It was another turbulent week in the world of fantasy football, with a number of key injuries and numerous breakout performances that just make you ask, “He did what?” So, let’s explore how last week’s games affect your lineup: who is truly hot and who is not.
Any Buffalo Bills offense player
If you haven’t been watching football this season and you took a look at this story, you’d probably think I was crazy, and to be honest, it feels a little bit weird seeing the Bills in this spot. But they are on fire. Buffalo is averaging 37.66 points a game, and everyone is getting touches. Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick is scorching with at least 18 points in his first three games, making him a viable starting quarterback in any league. Running back Fred Jackson is quickly establishing himself as a top-10 back with at least 11 points in every game — he has also broken the 20-point mark in the last two. Plus, wide receiver Steve Johnson and tight end Scott Chandler have both firmly announced their fantasy prowess as strong starting options. It’s not too late to get on the Bills’ bandwagon: Chandler is still available in 51 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues.
Wes Welker, New England Patriots
Not much to say here. When paired with Tom Brady, this guy is a monster. The former Red Raider had 217 receiving yards and two touchdowns last Sunday and is a must-play week to week.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore
Who? That’s what many will say when they look at the Week 3 scoring leaders and see this rookie at the top of the list. Smith, a second-round pick from Maryland, went off for 152 yards receiving and three touchdowns against the St. Louis Rams. He is still available in 99 percent of ESPN leagues, and while he won’t consistently post such ridiculous numbers, he should still see quite a few balls from Joe Flacco the rest of the season.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia
This guy cannot seem to stay healthy. A week after suffering a concussion against the Falcons, Vick reportedly broke his non-throwing hand Sunday against the Giants. It’s uncertain if he’ll be good to go in Week 4, disappointing news for owners who picked Vick in the top-10 of the draft. If you did, it’s probably time to pick up Fitzpatrick or Eagles’ backup Mike Kafka because Vick’s injury pattern is a troubling one.
Kenny Britt, Tennessee
The wide receiver has been a fantasy beast this year, but on Sunday, he tore ligaments in his knee and will miss significant time. For those desperately scrambling after his loss, think about picking up his teammate Nate Washington, who is available in 90 percent of leagues, or Oakland’s Denarius Moore, available in 60 percent of leagues.
Frank Gore, San Francisco
Gore continued his slow start to the season Sunday with only 42 yards on 17 carries. The running back is fighting nagging injuries and is starting to show signs of aging. Astute owners might look to pick up his backup, Kendall Hunter.
Printed on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 as: Who's hot, who's not in fantasy football