Jacksonville Jaguars 44 Baltimore Ravens 7
Raise your hand if you saw this one coming. The Jaguars and Ravens played a game in London only no one told the Ravens. Blake Bortles erupted for 244 yards and four touchdowns against the tough Baltimore defense in what goes down as the surprise fantasy performance of the season so far in 2017.
Extra Points: Three of Bortles’ touchdown passes went to tight end Mercedes Lewis. Lewis finished with four receptions and 62 yards. He’ll be a hot name on the waiver wire but keep in mind that before this game, Lewis had scored just three touchdowns total since 2013…The Jaguars defense dominated the Ravens. Jacksonville’s defense recorded two sacks, two interceptions, a fumble recovery and was pitching a shutout until late in the fourth quarter. Joe Flacco had one of the worst games of his career. He completed 8 of 18 passes for only 28 yards. The Jaguars defense has now been stellar in two of three games this season.
Buffalo Bills 26 Denver Broncos 16
After two big fantasy games at home to start the year, Trevor Siemian struggled in his first road test Sunday. Siemian completed 24 of 40 passes for 259 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He’ll be back at home next week for a matchup against the Oakland Raiders. As he showed on Sunday, Siemian remains nothing more than a QB2/streaming option for fantasy purposes.
Extra Points: Tyrod Taylor out-played Siemian. He threw for 213 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions…Charles Clay caught one of Taylor’s touchdown passes. He finished with six receptions for 39 yards. Clay doesn’t rack up a ton of yards but he’s now scored in five of his last seven games dating back to last season…LeSean McCoy (14 carries, 21 yards) was bottled up by a Broncos defense that shut down Ezekiel Elliott last week. However, McCoy contributed as a receiver by catching seven passes for 48 yards…C.J. Anderson was a non-factor against a tough Bills rush defense. Anderson got just eight carries (36 yards) and Jamaal Charles vultured a short touchdown from him.
Chicago Bears 23 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 OT
The reports of Jordan Howard’s demise were premature. Playing with an apparent shoulder injury, Howard ran over the Steelers defense for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries (6.0 YPC). Howard also led the Bears in receiving with five receptions for 26 yards. So much for being a fantasy bust.
Extra Points: Tarik Cohen still had a role in the Bears offense but he clearly played second-fiddle to Howard Sunday. Cohen ran the ball 12 times for 78 yards (6.5 YPC) and caught four passes for 24 yards…Cohen and Howard will continue to be the focal point of the Bears offense because their receivers are non-existent. Chicago’s receivers caught one pass on Sunday (Deonte Thompson) and were targeted just four times…Martavis Bryant had a big game last week but he was limited to just two receptions for 30 yards by the Bears. It was an Antonio Brown day. Brown was targeted 14 times, catching 10 balls for 110 yards and a score…Le’Veon Bell had his best fantasy day of the year but owners are still waiting on his breakout performance. Bell finished with 98 total yards, six receptions and a touchdown on 21 touches.
Atlanta Falcons 30 Detroit Lions 26
This was projected to be a high-scoring game and while it did produce 56 points, the offensive stats didn’t jump off the page. Devonta Freeman continues to pile up the fantasy stats. Freeman ran for 106 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (5.0 YPC). He also added three receptions for 32 yards receiving.
Extra Points: Matt Ryan threw for 294 yards and two scores but his fantasy day was marred somewhat by three interceptions. Ryan owners are still waiting on a huge performance that came regularly last season…Taylor Gabriel is hard to trust every week because his fantasy production is tied to big plays. He got one (40-yard TD) on Sunday. Gabriel finished with five receptions for 79 yards and the one score…Matthew Stafford had an underwhelming day. A popular start in both season-long and DFS leagues, Stafford threw for just 264 yards and one touchdown. He came within inches of a second touchdown to Golden Tate on the final play of the game but it was called down at the one and the time ran out…Theo Riddick had a mouth-watering matchup on paper against a Falcons defense that came in allowing 9.5 receptions per game to running backs. Riddick only caught four passes for 38 yards though, while Ameer Abdullah caught three for 39.
Indianapolis Colts 31 Cleveland Browns 28
Did you start Jacoby Brissett this week? There’s probably not a lot of people with their hands in the air. Brissett threw for 259 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for two more scores. It’s hard to depend on that kind of production every week from Brissett until Andrew Luck returns but one thing is for certain, he’s a major upgrade over Scott Tolzien.
