Struggling teams find few opportunities in Week 3
Week 3 is upon us and there are a few teams struggling to keep fantasy owners interested. While that isn’t likely to change overnight, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Most fantasy owners need instant gratification. We need to see the catches, the yardage pile up, and our players to cross the stripe for six.
When you look at the teams below, It’s hard to imagine anything like that happening anytime soon. It will happen and someone will emerge that will ultimately help your team whether it be a match up during the bye week, or a fill in during an injury. Sometimes it takes having your teams best player hurt to see the other talent on the squad develop.
Kansas City Chiefs lose Jamaal Charles for the year.
The Kansas City Chiefs have looked downright awful in the first two weeks. Now that fantasy stud Jamaal Charles is on the shelf, the passing game will more than likely take center stage. Any replacement to Charles, whether it be Dexter McCluster, or Thomas Jones, more than likely won’t get the same load as the Chief’s offensive play callers had planned.
Dwayne Bowe is going to draw plenty of coverage. While Bowe should rise to fantasy relevance again, Steve Breaston and Jerheme Urban should benefit the most from the new plan. I have a hard time seeing either tight end, Leonard Pope, or Anthony Becht, getting more work. Look out for fullback Le’Ron McClain as he is the best short yardage player that the Chiefs have. He benefits most from Charles’ injury as his looks at the goal line increase. I’m not a buyer on anyone until I can see the offense click. I own Bowe in two leagues, but he has yet to find his way into my line up. Let’s see the offense move the ball first.
This week at San Diego look for the Chiefs to come out throwing. Dwayne Bowe will be involved early and often. San Diego has given up 112 points in the last two weeks to offensive players. Before you get too excited, 91 of those points came at the hands of Tom Brady and company. Kansas City is nowhere near as balanced as the machine that is The New England Patriots. I expect that Kicker Ryan Succop might be the best play this week followed by Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston, Thomas Jones, and Dexter McCluster in that order.
Seattle Seahawks lose guard Robert Gallery this week.
Seattle Seahawks were doormats last week to a Steeler team that just wasn’t having it. So far this year, Marshawn Lynch has not gotten it going on the ground. Owners in two leagues are dropping him looking for other skill players that can help. Call me crazy but if they can’t beat Arizona at home this week, they will drop five straight going into the bye week. I am not sure there is any upside here to speak of except for tight end- Zach Miller. They were planning more work in two tight end sets, but the loss of John Carlson really hurt the sea chickens. Sidney Rice‘s return this week will be much needed. Look for a WR emerging from the depth chart to make a splash by week #6. My money is on rookie Kris Durham. His 6-foot 6-inch frame is enough to cause mismatches. He reeled in 3 catches for 30 yards in the Week 2 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Others include Golden Tate, and Ben Obomanu, who both will see extensive work in multiple wide receiver sets. I still think Miller is the only Seahawk to own.
This week at home versus The Arizona Cardinals, expect to see the Hawks throw the ball more than they run. Short passes will be the main staple of the offense this week. Keep an eye on Mike Williams, Sidney Rice, Marshawn Lynch, and Justin Forsett in that order. The plays will be very quick hittters as the offensive line is like the swinging gate.
The loss of Gallery, who isn’t the best player on the roster, but who solidifies a very shaky offensive line is huge. This happens to be the key injury as Arizona will line up Darnell Docket all over the place to exploit this patch work offensive line. Look for Arizona to put massive pressure on Tavaris Jackson. This will result in a few turnovers and a handful of sacks unless they can get rid of the ball in half the time compared to last week. I’m glad I don’t own any Seahawks.
Indianapolis Colts lose Peyton Manning for at least half the season.
In Indianapolis, the loss of Peyton Manning is a reality. There are not enough balls to go around plain and simple. Joseph Addai has seen his carries decline as a result of drives stopping. Kerry Collins simply can’t read and react like Manning. The fantasy points are hit and miss the last two weeks with the constant being Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark.
Clark’s Touchdown last week was pure garbage time. The Colt’s seem to have the heir apparent to Addai in Delone Carter. He has been seen in short yardage but has done little to merit any consideration. He did have an 18 yard long rush last week against the Browns that showed his big play ability. At 5-foot-9 and 225 pounds, he looks a lot like Emmitt Smith. I wouldn’t jump just yet to get him but the writing is on the wall.
It’s gonna get worse before it gets any better. Until Collins can either produce or gets replaced by rookie Curtis Painter, expect names like Anthony Gonzalez, Austin Collie, and Pierre Garcon to be missing from lineups.
This week at home versus Pittsburgh, expect to see real clock management on both sides. The running game will account for huge time of possession numbers for the Steelers. I don’t think the Colts will fare so good in this one but I do expect to see Reggie Wayne or Dallas Clark to sneak into the end zone. I suspect Joseph Addai and Delone Carter will see double digit carries each with the slight edge going to Addai.
This one will be closer than most think but I do expect the Steeler’s run game to set up the deep pass to Mike Wallace at some point, add a splash of Heath Miller, and a heavy dose of the bulldozers. 0-3 here we come.
Saint Louis Rams lose Steven Jackson after the first rushing play from scrimmage in game one.
The St. Louis Rams have played just plain awful football last week. They gave six points away when Carnell Williams failed to run after a lateral pass, and Giant’s defender Michael Boley raced to the end zone for a touchdown. Another fumbled kick return resulted in another opportunity that the Giants capitalized on. Lance Kendricks made a fantastic catch and Danario Alexander has been the deep threat that the Rams thought he was.
Once the Rams figure out how not to give away games, It should be better for fantasy owners everywhere. Brandon Gibson still looks like the go to receiver but Mike Sims-Walker has been sneaking into the picture as of late.
If Alexander can stay healthy, he is the one to own but don’t discount Kendricks, Gibson, and Sims-Walker.
In The Edwards Jones Dome this week versus The Baltimore Ravens, expect the game to be won and lost in the trenches. Sam Bradford will have a fair game as they try to get the passing game working. This week monitor the situation with Steven Jackson, as he may play. He will not be close to 100 percent if he does. He merits extra men in the box which sets up a play action passing game that is Sam Bradford‘s strength. If the Rams don’t turn the ball over, I’d expect this one to be close. However, being a Ram fan I know we are capable of giving this one away too.
Don’t forget about the optimist in me. Danario Alexander, and Lance Kendricks, both play well in this one as does Sam Bradford. Perhaps the steady play is that of Kicker Josh Brown who will face a Baltimore Defense that gave up 13 points to Rob Bironas last week.
I know that all of these teams will struggle without their superstars. Let’s be very clear about this, I am not calling Robert Gallery a superstar. He is merely the only glue that holds a very pedestrian line together in Seattle. I love the Arizona Defense this week and they should be started without reservation.
Manning, Charles, and Jackson are superstars on the other hand. The only team that may have the depth to replace one would be the Chiefs. Thomas Jones is old man river but, he still has the tools to get the job done. Dexter McCluster has a very quick first step, good hands, and speed to get to the corner.
Seattle can’t fix the offensive line issue. It’s like a sinking ship. The absence of one of the league’s premier signal callers can’t be replaced with Kerry Collins. At some point, It will be time to get Curtis Painter acclimated to the speed of the pro game. I’m sorry but preseason mop up duty won’t prepare you for the exotic blitzes you’ll face as a signal caller. The Colts have no interest in Painter taking that kind of beating. I expect the Colts to win a few games without Manning but not this week. Enjoy watching the games this week and may we see some new talent emerge in place of one of the injured players.
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