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Talkin Crazy-Week 3 Wrap Up

David Lorenz, PT, DPT

September 29, 2022

Another week into the NFL/fantasy football season and week 3 gave us some big time performances by young players, and some duds from players we were expecting to perform quite well. That just seems to be the norm in fantasy football these days. Never know what to expect. Let's take a look at some of the headlines after the slate of week 3 games and let's discuss if the talk is legitimate, or we're just talkin' crazy.   Romeo Doubs is going to be the WR1 in Green Bay. It was really encouraging to see someone FINALLY step up at WR for the Green Bay Packers. While this came with Sammy Watkins and Christian Watson out, I still like Doubs' outlook the rest of the season. We all know Watkins' injury history, and Watson still has some work to do in order to gain Aaron Rodgers' trust. After a big game this past weekend against the stingy Tampa Bay defense, I think Doubs has officially earned that trust from Rodgers. While he may not produce eye-opening stats every week due to Green Bay's reliance on their run game, Doubs is a player worth adding to your roster. Verdict: LEGITIMATE.   Tom Brady is finished. So far into this season, the Tampa Bay offense has looked very pedestrian. However, let's remember they have played three of the better defenses thus far. Dallas, New Orleans, and Green Bay all have top 10 defensive potential. Add in the fact that TB12 was playing with multiple starters out (Evans, Godwin, Julio, Donovan Smith), and brighter days are ahead for the Bucs. While he clearly does not seem to be at his level of play from last year, I still am not ready to write off this team and GOAT just yet. VERDICT: TALKIN' CRAZY.   DJ Moore is droppable. One of the biggest disappointments so far of the fantasy season has to be DJ Moore. Many were expecting him to score more TDs this season and post some borderline WR1 numbers, or, at least, firmly in the WR2 tier. However, through three games, the production just has not been there. While it's easy to panic, let's not forget that Moore had a similar three game stretch in the middle of last year and finished the fantasy season just fine. This could happen again. Or, the poor production could continue, through no fault of his own. There were some plays to be made on Sunday, but Baker misfired on a few throws. I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet. VERDICT: TALKIN' CRAZY.   Chris Olave is WR1 in New Orleans. What a breakout game for Olave in a game where the rest of the Saints offense didn't do too much. While some of the other WRs got banged up, Olave stepped up in a big way. I expect to see solid production from Olave as the season progresses, but I'm not ready to crown him WR1 just yet. The future is bright for Olave, but with other weapons such as Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway, Jarvis Landry & Alvin Kamara all vying for targets from Jameis, the fantasy production will be up and down. VERDICT: TALKIN' CRAZY (for now).   Zero RB is the way to go and dominate your league. Now, let me be forthright, and divulge that I have never, in my 15 plus years playing fantasy football, have gone zero RB. I always think there is a stud RB to be taken in round 1. Sometimes it pays off big, and other times it leaves you disappointed and wondering where you went wrong. BUT, I have to say, if you went zero RB this year, it's probably paying off pretty nicely for you. While it has certainly paid its dividends thus far, I still believe that having a solid RB1 is huge in order to boost your chances of securing the illustrious fantasy championship trophy/belt/wad of cash you so desperately want. I could clearly be wrong on this prediction, but I think we see some improved performances the rest of the way from RB's who have disappointed us thus far. This includes Dalvin Cook, Joe Mixon, Jonathan Taylor, Alvin Kamara, Derrick Henry, and others. Let's take a look at Cook, Taylor, and Kamara. For starters, Cook is a little banged up, and this is the first year the offense is operating under a new scheme with first-year head coach Kevin O'Connell. It'll take some growing pains to work through, but I see them working it out. Stay patient, which is almost impossible in fantasy football. Similarly with JT. He is working with a new QB in Matt Ryan. Frank Reich is going to need a couple of more weeks to figure out the best way to utilize JT with Matty Ice under center. He's a good coach, so again, I see JT bouncing back the rest of the way. Lastly, Kamara is banged up, as is the entire Saints offense. Or that is just how it seems. When your QB is playing through four fractures in his lower back, it's easy for the defense to stack the box and make the injured QB beat you. Unfortunately, Jameis has not been able to do that yet. I see that changing as he gets healthier. Hold onto hope with these RBs. Like I said, I could be completely wrong when I look back on this one in a few months, but I'm not ready to go all in on zero RB just yet. VERDICT: *gulps* TALKIN' CRAZY.

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