2013 Fantasy Football News and Notes: Week 3

Up to Date Player Injuries and Relevant News from All 32 NFL Teams Heading into Week 3

AFC EAST
 
Buffalo: E.J. Manuel continues to progress but isn't trustworthy as a fantasy starter. Tough matchup against a better than expected Jets defense this week. This offense seems to be able to support 2 RB's with fantasy value. Although C.J. Spiller is certainly more dynamic than Fred Jackson, Spiller is more like a low end fantasy RB1 than a true stud because of the split. Jackson is actually a middling fantasy RB3. Robert Woods is asserting himself as the #2 WR, pushing T.J. Graham into little more than a speedy slot WR. Woods isn't more than a fantasy WR5 though. Rookie Kicker Dustin Hopkins remains out again this week because of a groin injury and Dan Carpenter will kick again in his place.
 
Miami: WR Mike Wallace is listed as Questionable with a groin injury but I've read nothing to suggest he is in any danger of not starting week 3. Maybe this is Miami's way of getting back at Atlanta for listing both of their starting WR's as Questionable with the full knowledge they are going to play? Doesn't matter, Wallace is a strong fantasy WR2 this week. QB Ryan Tannehill's shoulder injury is minor and won't be an issue for him. It was nice to see RB Lamar Miller bounce back from that awful week 1 and put up some decent numbers in week 2. A few more games like he had week 2 and Miller will push Daniel Thomas into a strict complementary role as the power runner. TE/H-Back Charles Clay has drawn some fantasy attention with an impressive week 2. I wouldn't trust him yet, but he's worth the stash as a TE2 for his upside. For the last 2 seasons the Dolphins haven't used him as much as they should have and maybe they're going to start recognizing he's got some talent.
 
New England: WR Danny Amendola is Doubtful and won't play week 3. He probably won't play week 4 either. TE Rob Gronkowski is Questionable and will be a game time decision Sunday morning. TE Zach Sudfeld is Probable and will play but not likely to be more than a weak fantasy TE2. RB's Brandon Bolden and Leon Washington are both Questionable and neither is a fantasy consideration.  Stevan Ridley needs to get something going after 2 very disappointing games to start the season. Problem is he's facing a Tampa Bay run defense that has allowed 165 rushing yards and no rushing TDs in the first two games. Ridley is a low end fantasy RB2 this week. Tom Brady needs to get in synch with his WR's and stop looking like a whiner because his WR's aren't making plays. He needs to make them better and get on them both by getting in their faces, but also by being supportive. Julian Edelman's 13 catches for 78 yards last week showed exactly what he is normally: a possession WR with nominal playmaking skills. His week 1 2 TD performance was way out of character for his level of talent. I still believe Aaron Dobson is the best fantasy WR on this team outside of Amendola. It's just going to take a few weeks before we start seeing it on the field.
 
New York Jets: With Mark Sanchez on the IR/designated for return (why didn't they just put him on regular IR? This is just another example of how the Jets botch things up), Geno Smith really doesn't have to be looking over his shoulder. Reports of Matt Simms being a potential threat are way overblown. Expect the time share between RB's Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell to continue for the time being. But sooner or later Ivory is going to assert himself as the primary. He's just the better runner and Powell the better receiver. WR Jeremy Kerley is Probable and will play this week after missing last week with a concussion. So far, no one in the Jets receiver corps has stepped up enough to be more than a WR5. Probably going to be that way all season.
 
AFC NORTH
 
Baltimore: RB Ray Rice is Doubtful and not expected to play. Bernard Pierce steps in as the featured RB and makes a strong fantasy RB2. Pierce has plenty of abilities to carry the load until Rice can recover from his hip flexor injury and I won't be surprised if Pierce does enough to really make this a committee between the two even when Rice gets back. Shaun Draughn will backup Pierce this week. WR Marlon Brown has put together 2 good games in a row now and as long as he can keep it up he'll remain the starter even when Jacoby Jones returns in another 3-5 weeks from his knee sprain. Brown is in the fantasy WR4 category.
 
