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On the Rise, On the Fall – Week 3

Welcome to Week 3 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs – Drew Brees, Brian Westbrook, etc – and will keep to players whose performance was not as foreseeable. We are still early in the season, but now some players who were on the fall that we thought would rebound, may not be getting up anytime soon.

 

On the Rise

 

Brian Griese, QB, Buccaneers:

Maybe not from a fantasy perspective besides a bye week filler, but for real football purposes, Griese’s stock is on the rise.

Tampa

Bay is 2-0 with Griese at the helm and the Bucs won’t be rushing back Garcia anytime soon. Griese threw for over 400 yards in

Tampa’s comeback victory over

Chicago. If something can get going in the passing game, it will also benefit Earnest Graham in the ground game.

 

Ronnie Brown, RB, Dolphins

: Obvious, yes, but great news for Brown owners on Sunday. Despite his multiple (five) touchdown day, more importantly he looked better running and cutting, and the Dolphins used him in different packages, which shows that they will make him the feature part of their offense. Let’s not get carried away with one game, but if you were able to nab Brown late, he could prove to be a secret weapon for your team, especially during the upcoming bye weeks. On that note, his bye is this week. So, for the majority of you that had him on your bench last week, keep him there.

 

Matt Forte, RB, Bears

: Forte has been a pleasant surprise early as the primary ball carrier for the Bears. He has received at least 23 carries and totaled over 100 yards in all three games. Despite the Bears being 1-2, their offense doesn’t look as bad as it was predicted to be in the offseason. Fantasy owners can only hope this rookie keeps up this consistent production until the end of the season.

 

The

Buffalo Bills

: Believe in them yet? Like I said in Week 1 regarding their D/ST, the forgotten team in the AFC East has quietly slipped ahead of the Brady-less Pats and Brett’s Jets.

 

On the Fall

 

Santonio Holmes, WR, Steelers:

I’m the least concerned of the three WR’s “on the fall” with Holmes, but am more concerned with Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder. Holmes is the deep threat, and it could be affecting the long ball for

Roethlisberger. It wasn’t easy on Sunday either as the Eagles racked up nine sacks against the Steelers.

 

Roy Williams, WR, Lions

: Calvin Johnson has emerged in

Detroit, and Roy Williams has slowing been fading since catching a TD in Week 1. With Jon Kitna’s injury on Sunday, it could be even worse news for Williams’ owners. He still has the talent, but is not producing.

 

Torry Holt, WR, Rams

: Will it ever get better for Holt? I still believe in

Steven Jackson as their schedule lightens up, but I fear the double teams for Holt. Eleven catches for 122 yards and a gift TD are the numbers for Torry in three games. Be worried if you were not already.

New York

Jets

: After they squeaked out a Week 1 win in

Miami, the Jets have gone downhill fast after losing to New England and

San Diego. Granted they were against more talented teams, but the way they lost these games was what stood out. Not to mention, the Dolphins beating the Pats in Foxboro didn’t bold well for the Jets’ stock. They can turn it around with a win against the Cards at home, but that game looked easier on paper about four weeks ago.

That’s all for this week’s edition. If you have any questions or comments, e-mail me at

pags2122@yahoo.com. Thanks for all of your e-mails so far!

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