Guys like Zach Miller and John Carlson look like they've started slower than they really have because the tight end position has exploded through two weeks. You want your tight ends to catch four passes for 40 yards during the off weeks. There will be better games ahead.
TE Going down: Most tight ends have performed. That serves to devalue some of the higher-drafted guys like Jason Witten, if only because you could have waited at the position and done just fine. It remains to be seen whether Michael Vick hurts Brent Celek; I think he'll be fine. … Tony Gonzalez has struggled to get open. Seven targets in two weeks is a concern. … Considering the young guns at the position, it's barely worth holding on to Owen Daniels during his slow start. Wait until he's all the way back. … Heath Miller is someone that will be on waiver wires by the time Charlie Batch is done with him. Pick him up when Ben Roethlisberger is ready to return.
Week 3 Team Defense
RB Going down: Maurice Jones-Drew may get nicked a few spots just because he doesn't look quite right. I'd hold firm with Ray Rice in the top-five overall. … Matt Moore's collapse has really hurt DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. I'd make Williams a mid-level RB2 now at best, with Stewart a fun RB3. The loss of Jeff Otah has hurt. … I'd knock Jamaal Charles down a round from where he was a few weeks ago, but I still think he'll finish as a top-15 running back. … A Ryan Mathews injury this early is a bad sign. He was drafted with the idea that he'd be a rare 300-carry workhorse. That's going to be tough if he misses a few weeks.
Few players would get knocked more from the preseason than Shonn Greene. The talent remains to be a solid RB2. … Beanie Wells has never carried the ball more than 17 times in a game. He's a big back, but far from durable. That makes him more of a late RB2 instead of a top-15 option. … … You drafted C.J. Spiller as a RB3 with upside. You'd rank him now as a RB4. … Brandon Jacobs is a true backup and should be evaluated as such. He was given a bit too much credit a few weeks back. … There was a lot of debate about Marion Barber versus Felix Jones this summer. With that offensive line, the answer could be neither. It happens.
Week 3 Wide Receivers
WR Going down: There aren't a lot of wideouts I'd hugely downgrade yet. Mike Sims-Walker is one guy though that go from round four to round six or so. … The Steelers wideouts wouldn't change because anything decent in the first four weeks was always going to be a bonus. … Dwayne Bowe would now be ranked as a WR3. It doesn't take much for me to find a reason to rank Bowe low; he's not the type of player to overcome a tough situation. … Robert Meachem was trending downward by draftime and was on our busts list. But he was still too high. … Jabar Gaffney would fall, if only because there are too many other options in Denver for Gaffney to be a good weekly option. … Devin Aromashodu is not a guy I'd wait for. He'll never be that trustworthy, so why bother? … Kenny Britt would get knocked down a peg or two, but he's still a guy I love to have on my bench. Still think it will pat off.
Week 3 Tight Ends