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Fantasy Review: Week 3

James Morris hails from Rio Rancho, NM and has been playing fantasy sports for well over a decade. Not only does he write the Bengals fantasy section, but he also does the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers fantasy sections, as well as the Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz fantasy basketball sections in the NBA. Last season James finished with an 82 percent accuracy rating for fantasy predictions and will be here to answer any questions you may have about your specific team. Just send him an email and he will reply back the same day with your answer.


Ok, let's just get this out of the way right now; yes Brett Favre had a good game in Week 3, but even a blind squirrel will find a nut once in a while. We all know who Peyton Manning is, but who is Kevin Kolb and why is he throwing for 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns? Either way, let's talk some winners and losers from this weekend and see how I did with my picks.


Matt Schaub: When Schaub is healthy and in the game, the guy has a laser-guided missile for an arm. Add to that Kevin Walter being back and you have a recipe for fantasy success. Keep riding Schaub until the wheels fall off.

Brett Favre: I have the integrity to admit when I am wrong, and I was wrong on Favre this weekend. Now, take away a very lucky 32-yard pass at the end of that game and Favre ends with 265 yards and a single TD. It is still a solid game, but not anything more than QB2 stats.

Maurice Jones-Drew: I told you to play him, so hopefully you listened. MJD went out and filled the boxscore with his 119 rushing yards, four receptions for 28 yards, and added three touchdowns to capture the No. 1 spot for RBs this weekend.

Pierre Thomas: Thomas was another guy I told you about this week in the buy low section. He went out and rushed 14 times for 126 yards and two scores, good enough for No. 2 on that RB list. Reggie Bush is quickly becoming an afterthought when it comes to that New Orleans offense.

Santana Moss: If there were one player I would say always gets drafted too high, Moss has to be on that list. Washington has QB problems and that kills his value, but this weekend he tore it up with his 10 catches for 178 yards and a TD. I wouldn't bet he will do this again this season, but owners who played him will take it nevertheless.

Derrick Mason: Another WR that is always there, but never does much. If you ask which WR you can get that will get you seven catches for 70 yards, Mason is No. 1 on that list. But, if you ask who will get you 118 yards and a score, Mason's name just never pops into my mind.

Brent Celek: This is a guy I had on my preseason sleeper list and a lot of the other "experts" out there laughed at me. But, alas, that is why I write for pro teams and they write for websites. Celek put up eight catches for 104 yards and a score this week and he could have more games like this throughout this season.

Vernon Davis: Another one of my preseason TE sleepers. Now, we all know who Davis is, but he has never taken the next step in San Francisco until this week. He found a way to amass 96 yards on seven catches and score twice, but can he do it again?

Minnesota Vikings Defense: Yes, they allowed 18 points, but they also racked up one sack, one INT, and one defensive TD this weekend.


Drew Brees: The problem with Brees was his first two games. They were so completely outrageous, we got spoiled. But, fantasy players never want to see their No. 1 player throw for 172 yards and no scores. He won't have many games like this so owners can rest their fears.

Byron Leftwich: It wasn't like anyone should have had Lefty in their starting lineups, but he lost his starting gig in Tampa Bay and you know Jaguars fans are flying their "I told you so" banners this week. Oh, the seven completions for 22 yards and an INT had to be one of the worst games in QB history.

Adrian Peterson: The only reason AP made the list was because he was most likely the No. 1 overall pick in your league and he managed just 85 yards on the ground, 14 via the air, and failed to score. Maybe we are just greedy, but I expect more from a No. 1 overall pick.

DeAngelo Williams: Anyone that knows me or reads my articles, knows I am not that high on Williams because of Stewart. On MNF Williams put up just 64 yards and no scores, which means he got you between 4-6 points in most standard leagues.

Roddy White: Did White know the Falcons weren't in practice? I want more than four receptions for 24 yards and no scores from a No. 1 WR.

Terrell Owens: I warned people about TO all preseason long and people ignored me and ignored me. He was held without a catch for the first time since his rookie season (1996) and put up a big goose egg for fantasy players.

Tony Gonzalez: With just one catch for 16 yards this weekend, it isn't hard to figure out why he made the losers list.

John Carlson: Carlson is one of the guys I liked at TE this season, but this weekend he managed just three catches for 28 yards and no scores.

Pittsburgh Steelers Defense: The Steelers got punched in the mouth by the surprising Cincinnati Bengals this weekend and gave fantasy owners a shock too with just two sacks on defense and 17 points allowed. How much can one player mean to a team? Ask Steelers fans that question right now.

Now, the most important question for all you Bengals fans is, "How did James do?" Well, I was right on Schaub, Kolb, Jones-Drew, Forte (still had over 100 total yards and that is 10 points in most leagues), Vincent Jackson, Redskins Defense (19 points is still like 6 points), Cassel, Barber, Jones and Watson. I missed on Henderson, Keller, Favre, Marshall, Hester and the Jets defense. In the end I finished 60 percent right this weekend and it would have been higher had Brees not had a terrible game, and if Keller would have seen more than just four targets. However, I was still better than most others and I know I was close to 90 percent right from the emailed questions I received.  

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