Short Michelle and I will be in Ireland for the next four days – but don’t worry, we’ll be back in time for Sunday night’s game against the New York Jets. Unfortunately, we won’t have time to film and edit a fantasy football video this week, so here are my picks for Week 3.
I’m Sorry… How did we do in Week 2? Pretty, pretty good. If the Jets and Patriots had both somehow found a way to lose, it would’ve been a perfect week all around.
David Garrard, Jax QB: Garrard has thrown 15 TD passes and nine INTs in his last nine home games, compared to just four TDs and a whopping 9 INTs in his last nine road contests. He’ll face the Eagles, who gave up 335 passing yards to the legendary Shaun Hill, in Jacksonville this week.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, and I'll never recommend you again.
Darren McFadden, Oak RB: McFadden has averaged 152 total yards per game in 2010 and has been powerfully running over defenders. Where was this last year when I drafted you, Darren? McFadden is a must-start in all leagues — he faces a Cardinals defense that was shredded for 186 yards and 3 TDs by Falcons backup RB Jason Snelling last week.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys WR: Did you know that the Houston Texans have allowed the most passing yards (822) through the first two weeks than any team in NFL history? Joey Galloway (yes, he’s still alive) burned their secondary for a 62-yard catch on Sunday. Just imagine what the speedy Bryant can do.
Eli Manning, Giants QB: The Titans haven’t faced any real NFL QBs yet – Jason Campbell, Dennis Dixon, Charlie Batch — but they’ve still allowed only one TD pass and caused six fumbles in two games. Manning could be in for another long day.
Brandon Jackson, Packers RB: Jackson salvaged a terrible game with a TD for fantasy owners, but FB John Kuhn finished with more rushing yards on fewer carries. Against a Bears defense that has allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league (56 on 1.4 yards per carry), neither Packers RB is even a worthy flex play.
Jets Wide Receivers – This isn’t just a ‘homer’ pick. Take out a late-game miscue against the Bills, the Dolphins are allowing less than 90 yards per game to WRs. Play Braylon E-DWI-rds at your own risk.
Sam Bradford, Rams QB - I’d never advocate playing a rookie quarterback on one of the worst teams in the league, but the Redskins have allowed over 390 passing yards per game through the air (Matt Schaub threw for a ridiculous 497 last week) and the second-most fantasy points to QBs.
Keiland Williams, Redskins, RB – Despite scoring a pair of TDs on Sunday, Clinton Portis has averaged 3.1 yards per carry on the year and is always on the injury report. Backup Larry Johnson had two carries for negative seven yards (how is that even possible?) and has since been released. While Williams is yet to carry the ball, he could end up being the Redskins’ starter before too long.
Golden Tate, Seahawks WR – The rookie WR was cut in a lot leagues after being inactive in Week 1, but he made his presence felt last Sunday with a 52-yard catch and a 63-yard punt return. He’s expected to have a bigger role going forward and certainly has more potential than Mike Williams (still can’t believe he’s a starter in the NFL).
I think we’re done here. Remember to check DolfansNYC.com – the official home of Miami Dolphins fans in New York – for all of the latest team news, and send us an email if you’d like to be included in an upcoming video. And of course, stop by Third and Long on 35th Street and 3rd Avenue to watch the games with the rowdiest fans around. Go Dolphins!