Happy Wednesday fantasy lovers! Week 3 is officially done and it has been another great set of games.
Although many players deserve recognition for their efforts, here are the two players that exceeded during their games this week:
RB Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons: 30 Rushes, 141 Yards, 5 Receptions, 52 Yards, 3 Rushing TDs; ESPN Score: 37
The Florida State alumnus showed the Cowboys and the league he is a force to be reckon with. Freeman led his team to a strong win against the Falcons — an unexpected 3-0 record so far. His biggest challenge will be J.J. Watt and the tough Houston defense for week 4. If he mirrors this strong performance, he will be a highly talked about back with potential to be a pro bowler.
TE Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers: 8 Receptions, 134 Yards, 2 TDs; ESPN Score: 25
When you hear of a TE having a great outing, you hear names such as Gronkowski, Witten, Graham, Gates and even Kelce. For Greg Olsen, he was the star and safety blanket for Cam Newton and the offense during their win against inner division opponent New Orleans. While most TEs don’t usually provide that many points for people’s team as a WR or RB would, Olsen surely made the impact that would help put teams in a comfortable lead, which definitely happened in some cases.
With great performances, there are stars who failed to help their team to win in week 3. Here are two players that underperformed:
RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears: 20 Rushes, 74 Yards, 0 TDs; ESPN Score: 7
Forte had a strong start, scoring 22 points for fantasy owners who had him in week 1. He has steadily declined since. He was playing a stronger Seattle Seahawks defense with Kam Chancellor returning to the field from his holdout. However, Forte is a make or break for some owners this week who really needed him to perform, mostly in PPR leagues. Hopefully he can get back in his groove against Oakland for week 4.
WR Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions: 8 Receptions, 77 Yards, 0 TDs; ESPN Score: 7
Calvin Johnson, the record holder for most receiving yards in a season in 2012, hasn’t had a good season thus far. He has a combination of only 199 receiving yards with only 1 TD this season, which probably have owners sitting him out and looking for other receivers to fill that WR1 position. I wouldn’t worry because this does happen to him from season to season. He will be back to his normal Calvin Johnson tendencies going forward.
And now time to prepare for week 4. Here’s are someone to lookout for:
RB Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
After not playing for a full year, Peterson has looked like he hasn’t missed a step these past two weeks. With rushing over a 100 yards, I say he will have a strong week 4 against a tough Denver defense and run for over 100 yards for a third week in a row.
And forget this one in week 4, sit him out:
RB LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills
McCoy is still suffering from his hamstring injury. It looks like he will get little to no touches this week against the Giants. The Bills are favored in the matchup and seems to be open to letting rookie Karlos Williams start and gain experience against a very young defense.
You ready? Good luck to everyone this week!