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What Did We Learn? – Week 3

As I watched
Russell Wilson

 single-handedly lose me two different fantasy leagues on Sunday night, I was reminded of the movie “Old School,” specifically, Will Ferrell. Following a botched school spirit performance, in which Ferrell’s character inadvertently sets himself on fire, he tells his comrades “We have to keep our composure!” all the while furiously swinging a folding chair into anything around him.

I have to keep my composure. I need to tell
Russell Wilson

 that this isn’t his fault. I need to let
Trent Richardson
know that he’s still my guy. I need to tell
David Wilson
that he’ll get over his case of the dropsies. I need to let
Stevan Ridley
know that brighter days are ahead. I have to keep my composure. I’m fine. I’m fine. Really.

This season has been so strange already. Studs falling well short of expectations,
sleepers coma patients coming up huge, and now injuries are playing a huge part in things.

If only I had a stud finder…

These stud quarterbacks left something to be desired this past week:

Tom Brady
– It’s probably not entirely his fault. After all, he’s playing with a coed touch football team out there. With the exception of
Julian Edelman

, I didn’t know who any of these guys were before June. You’re Tom Freaking Brady. Throw touchdowns.

Cam Newton
– His inconsistency is really frustrating. Sometimes, he’s throwing lasers around the place, and other times he looks confused and hesitant. This is not the guy you drafted in the first few rounds. Need him to show us something.

Colin Kaepernick
– Week 1 was a masterpiece. Week 2 was just a piece. Seattle’s defense was tuned up for that game, and it showed. Kaepernick looked rattled all night. His rushing was the only thing that made his fantasy night tolerable. He should be fine.

Robert Griffin III
– I don’t know if he’s scared or still hurt. Either way, he’s responsible for a Washington Redskins offense that hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in the first half this season. If he’s not going to run, get him out of your lineup.

Russell Wilson
– I targeted Wilson in a lot of drafts. Through two games, he’s thrown for 462 yards and two touchdowns. He gets Jacksonville this week, and Seattle desperately needs him to get on track to make a run. And so do I.

These workhorse backs are struggling early and need to right the ship:

Trent Richardson

I touted Richardson as a guy capable of carrying a fantasy team. I envisioned big things with Norv Turner calling the plays. Instead, he has run the ball 31 times for 105 yards, no touchdowns. The good news is he’s faced two stout run defenses in Miami and Baltimore. (Just threw remote.)

Stevan Ridley

Ridley has stumbled out of the blocks, struggling to find running room and putting the ball on the ground. He’s faced the Bills’ and Jets’ stingy run defenses, and he gets another this week with Tampa Bay. I’ll bench him this week if I have decent alternatives.

David Wilson
– Twist the knife. Wilson has been brutal. He had so much potential going into the year, and now he’s splitting time with
Brandon Jacobs

, fresh off the trash heap, and this Da’Rel Scott thing. What the …? WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR COMPOSURE!!!

Frank Gore
– Gore has struggled this season, as the San Francisco 49ers have run fewer read options in an effort to keep
Colin Kaepernick
healthy. Through two games, Gore has 30 rushes for 60 yards, and a score. Look for him to rebound in the near future.

DeMarco Murray
– Murray had a decent debut against the New York Giants, but struggled against Kansas City. The Cowboys want to sling it around the yard, and Murray is an injury risk. I would sell him after his first/next nice game.

I’m just glad they didn’t pull the plug …

There have been a handful of guys that have come out of nowhere to reclaim fantasy relevance. Normally, I’d call them sleepers, but they were in such a deep slumber that I’m calling them coma patients.

Philip Rivers
– Rivers has thrown for 614 yards, seven touchdowns and just one interception. If he’s going to play like this in Mike McCoy’s offense, he can add value. I still think it’ll be short-lived, especially considering what’s around him, but still.

Knowshon Moreno
– He probably doesn’t belong on this list, but his late season heroics last year, combined with his play on Sunday, have vaulted him back into the good graces of fantasy owners. He’s the guy you want in that backfield for the foreseeable future, and his pass blocking will keep Peyton upright.

James Starks
– An
Eddie Lacy
concussion provided Starks the opportunity to become Green Bay’s first 100-plus yard rusher in 45 games. He’ll be a top pickup this week, but the jury’s still out on Lacy’s status and how a split would work once he returns.

Eddie Royal
– No one has been a bigger beneficiary of
Philip Rivers

’ resurgence than Royal. Through two weeks, he now has 10 catches for just 114 yards, but half of his receptions have gone for touchdowns. Impressive? Yes. Sustainable? No.


Week 2 saw a lot of big hits and big names going down with injuries:

Ray Rice
– Rice hurt his left hip late in the game on Sunday. Coach John Harbaugh indicated that he may be a game time decision this week. It’s a 1 p.m. game, so you should know early enough to adjust your lineup, but be prepared to go without him.

Steven Jackson
– Jackson injured himself stretching for a touchdown in the first quarter. His owners are certainly happy he gave them something before exiting, but the Falcons have declined to update his status. Plan on him being out or limited.

Maurice Jones-Drew
– The Jaguars say Jones-Drew has a tendon sprain in his ankle. While that’s really vague, keep in mind that Jacksonville travels to Seattle this week, so he’s probably not a great play anyway.

Andre Johnson
– Johnson left in the fourth quarter after sustaining a concussion. Reports from Houston indicate that the concussion was not severe and that he’s expected to suit up this week in Baltimore. Monitor his status going forward.

Eddie Lacy
– Lacy suffered what looked like a brutal concussion on his first carry Sunday. There won’t be an update on his status before Wednesday. With
James Starks
running well in relief, the Packers would be wise to sit him heading into their Week 4 bye.

Sigh … keep your composure.

Good luck in Week 3.

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