Week 3 in the NFL delivered some action-packed play. We took the time to go through all the games this past week and pull out the fantasy content you need to dominate the waiver wire and your league in Week 4.
TNF was the first time the national stage got a chance to see Gardner Minshew III for the Jaguars. The Jags' offense mostly sputtered without DJ Chark Jr playing. James Robinson was the lone bright spot, scoring both of Jacksonville's TDs on the night. Ryan Fitzpatrick had the Dolphins offense humming, completing 90% of his passes for 160 yards and 2 TDs. The Dolphins got out to an early lead and fed Myles Gaskin the ball. He had 22 carries for 66 yards and has a stranglehold on the Dolphins backfield job.
The injury bug bit the 49ers again this week against the Giants, but it didn't slow them down on the scoreboard. Nick Mullens, starting for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo, threw for 346 yards, while Jerick McKinnon and Jeffrey Wilson each had rushing TDs for the 49ers. Daniel Jones struggled against a depleted 49ers defense, throwing for 179 yards and an INT. Devonta Freeman made his Giants debut, but only had 10 yards rushing on 5 carries.
Nick Mullens going back to fix the pylon is so pure 😂 @NickMullens @49ers https://t.co/pXg85vDIJg— The Checkdown (@The Checkdown)1600630132.0
Washington 20 - Browns 34
Cleveland ran the ball 35 times in their victory this week over Washington with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Chubb had 108 yards and 2 TDs while Hunt tacked on another 46 yards with a TD reception from Baker Mayfield. Mayfield managed Cleveland's offense well, going 16/23 for 156 yards. Dwayne Haskins struggled against the Browns' defense, throwing 3 INTs to go along with 2 TDs through the air. Antonio Gibson had a rushing TD for Washington while Dontrelle Inman secured both TDs threw the air from Haskins.
Stop me if you've heard this before: The Eagles and Bengals tied this week in what was probably the ugliest game of the week. Carson Wentz threw for 225 yards and 2 INTs while the calls for Jalen Hurts to replace him have grown from a whisper to more of a murmur. Miles Sanders had 95 yards on 18 carries, while Greg Ward Jr led the eagles receivers with 92 yards and a TD. Joe Burrow threw 41 times this week, completing 31 of those passes for 312 yards. He threw 2 TDs as well, both going to rookie Tee Higgins. Joe Mixon was unspectacular on the ground, gaining 49 yards on 17 carries.
I can’t speak for any @Eagles players. But you have to go for that 4th and 12. I can’t live with accepting the tie. Frank Reich 2018.— Dan Orlovsky (@Dan Orlovsky)1601239891.0
The Patriots bounced back after a tough loss to Seattle in Week 2 with a convincing win over the Raiders at home this week. Cam Newton took a backseat this week on offense to Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead. Michel had 140 all purpose yards this week while Burkhead had 3 total TDs. Newton threw for 162 yards with a TD and an INT. The Raiders offense struggled against the Patriots defense. Josh Jacobs had 71 yards on 16 carries, while Hunter Renfrow secured one of the 2 Derek Carr TD passes of the day.
Chicago, somewhat predictably given Atlanta's track record. stormed back to beat the Falcons in the third quarter to drop Atlanta to 0-3 on the year. The Bears made the switch to Nick Foles in the 3rd quarter and promptly scored 3 TDs to secure the win. Foles looks to be the starter from here on, while Mitchel Trubisky's career in Chicago is most likely over. Atlanta was down Julio Jones this week, leaving Calvin Ridley as the top WR, securing 5 catches for 110 yards. Russell Gage stepped in to the #2 role this week, but he left the game early with an injury. Matt Ryan had 238 yards and threw a game sealing INT to secure the Bears win.
What a wild game in Buffalo this week. Josh Allen led the Bills to a 28-3 lead midway through the 3rd quarter on 4 total TDs. The Rams then scored 29 unanswered points to take a 32-28 lead. With 15 second left on the clock, Allen hit Tyler Kroft for his second TD of the day to seal the win for the Bills. Allen had 311 yards passing and 5 total TDs this week, cementing himself as a must start QB as the season goes on. Devin Singletary had over 120 all purpose yards while Cole Beasley had 100 yards on 8 catches for the Bills. The Rams' Darrell Henderson had 114 yards and a TD on the round while Cooper Kupp had over 100 yards and a TD through the air.
Pittsburgh squeaked out a victory this week against the Texans, dropping them to 0-3 while the Steelers remain unbeaten. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 200+ yards with 2 TDs, while James Conner had over 100 yards again on the ground this week with a TD. Deshaun Watson had 2 TDs and 264 yards through the air with a TD and an INT. David Johnson couldn't find much room to run, but did snag a rushing TD to save his fantasy day. Diontae Johnson left the game for the Steelers with a concussion and his status is in doubt for Week 4.
Tennessee snuck by the Vikings this week, but the real story to come out of this game was the emergence of Justin Jefferson in the Vikings offense. Jefferson had 175 yards and a TD this week on 7 catches. Adam Thielen had 3 catches for 29 yards and a TD, while Kirk Cousins bounced back slightly this week with 251 yards while also throwing two more INTs. Derrick Henry finally broke out this week with 2 TDs on the ground to go along with 119 yards. Ryan Tannehill had over 300 yards passing with an INT.
