Week 3 fantasy football notebook

» The trend of Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown making big plays continued in the third quarter Sunday night. First, Brown helped the Steelers capitailize after a red zone takeaway. He scored on a 7-yard touchdown grab in the corner of the end zone for Pittsburgh's first touchdown in almost two games. Later in the quarter, Bell broke an 81-yard run to set up another scoring chance which was capped by another Brown touchdown reception to give Pittsburgh a 23-6 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, Bell has over 150 yards from scrimmage while Brown has racked up 90 yards and his two scores. Fantasy owners who started them against a tough Panthers defense certainly rejoiced on Sunday night. Greg Olsen answered for Carolina at the start of the fourth quarter with a touchdown catxh of his own and has 60 yards on four catches.* - MF*

» Antonio Brown continues to be a PPR-juggernaut. Midway through the second quarter and the Steelers receiver already has six receptions for 54 yards. The Steelers are finding myriad ways to get him the football ... when they're not giving it to the shifty Le'Veon Bell. The duo have the making of fantasy (black and) gold right now. - MG

» Joe McKnight was Kansas City's leading receiver today with six catches for 64 yards and two touchdowns. McKnight is owned in zero percent of NFL.com leagues, so clearly, #ThatHelpsNoOne. Another takeaway from this game is the fact that both Lamar Miller and Knile Davis collected over 100 yards rushing in Week 3. Miller was much more efficient with his touches, taking 14 carries for 108 yards while Davis had 132 yards on 32 carries (and a touchdown). * - MF*

»  Peyton Manning and the Broncos have a pulse! The QB found Julius Thomas on a shovel pass after a Russell Wilson interception (his first of the year). The Seahawks also conceded a safety, making this a one-score game in Seattle. - AG

» In more #YearoftheRookieWR news: John Brown has a pair of touchdown catches and has repeatedly gotten behind the 49ers defense. Drew Stanton has also played as well as one could imagine. - MG

» The Dolphins scored their first touchdown of the day when Ryan Tannehill connected with Brian Hartline on a 1-yard pass early in the third quarter against Kansas City. Lamar Miller is also having a decent day with 63 yards on nine carries adding two recpetions for 20 yards. * - MF*

»  Russell Wilson found Marshawn Lynch on a short pass before the half to give the Seahawks a 17-3 lead, and give both of their fantasy owners some nice stat-padding fantasy points. The Broncos offense, meanwhile, has struggled. - AG

» It was only a matter of time before Chiefs' tight end Travis Kelce got into the end zone. He scored on a 20-yard touchdown reception from Alex Smith late in the second quarter. Kansas City leads Miami 14-0 at the half. * - MF*

»  It was a slow start offensively in Seattle, but Russell Wilson and Ricardo Lockette got things going when they connected on a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Marshawn Lynch and Emmanuel Sanders have been the most productive players for their respective teams thus far. - AG

» Those who secured Knile Davis off the waiver-wire prior to Week 3 were rewarded when he ran in a 21-yard touchdown against the Dolphins Sunday afternoon. Davis drew the start with Jamaal Charles inactive, and has 47 yards on 10 carries, plus the score. Not much else has happened in this game just yet, with about six minutes left in the first half. * - MF*

» Carlos Hyde scores a rushing touchdown after a strong effort. That's the good news. The bad news is that it makes us wonder what's going on with Frank Gore. The two have split five carries while Colin Kaepernick has eight rushing attempts. Sigh. - MG

» The Bills lost today, but that didn't keep Fred Jackson from having a big day. As his team's only bright spot against the Chargers Sunday, the veteran running back was Buffalo's leading rusher and receiver. He caught eight balls on 10 targets 78 yards and a touchdown, and added 34 rushing yards on six carries. It's difficult to predict if Jackson or C.J. Spiller will be a better fantasy running back from week-to-week, but Jackson by no means is out of gas at 33-years-old.* - MF*

» Rashad Jennings. #KABOOM. That is all. - MG

» The Ravens pulled out a 23-21 win over the Browns today as Steve Smith Sr. had another nice day with five catches for 101 yards. It might be time to panic about Torrey Smith as he was virtually invisible for the third game in a row totaling two receptions for 25 yards. Andrew Hawkins led the Browns with seven catches for 87 yards, while Browns' tight end Jordan Cameron disappointed in his return from injury with just one catch for 23 yards. * - MF*

» Matt Asiata might be Minnesota's starter at running back, but it's time to downgrade him. Just 15 total touches in today's game for 71 total yards. Were it not for a long TD reception last week, there'd be nearly nothing notable to speak of from the big back. - MG

» In the end, Drew Brees had a decent stat line (293 yards, 2 TDs) although he's had had a decidedly un-Brees like season. The positive is that Brandin Cooks is continuing a nice start to his season. - MG

» Here's an unsettling stat for Packer fans: their offense gave up more points (9) than they scored (7) in a loss to the Lions. Reggie Bush bounced back with a nice 26-yard touchdown run to help the Lions and fantasy owners across the country. - AG

» Andrew Luck has thrown for four touchdowns now in a rout of the Jaguars. However, the Blake Bortles era is off to a decent start, as he found Allen Hurns for a long touchdown. - AG

