Over the last two weeks, Carson Palmer has only completed 50 percent of his passes to the WR positions (31 for 62 for 425 yards and three TDs). His lack of success is partly due to regression on the offensive line (9 sacks). The Cardinals have 10 TDs and three FGs on their 36 possessions in 2016.
The Ravens remain stagnant on offense despite being 3-0. They’re gaining 3.3 yards per rush and only 6.6 yards per pass attempts. Baltimore only has four TDs on their 35 possessions this year.
Tyrod Taylor now has two games with fewer than 125 yards passing with no upside in sight with his best wide receiver battling his foot issue. The WR position remains a mess in Buffalo. Robert Woods was the top dog in Week 3 (6/51 on eight targets).
For the second time in three games, Cam Newton spent most of the game throwing off his back foot or on the ground. The Panthers’ offensive line allowed eight sacks (12 on the year). Kelvin Benjamin posted the great equalizer game (no catches on what appears to be no targets). Carolina’s pass defense has survived so far without Josh Norman. Opposing WRs have only caught 27 of 52 passes (51.9 percent) for 296 yards and a TD.
The Bears’ defense has been on the field for 35+ minutes in each game this year leading to nine TDs and six FGs on 35 possessions. With Jeremy Langford out with what looks like a severe ankle injury, Josh Howard looked to be in line for a high volume opportunity. So far in 2016, Josh is gaining 5.6 yards per rush and 9.3 yards per catch compared to 3.7 and 5.4 by Langford. It’s time to get on board as Howard had two straight favorable matchups (vs. DET and at IND). It’s his job to lose.
Jeremy Hill gave Fantasy owners a smack to the face after being benched in just about every Fantasy format last week. Hill finished with 97 yards and two TDs on 17 carries. His game will have the most value when the Bengals play from the lead.
The Browns gave Miami all they could handle down in the swamp in F-LA. After three games, Cleveland is averaging 5.7 yards per rush with a rushing TD in each game. Terrelle Pryor looks like a Playa! He did it all last week (8/144 on 14 targets while rushing the ball five times for 21 yards and a TD). Pryor even chipped in with three completions on five attempts for 35 yards. Is he the next slash? His value will be interesting going forward.
The Boys have gained only four yards per rush in 2016, but they have seven rushing TDs. Their great offensive line did suffer a couple of injuries (La’el Collins – foot and Tyron Smith – back). Dak Prescott still hasn’t thrown an Ints in 99 attempts with a solid completion rate (66.7). Dallas has won the clock battle in each game this year (35:43, 32:51, and 35:19).
After three games, the great Broncos’ defense has allowed 4.7 yards per rush and four rushing TDs. They continue to shut down WRs (30/332/1 on 58 targets). Trevor Siemian could have been the key to the Million Dollars at DraftKings last week. He passed for a career-high 312 yards and four TDs. His success led to great games by his top two WRs (Thomas – 6/100/1 and Sanders – 9/117/2). I remember this Adkins character saying in Vegas that it was going to be a long year for Denver fans after they were being run over by the Panthers in the first half in Week 1. It’s amazing how much can change in football over a short period.
I need a surrender clause in the opinion of Marvin Jones in 2016. I thought he was going to have his best season of his career just based on the bump in chances. He’s turned into Calvin Johnson after three games (18/408/2 on 29 targets). After viewing one game with Theo Riddick as the lead back, it pretty obvious that he only belongs in the game on passing downs with an occasional carry on early downs. Detroit has allowed 5.1 yards per rush after three games, but no rushing TDs. Opposing teams have ten passing TDs already vs. the Lions.
Green Bay Packers
For one-half, the Aaron Rodgers, that we know and love, delivered four TDs and 174 yards. His game should be much better going forward and his top weapon (Jordy Nelson) looked to be back in top form (6/101/2). The game plan and matchup didn’t work out for Randall Cobb (1/33 on three targets). His game looks fine and he’ll have his moments in 2016. Don’t do anything stupid like benching him based on previous results. As long as he is healthy, Cobb is a rock-solid WR2 in PPR leagues.
The Dolphins RB situation looks like a mess with Arian Foster out. Kenyan Drake earned the start last week, and he looked OK early (9/37 with two catches for 11 yards), but Miami rotated Jay Ajayi (7/28/1) late. Damien Williams chipped in with four touches for 25 yards and a TD. Overall, the Dolphins’ backs had 99 combined yards with two TDs and five catches). This situation will be tough to time over the short term with the wise guys placing their bet on Drake as Miami's head coach drafted him.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. New York Jets
Tough day for the Chiefs’ defense on Sunday. They caught six of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 44 passes leading to two defensive scores plus a couple of fumble recoveries. On the bright side for the Jets, their offensive line didn’t allow a sack.
New York Giants
Over the last two games, Eli Manning threw for 718 yards with only one TD in two favorable matchups. The Giants lost Shane Vereen for the season with a triceps injury. Bobby Rainey should take over his role in the offense over the short term. Paul Perkins is the long term answer. Perkins will gain even more value if Rashad Jennings has any further injury issue. Orleans Darkwa should see the early down action if Jennings can’t play. Over the last two games, the Giants’ WRs have 35 catches for 558 yards and a TD on 48 targets.
The Raiders are averaging 5.9 yards per rush in 2016 with five rushing TDs. These results should have led to great success by Latavius Murray, but Oakland continues to rotate in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. This situation will stay cloudy until a player or two has an injury.
The Eagles have dominated the time of possession in each game this season (39:20, 36:05, and 34:56) thanks to great play by Carson Wentz. Just like Prescott, Wentz hasn’t thrown an interception all year (102 attempts). Philadelphia has ten TDs and seven FGs on 34 possessions.
Many Fantasy owners will be kicking themselves for not drafting Jimmy Graham in 2016. He had his best game of his career in a Seahawks’ uniform (6/100/1). I expect him to be the number two passing option going forward behind Doug Baldwin. The window for upside has been cleared for Christine Michael with Thomas Rawls having a setback with his leg issue. Michael should have an excellent chance to be a top 10 RB going forward with no clear back on the roster ready to steal touches.