|Updated September 28,2011 JunkyardJake.Com
Torrey Smith ,WR
– Hooray ! It looks like Joe Flacco might have someone to actually throw to. Of course, remember Torrey Smith is a rookie, and before his 5 catch 152 yard 3 TD completely unexpected performance, he was looking like a talented, but clueless first year receiver. Anyway, who cares about that. At this point, it was probably a good idea to drop Lee Evans for Will Smith, so even if Torrey Smith runs a few bad routes and drops some TD passes, he’s still worth an immediate pickup.
Eric Decker ,WR
-Decker was surely a popular pickup last week after his 113 yard, 2 TD performance, but if somehow he’s still been neglected on your league’s waiver wire it’s probably time to adopt the unappreciated Denver Bronco fantasy receiver orphan. So far through three games, Decker leads the team in targets with 25, and tallied an impressive 11 looks last week.
Stephen Ridley ,RB
The only thing we probably know for sure about Bill Belichick, is that he probably isn’t going to smile very much, maybe not at all, during a game, and he is almost always going to have the same haircut. Aside from that, it’s anyones guess what he will do in any other aspect of his football plans. However, it is notable that rookie Stephen Ridley made his first cogent impression of the young season, significantly outplaying BenJarvus Green-Ellis (8 carries, 18 yards) with 6 carries for 42 yards.
Titus Young ,WR
– Titus Young didn’t have 3 touchdowns and 152 receiving yards last week like Torrey Smith, but similiar to Smith, Titus Young is a smallish, but speedy rookie receiver who took a bit of time to assimilate into the pro game. He is now quietly coming around with 9 catches for 140 yards over the past two weeks, so worth a pickup if you need receiver depth.
Dexter McCluster ,RB
– If the Chiefs are going to have any chance of generating some kind of ground attack, it seems like it is going to have to involve more of Dexter McCluster, who has averaged 6.6 yards per carry when he’s had a chance to carry the ball. Last week, Jones got most of the carries (14), but could only muster 2.2 YPC. Hopefully Jones will be relegated to a new role, maybe that of the 2nd and 2, I-Formation diving-over-the pile specialist, so that McCluster can see more carries.
Matt Hasselbeck ,QB
– Matt Hasselbeck really has no business throwing for over 300 yards per game, but sure enough, he’s averaged 311 yards per game through the first three weeks. The problem is, Kenny Britt was good for about 135 of those 300 yards per game, and with Britt out for the season, and the Titans schedule against the pass not looking too generous for the balance of the season, it’s a good time to trade Hasselbeck to whoever just dropped Tavaris Jackson in your league.
Jerome Simpson ,WR
– Needless to say, it was surprising that Jerome Simpson was even allowed to play this past week after 6 pounds of happy weed was discovered in his home last Wednesday. Moreover, authorities allegedly found ‘packaging materials, scales and smoking devices’ meaning that Simpson is maybe running some kind of cannabis emporium/pothead UPS store from his house. Are the police waiting for the shipment of highly enriched Uranium to Simpsons house before they make an arrest? Either way, he seems too risky to depend on for the next couple weeks.
Marshawn Lynch ,RB
– We could have possibly seen the highlight of Marshawn Lynch’s season this past week, as he helped the Seattle Seahawks grind their way to a thoroughly tedious 13-10 win overall the equally hapless Arizona Cardinals. Lynch finished with 19 carries for 73 yards to bring his average yards per game up to (yawn..) 39 through three weeks.
Mike Tolbert ,RB
– Ever since his week one three touchdown outburst, the Mike Tolbert revolution has lost a good deal of momentum as we have progressed up to week four. This past week against the Chiefs, Tolbert finished with a very unexciting 4 carries for 19 yards, while Ryan Mathews made all the headlines with 98 yards and a couple ground scores.
Nate Burleson ,WR
– It was another ho-hum day for Matthew Stafford, throwing for 378 yards, a couple TDs to Calvin Johnson, wearing Brandon Pettigrew out with 12 targets and connecting with Nate Burleson for… wait.. oh here it is… 2 catches for 12 yards?. Burleson could be on the verge of obsolescence by virtue of Titus Young’s apparent, albeit gradual emergence, so it could be time to dangle him in some trade offers.