Extra Points: Brissett helped to rescue T.Y. Hilton from fantasy doom. Hilton had by far his best outing of the season, catching 7 of 9 targets for 153 yards and one touchdown. If Brissett can just play decent until Luck returns in a few weeks, it will really be a boost to Hilton’s fantasy value…DeShone Kizer continues to go through rookie growing pains but he put up solid fantasy numbers against the Colts. Kizer racked up 286 total yards and three touchdowns, although turnovers are a problem. Kizer threw three more interceptions Sunday. He now has seven on the season…Duke Johnson looks to be the Browns best receiver now. The running back caught six balls for 81 yards on seven targets. Johnson will continue to be a weekly factor in PPR leagues.
Minnesota Vikings 34 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17
What a difference a week makes. Last week against the Steelers Case Keenum sunk the Vikings offense. Making his second start for an injured Sam Bradford against the Buccaneers, Keenum threw for 369 yards, three scores and no interceptions. While few people started Keenum, his day helped the fantasy performances of the other Vikings skill position players.
Extra Points: The player most impacted by Keenum’s big game was Stefon Diggs. After being held to just two catches last week, Diggs exploded for eight receptions, 173 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. Diggs now has four touchdowns this season. He had three all of 2016…Dalvin Cook continues to be one of this year’s top rookies. Cook piled up 169 total yards, five receptions and a touchdown…Jameis Winston gets a lot of hype but turnovers are still an issue. Winston threw for 328 yards and two scores but three more interceptions hurt both fantasy owners and the Bucs offense Sunday…With Xavier Rhodes on Mike Evans (7/67), DeSean Jackson broke lose for four catches, 84 yards and a touchdown.
New England Patriots 36 Houston Texans 33
This wasn’t expected to be a competitive game on paper but it turned into the wildest one of the day. Tom Brady led the Patriots to a win in the final seconds with his fifth touchdown of the day. He threw for 378 yards. Brady has thrown eight touchdowns in his last two games. He’s still good.
Extra Points: Those wondering when Brandin Cooks will wake up can stop waiting. Cooks ripped the Texans defense for 131 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions, including the game-winner…After getting shut down in the opener, Chris Hogan had his second strong game in a row. Hogan caught four balls for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He’s scored three times in his last two games…None of the Patriots running backs were factors on Sunday. Mike Gillislee led the team in rushing with only 31 yards on 12 carries…There was a lot of talk about how Bill Belichick confuses rookie quarterbacks during the week. Deshaun Watson didn’t look confused. He threw for 301 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Watson also added 41 yards rushing…DeAndre Hopkins caught 7 of 8 targets for 76 yards. It wasn’t a huge game but Hopkins should benefit with Watson under center.
New York Jets 20 Miami Dolphins 6
One of the more shocking outcomes of Sunday was the Jets demolition of the Dolphins. Not even that the Jets won but the way they dominated Miami. The Jets defense sacked Jay Cutler three times recorded two interceptions and had a shutout until DeVante Parker (8/76/1) scored on the final play of the game.
Extra Points: Jay Ajayi couldn’t get anything going against the Jets rush defense. Ajayi only managed 16 yards on 11 carries (1.5 YPC). He left briefly with a minor groin injury but he returned and appears to be fine…Jarvis Landry was targeted 11 times but he only caught six of them for 48 yards…Matt Forte left the game for a while with a toe injury, so Bilal Powell emerged from whatever dungeon Todd Bowles was keeping him in. Powell only gained 37 yards on 15 carries (2.5 YPC) but he scored. If Forte is out for an extended period, Powell’s workload will increase significantly…Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned from suspension and tied for the team lead with six targets. He caught five passes for 31 yards. With the Jets so light at receiver, Seferian-Jenkins should continue to be a big part of the offense going forward.
Philadelphia Eagles 27 New York Giants 24
The Eagles hadn’t been able to run the ball at all in their first two games. Logic said things wouldn’t change against the tough Giants defensive front. However, even with the loss of Darren Sproles to a wrist injury, the Eagles ran for a season-high 193 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries (4.9 YPC). LeGarrette Blount rose from the dead to rush for 67 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (5.6 YPC).
Extra Points: Carson Wentz had been a QB1 during the first two weeks but he predictably took a step back against the tough Giants pass defense. Wentz was held to 176 yards and one touchdown on Sunday…Zach Ertz had a team-high 10 targets. He finished with eight receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown…The Giants finally got some offense going versus a depleted Eagles secondary. Odell Beckham is finally healthy again and it shows. OBJ caught 9 of 13 targets for 79 yards and two touchdowns…Sterling Shepard led the Giants in receiving for the second time in three games. Shepard hauled in 7 of 10 targets for 133 yards and a touchdown. He’s taken over as the Giants No. 2 receiver. The Giants have no running game at all. They ran it 17 times for 49 yards (2.9 YPC). That’s not likely to change this season.
