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Fantasy Football Report: Week 3

Week 3 is all said and done, and the sting of the Patriots’ blowout loss is slowly waring off (unless you faced Ronnie Brown). Even if you’re 0-3 like SoB’s Geoff and reader Kris in the SoB Fantasy Football League, there’s still time to rebound and sneak into the playoffs. You just need to start winning…and fast.

As for Week 4, there are many byes affecting many teams…read on to find out who will not be playing…

First…let’s take a look at some NFL headlines.

Rams Bench Bulger, Go with Trent Green

In a two-QB league like SoB’s F&F League, snatching up the newest starting quarterback is of utmost importance. Without wasting any time, SoB’s Mike snagged Trent Green from free agency, much to the chagrin of The Blue Workhorse.

Favre Injured, Should Start Next Week

Could the Madden Curse have claimed its most famous victim? No…not yet. But, Brett Favre did roll his ankle in the Week 3 loss against the Chargers, but Jets coach Eric Mangini thinks that Favre will start in Week 4 against the Cardinals.

Steelers’ Parker Out for Week 4

Bench him right away, and if you can, grab Rashard Mendenhall right away. He has a tendency to fumble, but he can be an asset for those of you who have Willie Parker. If you’re facing a Willie Parker team, you also should be interested.

Week 3 Top Performers

Ronnie Brown (RB), Miami Dolphins: Brown single-handedly disected the Patriots defense in rushing for 113 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also added a touchdown pass in the Fins’ shocking win.

  • Week 4 Outlook: Brown will be on the Bye this week, so obviously make sure he’s out of your roster. But, he should be considered an RB1 or RB2 for the rest of the season (depending on your situation).

Brandon Marshall (WR), Denver Broncos: If he can stay out of trouble off the field, this could be another big year for Marshall. He led all WRs with 155 yards and a touchdown in Week 3, and figures to continue his good play.

  • Week 4 Outlook: Marshall and the Broncos will head to Kansas City in Week 4, so you have to start him against the putrid Chiefs.

Drew Brees (QB), New Orleans Saints: Brees continues to be one of the top fantasy QB’s, and against an average defense (Denver), he threw for 421 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.

  • Week 4 Outlook: The Saints are hosting the 49ers in Week 4, and it should be another shootout so expect Brees to throw for over 300 yards yet again, and maybe a couple touchdowns.

Week 3 Fantasy Duds

Derek Anderson (QB), Cleveland Browns: Anderson is playing so bad right now that coach Romeo Crenell is considering benching him in favor of Brady Quinn. Anderson had just 125 yards passing with 1 TD and 3 INTs against the Ravens.

  • Week 4 Outlook: His outlook for next week and the rest of the season doesn’t look so good. The Brady Quinn era will begin soon, perhaps as early as Week 4.

Brian Westbrook (RB), Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles’ offensive machine carried the ball just 5 times for 12 yards before getting injured. He never returned.

  • Week 4 Outlook: Westbrook suffered a strained ankle and is listed as day-to-day, but you may want to avoid him for Week 4. He would be facing the Bears in Chicago.

Randy Moss (WR), New England Patriots: Moss continues to suffer without Tom Brady at quarterback after hauling in only 4 catches for 25 yards.

  • Week 4 Outlook: Moss has two weeks to work on developing a chemistry with Matt Cassel as the Pats are on the Bye.

Unexpected Stars

Brian Griese (QB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Griese has always been a legitimate quarterback, but no one could of expected the passing attack he unleashed on the Chicago Bears in Week 3, especially without Joey Galloway. Griese threw for 407 yards with 2 TDs and 3 INTs.

  • Week 4 Outlook: After that performance, Griese should be the team’s QB for the time being, but has an unfavorable matchup against the Packers in Week 4.

Brandon Lloyd (WR), Chicago Bears: Lloyd performed surprisingly well in Week 4, with 124 yards recieving with and 1 TD and a 2-pt conversion.

  • Week 4 Outlook: The outlook for Lloyd has to be bleak considering who his QB is (Kyle Orton).

T.J. Duckett (RB), Seattle Seahawks: I highly doubt that Duckett was on many rosters in Week 3 (he’s still a FA in the SoB FF League), but if you played him for some reason, you were rewarded with 79 rushing yards and 2 TDs.

  • Week 4 Outlook: Duckett was facing the Rams, so anyone would look good. Don’t expect much from him, especially while Julius Jones has played so well in Seattle.

NFL Teams with Byes in Week 4

  • New England Patriots
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • Miami Dolphins
  • New York Giants
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Detroit Lions

Sports of Boston Friends and Family Football League

  • There are only two undefeated teams left: SoB’s Dev and SoB’s Mike are now 3-0. Dev has scored a lot of points this season, and Mike…not so much.
  • I lead the league with 368.74 total points, but currently sit in 3rd place at 2-1.
  • SoB’s Dan and the Blue Workhorse were engaged in the closest matchup, with Workhorse prevailing in a 97.50 – 96.44 final.
  • SoB’s Pete torched SoB’s Geoff in his matchup, winning by more than 90 points.
  • Recent pickups in the league include: Tyler Thigpen, Le’Ron McClain, John Kasay, Philadelphia’s D, Matt Jones, and Trent Green.

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