Lil Wayne Shops Around; Undefeated Tyrese, Yung Joc Sit Tight: Fantasy Football Week Three Preview

Method Man, Paul Wall go after first wins in do-or-die week.

In the fantasy football universe, week three is do or die.

That stud you drafted with your first pick has turned into a dud while some guy you never heard of has been putting up huge numbers. If you don't make adjustments now, your season could be over before it starts. Lil Wayne knows this. So do Uncle Luke and MTV's Liz Hernandez. They've been busy all week tweaking their rosters, shedding players who look like dead weight and picking up ones they hope will be free-agent steals.

(See how it all went down! Method Man, Paul Wall and the others fight to draft the best players in this video, only on Overdrive.)

But for others, it's way too early to hit the panic button. They know that the season is a marathon, not a sprint, and that one or two hot weeks does not a fantasy stud make. That's why Yung Joc and Tyrese — the only two undefeated owners in the league — are sitting tight. Method Man, Paul Wall and Cool & Dre are laying low as well, knowing that sometimes patience pays in the fantasy race (see "Kickoff Time! Check Out Our Fantasy Football League, With Lil Wayne, Paul Wall, Method Man").

So whose gamble will pay off? Who's a real contender, and who might as well pack it in now? Here's how this week's matchups break down (and don't forget to check back on Tuesday, after the dust has settled from all of this weekend's games, to check out the winners, losers and latest standings):

Liz Hernandez (1-1) vs. Yung Joc (2-0)
Michael Vick, Atlanta QB Eli Manning, New York
Steven Jackson, St. Louis RB Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia
Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati RB Willis McGahee, Buffalo
Javon Walker, Denver WR Anquan Boldin, Arizona
Donte Stallworth, Philadelphia WR Plaxico Burress, New York
Chris Cooley, Washington TE Alge Crumpler, Atlanta
Buffalo Bills D/ST Seattle Seahawks
John Kasay, Carolina K Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis

Yung Joc's been a monster through the first two weeks of the season, racking up two straight triple-digit performances. Liz has battled tough to a 1-1 record so far, but with her acquisition this week of Michael Vick, the ESPN fantasy gurus are giving her the edge. Yung Joc counters with guys named Anquan, Plaxico and Alge — laugh if you want, but they've made Joc the MTV News Fantasy Football League top dog so far.

Lil Wayne (1-1) vs. Method Man (0-2)
Daunte Culpepper, Miami QB Carson Palmer, Cincinnati
Reggie Bush, New Orleans RB Shaun Alexander, Seattle
Laurence Maroney, New England RB Willie Parker, Pittsburgh
Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis WR Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Marques Colston, New Orleans WR Chris Chambers, Miami
Vernon Davis, San Francisco TE Todd Heap, Baltimore
Baltimore Ravens D/ST New York Giants
John Carney, New Orleans K Jay Feely, New York

With Bengals QB Carson Palmer, Super Bowl-winning RB Willie Parker and 2005 NFL MVP Shaun Alexander on his roster, it's hard to believe that Meth hasn't notched a win yet. His studs have underperformed so far, but the drought has to end soon. He'll need it this week if he hopes to topple Lil Wayne, who's put up big numbers the past two weeks, chiefly on the strength of the Baltimore defense (and high-scoring fantasy defenses are mighty hard to come by). Wayne also went shopping this week, picking up free agents Rex Grossman, Laurence Maroney, John Carney and the Falcons defense. Will it make him even stronger?

                Paul Wall (0-2) vs. Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson (2-0)
Tom Brady, New England QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia
Corey Dillon, New England RB Tiki Barber, New York
Fred Taylor, Jacksonville RB Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona WR Torry Holt, St. Louis
Roy Williams, Detroit WR Hines Ward, Pittsburgh
Ben Troupe, Tennessee TE L.J. Smith, Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Steelers D/ST New England Patriots
Shayne Graham, Cincinnati K Jason Elam, Denver

Sure, 2-0 going up against 0-2 looks like an ass-whupping in the making, but these teams are surprisingly well-matched. Paul's hoping for big things as Patriots Tom Brady and Corey Dillon head to Denver, while Ty's banking on Donovan McNabb to light up the 49ers. The ESPN gurus give a slight edge to Tyrese, but Paul's matchups this week (he's got players facing the suspect Denver, Green Bay and Miami defenses) might be the key.

Cool & Dre (1-1) vs. Uncle Luke (1-1)
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville
Ronnie Brown, Miami RB Edgerrin James, Arizona
Ahman Green, Green Bay RB Warrick Dunn, Atlanta
Steve Smith, Carolina WR Chad Johnson, Cincinnati
Donald Driver, Green Bay WR Antonio Bryant, San Francisco
Jeremy Shockey, New York TE Desmond Clark, Chicago
Carolina Panthers D/ST Chicago Bears
David Akers, Philadelphia K Ryan Longwell, Minnesota

This could be the most intriguing matchup of the week, as both teams are within reach of the top of the division. Cool & Dre are led by Peyton Manning, while Luke's biggest scoring threat so far has been the Bears defense (wait, what did we just say about defenses not putting up points?). Luke was busy in the front office this week, beefing up his receiving corps with Laveranues Coles, Antonio Bryant, Desmond Clark and Owen Daniels. Most of them are on the bench this week, but it looks like Luke is in it for the long haul.



Standings: Gridiron Gangstas
Team Wins Losses Points For Points Against
Yung Joc 2 0 229 177
Lil Wayne 1 1 181 196
Liz Hernandez 1 1 147 125
Method Man 0 2 121 180

Standings: Crunchtime Zone Firing Squad
Team Wins Losses Points For Points Against
Tyrese "Black Ty" Gibson 2 0 153 146
Cool & Dre 1 1 158 138
Uncle Luke 1 1 156 146
Paul Wall 0 2 131 168

Catch all the touchdown celebrations and heartbreaking defeats on MTV News' On The Road To Victory fantasy football page.