New Orleans Saints 34 Carolina Panthers 13
The Panthers hadn’t allowed a touchdown in their first two games. That changed on Sunday. Drew Brees completed 22 of 28 passes for 220 yards and three touchdowns. He dissected the Panthers defense by connecting with nine different receivers on the day.
Extra Points: While the success of the Saints offense was a minor surprise, the success of their defense was a big surprise. The Saints defense had allowed over 1,000 yards in its first two games. On Sunday, they racked up four sacks and three interceptions, while holding Carolina to only 13 points…Cam Newton continues to struggle. He threw for 167 yards and is missing open receivers. It’s been a problem for three games. The Panthers overcame it the first two weeks. They couldn’t do it against the Saints…Christian McCaffrey still didn’t do anything on the ground but he finally made an impact as a receiver. McCaffrey caught nine passes for 101 yards…Mark Ingram led the way in the Saints backfield with 16 touches. Adrian Peterson had 11. Alvin Kamara had five but scored.
Tennessee Titans 33 Seattle Seahawks 27
What happens when two good defensive teams get together? Well, in a crazy week 3, they combine to score 60 points. Russell Wilson threw for a career-high 373 yards and added four touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as the Seahawks fell to 1-2 on the season.
Extra Points: DeMarco Murray was supposed to be dealing with a hamstring injury. It didn’t look like it when Murray scampered for a 75-yard touchdown run. He finished with 115 yards on 14 carries (8.2 YPC)…Rishard Matthews led the Titans in targets (10), receptions (6), and yards (87) Sunday. He also scored. It’s tough to determine the Titans pecking order week to week but Matthews looks to be the guy with rookie Corey Davis injured…Doug Baldwin broke out with his first big game of the season. Baldwin caught 10 of 15 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. However, he left in the fourth quarter with a groin injury and didn’t return…Rookie Chris Carson got the start at running back and handled most of the workload. Carson carried the ball 11 times for 34 yards (3.1 YPC). He did catch a touchdown pass to save his fantasy day.
Green Bay Packers 27 Cincinnati Bengals 24 OT
Aaron Rodgers had never beaten the Bengals before Sunday. It took him into overtime to finally get that first win. Rodgers finished with 313 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
Extra Points: Randall Cobb missed the game with a chest injury. Geronimo Allison stepped up in his absence. Allison caught 6 of 8 targets for 122 yards, including a big 72-yard reception in overtime to set up the game-winning field goal…Ty Montgomery wasn’t effective as a runner (12 carries, 35 yards) but he led the team with 12 targets. Montgomery caught eight passes, although they only went for 15 yards…New offensive coordinator Bill Lazor promised to feature A.J. Green more. He made good on that promise. Green caught 10 of 13 targets for 111 yards and a touchdown…Rookie Joe Mixon dominated touches in the Bengals backfield. Mixon touched the ball 21 times and put up 101 yards. He should be the Bengals main running back going forward.
Kansas City Chiefs 24 Los Angeles Chargers 10
Kareem Hunt can strike at any moment. It’s what makes him an elite fantasy running back. Hunt was having a decent fantasy day until he broke a 69-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter with the Chiefs winding down the clock. The run put Hunt’s final stats at 172 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries (10.1 YPC).
Extra Points: Tyreek Hill rebounded after a down Week 2. Hill caught 5 of 8 targets for 77 yards and a 30-yard touchdown…Travis Kelce was invisible on Sunday. Kelce caught just one pass for one yard. Not what fantasy owners had in mind…Philip Rivers put up one of his stinkers. Rivers completed 50 percent of his passes, no touchdowns and three interceptions…Melvin Gordon was having a good game (17 carries, 79 yards, one touchdown) before he was forced to leave with a knee injury. Branden Oliver replaced him and will likely be the Chargers top running back if Gordon misses time.
Washington Redskins 27 Oakland Raiders 10
Chris Thompson doesn’t get a ton of touches. He doesn’t need them. For the second week in a row, Thompson maximized his touches and turned in a huge fantasy performance. Thompson caught six balls for 150 yards and a touchdown. He also ran eight times for 38 yards. Thompson now has three touchdowns on 20 touches in his last two games.
Extra Points: Kirk Cousins lit up the Raiders defense on Sunday night. Cousins completed 25 of 30 passes for 365 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Cousins is starting to heat up after a slow start to the season…Filling in for an injured Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis caught all five targets for 58 yards and a touchdown. He’ll continue to start if Reed is sidelined next week…If there was one negative for the Redskins offense Sunday night, it’s Terrelle Pryor. Pryor caught just two passes for 19 yards. He only has 10 catches in three games…The Raiders offense was completely shut down by the Redskins, gaining only 128 total yards. Derek Carr threw for 118 yards, Marshawn Lynch ran for 18 yards and Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree each had one reception.