Game of the Week: San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans
For the second straight week the Tennessee Titans have made the game of the week. This week they played the San Diego Chargers, who were the clear favorite to win. However, Jake Locker had a different idea and he showed it on Sunday. With the Chargers leading 17-13 in the 4th quarter, Jake Locker and the offense took the field with roughly two minutes to go. Locker looked like a young Peyton Manning on the final drive, completing seven passes for 94 yards.
But the biggest play was the final pass of the drive. Locker threw a 34 yard touchdown to rookie Justin Hunter (this was Hunters first reception in the NFL) with 15 seconds left to make the score 20-17 (including the PAT). Locker was the star of the day completing 23 of 37 for 299 yards passing and one touchdown, and he also rushed for 68 yards on five attempts.
Worst Game of the Week: New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers
For all the Carolina Panthers fans please disregard the “Worst Game of the Week” label because the Panthers looked great. I am actually focusing on just the New York Giants in this game. With this loss the Giants move to 0-3. Since 1978 only five teams with an 0-3 start have made the playoffs. But lets forget about the playoffs for now and focus on what happened in this game. The Giants only completed 25% of their 3rd downs, totaled 150 yards, and averaged just 3.0 yards a play on offense. Yes, I know the Panthers front seven is good but not this good. More importantly the defense was torn apart by Cam Newton and the Panthers offense. The Giants looks terrible and yes there were some bad games this weekend but this might have been the worst performance I have seen in a while.
Top Fantasy Player: Antonio Brown
Brown was an absolute stud on Sunday night, he caught nine passes for 196 yards. Most people would be happy with just that production however, he also had two touchdowns. It was an outstanding performance by Brown, but he would have had a better night if he wouldn’t have dropped an easy touchdown early in the game. Brown certainly was a standout in week 3 and this might have been the best game Brown will ever have.
Worst Fantasy Player: Eli Manning
Manning not only was the worst fantasy quarterback in week 3, his team was beaten badly by the Carolina Panthers 38-0. Many would have thought when the Giants were down so bad that Manning would have gotten some garbage time points but that wasn’t the case. Manning only threw for 119 yards and had one interception. It was an ugly day for Manning and the Giants, but don’t worry to much, he is most likely your backup and I don’t foresee Manning having another week this bad.
Waiver Wire Pickups
QB: Alex Smith
Some of you may be asking me why I am putting Smith on this list, he doesn’t put up huge numbers. Well, Smith is a game manager who plays a safe game. He isn’t a starter in fantasy but he is a solid backup. He will do anything not to turn the ball over and in fantasy everyone wants a quarterback who doesn’t commit a lot of turnovers. Smith will be a solid play when bye weeks start.
RB: Daniel Thomas
Thomas isn’t a starter I know, however, for those people hurting at running back, Thomas is a flex play that could help you get a few points. Lamar Miller is the number one in Miami but he doesn’t have the best hands and Thomas has been utilized out of the backfield as a receiver. Please don’t go waste a waiver wire pick if you have good running backs, I am only advising people who are thin at running back. Also, remember Thomas isn’t going to get you 15 points a game but he is good enough to get your 5 or 10, if Miller goes down Thomas is the primary back.
WR: Ted Ginn Jr.
Yes we all remember this electrifying player but then he disappeared. Well guess what folks he might just be back. In the last two weeks he has had over 50 yards receiving and a touchdown in each game. Be careful though, we all know that Ginn is the type of player that is hit or miss. You may get a good week followed by a few bad weeks. However, the one thing all fantasy players love is a guy who can bust a small play into a huge play in seconds and that’s just what Ginn can do.
No big free agent standouts this week.
DEF & K: None
Sorry guys I just don’t see why you would waste a waiver pick on a defense or kicker. Wait until after waivers unless you really see the potential for a huge week for someone based off matchups.