Instant Analysis: Indianapolis Colts 33- Houston Texans 28

The Thursday night blowout streak ends!

Although it didn’t look that way early as the Indianapolis Colts jumped out to a quick 24-0 lead over the Houston Texans before a furious Houston comeback began only to come up just short as the Colts have now won four straight after starting 0-2.

Andrew Luck continued his hot streak to the 2014 season in the first quarter as he hit Ahmad Bradshaw and Coby Fleener for touchdowns and along with a Trent Richardson five-yard touchdown run and an Adam Vinateri field goal it looked like this AFC South match-up had all the makings of another snoozer.

At the end of the day the Stanford alumus had another fine fantasy day with 370 yards and three touchdowns. Along with the Bradshaw and Fleener scores he was able to find T.Y Hilton on a beautifully thrown ball in between two defenders.

T.Y Hilton was Andrew Luck's go-to receiver on Thursday night.

T.Y Hilton was Andrew Luck’s go-to receiver on Thursday night.

Hilton had himself quite the day, catching nine passes for 223 yards and the 49-yard touchdown, and he basically was the Colts passing game tonight as no other receiver had more than 49 yards and it appears as if the Colts receiving corps continues to be a shot in the dark. One week it is Hilton, one week it is Dwayne Allen and the next it is Reggie Wayne. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Hakeem Nicks ends up having 135 yards and two touchdowns next week…. Okay maybe that is a stretch but you get the idea.

Luckily this wasn’t so as Arian Foster appears to be fully healthy as he ran for 109 yards and two touchdowns and helped lead the Texans comeback, Andre Johnson also had a nice game catching seven passes for 99 yards and a touchdown, but he also did fumble in the fourth quarter (even if Mike Carey swears it was an incompletion!)

Although Johnson had a nice game I still don’t think he is anything more than a flex option or no. 3 wide receiver in fantasy, it just seemed as if Ryan Fitzpatrick (who had a ho-hum 212 yards and the one touchdown) had tunnel vision for the former Miami Hurricane and just my luck it happened to be the week I finally pulled the trigger and started DeAndre Hopkins, who had been having a nice sophomore season but was held to one catch for 12 yards, he could have maybe had a second had he not totally quit on a ball late in the fourth quarter, all but ending the Texans’ comeback effort.

Despite two touchdown's from Arian Foster, the Texans' comeback effort fell just short

Despite two touchdown’s from Arian Foster, the Texans’ comeback effort fell just short

The only shortcoming on the Colts side, besides the near-meltdown for the defense was in the running game. Neither Ahmad Bradshaw nor Trent Richardson did anything of consequence, but Bradshaw salvaged his day with the five yard TD catch in the first quarter.

Both of these teams are what they are at this point. Luck is a stud, Foster is a stud, I still think Hopkins finishes the year as Houston’s top pass catcher and the Colts receivers will be productive from a real life standpoint but in fantasy it will be hard to predict who has the big games from week to week.

FantasyFB Corner Week Five Rankings

Teams on bye: Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders

Quarterback:

1) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

2) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

3) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck has become an elite fantasy quarterback this season.

Andrew Luck has become an elite fantasy quarterback this season.

4) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

5) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

6) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

7) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

8) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

9) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

10) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

11) Ben Roethisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Eli Manning, New York Giants

13) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

14) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

15) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys

16) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

17) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

19) Austin Davis, St. Louis Rams

20) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

21) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

22) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

23) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

24) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

25) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Running back:

1) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

2) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

3) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

4) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

Facing Atlanta at home, Rashad Jennings is a must start this week.

Facing Atlanta at home, Rashad Jennings is a must start this week.

5) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

6) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

7) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

8) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

9) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

10) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

11) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

12) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

13) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

14) Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

15) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

16) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

17) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

19) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

20) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

21) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

22) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

23) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

24) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

25) Jerik McKinnon, Minnesota Vikings

26) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

27) CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

28) Ben Tate, Cleveland Browns

29) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

30) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

31) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

32) Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

33) Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

With Ben Tate banged up early this season, undrafted rookie Issiah Crowell has been impressive.

With Ben Tate banged up early this season, undrafted rookie Issiah Crowell has been impressive.

34) Issiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

35) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

36) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

37) Darrin Reeves, Carolina Panthers

38) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

39) Lorenzo Taliaferro, Baltimore Ravens

40) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

41) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

42) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

43) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

44) Andre Williams, New York Jets

45) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

46) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

47) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

48) Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

49) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

50) Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons

Wide receiver:

1) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

2) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

3) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

4) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

5) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

6) Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens

7) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

8) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

9) AJ Green, Cincinnati Bengals

10) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

11) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

12) Alshon Jeffery, Chicagi Bears

13) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

14) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

15) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

16) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

17) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

18) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

19) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

20) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

21) Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

22) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

23) Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

24 Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

25) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

26) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

27) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

28) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

29) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

30) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

31) Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

One of my preseason breakout candidates, Cordarrelle Patterson has failed to live up to the lofty expectations.

One of my preseason breakout candidates, Cordarrelle Patterson has failed to live up to the lofty expectations.

32) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

33) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

34) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

35) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

36) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

37) Eric Decker, New York Jets

38) Rueben Randle, New York Giants

39) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

40) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

41) Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

42) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

43) Hakeem Nicks, Indianapolis Colts

44) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

45) Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers

46) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

47) Doug Baldwin, Seattle Seahawks

48) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

49) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

50) Allen Hurns, Jakcsonville Jaguars

Julius Thomas has been Peyton Manning's favorite target this season.

Julius Thomas has been Peyton Manning’s favorite target this season.

Tight end:

1) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

2) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

3) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

4) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

5) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

6) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

7) Larry Donnell, New York Giants

8) Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

9) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

10) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

11) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

12) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

13) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

14) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

15) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

16) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

17) Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

18) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

19) Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

20) Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

21) Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22) Jace Amaro, New York Jets

23) Niles Paul, Washington Redskins

24) Clay Harbor, Jacksonville Jaguars

25) Logan Paulsen, Washington Redskins

D/ST:

1) Seattle Seahawks

2) Cincinnati Bengals

3) Pittsburgh Steelers

4) San Diego Chargers

5) San Francisco 49ers

6) Detroit Lions

7) Arizona Cardinals

8) Kansas City Chiefs

9) Houston Texans

10) Denver Broncos

11) St. Louis Rams

12) New England Patriots

13) Cleveland Browns

14) Minnesota Vikings

15) Carolina Panthers

16) New York Giants

17) Buffalo Bills

18) Dallas Cowboys

19) Baltimore Ravens

20) Philadelphia Eagles

Kickers:

1) Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles

2) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

3) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

4) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

5) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

6) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

7) Phil Dawson,San Francisco 49ers

8) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

9) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

10) Greg Zurlein, St. Louis Rams

11) Nick Folk, New York Jets

12) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

13) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

14) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

15) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

16) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

17) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

18) Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals

19) Josh Brown, New York Giants

20) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

Instant Analysis: New York Giants 45- Washington Redskins 14

The Thursday Night Football blowout streak continued in week four as the New York Giants throttled the Washington Redskins 45-14.

Eli Manning was in rare (read playoff) form on Thursday night, completing 28 of his 39 passes for 300 yards and four touchdown passes, three of which in the first half… To tight end Larry Donnell. Despite Eli having one of his best games since the Giants magical 2011 run to a Super Bowl (he also added a short TD run late in the third quarter), Donnell was really the story of this game. Along with the three touchdowns he appeared to be Eli’s go-to receivers in the middle of the field as he caught seven passes, albeit for only 54 yards, and he could have potentially had a fourth touchdown grab as Eli looked for him twice in the end zone that were just off the mark.

Larry Donnell exploded for three touchdowns on Thursday Night Football

Larry Donnell exploded for three touchdowns on Thursday Night Football

Had he caught one of those two his already impressive performance would have been downright filthy. His monster game naturally cut into Victor Cruz’s production, but he still managed over 100 yards and was tackled literally feet away from the end zone. Had he scored on that play his good day would have been a great one. Better days are ahead for the ‘Salsa King.’

The early Giants lead severely upside of Rashad Jennings, who appeared to be getting some much deserved rest coming off of a 34-carry week three. But need not worry Jennings owners, I truly believe Williams, and even Peyton Hillis (who added 31 yards on eight carries) only got the amount of work that they did was because of the Giants playing well… a JV team. Jennings is still a stud and a firm RB1 going forward.

