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Stevie Johnson caught 9-of-9 targets for 103 yards in San Francisco's Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

Sep 21 - 8:08 PM

Donnie Avery managed two catches for 12 yards on three targets in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

It was refreshing to see Avery's role reduced in this one after he absurdly racked up a team-high 19 targets in Kansas City's first two games. Avery is an unattractive WR4/5 in fantasy leagues. The Chiefs face the Patriots next.
Sep 21 - 8:04 PM

John Brown caught 4-of-6 targets for 52 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers.

Brown logged touchdowns of 24 and 21 yards, with the first coming through the heart of the defense. Brown now has three scores on 15 targets through his first three NFL games. He was Mike Wallace/T.Y. Hilton type speed, but he's not going to be a viable WR3 with that kind of volume. Brown will likely be a more valuable "real life" than fantasy player this season.
Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 19-of-25 passes for 186 yards and three touchdowns in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

He added 17 yards on two scrambles. Smith was sacked five times, including for a second-half safety, and also lost a fumble. But he resiliently bounced back every time, beating the Dolphins' blitzes with quick hitters and delivering red-zone strikes to Travis Kelce (20 yards), Joe McKnight (11 yards), and Joe McKnight (4 yards) for his hat trick of touchdowns. This was a promising effort from Kansas City after two terribly disappointing ones to open the season. Smith will be a high-end QB2 in Week 4 against the Patriots.
Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

Marshawn Lynch rushed 26 times for 88 yards with a touchdown and caught three passes for 40 yards with another touchdown in the Seahawks' 26-20 overtime Week 3 win over the Broncos.

It was as memorable of a game as February's Super Bowl was forgettable. Peyton Manning forced overtime with an 80-yard touchdown plus 2-point drive and 59 seconds left on the clock. But he never got the ball in overtime, as Russell Wilson marched the Seahawks down the field and Lynch capped it with a 6-yard run. Lynch's first touchdown was a bit more out of the ordinary, as he lined up split wide and caught a slant from five yards out. Don't expect any more receiving days like this, but Lynch is a touchdown machine (four in three games so far). He'll face the Redskins following a Week 4 bye.
Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

Anquan Boldin caught 6-of-6 targets for 36 yards in San Francisco's Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

Boldin's biggest contribution didn't show up in the box score, as he committed a devastating personal foul in the third quarter, turning a 1st-and-goal from the Cardinals' six-yard line into a 1st-and-"goal" from the Cardinals' 21. The drive ended with a blocked field goal. With Michael Crabtree back to full health, Boldin has been limited to eight catches for 70 yards over his past two games. He's a low-end WR3.
Sep 21 - 7:56 PM

Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray rushed four times for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 3 romp over the Dolphins.

With Jamaal Charles (ankle) inactive, Gray scored a red-zone touchdown in garbage time. Gray is buried on the depth chart in Kansas City and has no fantasy value, whether it be in re-draft or Dynasty leagues.
Sep 21 - 7:51 PM

Michael Crabtree caught 10-of-11 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

Looking as spry as he has since tearing his Achilles' tendon in May 2013, Crabtree more than doubled his 2014 catch total, and posted his second straight 80-yard game. After being limited by a calf injury in Week 1, Crabtree has reasserted himself as Colin Kaepernick's clear No. 1 option. With 19 catches for 187 yards and two scores through three games, he's settling in as a high-end WR2.
Sep 21 - 7:50 PM

Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano caught 2-of-2 targets for 23 yards in Sunday's Week 3 tilt with the Dolphins.

Fasano's role remains locked in as Kansas City's blocking tight end, but he offers very little in the passing attack. He's a low-upside TE2 at most.
Sep 21 - 7:49 PM

Dwayne Bowe caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

Since returning from his Week 1 suspension, Bowe has turned in stat lines of 3-40 and 3-32 without a touchdown. He's a mere WR4 in fantasy leagues.
Sep 21 - 7:48 PM

Larry Fitzgerald caught 3-of-7 targets for 34 yards in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers, also losing a fumble.

Fitz went catch-less for the game's first three quarters, but finally came on in the final period. His fumble could have been a killer, as he coughed it up at the 49ers' five-yard line. One week after being the apple of backup QB Drew Stanton's eye, Fitz was out-targeted by Michael Floyd, and drew just one more look than rookie John Brown. Fitz has had the looks of a mid-range WR3 through Arizona's first three games.
Sep 21 - 7:46 PM

Chiefs RB Joe McKnight had one carry for three yards and caught six passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

After playing zero snaps in Weeks 1-2, McKnight took over as the Chiefs' primary passing-game back in the absence of Jamaal Charles (ankle). While Knile Davis held down the run-game fort (32 carries), McKnight was utilized in obvious passing situations and scored twice on red-zone quick hitters delivered by Alex Smith. With Charles likely returning in Week 4 against New England, look for McKnight to go back to the bench.
Sep 21 - 7:45 PM

Carlos Hyde rushed three times for 13 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco's Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

He caught two passes, but lost two yards through the air. Hyde's score was a toss where he found the edge, and delivered punishment to two Cardinals defenders at the goal line. It was his second touchdown in three games, giving him one more than Frank Gore. Gore has out-touched Hyde 37-17, however. Hyde's main value comes as Gore's handcuff. Standalone, he's an RB4.
Sep 21 - 7:41 PM

Travis Kelce caught 3-of-4 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' Week 3 win over the Dolphins.

We're not entirely sure of Kelce's snap count, but it seemed to rise considerably this week, and he was consistently involved in red-zone packages. He showed off his impressive speed on a 20-yard TD sprint, beating several Dolphins defenders to the pylon. Seemingly on the verge of a monster game, Kelce has entered the low-end TE1 realm. The Chiefs play New England in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 7:37 PM

Frank Gore was held to 10 yards on six carries in the 49ers' Week 3 loss to the Cardinals.

Gore wasn't targeted in the passing game. Squaring off with a run defense that also had his number in 2013, Gore's 10 yards were his fewest since the 2011 season. Gore's fantasy owners were forced to watch in horror as rookie backup Carlos Hyde ripped off a six-yard score in the second quarter. Gore now has just one score to Hyde's two on the season, but has out-touched him 37-17. Gore will be a borderline RB2 against the Eagles' competent run defense in Week 4.
Sep 21 - 7:36 PM



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