Week 3 Football Notes

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come to bury Aromashodu, not to praise him. The drop happy, no blocking, slot sucking Mike Martz reject saw limited snaps in Week Two and was Inactive for Week Three. Even worse, his confidence was crushed when he was demoted from the Corporate Ladder. Aromashodu is now Stenchamodu. Dev Stench may have value in the future (when he is more comfortable working as a slot receiver or in the wake of a Knox/Hester injury), but for now, the 55% owned WR can be dropped in standard sized leagues. Look for Johnny Knox to be the only reliable WR in Chicago.

Jermichael Finley posted his second consecutive 100-yard game. He caught all nine passes thrown his way and caught a tenth for a TD, but it was called back on a holding penalty. This will be your #1 ranked TE in 2011 drafts. The only thing going against Jermichael is the fact he looks like the Ken Griffey Jr. characterture from The Simpsons.

Brandon Jackson was ineffective yet again (7 attempts, 12 yards). He did manage to catch 4 passes for 27 yards, but I don’t think this is what people expected when they spent all their FAAB money for his services. The Pack gets Detroit at home next week so Jackson owners may have one last shot at selling on him. Detroit’s run defense isn’t as bad as it used to be with the additions of Suh, Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams. I would use the game as a selling point rather than waiting for him to have a good game before trying to move him. Get your used cars salesman on.

With Jimmy Clausen at QB, it seems the Panthers have given up. As bad as he was (INT, 2 Fumbles Lost), they were still in the game for the most part and still failed to give DeAngelo Williams enough carries (10). Clausen threw the ball 33 times and Steve Smith had 5 targets. This is not good for Smith’s value. Now, I am glad I lost that bidding war to Starbonell.

Terrell Owens caught 4 passes for 42 yards. He now has 14 receptions off 33 targets, good bad for 154 yards and 0 TD. He was born in 1973 and Carson Palmer (2 INT vs CAR) is his QB, lose all hope people.

New England had 8 different players with a rushing attempt, including Wes Welker, Brandon Tate, Danny Woodhead (elig. at WR and RB) and Aaron Hernandez. You often hear about how worthless New England Running Backs are due to the committee they employ, but Maroney was traded to DEN, Faulk is on the IR for the season and Fragile Freddy re-injured his toe. Enter BenJarvus Green-Ellis. BGE put up a 96-yard day with a TD on the side. If your memory fails to serve you, the 11% owned BGE had five Touchdowns in a six-game stretch in 2008 so he can be useful if Fred Taylor were to miss some time. Keep an eye on Taylor’s toe.

C.J. Spiller had four carries. I guess that is 4x better than the workload he received in Week Two, but it’s just not enough. We cannot plug Spiller into our lineups hoping for Touchdowns off Kick Returns. Trent Edwards has been cut by the Bills, a devastating blow to the 4% of the Yahoo! crowd who owned him. Curious to know if the Bills drafted a QB this year, I find this nugget at Levi Brown Round 7, Pick 2 (209) “Pick Analysis: Brown has been undervalued all along. He was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, but only as a throwing QB, not a participant. He had good tape, and he has a chance to be a very solid backup QB.” The Bills and backup Quarterbacks go hand-in-hand like Lloyd and Harry.

Dwayne Bowe caught a TD!!! It only took a double flea flicker. Jamaal Charles owners are losing hope of Todd Haley being fired, the Chiefs are now 3-0. I don’t really blame Haley for limiting Jamaal’s workload, he did have offseason shoulder surgery. At the same time, I didn’t draft Charles. If I did, this would be the space where I blow a gasket. Jamaal had 12 carries (97 yards) to Thomas Jones‘ 19 carries (95 yards, TD).

The 49ers fired their offensive coordinator, Jimmy Raye. He was pretty offensive, but not in a good way. The team scored a combined 38 points against the Seahawks, Saints and Chiefs. Raye and Singletary didn’t always see eye-to-eye on how to run the offense. I’m sure the team will still be run oriented, but they need someone to get the pass game going. Mike Johnson was promoted from Quarterbacks Coach to Offensive Coordinator.

