You have got some explaining to do! Week three is in the book and a lot of player have some explaining to do. Aaron Rodgers has looked pretty rough through three games and is not living up to his draft day expectations. In addition to Aaron Rodgers lack of success it seems clear that Chris Johnson is flat out done! He could not get the job done against the Lions, which means he probably wont fair any better against the top rated Texans. Sell him now if you can still find a buyer! I personally have found some success trading Chris Johnson for the likes of Michael Turner; the lesser of two evils. Lets delve further into some players that have some explaining to do in this special edition week 3 fantasy football review.
NY Giants vs. Carolina -
I could certainly write non-stop about all of the Giants success stories from week 3 which included big games from Ramses Barden (an excellent handcuff for Hakeem Nicks owners) Martellus Bennett (again) and Andre Brown who went off in relief of the oft injured Ahmad Bradshaw. All needed to be owned a week ago. On the flip side Cam Newton has a lot of explaining to do. Three interceptions and zero passing touchdowns are simply unacceptable out of your starting fantasy football quarterback. He might be a nice buy low option as he will most likely struggle against the stout Atlanta defense in week 4.
Chicago vs. St. Louis -
The entire St. Louis offense has some explaining to do. The leading passer in this game was Jay Cutler with 183 yards passing and the Rams could hardly muster any points aside from two field goals. I don’t care if it is Danny Amendola or Steven Jackson, I am selling all parts of this Rams offense. The lack of production can only be tolerated for so long. Michael Bush should have had a bigger game than he did; 55 yards and one touchdown is serviceable but somewhat of a let down.
Buffalo vs. Cleveland -
Big story here is the injury to CJ Spiller. He should be ok but if you have a spot open snap up Tashard Choice right now, he will probably get at least one start before Fred Jackson or Spiller returns to action. No one in this game really has any explaining to do, everyone seemed to perform as expected.
Dallas vs. Tampa Bay -
Tony Romo has some serious explaining to do in this one. Just one week after fans watched Eli Manning go off against this abysmal Tampa Secondary, Romo came out and stunk it up! Miles Austin went over the century mark as expected and did return from the locker room after being checked out by trainers for a rib injury. Demarco Murray indeed has some explaining to do as well. He did score a touchdown to save his fantasy owners but 18 carries for 38 yards simply will not do.
NY Jets vs. Miami -
I don’t think anyone in this game has some explaining to do unless you were foolishly counting on any of the Jets players for fantasy football purposes. In my mind Shonne Green and Mark Sanchez are droppable but I would hang onto Santonio Holmes who had a nice game. With the current dearth of running backs a speculative owner might add Balil Powell who could over take Shonne Green any day now. Reggie Bush should be good to go in week 4 but now might be a good time to obtain his handcuffs Daniel Thomas and Lamaar Miller.
Minnesota vs. San Francisco -
The 49ers as an entire team have some explaining to do here. For those of you playing eliminator pools, I hope you survived this debacle. There is no reason the 49ers should have lost this game but somehow, someway they did. I expected bigger things from Frank Gore who failed to score; it could be that the Vikings defense is better than advertised. People should not get too excited about Christian Ponder’s high fantasy score in this one, It will be his highest score of the season.
Kansas City vs. New Orleans -
Jamaal Charles finally broke out exploded for over 200 yards and a score, no explaining to do there. Drew Brees need not explain himself either, he has been just fine from a fantasy football standpoint. The saints as a whole have a lot of explaining to do. There are very few “easy” games left on their schedule. There is a chance they start this season 0-4 as they face the Packers at Lambeu field this Sunday.
Cincinnati vs. Washington -
Andy Dalton had a nice game throwing three touchdowns but Benjarvis Green-Ellis certainly has some explaining to do. It is hard to understand how the same fantasy football player who rushes for 91 yards and a score against the vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense in week one only rushes for 38 yards against the lowly Redskins. He did score to save his game but it was ugly. We are still waiting for a Redskins receiver to emerge in the absence of Pierre Garcon, it may very well be Fred Davis if Robert Griffin III continues to look his way in week 4.
Tennessee vs. Detroit -
Oh Chris Johnson where do we begin? I firmly believe he is done with the Tennessee Titans. Perhaps it’s the offensive line’s fault, perhaps its his fault. Either way it flat out is not working. You cant drop him but get him off your roster for any reasonable offer, let him be someone else’s problem. If you are looking for a replacement running back, look no further than the opposing sideline. Mikel Leshoure finally made his lions regular season debut and did not disappoint rushing for 100 yards and a score.
Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis -
Andrew Luck continues his aerial assault going over 300 yards with two scores. Austin Collie is done for the season now so look for Donnie Avery or T.Y. Hilton to emerge opposite Reggie Wayne. Maurice Jones-Drew once again shredded the Indianapolis defense rushing for 177 and a score. No other Jaguar has emerged as viable fantasy football option.
Arizona vs. Philadelphia -
Andy Reid has some serious explaining to do. Rather than giving the ball to his stud fantasy football running back, Lesean Mccoy, Reid chooses to leave the ball in the careless hand of Michael Vick. If these Eagles want to start winning convincingly they need to give the rock to Lesean Mccoy, plain and simple. Beanie Wells proved once again why we all cannot trust him from a fantasy football stand point. I am not touching this rushing attack but if you have to own one it should be Ryan Williams. On a side note, it was nice to Larry Fitzgerald catch all 9 of his targets going for 114 and a score.
Atlanta vs. San Diego -
These Falcons might be ready to take it to the next level this season. The Atlanta defense has been taking the wind out of opponents sails early and often causing teams to abandon their game plans. San Diego was under duress all game long trying to play catch up from the get go. Matt Ryan should be considered elite as long as his weapons stay in tact, all of which are must starts. Perhaps Ryan Mathews is being eased back into action or perhaps the Chargers abandoned the run early on, either way Mathews only saw 10 carries on the day.
Houston vs. Denver -
Finally got that breakout game from Eric Decker, look for him to continue to get attention from Peyton Manning as this season wears on. Tough game for the Broncos but they did make it respectable and score some fantasy points in the mean time. This Texans defense is tough as nails led by the giant known as JJ Watt. If you were lucky enough to draft him in your IDP leagues, he should be amongst your leagues top defensive scorers.
Oakland vs. Pittsburgh -
Nice little shoot out here which saw both Ben Roethlisberger and Carson Palmer put up nice fantasy football scores. The Pittsburgh running game no longer exists so I do not think it is time to sell high on Big Ben - this sort of aerial attack could be norm for 2012. Carson Palmer really spread it around making any of the Oakland wide receivers hard to trust. Denarius Moore would be your best bet drawing 10 targets.
New England vs. Baltimore -
Those of your relying on Stevan Ridley as one of your starting fantasy football running backs should have known better. Belicheck taught you all a lesson Sunday night, Stevan Ridley is certainly the most reliable of the New England running backs but none of them can be fully trusted. Nice to see Torrey Smith finally get a nice game together with 127 and two scores. Another lack luster week and he certainly would have had some explaining to do.
Green Bay vs. Seattle -
The refs have some explaining to do but that is another article for another time. For us fantasy football enthusiasts the bigger concern here would be the thus far poor play or Aaron Rodgers. When I say poor play I mean that from a fantasy football perspective. Rodgers has done ok as an actual quarterback but for fantasy football he has not performed up to his draft day price tag. If you own him you are starting him and should not trade him. That said, Aaron Rodgers without a doubt has some explaining to do currently being outscored by the likes of Jake Locker!?! Unacceptable. Look for a nice bounce back at home against the reeling Saints in week 4. Buy low now if you can.
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