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Fantasy lessons we learned in Week 3

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - I learned that Tom Brady is not perfect, though I can't think of anybody I'd rather have as my fantasy quarterback and Wes Welker is 100% recovered from his knee injury.

Below are a few more things we learned on Sunday afternoon.

New England at Buffalo

There is no passing game in the NFL equal to the Patriots. Brady had 222 yards and three touchdowns...in the first half. He cracked the 300-yard mark with two minutes left in the third quarter and finished with 386 yards and three touchdown passes. Unfortunately, he also threw four interceptions, as many as he threw in all 16 games last year.

Wes Welker is a PPR league wonder (16-216-2).

Perhaps they should start covering Scott Chandler near the goal line - he scored his fourth touchdown in just three games this season. If your tight end situation is troublesome, you could pick him up off waivers as he's available in about 50% of all leagues.

Fred Jackson is valuable in both the running game and passing game (161 yards from scrimmage).

Jacksonville at Carolina

Reality settled in for Cam Newton as this "fantasy superstar" went 18-for-34 for 158 yards and 1 TD...but he did win his first NFL game.

Steve Smith suffered along with Newton.

Blaine Gabbert is no Cam Newton.

With a rookie quarterback, the Jaguars needed a big game from Maurice Jones- Drew and he produced 167 yards from scrimmage, including 122 on the ground.

San Francisco at Cincinnati

Frank Gore (42 carries, 106 yards 1 TD this season) is proving to be a disappointment...for the second consecutive year. Sell!

With Braylon Edwards out and Michael Crabtree limited, Vernon Davis came though for eight catches and 114 yards.

There were no good Bengals fantasy players today. I wonder how many times I'll use that phrase this year.

Miami at Cleveland

Missing their No.1 weapon, Peyton Hillis, Colt McCoy engineered enough points to impress me. Not enough to warrant fantasy value, but I was impressed.

Daniel Thomas came up five yards short of the 100-yard bonus, but is the running back to have down the road. If you own Reggie Bush, make some trade offers. The writing is on the wall and it says Thomas is the future.

Detroit at Minnesota

Vikings play-calling is killing Adrian Peterson owners. Apparently the offensive coordinator thinks Donovan McNabb is still a star quarterback. How else do you explain the lack of usage of "AP" in the red zone during the first half? And his lack of use at all in the second half. Not coincidently, they settled for field goals in their first two forays inside the 20-yard line and scored just three points in the second half and overtime.

Matthew Stafford struggled against the Vikings pass rush, but in the second half came alive and finished with 378 passing yards, two touchdowns and a win.

Calvin Johnson is an unstoppable force.

Houston at New Orleans

Owen Daniels is finally back to full speed and it shows (5-76-1).

So much for having the No.1 defense in the league. Drew Brees & Co. put up 40 points and 454 yards against the Texans defense.

Where did tight end James Casey come from and what's he doing catching five balls for 126 yards and a score?

New York Giants at Philadelphia

Eli Manning was missing three integral receivers from a year ago (Steve Smith, Mario Manningham and Kevin Boss), but still managed to post a career- high four touchdown passes.

Victor Cruz was known more for his great preseason games than doing anything in the regular season. Heading into today he had two career catches for 17 yards. Today he caught three for 110 yards and two scores. I'm betting the injured Manningham's old headache has been replaced by a new one.

This isn't a "Dream Team" it's a trainer's nightmare. Vick injured again.

LeSean McCoy could run the ball for a 100 yards a lot more, if Andy Reid would let him. He reminds me a little of Barry Sanders...McCoy not Andy Reid!

Denver at Tennessee

Knowshon Moreno might have been activated, but he didn't touch the ball all day. Kinda screwed fantasy owners who started him thinking he would get part of the workload.

Reality set in for those who picked up wideout Eric Decker this week. Kyle Orton distributed his 173 passing yards between eight receivers.

Matt Hasselbeck has thrown for 300+ yards in two of his first three game with the Titans. I'm impressed. He did it today without Kenny Britt who will have an MRI on Monday (right knee).

New York Jets at Oakland

The Jets are NOT a rushing team. The proof was a third quarter fourth and a short two...they threw the ball. Trade Shonn Greene before he is worthless.

The best way to crack the 100-yard mark against the tough Jets defense is to run one 70 yards into the endzone. That's what Darren McFadden did and it led to a 171-yard, three touchdown afternoon.

If you need a 50-yard field goal to win a game or your fantasy league matchup, there is no one better than Sebastien Janikowski. He kicked his 25th career 50+ yarder at the end of the first half and a 49-yarder late in the contest to put the game away.

Kansas City at San Diego

This is the Ryan Mathews we expected to see last year when he was a third- round fantasy selection. He is a solid bargain as a fourth-to-fifth round pick in 2011 because he is part of both the running game and passing game.

A rare bad game from Philip Rivers who is still one of the top-three fantasy quarterbacks.

The Chiefs offense wasn't very good with Jamaal Charles, now it rivals Seattle for worst in the league.

At least Dwayne Bowe should get his fantasy numbers because Kansas City will be playing from behind in almost every game.

Baltimore at St. Louis

Who is Torrey Smith? His first three catches result in three touchdowns. He's owned in less than 2% of all leagues. I'll bet that number jumps to 30% by Thursday.

Great day for Joe Flacco (27-for-48 for 389 yards, 3 TDs), but he's not reliable enough to start week in, week out.

A rare horrible game for Sam Bradford. He's no Aaron Rodgers, but you shouldn't quit on him.

Green Bay at Chicago

The Aaron Rodgers-to-Jermichael Finley hookup is pretty good. Rodgers-to-Greg Jennings is good too.

Ryan Grant had a solid day and may slow the James Starks train.

Jay Cutler tied Matt Forte for most Bears rushing yards in the game - TWO!

Arizona at Seattle

Larry Fitzgerald can turn a bad pass into six points as well as anyone. Kevin Kolb owners thank him for that too.

Sidney Rice looked about as good as you can look with Tarvaris Jackson throwing the ball.

Atlanta at Tampa Bay

Matt Ryan has thrown for 300+ yards in two out of three games this season. He tossed four touchdowns in the other game. That makes him a fantasy-worthy starter in any league.

Today we saw the reason the Falcons spent all those draft choices for Julio Jones. No touchdowns, but 115 yards on six catches. The kid's going to be good.

Josh Freeman won the game for Tampa Bay, but he didn't help your fantasy team with a line of 22-for-32 for 180 yards and two interceptions.

Until LeGarrette Blount learns pass protection he won't be part of the passing game and his fantasy value will continue to have an upper limit. The Bucs' brought in Earnest Graham for passing situations.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.


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