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Whether you are undefeated, winless or somewhere in between, the first two weeks of fantasy football have been as crazy and unpredictable as ever. Half of the top ten running backs taken in most drafts (first round) aren't producing and one of them was jettisoned from Cleveland to Indy.
So now where do we go? Well, here are the top 10 things you need to know heading into week three.
1) Oh no…there's a man down.
If you get the Madden reference you and I live in the same space. There are a plethora of injuries to key fantasy components that are pesky and forcing owners to juggle and shuffle earlier than I ever remember. Keep your eyeballs on Sunday deactivations.
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2) Wait…Denver runs the ball?
Miley Cyrus' twerking episode at the MTV awards has taken second place in the most shocking pop culture event of 2013. The leader in the clubhouse is Knowshon Moreno's 107 yard two-touchdown performance against the Giants. Moreno is ranked as Charch's number 9 back this week and could duplicate or top last week's effort against Oakland.
Why Moreno is Charch's 9th ranked RB in week 3
3) What should I expect from Trent Richardson?
To clean up a once great saying, "opinions are like backsides, everyone has one" and when it comes to T-Rich, the same can be said. His week three projections in a brand new offense against a pissed off San Francisco defense that was just called Miss Daisy and taken for a ride are all over the board. We like to think level headed at Fantasy Victory and those "experts" calling for a 20 touch week (17 car 58 yards TD- 3 rec 20 yds) are living in a…well fantasy world.
Listen to what to expect from T-Rich
4) Is Robert really ready?
I don't openly root for injury…okay, I may chortle when a co-worker who is a Packer fan
rams their right knee into the bottom of their desk, but who hasn't been there. Anyway, Adrian Peterson screwed the rest of the NFL up when he returned to action less than a year after having reconstructive knee surgery. RGIII is killing his owners with his inability to run with the ball which is what made him special. While his 300 yard games and multiple touchdowns are nice, if you did the opposite and loaded up on WR's and grabbed Griffin in order to supplement your running game your strategy has backfired.
Charch's RGIII analysis for week three
5) (S)Camed me again!
Raise your hand is you bought on Cam Newton? Yeah, me too. Newton has been a total disappointment after being the top fantasy QB during the second half of last year. With the Giants, Cardinals and Vikings in the next four weeks, here's hoping Cam gets back on track.
Watch Charch's analysis on Newton
6) Who can I get for this guy?
One of the biggest questions we get at FV via Twitter is trade value questions. Well, fear not Fantasymaniac's, we've got you covered. It's not perfect but it's a guide to look at how much your guy is valued and who you can target in return.
Check our the trade sheet
7) What to do when you're winless.
If you are still winless look for ways to constantly improve your roster. Bench strength is going to play a monster part in the season. In one league I am in, I have both Stevan Ridley and Percy Harvin stashed on my bench. Two guys that won't see action until at least week 10 make me thin at other spots. Target guys you can unload then track the waiver wire or trade.
8) Play defense and kicker week to week.
Unless you have elite kickers or DST's play them week to week. Points add up and weeks can be won or lost based on those two positions who are difficult to project.
9) Start all Seahawks.
I sort of feel bad for the Jaguars. They are the equivalent of a NFL JV team and they haven't scored a touchdown in two games. That trend won't stop in week three against a Seattle defense that just toyed with San Francisco. Steve Largent and Jim Zorn are good plays this week.
10) Keep the byes in mind.
Next week, the bye weeks begin which means fantasy owners prove their worth when it comes to drafting their teams. Everyone can ride Peyton Manning and seven touchdowns, but winning in tough bye weeks is a completely different conversation.