Week 3 is coming to an end and the ebb and flow of the fantasy season is in full effect. Just when you think you have it figured out, you don’t. That’s the nature of the beast and the reason we keep coming back for more even if in the same breath we wonder why we put ourselves through this. That’s the same thing the city of Cleveland said to themselves until they watched their Browns play pretty darn well for a team that was supposed to give up. The Browns are so inept they can’t even throw a season right. Speaking of inept, the Jets tried their best to give E.J. Manuel every chance to win the game by committing a team record 20 penalties in one of the uglier wins in recent memory. Remember when Colin Kaepernick was awesome? That was two weeks ago. He should probably just shave off the other eyebrow because he is not looking very good. The Seahawks looked great again and made sure everyone advanced in their survivor pool. In the end, Week 3 had a little something for everyone.
Brian Hoyer, QB CLE
The legend of Brian Hoyer finally comes to life.
Hoyer was always a name you heard during the off-season as a guy that scouts and general managers reportedly fawned over but no one ever loved him enough to give him a chance even though at one point Hoyer was waived three times in one year. Hoyer was a favorite of new Browns general manager Mike Lombardi so it should have came as no surprise that he was installed as the starter over Jason Campbell for Week 3. Hoyer led a team shell-shocked by the Trent Richardson trade into Minnesota and put up 321 yards and three touchdowns in his debut. The battle of Ohio looms next week so the competition will be stiffer but Hoyer should start to draw interest in two-QB leagues.
Johnathan Franklin, RB GBP
It took James Starks 24 career games to notch his first 100-yard game for the Packers. It took rookie Johnathan Franklin 13 carries in one half to reach that plateau. That should tell you all you need to know about James Starks and his short lived fantasy relevance for the 2013 season. I will say Starks looked quite spry against a much more difficult defense this week in the Bengals so I will give him his due there, but an injured knee at halftime cracked the door for the rookie from UCLA. Despite a back-breaking fumble, Franklin looked quick and elusive and has definitely made a case for more work going forward. Don’t go overboard however, as this backfield looks like it will be rightfully returned to Eddie Lacy next week assuming he’s over his concussion issue.
Jake Locker, QB TEN
Jake Locker had a career game Sunday, throwing for just under 300 yards and accounting for two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground. Locker showed off his impressive speed dashing through the Chargers defense for 68 yards. It was a performance every Titans fan wishes Locker would duplicate even though we all know that will not be the case. Locker’s performance was more about his opponent than it was his ability and the upcoming Titans’ schedule indicates you should look elsewhere for quarterback help.
Antonio Brown, WR PIT
The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Time and time again this adage rings true. Last week Antonio Brown and offensive coordinator Todd Haley had a heated argument or polite disagreement (depending on which report you choose to believe) over the lack of his offensive involvement. As such, the receptions came aplenty Sunday night as Brown reeled in nine receptions for 196 yards and two pretty touchdowns. The Steelers are not a very good team and it’s going to be up to Roethlisberger and Brown to get this team a few wins. Those in the shallowest of leagues take note: If Brown is available in your league, he won’t be much longer.
Donnie Avery, WR KCC
There is not going to be very many people clamoring to snag the third option in the Chiefs passing game even after he caught seven passes for 141 yards last Thursday. Owners won’t be looking for Avery because, well, he’s Donnie Avery, but also because Thursday night’s game seems like it was so long ago. I can see Avery maintaining some PPR value moving forward. Yes, Avery’s long speed is his main attribute and Alex Smith does not have the ability to take advantage of that but where Avery will excel in Andy Reid’s offense is in the short crossing routes that give Avery the chance for some major yards after the catch. That’s, of course, assuming the light bulb went on over Andy Reid’s head and he continues to exploit Avery’s matchups.