2020 Season: Week 3 Recap


Charles Herrmann (@HermsNFL)
The Lateral Chief Editor

Malcolm McMillan (@McLateralFF)
The Lateral Writer


Not much to say here. Let's jump right into our Week 3 recap.

Week 3 Recap

Standout Performers

CH: Looks like the Seahawks are going to let Russ cook! Just take a peek at what he's done to this point. Obviously the TD rate won't be able to sustain quite to this level, but QB Russell Wilson is performing like a man possessed. Imagine how much better his day would've been without the bonehead move from WR DK Metcalf too. Woof

Aside from Wilson and the bonkers game and utterly insane 52-yard score from RB Alvin Kamara, how about Patriots RB Rex Burkhead? Buried in the mix of my (imperfect) top waiver wire options section of the Saturday Nightcap article, I suggested Burkhead thinking he could put up maybe 12+ points against a Raiders D that doesn't do well against pass catching backs, but I did not see 34.8 PPR points in ESPN scoring coming. With RB Damien Harris slated to return soon off of IR, I don't know that Burkhead sustains his output even sans TDs going forward, but it was a pleasant surprise to say the least. 

Moving on, James Robinson has continued to cement himself as a potential league winner. For the low, low price of a waiver claim, those that bet on Robinson have been richly rewarded for their faith on Thursday when he posted 30.9 PPR points on a perfect 6 receptions on 6 targets and a couple of rushing TDs to round things out. He is now RB5 in PPR and Overall17 in PPR. Will the Cinderella story come to an end? Maybe in the fantasy football playoffs when he has some tough match-ups, but in the meantime he has a solid run against Cincinnati, Houston, and Detroit before a Week 7 bye. Expect to continue to enjoy the ride for a while longer. 

Bitter Disappointments

CH: From a real-life and fantasy standpoint, the Atlanta Falcons. That's it; that's the take.

Beyond that, it was not a great day for QB Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans defense. I liked both a lot headed into Sunday afternoon, and while the "process > results" argument is a fair one given that very few people would have disagreed, ya hate to see it. Honestly and obviously, we didn't exactly nail all of our picks anyway. It comes with the territory of blogging about fantasy football. This year has been a strange one thus far and here's to hoping we can all improve.

MM: While I am still on the subject of the Jacksonville JAGs, the Mustachioed Marvel definitely looked human on Thursday night against the Dolphins. We at The Lateral (and America in general) had been hyping up Gardner Minshew II all week, only to watch him put up an abysmal QB29 performance. You literally would have been putting in Mitchell Trubisky, who got benched during... a win for the undefeated Chicago Bears? [Did I read that right??] Look, aside from James Robinson, nobody looked like more than a JAG against the Dolphins, and I fully expect Minshew to bounce back Week 4 against the Bengals, but this was still a bitter disappointment.

Personal Fantasy Highlight/Lowlight

CH: This formula isn't likely to help me for the remainder of his absence, but trusting myself to replace the production of RB Christian McCaffrey in Week 3 with RBs James Robinson and Jerick McKinnon in lieu of making a huge bid on Mike Davis for my dynasty squad was nice.

On the flip side, I'm not particularly proud of the fact that my team in The Fantasy Footballers' Megalabowl tournament put up 41.40 points on Sunday. Not all of that was my fault, but most of it was. Let's just say I punted on RB after selecting McCaffrey and RB Melvin Gordon III in the draft so far that I was forced to flex RB Malcolm Brown with Cam Akers being out. Brighter days are ahead considering the Chiefs stack of QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Tyreek Hill I have, but I'm not even going to sniff victory. I botched that team hard for Week 3.

MM: Look, I really do not want to talk about it. I had Russell Gage in 75% of lineups and Jordan Reed in 100% of lineups. I may eek out 2-2 this week, and overall I am still doing fine all things considered, but it was a rough week and I am still trying to process the sea of emotions that was Week 3. 

At least Michael Gallup finally showed up.

What We Are Looking Forward to Next Week

CH: The Houston Texans next 3 games: MIN, JAX, @ TEN

It hasn't been a fabulous journey for all of the Texans' fantasy playable guys, but the early season trio of death match-ups have passed and enough of what we've seen from QB Deshaun Watson, RB David Johnson, and some combination of WRs Will Fuller V/Brandin Cooks/Randall Cobb should signal relative optimism. I'm interested to see how things work out for the Texans both in real-life football and fantasy football starting in Week 4.

MM: It is the final week of bye week free football. That means a) Week 4 should be fully loaded with some great games b) bye weeks need to be considered with waiver moves going forward, which makes them all the more interesting. The waiver articles will become more streaming and match-up dependent, rather than looking for ROS league winners. Personally, I am very much here for it.

Also Week 4 is the Burrow Bengals vs the JAGs and I am 1000% on the Burrow bandwagon (though if you ask around, this is not exactly news). So watching him continue his excellent rookie campaign and hopefully get his first win should be exciting.

What We Are Most Nervous About Going Forward


CH: JuJu Smith-Schuster as a fantasy football WR1. As a Steelers fan, QB Ben Roethlisberger's penchant to spread the ball around thus far has produced results I'm thrilled with, but I'm not a Steelers blogger and this site is about fantasy football. Focusing on the fantasy aspect of this, taking into consideration the target spread through Week 2 that's documented and what I saw anecdotally without available statistical confirmation as of this writing, JuJu is looking like somewhat of a TD dependent option. I would be nervous if you drafted him to be great (WR1).

If you only drafted him to be good (WR2), I think it'll be fine for you and your team, but assuming WR Diontae Johnson is able to clear concussion protocol and is available for Week 4, he's the dominant WR in this offense and relegates JuJu to somewhat of a big-play type of role. There's nothing inherently wrong with that but my level of concern is relative to whatever draft capital you may have invested in JuJu.

MM: Can I keep playing Michael Gallup? This week was make or break for most fantasy managers with Gallup on their roster, and luckily it provided some clarity, though less so than if he had just been a bust again. Charles and I had a long conversation about this yesterday, and I think the fact that Amari Cooper led the Dallas WRs in targets shows he is the clear number one, even if he still has the odd bad game in a tough match-up going forward. I think Gallup and Lamb have to considered match-up dependent WR2/FLEX candidates. You can probably play them, especially in good match-ups, but one will take the backseat to the other. It is good that we know this going forward, but it still leaves plenty of room to be disappointed.

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