Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 3
Once is an accident. Twice is a pattern. Three times is a trend. Well, my friends out here in the Land of Fantasy, we are on the verge of a trend.
Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Colin Kaepernick all threw for 400-plus yards in Week 1. Last week, it was Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick and Philip Rivers turning the trick. In 2012, 11 different passers threw for at least 400 yards once. We're only through two weeks this season, and we've already seen six different guys hit the 400-yard mark. In short, passing yards come a whole lot cheaper than they used to.
I bet that the pattern does not develop into a trend, at least not this week. While Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have big days ahead, I don't foresee any passer eclipsing 400 yards. What do I see? You can check all that out in the Week 3 projections.
Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.
The Seahawks embarrassed Kaepernick last week, but he'll bounce back in a big way against an inferior opponent.
Wilson struggled against the 49ers, but then the Seahawks didn't need him to light it up for the win. He'll bounce back strong against lowly Jacksonville.
Manning became the first player in NFL history to throw for nine touchdowns without an interception in the first two weeks of the season. The train will keep right on rolling this week.
After going away from him early last week, Andy Reid will make sure to feed Charles early and often against the Eagles. It'll result in his biggest game of the season to date.
Forte put up a huge game last week, racking up 161 yards from scrimmage and 11 receptions. Expect more of the same this week.
Lynch ground out 98 yards and two scores on 28 carries against San Francisco. It'll be a little easier for him this week.
That's more like it. After just four catches for 30 yards in Week 1, Johnson had six receptions for 116 yards and a score last week. He'll keep it rolling against Washington.
After a quiet day against the Giants, Thomas will once again be a beast in Week 3.
The Steelers held Green to six catches for just 41 yards last week. I'm willing to bet he makes up for that against the Packers.
I knew exactly what Graham did last week since I played him in one of my most important leagues, and I still did a double-take when I saw his stats again writing these projections. He'll have another huge day against Arizona.
Cook may have only caught one pass last week, but he had six targets. He's always going to be one of the focal points of this offense.
Seattle totally negated the San Francisco passing game, but I'm betting it gets back on track this week.
As far as a fantasy kicker goes, Tucker was essentially shut out last week. I think he'll make up for that in a big way against Houston.
Washington's defense has been a sieve, giving kickers plenty of scoring opportunities. That will continue with Akers' big day Sunday.
Thanks to an offense that is having trouble punching the ball into the end zone, Bironas will have a big day Sunday.
The Niners shut down Russell Wilson and sacked him four times. Coming off a loss, expect a huge performance at home.
They shut down Cam Newton. They shut down Colin Kaepernick. What do you think they're going to do to Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert. This is going to be a laugher.
Cincinnati rebounded from a ho-hum Week 1 performance to register two sacks, two takeaways and 10 points allowed against the Steelers. You'll want to start this defense every week if it's on your roster.