Cincinnati: Sooner or later Cincinnati is going to start using rookie RB Giovani Bernard more. BenJarvus Green-Ellis has out-touched Bernard 3-1 but Bernard has been more productive. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the swing happens this week as I expect the Bengals will have to be in a catch up mode against the Packers. Bernard is a sneaky play as a RB2 this week and BGE a weak RB3. Green Bay's pass defense has been pretty bad through 2 games and Andy Dalton is going to flirt with QB1 numbers this week. While the matchup is good, it's hard to trust Mohamed Sanu as being anything more than a potential 4th WR. As expected, the split between TE's Tyler Eifert and Jermaine Gresham continues to prevent either from being startable on fantasy rosters. Eifert has 8 catches for 113 yards and no TD's on 10 targets while Gresham has 11 catches for 101 yards on 14 targets.
 
Cleveland: QB Brandon Weeden is OUT with a thumb injury on his throwing hand. Brian Hoyer will start over Jason Campbell. Campbell's career appears to be on its last leg. Hoyer could even end up keeping the starting job if he plays well. Hoyer is a smart QB with decent instincts but a weak arm that grows more inaccurate the further down the field he tries to throw. I doubt if Hoyer starts more than a couple of games, if that, before the Browns turn back to Weeden. With RB Trent Richardson traded to the Colts, Willis McGahee was signed off the street to be the new primary RB. McGahee isn't nearly in football shape though and for week 3 it's going to be a rotation between him, Chris Ogbonnaya, and Bobby Rainey. Despite a decent enough matchup against Minnesota none of them can be counted on as anything better than a desperation RB3. WR Josh Gordon returns from his league imposed 2 game suspension. He steps right into the starting lineup and makes a decent fantasy WR3 even despite the Hoyer limitations. Greg Little was expected to start with Gordon, but Little, for a third consecutive season, has struggled with dropped passes and instead has been demoted. Davone Bess will start opposite Gordon. Bess lacks playmaking potential but has a surer set of hands. Little can be dropped in fantasy leagues as his hands prevent him from living up to his talent. Bess is no more than a bench stash WR5.
 
Pittsburgh: Le'Veon Bell is Questionable and will be a game time decision for Sunday night after getting in two surprising full practices Thursday and Friday. While I doubt he'll play, he may. I think week 4 is a better bet though despite the Steelers obvious need for him to return. His replacements (Felix Jones, Isaac Redman, and Jonathan Dwyer) are uninspiring at best and downright awful at worst. Even if Bell plays, he'd be limited I would expect and I don't recommend trusting him. TE Heath Miller is Probable and will make his first game appearance since tearing his ACL last December. I doubt he's really able to handle a full load and I wouldn't recommend starting him either. Antonio Brown is doing okay, but he is butting heads with offensive coordinator Todd Haley about not getting the ball enough. That could change this week though as the trend is for WR's who squeal about their lack of targets getting greased the following week. Not sure I like Brown more than as a WR3 this week though. The shaky offensive line and bad RB situation has meant Ben Roethlisberger's numbers have been bad. To put it in perspective, both Christian Ponder and rookie Geno Smith have scored more fantasy points in standard scoring systems than Big Ben. Until Bell and Miller prove themselves healthy and capable, Roethlisberger is not to be trusted in fantasy lineups.
 
AFC SOUTH
 
Houston: The split between Arian Foster and Ben Tate continues to be clearly in Foster's favor despite all the talk of Tate needing to get more of the share. I don't see it happening any time soon and that caps Tate as nothing more than a weak fantasy RB3 while Foster remains squarely on the borderline RB1/2 area. Andre Johnson's concussion was mild and he has apparently been cleared and is listed as Probable for this week after practicing in full Friday. His injury week 2 though allowed the Texans to see whether rookie DeAndre Hopkins can step up and be dominant, and he was. Consider Hopkins to be a fantasy WR3 going forward with upside to be better if the Texans throw the ball more than they have in the past. TE Owen Daniels has been solid the first two games and could be even more so this week if backup TE Garrett Graham (who has caught a TD pass in each of the first two weeks) is unable to play. Graham is considered Questionable and a game time decision because of hip and groin injuries.  
 
Indianapolis: The acquisition of RB Trent Richardson pushes Ahmad Bradshaw from fantasy RB2/3 territory to being no more than a handcuff as T-Rich is an all purpose RB. And Donald Brown goes back to total fantasy obscurity. Richardson is going to play and likely be the primary RB right away this week and while the matchup isn't that great against the 49ers he still makes a low end fantasy RB2. Give it another week or two and Richardson will be back into strong fantasy RB1 territory again. While there was some concern earlier in the week about WR's T.Y. Hilton (groin) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (ribs), both are listed as Probable (along with Reggie Wayne with a minor shoulder issue) and will play without issue. Hilton appears to have passed up DHB in importance in the passing game and is back into fantasy WR3 territory. DHB is more like a borderline WR4/5. With Dwayne Allen having gone on injured reserve because of that supposedly "minor" hip injury suffered week 1, TE Coby Fleener steps up into the borderline fantasy TE1 area. Don't be surprised if Fleener starts to realize his true potential now that the TE targets won't be split up.  
 
