What I Learned: Week 3

The Good: Green Bay Packers: QB Aaron Rodgers looks unstoppable without WR Jordy Nelson and with a slightly injured RB Eddie Lacy. I may have missed on the Colts Super Bowl pick (see The Bad), but I think I got one of the two teams right. QB Derek Carr: OK, so Carr did play against the Cleveland Browns…wait a second, Carr threw well against S Donte Whitner and CB Joe Haden. Carr was dynamite against the a good Browns secondary and the Oakland Raiders are relevant for the first time in a LONG time. RBs Joseph Randle and Devonta Freeman: Both of these RBs were fantastic this week, but I’ve got to give more credit to Freeman for finding a niche in a Falcons passing attack highlighted by QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Credit to Randle as well though for making the Cowboys running attack relevant in the absence of QB Tony Romo. These two RBs even played in the same game this past weekend, so if you watched, you were in for a real treat. WRs AJ Green and Steve Smith: Another fantastic matchup to watch, this game featured the top two receivers of the week in AJ Green and Steve Smith. Green gets the edge because the Cincinnati Bengals won, but Steve Smith probably was better himself because he doesn’t have QB Andy Dalton helping him by looking like QB Ben Roethlisberger with the deep bombs this season. TE Greg Olsen: Olsen scored 25 fantasy points this week, 9 more points than any other TE. Enough said. Arizona Cardinals Defense: QB Colin Kaepernick (see The Ugly) threw 4 interceptions to this defense.

The Bad: Indianapolis Colts: True, they are no longer totally defeated, but they won by just two points against the Tennessee Titans. This team is FAR from the Super Bowl team I thought they were. QB Ben Roethlisberger: He himself was not bad, but his injury and measly 5 fantasy points both were. RB Matt Jones: Jones was projected to be a breakout player following his week 2 performance. Instead, he was shut down by the New York Giants. WR Dwayne Harris: Even with an increased role following the New York Giants’ release of WR Preston Parker, Harris finished will a grand total of 0 receiving yards. TE Martellus Bennett: Yes he played the Seattle Seahawks and yes, he is on the Chicago Bears, but WR Alshon Jeffery is out and this guy was supposed to have a breakout year. Still not seeing the breakout with just 13 yards receiving. New York Jets Defense: Of course, when everybody jumps on the hype train for the Jets defense, they allow 24 points, force one turnover, and record one sack against the previously totally defeated Philadelphia Eagles, who were also without RB DeMarco Murray. Unlike the other bad candidates here, the Jets defense could jump back into “The Good” very soon.

The UglyMiami Dolphins: Did anybody watch their game against the Buffalo Bills this past weekend? I did until I fell asleep because they fell so far behind AT HOME! QB Colin Kaepernick: 4 INTs in one game? UGLY! RB Todd Gurley: Only 14 rushing yards in his NFL debut. Seriously?! How about attempting to prove you were worthy of the 10th overall selcetion in the draft? Miami Dolphins Defense: I know this is the Fins second appearance here in “The Ugly” section, but really, they should be grateful they weren’t the only team in “The Ugly” section, because they could be. Over 400 yards of offense is inexcusable when you have players like: Ndamukong Suh, Cameron Wake, Brent Grimes, Jelani Jenkins, and Reshad Jones there to stop offenses.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, have a pleasant tomorrow and don’t forget to watch the Baltimore Ravens @ Pittsburgh Steelers game.

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