Don't get overly worried if your fantasy team turned in a dud last weekend. These things often run in cycles, and Week 3 will be forgotten quickly.
Heck, if Browns fans can have hope after the week they just went through, anybody can.
Here's a look at players worth considering and others who would look better in someone else's lineup.
Catch 'em while you can
Bilal Powell, RB, Jets. The Jets aren't as bad as we thought they'd be, but we still didn't want any part of their backfield committee. That is, until it turned into a one-man show. Once Chris Ivory left with a hamstring injury, Powell turned on the afterburners. His 149-yard rushing day, albeit against a very soft Bills defense, suggests he could be a viable bye-week substitute in favorable matchups.
Josh Gordon, WR, Browns. Apparently his two-week layoff didn't hurt. Gordon exploited the Vikings' awful secondary for 146 yards and a score while being targeted a whopping 19 times by Brian Hoyer. Suddenly, "Cleveland's passing attack" is no longer a punch line.
Kenbrell Thompkins, WR, Patriots. Rookie wideouts have a sketchy track record in New England. This year may be different, if only because Tom Brady is more desperate. Thompkins, who was passed over in the 2013 draft, had already outperformed second-round selection Aaron Dobson during the preseason. After his two-TD performance Sunday, Thompkins is worth a spot on your bench.
Don't be fooled
Willis McGahee, RB, Browns. A starting RB is a starting RB. But McGahee is returning from a season-ending knee injury, he'll be 32 next month and he just got off the couch to play for a run-challenged offense. He'll surely improve on his 1.1-yard-per-carry performance against the Vikings, but McGahee's days as a reliable fantasy contributor are most likely behind him.
Johnathan Franklin, RB, Packers. Apparently Green Bay can run if it really wants to. After losing its second starting RB, the third-stringer stepped in, breached the 100-yard mark, and scored. Unfortunately for Franklin, the Packers are heading into their bye and fellow rookie Eddie Lacy (concussion) will almost certainly reclaim his starting job in Week 5.
Brian LaFell, WR, Panthers. Every now and then LaFell teases us with a strong outing like Sunday's (53 receiving yards, two TDs). Then he promptly returns to the shadows, reminding us why he's rarely drafted in the first place. Don't take the bait.
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