Ahmad Bradshaw 15 carries, 88 yards, TD. Brandon Jacobs 4 carries, 17 yards, useless. Ladies and gentlemen, we had a Steve Smith (NYG) sighting. He pulled in nine receptions for 103 yards, but 55 of those yards came during the last drive in garbage time. For those who still think Steve Smith is the Giants best WR, enjoy.

Peyton Hillis is a powerful dude. If you didn’t know already, the new regime isn’t buying into Jerome Harrison. Hillis was already getting most of the redzone work and all the goal line carries before Week Three. After his 180 total yard steam rolling of BAL, you better be damn sure that he is going to be their guy. Hillis was scooped up in all my leagues before his massive day, but he is still available in over half of Yahoo! leagues. I am shopping Hillis in a league where I need a WR in a bad way, but I haven’t received a single offer. I’d probably asked for someone like Malcom Floyd or Jeremy Maclin.

Does anyone remember the last time Ray Rice scored a TD? It was December 13th, 2009.

Carnell Williams needs to be scrapped out. His crushed velvet seats are no longer oozing down the street, waving to the girls or feeling out of sight. He is now averaging 2.5 yards per carry after his 6 carry, 13 yard performance against PIT. LeGarrette Blount and Kareem Huggins are your two candidates for owners to be spending their FAAB money on a Tuesday night. Blount ran for 27 yards and a short yardage TD off six carries vs PIT and Huggins has been nursing a groin injury on the sidelines for most of the season. Huggins should be back at practice soon and Tampa has a Week Four bye week to sort things out. “Sucker Punch” (2% owned) is your 247 lb bruiser, “Huggie Bear” (3%) is your 4.3 speed demon. Take either of one these guys for a test drive.

No, you do not need to pick up Charlie Batch.

The rumors of Tony Gonzalez‘s demise were greatly exaggerated. Even with the bounce back (8-110-1), I would still complete the trade I sent out earlier (Tony G and Ricky W for Keller and Ronnie B), only because Dustin Keller looks like this years Vernon Davis.

P.T. is such a fitting moniker for Pierre Thomas. What was once a buzz worthy commodity is now yesterdays news. Mike Bell is out of the picture, Reggie Bush is nursing his vag and Pierre only logs 9 carries? Really Sean Payton? Thomas didn’t get any extra carries with Bush out, but he did benefit in the receiving department (6 rec, 61 yards).

Lance Moore went to town (6-149-2) on every one’s bench. I have him on multiple teams (I don’t want to count) and I didn’t start him. Only 1% of the Yahoo! crowd benefited from the grand performance. He is going to be a “flavor of the week”, but it’s going to be difficult to predict these types of games from the NO WR Corps. Moore was targeted 7 times this week, but has only 11 on the season.

Jahvid Best hurt his wittle toe. The oft-injured back will have to play through the turf toe or succumb to the pain and sit out. He’s going to have trouble with that on the Lions home field surface and while toe injuries don’t sound serious, they really do handicap players. Best’s ability to push off, accelerate and make cuts will be hindered and that is his game.

Another day, another day of Bernard Berrian sucking ass.

I really don’t have much faith in Brett Favre anymore. What a sad day it is when you turn on an old man. The guy doesn’t get a lot of protection from an overrated o-line and doesn’t have much for down field targets. Favre is going short on all his throws it seems. Real short, I mean a fat ass 320 lb DT caught a pass from him. He’s thrown six Interceptions already, he threw only seven last year! I’m not happy about this.

Now for the good news; since Week Three, the Vikings are undefeated!

It might be time to start up a Felix Jones money pool. Guess the week in which Felix Jones actually carries the ball ten times. $1 to enter, winner(s) take all. Post your guesses in the comments and send your money to Virgil.

Aghhhhh, Arian Foster lost a fumble! His season is over! He is doomed! LOL. I think that’s how all the Anti-Arian talk sounded before the season started. Who is supposed to steal all his carries again? Steve Slaton? Vonta Leach? Ron Dayne? The guy has over 400 yards rushing and 500 yards combined. He’s a manimal.

