Time once again to shine the white-hot light of shame on those who deserve it most... and a lot of guys deserved it in Week Three. So let it begin!
Skittish fantasy owners who are considering benching Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers.
- Yes, Rodgers currently ranks 19th among quarterbacks. No, this doesn't mean he's lost his fastball. So far, the Packers have faced the mighty Niners D, the above-average Bears D (which seems to know how to slow Rodgers down as well as any team in the league); and Pete Carroll's excellent Seattle crew. Don't panic, fantasy owners: the game's best quarterback is gonna take out his frustrations this Sunday against the woeful Saints secondary.
Jon Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
All through August, I touted three names as deep sleepers: Jake Locker, Mikel Leshoure, & Baldwin. In Week Three, Locker & Leshoure validated my confidence with breakout performances. Baldwin, conversely, has yet to put up a big number. Shame on you, Jonny - you're making me look bad!
And now, it's time for the Get Out of Shame Free Card. If you find yourself in a shameful spot somewhere down the line, just play this card and we're square. This week, it goes to...Titans' coaches Mike Munchak & Chris Palmer, who seem to have recognized what only Chris Johnson doesn't know: the o-line isn't the problem, Johnson is. Going forward, look for Tennessee to turn the offense over entirely to the on-the-rise Locker. (But don't start him vs HOU this Sunday.)
Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets
If you thought Greene would flourish (ala Willis McGahee in '11) with Tim Tebow in the red zone, you...were wrong. In spite of him being as punishing a runner as there is, he just has never seized the feature gig. Shame on you if you don't get him out of your starting lineup ASA & P.
And at #1, earning the Brown Paper Bag of Shame...
He was a second-round pick - or even a first-rounder, in some leagues - but so far he's been a middle-of-the-pack guy at his position. Sure, he'll have some big games as the season goes along, but like I told you in August, Vernon Davis & Jimmy Graham are superior options. In other words, shame on you, Rob Gronkowski. On the bright side, the Brown Paper Bag shouldn't hurt your dancing - we know you can still cut a rug even when you're a little...impaired.