Duane Munn

Fantasy Quickies: What We Learned in Week 3

Don't finalize those Week 4 rosters just yet! Be sure to check out my thoughts regarding last week's games before gearing up for your team's next matchup... 

#1 – Terrell Owens (0 catches) might be done as a consistent impact receiver. Sure, he’ll still rattle off a big game here and there. But if Trent Edwards can’t find a receiver with T.O.’s skill-set on a regular basis in September, imagine how much harder it will be when the temperature starts dipping in Buffalo. Add in Terrell’s penchant for dropping balls… and, well, find another receiver. 

#2 – Stay away from the Dallas running backs. At least for now. Marion Barber (MIA last weekend) and Felix Jones (94 yards) are hurt… but not seriously. That means lots of game-time decisions over the next few weeks. Which means lots of frustration if you select the wrong Cowboys runner.

However… if you insist on taking a Dallas RB this week… go with Tashard Choice (118 total yards, 1 TD).

#3 – Don’t believe the hype. All these guys had big Week 3’s. And all of them have issues that should make you hesitate before adding them to your roster: Santana Moss (10 catches, 178 yards, 1 TD, an all-or-nothing receiver who most often gives you nothing), Willie Parker (129 total yards, 1 TD, brittle as bread crumbs), Steven Jackson (163 total yards, see: Willie Parker).

#4 – Glen Coffee (25 carries, 54 yards) = not a bad replacement pick. I know. The numbers say otherwise. But check it out: San Francisco 49ers starter Frank Gore has been shut down until at least mid-October. Coach Mike Singletary has already gone on record as saying Coffee’s the guy while Gore’s gone, and that he won’t alter the team’s offensive approach with Coffee in the backfield. That means roughly 25 more chances for Coffee to get himself straightened out against a suspect St. Louis Rams defense.

#5 – After Stinky Pete the Great (19 carries, 85 yards), the best player on the field in this weekend’s Minnesota-Green Bay tilt will be… Percy Harvin (4 catches, 51 yards). Don’t get carried away by Brett Favre’s (301 passing yards, 2 TDs) late-game heroics against the 49ers last week. If Niners CB Dre’ Bly catches a gimme interception the series before, Favre would be the villain headed into this weekend’s game against the Lambeau Leapers. As is, he’s facing a much tougher defense in Green Bay, one that has the added motivation of sticking it to Benedict Brett.

#6 – Drew Brees is human after all. 172 passing yards and no touchdowns means Brees did little to help your fantasy team last week. He’s still an automatic start… but be careful. Rex Ryan, head coach of the New York Jets (New Orleans opponent in Week 4), had success against Breezy and the Saints back when he was coaching the Ravens defense.

#7 – Other keepers that failed to deliver the goods last week: Matt Ryan (199 passing yards, 0 TDs), Tony Gonzalez (1 catch, 16 yards), Santonio Holmes (1 catch, 18 yards).

Don’t worry. They’ll rebound!

#8 - Week 3 Fantasy MVP: Maurice Jones-Drew (147 total yards, 3 TDs). MJD brought the goods last week, plain and simple.

He’s still not better than SPtG though. J

#9 – Week 3’s  Decepticons: Kellen Winslow, this week’s winner of the Megatron Award (3 catches, 14 yards), Larry Johnson (19 carries, 38 yards), Cadillac Williams (11 total yards) and Derrick Ward (9 total yards).

#10 - A word of advice for BasketballMajor1. For those of you unaware, BBallMajor1 and I have been trading fantasy talk all week via the comments section of my last football blog. Here's the last question he asked:

Hey dmunn, thx! The only problem is that I'm down 4974 to 5460 right now, I'm 2nd in my league, and he's 1st. My team: Brees (thanks for the advice, my team seems a lot better now), Manning, Peterson, Coffee, Hester, Fitzgerald, Ochocinco, Witten, Vinateri, Giants D.

If you're looking to catch this guy, here's what I would do. Get rid of Hester, Fitzgerald and Witten. Here's why: Hester has yet to prove himself a capable wide receiver, so why spend the money on him (even if he only costs a bit more than $5,000,000)? Fitzgerald? He's a superstar... but right now he's not producing at a level befitting the $9,250,000 you spent to put him on your roster. Same deal with Witten. If you remove all three, that's about... $24,000,000 you'll have to spend. Focus that cash on acquiring a top-flight receiver in the $6-8M range (like Vincent Jackson or Reggie Wayne), a low budget all-star wideout in the $5-6M range (like, Mario Manningham or DeSean Jackson), and a the best tight end you can afford with the cash you have left (most-likely, Tony Gonzalez). Good tight ends are a lot harder to find then good wideouts, so it's normally a good idea to spend your fantasy dollars accordingly. Hope this helps!

And if any of you guys feel it's no fair for me to be helping BBallMajor1... don't be a hater! Send in your questions and I'll help you too!

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Don't listen to FootballAce704! The Ravens are the greatest defence in the NFL. Do not take the Baltimore Ravens out. Leave the Ravens in at all times because that is your defence. You also have great players. Just play harder. You can win from my advice. My name is FantasticHalfBack4 and I'm on your side!

