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Week 3 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  September 26, 2012 02:51 PM

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This was a great week to start…

QBs
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Racked up 384 yards and a TD quartet, without a turnover.
Matt Schaub, Texans – Got back on track with 290 passing yards and 4 TDs, plus a pick.
Joe Flacco, Ravens – Soared with 382 yards and a TD trifecta, plus an INT.
Andy Dalton, Bengals – Threw for 328 yards, 3 TDs and an INT, and ran for 16 yards.
Matt Ryan, Falcons – Amassed 275 yards and 3 TDs, plus an INT through the air.
Drew Brees, Saints – Passed for 240 yards and 3 TDs, plus an INT.

RBs
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Raced for 233 yards and a TD, plus 6 catches for 55 yards.
Andre Brown, Giants – Subbed capably for Bradshaw, with 113  rushing yards and 2 TDs, plus 17 receiving yards.
Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars – Rumbled for 177 yards and a TD, and added 2 catches for 16 yards.

WRs
Calvin Johnson, Lions – Played like Megatron, with 10 catches for 164 yards and 1 TD.
A.J. Green, Bengals – Hauled down 9 receptions for 183 yards and a TD, plus an 11-yard run.
Torrey Smith, Ravens – With the heaviest of hearts, caught 6 passes for 127 yards and 2 TDs.
Mike Wallace, Steelers – Notched 8 catches for 123 yards and a score.
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – Connected with Kolb for 9 catches, 114 yards and a TD.
Santonio Holmes, Jets – Nine receptions resulted in 147 yards.
Wes Welker, Patriots – Looked like the Welker of old with 8 catches for 142 yards.

TEs
Heath Miller, Steelers – Took 8 balls and delivered 60 yards and a pair of TDs.
Kyle Rudolph, Vikings – Reeled in 5 passes for 36 yards and 2 TDs.

D/STs
Titans – Scored on a punt return, a kickoff return and a fumble return, plus a sack.
Cardinals – Racked up 5 sacks, 3 fumbles, a 93-yard fumble return TD and held the Eagles to two field goals.

This was a great week to play against…

QBs
Cam Newton, Panthers – Threw 3 INTs and 242 yards, and ran just 6 yards with a TD.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – Had a disastrous fantasy outing, with 223 yards and zero scores.
Sam Bradford, Rams – After his outstanding Week 2, he passed for just 152 yards with 2 picks.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – Just 283 yards with no scores, and added an INT and 2 fumbles.
Jay Cutler, Bears – Tossed another stinker, with 183 passing yards and an INT, with 18 yards on the ground.
Michael Vick, Eagles – Passed for 217 yards and ran for 28, without a score, and lost 2 fumbles.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Managed only 173 passing yards, with 2 INTs.

RBs
Kevin Smith, Lions – With Mikel Leshoure back, he didn’t make the stat sheet.
Chris Johnson, Titans – 24 rushing yards and a 5-yard catch.  Nice.
Steven Jackson, Rams – Ran for a measly 29 yards and caught 2 passes for 5 yards.
Shonn Greene, Jets – Just 40 rushing and 9 receiving yards against Miami.
Reggie Bush, Dolphins – Rushed for 61 yards before leaving with a knee injury.
Frank Gore, 49ers – Only 63 rushing yards, plus a 9-yard pass reception, and he lost a fumble.
Stevan Ridley, Patriots – Ran for 37 yards on Sunday night.
Beanie Wells, Cardinals – Settled for 18 rushing yards.

WRs
Vincent Jackson, Bucs – Had a 29-yard catch on the day.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars – The rookie is coming along slowly, with just a 7-yard reception in the game.
Jordy Nelson, Packers – His 2 receptions netted 19 yards.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks – Posted a 22-yard catch on Monday night.
Demaryius Thomas, Broncos – Finished with 3 catches for 34 yards, and a fumble.
Marques Colston, Saints – Continued to disappoint with 3 catches for 40 yards.
Greg Jennings, Packers – Returned to haul in 6 passes for a measly 35 yards.

TEs
Jason Witten, Cowboys – Only 8 yards on 2 catches.
Rob Gronkowski, Patriots – Held to 21 yards on 2 receptions.
Antonio Gates, Chargers – Limited to 3 catches for 22 yards.

We didn’t see them coming…

Christian Ponder, Vikings – Passed for 198 yards and 2 TDs, adding 33 yards and a score on the ground.
Ramses Barden, Giants – With Nicks out, hauled in 9 passes for 138 yards.
Golden Tate, Seahawks – You can disagree all you want, but in the end, Tate emerged with 3 catches for 68 yards and 2 TDs.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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