Justin Jefferson breakout party 🚀 7 catches 🚀 175 yards 🚀 1 TD https://t.co/RlfETiZZ5Q— PFF (@PFF)1601237741.0
Carolina got in the win column this week against the Chargers on a solid showing from fill in RB Mike Davis. Davis had 91 all purpose yards and a TD this week to push the Panthers past a sputtering Chargers offense. Justin Herbert had another 300 yard passing performance, throwing a TD to to Keenan Allen. Allen had 132 yards on 13 catches while Austin Ekeler had 84 yards through the air as well. Ekeler also had 59 yards and a TD on the ground.
The Colts cruised to a win over the Jets with 217 yards passing from Philip Rivers. Jonathan Taylor had 59 yards on the ground with a rushing TD, but didn't see much action in the 4th quarter after the game was out of reach for the Jets. Sam Darnold threw 3 INTs while Frank Gore had 57 yards on 15 carries for the Jets. TY Hilton had his best receiving day of the year, gaining 52 yards on 3 catches.
Seattle and Dallas battled it out in a high scoring affair this week. The #LetRussCook movement is in full force in Seattle. Wilson threw for 5 TDs this week and could've had 6 if DK Metcalf hadn't started showboating before he reached the end zone. Chris Carson had a minor injury scare late in the game but was diagnosed with a mild knee sprain and shouldn't miss much time. Dak Prescott threw for 450+ yards this week with 3 TDs. He also served up 2 INTs to an opportunistic Seattle defense. Ezekiel Elliot ran for 34 yards and a TD as well.
LET. RUSS. COOK. 5 TD passes for Russell Wilson in the Seahawks' win over the Cowboys. https://t.co/TeQo1uyH5j— ESPN (@ESPN)1601251124.0
Detroit squeaked out a win this week against the Cardinals behind 270 yards passing from Matthew Stafford. The Lions DeAndre Swift only had 4 snaps in the backfield this week, which is worth watching the next few weeks. Adrian Peterson had 75 yards on 22 carries as he dominated Detroit's RB snaps. Kenny Golladay returned from a hamstring strain, gaining 65 yards on 4 catches along with 1 TD. Kyler Murray was dynamic again this week, throwing for 273 yards and 2 TDs while adding a rushing TD. He also threw 3 INTs. DeAndre Hopkins had 137 yards on 10 catches and continues to be an elite WR1 in that offense.
Buccaneers 28 - Broncos 10
Tampa Bay comfortably beat an ailing Broncos team this week behind Tom Brady's 3 TDs and 297 yards through the air. The Tampa backfield conundrum continues this week as Ronald Jones had more snaps than Leonard Fournette. Jones also had a TD on the ground. Mike Evans had 2 catches for 2 yards and 2 TDs. Yes, you read that correctly! Denver struggled on offense with backup Jeff Driskel. Jerry Jeudy was the leading receiver with 55 yards.
Sunday night's game between the Packers and the Saints did not disappoint offensively. Allan Lazard had 146 yards and a TD while Aaron Rodgers continues to show why he's elite, throwing for 283 yards and 3 TDs. The Saints looked better offensively this week, but their defense couldn't stop the Packers. Drew Brees had 288 yards and 3 TDs while Alvin Kamara had 58 yards rushing and 139 yards receiving to go along with 2 TDs.
Baltimore's offense abandoned its run mentality early against the Chiefs and were never able to play catch up after half time. Lamar Jackson looked out of sorts this week, throwing for only 97 yards while rushing for 83 yards. JK Dobbins led the Ravens backfield in snaps this week while each back's usage continues to fluctuate on a weekly basis. Patrick Mahomes was elite, throwing for 385 yards and 4 TDs while adding another TD on the ground against one of the leagues best defenses. Travis Kelce lead all Chiefs receivers with 87 yards.
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Sunday's NFL Playoff action featured six teams who don't like each other at all.
All these games were played between teams who had played each other at least once during the regular season. If you thought those games in the regular season were intense, Sunday's playoff matchups upped the stakes even more.
The Chicago Bears even replicated a dubious feat from their regular season matchup, as one of their wide receiver Anthony Miller was ejected after throwing a punch at C.J. Gardner-Johnson. The New Orleans cornerback also got into the head of Chicago wide receiver Javon Wims in the November matchup, causing Wims to get ejected in that game after he threw a punch at Gardner-Johnson.
The Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs has passed, and we're now down to the remaining four teams that are vying for a Super Bowl championship this season.
HOW ‘BOUT THOSE CHIEEEEFS?!?!? https://t.co/rWt2MIdoP2— Kansas City Chiefs (@Kansas City Chiefs)1610995798.0
As the NFL postseason got underway last week, it became clear we need to make some halftime adjustments with our picks this week.
The Ravens were an easy cover for us, especially once Lamer found his groove and the grooves in Tennessee's D. Throw in a few head scratching punts by Mike Vrabel and that does the trick.
Meanwhile, Stefon Diggs came up two catches short for us with three targets left on the table. It was always going to be tough to get that many grabs, but it was worth a few bucks just to see what would happen.
Please, please, please remind me never to bet unders. I haven't hit one all year and yet the siren's song calls me to shore. I maintain this is the best one I bet all year. The pick 6 and DK Metcalf bomb in the second quarter killed after the best start imaginable. After 15 minutes, we had a combined score of 3, 15 minutes of game time later? 30. Bananas.
Then I don't really know what else to say about Pittsburgh losing to Baker Mayfield and co. that hasn't already been said. I just have to edit my list of completely impossible things to put, "Snowing in the Sahara desert," and "Taylor Swift ever getting back together with Jake Gyllenhaal" above "The Browns beating the Steelers in the playoffs."