» A.J. Green owners have to be happy with his six-catch, 102-yard performance so far today. Plus, Jeremy Hill added to the Bengals' lead in the fourth quarter with a 4-yard touchdown run for his second score of the season. Cincinnati's running backs have a total of three scores on the day. Meanwhile, Shonn Greene also hit pay dirt Sunday for the Titans' first points of the game. It's a blowout in Cincinnati with the Bengals leading 33-7 in the fourth. * - MF*

» Bills' veteran running back Fred Jackson scored his first touchdown of the season Sunday against the Chargers. Jackson has been more productive than C.J. Spiller in this one, adding four receptions for 40 yards to his 26 rushing yards on five attempts so far. Spiller has 24 yards on eight carries and only one catch for 8 yards.* - MF*

» Put another one on the board for Giovani Bernard. He now has 14 carries for 47 yards, two rushing touchdowns and one reception for seven yards as the Bengals are still shutting out the Titans. * - MF*

» Miles Austin put the Browns up 21-17 over the Ravens with a 4-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. Ravens' rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro also scored his first NFL touchdown in this one, benefiting from the absence of Bernard Pierce. * - MF*

» After a quick start, things have slowed down for Drew Brees and the Saints offense. Brees has just 199 yards and one touchdown pass late in the third quarter. That's depressed Jimmy Graham's numbers as well. Something's up in New Orleans and it ain't good. - MG

» For the second time Sunday, Philip Rivers connected with Eddie Royal for a touchdown. Royal only has three catches, but two of them are scores. Keenan Allen owners have to be annoyed as he only has two catches for 17 yards in the third quarter.* - MF*

» Isaiah Crowell ran in a touchdown from 14 yards out in the second half against the Ravnes to put Cleveland up 14-10. Terrance West owners around the globe cry out in frustration, but it's okay, West has a score today as well.* - MF*

» The Year of the Rookie Receiver continues. Jordan Matthews has a pair of first half touchdowns for the Eagles. Add his big day to solid games from Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Hurns and Sammy Watkins so far this year. - MG

» Andrew Luck is giving out touchdowns like he's Oprah in Jacksonville. This time he pointed at Coby Fleener and shouted "YOU GET A TOUCHDOWN." The #boatrace is on. - AG

» Gronk play. Gronk score. Gronk spike. The Patriots are on the board. - AG

» Giovani Bernard scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Bengals up 19-0 over the Titans. Expect the Bengals to lean heavily on the run game in the second half with a big lead.* - MF*

» Because there haven't been enough big injuries around the NFL in the first few weeks, Alfred Morris is questionable to return with a knee injury. Sigh. - MG

» It's been a great start for Rashad Jennings with 74 yards on 12 carries. Right now, he's the most consistent thing in the Giants putrid offense. - MG

» Aaron Rodgers and the Packers have struck back in Detroit, as No. 12 hit tight end Andrew Quarless for a touchdown strike after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix picked off Matthew Stafford for his first career interception. - AG

» Andrew Luck stays hot in Jacksonville, finding his tight end Dwayne Allen for a touchdown. Things could be getting ugly for the Giants and Toby Gerhart owners if the Jaguars fall behind by much more.* - AG*

» In a surprising turn of events, Andy Dalton was on the receiving end of a touchdown on a pass from Mohamed Sanu at the end of the first quarter against the Titans. Wait, what!? It was Sanu's second touchdown pass of the season. Dalton showed some skills diving for the pylon for the score.* - MF*

» Browns' rookie running back Terrance West got into the endzone in the first quarter against the Ravens. He has four carries for 11 yards so far, but fantasy owners should be happy with the early score.* - MF*

» Andrew Luck has gotten going in Jacksonville with a short touchdown pass to Ahmad Bradshaw. Also, Trent Richardson helped drive with a 27-yard run -- his longest of the season.* - AG*

» Darrel Young. This is where Alfred Morris owners should direct all their frustration. Darrel. Young. He's becoming the goal line back of choice in Washington.* - MG*

» The Chargers struck first against Buffalo with a three-yard touchdown pass from Philip Rivers to Eddie Royal. We're keeping an eye on Danny Woodhead's status as he was carted off early in the first quarter with what appeared to be a leg injury. Expect a heavy dose of Donald Brown. - Matt Franciscovich

» It's been a nice start for Khiry Robinson. The Saints running back picked up 26 yards on three carries in New Orleans' opening drive. We'll see how much work he splits with Pierre Thomas, but Robinson looks like the guy who will see much of the work on the ground. - MG

» Week 3 has not started off well for Eddie Lacy owners, as the lead back in Green Bay fumbled his second carry and watched it get returned for a touchdown by the Lions. Stay calm though folks, it's early in the first quarter still. - Alex Gelhar

» The list of Week 3 inactives featured a few notable names, including  Arian Foster, who is inactive with a hamstring injury. Alfred Blue is expected to step into the starting role. Meanwhile,  Bernard Pierce is inactive and giving way to Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro. On the plus side of things,  Jordan Cameron and DeSean Jackson are both active in the early games. - Marcas Grant

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