Well if you found yourself on the losing end of things this week, chances are you had one or more of these underachieving bums in your starting lineup this week. But fear not, it is a long season and chances are great that the sub par performance was a fluke or aberration. Stay the course and ultimately you’ll be rewarded…
QB Eli Manning, New York Giants – What in the world is wrong with the New York Giants. If you started Manning, chances are you are asking yourself that question. Manning and his Giants teammates had quite the forgettable afternoon against the Carolina Panthers, that’s for sure. Peyton’s kid brother managed just 12 completions for 119 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
QB Matt Schaub, Houston Texans – While I didn’t expect Schaub to light up the scoreboard against the Baltimore Ravens, a team with WR Andre Johnson, WR DeAndre Hopkins and TE Owen Daniels, is surely to register something through the air, right? Well not this week apparently, as Schaub threw for 194 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Things get even more interesting in week four as the Seattle Seahawks come to town.
QB Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – So yes, the Ravens won in dramatic fashion, not so much on the field, but when recently retired legendary LB Ray Lewis came back to the home turf since the Ravens won the Superbowl, the Ravens took the game over. However, Flacco must have missed the memo. As nice as the win was, if you started Flacco, you were none too pleased as he threw for only 171 yards and not a single touchdown.
QB Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – Good Lord, really? After last week’s debacle against the Seahawks, Kaepernick and the 49ers were a lock to come back strong against the Indianapolis Colts, right? Wrong. Kaepernick completed only 13 passes for 150 yards, no touchdowns, an interception, and only 20 yards on the ground.
QB Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals – The Crap-tastic Parade continues! Like the four players listed above him, Palmer also registered as many touchdowns as I did – NONE. Worse yet, with 187 yards passing and TWO interceptions, chances are Palmer scored less fantasy points than I did as well!
RB Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks– If you owned Lynch on yoru fantasy squad, you know you were giddy with this matchup. I mean come on, it’s Jacksonville. Skittles would be raining from the sky as he danced down the field and into the end zone multiple times! Much to your chagrin, Lynch managed only 69 yards on the ground and didn’t score. Sigh.
RB Arian Foster, Houston Texans – Rumors of his decline may not be exaggerated. While the match up against Baltimore is not the greatest, Foster is viewed as a stud because in most cases he’s been able to step up against the league’s better defenses. In this case, Baltimore’s run defense is in no way what it was, and unfortunately it doesn’t look like Foster is either. He carried the ball 12 times for 54 yards and no touchdowns. To add insult to injury (no pun intended) he lost 2 yards on his only catch of the day.
RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots – Ridley is by far the best option in the backfield for the Patriots, but he’s yet to show it thus far in 2013 and week three was no different. In a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ridley carried the ball 11 times for only 35 yards. He was out performed by two other marginal Patriot backfield options in RB Brandon Bolden and RB Legarrette Blount and that just cannot happen. I still think he is a perfect buy low candidate as he should turn things around with the return of TE Rob Gronkowski.
RB Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals – Allow me to introduce the expert consensus mighty sleeper for the week. Good old Mendy against the New Orleans Saints. I just didn’t see it, left him off my Sleepers for Week Three article, and apparently jinxed the former Steeler as he carried the ball 9 times for only 29 yards. My apologies.
WR Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers – That sound you hear is Royal crashing back down to earth. Quite honestly it wasn’t realistic to think that Royal would continue on his torrid pace, with the lack of talent around him downfield, defenses zeroing in on him more than before, and as a result, the waiver wire darling grabs 2 passes for 34 yards. His touchdown total also remained at five, where it is likely to stay for a week or so.. Fear not though, Oakland and Jacksonville are on the horizon in October.
WR Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers– I think we can all agree that more was expected out of Jackson against the New England Patriots than three receptions for 34 yards and no touchdowns. Injuries are a part of the game, but the Buccaneers as a whole are in turmoil, and fantasy stats will no doubt suffer.
WR Victor Cruz and WR Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants – Can I add every New Your Giants fantasy relevant player here? While I am not surprised by Nicks’ ineffectiveness, I am a little surprised with Cruz. However, as long as QB Eli Manning continues to struggle, it will trickle down and affect all of the Giants skill players. On Sunday against the Panthers, they combined for 3 receptions for 35 yards. It was all Cruz.
WR Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans– The guy is a malcontent, wants out of Tennessee, is an injury mess, and a waste of a roster space. He proved that by failing to register a reception despite being targeted five times. If you are leaning on this guy, slap yourself.
WR Andre Johnson, Houston Texans – Maybe he was still shaking off the after-effects of last week’s concussion. But if you look at his quarterback’s futility that could very well explain it. As a quarterback struggles, his weapons will in turn struggle. Johnson managed only 36 yards receiving on the day and didn’t find the end zone.
WR Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs – I keep hearing he isn’t a true fit in the offense with Chiefs QB Alex Smith. Regardless, when a player is making upwards of 56 MILLION dollars to perform for your team, you make it work. Bowe was incredibly ineffective and miserable against a team he should have had a field day against in the Philadelphia Eagles. One reception for four yards, actually not registered until the fourth quarter is not smart personnel management. Hell, for $100 bucks a week, I’ll run around for the Chiefs and do nothing.. (dialing Andy Reid)..
WR Marlon Brown, Baltimore Ravens – Over the last week or so, Brown has been a hot pickup on the waiver wire. Taking over for injured WR Jacoby Jones, he certainly stepped up and made some people take notice. However realize that he is a rookie in this offense, and if you are relying on him for weekly production at the WR3 you have to expect bouts of inconsistency. Against the Texans in week three, he only grabbed 2 passes for six yards. Things are looking up in week four against the Buffalo Bills though.
TE Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears – You can’t really knock the guy, he’s been lights out in the first two weeks of the season. That said, productivity like that (12 receptions for 135 yards and three touchdowns) has fantasy owners starting him and being more reliant on his performances than ever. Grabbing two passes for 10 yards is not what the fantasy doctor ordered, that’s for sure.
TE Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions – Every week I expect this guy to show up in the box score with something tangible. However, he is quickly turning into not only a marginal set of hands on a team with a LOT of sets of hands, but the 2nd or 3rd option at tight end for the Lions. Of QB Matthew Stafford’s 385 yards and 25 completions, Pettigrew was targeted only twice and didn’t register a single catch. This guy should be on the wire sooner as opposed to later. He was
Start preparing for week four, folks! There is plenty of time to right the ship!
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