Now for Washington, it started off bad, and only got worse.

Kirk Cousins was an absolute dud this week. He turned the ball over five times, including four third quarter interceptions that really blew the game open and save one Andre Roberts touchdown in the second quarter his fantasy day was downright dreadful and I ended up starting him in one league in which literally all but one player on my bench is on bye, my week is all but sunk– damn you Kirk Cousins!

He ultimately ended up with a decent yardage day with 257 yards but the four interceptions and a first quarter fumble all but negated any of the positives, and with his struggles the rest of the offense also took a hit. Alfred Morris ran well, carrying the ball 12 times for 63 yards and caught three passes for 27 yards and had the game not gotten so out of hand I think he was in line for a nice fantasy day, unfortunately so Kirk Cousins turned into Rex Grossman and the team just crashed and burned.

Kirk Cousins and his five turnovers absolutely buried Washington, and fantasy owners that started him, in week four.

Kirk Cousins and his five turnovers absolutely buried Washington, and fantasy owners that started him, in week four.

Niles Paul also left this game with a concussion on a nasty hit late in the first half, he was having himself a nice day– catching three passes for 60 yards and with Jordan Reed also sidelined the ‘Skins were relegated to Logan Paulsen as the lone tight end standing and well… He is terrible. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both had dreadful outings as did the rest of the receiving corps. The Redksins receivers didn’t catch a pass until midway through the second quarter.

However I still am high on the Redskins offense as a whole, I just chalk this one up to whatever could go wrong, did.

FantasyFB Corner Week Four Rankings

Teams on bye: Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks

Quarterback:

1) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

2) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

3) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Facing the Jaguars in week four, Phillip Rivers is a top-5 play.

Facing the Jaguars in week four, Phillip Rivers is a top-5 play.

4) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

5) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

6) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

7) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

8) Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboiys

9) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

10) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

11) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

13) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

14) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

15) Eli Manning, New York Giants

16) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

17) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Houston Texans

Facing the Falcons at home in his first career start, Teddy Bridgewater could have a sneaky good fantasy day.

Facing the Falcons at home in his first career start, Teddy Bridgewater could have a sneaky good fantasy day.

18) Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings

19) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravems

20) Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars

21) Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

22)  Geno Smith, New York Jets

23) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

24) EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills

25) Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders

Running back:

1) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

2) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

3) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

4) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

Rashad Jennings has been one of the few stud RBs in fantasy this year.

Rashad Jennings has been one of the few stud RBs in fantasy this year.

5) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

6) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

7) Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs

8) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

9) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

10) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

11) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

12) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

13) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

14) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

15) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

16) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

17) CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills

18) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

19) Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

20) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

21) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

22) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

23) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

24) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

25) Shane Vereen, New Enfland Patriots

26) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

27) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

28) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

29) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

30) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

31) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

32) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

33) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

34) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

With Maurice Jones-Drew's status still up in the air, Darren McFadden could be in line for a decent fantasy day.

With Maurice Jones-Drew’s status still up in the air, Darren McFadden could be in line for a decent fantasy day.

35) Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

36) Lorenzo Taliferro, Baltimore Ravens

37) Alfred Blue, Houston Texans

38) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

39) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

40) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland Raiders

41) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

42) LeGarratte Blount, Pittsburgh Steelers

43) James Starks, Green Bay Packers

44) Jacquizz Rodgers, Atlanta Falcons

45) Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

46) Dexter McCluster, Tennessee Titans

47) Denard Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars

48) Antone Smith, Atlanta Falcons

49) Darren Reeves, Carolina Panthers

50) Branden Oliver, San Diego Chargers

Wide Receiver:

1) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

2) Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

3) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

4) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

5) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

6) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

Facing Philadelphia in week four, Michael Crabtree is a WR1 this week.

Facing Philadelphia in week four, Michael Crabtree is a WR1 this week.

7) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

8) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

9) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

10) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

11) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

12) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

13) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

14) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

15) Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens

16) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

17) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

18) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

19) Keenan Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

20)  Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesora Vikings

21) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

22) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

23) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Saints

24) DeSean Jackson, Washington Redskins

25) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

26) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

27) Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

28) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

29) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

30) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

31) Eric Decker, New York Jets

32) Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings

33) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

34) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

35) James Jones, Oakland Raiders

36) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

37) Rueben Randle, New York Jets

38) Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles

39) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

40) Cecil Shorts III, Jacksonville Jaguars

41) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

42) Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons

43) Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers

44) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

45) Stevie Johnson, San Francisco 49ers

46) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

47) Eddie Royal, San Diego Chargers

48) Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

49) Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

50) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

3) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

Walker

Delanie Walker is a must start this week facing Indianapolis.

4) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

5) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

6) Vernon Davis, San Franciso 49ers

7) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

8) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

9) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

10) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

11) Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis Colts

12) Niles Paul, Washington Redskins

13) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

14) Larry Donnell, New York Giants

15) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

16) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

17) Garrett Graham, Houston Texans

18) Jace Amaro, New York Jets

19) Ladarius Green, San Diego Chargers

20) Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions

21) Andrew Quarless, Green Bay Packers

22) Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

23) Scott Chandler, Buffalo Bills

24) Brandon Myers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25) Anthony Fasano, Kansas City Chiefs

Despite a down week three, the Panthers are still a stud D/ST in fantasy.

Despite a down week three, the Panthers are still a stud D/ST in fantasy.

D/ST:

1) Carolina Panthers

2)  New England Patriots

3) Houston Texans

4) San Diego Chargers

5) San Francisco 49ers

6) Miami Dolphins

7) Buffalo Bills

8) Pittsburgh Steelers

9) New Orleans Saints

10) Indianapolis Colts

11) Kansas City Chiefs

12) Detroit Lions

13) Baltimore Ravens

14) Oakland Raiders

15) Green Bay Packers

16) Atlanta Falcons

17) Chicago Bears

18) Minnesota Vikings

19) Green Bay Packers

20) Tennessee Titans

Kickers:

1) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

2) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

3) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

4) Nick Folk, New York Jets

5) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

6) Cody Parkay, Philadelphia Eagles

7) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

8) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

9) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

10) Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers

11) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

12) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

13) Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints

14) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

15) Dan Carpenter, Buffalo Bills

16) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

17) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

18) Kai Forbath, Washington Redskins

19) Caleb Sturgis, Miami Dolphins

20) Josh Brown, New York Giants

Instant Analysis: Atlanta Falcons 55- Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14

No, that isn’t a typo, the Atlanta Falcons really dropped a 55-point hammer down on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football.

The Falcons, coming off of one of the worst offensive performance’s of Matt Ryan’s career came out fast and furious on offense, scoring 35 first half points and cruised from there on out to move to 2-1 on the season, and the Falcons did all of this without Roddy White who was a late scratch.

Now, if any of you follow me on Twitter you will know that I am a hardcore, and extremely passionate fan of the team, and I apologize in advance for any homerism that comes through in this piece but it doesn’t take a Falcons fan to see just how explosive the Falcons offense can be when Matt Ryan, the NFL’s leading passer through three games…. Technically, has pass protection and with the return of rookie left tackle Jake Matthews and the absence of Gerald McCoy along the Bucs defensive front the seventh-year pro absolutely shredded the defense to the tune of 286 yards and three touchdowns in a little less than three quarters of action, and he could have potentially had a fourth had Devin Hester not taken a Jet Sweep the distance for a touchdown.

Matty Ice shredded the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football

Matty Ice shredded the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football

Now it is almost impossible for the Falcons to repeat this performance again this season but in two of three games this season– both of which at home coincidentally so, Matty Ice showed both fantasy owners and NFL fans just how great he can be as a fantasy quarterback and has quickly thrown himself back into the top-10 fantasy quarterback territory that he once was a staple in before the wheels fell off of the Falcons last year and with Julio Jones back healthy he has also picked up right where he left off before suffering a season ending foot injury in week five last year. Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns against the porous Buccaneer defense and has now crossed the century mark in receiving yardage and scored a touchdown in each game this season and is an early candidate for fantasy MVP this season, and the frontrunner for fantasy comeback player of the year.