Take out Baltimore D and put in the Pats or the Bears

I need advice: I'm in 9th place and I need to go against the team in first place in my league. I have Manning, Romo, Williams, Moss, Ward, Witten, Forte, Jones, Akers as kicker, and the Cowboys as Defense. What would you do?

i suggest getting rid of romo and witten. which manning and which moss? you should get instead of romo, brady. he's the best.

a little change. i do not have maroney, scaife, or eagles D. i have mcgahee, olsen, and saints D.
P.S. sorry i sent it twice. i edited it and it did not show up, so i typed it and sent it again.

i am second in the league i created, down 5723 to 5289. i have braylon edwards, a. boldin, w. welker, l. maroney, mdj, p. manning, t. brady, b. scaife, j. feely, and the eagels defence. help me please!

Hey i`m looking for some serious help right now.I`m 1-2 and winning against the worst team in my league.My team right now is,Brady,E.Manning,MJD,Chris Johnson,Fitzgerald,R.Moss,R.Williams,Shockey,Tynes,giants D.Any advice?

i need some help 2. i am 3-1-0 and winning against the worst team in my league that i created. i am second in the league, down 5723 to 5289. i have brady. p manning, b edwards, a boldin, w welker, l maroney, mjd, b scaife, j feely, eagles D. Please help me!

cleanupbatter49- my best advice is to keep brady and r. moss. they are a great pair!

get brees reggie wayne and darren sproles pretty cheap!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OK DNJ, I'll definitely upgrade next week!!!

I actually took off Britt and Tony Gonzalez because it's Gonzalez's bye week, and the Titans are stinking it up. New team: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson (Vikes), Donald Brown, Percy Harvin, Reggie Wayne, Jabar Gaffney, Dallas Clark, Stephen Gostkowski, and Giants D.

@BasketballMajor1... nice moves. You know what though? I'd drop D. Brown and go back to Glen Coffee. He's the unquestioned lead back now the Frank Gore is hurt, and I think he'll end up getting more opportunities this week than Brown. There's no guarantee either will play well, but all other things being equal, I always go with the player who'll see more action.

Also, if you have enough money, see if you can drop Gaffney, squeeze back up to $5,250,000 and re-acquire Ochocinco. I think he's a safer pick at the moment.

New team! Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson (Vikes), Glen Coffee, Reggie Wayne, Kenny Britt (Sleeper Alert!!!), Percy Harvin, Tony Gonzalez, Stephen Gostkowski, Giants D! Britt is becoming one of Kerry Collins's favorite targets. I thought he could be a sleeper, so obviously, I picked him.

I think you should try get back up $775,0000 and aquire Randy Moss.With a healthy Tom Brady he should have 15 TDs this year.He`s leading the NFL in recieving yards.

Oh, and should I bring back Ochocinco?

Thanks man! I just updated My team a few minutes ago actually, I just saw this. My two new members are Stephen Gostkowski and Steve Smith (Giants). I got them by dropping Vinateri and Ochocinco. I'm gonna upgrade even more with your advice.

Who's the best TE under $4,750,000? I need a replacement for Brent Celek (Eagles have a bye) and I only have $4,750,000.

@BaseballAce3847... hmm... Celek is pretty much the only option at tight end in that price range. Everyone below him is "enh," at best. If I were you, I'd try to downgrade at receiver just a bit, in order to get $5,250,000 worth of cap space. You can pick up Jeremy Shockey at that price... and as much as Rex Ryan and the Jets blitz, Shock-G should get plenty of looks this weekend.

My team is the Eagles and they look to reach the postseason this season, again. I am 2-1 and the eagles have a bye this week so I had to fix my fantasy team. My team last week was Matt Ryan, Kevin Kolb, Michael Turner, Desean Jackson, Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams,Brent Celek,Brian Westbrook{I forgot to take him off],Sebestein Janikowsski what's his face, and the Philadelphia Eagle's defense. Now this week's team is Peyton Manning,Eli Manning,Adrian Peterson,Chris Johnson,Chad Ochopcincincanattio, Roy Williams,Marques Colston,Dallas Clark,Sebestian Janikowski,and the NY Giants defense. I feel like I'm being to hard on the guys in my league. Dmunn do you know how to get to the top 100 teams fantasy teams on the home page like it says?

The Eagles are no good the Falcons dat deal

@SuperstarShortstop14... the Top 100 teams feature hasn't been added to the game yet. Give us another week or so and it should be up.

Ha! nice speech bubbles. hes not that great.

it will be... give it another week or so tho L.L...

uh is the popcorn moldy yet?

Dear Duane from Nj, the first game of the fantasy season I did great. Ever since then I just haven't been able to put it together. I've changed my team but nothings worked. Right now my team is Romo, Manning, Peterson, Jones-Drew, S. Moss, R. Williams, D. Jackson , Olsen, Folk, Cowboy D. I didn't want anything to do with the Jets D, and Saints offense.

Whattup BK19? I think I have your problem ID'd. First off, your running backs are fine. Stinky Pete the Great & MJD? Can't go wrong there. You're struggling because of four words: Romo, Moss, Williams and Olsen. None of those guys are producing well-enough to keep your fantasy team winning dude. Drop 'em all. Then, use the money you saved by dropping them and add some of the guys from this list (depending on who you can afford): Matt Ryan, Big Ben, Ochocinco, Reggie Wayne and Vincent Jackson. Your team should improve by leaps if you do.

I agree! Great script bubbles and boo Bufalo!

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