Jacksonville: I feel bad wasting time writing more than "BENCH ALL JAGUARS THIS WEEK IN SEATTLE", but I also feel obligated to say a little more so here goes: Maurice Jones-Drew is Questionable and a game time decision because of an ankle injury; BENCH MJD EVEN IF ACTIVE. Jordan Todman would start and split time with Justin Forsett if MJD can't play. DON'T CONSIDER STARTING TODMAN OR FORSETT NO MATTER WHAT. Chad Henne starts again with Blaine Gabbert ruled OUT: DON'T START HENNE. Marcedes Lewis is OUT with his calf injury. Cecil Shorts is really the only guy I'd even give a cursory thought about as a fantasy WR4, but even then I am not hopeful he does anything.
 
Tennessee: As expected backup RB Shonn Greene had a knee scope and he will miss 3-4 weeks as he recovers. Jackie Battle steps in as the top backup to Chris Johnson. Johnson is on pace for 400 rushing attempts having received 25 in each of the first 2 games. He won't last long at that pace and someone else needs to touch the football in the running game. It also is a little concerning that a big play RB like Johnson hasn't busted open any big runs on 50 attempts. WR Kendall Wright is Probable this week despite there having been some concern about a possible concussion suffered week 2. But it's really hard to trust any Tennessee WR's as Jake Locker has been his typical mediocre self.
 
AFC WEST
 
Denver: Wes Welker (ankle) and Eric Decker (shoulder) are both listed as Probable again this week and both will play without issue. This is a great week to start Broncos as they are on Monday night (where Peyton Manning usually shines) and get a mediocre Raiders team. The game shouldn't even be close. Knowshon Moreno's solid week 2 was kind of fluky, but because he is usually on the field until the Broncos get a commanding lead he is worth considering as a middling fantasy RB2 this week. Montee Ball will likely pick up some 4th quarter garbage time and be worth considering as a desperation RB3. Ronnie Hillman appears to have little fantasy potential while Moreno and Ball are healthy. TE Joel Dreessen is Questionable and while he may finally be able to play for the first time this season there is no way he's cutting into Julius Thomas's playing time. Thomas has a stranglehold on the pass catching TE job and should be a solid TE1 going forward. Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas are both likely to be top 3 plays at their positions this week.
 
Kansas City: Dwayne Bowe owners need to be concerned. Bowe is a better intermediate-deep route runner outmuscling DB's for the bal than he is a quick guy turning 5 yard passes into 20 yard gains. And since Alex Smith doesn't like to go downfield, Bowe is going to have his struggles like he did Thursday night even though he was against a completely beatable secondary. Getting what you can for Bowe may not be the worst idea and if you can package him an another player in a 2 for 1 deal that's probably even better. While some will jump on Donnie Avery after 141 yards Thursday, I'm not one of them. Avery is a low end "good" NFL WR and an inconsistent fantasy WR4/5 who two or three times will have a game that grabs your attention, but then has 4-5 that make you wonder why he's on your roster.
 
Oakland: Darren McFadden is about the only Raiders player worth starting this week (and most weeks). McFadden has been doing well, but with the Raiders saying that they want to get FB Marcel Reece the ball more (and after the way Reece produced last season when called upon who can blame them?) I wonder if that will come at McFadden's expense. McFadden is a low end fantasy RB2 this week. WR Rod Streater is a possible consideration as a WR3 in the ppr format as I expect Oakland to be trailing from about 1 minute into their game against Denver Monday night and Terrelle Pryor will have t throw more often than he has the first two games. Based on projected sheer volume of likely pass attempts, Pryor is a low end fantasy QB2 this week in leagues that start more than 1 QB. Other than Streater in PPR, I don't trust Denarius Moore or any other Raiders pass catchers. For what it's worth, TE David Ausberry is OUT again because of his shoulder injury.
 
