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Week 3: Limping into the Next Match-up

Welcome to week 3 of the Brew Crew Corner. We’ve had two weeks of games and already the injuries are starting to mount up. Last year the rate of injuries were 3.7 per NFL team and had reached 63% overall. To put that into a fantasy perspective, it would be similar to having a 15 man roster and losing 9 of those players over the course of a season. This season there are a number of good players that are already out for the season or are injured. Jamaal Charles was lost for the season, Michael Vick left with a concussion and Arian Foster reaggravated his hamstring. The lists of injuries are long and there will be a number of people missing a significant amount of time. We haven’t even reached the bye weeks and already people are racing to the waiver wire.

In this situation you have to look at the positives and plan accordingly. Hopefully you had a chance to draft players like Ben Tate that could step in for an injured player and produce right away. There are players such as Denarius Moore and Eric Decker who went undrafted that can help your team until players such as Marcus Colston or steven Jackson return to the line-up.

Take the time to monitor the players that are dropped in your league. Some owners could become desperate and dump good players on the market. If you feel that a player dropped could come back later in the season to help you and you have the room on your bench to stash him then pick him up. Sometimes you can use a player that is doing well now to get an injured player really cheap. For instance you could use Devery Henderson in a trade for to get a Dez Bryant from an owner that has little depth  at the wide receiver position.

The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who came through for their team.

Miles Austin– 9 receptions 143 receiving yards 3 touchdowns. With Dez Bryant injured, Austin kept the Cowboys in the game by scoring three times against the 49ers.

Jeremy Maclin– 13 receptions 171 receiving yards 2 touchdowns. Maclin was targeted 15 times compared to just 3 for DeSean Jackson. It was the complete opposite from Week 1 when Jackson received 12 receptions compared to Maclin’s 3. The Eagles passing game could be inconsistent from week to week.

Vincent Jackson– 10 receptions 172 receiving yards 2 touchdowns. Jackson redeemed himself after a quite week 1. Facing the Chiefs, Dolphins and Broncos before the week 6 bye could be a very productive stretch of games.

The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy player who you would like to, well you know.

Antonio Gates– 1 target, no stats. It’s hard when your top player struggles but it’s even worst when they fail to get you any points. After a Week 1 where he was thrown to 13 times and recorded 74 yards on 8 catches, Gates lays a stinker in Week 2.

Mike Williams (TBB)- 1 reception for -4 yards. In Week 1 Williams was held to 50 yards but his stats were saved because of a touchdown. In week 2 he was shut down and posted negative yards. He’s got just 5 catches through 2 games.

Luke McCown– 6-for-19 for 59 passing yards 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Unless you play in a really deep league, you probably wouldn’t have started McCown but he’s on this list because it is the worst quarterback play this season. Jack Del Rio just about signed his walking papers by making this move. David Garrard would have been a more serviceable option and now they have no choice but to turn to Blaine Gabbert. Avoid Jacksonville’s passing situation for the rest of the season.


Good quarterback match-ups this week:

Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Patriots. I’m expecting this game to be filled with fireworks as this will be a good divisional game matchup. There will be a ton of passing in this game and Fitzpatrick is primed for a good outing. Fitzpatrick is currently the 8th rated fantasy quarterback in shark leagues averaging 22.5 fantasy points a game. He will be facing a Patriots team allowing 381 passing yards (31st) with 4 passing touchdowns.

Colt McCoy against the Dolphins. The Dolphins were torched for 522 yards and four touchdowns in week one by Tom Brady and then another 230 yards and 2 scores by the Texans last week. McCoy is averaging just 211 yards per game but has a chance to perform well in this game. Cleveland has played good pass defense which could help McCoy have good field position to start drives.

Sleeper Pick of the Week: Cam Newton– Everyone has seen what Newton has done for the first two weeks of the season. While some are skeptic that he is due to have a rookie bad game, you can’t deny that he does have a great matchup this week against a Jaguars team that is giving up 23 points a game. Most fantasy owners either have Newton out on the waiver wires or sitting on their bench. If your have an average starter or an injured quarterback such as Tony Romo, you might consider Newton as an option.

Good running back match-ups this week:

Ray Rice against the Rams. Rice did not have a great game rushing the ball as he ran for just 43 yards on 13 carries. He still produced by adding 53 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. This week I expect Rice to bounce back against a Rams team ranked last in rushing allowing 177.5 yards per game with a 5.1 average.

Chris Wells against the Seahawks. Wells was close to posting a 100+ yard game as he rushed for 90 yards in Week 1 and 93 yards last week. He has also reached the endzone in back to back games. The Seahawks defense is allowing 104.5 rushing yards per game and are tied for second in the league with 3 touchdowns allowed.

Sleeper Pick of the Week: Dexter McCluster– The Chiefs have started the year awful but they have enough talent to bounce back and play better. With Jamaal Charles out, McCluster is now a waiver wire option. The Chargers have not played well the first two weeks against the run allowing 125 rushing yards per game at a 5.0 average.

Bad quarterback match-ups this week:

Kyle Orton against the Titans. Orton played well without Brandon Lloyd but expect the Titans defense to check Eric Decker. Lloyd may play but the team is banged up on offense. The Titans defense has held teams to just 172 yards passing per game (3rd) and has given up just 1 touchdown. The Tim Tebow nation will grow stronger but if Tebow sees action in this game, I don’t expect him to play any better.

Matt Cassel against the Chargers. It has not been an easy season for the Chiefs and now they have to face the Charges in a divisional game with Jamaal Charles lost for the season. The team is staring 0-3 in the face and they will likely be playing from behind early. The Chargers have allowed 214 passing yards a game (15th) but will have opportunities to make plays on defense if the Chiefs offense continues to struggle.

Bad running back match-ups this week:

Jerious Norwood against the Ravens. Steven Jackson looks as if he will not be able to play and now Cadillac Williams is dealing with a hamstring injury. This puts Norwood in line for the starting job but last week he was held to just 8 yards on 3 carries. He will face a Ravens defense that held Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall in check and are giving up just 70 yards per game at a 3.1 average.

Felix Jones/ DeMarco Murray against the Redskins. Jones is dealing with a shoulder injury and may not play while Murray has just eight carries on the season. The Cowboys also have Tony Romo with injured ribs, Miles Austin with an injured hamstring and Dez Bryant with an injured thigh. That is a ton of injuries on the offensive side of the ball. The Redskins are riding high as they are 2-0 and have a chance to jump all over the Cowboys while they deal with injuries. Washington is allowing just 84 rushing yards a game.

Week 3: If you are dealing with injuries, try to add players where you can and try to get by until your players return. Don’t rush into any bad trades that will hurt you in the long run.
Good luck to everyone in week 3. Follow @BrewCrewCorner
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