Fantasy Football Week 3 roundup: Kirk Cousins' shorthanded Washington attack flexes muscles And the Bears' ground game is a fantasy sight to behold By ARTHUR ARKUSHSept. 26, 2017 From the rounding into form of Washington's offense to Case Keenum answering the bell for the Vikings, here are five fantasy football observations from the weekend with just one game to go in Week 3.From the rounding into form of Washington's offense to Case Keenum answering the bell for the Vikings, here are five fantasy football observations from the weekend with just one game to go in Week 3. 1. If Kirk Cousins can do that — 25-of-30 for 365 yards and three TDs — without Jordan Reed and Rob Kelley, what might he do when they return and Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder regain their 2016 form? It might not matter if Chris Thompson continues his Kareem Hunt-esque terror. Thompson, fantasy's RB3 overall, has the production to qualify as a top-5 fantasy wideout, as well. He turned a season-high 12 touches into a career-high 188 scrimmage yards, plus a touchdown in his third consecutive game.Indeed, it appears Washington's improvements on Cousins' game-winning drive in Week 2 carried over into the Sunday-night massacre of the Raiders. And the beauty of it for Cousins and Thompson owners is Washington's defense absolutely dominated the proceedings, and yet there was more than enough fantasy meat on the bone for them to devour. That's encouraging because Cousins' 2015-16 fantasy breakout coincided with his defense rankings 28th in yards and 19th in scoring.2. Should owners with Oakland shares be feeling uneasy on Monday? The Raiders, who were coming off a 45-point, 401-yard Week 2 eruption at home against the Jets, failed to convert a third down and barely crested 100 total yards. Amari Cooper's numbers have decreased in three consecutive games. Same for Marshawn Lynch. And in the next five weeks, Oakland has trips to Denver and Buffalo flanking the Ravens, Chargers and Chiefs at home. It's possible — likely, actually — we undersold Washington's 'D.' But we already know what four of the next five on Oakland's docket can do. The 2016 Raiders didn't lay any road eggs like Sunday night's, but their defense appears eerily similar to the current configuration. At its core, Oakland wants to lean on its mashing O-line and power run game to set up explosive chances for Carr, Cooper and Michael Crabtree. It's a nonstarter when it digs quick 21-0 holes. [Sarah Nader - email@example.com]3. Let's take a moment to appreciate what the Bears did with their ground game and without any semblance of a downfield passing attack on Sunday. Jordan Howard battled a shoulder injury to gut the Steelers for his second-best fantasy output (26.40 points) and fourth top-5 RB finish in the past year. Tarik Cohen thought he had the walk-off 73-yard scoring scamper in overtime, but settled for 102 scrimmage yards on 16 touches and an RB18 finish. Mike Glennon threw for 125 yards and didn't connect with a non-RB until the play before the first half's two-minute warning; his only completion to a receiver came with 5:56 left to play. Against a 'D' that limited Isaiah Crowell and Dalvin Cook in similarly challenged passing offenses to 3.5 yards per carry, Howard and Cohen combined for 216 yards on 35 carries (6.2 YPC). (Sarah Nader - firstname.lastname@example.org) [Sarah Nader - email@example.com]Sure, the Bears were shut down on the ground in Week 2 in Tampa, but that was the byproduct of Glennon's carelessness with the football more than anything. Kyle Long's 2017 debut provided a major boost, and Josh Sitton should be back soon. If Glennon can manage games — a big if considering he had another inexcusable pick Sunday — this dual-faceted rushing attack absolutely has staying power. We boldly predicted before the season DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry would be this year's Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman — the only backfield duo to each crack the top 20 in standard scoring among backs in the past five years. For now at least, it's Howard (RB11) and Cohen (RB13). (Sarah Nader - firstname.lastname@example.org)4. Will the Vikings be even more cautious with Sam Bradford this week, coming off Case Keenum's monster performance (369 yards, 3 TDs, QB3 overall) in the blowout of Tampa and with an extra day to prepare in Week 5 before visiting the Bears on Monday night? It's worth considering (more than our advice last week to avoid Minnesota's passing game with Keenum, apparently). If Sam Bradford's backup has ever had a better day than Sunday, it was last season in Detroit: 321 passing yards and four total TDs. Now, this doesn't appear to be the same Detroit 'D,' but the Vikings' offense — both schematically and support-wise — is far superior to the Rams outfit Keenum was working with. At least we wrote on Friday that Dalvin Cook was a safe play? Minnesota's dynamic rookie workhorse handled a career-high 27 carries and five receptions and is now averaging north of 23 touches and 123 scrimmage yards per game. And he hasn't been the most impressive player on his team. Stefon Diggs' 17.2-yard average leads all NFL pass catchers with 15 or more grabs. His four touchdowns tie a career high and are more than halfway to his scoring production in his first 27 games. Diggs and Adam Thielen garnered the attention from Keenum for a second consecutive week to plug them in vs. Detroit as WR2 and WR3, respectively, if nothing changes behind center.5. An emotional win for the Eagles over the rival Giants on Sunday was followed by an emotional Monday, as Darren Sproles suffered a broken arm and torn ACL on the same play that will end his season, if not his remarkable career. That the Eagles had their second-best rushing performance of the Doug Pederson era essentially sans Sproles, while merely happenstance, can provide silver lining for the Eagles and perhaps Sproles owners. Wendell Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 30-160-2, with Smallwood (43 snaps) nearly doubling Blount's playing time and attracting the only two targets two backs.Pederson's ground game improved from Week 1 to Week 2 before exploding over the once-stout Giants run 'D,' and he likely is realizing it's the surest way to limit freewheeling Carson Wentz's exposure to big hits and turnovers. The Eagles are now No. 8 in rushing and lead the NFL in time of possession. It's awful to see Sproles, or any player, lost in such a gruesome way. But with Donnel Pumphrey already on I.R., it's becoming a last-man-standing situation in an Eagles backfield that may not be the season-long avoid it seemed poised for not long ago. Smallwood will be a popular waiver add this week, and Blount, dropped by some owners after his Week 2 disappearing act, is back on the radar.