Fantasy

Fantasy Studs and Duds - Week 3

On Sunday, Joe Flacco posted his second 300-yard game of the year.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Quarterback Joe Flacco was not a viable fantasy option in 2008, but things have changed drastically just three games into his second season at the controls of the Baltimore Ravens offense.

Flacco, who was always confident in his abilities, has become a valuable fantasy quarterback this season.

In fact, Flacco didn't throw for 300 yards in any game last season and the most touchdowns he has in any game was two.

But he opened up the 2009 season with the first 300-yard effort of his career against the Kansas City Chiefs. It included three touchdown passes against just one interception. In Week 2, Baltimore won a shootout with the San Diego Chargers and Flacco had solid, though unspectacular numbers, 17-for-26 for 190 yards and two more touchdowns.

On Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, Flacco posted his second 300-yard game of the year including a 72-yarder to Derrick Mason. he was a solid 25-for-35 for 342 yards and didn't throw a pick.

Through three weeks, Flacco has accumulated 61 fantasy points, a very respectable total. That total puts him ahead of the likes of Aaron Rodgers (51 points), Eli Manning (47), Tom Brady (44) and last year's other rookie starting quarterback Matt Ryan (40).

That's a good value from a quarterback with an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 127.5.

Other quarterbacks who had highlight days include:

Jason Campbell had 340 yards, two touchdowns, one interception in a losing effort at Detroit.

Kevin Kolb had his second 300-yard outing in two career starts. His Eagles rolled over the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14 as he threw for 327 yards and two scores. He also ran one in to account for 35 fantasy points. Too bad in a couple of weeks he'll be out of a job.

Matt Schaub has rebounded from an opening day disaster with consecutive 300- yard games. He finished one yard behind Brett Favre (301-300). The ageless one showed he still has something left, hitting Greg Lewis for the 32-yard, game- winning score with two seconds on the clock. Likely a hollow victory from a fantasy standpoint because he was started in less than 30% of all leagues.

Maurice Jones-Drew made his case for Fantasy Player of the Week, running through Houston for 119 yards and three scores. He also caught four balls for 28 yards.

Pierre Thomas only needed one half to post his numbers - 126 yards and two scores. He had zero rushing yards in the first half.

Steven Jackson (117 rushing yards), Correll Buckhalter (108), Fred Taylor (105), Ahmad Bradshaw (104) and Kevin Smith (101) also cracked the 100- yard mark.

Santana Moss led the receivers with 178 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions, but he couldn't carry the Washington Redskins to victory as they lost to the Detroit Lions 19-14.

DeSean Jackson, a questionable starter because of a groin pull all week, showed he was healthy by posting 149 yards and a score on six receptions. The total included a 64-yard touchdown reception in which he did a cartwheel into a split in the endzone afterwards. The display showed me he's either 100% healthy or foolish - to be determined.

Other receivers who had a good day included: Vincent Jackson (5-120-0), Mason (5-118-1), Randy Moss (10-116-0), Nate Burleson (9-109-0), Jerricho Cotchery (8-108-1), Brent Celek (8-104-1), Greg Jennings (2-103) and Mike Wallace (7-102-0).

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