What a crazy day of football. Three morning games went into overtime and we saw the Jets, Bills, Bengals, and Vikings get to two wins before the Steelers, Patriots, Lions, and Panthers. The Cardinals are 3-0. The Saints are 0-3.
This game. I love this damn, crazy, unpredictable, frustrating game.
There were some big days for quarterbacks and some terrible ones. Here are the ones that had the biggest impacts.
While he ultimately was on the losing side, Roethlisberger forced himself upon the Raiders defense for 384 yards, 4 TD and no picks. He now has 8 TD, 1 INT and over 900 yards through three games. Roethlisberger has been consistently efficient throughout his career, but he's rarely been a fantasy star, having only topped 30 touchdown passes once. He only had more than two touchdown passes in a game twice last season, and he had fewer than two ten times. That's hard to rely on as a starter. But his attempts go up every year, he could go for 4,500 yards and 30 TDs with Mike Wallace, Antonio Bryant and Heath Miller this season as they rush it less and less. They have a bye this week.
Cam Newton against the Giants (BAD)
I advised FOR drafting Newton this year, even as others said he would fall back to Earth. We all can't be perfect, and Cam should know that as good as anybody now. Are they not paying him enough? Newton has 2 TD and 5 INT on the year and 81 yards rushing, most of which came in Week 2. This could be a good buy-low moment, but buyer beware. The Falcons just shut down Philip Rivers and that's who Cam faces next week.
Matt Ryan against the Chargers (ELITE?)
Is it safe to now say that Ryan has taken it to the next level? He's completing over 70% of his passes after three games, 8 TD and 1 INT and solidly over 250 yards per game. He's got the tools and an offensive gameplan that's finally working. Hard to say that there are five better QBs in fantasy right now.
Who had 4 TD against the Broncos for a team that looks to be far and away the best in the AFC. Schaub came into the game with only a single touchdown pass, but he's going to get 25-30 TD passes if he stays healthy. He's on the best team in the worst division, there will be some blowouts.
At times, Fitzpatrick will look pretty good and he was good again on Sunday against Cleveland. Fitzpatrick was 22 of 35 for 208 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT. His numbers after three games: 581 yards, 8 TD, 3 INT. That's not a lot of yards but he's putting up important scores and limiting turnovers, similar to how he started 2011: 9 TD, 3 INT after three games. However, he had 15 TD and 20 INT over the rest of the season. For now, he's a good option as a backup, but not someone I'm prepared to call a week-in, week-out starter. He sees the Patriots this week.
He's my favorite quarterback to hate on, and he should be yours too. Sanchez was 21 of 45, 306 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT. He's completing 52.6% of his passes after three games, which is what you should focus on and not the fact that he did throw for 306 yards in an overtime game against a bad team. The Jets should have lost this game but Dan Carpenter and Joe Philbin blew it, overshadowing the times that Sanchez blew it by over-throwing targets in the red zone and throwing crucial interceptions. He's not good and eventually Tim Tebow will get the call. Even if he's not better, he's more entertaining.
Ryan Tannehill against the Jets (TWO COLLIDING BLACK HOLES)
Tannehill and Sanchez combined to go 37 of 81 in this game. Kurt Warner said that Tannehill looked like the second-best rookie QB to him, but I'm not entirely sure he's watched any of the games. I watched part of this game and all of the Dolphins-Raiders game and he is far from a good thing right now. Not that he hasn't shown flashes of being good, but he's a long way from being there and obviously not a fantasy option.
Matt Cassel against the Saints (FINAL YEAR?)
The Chiefs pulled an upset win in New Orleans, getting their first win and sending the Saints to 0-3. However, Cassel was 26 of 44, 248 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT. He used to be a decent backup fantasy QB, but I'm wondering if this is now his final year as the Chiefs starter, as they may have a high pick next year. Kansas City faces the Chargers, Ravens and Bucs over the next three.
Robert Griffin III against the Bengals (REAL DEAL, FANTASY AT LEAST)
The Redskins lost their second straight game, this time falling apart in the fourth quarter and losing to the Bengals at home. They might not be ready, but Griffin threw for 221 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 85 yards and another score. He's got seven total touchdowns in three games and is a good start each week. He faces the Bucs next week.
It didn't sound serious (Clayton said on Twitter that it was "nothing serious") but it was bad enough that he didn't come back from a strained right leg after his team had mounted an unbelievable comeback to send the game to overtime. Stafford was 33 of 42 for 278 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT which sadly is probably his best game of the season so far. He's been inconsistent and unhealthy in his career, but you can't ignore someone who had 41 touchdown passes last year and works with Calvin Johnson. The injury will have to be monitored.
Jake Locker against the Lions (GOOD)
Is he ready? Locker was 29 of 42, 378 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT as he outplayed Stafford considerably. He also ran for 35 yards but did lose a fumble. Accuracy was thought to be an issue, but Locker is completing well over 60% of his passes on the year and looks to be on the edge of breaking through as a legit fantasy starter.
Cutler was just 17 of 31, 183 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT. He now has 3 TD and 6 INT on the season and really can't seem to live up to the actually-high amount of talent he possesses. Lucky for Chicago, they are 2-1 and Cutler is still a lot better than Caleb Hanie.
I was higher on Bradford a week ago, but he and the offensive line are showing that they're just not there yet. Bradford had a QB rating of 39.2, threw 2 INT, 0 TD, and was sacked six times. He gets a very difficult Seahawks defense next week.
It seemed like last season might have been a fluke for Freeman but after a terrible performance in Dallas yesterday (10 of 28, 110 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) he's completing just barely over 50% of his passes on the season with 4 TD and 3 INT. There aren't a whole lot of excuses left for Freeman, but we'll just have to be patient. He is working with new coaches this year. There ya go, there's an excuse.
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