Along with Jones and Ryan, Devin Hester also had a game for the ages. Not only did he score a rushing score on a 20 yard end around but he also broke his record for punt return touchdowns with Deion Sanders, who was in attendance on Thursday as part of the Thursday Night Football crew with the NFL Network. Although in most formats the punt return touchdown didn’t help you out had you started him, which before Roddy White was ruled out seemed crazy but after it was a possibility for some owners.

Devin Hester now stands alone as the NFL's all-time leader in punt return touchdowns.

Devin Hester now stands alone as the NFL’s all-time leader in punt return touchdowns.

Along with Hester’s rushing touchdown, Steven Jackson and Antone Smith also scored rushing touchdowns and with all four Falcons running backs getting touches, the backfield still looks to be a full fledged running back by committee which makes all of the running backs very dicey fantasy options but Steven Jackson led the team in carried again with 14 carries and yards with 54, and added an impressive one yard rushing touchdown to turn a so-so fantasy day into a solid one.

Antone Smith also scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter to put the Falcons up 56-0. Smith is an explosive playmaker and has shown the ability to take any touch to the house but he is far to inconsistent to be a viable fantasy option and is currently the fourth back on the depth chart behind Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers and Devonta Freeman (who may be seeing even fewer touches after a second half fumble). All four backs are talented and combined give the Falcons a great running game in real life, but in fantasy it is very much akin to the Saints and Patriots backfields. Of the four backs Jackson is the only one worth owning to be totally honest with you, but with three other backs getting touches it is very hard to ever feel comfortable starting him with any confidence.

Rainey

Despite two fumbles, Bobby Rainey ended up with a nice final stat-line on Thursday.

In a game that saw the Falcons drop 55 points on the Buccaneers defense that looked downright lost at times that must have meant there was a huge opportunity for Tampa Bay garbage points, right?

That isn’t entirely wrong, the Bucs scored both of their touchdowns well after the game was in hand– with the first coming off a very controversial non-call on a pushoff by Vincent Jackson, who had done nothing up to that point, and the second coming off of a pick six thrown by Falcons backup quarterback TJ Yates after Matt Ryan was pulled from the game because well, the Falcons had embarrassed the Bucs defense enough, I suppose.

With Doug Martin out, Bobby Rainey was in line for a huge fantasy game after the Falcons had been absolutely destroyed on the ground during the first two weeks of the season but after two fumbled relatively early in the game he found himself riding the pine in favor of Mike James but after four yards on four carries it appeared as if Tampa Bay realized that fumbles by their most explosive playmaker are forgivable. Or they just didn’t care anymore, being down by five touchdowns and all…

Rainey ended up having a decent fantasy day with over 100 all purpose yards (41 rushing, 64 receiving) which ended up being a decent start in a standard league, and was a downright great result in PPR leagues, but the two fumbles hurt his production, and possibly his value going forward. When Doug Martin is healthy I would imagine that he would take back his spot as the lead back in the offense, despite him not really being deserving of so, and no matter how much I want to say Rainey deserves at least a shot at the starting job or at least some touches even if Martin is healthy and Tampa should just chalk this up as a case of “everything that can go wrong, did” I am just not confident that it will necessarily happen.

FantasyFB Corner Week Three Rankings

Quarterback:

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

2) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

3) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

4) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Facing Washington in week three, Nick Foles is in line for a huge fantasy week.

Facing Washington in week three, Nick Foles is in line for a huge fantasy week.

5) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

6) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

7) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

8) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

10) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

11) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

12) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

13) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

14) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

15) Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

16) Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

17) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers

18) Geno Smith, New York Jets

19) Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs

20) Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

21) EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills

22) Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens

23) Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans

24) Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

25) Brian Hoyer, Cleveland Browns

DeMarco Murray's hot start should continue in week three.

DeMarco Murray’s hot start should continue in week three.

Running back:

1) DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys

2) Arian Foster, Houston Texans

3) LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia Eagles

4) Giovanni Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

5) Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

6) Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks

7) Knile Davis, Kansas City Chiefs

8) Matt Forte, Chicago Bears

9) Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers

10) Zac Stacy, St. Louis Rams

11) Joique Bell, Detroit Lions

12) Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

13) C.J Spiller, Buffalo Bills

14) Montee Ball, Denver Broncos

15) Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots

16) Rashad Jennings, New York Giants

17) Doug Martin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

18) Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers

19) Pierre Thomas, New Orleans Saints

20) Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

21) Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Reggie Bush, Detroit Lions

23) Lamar Miller, Miami Dolphins

24) Chris Johnson, New York Jets

25) Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

26) Matt Asiata, Minnesota Vikings

27) Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts

If he can stay healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw can be a waiver wire addition to pay huge dividends for fantasy owners.

