NFL Week 3 Recap

25 Sep 2018 - 7:25pm | DFS_Tom | Updated: 25 Sep 2018 - 8:02pm | Likes: 12
NFL Week 3 Recap

We had another crazy week in the NFL, plenty of high scoring games, plenty of players you want to be taking a look at in season long or DFS. Hopefully, you can grab some of these players on the waivers, as they could be set for bigger roles as the season moves on. You should also pay attention to their salaries in DFS, if they are too low, you can buy in early.

Jets at Browns

Wow. Well, I think we all know what happened here, but in case you don’t know, I touch on it quickly. THE BROWS WON A FOOTBALL GAME! A nice comeback from a team that needed it in the worst way, led by the number one overall pick from last season, Baker Mayfield. He started the second half after Tyrod Taylor was injured and finished with 201 yards and no touchdowns. Carlos Hyde stepped up and ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns in what proved to be a pivot role in the game. Jarvis Landry was the main target of the offense with eight catches for 103 yards. Baker will be starting moving forward, so he could be worth picking up in your leagues. On the Jets side, Sam Darnold had a very unimpressive 169/0/2 stat line, but it was a short week on the road. The offense for the Jets came from Isaiah Crowell, with two touchdowns on the ground in a revenge game.

Saints at Falcons

It seems every week we are going to be seeing a shootout for either the Saints or the Falcons and I’m OK with that. Matt Ryan finished with five touchdowns on 374 yards but that wasn’t enough to beat the Saints in overtime. The story for the Falcons was the fact that none of the passing touchdowns went to Julio Jones, who only had 96 yards on the ground. Rookie Calvin Ridley came away with a team-high 146 yards and three touchdowns, in what was truly a breakout game for him. He should be hot on the waiver wire this week, so try and scoop him up. The rushing game was essentially missing for the Falcons. On the Saints side of things, Drew Brees did his thing, with a 396/3/0 stat line. And guess what? Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas continue to be fantasy monsters. Kamara had nearly 200 total yards, but no touchdowns. Thomas had a 10/129/0 stat line, showing how much PPR value he has on a weekly basis.

49ers at Chiefs

This game was all that was advertised but ended badly on one side. For the Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes continues to be all that we thought he could be, with another game with over 300 yards and three touchdowns. Kareem Hunt actually got involved in the offense a good bit, with two touchdowns on the ground, but only 44 rushing yards. Travis Kelce is showing why he is a top-tier tight end, with an 8/114/0 stat line. Tyreek Hill had a very modest game with only two catches for 51 yards. For the 49ers, the offense was spread around a bit, but the real news was due to an injury. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending ACL in the fourth quarter. This is a massive blow to the 49ers and will ultimately bring their season to a quick end.

Bills at Vikings

This was a massive upset for the Bills and was one of the biggest ones in recent years. They went into Minnesota as 17 point underdogs and not only covered, but came away with a 27-6 victory. There was no real standout player, Josh Allen had a modest 196/1/0 stat line, with two rushing touchdowns. Minnesota was completely shut down on offense except for the nearly 300 yards from Kirk Cousins, who added one TD and one interception. Dalvin Cook didn’t play in this game and is still listed as day-to-day for this Thursday’s game versus the Rams.

Colts at Eagles

This game saw the return of Carson Wentz, in what was a very uninspiring game from both sides. Wentz only had 255 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Eagles were without their top two running backs, which meant Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement saw the work in the backfield. Zach Ertz led the team with 10 targets, meaning Wentz is right back to where he was last season, peppering him with targets. The Colts also looked very uninspiring, as Andrew Luck threw for only 164 yards on 40 attempts, with one touchdown. TY Hilton and Eric Ebron both saw over 10 targets which is something to pay attention to as the season goes on, especially if Jack Doyle remains out.

Bengals at Panthers

Andy Dalton Threw for over 300 yards again with another two touchdowns, but he also had four touchdowns. The numbers are there for him, he just needs to be a bit more efficient in some areas. Joe Mixon was out for the Bengals, so Giovani Bernard saw 100% of the running back rushing work. The story for the Bengals was Tyler Boyd, who had a 6/132/1 stat line, putting him at the top of the team. AJ Green was banged up and his status is unclear for this week’s game. On the Panther side, it was a change of pace for them, as Christian McCaffrey only caught two balls in the passing game, which was a major change from him 14 the prior week. This time around, McCaffrey saw 28 rushing attempts for 184 yards, which is good for over six yards per attempt. Cam Newton did his thing and had four total touchdowns.

Chargers at Rams

The Battle for LA belongs to the Rams this time around, in what was an offensive shootout. The Rams are rolling so far this season and are getting it done in both areas of the offense. Jared Goff had over 350 yards with three touchdowns. Todd Gurley had over 100 rushing yards with one touchdown. Robert Woods was on the receiving end of many of those passing yards, with over 100 and two touchdowns. The standout for the Chargers was second-year receiver Mike Williams, who had a 4/81/2 stat line, proving to be the receiver they drafted last season. Melvin Gordon ended with 17 total touches, which is a bit light for him and I’m expecting a bounce-back week for him in their next matchup. 

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