Run 'N' Shoot: Big Blow for Big Ben
Run 'N' Shoot: Big Blow for Big Ben

This article is part of our Run 'N' Shoot series.

Week 3 saw several, huge fantasy performances, but any recap has to begin in Pittsburgh, where Ben Roethlisberger's serious knee injury changes the fantasy landscape and the balance of power in the AFC. I'd reduce expectations for the Steelers stars (Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown) about 20 percent as long as Mike Vick is under center (four to six weeks as of this writing), and the Bengals now look like the clear favorite in the AFC North.

With three games in the books, it's starting to become clear which defenses we can exploit for fantasy and DFS purposes. My favorites: Bears, Saints (allowing 9.9 YPA, 119 QB rating – truly insane stuff), Raiders, Eagles (Brandon Marshall's 10-109-1 line was one of the most predictable aspects of Week 3), Jaguars.

When Gary Barnidge goes 6-105-1 on 10 targets (on the heels of Oakland giving up a two-TD game to TE each of the first two weeks), streaming tight ends against the Raiders is the right answer until further notice.

It's not all bad for Oakland, though. Young, emerging players on offense – David Carr, Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper are all exceeding expectations (well, my expectations, anyway) – are making the Raiders relevant for the first time in a long time. Combined with their typically bad defense, they might actually be a fun fantasy team in 2015.

Apparently the demise of Larry Fitzgerald was greatly exaggerated. Ditto Steve Smith Sr. I still

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Mark Stopa
Mark Stopa has been sharing his fantasy insights for Rotowire since 2007. Mark is the 2010 and 2012 Staff Picks champion (eat your heart out, Chris Liss) and won Rotowire's 14-team Staff League II in consecutive seasons. He roots for the Bills and has season tickets on the second row, press level to the Rays.
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