FANTASY FOOTBALL: Week 3 Recap & Week 4 Advice

It's bye time in fantasy football! Here's a recap of last week and advice for Week 4, courtesy of This is an excerpt from The Geekly Update. To read the whole column, click here...


Pierre Thomas got twisted up late in the Saints’ loss to Atlanta. He was able to get back on the field and should be ready for Carolina in Week 4.

Andre Johnson aggravated his high ankle sprain. He says he’ll play. Coach Gary Kubiak called it a game-time decision. I say he plays. How effective he is is another story.

Stephen Jackson is dealing with a strained groin. Given his injury history, there’s a decent shot he sits out a game. Kenneth Darby would fill in, and is a decent flex play, now that we’ve hit the bye weeks.

Jahvid Best is plagued with grade 2 turf toe, which is a tricky injury. Turf toe sounds like you just stubbed you toe in the backyard, but can be very limiting. Keep a close eye on Best’s status.

Ray Rice has a contusion on his knee. To those of you without a medical degree, that means it’s bruised. I expect Rice to be on the field on Sunday, but he’ll be less than 100%.


Most leagues process waivers on Tuesdays and The Geekly Update doesn’t come out until Wednesdays. Not to worry. I’ll give you a few deeper options that may have slipped through the cracks in your league.

Go Get ‘Em

Chad Henne – This one depends on your league. If you’re in a 14-team league or a 2-QB league, he’s not available. But I just picked him up in my 12-team league since Tony Romo has a bye. If you don’t have a top QB and you’re playing the matchups, it doesn’t get much better than home vs. New England’s shaky defense on Monday night.

LeGarrette Blount – So much for Kareem Huggins. He got Wally Pipp’d right out of the backup RB job in Tampa. Blount has a bye week, but after that, he’s expected to take over as the short-yardage and goal-line back for the Bucs. Plus, he’s only one Cadillac Williams knee injury away from a much bigger role.

I'll be blunt: pick up Blount.

Darius Heyward-Bey – If Louis Murphy is still available in your league, grab him first. But I’m assuming the owners in your league aren’t idiots. Heyward-Bey has put up modest numbers so far, but one number jumps out at me. In Weeks 2 and 3 (since Bruce Gradkowski took over as starting QB), only Brandon Marshall has more targets. If DHB starts grabbing a few more of the passes heading his way, he’ll become a fantasy starter.

One-Week Wonder

Jabar Gaffney The former Gator gobbled up a ton of yards against Indy. Problem is, he’s got plenty of competition for targets with Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal and Demaryius Thomas around. Thomas was hindered by an arm injury, so there were more looks to go around last week. Gaffney is certainly ownable, but he’ll be inconsistent and won’t give you 14 fantasy points very often.


Matt Cassel (3 TDs, 250 Pass Yds) – That’s the first sign of life the Chiefs QB has shown all season. If Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones can keep running the ball with authority, things could continue to open up for Cassel.

Peyton Hillis (1 TDs, 144 Rush Yds, 36 Rec Yds) – No one on the usually daunting Ravens defense wanted anything to do with Hillis, who bounced off would-be tacklers en route to a career day.

Lance Moore (2 TD, 6 Rec, 149 Yds) – Good for the owners who jumped on Moore because he was slated to pick up the slack with Reggie Bush out.


Brett Favre (23-34, 201 Pass Yds, 1 TD, 2 Int) – Ick. If that’s all you can do against the Lions defense in 34 tosses, then it’s time for you to get your towel and take a dip in the free agent pool.

Joseph Addai (13 Carries, 29 Rush Yds) – No wonder Peyton’s had to sling the ball all over the field. With every game like this for Addai, Donald Brown creeps closer and closer into the picture.

Austin Miles (2 Rec, 20 Yds) – Generous of Miles to let Roy Williams have the spotlight for a game.



That’s Larry Fitzgerald’s fantasy-point ranking among wide receivers after three weeks. Such a shame that there’s a gaping hole at quarterback in Arizona. Kurt Warner, you have been missed.


Beejal: Hey, this is a question for you from Amit (my hubby). He’s in fantasy football and he wanted me to ask you this. He was thinking about offering Michael Vick and Ahmad Bradshaw for Chris Johnson because someone in his league needs a QB. He has Eli Manning as his back up QB. What do you think?

Geek: Seems like a fair deal. In fantasy football, I believe having strong running backs is more important than a strong quarterback. Manning is serviceable as his quarterback and Chris Johnson is about as good as it gets at running back. Green light!


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Head-to-head baseball leagues should be over and roto leagues are mere games away from completion. So this is the time of year when we’re all about football…until hoops happens. That’s why we’re doing a GeekSpeak Fantasy Football Show Podcast this Saturday. See what else we’ve got in store for you over the next week:

ALL THE TIME – Look for our tweets with alerts for new posts and player updates: @TheFantasyGeek, @SiKorot and @TheSammyC

THURSDAYSimon Says with more quick hitters from around the fantasy world

FRIDAY Taking It To The House with Start ‘Ems, Sit ‘Ems and more

FRIDAY – Pickin’ Winners with our picks vs. the spread and survivor pool tips

SATURDAY @ 12ET/9PT – The GeekSpeak Fantasy Football Show podcast with Si, Sammy and The Geek

SUNDAY @ 12ET/9PT Gridiron Geek Live Chat with Sammy and The Geek

WEDNESDAYThe Geekly Update with fantasy advice and pop culture stuff

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