Week 4: Sit 'Em
Week 3 wrap-up:
Eli Manning actually surprised many fantasy owners in Week 3. In New York's rally against Philadelphia following Vick's hand injury, Manning went 16 for 23 with 254 yards and four TDs.
Cedric Benson was ineffective against San Francisco with 17 carries for 64 yards.
Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark were both busts in Week 3 against Pittsburgh. Wayne caught 3 passes for 24 yards and Clark was held to 2 receptions for 12 yards.
Reggie Bush has taken a back seat to Daniel Thomas; and his production in both the running and passing games was awful in Week 3. Bush posted a brutal 11 carries for 24 yards and a fumble loss with one reception for 12 yards.
Dwayne Bowe was a bright spot in Week 3 for Kansas City. Bowe grabbed 4 passes for 67 yards and a score.
Julio Jones had big week. He proved me wrong. Roddy White also came out of the gate steaming. Jones caught 6 passes for 155 yards, but did not score.
Tony Gonzalez scored again this week, but was held to only 2 receptions for 18 yards.
This week I think you should sit:
Frank Gore - Gore has not impressed yet this season despite being highly ranked going into each of the first three weeks of the season. Gore is now challenged with an ankle injury. I suspect Gore will not have a good week.
Cam Newton - Newton put up monster stats in Weeks 1 and 2, only to return to an average production in Week 3. I think the Chicago defense will limit Newton and his receivers this week.
Ben Tate - Pittsburgh is going to eat up the running lanes and limit passing. I think the Houston passing game will take the lead here though.
Steven Jackson - Jackson returned from his quadriceps injury in Week 3, but St. Louis abandoned the run early after they fell behind. Williams also stole carries. I think Washington will give the struggling St. Louis offense difficulties in Week 4.
DeSean Jackson - If Vick is out or limited, Jackson is pretty much ineffective.
Fred Davis - Chris Cooley appears to be back into the full swing of things. Davis takes a hit in terms of fantasy value with Cooley producing.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was ineffective in Week 3 against Buffalo and rookie Stevan Ridley appears to be edging Green-Ellis for carries.
Newton posted monster numbers in Weeks 1 and 2, but returned to mere normalcy in Week 3. Yes, the weather played a role in his low numbers, but I have a feeling that Newton will also be limited by Chicago in Week 4. Chicago (to date) has held Matt Ryan to one TD with an interception, Brees to 270 passing yards (but 3 TDs) and Rodgers to under 300 yards (3 TDs and 1 interception). Newton will have his chances and is rated fairly high on quarterback rankings this week, but I feel that he will be contained by the Chicago defense. I figure Newton will throw for 250 yards, 2 TDs and at least one, if not two interceptions. Newton is still an option you should consider at quarterback this week, but pick your starters carefully. Newton could flop again this week and there might be a better option on your bench.Injury Status: Injured Reserve
Gore is reported to have a sprained right ankle, but the team says they are preparing for Week 4 as if Gore will play. In my opinion (and the numbers support my feelings), Gore has been ineffective this season. He has rushed for no more than 59 yards in a single game and has scored only one touchdown. He also fumbled in Week 3. Gore's yards per carry average is 2.5 and this is by no means impressive to fantasy owners. Gore has the ability to be a fantasy stud and week after week he is high on many rankings, but until he begins to produce on a consistent basis, I find it very difficult to fit him into my line-up. If you have Gore on your roster, weigh your options this week. I would watch his injury status and even if he does take the field, be cautious of adding him to your line-up in Week 4 against Philadelphia.
Green-Ellis scored in Weeks 1 and 2, with decent yardage rushed in Week 2. However, in Week 3 he was a total bust and the rookie Ridley led the rushing game. Green-Ellis is a non-factor in the passing game and was even limited by Buffalo near the goal-line. I suspect that Oakland, another team riding high right now will limit the New England rushing game this week. Look for Brady to try and pick apart Oakland's defense with his precision passing (or if we look at last week, lack thereof). Anyway, Green-Ellis, despite his running back #1 listing, should be on your bench this week against Oakland. Stevan Ridley might be worth a look if he continues to get carries.
St. Louis is 0-3 and even with Jackson back in the line-up, he is losing carries to Williams. Jackson used to be a force to be reckoned with, but he is no longer a fantasy producer in my book. The quadriceps injury that Jackson is fighting back from seems to be lingering and interfering with his ability to perform up to standards. Reports say that Jackson will receive a greater workload against Washington this week, but I get hung up on Williams and the fact that Jackson has not played a role in the passing game. Jackson might be good for 65 rushing yards without a score this week. I think Williams will do better against Washington in Week 4.
Ben Tate admirably filled in for Arian Foster in Weeks 1-3 this season. Now it appears that Foster will return just in time to face Pittsburgh in Week 4. If Foster returns as the starter this week, Tate will be relegated to back-up duty. Tate is also bothered by what reports say is a sore ankle. I suggest watching Tate's injury status as well as reports on Foster's return to action. Either way, Pittsburgh may pose issues for the Houston rushing game in Week 4; if Foster starts, he will likely be productive. I am not sure about Tate at this stage.