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Week 3 fantasy football winners and losers

Sep 24 2017 at 21:33

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In a familiar script that has Authentic Everson Griffen Womens Jersey played out at various NFL stadiums over the past 17 years, Tom Brady magic saved the New England Patriots on Sunday. Facing another fourth-quarter disappointment at home and looking at a 1-2 start, Brady rescued the Patriots with a magnificent game-winning drive to beat the Houston Texans 36-33. The situation: Trailing by five points, the Patriots took over at their own 25-yard line with 2:24 remaining. Nine plays later, with 23 seconds left, Brady connected with receiver Brandin Cooks on a 25-yard touchdown  along the left side of the end zone, with Cooks tapping his toes and maintaining possession as he fell to the ground. "They were playing a two-high defense, and we got Cookie behind the corner," Brady explained. "We had Danny [Amendola] going up the middle of the field, so I tried to stare down the middle and then put it up and didn't really see the end of it until I saw it on the scoreboard. It was close. "Got to play to the last second." The crowd, which had booed the team’s struggles earlier in the fourth quarter, erupted in unison: “Brady! Brady! Brady!” "Yes, I've seen it before. He's the best football player that has ever played the game," Texans coach Bill O'Brien, the former Patriots offensive coordinator, told the Lawrence (Massachusetts) Eagle-Tribune and Boston Herald after the game. With the final surge, Brady went over 300 yards passing for the 78th time in his Jonathan Schoop Youth jersey career, which is the third-highest total in NFL history. He also finished with five passing touchdowns -- the sixth time in his career he has hit that mark -- tying Dan Marino for third most of all time. He finished 25-of-35 for 378 yards, with no interceptions. The performance was Brady’s 52nd career game-winning effort to lead his team back from a fourth-quarter deficit or tie. It was aided by Patriots' defense stopping the Texans on third-and-1 with its goal-line defense on the field to give the ball back to the offense. ";Defensively, we have a lot of faith that if we just give our offense the ball back with some time, they can make it happen," New England safety Devin McCourty said. "Odds are stacked against them, that's a great defense on the other side, and to drive down there and get the game-winning touchdown was great." As Patriots coach Bill Belichick added, "The whole game really came  down to the last three, 3½ minutes. Fortunately, we were able to make the plays we needed to make to win." Up to that point, it looked like the Patriots -- who welcome the Carolina Panthers to town next Sunday -- were in trouble against a stingy Texans defense that made things tough on them for much of the day. The Patriots' inability to gain 1 yard on two third-and-1 plays in the fourth quarter would have been a major storyline had they lost, as they were on the verge of being shut out in the fourth quarter at home for the second straight game. The defense also showed its vulnerability at times, with elusive Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson giving them trouble. But instead, it’s Brady Magic once again. "Legendary. He's just a legend," said Patriots rookie defensive lineman Deatrich Wise. "It was awesome to watch that [being] on the team -- and not from home. You kind of got to get behind the scenes in the sense of you seeing his leadership and what makes him, him. It's awesome." Blake Authentic George Springer Womens jersey Bortles, QB, Jaguars: Well that was ... unexpected. Bortles' 27.56 fantasy points were the fifth-most in his 49 career NFL games, they were the fourth-most by any of the 36 quarterbacks to start a game in London, and they were just 0.90 fewer than Tom Brady's 28.46 all-time record for a game there (2012 Week 8). More notable, however, was the way in which Bortles accumulated this time. By far the league's leader in fantasy points accumulated while his team trailed on the scoreboard during his four-year NFL career (571.22, 73.02 more than anyone else), Bortles managed 24.70 points on Sunday with his Jaguars leading on the scoreboard, easily his most in any game in his career and only the sixth time in his career that he managed at least 10 fantasy points in a game with his team leading. That it happened against a Baltimore Ravens defense that had allowed an NFL-low 6.10 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the season's first two weeks made it all the more puzzling a performance. Bortles does face the New York Jets in Week 4, though, so it's not unthinkable he'll have something more to offer. Brandin Cooks, WR, Patriots: It was his catch that sealed the victory for  the Patriots, pushed him past the 30-point PPR fantasy plateau for the fourth time in his 45 career NFL games, and resulted in a 32.1 final score that was his third-best single-game effort. It was a key performance for Cooks, whose fantasy managers might have begun to doubt his borderline-WR1 potential after he disappointed facing a superior matchup in Week 2. Cooks' ownership percentage dropped to 71.3 percent on Sunday, down from 97.6 percent in each of the season's first two weeks. If you had been concerned about him, consider this: Since the beginning of 2016, he now has 296.5 PPR fantasy points, eighth-most among wide receivers (though Davante Adams, Doug Baldwin and Michael Crabtree have a decent chance of passing him in later games this week).


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