Sep 27, 2012
The NFL and NFLRA reached an agreement late Wednesday night to end their labor dispute. The accord comes on the heels of a refereeing debacle on Monday Night Football that cost the Green Bay Packers a much needed win against the Seattle Seahawks.
The blown call on what should have been a game-ending interception by M.D. Jennings cost Vegas gamblers and fantasy football players millions of dollars and provided the leverage required to bring the two groups together for an agreement.
Gene Steratore’s veteran 7-man team has been assembled to ref Thursday Night Football between the Browns and the Ravens.
Week 3 Top Performers
Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger
384 Yards, 4 TD, 0 INT, 8 Rushing Yards
Big Ben won top honors last week after posting 384 yards and four touchdowns in a shootout loss to the Oakland Raiders. Roethlisberger’s 904 yards in the first three games is tied for fourth with Drew Brees and is indicative of Pittsburgh’s focus on throwing the ball this season.
Honorable Mention: Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub and Christian Ponder
Running Back: Jamaal Charles
223 Rushing Yards, 1 Rushing TD, 6 Receptions, 55 Receiving Yards, 0 Receiving TDs
Charles was the latest skill position player to torch the Saints with his 278 total yards and a rushing touchdown on Sunday. Peyton Hillis’ ankle injury gave Charles sole ownership of the starting running back position for the Chiefs, and the former Texas Longhorn did not disappoint.
Honorable Mention: Andre Brown, Maurice Jones-Drew and Ray Rice
Wide Receiver: Torrey Smith
6 Catches, 127 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs
Smith delivered the feel-good story of the week by earning top receiver honors after learning about the tragic death of his younger brother. Smith was able to play through the tragedy while catching 6 balls for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: A.J Green, Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate*
Tight End: Heath Miller
8 Catches, 60 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving TDs
Miller was one of the recipients of Big Ben’s big day against the Raiders on Sunday. He caught eight balls for 60 yards and two touchdowns, in a game in which he was likely not played by many fantasy owners.
Honorable Mention: Kyle Rudolph, Tony Gonzalez and Martellus Bennett
Defense/Special Teams: Arizona Cardinals
6 Points Allowed, 5 Sacks, 3 Fumbles, 1 TD
The Cardinals continue to make a claim as one of the best defenses in the league after limiting Mike Vick and the Eagles to just 6 points.
Honorable Mention: Chicago, Tennessee and Atlanta
Matthew Stafford left Sunday’s shootout against the Titans after sustaining a hip injury while trying to make a post-fumble tackle. Stafford was replaced by Shaun Hill, who led the Lions back on a miraculous hail-mary pass to Titus Young.
Other Notable Injuries
1) Austin Collie – Knee (Done for season)
2) Reggie Bush – Knee (Day to Day)
3) Beanie Wells – Knee (Placed on IR)
4) CJ Spiller – Shoulder (Likely out week 4)
Working the Wire
Beanie Wells’ placement on IR gives Ryan Williams the clear-cut starting role at tailback for the Arizona Cardinals. Williams is a must add in all formats if he is available.
Other Players to Target
1) Andrew Hawkins, WR CIN
2) Tashard Choice, RB BUF
3) Daniel Thomas, RB MIA
4) Bilal Powell, RB NYJ
Plug & Play Defense: Week 4
The following defenses are above average plays this week for owners who opted to utilize a matchup-based strategy.
1) Chargers on the road against the Chiefs
2) Tampa Bay against Washington
Start of the Week: Cray Rice vs. Browns
Ray Rice should have a nice game against the Browns on Thursday Night Football before a sellout home crowd.
Cleveland has given up the 16th most points to opposing running backs, and Rice torched the Browns for 291 yards in two games last season
Fantasy Dud: Rob Gronkowski
2 catches, 21 yards and 0 touchdowns
After catching 27 touchdowns in his first two seasons, Rob Gronkowski earned an early draft position in most drafts this season.
His two catch, 21 yard performance earned his spot as the most disappointing fantasy start in week 3.
Honorable Mention: Cam Newton, Tony Romo and Demaryius Thomas