It was an awesome week in the NFL. Many close games, many high scoring games, so that led to many high scoring fantasy football matchups. Here are your fantasy football studs and duds from week 3 of the season.
QB: Tom Brady – New England Patriots
I don’t necessarily like going with a top QB here, but anytime you throw for over 300 yards and 5 TDs you’re going to get the top spot.
RB: Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams
Oh what a good head coach will do for you. Sure, he played the 49ers defense, but he had 3 touchdowns on Thursday night and it looks like he’s indeed in for a huge year.
RB: Jordan Howard – Chicago Bears
Going into the game, Howard didn’t look like a great option. He had a reported shoulder injury, and it looked like he was being overtaken by rookie Tarik Cohen. And after I benched him in my lineup, he went off for 138 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Bouncing back from 0 points to 25 points earns you a stud rating.
WR: Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings
Man, I thought the Bucs were supposed to have a good defense? Even with Case Keenum as the starter, Diggs was dominant going for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading all receivers in points with 29.
WR: Sammy Watkins – Los Angeles Rams
The poster boy for fantasy inconsistency had a damn good day on Thursday. 7 receptions, 106 yards, and 2 touchdowns with Jared Goff at quarterback. Hopefully this means that Watkins is the #1 option and worth starting going forward.
TE: Marcedes Lewis – Jacksonville Jaguars
To the one guy that started Lewis this week, congratulations. I don’t care if he’s only owned in 2.4% in ESPN leagues, when you lead all TE’s in scoring and outscore Gronk by 10 points, you’re the stud of the week.
FLEX: Chris Thompson – Washington Redskins
This is where the the majority of Kirk Cousins’ passing yards went. With Rob Kelley out with an injury this week Thompson went off. Only 38 rushing yards, but he proved his value with 6 receptions, 150 yards and a touchdown.
D/ST: Jacksonville Jaguars
They absolutely shut down the Ravens over in London. Holding them to only 7 points, forced 3 turnovers and had 2 sacks. They finished with 14 fantasy points, tied for third this week.
QB: Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
You’re playing the Saints defense, who gave up an average of 27 points to QBs in the first two weeks, AND YOU ONLY SCORE 7 POINTS? In what should’ve been a bounceback game for Cam, it’s now worth wondering whether he’s worth starting going forward.
RB: Ty Montgomery – Green Bay Packers
After earning a stud rating last week, Montgomery was pretty ineffective this week. You can blame the defense for letting up a huge lead and forcing the Packers to pass, but that doesn’t give Montgomery a pass for not making an impact in the game with only 35 yards on 12 carries.
RB: Isaiah Crowell – Cleveland Browns
Crowell was touted before the year as a sleeper back, and with an improved offensive line, I thought the same. But he’s been ineffective, and couldn’t even have a good day against the Colts terrible defense. He’s getting outsnapped by Duke Johnson and can’t even get goal line reps.
WR: Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders
Cooper lands his 2nd straight week on the dud list with another pitiful week. The Raiders offense as a whole was shut down, but Cooper got the worst of it. Only 1 catch for 6 yards and next week doesn’t look much better as he goes up against the Broncos defense.
WR: Terrelle Pryor – Washington Redskins
I find it really odd that while Kirk Cousins scored 26 points and had a big day, only one receiver had more than 5 points. Pryor finished with only 2 catches for 19 yards. His production has gone down each week, and isn’t living up to the hype he got going into the year.
TE: Martellus Bennett – Green Bay Packers
Bennett has gotten his fair share of targets this year, but still hasn’t been able to get a rhythm with Aaron Rodgers. This week against the Bengals he had 3 catches, but only for 12 yards and zero touchdowns. He’s a player you must leave on the bench until he starts to show some actual production.
FLEX: Marshawn Lynch – Oakland Raiders
Sure, I may be picking on the Raiders here, but they had a first down at the 5 yard line and didn’t give Marshawn the ball once. What does that say? I think it’s a fluke game, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on. Lynch finished with only 1 point after 6 carries and 18 yards.
D/ST: Seattle Seahawks
So much for that vauted defense eh? Not only did they give up 33 points, they didn’t force a single turnover or record a single sack. For the consensus #1 defense in the league before the season, netting -4 points on the day earns you dud of the week. This may be the dud of the year when it’s all said and done.