did the NFL weekend fail you but I totally failed you too. I deserve every single curse word and angry GIF you may have used this weekend if you followed my advice. Not that it helps you at all but I myself had a horrible fantasy football weekend in my leagues. We can all cry together.
Who would have thought that in the same week:
The Rams and 49ers would get into a shootout
Cam Newton would throw for 3 INT and 0 TD passes against the Saints while AT HOME
Buffalo would beat Denver after their impressive win against Dallas
Case Keenum would LIGHT up the Bucs with 369 yards passing and 3 touchdowns
Blake Bortles would throw 4 touchdowns against the Ravens stout defense
Joe Flacco would throw for 28 yards and get benched for Ryan Mallett
That the Chicago Bears would beat the Steelers
The Giants would lose on a 61 yard field goal
Jay Ajayi would only have 25 yards rushing against the Jets
Oh yeah, and THAT THE DAMN NEW YORK JETS WOULD WIN A GAME!!!
Ever since about 1:30 PM on Sunday, I’ve been trying not to throw up at the FULL tilt I was experiencing. Aside from a DeSean Jackson touchdown, my takes on start/sit was a complete dumpster fire! Even my buy/sells turned out to be wrong. Somehow, gotta shrug this off and move on to week 4 and PRAY it treats us all better. Let’s get into them Lemonsiders Fantasy Facts.
RB Frank Gore, Colts
After only having 34 attempts in the first two weeks, Gore comes out in Week 3 and has 25 attempts and scored a TD. Frank Gore is the Energizer battery that keeps on going and going. Every year fantasy owners try and count him out because of his age but Gore keeps on producing. It’s obvious the Colts trust Gore with the bulk of the carries and if they do, you should too.
9th player in @NFL history to record 3,000 career rushes?
Frank Gore on this TD run. pic.twitter.com/EgRc6pfGQd
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) September 24, 2017
WR Alshon Jeffrey, Eagles
Despite not having a 100 yard game yet this season, Alshon is still Wentz’s top target and shouldn’t be let go of just yet. Wentz is off to a hot start and the big games for Alshon are around the corner. Sit tight and don’t panic.
WR Brandon Marshall, Giants
After looking like a prime candidate for the toss out list in the first two weeks, Marshall bounced back with an 8 reception, 66 yard performance against the Eagles. The next two weeks the G-men face favorable passing defenses before heading into a rough slate. I’d hold for a few more games to see if this game was a sign of good things to come or if it was just a fluke.
Brandon Marshall pic.twitter.com/kIWhNFf7Tm
— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) September 19, 2017
HB Adrian Peterson, Saints
After 3 weeks, AP has 23 attempts for 77 yards and 0 TD’s. Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara seem to be the running backs to own for New Orleans. Not feeling too good about AP in this offense.
That sound you hear is the start of Adrian Peterson for Brandon Marshall trade rumors. https://t.co/YLFRGpKATL
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) September 19, 2017
HB Matt Forte, Jets
6,9,8. These are how many attempts he’s had in each of the first 3 games. On a bad offense AND in a running back by committee? In the words of Busta, “Get out, Get out, Get out of here!”
Matt Forte trying to get to the edge pic.twitter.com/mZfR684rck
— (pat) (@PLO1021) September 18, 2017
WR Zay Jones, Bills
The rookie WR out of East Carolina was a player I was interested in during the draft but seems like he’s better suited for Dynasty Leagues. Bills offense has been heavy on the run and Zay has only seen 10 targets in 3 games. He’s an interesting rookie for the future but as far as this year, doesn’t need to be on your rosters with this slow start.
WR Devin Funchess, Panthers
Last week I mentioned Funchess as a sleeper for this week and he didn’t exactly fully excel but he did show promise. Had 4 catches for 58 yards but did receive 10 targets. If Kelvin Benjamin injury keeps him sidelined, Funchess and McCaffrey will be the target leaders moving forward. Next week they face the Patriots who are giving up an average 341 passing yards and 2 TD’s.
Devin Funchess’ percentage of targets from the slot per #NextGenStats:
Weeks 1/2 in 2017: 44%
Hope that usage continues
— Matt Harmon (@MattHarmon_BYB) September 20, 2017
HB Duke Johnson, Jr. , Browns
On a team with no clear cut number one receiver, the passing back from Miami has filled the void as a receiver for the Browns. Coming off a game with 6 receptions and Isaiah Crowell only rushing the ball 12 times, Duke is a player I want on my rosters. A safe receiver and also serves as the handcuff to Crowell in case of injury.
Odell Beckham Jr. or Duke Johnson? pic.twitter.com/aY7Nw6wO2h
— Damon Kecman (@DownWithDamon) September 17, 2017
HB Damien Williams, Dolphins
If you’re in a league where you have a deep bench, this is someone I’d look to stash. After missing Week 1 due to Hurricane Irma, the Dolphins have to play 14 straight weeks. Jay Ajayi’s knees are worrisome and I’d like to have his backup on my bench just in case. If you got off to a 3-0 start in fantasy, this is a solid pickup on a deep bench.
On the hot seat: WR Terrell Pryor Sr, HB Darren Sproles
HB Marshawn Lynch, Raiders
I wrote about Beast Mode being drafted too high and 3 Weeks in, seems about right. He’s not the worse lead RB out there but not sure how high of a ceiling you’re expecting from him. The next 4 weeks Raiders face a brutal slate. He’s a “safe” RB but provides no upside an will only give you 10-15 points per week. Unless your other RB’s have high ceilings, I would try to sell Marshawn. You have to hope that he stays healthy ROS too. Not a gamble I want to take.
Be sure to check with us each week where will discuss not only start, bust alerts and sleepers for that particular week, but also who you should be adding to your roster and who you should be dropping. Until then, enjoy your week Lemon Heads!