It was another crazy week in the NFL and an equally crazy week for fantasy football. Just to reiterate that point, LeSean McCoy went nuts with a 100+ yards and 3 TDs and Tim Hightower (my pick last week) had a beautiful 80+ yard TD run that boosted his value. Meanwhile Michael Turner got injured (should be back for week 3), Ryan Mathews got injured (again, should be back for week 3), Reggie Bush went and broke his leg, and Kevin Faulk tore his ACL. Chris Johnson got stoned for 30 something yards meanwhile Adrian Peterson ran like a mad man and the Vikes still lost. Crazy.
Week 3 is the last week before the byes. A QB note, if you haven’t heard, Michael Vick is starting for the Eagles and is a must own, grab him if you can. OK back to the running back situation. There are some tasty matchups and a few nice sleepers.
In case you are wondering I did better in my ESPN leagues and Fanball
ESPN 6-5 with similar Fanball results.
Now for the guaranteed must play week 3 RB picks:
1) Chris Johnson – Obvious I know but there are people out there that trade for a guy who has one bad game. I’m not the biggest Johnson fan but the guy should light it up against the shaky New York Giants. Vince Young pretty much sucked last game and I’m sure the focus will be on the ground game. Just a hunch but I’m guessing 200+ total yards and 2 TDs.
2) Editor’s note (that’s me too)… *Take out Ryan Matthews in this paragraph and insert Mike Tolbert (and understand it makes no sense other than you need to sit Mathews and start Tolbert)* Ryan Mathews – Sigh. This is the third week I’ve picked him and he has been a major disappointment so far. But I’m telling you barring injury this guy should have a nice game against a so-so Seattle defense. The kid can’t catch a break but the word on the street is Mathews could have played if he was needed. That and the pent up frustration building in him makes me a believer. This is his break-out game.
3) Maurice Jones-Drew – I feel it necessary to place this guy on the keepers list because he has been less than spectacular this season. Heck even backup Rashard Jennings got better numbers in week 2. But MJD is the real deal and Philly can be run on (Jahvid Best). Garrard will definitely start due to the backup (whatever his name was) being out for the season. Garrard is a pretty steady quarterback and should establish a nice short passing game which should give MJD some room. And besides that MJD writes a weekly fantasy football article for SI! Got to stick with him.
4) Michael Turner – Another big name and high draft pick with very little production. He has yet to reach the end zone and was hurt in week 2. The Saints are up next but I like what I saw with Frank Gore lighting them up. I’m expecting similar numbers with one less TD. The Saints are going to be tired and Turner will be hammering the rock. Should be a good game for him.
5) Tim Hightower – This guy was my sleeper last week and this week he gets a bump to keepers because the week 2 numbers will repeat themselves again for week 3. The Cardinals are sucking right now and Anderson is Anderson so I expect Hightower to get most of the carries (Beanie Wells looks like a no-go again). What I like about Hightower is his chance to be a major part of the reception game. My guess is about the same numbers last week with 2 TDs (115 yards).
1) Fred Taylor – Kevin Faulk is done for the season and Maroney is in Denver. I’m looking for the 34 year old back to put up some decent numbers against a ghastly Buffalo run defense. Bill Belicheck trusts Taylor and Taylor is exactly the kind of back the Pats need. I’m predicting over a 100 yards and a score plus a few receptions.
2) Jonathan Stewart – He’s been a major bust so far this season but the QB situation has changed and I think the run will be more heavily leaned on than in other games. DeAngelo will get his and then Stewart will break off a big one like Tim Hightower did in week 2 to tell us he’s still here and he’s still got the moves. I’m saying 100 + yards on 10 carries. That’s right.
3) Darren McFadden – A sleeper or a keeper? Tough call but McFadden has been a bust for so long that I almost don’t trust him. Bush may or may not come back but the damage is done. Oakland will start McFadden for week 3 and Bush will back up. Just like Oakland sucks, so does Arizona. The QB situation is a mess right now and the run should be more favored than the passing attack.
4) LaDainian Tomlinson – Again for the record, the Jets can suck it. However, LT is still the best player on the Jets’ offense and he is still a sleeper because no one believes. His YPC is something above 6 right now and he is the RB1 in my mind. Yes the Miami D is good but I think we see some old time magic from LT.
5) Pierre Thomas – A big name sleeper but a sleeper none the less. Thomas’ workload is sure to increase due to Bush’s injury. This guy was getting drafted late 2nd round – late fourth round. He will be a top ten back after this game (if not already). Trade for him if you can.
So there we have it folks an abbreviated list (still 10 picks) due to me studying for my Security + exam on Friday. I’ll still have the WR picks out tomorrow. Feel free to visit www.babybluemonkey.com. Leave me a comment or just say hi. Good luck for week 3 and we’ll have the picks down to a science bye (pun) next week. Another 1000 words in the book!