Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts: Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 of your Fantasy Football Sleepers and Busts.  I'll review last week before going into this week's studs and duds.  I did much better this week than I did in Week 1.

Sleepers:

  • Aaron Rodgers:  328 yds passing, 3 TD/0 INT, 25 yds rush = 33 pts.  I wish I would have taken him now.  He looks great so far.
  • Larry Johnson:  22 yards rushing = 2 pts.  Ugh.  Bad QB scenario = no RB production
  • Robert Royal:  0 catches = 0 pts.  I guess TEs are tough to predict.  That won't stop me this week. 

Busts:

  • Derek Anderson: 166 yds passing, 6 yds rushing, 0 TD/2 INT = 2 pts.  This one was too easy.  More on Anderson later
  • Marion Barber: 63 yds rushing, 51 yds rec, 2 TDs = 23 pts.  I really thought I had this one at halftime, but that seems to be Barber's MO:  Lots of scoring in the second half, when defenses are tired.
  • Randy Moss: 2 catches, 22 yards = 2 pts.  I expect him to get back on track this week against the Dolphins.

So I was 3 / 6 last week, which is an improvement over Week 1.  It's still a little low, so let's aim for at least 4 this week:

Sleepers:

  • J.T. O'Sullivan vs. DET: I may just start taking every starting QB against the Lions.  Plus Mike Martz going against the team that fired him.  I'm thinking he's gonna be slinging it all over the field.  Plus he didn't look bad last week against Seattle (321 passing, 1 TD).
  • Julius Jones vs. STL:  The Rams look to be the worst team in the NFL, and they've given up a lot of points.  Expect "Juice" to have another big day, like last week (127 rush, 1 TD)
  • Jeremy Shockey vs. DEN: While Shockey has been among the leaders at TE, so he isn't that big of a sleeper, he hasn't played well with his new team as of yet (8 catches, 76 yards).  I expect at least that many yards this week for Shockey.

Busts:

  • Philip Rivers vs. NYJ:  Rivers is having a fantastic season so far, putting up big numbers in both SD losses.  The Jets, however, were very good against QBs last season, and have given up only 6.3 yds/att this season on defense.  I also expect a heavy does of LT/Sproles.
  • Willie Parker vs. PHI:  I went with the Eagles Defense against a RB last week, and I'm doing it again.  Parker was a TD machine in Week 1, but failed to get there against the vaunted Browns Defense.  Especially with Ben's shoulder being iffy, the Eagles will put 8 in the box and make Roethlisberger beat them
  • Larry Fitzgerald vs. WAS:  The Redskins were good against WR last season, and did really well against the Saints last weekend.  And I know they were without Colston.  But they are much better than the Dolphins, who Fitzgerald had a big week against last week.  It's a long flight to DC, and I'm thinking he won't have a good week.

I mentioned above I'd have more on Derek Anderson.  He is going to be my honorary "Bust" pick every week until he can string 2 decent games together in a row.  And his head coach is way too stubborn to pull him at any point, so I see them both flaming out together at the end of this season.  But I'm a Brady Quinn homer, so what do I know?

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