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Week 3: Climate Control

One of the more unexpected trends in this early season has nothing to do with team or player performance, but rather Mother Nature.  To begin the 2013 season, the Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos endured a 34-minute delay.  Obviously, the holdup certainly did not impinge on
Peyton Manning

 and the Denver Broncos’ stellar debut. 

In Week 2, the contests between the New Orleans Saints versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Francisco 49ers versus Seattle Seahawks both suffered delays. Although weather delays are not uncommon in the NFL, September is relatively early in the season to encounter three delays.  With one delay in Week 1, two in Week 2, would it be superstitious to predict three for this weekend? There are thunderstorms forecast in Tennessee, Miami, and New Jersey.  Beware!

Enough about the weather!  Let’s take a dive into the third week of the NFL season!


Turn back the clock a few years and you’d find
Philip Rivers deemed as a top five, and unquestionably, top ten quarterback.  Unfortunately, his lack of consistency including a rise in interceptions (especially in clutch situations) has hurt his fantasy value in the last two seasons. In fact, Rivers may even be available on the waiver wire in certain leagues.  Whether his hot start is merely a fluke or a legitimate rebound, he deserves consideration for Week 3.  Rivers may be a better play than other quarterbacks ranked ahead of him as he battles the Tennessee Titans, which were just ripped for 298 passing yards and three touchdowns by
Matt Schaub

. If you are beginning to second-guess starting
Robert Griffin III

Colin Kaepernick

, or even
Tom Brady

, at least think about
Philip Rivers

this week.

Week 3 Forecast: 325 passing yards and two touchdowns

Running Back

It is difficult to suggest starting any New York Jets player not named…wait a minute…. there truly is no New York Jets player generally worth starting this season!  In deeper or flex leagues,
Bilal Powell deserves a look.  He has received 25 carries this season including the goal line carries, while

Chris Ivory

 has rushed 22 times.  Powell also has contributed in the passing game with six receptions.  The Jets battle division rival Buffalo this weekend, who have allowed the third most rushing yards to opposing backs this season and were among the worst rush defenses in 2012. If your starting back is injured for Week 3 or you need to fill a Flex position, consider Powell!

Week 3 Forecast: 75 total yards and one touchdown

Wide Receiver

Veteran receiver
Eddie Royal has shown sparks of success in his career, but has rarely been a consistent fantasy option.  After catching two scores in Week 1 and three more in Week 2, he needs to be added in all leagues. Royal has big-play ability and is
Philip Rivers

’ prime target.  With Malcom Floyd sidelined with a neck sprain and a favorable matchup against Tennessee this weekend, start Royal as your third wide receiver or flex position. 

Week 3 Forecast: 90 receiving yards and one touchdown

Tight End

The Indianapolis Colts have split their tight end duties between
Coby Fleener
Dwayne Allen
over the last two seasons.  Due to this timeshare, neither Fleener nor Allen have been a consistent fantasy option. With the news that Allen will need season-ending hip surgery, start Fleener with confidence.  Fleener was targeted eight times for 69 receiving yards along with a touchdown last weekend, and nearly had a second score that was called back due to penalty. Fleener will battle the strong defense of San Francisco, but Luck will likely be throwing frequently in this game.

Week 3 Forecast: 65 total yards and one touchdown

Defense/Special Teams

Buffalo Bills’ defense has been very solid.  After defeating Carolina and nearly knocking off New England, Buffalo should pick up a win against the New York Jets this weekend.  New York has averaged 14 points in the first two weeks of the season and should not be a threat if you need to “plug and play” a defense this weekend.

Week 3 Forecast: 12 points.

Week 2 Results  (OUCH….)

Russell Wilson

Week 2 Forecast: 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 2 TD, INT
Week 2 Results: 142 passing yards, 33 rushing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT (Fail)

Running Back
Stevan Ridley

Week 2 Forecast: 100 total yards and 1 TD
Week 2 Results: 40 rushing yards (Fail!)

Wide Receiver
Harry Douglas

Week 2 Forecast: 80 receiving yards and 1 TD
Week 2 Results: 43 receiving yards (Fail)

Tight End
Brandon Pettigrew

Week 2 Forecast: 60 yards, TD
Week 2 Results: 32 receiving yards (Fail)

Defense/ST- Dallas Cowboys’ defense
Week 2 Forecast: 12 points
Week 2 Results: 11 points (Good Call)

Good luck in Week 3!

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