Week 3 is in the bag and what a week it was! AFC front runners Buffalo and Kansas City both took their first L of the season. The Jacksonville Jaguars currently look unstoppable. The MVP race, although early, seems to have a few clear front runners. Oh, and the Miami Dolphins are currently all by themselves at the top of the AFC Standings. There was plenty of breadwinning this week, and as always, a little bedshitting too. Without further ado, lets dive in!
Lamar Jackson has to be the front runner for the MVP award and is becoming a regular on the Breadwinners list. Lamar Jackson is on pace for 4244 yards passing, 57 TDs, 1377 rushing yards, and 11 rushing TDs. While that pace simply cannot continue, Lamar doesn’t look like he’ll be slowing down any time soon as he combined for 5 TDs and 100 yards rushing on Sunday. Jackson is the only QB in NFL history to put up 102.6 fantasy points through the first 3 weeks of the season. Up next is a showdown with Buffalo which should be another shootout. Look for Jackson to try to make it three weeks in a row on Breadwinner’s Row.
David Montgomery went down early against the Texans but the Bears didn’t miss a beat with Khalil Herbert finishing tied for first in PPR points on the day with 30.9. Herbert carried the ball 29 times for 157 yards and 2 TDs. Montgomery is listed as day-to-day and should be Questionable for next week’s game. If Monty misses any amount of times Herbert becomes an instant high-end RB2 low-end RB1 candidate. For his career, Herbert has never had less than 75 yards rushing when he plays 50% of the snaps.
A lot of people wrote Smith off after his week one goose egg. Those that held on to him have seen much better days since. Smith just missed the Breadwinners list last week but wasn’t going to be denied tying Khalil Herbert with 30.9 fantasy points on the day. He did it in spectacular fashion hauling in 8 receptions on 12 targets including a jaw-dropping grab to set up his TD catch. He has now outscored teammate AJ Brown in consecutive weeks and the Eagles look like they have the best offense in the NFC. Next week he gets another plus matchup against the Jaguars, who are off to a surprisingly hot start.
Jameis Winston missed Olave a few times last week, but that didn’t continue this week. The Ohio State product exploded in week three bringing in 9 catches for 147 yards. He saw 13 targets for the second consecutive week and watched as both Jarvis Landry and Michael Thomas left the game early with injuries. Olave may have become the front runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year after this game. Even if Thomas and Landry avoid missing time it is clear that Olave has a huge role in the Saints offense and an obvious rapport with Jameis.
It’s doubtful that anyone was depending too much on Fields this week. He once again disappointed and now has a total of 297 passing yards for the season, which ranks 32nd. He is currently behind Daniel Jones who hasn’t played his third game and Cooper Rush who has only one game under his belt. He is currently 32nd in pass attempts, 31st in completions, and tied for 27th with only 2 passing TDs. Anyone holding out hope that Justin Fields is an NFL Quarterback can go ahead and let it go. He should be dropped in all formats.
The Detroit Lions lost another heartbreaker on Sunday, this time to the Minnesota Vikings. D’Andre Swift was questionable before the game but ultimately suited up and gave it a go. He wasn’t very involved in the offense rushing the ball only 7 times for 31 yards while pulling down 3 out of 4 targets for 15 yards. His counterpart, Jamaal Williams saw 20 carries in the day, almost as much as he saw the first two weeks combined. There is reason to be concerned about Swift as he is dealing with both ankle and shoulder injuries. Fantasy managers should monitor this situation closely and potentially look to add Williams if he is available on waivers.
Sunday Night Football was one for the ages if you’re someone who is really into watching an all-out clinic on punting. As I wrote last week, it wasn’t supposed to be this way. Russell Wilson and this Denver Broncos offense were supposed to be a match made in Heaven. Instead, they look less potent than the Seahawks offense he left, which is now led by Geno Smith, who is 6 spots ahead of Russ through 3 weeks. This wasn’t just a bad game for Russ, this was one of the worst games of his career going 20/33 for just 184 yards and no touchdowns. He also led the Broncos to 8 three and outs which is another negative career high. I planted the flag last week and said I believe in Russ. It may be time to hop off the bandwagon. Maybe Pete Carroll and the Seattle front office was smarter than we gave them credit for.
Maybe I just really enjoy writing about Allen Robinson. After fighting and clawing his way off the shit list last week, Robinson doubled down and came back for seconds in week 3. Allen once again saw 5 targets but was only able to bring in 2 of them for 23 yards. Since the beginning of last season Robinson has only posted 50 or more yards receiving 4 times with only 2 TDs during that time. He is in prime position to be feasting in a Rams offense that has had no problems getting Cooper Kupp involved. There are some serious doubts about Allen Robinson moving forward and he should be a sell now candidate in most formats. He will likely have a TD or two along the way this season which should build back a little value, but there are better TD dependent options that can be had. Sell ARob while you still can.
That's it for this week. Come back next week to see the new batch of players who make the shit list, as well