Who’s hot, who’s not – Week 3
1. Cam Newton – It was only a matter of time before Newton broke out of his slump and put up monster numbers. It turns out that week 3 was the magic week as Cam torched the hapless Giants defense with his legs and his arm to accumulate 28 fantasy points. The only negative about Newton right now is that he has a bye-week in week 4 so hopefully his momentum carries into week 5.
2. Jordan Cameron – As you know from my 2 minute drill, Cameron was a fantasy (and real life) beast this weekend, catching 3 touchdowns on the day. More than that though, Cameron has been on fire all season long. He has 289 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns through 3 games and it doesn’t matter who is throwing him the ball, he will put up numbers regardless. I see him finishing as a top 5 TE this season at the very least.
3. Patriots rookie receivers – These much hyped receivers actually played like they were supposed to this week. Kenbrell Thompkins had a stellar fantasy day with his 2 touchdowns, but Aaron Dobson had the better day in real life with his 7 catches. Each player showed flashes of greatness, but they are both still a work in progress. Once Amendola and Gronk come back, pressure should be lifted from the rookies and look for them to make more plays because of less attention from the media and defenses alike.
1. Anybody on a team called the Giants – The baseball team clinched it’s first losing record since 2008, and the football team is on pace to go 0-16. This is a football site, so we’ll stick to the New York perspective of things. They got absolutely hammered on Sunday against the Panthers (who were also winless going into the game). Eli Manning and co. gained only 150 yards of total offense throughout the game en-route to a shutout by Carolina’s D. Hakeem Nicks had no catches and David Wilson was extremely mediocre as well. I’m not starting any Giants player (except Victor Cruz) until further notice.
2. Arian Foster – This isn’t so much because of his last performance, (although it was pretty bad) but more so reflects how Foster has played all season long. Through the first 3 weeks, he has rushed for an average of 63 yards per game and has only scored one touchdown during that span. Those numbers are not exactly what you expect from a guy that went in the first round in almost every fantasy draft this year. I still recommend selling high on him if you can find someone to bite because not only are his own skills declining, but it is only a matter of time until Ben Tate takes over the bulk of the carries.
3. Anybody on a team from San Francisco – The baseball team clinched its’ first losing season since 2008, and its’ football team… oh wait I already wrote this. Anyways, the 49ers (now 1-2) suffered their first back-to-back losses during the Jim Harbaugh era on Sunday and are under .500 for the first time during that span as well. Colin Kaepernick, Frank Gore (although he looked better yesterday), and Anquan Boldin have been nowhere to be found these past two weeks. With an easy stretch of games coming up, I could easily see them getting back on track. But for now, there is some real cause for concern.