San Diego: WR Malcom Floyd is expected to miss 4 weeks as he recovers from a neck injury that he was lucky wasn't a whole lot worse than it turned out to be. I really thought Floyd might have been paralyzed with the way his neck compressed on the hit he took week 2. Eddie Royal and Vincent Brown will start with rookie Keenan Allen serving as the #3 WR. Royal has gotten a lot of fantasy love with his 5 TDs in the first 2 games but there is NO WAY he can sustain that average. He's not finishing with the 40 TD's he's on pace for. He's not finishing with 20 TD's. He's not finishing with 15 TD's. He's not finishing with 12 TD's. He's not even a good bet to finish with 10 TD's. If you can: SELL HIGH ON ROYAL NOW. There's usually someone gullible enough in every fantasy league who won't look past the stats to see the obvious.
 
NFC EAST
 
Dallas: WR Dez Bryant is fine despite being Probable with a minor back issue. QB Tony Romo is also fine despite having to take pain killing injections before games because of his bruised ribs injury suffered week 1. The biggest concern for Dallas is their lack of commitment to rushing the football. DeMarco Murray needs to be getting more carries. With backup RB Lance Dunbar back and healthy rookie Joseph Randle found himself inactive week 2. That could be a regular thing for Randle. Don't be surprised if this is a good week to consider starting Miles Austin. Bryant will draw Courtland Finnegan and a lot of the attention leaving Austin one on one a lot of the game. Austin is a sneaky play as a WR3 this week.
 
New York Giants: Sooner or later the Giants are just going to have to trust David Wilson and give him the football 15-20 times as their top RB. The talent difference between him and backups Brandon Jacobs and Da'Rel Scott is massive and while Wilson has ball security issues if they continue to limit his touches they'll never be able to run the ball. And while Eli Manning is a capable QB he isn't as good as his brother and needs to have at the very least an efficient rushing attack to support him. At least the fantasy fortunes for those with Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Brandon Myers have been good.
 
Philadelphia: The ankle injury suffered by RB LeSean McCoy is not thought to be serious and he is expected to be fine for week 4. But grabbing his backup, Bryce Brown, is a smart move for McCoy owners if Brown is available as I doubt McCoy can continue to take the pounding of being overworked like he is without breaking down. QB Michael Vick is also expected to be fine for week 4 despite having suffered an undisclosed foot injury at the end of Thursday's game.   
 
Washington: WR Leonard Hankerson is Questionable after suffering a hamstring/hip strain in practice Friday. He may be a game time decision and shouldn't be trusted in fantasy lineups. If Hankerson can't play it would allow Aldrick Robinson a chance to get on the field a little more. Both Hankerson and Robinson have been trying to push Josh Morgan out of the starting lineup as both are superior pass catchers, but Morgan is well liked for his toughness and superior blocking that helps in the run game. RB Evan Royster appears to have fallen out of favor. He was inactive week 2 and probably will be again. He'll need an injury to one of the other RB's for him to get back to being active on game day. Rookie TE Jordan Reed appears to have passed up Fred Davis as the top pass catching TE. Reed has caught 8 of 9 targets through two games for 56 yards and a TD. Davis has caught 3 of 6 targets for 25 yards and no TD's. Reed is a superior talent and makes the better fantasy stash as a TE2. Kicker Kai Forbath is listed as Questionable but after not practicing at all this week because of a groin injury, it's fully expected John Potter will kick in his place again in week 3.
 
NFC NORTH
 
Chicago: Brandon Marshall's back injury is very minor and he is Probable and will be fine for week 3. His matchup isn't great but there's no way you don't start Marshall. The attention he gets though may make Alshon Jeffery (disappointing with only 6 catches for 53 yards through 2 games) a better than normal play as a WR3/4. TE Martellus Bennett has certainly done well with Jay Cutler and is a strong fantasy TE1. Matt Forte has been targeted more than any other RB (except Jamaal Charles who has played 3 games) in his team's passing game and against a Steelers run defense that has allowed over 100 rushing yards and a TD in each of their two games so far makes for a strong fantasy RB1. Jay Cutler continues to be a serviceable high end fantasy QB2 with 532 passing yards and 5 TD's (although he has thrown 3 interceptions).
 
