Eastbay Fantasy Challenge // Week 3

words // Brandon Richard

As he did in the first two weeks, Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins/adidas/5-Star) led all scorers with another productive outing. The Redskins dropped a close game to the Cincinnati Bengals, but RG3 found the endzone through the air and on the ground to rack up 25.34 total points. Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos/Reebok/Custom Cleats) struggled against the stifling Houston Texans defense early, but rallied late to post a big total for Reebok. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers/Under Armour/Cam Highlight) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers/Nike/Alpha Talon Elite 3/4) both struggled in their games, each scoring just a little more than 10 points.

After a couple of disappointing weeks, Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions/Nike/Vapor Pro Low) put up “Megatron” quality numbers for Nike, catching 10 balls for 164 yards and a touchdown for 22.4 points. Titus Young (Detroit Lions/adidas/5-Star Mid) and Julio Jones (Atlanta  Falcons/Under Armour/Mercenary III) each had solid outings for their respective brands, while Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons/Reebok/Custom Cleats) turned in a disappointing 5.5 point performance.

Running backs were big contributors this week, as Maurice Jones Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars/Reebok/Custom Cleats), Ray Rice (Baltimore Ravens/Nike/Lunar Superbad Pro TD) and Arian Foster (Houston Texans/Under Armour/Nitro Diablo) all put up totals ranging from 16.8 to 25.3. The lone drop off came from Reggie Bush (Miami Dolphins/adidas), who left the Dolphins’ game early after taking a helmet to the left knee.

Making the biggest defensive impact in Week 3 was LB DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys/Reebok/Custom Cleats), who sacked Josh Freeman twice and forced two fumbles in the Cowboys’ win over Tampa Bay. Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens/Under Armour) gave UA a boost with his 10 tackles and 5 points, while Mario Williams (Buffalo Bills/adidas/Scorch X Mid) and Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers/Nike/Vapor Carbon Fly) put up modest totals in their games.

When it was all said and done, MoJo and Peyton’s 20+ point outings helped lift Team Reebok to a Week 3 victory. Team Nike followed closely, while adidas and Under Armour took the final two spots.

Eastbay Fantasy Challenge // Week 3 - Maurice Jones-Drew for ReebokWeek 3 Updated Points & Totals:

Team Under Armour:
QB – Cam Newton – 10.28
WR – Julio Jones – 12.70
RB –  Arian Foster – 16.80
D – Ray Lewis – 5.0

Total Week 3: 44.78
Total Weeks 1-3:  193.28

Team Nike:
QB – Aaron Rodgers – 10.62
WR – Calvin Johnson – 22.40
RB – Ray Rice – 21.00
D – Clay Matthews – 1.5

Total Week 3:  55.55
Total Weeks 1-3:  206.93

Team Reebok:
QB – Peyton Manning – 21.20
WR – Roddy White – 5.50
RB – Maurice Jones-Drew – 25.30
D – DeMarcus Ware – 8.5

Total Week 3:  60.5
Total Weeks 1-3:  223.92

Team adidas:
QB – Robert Griffin III – 25.34
WR – Titus Young – 13.50
RB – Reggie Bush – 6.20
D – Mario Williams – 3.5

Total Week 3:  48.55
Total Weeks 1-3:  198.73