If he can stay healthy, Ahmad Bradshaw can be a waiver wire addition to pay huge dividends for fantasy owners.

28) Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

29) Chris Ivory, New York Jets

30) Khiry Robinson, New Orleans Saints

31) Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills

32) Johnathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

33) Donald Brown, San Diego Chargers

34) Terrance West, Cleveland Browns

35) Jeremy Hill, Cincinnati Bengals

36) Steven Jackson, Atlanta Falcons

37) Danny Woodhead, San Diego Chargers

38) Toby Gerhart, Jacksonville Jaguars

39) Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

40) Shonn Greene, Tennessee Titans

41) DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers

42) Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders

43) Isiah Crowell, Cleveland Browns

44) Maurice Jones-Drew, Oakland Raiders

45) Bishop Sankey, Tennessee Titans

46) Justin Forsett, Baltimore Ravens

47) Roy Helu, Washington Redskins

48) Benny Cunningham, St. Louis Rams

49) Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

50) Johnathan Dwyer, Arizona Cardinals

Wide receiver:

1) Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

2) Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

3) Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

4) Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

5) Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

6) Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

7) Demariyus Thomas, Denver Broncos

Julian Edleman has become the new Wes Welker in the Patriots offense.

Julian Edleman has become the new Wes Welker in the Patriots offense.

8) Julian Edleman, New England Patriots

9) Andre Johnson, Houston Texans

10) Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

11) Percy Harvin, Seattle Seahawks

12) Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota Vikings

13) Keenan Allen, San Diego Chargers

14) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles

15) Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

16) Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins

17) Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

19) Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons

19) Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

20) Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

21) Golden Tate, Detroit Lions

22) Michael Floyd, Arizona Cardinals

23) Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

24) Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts

25) DeSeaon Jackson, Washington Redskins

26) Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

27) Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

28) Sammy Watkins, Buffalo Bills

29) Steve Smith Sr, Baltimore Ravens

30) Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina Panthers

31) Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

32) Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

33) Brandin Cooks, New Orleans Sainrs

34) T.Y Hilton, Indianapolis Colts

35) Muhammad Sanu, Cincinnati Bengals

36) Eric Decker, New York Jets

37) Riley Cooper, Philadelphia Eagles

38) Victor Cruz, New York Giants

39) James Jones, Oakland Raiders

40) DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans

41) Justin Hunter, Tennessee Titans

42) Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns

43) Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

44) Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

45) Terrance Williams, Dallas Cowboys

46) Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh Steelers

47) Miles Austin, Cleveland Browns

48) Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens

49) Danny Amendola, New England Patriots

50) Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Greg Olsen is undoubtedly the top option in the Panthers passing game

Greg Olsen is undoubtedly the top option in the Panthers passing game

Tight End:

1) Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints

2) Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

3) Julius Thomas, Denver Broncos

4) Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

5) Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles

6) Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers

7) Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns

8) Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings

9) Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys

10) Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens

11) Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans

12) Niles Paul, Washington Redskins

13) Dwayne Allen, Indianapoli Colts

14) Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers

15) Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears

16) Charles Clay, Miami Dolphins

17) Larry Donnell, New York Giants

18) Travis Kelce, Kansas City Chiefs

19) Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams

20) Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts

21) Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers

22) Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals

23) Zach Miller, Seattle Seahawks

24) Owen Daniels, Baltimore Ravens

25) Brandon Myers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST:

1) Cincinnati Bengals

2) New England Patriots

3) Carolina Panthers

4) Houston Texans

5) Seattle Seahawks

6) Baltimore Ravens

7) Arizona Cardinals

8) Buffalo Bills

9) San Francisco 49ers

10) St. Louis Rams

11) New Orleans Saints

12) Denver Broncos

13) Tennessee Titans

14) Cleveland Browns

15) Philadelphia Eagles

16) San Diego Chargers

17) Tampa Bay  Buccaneers

18) Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Washington Redskins

20) Dallas Cowboys

Kickers:

1) Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens

2) Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers

3) Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots

4) Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys

5) Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

6) Cody Parkay, Philadelphia Eagles

7) Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers

8) Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks

9) Nick Folk, New York Jets

10) Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings

11) Greg Zurlein, St. Louis Rams

12) Shayne Graham, New Orleans Saints

13) Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins

14) Adam Vinateri, Indianapolis Colts

15) Phil Dawson, San Francisco 49ers

16) Robbie Gould, Chicago Bears

17) Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos

18) Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals

19) Randy Bullock, Houston Texans

20) Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers

Instant Analysis: Indianapolis Colts vs Philadelphia Eagles

To finish off week two of the NFL season Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles defeated Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in a thriller on Monday Night 30-27.

Led by an eye-popping performance by running back Darren Sproles and his 178 yards of total offense, including a 19-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter the Eagles rallied back from a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter for their second consecutive multiple touchdown second half comeback to start the season.

Darren Sproles had a fantasy performance for the ages on Monday Night Football in week two.

Darren Sproles had a fantasy performance for the ages on Monday Night Football in week two.

Sproles led the team in receiving with 152 yards, second-year Tight End Zach Ertz was second on the team with 86 yards on six grabs and continues to be a solid TE1 in fantasy. No other pass catcher did anything of consequence for the Eagles.

Although Sproles had a Monday night performance for the ages, and one that likely swung many fantasy match-ups this week, it did not come at the expense of LeSean McCoy who had 79 yards on the ground and added another 23 in the passing game which isn’t a great total but he also added a one yard rushing touchdown that sparked the comeback for Philadelphia and made a decent performance a good one for fantasy owners.

Unfortunately in a game that had the Eagles put up 30 points it did not translate into Nick Foles’ numbers. He had a nice passing total with 331 yards but he only had one touchdown pass (to Jeremy Maclin to bring the Eagles within three late in the fourth quarter) but need not worry. In games that Sproles and McCoy both produce as they did it is bound to have an adverse affect on Foles, and he will have a few games this year where his gaudy numbers cut into the McCoy and Sproles production. He is still a borderline top-10 QB week in, week out in fantasy.

On the Indianapolis side of things, Andrew Luck had a nice game at the end of the day as he threw three touchdown passes but was held to only 172 yards passing. But I believe that had more to do with the Colts jumping out to a 20-6 lead through three quarters and they simply looked to be attempting to play keep away as the Eagles were making their comeback, that was made whole via a Luck interception late in the fourth quarter.

Trent Richardson led the Colts in carries in week two but managed a mere 3.8 YPC

Trent Richardson led the Colts in carries in week two but managed a mere 3.8 yards per carry.

As the Colts attempted to play keep away they actually looked to establish some semblance of a running game as Trent Richardson, who led the team in carries and yards, and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for 149 yards on 34 carries (21 of which were given to Richardson).Bradshaw however had a significantly better fantasy day as he caught two of Luck’s three touchdown passes and was second on the team in catches with five. T.Y. Hilton led the team with six catches for 65 yards (on 11 targets).

The recipient of Luck’s third touchdown was Jack Doyle. Don’t ask me who that was, I have no idea. I don’t think anyone besides the Colts do (and even that could be debated). Had that pass gone to Hilton, or even Reggie Wayne (who had a pedestrian three catches for 27 yards (on seven targets) either of them could have had a much better day, and could have swung a few more match-ups.

This game from a game plan standpoint seemed to fit right into what the Colts want to do on offense. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has repeatedly said that he wants to be a power running offense and when it is clicking like this it could potentially affect Luck’s fantasy value, but I don’t expect them to be able to run the ball with any level of success on a consistent enough basis for it to matter.

This however does show that Bradshaw is the Colts RB you want to own though, he was a significantly more effective runner than Richardson, averaging over 1.5 yards per carry more than Richardson (5.4 to Richardson’s 3.8) and caught five passes to Richardson’s one, despite the rhetoric that he would be the ‘running downs’ back with T-Rich taking the third down work. I do not see this as an aberration either. As long as Bradshaw stays healthy I see him being the only Colts running back worth starting, or even considering starting in fantasy and it is only a matter of time that the Colts realize that Richardson is just, well… Not very good.