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Jacksonville Jaguars v Houston Texans

Three weeks of the fantasy football season are already gone, and I hope your fantasy team is having success. If you had players like Maurice Jones-Drew or Peyton Manning, you probably had a very successful week.

Unfortunately, this week like every week had fantasy disappointments and for my money Matt Forte and Steve Slaton are on top of the list. Both runners had over 100 total yards but neither has had over 76 yards rushing in any game this year.

Beyond their failures in the running game, neither of these runners have a touchdown this season. Hopefully, these running backs are not killing you so far this season as they both need to get it going.

Fortunately for both runners, they have good matchups again this week as Forte plays the Lions and Slaton gets the Raiders.

Below I have some observations from the third week of the regular season and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective.

2009 NFL Regular Season Week Three

Regular Season First Two Weeks

Fantasy Football Regular Season Week Three Notes:

Mark Sanchez Rookie of the Year?

With this win, Mark Sanchez became the first rookie quarterback to ever start a season and win his first three games. For the game, he was only 17 of 30 passing for 171 yards, but he did have two passing touchdowns.

Tennessee Titans v  New York Jets

Early in the game Sanchez also had a 14 yard touchdown run as he pounded his way into the end zone.

This steady play means, No.1 receiver Jerricho Cotchery is now becoming a fantasy football starting receiver once again. For the game, Cotchery had 8 catches for 108 yards and a touchdown catch.

Look for Cotchery to be a steady option moving forward. The Jets will still be a run first offense, but Sanchez is playing well enough for Cotchery to produce.

Kevin Kolb, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek have Great Games

Much has been made about Donovan McNabb’s backup Kevin Kolb, and if he is a worthy player to have on the roster. Especially when the Eagles now have Michael Vick on the roster as he is now officially back in an NFL jersey.

Kansas City Chiefs v Philadelphia Eagles

Today, Kolb was 24 of 34 passing for 327 yards, two touchdown passes and no interceptions. This was the kind of game that will make everyone in the Eagles organization feel better about Kolb and his abilities to run the offense.

Kolb found the Eagles two top targets in Jackson ( 6 catches, 149 yards and a TD) and tight end Brent Celek ( 8 catches, 104 yards and a TD) all game long.

This coming week the Eagles are on a bye week and the team has already announced that MacNabb will be back in week five.

If McNabb should get injured again, except Kolb to get the start over Vick as he is the more polished quarterback at this time.

Cedric Benson just keeps running

Cedric Benson has now officially restarted his career, and now he is the feature back we all thought he would be coming out of college. At the end of the last season, Benson ran hard and continued that tough running this season.

Today, on only 16 carries, Benson had 76 yards and his day was highlighted by a 23 yard touchdown.

Next week Benson plays the Browns, and he should enjoy another strong game as the Bengals are now a playoff contender.

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