Fantasy football Week 3 recap and waiver wire suggestions

For many fantasy owners this week was a return to expected results from some of the most widely-owned players. The week wasn’t without surprises, however.

Aaron Rodgers got back in the saddle, after a mediocre two weeks, throwing four touchdowns in the first half against the Lions. The only problem was he had just 205 yards passing as the Packers took a big early lead and didn’t need to continue to throw.

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 25: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The game script allowed Eddie Lacy, who was expected to be improved from last season, to rush for 103 yards as the Packers nursed a big lead.

Todd Gurley, who many ranked as the top running back before the season started, rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns. He had just 98 yards rushing in the first two weeks combined before returning to form.

Another highly rated running back coming into the season, though only a rookie, was Ezekiel Elliott and he finally lived up to high expections. It was thought Elliott would be a workhorse for the Cowboys and Sunday night he filled that role effectively, rushing 30 times for 140 yards. He failed to get into the end zone, but his rushing total was the second highest so far this season.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leaps over a tackle attempt by Chicago Bears' Chris Prosinski (31) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott (21) leaps over a tackle attempt by Chicago Bears’ Chris Prosinski (31) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

While some players met expectations, there were plenty of surprises, good and bad, this week.

Week 3’s top passer isn’t owned in a lot of leagues and he’s had a slow start in his attempt to replace a legend. Trevor Siemian had his best game as a professional, throwing four touchdowns to go along with 312 yards. Look for him on the waiver wire.

Another surprise performance came from Marvin Jones, who has solidified his role as the top wideout for the Lions. He gained 205 yards on just six catches to go along with two touchdowns. Nobody predicted that he would join Calvin Johnson as the only Lions to have a game in which they gained 200 yards and caught two TD passes.

Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions makes a touchdown catch past Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Marvin Jones #11 of the Detroit Lions makes a touchdown catch past Micah Hyde #33 of the Green Bay Packers in the fourth quarter at Lambeau Field on September 25, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Terrelle Pryor helped the Browns nearly upset the Dolphins as his performance was reminiscent of Kordell Stewart AKA Slash, a former Steeler best known for the many roles he played. Pryor had 35 yards passing, rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown and caught 8 passes for 144 yards.

On the negative side of surprising performances, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer, Eric Decker, Randall Cobb and C.J. Anderson all had weekends to forget.

Fitzpatrick threw six interceptions to a Chiefs defense that forced 8 turnovers and scored two touchdowns while allowing just three points.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets running back Matt Forte in the fourth quarter before running it back for a touchdown during Sunday's football game on Sept. 25, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 24-3. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets running back Matt Forte in the fourth quarter before running it back for a touchdown during Sunday’s football game on Sept. 25, 2016 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The Chiefs won 24-3. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

This week also offered up some quality performances from players who bounced back from a poor second week. Jameis Winston threw for over 400 yards and three touchdowns, improving on his performance from Week 1 in which he tossed four interceptions. Carlos Hyde rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns to follow up 34 yards rushing in Week 2. Doug Baldwin had 164 yards receiving and a touchdown, which was vastly better than his 20 yards in the second week.

All three started the season on a great note so owners should be encouraged that they rebounded well.

Owners unsatisfied with their teams can look to the waiver wire:

Quarterbacks
Trevor Siemian, Broncos

Running backs
Jordan Howard, Bears (13 touches-92 yards)
Wendell Smallwood, Eagles (17-79, TD)

Wide receivers
Terrelle Pryor, Browns
Jamison Crowder, Redskins (4-78, TD)
Adam Humphries, Buccaneers (9-100)
Cole Beasley, Cowboys (7-73)
Josh Gordon, Browns (if he’s somehow not owned, pick him up for his return in Week 5)

Tight ends
Cameron Brate, Buccaneers (5 catches, 46 yards, 2TDs)