While I may have announced our picks for the best game to watch in Week 3 through our Sparring, here is a better platform for discussion on the predictions for upcoming games and player performances.
Game of the Week
Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins
The Falcons are hurt, and the Dolphins are gaining confidence. The Dolphins have developed a dangerous pass defense. They have knocked down opposing quarterbacks 22 times in two weeks, totaled a league leading 9 sacks (tied with TB, OAK, BUF, KC), and also have 18 batted or deflected balls (second on the NFL). I like the direction the Dolphins team is going. Atlanta always poses threats with Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez, but Roddy White, Steven Jackson, Asante Samuel, and Sean Weatherspoon are all hurt and starters in their respective positions. Atlanta has two sacks in two games and it’s also worth noting those two sacks came against Drew Brees in Week 1. The Falcons failed to sack Week 2 foe, Sam Bradford.
Prediction– Dolphins 24 – Falcons 20
Fantasy Predictions (Based on ESPN PPR scoring)
Fantasy Stud– Calvin Johnson @ Washington — (Projected Fantasy Points: 24)
As much as I feel like I took everything from our sparring and put it in this, my stud is Megatron. After a dull Week 1, Johnson went off for 6 Receptions, 116 Yards, and 2 TDS. Good for 29 fantasy points. Going against a Redskins D that has given up six touchdowns in two games, I like my chances for Megatron to have a great day.
Fantasy Bust– Stevan Ridley vs. Tampa Bay — (Projected Fantasy Points: 8)
I gave myself a whole hour to not put his name down, but I couldn’t think of someone else. Ridley has 86 yards on 25 carries… in two games. He loves to mess with my fantasy team and overall positive hope for the Patriots this season. His name is here mainly because he hasn’t shown many owners a reason to believe he’s turning things around. Wait, he doubled his point total from Week 1 (2) to Week 2 (4) so maybe he is picking it up!