Week 3 Overachievers
The first two weeks of the season have offered up some disappointing peformances from traditionally reliable performers. In our Week 3 Overachievers article, we offer up some players who have underachieved thus far, and should perform more in line of what was expected of them during fantasy drafts this preseason.
Rex Grossman - He's at home again, and the Dallas offense should put up more points than the lowly Chiefs did. This means that Grossman will have to be more active than the measly 160 yards that he put up last week. Expect some nice numbers from Rex. Crappy Trent Green put up 280+ against this Cowboys D last week. FAIL. Had Berrian caught a sure touchdown his totals would have been acceptable. However, that misstep (and the fact that Rex sucks overall) leave us with a failing grade on this prediction.
Running BacksMaurice Jones Drew - This one is more of a hunch than anything we see in the matchups. MJD has underperformed thus far this year. We think he's "due" to make something happen. If you spent an early pick on this guy (we didn't), we think he'll provide some return on your investment at Denver. FAIL. He had a very active day and would have been alright, but this joker fumbled at the goal line. We think he has something against FantasyMojo.com. IT'S NOT OUR FAULT!!
Larry Johnson - Larry's been a bust so far, but that hasn't been a surprise given his matchups and the fact that he missed a lot of the preseason. Although Minnesota has a tough run defense, the Chiefs are at home for the first time this year. Plus, Minnesota is out of their comfort zone of domes. Time for them to play outside their protective bubble. We think Larry has a productive day and scores at least once. FAIL. The Minnesota run defense was tough as expected, and Larry had no room to run. Hopefully the emergence of Dwayne Bowe causes defenses to respect the pass a little bit more against KC and opens things up for him.
Jacoby Jones - Andre Johnson seems unlikely to play with a strained knee ligament, and although Kevin Walter is technically the #2 receiver behind Andre, he lacks the big play ability and upside that Jacoby has demonstrated numerous times during the preseason. The production of Andre has to filter down to the other guys, and we think the Jacoby gets more of it than Kevin Walter does. INCOMPLETE. Jacoby would have been ok, but left the game with a separated shoulder. We should change this name of this column to "Players who should have a good day but will have a single act of misfortune happen upon them to squash that chance"
Mike Furrey - Roy Williams and Calvin "Megatron" Johnson have been grabbing all the headlines so far in Detroit. With a matchup against Philly (who are without their top cornerback), the Lions will attack the Philly defense with the pass, which is right up their alley. With plenty of production to go around, Mike Furrey should present you with a nice total at the end of the day if you are looking for a middle tier receiver who puts up some numbers this week.PASS. 5 catches for 43 yards was about what were thinking.
Bo Scaife - It's going to be a wild Monday night game with the Saints finally getting to play at home, and their offense still not having shown what they are capable of. We think it happens this week, and the Titans will have to play catch up. Vince Young will be more active than usual in the passing game, and he has shown that Scaife is one of his favorite targets. A nice total for Scaife should result at the end of the day.PASS. A touchdown pass satisfied Scaife owners to put him in double digits for the night.
Olindo Mare - His lack of production thus far has mostly been a function of the Saints ineptness on offense. Back in the dome, where points should be scored, we think he'll connect on a couple of field goals.FAIL. The Saints ineptness is baffling. This guy is useless as a result.
Chiefs - The Chiefs are a different team defensively when they play at Arrowhead. Tarvaris Jackson stinks and is hurt. It looks like Kelly Holcomb will start. This guy was a throw in on the Takeo Spikes/Darwin Walker trade. Enough said. Overall the Vikings should be uncomfortable outside the dome (as we mentioned before). We think that the Chiefs D/ST puts up a decent fantasy total at the end of the day. PASS. Five sacks, an interception, and 10 points allowed should have netted you a decent fantasy total for the Chiefs D.
Our prediction record for this week: 3-4-1. Not good enough. Although the games played out like we expected to (except the Saints), the individual performance predictions were short circuited by some fluky bad luck. Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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