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THE LOWDOWN: Week 3

Welcome to The Lowdown for Week 3. This is my little corner of the fantasy football universe — feel free to pull up a chair and stay a while!

Keeping the Faith

Every season, I publish a column that predicts which RBs will have a down season… every year, many readers get their feathers ruffled when their RB is one of the guys I call out. People, people… I’m a scientist. It’s nothing personal; I go where the algorithms take me.

David Johnson is out for a long stretch after breaking his wrist in Week 1. Le’Veon Bell doesn’t seem quite like himself. DeMarco Murray has probably lost his starting job to Derrick Henry. Ezekiel Elliott… who knows? It’s a long season and it’s only Week 3, but it looks like The Curse is shaping up to hold true once again.

Although it’s never personal with me, you wouldn’t be mistaken if you thought you saw a smile on my face when I traded David Johnson for Carlos Hyde and a 1st-rounder in my 20-year Dynasty League. No, you wouldn’t be wrong at all.

Ready, Steady… Go?

Many of you have been sending emails demanding to see my in-season Consistency Rankings. While I appreciate the enthusiasm of my readers, you know what I’d appreciate even more? A little more thought on their part. Folks, it makes no sense to publish consistency rankings after one (or even) two weeks. Truth be told, even after three weeks it’s a bit dicey– but at least it’d be somewhat appropriate.

So look for the Consistency Rankings next week.

Unexpected Blessings

I’m watching theRams-49ers game as I write this, and I surprisingly am enjoying myself. Although not well-played, the game is exciting and fun. Looks like this Rams’ offense has some nice pieces (Todd Gurley and Sammy Watkins are looking pretty spry) but it’s obvious that they’ll only be as successful as Jared Goff‘s ability to be patient and avoid mistakes. The Rams look like they’ll be a fun team to watch this season.

Interesting Players for This Week

Not necessarily the players in line for the biggest games this week, but rather some players that caught my interest and upon whom I shall cast my gaze…

Quarterback

1. Alex Smith, KCC (vs. LAC) – 40.40
2. Deshaun Watson, HOU (vs. NEP) – 39.37
3. Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. Atl) – 38.62
4. Philip Rivers, LAC (vs. KCC) – 37.15
5. Tyrod Taylor, BUF (vs. Den) – 36.48
6. Jay Cutler, MIA (vs. NYJ) – 36.35
7. Derek Carr, OAK (vs. WAS) – 36.26
8. Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. NYG) – 35.56
9. Kirk Cousins, WAS (vs. OAK) – 34.68
10. Aaron Rodgers, GBP (vs. Cin) – 34.04

Some familiar names are missing from this list; then again, some of those familiar names either have tough match-ups or have simply not performed well thus far. Alex Smith has never gotten his proper due, but he’s been a pretty good QB for his entire career; now with some weapons around him, Smith has no excuses and there’s Super Bowl expectations in KC… Rookie Deshaun Watson may not have the numbers– yet– but he’s willing to make a big play or two using his legs, and the Patriots defense isn’t necessarily all that good… Part of the appeal of Philip Rivers is that it always seems as if he’s in a passing situation– he’s going to get plenty of chances to put up some big fantasy numbers, seeing as how the Chargers are always trailing heading into the fourth quarter.

About John Georgopoulos

John T. Georgopoulos is a 23-year veteran of fantasy sports journalism. John’s Fantasy Forecast series has won the prestigious Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) award for Best Series, and he’s been nominated as an FSWA Award finalist on nine occasions. You can also listen to his weekly, non-sports NSFW opinions at The Riot.