Panic Week 3

NFL Week 3 Panic or Dont Panic

NFL Week 3 Panic or Dont Panic by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

It’s only Week 3 so I truly hope I’m re-tracking my “Panic’ players by Week 4 but until then….



SF Colin Kaepernick- Week 3- 9/19 for 67 yards – no TDs and 4 INTs. This isn’t “Panic ” mode…this is Re-Place” mode- HC Harbaugh is very glad that he is in Ann Arbor

PHIL Sam Bradford- His stats get worst week after week so far- His schedule does get easier however

MINN Teddy Bridgewater- On my “Panic” list last week and still on my “Panic” list ( and I still don’t like QBs who have to wear gloves ) I’d rather start NYJ R Fitz, A Smith and even Vick over Bridgewater

TB Jameis Winston- After three games, Winston has only 4 TDs on the season, with 3 INTs. You can find a better QB


TB Doug Martin- No defense in the NFL is going to be afraid of rookie J Winston beating them through the air ( the Saints probably should had been, because they stink)- Stack the box and keep Martin to around 50 yards. It will work all year

All DET RBs- It is bad enough that the team runs a RBBC, but now the team is playing bad, led by a bad head coach and facing a bad schedule. DET is 0-3

BUFF LeSean McCoy- Still hampered by a bad hamstring and RB Karlos Williams is taking full advantage of the situation- I predict RB Karlos Williams will out-rush McCoy this year for Buffalo

CAR Jonathon Stewart- Currently ranked 18th RB after 3 weeks with 0 TDs and a history of injuries. RB Cameron Artis-Payne will likely be the starter soon

CJ Anderson- On my list “Panic List” Week 2 and now Week 3- Hillman takes over soon


Note: 1 of my panic WRs rebounded Week 3- WR Rueban Randle ( NYG made a conscious effort to get Randle the ball and although he had nice Week 3 stat line, 41 yards & the TD came in trash time in the 4th qtr. The TD was on a fluke play )

CAR Devin Funchess- Panic time is over for K Benjamin-less Funchess- It’s time to drop him

PITT Markus Wheaton- He was terrible for fantasy owners when the best QB was starting. Now with Vick under center, Wheaton’s value drops even more- He’s off my teams

SF Torrey Smith- QB Kaepernick might be the worst QB in the NFL right now- The only way T Smith is going to help fantasy owners is with flukey deep passes and MIGHT come once every 3-4 games- You cannot win fantasy leagues starting WRs like that

GB Davante Adams- WR James Jones is doing what we all thought Adams would be. Adams also is struggling with a reoccurring ankle injury- You can’t drop him right now, but you can panic- hold him out of one ups until we see something- only 9 catches so far in 2015


PHIL Z Ertz- You never know who a QB is going to trust and be comfortable throwing to. If 3 games is out indicator, QB Sam Bradford isn’t looking at his TE. Ertz is averaging less than 3 receptions a game, and less than 25 yards a game

SF Vernon Davis- DROP HIM

SD Ladarius Green- He’s injured and TE Gates will be back Week 5




IND Andrew Luck- It may be comforting for you to know that the IND Colts started 2014…..0-2 won Week 3 -finished the season 11-5. In 2015-  the IND Colts started 0-2 and won Week 3.  Luck started out slow but will pour it on soon

DEN Peyton Manning- HC G Kubiak started Manning out under center 30% of the time Weeks 1 & 2- Well that didn’t work- Now Manning is primarily in the shotgun and he can still pick defenses apart- If anyone could turn it around, it was Peyton


BALT J Forsett- He’s a very good player and BALT has an easier schedule for the next 3 weeks- Hopefully they will get a lead for once and rely on the running game. Week 3 the Ravens threw 49 passes compared to 18 rushing attempts. WR B Perriman coming back will eventually  help Forsett also

WASH Matt Jones- Did you over zealous a bit on the Week 3 Waiver Wire getting Matt Jones? I don’t think so. As a matter of fact, if M Jones had bot fumbled his end zone TD run, it would had been 3 straight weeks of success

SEA M Lynch- It’s a long season and Beast Mode will get it going…IF….the news back this week on his hamstring MRI is bad news


IND TY Hilton- Did you know that TY’s first TD pass in 2014 didn’t come until Week 6- Big games are coming, “Don’t Panic”

DEN E Sanders- You drafted this guy high, so you want BIG production. HC Kubiak started Manning out under center 30% Weeks 1 & 2- That didn’t work!- Manning is primarily in the shotgun now which will help WR Sanders

DAL Terrance Williams- 0 receptions Week 3, but as the Cowboys #1 Wr now, I doubt that ever happens again, even with QB Weeden under center


MIA Jordan Cameron- Too gifted an athlete not to be a bigger part of the Miami’s offense. Don’t start him yet, but don’t drop him either-