Week 3 Recap

(CIN at PIT)

Looking Good

  1. Carson Palmer (CIN) - The guy is a super human stud and should be in your lineup every week. He threw for only 193 yards on the day, but in a gritty performance, he threw 4 TDs as he led his team to the HUGE win on the road.
  2. Willie Parker (PIT) - Parker did it all for the Steelers and picked up 133 yards and 2 TDs on 33 carries. He got all of the GL carries and pounded in both of his TDs from up close (3,1). Najeh Davenport was not a factor and Parker delivered in GL situations. He is a must start every week and will be a solid #2 fantasy back. Last week was an aberration, so don't take Willie Parker out of your lineup. 
  3. Chris Henry (CIN) - Henry showed that he needs to be very involved in this offense as he caught 5 passes for 69 yards and 2 TDs. He now has 3 TDs on the year and is a good spot starter even though he is the Bengals 3rd WR. 
  4. T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) - He was not supposed to play that much today, but he did and he answered all questions about his heel. Housh was the top WR in the game and make his comeback in grand fashion with 9 catches for 94 yards and 2 TDs. It looks safe to put Housh back into your lineups.

Cause for Concern

  1. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) - Roethlisberger still has not thrown a TD on the year and was dreadful against the Bengals in week 3. He completed less than 50% of his passes on the day and threw 3 INTs. His play is hurting the value of Hines Ward and Heath Miller right now, but it is still too soon to give up on either one of them. Big Ben is not looking like a decent fantasy play and I would cut him if Favre, Kitna, Leftwich or Carr are on your waiver wire.

(BAL at CLE)

Looking Good
  1. Kellen Winslow (CLE) - Winslow is a tough kid who brings some serious swagger to the Browns offense. He caught 7 passes for 92 yards and is entering must start status because he is clearly one of the top 2 options in the Browns' passing game.
  2. Braylon Edwards (CLE) - Braylon posted his 2nd straight 100 yard game against the Ravens and was able to get deep for a big play once again. He beat Samari Rolle for a huge 58 yard TD and finished with 5 catches for 116 yards. He is a solid #3 fantasy WR/Spot starter because when Charlie Frye drops back, it is going to Edwards or Winslow the vast majority of the time.
  3. Charlie Frye (CLE) - It was another gritty performance from Frye, but a costly INT late led to the Browns loss. Still, from a fantasy perspective, Frye was very productive. He threw for 298 yards and 1 TD to go along with his 3rd rushing TD of the season. No, that is not a misprint....Frye has had 1 rushing TD in each game this year. He is only worth a look if you need some help on a bye week and the Browns have a favorable match up....but you have to be impressed with the heart he has shown thus far. 
  4. Derrick Mason (BAL) - The Ravens finally had a reason to pass the ball and Mason responded with some of the best catches I have seen all year. He led the team with 7 catches for 132 yards and is a must start every week. 
  5. Mark Clayton (BAL) - The Ravens played from behind today, which meant that Clayton was finally involved in the game plan. He caught 7 passes for 84 yards and is a good spot starter against weaker pass defenses only. He is the 3rd option in the passing game behind Mason and Todd Heap, but made some key catches that are sure to get him more looks in the upcoming weeks. 
  6. Matt Stover (BAL) - Stover hit his 29th straight FG to win this game for the Ravens and it was a clutch 52 yarder. He was 3-3 on the day and is now 9-9 on the season with at least 2 FGs in every game.