Fantasy Football: Lessons Loom in Week 3

By M3Swagger

Don’t be a September Champion. Even if your swagger has returned, there is still a long way to go in the fantasy football season. Using the same lineup week after week just won’t work. Adapt, adjust and study opponents as much as your own team. In other words, pay attention.

Looking ahead to what will constitute success in week 3 are answers to many questions asked by those daring enough to adjust their rosters either due to – or in spite of – their records.

Larry Fitzgerald had one catch last week? Sorry, that reads more like a statement, but it does carry a tone of wonderment. Perhaps it should be restated as: the Cardinals defeated the Patriots and Larry Fitzgerald had one catch last week? This illustrates that fantasy football is not an exact science. Don’t give up on Larry for another 10 years or so. It is time to take the Cardinals’ defense seriously and acquire them off the waiver wire. They have the Eagles and Dolphins at home in the next two weeks, then visit the Rams.

Is this enigma in decline? The mysteriously productive run of the Rams’ Steven Jackson appears to be nearing its end. Just how close to the end nobody knows. Long the lone bright spot in a woeful Rams era, the reliable nine-year running back Jackson was benched last week or allegedly injured. Enter Daryl Richardson, whose blend of rushing and receiving may be more cohesive to the Sam Bradford-led offense. While not giving up on Jackson completely, it would be smart to acquire Richardson.

Who’s in the Hoosegow ? The Falcons’ Michael Turner was arrested on DUI charges early Tuesday, shortly after a decent performance against the Broncos. He is not in jail and the incident should not impact his playing time against the Chargers this week. Heck, the league is more worried about on-field hits and oblivious to off-field behavior. Unless someone shoots themselves, they will play. In a true fantasy football world, players would have class and decorum. But why start now?

Has anyone heard of Brandon Myers? No, he is not the new guy in IT or that one from accounting who never talks to anyone. Despite the commonness of his name, he is in fact the Raiders’ tight end and leading receiver. Do not be distracted by Kellen Winslow Jr. and the Patriots’ tight end situation. Look west and toward the Raiders’ more desperate situation. Myers may be the only Raider to find the end zone against the Steelers this week.

Which Johnson is it? On the weekly Johnson Watch, let’s add the Bills’ Stevie. He does few things quietly, but that is the best definition of his consistent numbers this year. Chris and Calvin have yet to reach their respective potential. Both were first-round fantasy draft picks and both are making their team owners question their own sanity. As for Andre, he thrives in close games in which the Texans face more passing situations. Keep the opponent in mind; this week it’s Denver, and it will likely be a shootout.

Welker? I hardly know her … Do not give up on Wes. The situation will arise, perhaps this week against the Ravens, in which the Patriots’ former go-to guy will re-emerge as such. Don’t jump on the Julian Edelman bandwagon just yet. Edelman? I hardly know him

Best game of the week? Rejoice if you have any Falcons or Chargers on your roster. Their matchup should be a fantasy point-gathering bonanza. It looks as though the Chargers’ Dante Rosario and Jackie Battle will relinquish their impersonations of Antonio Gates and Ryan Mathews to the originals. As for the Falcons, there are no doubts about Matt Ryan and his receivers.

All of these questions lead to one answer – remain in the loop.

The second-worst thing that can happen in fantasy football is to stop following the game and start injured players or those on a bye week.

The worst thing that could happen is losing to that negligent team.

Sure, strange things happen no matter how well-prepared you think you are. That is just fate. But you can control your lineup, and you have to be ready to win.

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