Fantasy Feedback: Week 3

  • He’s not yet a high-yardage play, but Dane Sanzenbacher is becoming Jay Cutler’s favorite target amongst receivers. Last week, he was first among Bears receivers with three catches. This week, he has four so far. It’s not enough to make him a consistent start, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. - MG
  • Proving you never can tell from week-to-week, Ryan Grant has been resurgent today, rushing for 85 yards on 10 carries. James Starks has struggled with 12 yards on nine carries. - MG
  • Michael Turner has been a non-factor in the first half, carrying just seven times for nine yards. That has mirrored the Falcons’ offensive struggle as a whole. - MG
  • Lost amid all the (well-deserved) Torrey Smith hoopla, Ray Rice has put together a solid first half with 77 rushing yards and another 25 receiving yards. - MG
  • Adam Schefter reported that Kenny Britt may have torm his ACL and MCL, but he will undergo an MRI on Monday. Nate Washington suddenly becomes a very valuable pickup for Britt owners. - MG
  • It has been a rough first half for Philip Rivers. The 12-for-19 isn’t terrible. But the 92 yards and 2 INTs are. - MG
  • LaDainian Tomlinson is continuing his mastery of the Raiders. Early on, LT has two catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. - MG
  • Torrey Smith, playing in place of the injured Lee Evans, is off to a roaring start with two catches, 115 yards and two touchdowns. - MG
  • Nate Washington played a big role in the absence of Kenny Britt. Washington had eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown and could be a good replacement if Britt is out for an extended period of time. - MG
  • Without Mario Manningham, the Giants found a new receiving threat with Victor Cruz making three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. With Big Blue facing off against the Arizona Cardinals next week, Cruz could be a quality pickup — depending on Manningham’s status. - MG
  • The Dolphins are still looking for their first win, but they’ve likely found their starting running back. Daniel Thomas carried the ball 23 times for 95 yards while Reggie Bush had 11 carries for 24 yards. The idea that Bush can be a feature back is officially dead.  – MG
  • Frank Gore’s value is dropping by the week. After today’s 17 carry, 42 yard performance, he has a grand total of 148 rushing yards this season. As much as San Francisco’s offense is struggling (they had a tough time putting up 13 points against the Bengals!), it may be time to downgrade him to a flex player at best. - MG
  • The shaky Eagles offensive line is already taking its toll on Michael Vick. He left the game with a broken right hand. It’s his non-throwing hand, so stay tuned for his long-term status. But it just reinforces the idea that Vick is a constant injury risk. - MG
  • Tom Brady is human. After a fantastic first half, he’s come back to throw four interceptions. He still has 386 yards and four touchdowns, so it’s not a total loss for fantasy owners. - MG
  • The struggles continue for Chris Johnson. After one half, he has eight yards on seven carries. - MG
  • It’s a great start for Matt Schaub, who’s thrown for 223 yards and a touchdown. Add to it Ben Tate’s quality first half (11 rush, 59 yards) and Arian Foster isn’t as integral to the Texans offense as we may have thought in the preseason. - MG
  • Rob Gronkowski is officially at must start status! Midway through the second quarter, he has five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns. Forget tight ends, he’s becoming a top ten fantasy receiver. Period. - MG
  • Darren Sproles is vying to be more than just a third-down back in New Orleans. He has 35 yards on two carries, including a 30-yard touchdown. - MG
  • It’s getting harder for the Dolphins to justify their running back time share. Daniel Thomas  has five carries for 17 yards while Reggie Bush has four carries for three yards and a fumble. - MG
  • No one told Eli Manning that the Eagles’ secondary is supposed to be good. He already has a pair of touchdown passes — a 40-yard connection to Brandon Jacobs and a 74-yard catch and run by Victor Cruz. - MG
  • It’s apparent that the Vikings are going to roll with Adrian Peterson until Donovan McNabb can get going. AP has started the day with 64 yards on seven carries. - MG
  • Tom Brady update: 8-for-9, 105 yards, 2 TD — the latest to Rob Gronkowski. That’s bad news for Fred Jackson owners if this keeps up and the Bills are forced to throw the ball. - MG
  • Here we go again. Tom Brady starts the day 5-for-5 for 75 yards and a touchdown pass to Wes Welker. Could it be a third straight 400+ yard game? Stay tuned. - MG
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