Three Up, Three Down: Fantasy Football Week #3

Mike Carlson, Scott Ayers, and Rick Zieser

This is your “Fantasy Three Up, Three Down” installment for week #3 in the NFL. This will be the newest segment for the Arapahoe Xtra. “Three Up, Three Down” is the brainchild of seniors Scott Ayers, Rick Zieser, and Mike “Deejay” Carlson; expect this segment to continue on a weekly basis until the end of the football season. Enjoy!

Three Up

Kirk Cousins, Washington QB

With RG3 injured and out for the foreseeable future, Cousins is going to be the guy under center for the Redskins. His team put up 43 points with him at the helm and contributed 250 yards on 22/33 passing with 2 touchdowns. He fits perfectly in Jay Gruden’s offense and has all the tools to be an efficient quarterback in the NFL. If you’re in need of a QB, this is your guy.

 Darren Sproles, Philadelphia RB

After a breakout game against Indianapolis, Sproles’ role is now well-defined in Chip Kelly’s system. While he won’t get you a ton of rushing yards, he will rack up the receiving yards and will score even more in PPR leagues. Although he may never match last week’s phenomenal performance, he is still a very reliable RB2 or Flex play.

Antonio Gates, San Diego TE

Gates was frustrated by his contemporaries Jimmy Graham and Julius Thomas getting all the praise, so he decided to have a breakout performance against the best defense in the NFL. He eviscerated Seattle to the tune of 3 TDs, 96 yards, and 7 receptions. He may be old, but he still one of River’s favorite targets. Temper your expectations on future games, but he is in a situation in which he can thrive going forward. 

Three Down

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota RB

After the Vikings announced he would be inactive until he gets his child abuse indictment sorted out, his stock has dropped to zero. He won’t be playing anytime soon and has been barred from team activities. The future is bleak for Peterson, but don’t drop him quite yet as he still has a chance to return after his court hearing in early October.

Robert Griffin III, Washington QB

What a sad story RG3 is proving to be. After an incredible rookie season in which he won Rookie of the Year, RG3 has been a train wreck in regards to injuries. This most recent injury, an ankle dislocation, has RG3 out once again. We wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole because he may injure something else as a result. Drop him (very carefully) and pick up someone else.

Keenan Allen, San Diego WR

Allen was all the hype this year. He was coming off a strong rookie campaign, one in which he took home Rookie of the Year Honors, and earned the praise of Philip Rivers in training camp. He has been dismal of late, putting up only a combined 8 points in two games. We don’t want to cry sophomore slump quite yet, but be weary of this enigmatic receiver.