Detroit: RB Reggie Bush is Questionable and while reports say he can play, the Lions may instead choose to wisely sit him a week so his injured knee has extra time to heal up. Even if Bush is active, I expect Joique Bell will be the more primary of the two RB's. If Bush plays, Bell is a low end fantasy RB2 this week against a Redskins defense that has allowed over 400 rushing yards and 3 TD's in the first two games of the season. If Bush doesn't play Bell moves into borderline fantasy RB1 territory. If Bush plays, he's hard to keep out of starting fantasy lineups between his production and matchup and would have to be considered a middling fantasy RB2. If Bush doesn't play, Mikel Leshoure may be active and get some playing time. Theo Riddick is expected to get some offensive playing time no matter what. Neither Riddick nor Leshoure are to be trusted. With WR Patrick Edwards OUT with an ankle injury it's expected that Ryan Broyles will finally be active and get some playing time. Broyles has been a healthy scratch the first two games but I wonder if maybe the Lions are just concerned about his inability to stay healthy when out there on the field and have been trying to give him as much rest as possible. Either way, Broyles finally gets a chance to show that his superior talent deserves a role on this offense. Broyles is a hold as a fantasy WR4/5.
 
Green Bay: Eddie Lacy was unable to practice at all this week and despite being listed only as Questionable on the injury report with his concussion it's expected he is not going to play at all this week. With the Packers having the bye in week 4 it would only make sense for the Packers to hold Lacy out this week and give him a full two weeks to get the cobwebs clear. James Starks will start in his place and looked really good last week after Lacy got injured. Starks will struggle to repeat last week's success against a superior Bengals defense this week though and makes no more than a fantasy RB3. Johnathan Franklin will back up Starks but holds no value even though FB John Kuhn is Doubtful with a hamstring injury. TE Jermichael Finley is Probable with his minor toe injury and will start without issue.
 
Minnesota: Christian Ponder watch has begun. Ponder's limitations as a QB are glaring and become more obvious every week. While Matt Cassel was very similar as the starter in Kansas City, maybe a new locale (and a dome to disguise his own weak arm) will be enough for him to just be better than Ponder at giving the Vikings a chance to throw the ball effectively. The Vikings are saying they want to get rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson more involved in the offense and that will come at the expense of Week One Wonder Jerome Simpson. Patterson is just much more dynamic, but he'd also be limited by what Ponder can do. The only fantasy starters on the Vikings are RB Adrian Peterson and Kicker Blair Walsh. Everyone else is a bench player.
 
NFC SOUTH
 
Atlanta: Even though both WR's Julio Jones (knee) and Roddy White (ankle) are once again listed as Questionable, both are fully expected to play. Jones certainly didn't look Questionable at all last week when he tore through the Rams. White's ankle appears to slowly be getting better but he's still not yet at the point where he can be considered to be more than a risk/reward WR3. RB Steven Jackson is OUT week 3, and probably weeks 4 and 5 as well because of his thigh injury. Atlanta has the bye in week 6 so a week 7 return at full health by Jackson is to be expected. Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling will split up the RB duties in Jackson's absence. Rodgers is likelier of the two to be given a bigger role, but he's never proven capable of being a strong fantasy consideration when thrust into a bigger offensive role in the past and I doubt he's going to do it now. Meanwhile Snelling is a bigger RB who could fill in nicely as a between the tackles runner and short yardage/goal line RB. Neither though should be considered as any more than fantasy RB3's.
 
Carolina: This could be the week Cam Newton starts looking like a strong fantasy QB1 as the Giants are suspect both on the ground and through the air. RB DeAngelo Williams hasn't been special through 2 games but he's been very efficient running for 76 yards week 1 and 85 week 2. He's locked in as a borderline fantasy RB2/3 going forward. If WR Brandon LaFell doesn't start to step up his game, it won't be a surprise if finds himself out of the starting lineup. While neither of Domenik Hixon or Ted Ginn Jr. are starting material, both have a lot more upside to their games than LaFell has shown despite having been given every opportunity.
 
New Orleans: RB Mark Ingram is Questionable with a toe injury and he is not expected to play. This is actually a good thing for owners of all Saints RB's as now the Ingram owner isn't tempted to consider him; the Pierre Thomas owner knows Thomas (who has been the superior RB to Ingram through 2 games) can be considered as a RB2/3; the Darren Sproles owner…well he has Darren Sproles, the most consistent RB of the trio. Those with Drew Brees need to be patient another week or two. Brees hasn't been his stud self the first 2 games, but is due for a big game soon. When it comes, it's likely to be huge. Expect Jimmy Graham to possibly be even better this week than he was last week. The Cardinals were lit up by Jared Cook week 1 and Graham is a superior pass catcher.  
 