Dez Bryant‘s first three games: 56 yards, 52 yards, 50 yards

The info coming out about Andre Johnson‘s ankle seems to be all over the place. It gets as rosy as him just aggravating an old injury he was already playing through to him suffering a high ankle sprain. Friday will be the day to watch as Andre will likely be rested until then at the very least. Andre owners do not want to see a high ankle sprain, but those of use who have a piece of Jacoby Jones and Kevin Walter wouldn’t mind seeing that diagnosis.

Austin Miles (2-20) and Roy Williams (5-117-2) switched roles for the week. Don’t bet on that happening again. Tony Romo and Matt Schaub were closely ranked in most QB positional rankings, Tony won me over in my final rankings and won the heads up battle with a 284 yard, 2 TD day (Schaub 241 yard, TD, 2 INT).

Everyone is talking about Michael Vick becoming a great QB. He had all the time in the world to pick apart a terrible defense. Big deal. He’s now been matched up against a defense that wasn’t prepared for him, the Lions and the Jaguars. Time to Sell High.

DeSean Jackson is the king of yards per reception. He doesn’t need many catches to pile up 100 yards and a score. Maybe Michael Vick won’t kill his value like some thought. Speaking of the Vick Effect, LeSean McCoy will see some nice running lanes with defenses worried about the side-to-side running ability of the speedy QB. Chris Johnson benefited from this when Vince Young reclaimed his job last season.

Clinton Portis 7 carries, 44 yards. Ryan Torain 7 carries, 46 yards. Uh oh, looks like deep leaguers have a new bench player. Torain is owned in only 1% of Yahoo! leagues.

Speaking of uh oh, Steven Jackson went down (surprise!). The groin has not been torn, I repeat, the groin has not been torn. It was just a strain and we’ll have to wait for Friday’s practice to get a feel for what is going to happen with SJax. Kenneth Darby, not to be confused with Jefferson Darcy, is the handcuff for worried Jackson owners.

I think most of us knew Austin Collie would have a good day with Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon on the sidelines, but I don’t think anyone predicted a 12 catch, 171 yard, 2 TD day. Every Pierre Garcon owner out there just said, “Damn Gina!”. Garcon may not be cleared to play against Jacksonville, look for another big day from AC.

Laurence Maroney failed to follow the footsteps of Arian Foster and Ahmad Bradshaw (12 carries, 24 yards), Knowshon Moreno‘s job is safe. Kyle Orton threw for 476 yards! Brandon Lloyd 169, Jabar Gaffney 140, Demaryius Thomas 43, Eddie Royal 23. Good luck predicting the leading receiver each week.

Darren McFadden 25 carries, 105 yards. Michael Bush 3 carries, 13 yards. Where was this Run DMC when I reached for him last year? I guess I’m just ahead of my time. Darius Heyward-Bey is tied for 14th in targets (26) and he is getting plenty of looks in the redzone. The production should eventually come.

Mike Tolbert didn’t do too much while Ryan Mathews was out (17 carries, 73 yards, Fumble Lost). It sounds like Mathews will be back for Week Four and Marcus McNeil signed his tender. The LT won’t be back for a few more games, but this is all good news for Mathews owners.

Justin Forsett had 17 carries! It’s a miracle. Julius Jones had zero touches and Leon Washington managed just one carry. Forsett just might have climbed his way back into the Corporate Ladder.

Brandon Marshall was your Week Three leader in targets (17). He carried plenty of make believe teams with his 10 catch, 166 yard, one TD day. Chad Henne finally had a useful day (44 attempts, 363 yard, 2 TD, INT) as MIA decided to attack the Jets through the air.

LaDainian Tomlinson 15 carries, 70 yards, short yardage TD. Shonn Greene 10 carries, 36 yards. That’s it, it’s all over for Shonn Greene. The hot hand in the NYJ backfield is going to get the carries in the second half, forget those “bell cow” quotes about Greene from Rex Ryan. I escaped the Shonn Greene death clutch in the only league in which I drafted him. Someone released me from fantasy purgatory by trading Adrian Peterson to me for Greene and MSW (after Week One). Thank the lord, kumbaya.