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Week 3: Worst 2 First

Detroit and Buffalo are undefeated. Buffalo has not seen playoff action since 1999, while Detroit’s last appearance was 2000.   Although it’s still too early in the season to project any of these teams to continue this level of success, it should be noted that a last place team from the previous season has made the playoffs for eight seasons in a row. Both teams have strong quarterback play along with a solid mix of youth and veteran talent, so only time will tell.   Also, one cannot forget both teams have annihilated the pitiful Kansas City Chiefs.

The “worst to first” potential Cinderella stories are only one of the many highlights from an action-packed Week 2.   Other key stories included Tony Romo’s miraculous win, Cam Newton’s second straight 400-plus yard performance, Jamaal Charles’ season-ending injury, and Michael Vick’s return to Atlanta ending with a loss and concussion.   Week 3 is merely hours away. Let’s take a dive and prepare for fantasy combat.

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick- “Fitzy” is certainly no stranger to the fantasy world since his appearance last season where he posted 23 touchdowns in 13 starts. In the first two weeks of this season, he is already showing that 2010 was not a fluke, but rather a glimpse of his potential.   Although New England is the favorite to defeat Buffalo in Week 3, the Pats’ secondary has also allowed the third most points to opposing quarterbacks. In Fitzpatrick’s starts against the Patriots season, he played well in the first start but struggled in the second.   Start him this weekend as he is posting elite quarterback numbers against the Pats.

Week 3 Projection: 225 passing yards and 2 touchdowns.

RB Ryan Mathews- After a disappointing rookie campaign plagued with injury and ball-security issues, Mathews seems to have turned the corner.   Many owners were reluctant to draft the second year running back due to fear that Mike Tolbert may take the bulk of carries. Mathews has received 12 carries each of the first two weeks, while also playing a key role in the passing game. Tolbert has been very involved as expected, but Mathews shined brighter in Week 2. With a home matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs who have scored the fewest points and allowed the most points thus far, Mathews’ matchup looks almost too good to be true. There will be plenty of scoring opportunities for both backs on Sunday.

 Week 3 Projection: 130 total yards and 1 touchdown.

WR David Nelson- Mr. Nelson was not on the fantasy radar before this season, but has certainly made a first impression in the first two weeks. The Buffalo receiver serves as Ryan Fitzpatrick’s second favorite target behind Stevie Johnson.   With 10 catches for 83 yards, a touchdown, and 13 total targets last weekend, Nelson is a great pickup.   His matchup against New England is surprisingly very favorable as the Pats have allowed more receiving yards to wide receivers than any other team.   Fitzgerald will be firing on all cylinders in this divisional matchup and Nelson will be on the receiving end….literally.

Week 3 Projection: 100 receiving yards

TE Zach Miller- It is hard to believe that Miller’s situation in Oakland was actually significantly better than his new home in Seattle. With Tarvaris Jackson at the reins, do not expect any “Gate-like” games out of Miller.   However, it is time for Miller to rebound, especially against Arizona who ranks second in yards allowed to opposing tight ends.

Week 3 Projection: 60 receiving yards and 1 touchdown.

Detroit Defense – It was not long ago that Detroit’s defense was the laughing stock of fantasy football.   Since defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham has taken command along with feared second-year defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, their defense is finally as ferocious as as an actual lion. Minnesota’s offense is certainly not potent enough to give Detroit’s D any goosebumps even with Adrian Peterson.   Although Donovan McNabb improved from Week 1 to Week 2, Detroit’s line will focus on controlling AP.    Go with Lions D for a great spot start.

Week 3 Projection- 10 points

Week 2 Results- Stinkin’ Cedric Benson!

 QB Cam Newton

Week 2 projection- 250 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Result- 432 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 int. (SUCCESS!)

RB Cedric Benson

Week 2 projection- 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns

Result- 59 rushing yards and 17 receiving yards (FAIL)

TE Owen Daniels

Week 2 projection- 75 receiving yards and a touchdown.

Result- 25 receiving yards and a touchdown (Partial Success)

WR Devery Henderson

Week 3 projection- 100 receiving yards and a touchdown

Result- 103 receiving yards and a touchdown (SUCCESS!)

Cleveland Browns Defense

Projected points- 12

Result- 7 points (Partial Success)

Week 3 is here.   Let’s pick up a “W” !

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