Wrapping up: Afternoon games (Plus Sunday night)
Falcons at Dolphins: What we learned this game? Miami is legit. This is their first 3-0 start since 2002 and their team looks like a very complete one. Ryan Tannehill threw a game winning touchdown on this ridiculous one-handed catch by rookie TE Dion Sims. Mike Wallace was held for just 2 catches for 22 yards and Lamar Miller managed just 6 fantasy points, but as a team, the Dolphins got the job done. For Atlanta, Jason Snelling was the fantasy star of the day. Like I mentioned in the “Hail Mary” post this week, Jacquizz Rodgers got more carries (18) than Snelling (11) but Snelling managed 16 fantasy points to just 8 for Rodgers.
Bills at Jets: This game had fantasy impacts happening all over the place. First of all, C.J. Spiller had 10 carries for 9 yards (and 2 fumbles) but then exited with an injury (ugh, another hurt fantasy running back). Fred Jackson filled in admirably in his place, carrying the ball 7 times for 72 yards. For the Jets, Bilal Powell showed his superiority to Chris Ivory by carrying the ball (and the Jets offense) 27 times for 149 yards. New York’s receivers also fell in love with the big play today, as Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes each had a touchdown reception of longer than 50 yards.
Colts at 49ers: I’m not sure which game was more surprising, this one or the Browns game. Nevertheless, Indianapolis proved me and many others wrong today. While no one on the Colts had a sensational fantasy performance, it was a real team effort to lay a 27-7 beat down on San Francisco. As for the Niners offense? I don’t know where to start; they’re whole team struggled mightily today. Check back in later this week for an in-depth look at the struggles from the 49ers offense as a whole and how it affects your fantasy team.
Jaguars at Seahawks: The quarterback for Seattle had a perfect quarterback rating today… and it wasn’t Russell Wilson. Tavaris Jackson came in during garbage time and completed 7/8 passes for 129 yards, 1 touchdown, and a perfect 158.3 QB rating. If you started the Seahawks backup quarterback today, he would have given you more points than the starting quarterbacks for the 49ers, Giants, Falcons, and Bears. And oh yeah, before Tavaris came in, Russell Wilson threw 4 touchdowns too.
Bears at Steelers: This game was all Bears, then the Steelers came back, then it was all Bears again. Ben Roethlisberger threw for over 400 yards but also turned the ball over 4 times. Jay Cutler showed poise all game long and led the Bears to 40 points in an eventual 40-23 rout of Pittsburgh. The only bright spot for the Steelers was Antonio Brown: 196 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns