Most Impressive Performance: Tony Romo (Cowboys) played with a punctured lung and missed part of the game, yet he still put up 345 passing yards and two touchdowns. This might be the performance that sends the Cowboys season in a really great direction. Look for Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant to have a really good year when they both are fully healthy. Miles Austin had a big game on Sunday, but I like Dez Bryant better moving forward.
Bandwagon Riding: Denarius Moore (Raiders) got tons of attention during the summer for his strong play in camp and on Sunday he had his first breakout game with 146 receiving yards. He is a rookie wide receiver whose bandwagon I have hopped on.
Bandwagon Jumping: Hines Ward has gotten off to a slow start this season. Mike Wallace is now the go-to-guy in Pittsburgh with Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders getting more involved in the passing game too. That means Hines Ward’s fantasy value has decreased, and I don’t see it improving very much.
Convinced he will improve: Mark Ingram (Saints) is a rookie with a lot of upside. He continues to get the most carries for the Saints, but has yet to get in the end zone. Be patient with him and you will be glad you did.
Pleasant surprise: Cam Newton (Panthers) had another monster game. I didn’t want to overreact to his first week performance, but what he did against the Packers defense was extremely impressive. He did turn the ball over too many times, but when you become the first NFL player to start your career with back to back games of 400-plus passing yards, fantasy owners must take notice. If you were able to pick him up off waivers, that’s awesome!
Disappointing surprise: Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) getting injured was very disappointing considering how many fantasy owners took him in the first round. I do think that his replacement, Dexter McCluster, will be a nice fantasy player the rest of the year.
Walk the Plank: I must “walk the plank” for my poor predictions last week. I thought LeGarrette Blount (Bucs) would have another bad game, but he got into the end zone twice against the Vikings instead. I also thought Joe Flacco would be a stud last week, but instead the Ravens were a big letdown.
I was right: I predicted the Lions to have a great game against the Chiefs, and they even exceeded my expectations. Stafford, Best, Johnson and Burleson all had a huge game. I was also right about Forte, Mendenhall and McCoy.
What’s Boiling Bryce: I’m really frustrated that Reggie Bush (Dolphins) only had 21 total yards on Sunday. I thought he was going to have a bounce back year with a new team and situation in Miami, but I’m not so sure anymore.
Week 3 Predictions:
Best Matchup: Let’s keep the streak alive by picking the team playing against the Kansas City Chief’s defense. This week the San Diego Chargers get the chance to score a ton of points, and that means Rivers, Gates, Jackson and probably Matthews and Tolbert should all have impressive numbers.
Sleeper of the Week: Lance Moore (Saints) should be more involved with the offense this week and be on the receiving end of some great passes from Drew Brees. Receivers Devery Henderson and Robert Meachem had the good games last week, but I think it’s Moore’s week against the Texans.
RB Studs: LeSean Mccoy (Eagles) and Peyton Hillis (Browns).
QB Studs: Matt Schaub (Texans) and Kevin Kolb (Cardinals).
TE Studs: Dustin Keller (Jets) and Jason Witten (Cowboys).
WR Studs: Wes Welker (Patriots) and Greg Jennings (Packers).
Dare you to start: David Nelson (Bills) at wide receiver because Stevie Johnson is banged up and the Patriots have given up plenty to opposing wide receivers.
Dare you to bench: Chris Johnson (Titans) after two poor performances and sore ribs.
Player I’m counting on this week for my own team: Santana Moss (Redskins) against the Cowboys.
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