Dave Being Brave
For all of my faithful readers, you will know that once again my brave picks did indeed pan out last week in fantasy football.
Dwayne Bowe had 22 points in standard leagues and Cam Newton had 25. Good starts both ways.
Okay, yes … all of Bowe’s points came in garbage time when the Bills got bored with playing defense because they were winning the whole game, but still.
Yet once again, “Somewhere Over Dwayne Bowe” eluded capturing that first victory in our prestigious “Spectator League.”
This time I lost by one point to the big man, Editor in Chief Eric Christenson. The final score was 84-83 and if Darren McFadden would have rushed for 40 yards instead of 22, I would have taken the victory.
But he didn’t, and I left Robert Griffin III (30 points) and Trent Richardson (26 points) on my bench. Good call Dave, good call.
In terms of huge fantasy days around the league, Reggie Bush led the point totals throughout Sunday’s games.
Yes, Reggie Bush, the ex-Heisman winning, former USC standout running back Reggie Bush. He ran for 172 yards and two TDs totalling 31 points. He was on Eric’s team. He was on Eric’s bench.
Next came RG3, who was on my bench, and then came C.J. Spiller who racked up 28 points in Fred Jackson’s absence.
Spiller easily could have been picked up in some leagues or have been trade bait for an extra flex player at the beginning of the season, it now looks like he is a guaranteed start every week for fantasy after his beaucoup numbers the first two weeks.
Some other players that deserve some fantasy mention are both Dante Rosario and Antonio Gates.
Rosario had three TDs. First of all, who is this guy?
Drafted in 2007 in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers out of the University of Oregon, Rosario had only five TD receptions in his first five seasons in the league compared to his three Sunday.
So why does Antonio Gates deserve mention here? Because Rosario is not going to magically become the starter in San Diego after this performance. Antonio Gates will be back, and Rosario getting three TD grabs shows that his quarterback, Phillip Rivers, is targeting the tight end position heavily.
Another guy who played well was that running back from Houston.
Not Arian Foster. Ben Tate had a better fantasy day than that of Foster’s, besting him 21 to 20. Houston has an explosive offense and watch this pattern of split carries between the two continue in upcoming weeks.
Without further ado, here is Dave’s brave picks for Week 3 of the NFL fantasy football season:
Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer.
Issac Redman is averaging two yards a carry, and Dwyer seems to be the aggressor for the position, Pittsburgh plays Oakland, who is 28th in rush defense so far in the season.
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
The Cowboys play the Bucs who let Eli Manning throw 510 yards on them. Dez Bryant is going to bust out one of these weeks; I think this is the week that happens.