Fantasy Season Review: Week 3
By week 3, everything was clear. The Cowboys and Patriots were unstoppable forces. Gardner Minshew was on his way to being Rookie of the Year, the Dolphins really were “tanking for Tua” and the Browns might not be for real after all. At least the last one was true.
Russell Wilson had a huge week even as the Seahawks fell to the Teddy Bridgwater led Saints, throwing for 400 yards and two touchdowns and running for 51 yards and two more touchdowns. Despite Wilson’s heroics and a monster outing for Tyler Lockett (11/154/1) the Saints took the win despite producing significantly less offense. Alvin Kamara was their star turn with over 150 yards from scrimmage.
Chris Carson had his owners in major panic mode as he fumbled for the 4th time in the first three weeks. Fortunately, Pete Carroll refused to panic and stuck with Carson throughout the season.
As everyone predicted going into week 3, The Giants and the Bucs produced a fantasy gold mine. Mike Evans returned to form picking up 45 points in PPR leagues with 8 catches, 190 yards and 3 touchdowns. Evans performance helped Jameis Winston to a stellar day as well, but the Florida State alum was overshadowed by Giants debutant Daniel Jones who threw for 336 yards and 2 touchdowns whilst adding a further 28 yards and a score on the ground.
The bad news from Tampa came in the form of an injury to Saquon Barkley. A high ankle sprain would see the Giants star back miss the next three games and have a lasting impact on his performance for much of the rest of the season.
With Cam Newton out injured there were major questions over whether the Carolina offense would move at all. It turned out that the concerns were misplaced. Helped by a big rushing day from Christian McCaffrey, back-up QB Kyle Allen threw 4 touchdown passes as Panthers routed a moribund Arizona Cardinals.
The Packers moved to 3-0, sending the Broncos in the opposite direction with a 27-16 win at Lambeau Field. A 6 catch, 99 yard and one touchdown performance from MVS suggested that the team may finally have a 2nd option at receiver but the big fantasy concern was Aaron Jones, who despite rushing for two scores found himself relegated to 2nd fiddle behind Jamal Williams and ended with only 11 touches for 23 yards.
The confusion in the Broncos offense continued but Philip Lindsay did manage a strong outing with 87 yards and two touchdowns along with 4 catches for 49 yards.
The Cowboys crushed the dreadful Dolphins 31-6. They ran all over Miami, but while Zeke had a strong outing with 125 yards, Tony Pollard snatched the teams only rushing score limiting his fantasy impact. Amari Cooper was the big fantasy performer with 6 for 88 and two touchdowns. There’s little to say about the Dolphins other than some early flashes of Preston Williams and Devante Parker hinted at things to come.
The Vikings rolled over The Raiders with their impressive rushing attack producing over 200 yards. Dalvin Cook continued his impressive start to the season with 110 yards on the ground and 4 catches for 33 yards. He also scored one of the teams three rushing touchdowns, although owners were probably a little frustrated that the other two came from Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen. On the Raiders side Darren Waller continued his monster PPR form with 13 catches for 134 yards.
In Kansas City the Ravens suffered their first defeat as the Chiefs moved to 3-0. Lamar Jackson again showed how many paths he could take to fantasy relevance with an average day passing (267 yards/0 TDs) being supplemented by 8 carries for 46 yards and a score. On the Chiefs side Jackson’s counterpart, Patrick Mahomes had a very big day, clocking up 374 passing yards and 3 touchdowns – looking back it’s easy to forget that pre injuries this season’s Mahomes looked every bit the MVP winner from last season. With Tyreek Hill out it was the week for rookie Mecole Hardman to stand-up in relief with 97 yards and a touchdown; last week’s hero Demarcus Robinson had a more modest 3 catches for 34 and a touchdown.
The Patriots easily brushed aside Luke Falk and the Jets with their defense continuing to rack up big points total. 5 sacks and an interception helped re-emphasize their impressive start to the season.
In Philadelphia the Eagles lost their second game on the bounce despite a big day for rookie running back Miles Sanders. Sanders has 126 yards from scrimmage including 73 yards on just 2 catches. It was the first hint of the explosion we’d see towards the end of the season. The Lions held on to win at the end with their fantasy production reduced by a 100 yard kick off return by Jamal Agnew. They struggled to run the ball with one explosive 44 yard rush by J.D. McKissic contributing more yards than their other 27 attempts combined. They did get a good day out of Marvin Jones who caught 6 balls for 101 yards and touchdown.