NFL fantasy feedback: Week 3

» If you’re a fantasy owner who has Carson Palmer on their roster, don’t watch his actual peformance. Just look at the numbers. To watch him, it’s constantly an uneven performance, but by fantasy standards, he’s pretty steady. Palmer just threw his third touchdown pass of the day. Even though he only has 144 passing yards, his fantasy stats are pretty respectable.

» For every game like Philip Rivers had in Week 2, there are games like he had today. A lot of it had to do with the Falcons defense, but the fact remains, his 173 yards and two interceptions didn’t help anyone who started him this week. Games like that are the reason people were scared away from Rivers on draft day. He should bounce back next week against the Chiefs.

» LeSean McCoy is etching his name on the list of fantasy disappointments in 2012. Through 2 1/2 games, he has just one touchdown and has yet to score more than 12.90 points in any given week. Sure, it’s better than Chris Johnson’s production, but you should expect more from a guy projected to be a top three fantasy RB.

» In case you weren’t a believer before, the Cardinals defense is for real. They’ve punished Michael Vick and the Eagles in the first half, forcing a couple of turnovers and scoring a touchdown. They have a favorable schedule and play in a division loaded with flawed offenses. They deserve to be owned in all leagues.

» The Steelers running game remains a mess. Isaac Redman has run for a team-high 10 yards (on three carries) while Ben RoethlisbergerBaron BatchJonathan Dwyer and Mike Wallace all have rushing attempts. At this rate, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jerome Bettis get a few attempts.

» After a good first half, Reggie Bush left the game with an undisclosed leg injury. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, since Bush has become a quality fantasy running back in recent weeks.

» While the fantasy football world officially gives up on Chris Johnson, plenty of owners had their faith in Jamaal Charles renewed with an enormous day that included 288 total yards (233 rushing) and a touchdown. Let’s hope this is the start of something good.

» New rule: Start any receivers you have going against the Redskins defense.

» Fred Davis finally produced for fantasy owners, catching seven passes for 90 yards. The problem is that RG3 doesn’t look for his tight end very often, so this week’s performance could be something of an outlier in his overall season.

» Today was an example of why the Lions like Mikel Leshoure. He posted 134 yards of total offense (100 yards rushing) and a touchdown. That’s the end of Kevin Smith’s value.

»  T.Y. Hilton had a nice day with four catches for 113 yards and a TD. It’s been hard to determine who Andrew Luck’s second option is this season. At one point, it appeared to be Donnie Avery, but he was limited to just 28 yards today. Reggie Wayne is undoubtedly the No. 1 in Indy, but as for who’s behind him? Stay tuned…

» Apparently Bills running backs are interchangeable. Fred Jackson goes down and C.J. Spiller steps in. Spiller goes down today and Tashard Choice fills in to run for 91 yards. Don’t get too excited, though. There’s a good chance that Jackson will be back at practice this week, meaning Choice may not have much of a shelf life.

» Climb aboard the Trent Richardson roller coaster. He was almost non-existent in Week 1. Bounced back huge in Week 2. Now in Week 3, he’s held to 51 yards of total offense. His rushing touchdown made his numbers a little more bearable, but it looks like consistency will be the watch word for Mr. Richardson.

» The Jay Cutler-Brandon Marshall isn’t working out as well as we might have hoped. It was another disappointing day for Cutler, who finished with 183 yards and an INT. Marshall had five grabs for 71 yards, but the duo still have only hooked up for one touchdown this season. Next week’s game with the the Cowboys isn’t all that encouraging, either.

» All in all, it turned out to be a pretty good day for Adrian Peterson. He picked up 86 rushing yards and another 21 yards receiving. He didn’t get into the end zone, but it was better day than most people would have expected against the Niners defense.

» It’s been a downright ugly day for Tony Romo. He’s been held under 200 passing yards with no touchdowns, has thrown an interception and has lost a fumble. He’ll need an Eli Manning-like fourth quarter to salvage anything from this day.

» Vincent Jackson is being Vincent Jackson again. The big Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver doesn’t have a catch yet today. It’s typical for a guy who will show up big one week then be invisible the next.

» One week after coming up huge, Danny Amendola has been invisible in the first half this week with one catch for 10 yards. Then again, the Rams offense as a whole has been pretty putrid. Sam Bradford is the team’s leading rusher with two carries for 14 yards.

» It’s been a pretty awful first half for the Redskins offense. Robert Griffin III has thrown for just 37 yards and lost a fumble. After a quick start, Alfred Morris has just 27 rushing yards on six carries. With the ‘Skins down big, the running game may go out the window in the second half.

» This looked like the week Donald Brown could have been a sleeper. He’ll need to pick it up. So far he has just two carries for five yards. Meanwhile Andrew Luck has two carries for 32 yards.

» It seems that Christian Ponder has the key to unlocking the 49ers defense. He’s thrown for 110 yards and a score and just added a 23-yard touchdown run. I’m not sure what he’s doing, but it’s obviously working.

» It’s looking like another good week in the making for Reggie Bush. He has 50 yards on just six carries. It would be an even better start if Daniel Thomas hadn’t vultured a one-yard touchdown run.

» C.J. Spiller was helped off the field with what appeared to be a shoulder injury. If he doesn’t return, Tashard Choice is the next man in line for the Bills.

» Maurice Jones-Drew is looking like the old Pocket Hercules early on. Five carries for 28 yards and a catch for 11 yards.

» The Year of the Hybrid continues in New Orleans. Darren Sproles has one run for 47 yards while Dexter McCluster took his first reception for a 20-yard gain. There could be plenty more where that came from today.

» St. Louis Rams RB Steven Jackson is good to go today, so start him as needed.

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