Tampa Bay: RB Peyton Hillis was released. Brian Leonard and Mike James are the backups to Doug Martin. TE's Luke Stocker and Tom Crabtree are both listed as Questionable and neither should be on any fantasy rosters. QB Josh Freeman continues to take a lot of heat for his performances and the 0-2 record the Bucs sport. I'll agree his performances haven't been that good, but that 0-2 record is more on the Bucs defense than on Freeman. There's a lot of bluster coming out of Tampa Bay about Greg Schiano butting heads with players and we'll see things come to a head soon if the Bucs don't start winning some games. If Freeman has another mediocre performance this week, I can see Mike Glennon getting talked up a bunch as a possible week 4 replacement in the starting lineup.
 
NFC WEST
 
Arizona: Larry Fitzgerald is fully expected to start despite being Questionable on the injury report with a hamstring strain. Fitz played through it for 2 quarters last week and after letting it rest up most of this past week he should be in a little better condition this week. Consider him a WR2 with upside in a matchup against the Saints. Rashard Mendenhall is also fully expected to start despite also being listed as Questionable with a toe injury. Mendy is a low end fantasy RB2 this week. Andre Ellington appears to have asserted himself as a viable 3rd down and pass catching RB and while he lacks the size to take a pounding of carrying the football a lot, he also has the one thing other Cards RB's don't have: speed. Ellington is a guy to keep an eye on or acquire now if you have a deep bench. TE Rob Housler is finally able to play after missing the first two weeks with a preseason ankle sprain. Housler had a lot of sleeper hype heading into the preseason but it quickly faded between inconsistent performances and the injury. Housler should be treated as a middling fantasy TE2 with upside to develop into something more.
 
St. Louis: If Daryl Richardson doesn't start doing better than a 3.3 rushing yards average, he's going to find himself replaced. Isaiah Pead only got 1 rushing attempt week 2 despite the fact the difference in playing time between him and Richardson was pretty close to even. Richardson is on thin ice as a starting RB and while I doubt if Pead would fare much better if given a chance, he will be given that chance pretty soon. And when Pead fails, I expect the Rams will finally turn to rookie Zac Stacy. I'm telling you know: by week 10, Stacy will have started games and earned at least an even share of the playing time. I know Stacy disappointed in preseason but he's easily the best interior RB the Rams have. Was nice to see Tavon Austin live up to some expectation last week, but before everyone gets all gaga over him again it needs to be remembered that Austin was doing nothing until it was 24-3 late in the 3rd quarter. At least that's one of the good things about fantasy football: even garbage time counts. It was also nice to see Chris Givens have a good game after being shut down in week 1. Expect Givens to still be the Rams top WR by season's end. What wasn't good was Jared Cook following up a huge week 1 with a 1 catch for 10 yards performance in week 2. Consistency may be something Cook owners have to deal with all season. At least the Cowboys usually find a way of playing to their opponent's level of competition and Rams WR's and TE's (along with a surprisingly good first 2 games by Sam Bradford) can be considered week 3.
 
San Francisco: TE Vernon Davis is Questionable and considered a game time decision because of a hamstring injury suffered in the 49ers embarrassing week 2 loss in Seattle. Even if active I would expect Davis to be limited and a poor bet for fantasy production. Vance McDonald would start and be a borderline fantasy TE1/2 if Davis is inactive. Expect the 49ers to get Frank Gore going this week as the Colts have allowed 272 rushing yards and 3 rushing TD's in the first two games. While some were disappointed by Anquan Boldin's 1 catch performance in week 2 it was totally expected. I told you to watch out for it last week in this very column. Boldin will bounce back with a decent game this week but his week 1 stats were way more than to be realistically expected on even a semi-regular basis.
 
Seattle: Fresh off a complete dismantling of rival San Francisco, Seattle is now home against pitiful Jacksonville. If not for the fact Seattle may not need to throw more than 2 passes the entire game, Russell Wilson would be a great start this week. AS it is he's a strong consideration as a borderline fantasy QB 1/2. Marshawn Lynch will challenge for the top scoring fantasy RB this week. Backup Robert Turbin is going to flirt with RB3 numbers by getting a lot of garbage time stats. Seattle's defense should probably score more actual game points than the Jags offense. Those with Seattle WR's are going to have to be patient and not give up on them too quickly. Seattle isn't going to crush all opponents like they did last week and will this week. Seattle is favored by 19.5 points this week. They should win by double that: 42-3.