Week 3 is (mainly) in the books after an action-packed 13-game fantasy football Sunday main slate. As always, it didn’t end without its share of regrets.
So, as the hard-hitting analyst (?) that I am, I took to the ol’ Twitter machine to ask the masses: “WHO DESTROYED YOUR LINEUPS TODAY!?” As always, the internet didn’t disappoint. If you want to send your regrets, you can send them directly to @SBuchanan24. We will mourn together.
Oh, to really set the mood, you can play this depressing music in the background. Don’t ask me how I found it, but it works.
Vikings/Kirk Cousins/Anyone in Purple, MIN vs. BUF
Oh how could I forget the entire VIKINGS!!!! pic.twitter.com/kfq9TLiHsY— Nathan Stanley (@imnathanstanley) September 23, 2018
I mean, this was just plain shocking. A week fresh off throwing up 37.5 DKFP against the Packers, Cousins ($6,800) can hardly muster a score against the BILLS, ending with 13 DKFP. It was truly amazing just how BAD the Vikings were in this matchup from top to bottom. It was SO bad that Cousins didn’t take the offense over midfield until we were halfway through the THIRD QUARTER. It wasn’t like Cousins didn’t have a chance to throw either, he hucked the ball 55 times for 296 yards.
With the Bills posting 27 points, as you’d imagine, decimated lineups who paid up for the Vikings defense had regrets as well. At $4,300, the Vikings were the most expensive defense on the day and mustered a lousy 2 DKFP. Let me just take a quick look at all the defenses that outscored the Vikings at a cheaper price. Ah yes, 16 of them. Happy times.
Blake Bortles ($5,600), JAX vs. TEN, 8.9 DKFP
Bortles over Matt Ryan pic.twitter.com/KG6MGRbJU8— Kyle Firth (@philsphan330) September 23, 2018
Maybe many of you aren’t reeling like Kyle and me, but this one was near and dear to my heart. I, as well, was on the Bortles train the moment Leonard Fournette was officially ruled out. We had report T.J. Yeldon ($5,100) was dealing with an ankle injury, so this felt like a game where Bortles would be throwing here, there and everywhere. Well, he did throw 34 times, but those passes turned into 21 receptions for 155 pass yards with no scores. The result? 8.9 DKFP. Aside from Yeldon, not a single Jaguar offensive player scored more than 9 DKFP (lol) against a Titans defense we’re not exactly fearing. What an absolute cluster this was.
Oh, in case you were wondering, my Bortles lineups didn’t cash. I bet yours didn’t either. If they did, hit me up on Twitter @SBuchanan24 and I’ll see if I can get you a free entry into the Quarter Arcade next week.
Julio Jones ($7,900), ATL @ NO, 14.6 DKFP
Julio!!!! pic.twitter.com/d0mKvPoJhx— KCWagnor (@WilliamAgnor83) September 23, 2018
We’ve fallen for these “Julio Jones chalk week” traps over and over again. Guess what, we’ll do it again the next time it happens as well. But one thing has stayed consistent when it’s “Julio Jones Week” it always means it’s someone else’s week. Week 3 was the Calvin Ridley ($3,700) show, as he went off for 146 yards, catching 7-of-8 targets with not one, not two but THREE touchdowns. The grand total? 43.5 DKFP. As for Jones, he salvaged his day somewhat with 96 yards, but his six targets simply aren’t enough for a man of his talent. To add insult to injury, the snowflake above his DKFP score. THIS WAS THE CHALK WEEK.
I’ll be very curious to see where Jones lands for a salary in Week 4. I can’t imagine it going up a bunch, but who knows at this point. All I know is, we haven’t see Marvin Hall ($3,000) go off yet, so I’m sure it’ll be his week on the next “Jones Chalk Week.”
Now, onto Week 4…….
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