Week 3 had its wacky moments, as Dallas was led by Roy Williams of all people, with five catches for 117 yards and two scores, and Peyton Hillis was the top fantasy RB other than Adrian Peterson, outscoring DeAngelo Williams, LeSean McCoy, Joseph Addai and Maurice Jones-Drew combined, but overall, I still did pretty darn okay on my predictions. Welcome back to "We Were Right About, We Were Wrong About...
Jabar Gaffney, Broncos WR - In Friday's column, I said Gaffney would have a bounce back week, and that he did, hauling in 12 balls for 140 yards. In regards to the Denver passing game, Kyle Orton completed 37 of 57 passes for 476 yards and a score to Brandon Lloyd, who also had a huge game. Rookie Demaryius Thomas looked good once again, but injured his hand/wrist towards the end of the game. Pecking order wise, Gaffney is the best option in Denver's passing attack moving forward, with Eddie Royal looking like the odd man out.
Tom Brady/Randy Moss, Patriots - The pair hooked up twice for scores, just as I predicted, with Brady also hooking up with Rob Gronkowski — who caught three balls for 43 yards — for a third score. Moving forward, consider both he and Aaron Hernandez, who added six more catches for 63 yards, solid TE2s.
Tony Gonzalez, Falcons TE - I wrote that Gonzo would have a breakout week, and eight catches for 110 yards and a score later, I was right on the money. Look for the future Hall of Famer to continue his solid play next week against San Francisco.
Buffalo Bills Offense - I made a few statements about Buffalo's offense having a solid week against a suspect New England defense. Despite a loss, the Bills held strong, scoring 30 points and moving the ball around to receivers Roscoe Parrish (five catches 83 yards), Lee Evans (five catches, 54 yards) and Steve Johnson (three catches, 66 yards and a TD). Rookie C.J. Spiller caught a TD pass and RB Marshawn Lynch carried the rock 13 times for 79 yards. Overall, I was pretty much spot on with my call here as well. Moving forward, look for Lynch to see the bulk of the load in the backfield, with Spiller being used in a multitude of ways and having the highest upside. To me, Johnson is the most intriguing Bills WR.
Joe Flacco, Ravens QB - Maybe not a bold call, but after his poor start this season, dubbing Flacco a must-start wasn't a no-brainer either. He lit up the Browns for 262 yards and three scores in Week 3, making me look good. All three of his scores went to Anquan Boldin, who is a must-start moving forward. It was also interesting that RB Ray Rice left early with a knee injury, which may or may not be serious. The Ravens will have word on his status sometime early in the week, and if he misses time, obviously Willis McGahee would become very valuable.
Jeremy Maclin, Eagles WR - There was only one case this week when I actually advised a fantasy owner to bench Maclin, and it was because he owned Boldin, Brandon Marshall and Larry Fitzgerald. I dubbed this week, "the week that Maclin would finally have a breakout game," and after catching a TD in both Week 1 and Week 2, the former first rounder hauled in four catches for 83 yards and two more scores in Week 3. Mike Vick loves him, and he figures to be a great WR2/3 moving forward.
Austin Collie, Colts WR - Before the news that Pierre Garçon would miss the game broke late Friday afternoon, it looked like Collie would have a big day at Denver, and boy did he. 12 catches, 171 yards and two scores put Collie as the number one fantasy WR through the first three weeks of the season, with 27 catches in three games. Quite frankly, I'm not surprised. Another bold prediction - look for him to have a Wes Welker-like 100-catch year in just his second season.
Louis Murphy/Zach Miller, Raiders - With Bruce Gradkowski at the helm, and playing against a suspect Arizona defense, I made the call that Murphy and Miller would each have big games in Week 3. Murphy led the team with five catches for 119 yards, and Miller caught four balls for 64 yards and a score. Despite the big weeks, both are "matchup" guys, meaning don't just insert them into your starting lineup without first checking their weekly matchups.