Well we are back after the conclusion of week 3 of the NFL season. It has been quite a year. Plenty of surprises and the usual production from our studs. Since we are a little behind, I am going to catch everyone up on exactly what I have seen over the first 3 weeks. Some of this may be obvious, but you might not have expected all of it. So without further or do, let’s get right into man. Rapid Fire. (And just a reminder, this is all based off ESPN scoring)
Week 1’s QB attack was led by Andrew Luck and Drew Brees. Luck scored 35 standard league points while Brees had 30. Brees threw for 423 yards and 4 scores, but coughed up a fumble. The next tier of guys was Alex Smith, Matt Stafford, and Jameis Wisnton all putting up 25+. The Jags surpassingly held Aaron Rodgers to under 200 yards passing in a close game. Not what we would expect from a fresh Rodgers with all his weapons back, but he’ll be better next week, right? Garropolo got the job down filling in for Tom Brady and managed to pull off a win against the Cardinals in Arizona. Wow. Robert Griffin went down and has been put on the IR and will be out a minimum of 8 weeks. Rookies Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz held their own, but only Wentz came out with a victory. And finally, new Denver broncos Quarterback Trevor Siemian played well, and managed to defeat the NFC champion Carolina Panthers on opening night, even though the fantasy output was not great with a mere 9 points. That’s week 1.
Week 2 was led by a new group of guys at the top of the scoring list. No one managed to crack the 30-point mark, but Cam Newton was the top scorer with 29 and Matt Ryan followed him with 27. The next three up were Carson Palmer, Dereck Carr, and Phil Rivers with 24, 24, and 23 points. Our two leaders from last week dramatically dropped off. Luck went from his 35 to just 9 and Brees went from 30 to 14, in what was expected to be a shootout against the Giants. Jameis Wisnton also dropped off, putting up just 3 points. Jimmy Garropolo went down with an injury for the Patriots after starting the game off scorching hot, and was replaced by rookie Jacoby Brisset. Jay Cutler also went down with an injury and was replaced by Brian Hoyer for Chicago.
Week 3 kept the roller coaster ride moving. Out of nowhere, Trevor Siemain dropped a 28-point bomb to lead all quarterbacks. He was trailed by Aaron Rodgers, who’s 4 first half touchdown passes seemed to put him back in his groove, with 26 points. Matt Stafford also put up 26 and Brees and Winston each had 25. So we see a lot of the same names from week 1, who all seemed to have a down week in week 2, expect Luck who had a mediocre week 3 with just 13 points. Rookies shined in week 3 as well. Carson Wentz had a great game scoring 21 points, and leading the Eagles to a 3-0 start. Dak Prescott had it going against the Bears with 22 points and moving his Cowboys to 2-1. Bill Belichick did it again, starting Rookie Jacoby Brisset, who went on to score 14 points and lead the Pats to 3-0. You can say the Patriots know how to win. Russell Wilson suffered an apparent knee injury, and his status is still unknown looking ahead to week 4 and the Jeer of the week goes to Ryan Fitzapatrick for throwing 6 interceptions and scoring a whopping -3 points.
So that was the first 3 weeks in a nutshell, putting us where we are now. So let’s look at the overall picture for the season through 3 weeks.
Matt Ryan is the top fantasy quarterback with 70 points and Drew Brees is right behind him with 69. Mathew Stafford is third with 66 points and Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton round out the top five with 64 and 61 points. These names really aren’t all that surprising, but Matt Ryan at the top there is a nice surprise for anyone who drafted flex heavy and picked up Ryan in a later round. The question is now if he can do it for the rest of the season like these other guys have proven they can. The rookies have been surprisingly efficient, and I would say Russell Wilson has probably been the biggest bust at the position so far.
Looking ahead to week four, we see a big time fantasy matchup for Cam Newton playing at Atlanta. He is projected 20.4 points, but I will not be surprised in the least bit to see him put up more than that against the weak Atlanta defense that is second to last against the quarterback this year. We then might see a fantasy shootout in San Diego as Drew Brees in the Saint come to town to take on Philip Rivers and the Chargers. This as huge fantasy implication because we have two big time passing quarterbacks facing off, both with weak pass defenses. Should be fun. My sleeper for the week is Brian Hoyer against the last ranked Lions defense at home. He has the weapons to do it, and I won’t be surprised to see this one be quite the shootout as well.
It should be a fun weekend of football. My Giants, yes I am a Giants fan, get the bright lights of Monday night, so I certainty will not be available to chat Monday night. I hope you got a little taste of how this blog is going to work. I know I had to cram a lot in here because we had to catch up, but my following posts will be much more insightful and tuned in on the immediate week. I would like to do a few things each week like “Jeer of the week,” “Rookie spotlight.” “Stud of the week” “Sleeper of the week”. I can’t wait for this week’s action and to be able to break it down for you more in depth then I did this week.