Patrick Daugherty

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Game Balls

Ahmad Bradshaw

How did Bradshaw respond to the arrival of Trent Richardson? By thoroughly out-playing him in the Colts’ statement win over the 49ers. Bradshaw tallied 95 yards and a score on just 19 carries, adding three catches for 16 yards. His sheer force of will was on display in the fourth quarter, where he launched himself through the air at the goal line in search of a touchdown. He failed, but notched his second score in as many weeks just moments later. It was a nice performance, but the reality remains: Richardson is going to carry the load going forward. That’s what happens when your price is a first-round pick. But if Sunday’s 39 overall rushes were any indication, the Colts are going to need two backs to hammer out OC Pep Hamilton’s power-run attack, and Bradshaw isn’t going to go quietly into the night.      

Ryan Tannehill

Widely viewed as a reach when the Dolphins made him the third quarterback off the board last year, Tannehill is now the No. 1 2012 first-round QB in one very important stat category: Win/loss record. Tannehill and the Dolphins are 3-0 after he guided them on a 13-play, 75-yard, 4:08 drive to steal away Sunday’s game from the Falcons. Tannehill converted three third downs through the air before floating a perfect scoring strike to TE Dion Sims from 2nd-and-goal at the one with 0:38 to play. It was a statement game from the second-year starter, though one he could dwarf with a win next Monday night in New Orleans.   

Santonio Holmes

The mercurial receiver faced a backup cornerback and did what he was supposed to do: Torch him relentlessly. Holmes’ 154 yards were the most of his career, and offer hope to rookie quarterback Geno Smith that his $7.5 million wideout might finally again be serious about contributing for the New York Jets. Holmes’ effort has come and gone in recent seasons, but he made it clear Sunday that he can still produce like a high-end wideout if he wants to. Holmes is back on the WR3 radar.

Stats of the Week

Josh Freeman has completed just 43 of his first 94 passes this season (45.7 percent). Tim Tebow is a career 47.9 percent passer.

Giovani Bernard’s yards per carry through three games: 5.0. BenJarvus Green-Ellis’ yards per carry through three games: 2.8.

No Steelers running back has eclipsed 40 yards rushing in a game.

Torrey Smith has posted at least 85 yards receiving in three straight games for the first time in his career.

Brian Hoyer’s three passing touchdowns Sunday were as many as Brandon Weeden had produced over his past six starts.

Tom Brady’s 5.5 yards per attempt is last amongst all quarterbacks with at least two starts.

Andrew Luck has more rushing yards and touchdowns than Cam Newton.

Cecil Shorts’ 40 targets are the most in football, though he has just 19 catches, 12 of which have come in the fourth quarter of blowout losses. He has three first-half receptions.

Christian Ponder has more rushing yards than David Wilson.

Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 rated corner through three weeks? Darrelle Revis.

Awards Section

Tweet of the Week, from @KennyBritt_18: Looks like the Titans pullin that Jared Cook card .. Looking like this the last year ill be sayin #TitanUp .. So lets make it a Great year

Least Valuable Player, Non-Freeman Division: What is Eli Manning even doing? The Giants’ “elite,” would-be franchise quarterback now has a 5:8 TD: INT ratio through his first three games, and is completing just 59.8 percent of his passes. His protection has been horrible, but his play has been flat inexcusable for a team with the second worst point differential (-61) in football after the Jaguars (-64).

The You Cannot Be Serious Award: Fantasy owners jumping off the Colin Kaepernick bandwagon because he struggled in Seattle in Week 2 and without any semblance of weapons in Week 3 … I can’t help you. Kaep is a prime buy-low target.  

The Carson Can You Hear Me? Award: Carson Palmer’s yards, completion percentage, yards per attempt, long pass, touchdowns and QB rating have all declined in two straight games.

Most Absurd Moment of Week 3: Yes, football is important, Rashad Johnson, but you might miss the top of your left middle finger when you’re 50.  

Fantasy All Pro Team

QB Cam Newton, RB DeMarco Murray, RB LeSean McCoy, WR Josh Gordon, WR Antonio Brown, WR Calvin Johnson, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Jordan Cameron

Early Waiver Look  

This is just my approximation of who might remain unowned in a large number of leagues. It is not an exhaustive effort, and the players are not listed in “add” order. For a full, much more thorough breakdown of the wire, be sure to check out Adam Levitan’s column on Tuesday.

QB: Geno Smith, Brian Hoyer

RB: Isaiah Pead, Brandon Bolden, Johnathan Franklin, Danny Woodhead  

WR: Santonio Holmes, Kendall Wright, Cordarrelle Patterson

TE: Heath Miller, Charles Clay, Jordan Reed, Jeff Cumberland

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
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