SPORTS YAPP: Week 3 Recap and Week 4 Fantasy Predictions

SPORTS YAPP: Week 3 Recap and Week 4 Fantasy Predictions

Week 3 Recap:

Most Impressive Performance: Wes Welker had a monster day that will be tough to beat by anyone this year.  His stat line was: 16 receptions for 217 yards and two touchdowns. He single handily won fantasy matchups for owners.

Bandwagon Riding: Torrey Smith (WR) made a splash on Sunday for the Ravens. The rookie scored three touchdowns, and I think he will continue to be a deep threat all year long for Joe Flacco. He is a great compliment to Anquan Boldin on the other side.

Bandwagon Jumping: Mike Tolbert is losing carries and potential impact in the Chargers offense. He looked really strong the first week, but now Ryan Matthews is the running back you want to own in San Diego.

Convinced he will improve:  Last week I told you Mark Ingram will improve, and sure enough, he got into the end zone.  The sky is the limit with Ingram. This week, I’m convinced Matt Ryan will start putting up bigger numbers. I admit his offensive line is weak and he’s looked inconsistent, but I can’t deny the weapons that surround him. At some point this year, everything is going to start clicking for the Falcons.

Pleasant surprise: Mark Sanchez threw two touchdowns and ran another one in the end zone during Sunday’s loss to the Raiders. We need to pace ourselves before getting too excited, but I do like his chances of being a consistent fantasy starter moving forward.

Disappointing surprise: Kenny Britt is out for the year after looking like he and Matt Hasselbeck were going to have a ton of success together this year.  He was appearing to be one of the top receivers, but now fantasy teams (and the Titans) will be scrambling to replace his production.

Walk the Plank: I must “walk the plank” for my poor predictions last week. I thought Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates would have much bigger games against the Chiefs. I also didn’t realize that Peyton Hillis was going to miss the game for being sick, so obviously he hurt a lot of fantasy owners last week.

I was right: I predicted Lance Moore as a sleeper last week, and he blew up for a really big game against Houston that included a touchdown and a two-point conversion. I also said that Wes Welker would be a stud against the Bills, and we already know how well he played.

What’s Boiling Bryce:  I’m really frustrated with running back C.J. Spiller because the Bills are playing great, and he’s not as involved as I expected.  He scored NEGATIVE points last week.

Week 4 Predictions:

Best Matchup: This is too easy. Look for the New Orleans Saints to put up even bigger numbers than usual. They are going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week, and we can expect Drew Brees and any number of other weapons to perform well.

Sleeper of the Week:

RB Studs: Matt Forte (Bears) and James Starks (Packers)

QB Studs:  Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) and Josh Freeman (Bucs)

TE Studs: Vernon Davis (49ers) and Greg Olsen (Panthers)

WR Studs:  Brandon Marshall (Dolphins) and A.J. Green (Bengals)

Dare you to start: Brandon LaFell (Panthers) at wide receiver because Cam Newton could throw a lot in the game against the Bears. Chicago will try and stop Steve Smith, and that will allow LaFell to be open.  It’s a little crazy to start him because he didn’t even catch a pass last week. However, I think it’s worth the risk.

Dare you to bench: Frank Gore (49ers) continues to struggle and is not worthy of being a fantasy starter. I’m sure you drafted him early, and it’s hard to give up on him already, but he’s averaging 2.5 yards per carry and it’s not looking promising.

Player I’m counting on this week for my own team:  Santonio Holmes (Jets) had a really bad week last week against the Raiders, but he complained about his role, and I hope that translates to Mark Sanchez making the effort to get him the ball more.

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