As you are reading this, I am the only undefeated team in my keeper league. I am also one of only two undefeated teams in another work league that I partake in. 6-0 through two weeks, I say that is pretty good. Out of those six matchups, only one has been close. Other than that, I have used guys like Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Roddy White, and Antonio Gates (not all in the same league) to steamroll the competition. Next week, I am looking to keep my undefeated streaks alive and I will let you know how it goes.Week 3 Playback:
Man, what an addition Anquan Boldin has been for Joe Flacco and the Ravens’ offense. Boldin looks rejuvenated in Baltimore and is playing like a top wide out again. Against the Browns, Boldin caught eight balls for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Your opportunity to get him on the cheap has now come and gone my friend. In his first three games in purple and black, Boldin now has 20 receptions for 287 yards and the three scores he accumulated on Sunday. If someone offers you a deal you can’t refuse, take it, but I would keep him active in all lineups as a legit WR1.
I hope you started wide receiver Mike Wallace this past weekend. If you didn’t because you thought he would not start producing until Big Ben came back or because he had cornerback Aqib Talib covering him, then you missed out. The Mississippi speedster caught bombs of 41 and 46 yards and finished the day with 3 receptions for 100 yards and 2 touchdowns. Wallace is closing the gap between him and Hines Ward (3-34-1) for the No. 1 receiver spot and he is a very good WR3 with some nice upside once Rothlisberger comes back from suspension.
Can Todd Haley stop screwing around in Kansas City and give the ball to Jamaal Charles more? In the Chiefs’ 31-10 debacle over the 49ers, Charles had 12 carries for 97 yards and chipped in 3 catches for 57 yards. That is over 10 yards every time he touched the ball! I can’t thnk of a more electric back in the NFL besides Chris Johnson. Charles needs the ball in his hands more because he is such a threat every single time he touches it. If Jones goes down to injury, Charles immediately becomes a Top-5 back.
Really, Jahvid Best? A week after destroying the Eagles for over 200 total yards and 3 touchdowns, you score three points? I know he has turf toe, but Best finished the day against Minnesota with just 26 rushing yards and 13 receiving yards. That was huge blow for fantasy owners who were depending on some quality numbers. The rookie from Cal is questionable for this week’s matchup against the Packers. Even if he does play I would keep him on the bench this week.
Fantasy owners (myself included) had to seething when they saw that Steven Jackson left the game in the second quarter on Sunday. S-Jax was well on his way to having a great game and had 64 total yards and one score before he departed early with a groin injury. The Rams are saying that the injury is not serious, but his status for this week is unknown. Keeps tabs on your first round pick heading into this week’s matchup against Seattle.I would have thought you were crazy if you said…
• Peyton Hillis would bulldoze his way through the Ravens’ defense for 180 total yards and one score. Hillis looked like Mike Alstott in his prime out there against Ray Lewis and Co. and rewarded the few owners who took a chance on starting him. The starting job has been given to him and he gets the Bengals at home this week. Keep Hillis active going forward.
• Austin Collie would blow up like he did against the Broncos. With Champ Bailey shadowing Reggie Wayne, the Terminator looked for his trusty second-year slot guy from BYU often. Collie finished with 12 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. It certainly helps that he has Manning throwing the ball to him, but you can’t ignore what Collie has done. He leads the league in catches (27), yards (359), and touchdowns (4). He is a must start going forward and don’t be afraid to put him in over guys that you drafted early. Right now, he is out-producing everyone at his position.
• Kyle Orton would toss for 476 yards in a shootout against Manning and the Colts. Yes, they lost but Orton was brilliant and is now ranked No. 2 in the league with 1,078 passing yards. He is also completing over 66 percent of his passes and has four touchdowns through three games. For those of you who took Orton late in the draft as insurance, chances are that he is outperforming your starter. He does have a tough matchup this week vs. Tennessee, but it will be hard to sit him on the bench while he is playing this well.
• Michael Vick would do what he has done thus far. This guy is the early season fantasy MVP and has been dominate in his 10 quarters of football thus far. Vick has 750 passing yards and 170 rushing yards with seven total touchdowns and zero turnovers. He is playing like a superstar again and is definitely a QB1 from here on out.
• Roy E. Williams would be good again. It had to feel good for him to score those two touchdowns against the Texans. He probably looked over at Dez Bryant and said, ‘Try to take my job now, rook.’ Okay, well maybe he didn’t say that, but Williams had a much-needed great game. He finished with five receptions for 117 yards and two scores. He is definitely worth a pick up this week, but I would wait until he does this again because Williams and his inconsistencies have burned us all in the past.Go Get ‘Em:
QB Bruce Gradkowski (OAK)
QB Sam Bradford (STL)
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (NE)
RB LeGarrette Blount (TB)
RB John Kuhn (GB)
WR Brandon Lloyd (DEN)
WR Roy Williams (DAL)
WR Lance Moore (NO)
TE Dustin Keller (NYJ)
TE Greg Olsen (CHI)Just Dump ‘Em:
RB Michael Bush (OAK)
RB Brandon Jacobs (NYG)
RB Fred Jackson (BUF)
WR Devin Aromashodu (CHI)
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