Week 3: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs Cle) – Cleveland has allowed 300 yards and at least two TD’s to each opposing QB this season, and likewise they have not been rolling over in games that they are losing whatsoever. If Cleveland hangs around in this, and it makes sense for Buffalo to pass the ball midway though the 4th quarter in this game, Fitzpatrick will have a nice day.

Runningback

  • Andre Brown (@ Car) – In the wake of Ahmad Bradshaw’s perennial injury, the Giant’s have unexpectedly started giving the ball to Andre Brown instead of highly touted, first round draft pick, David Wilson. Take advantage of this while you can, as Eli is lacking Hakeem Nicks this week as well, and should be handing the ball off quite a bit.
  • Trent Richardson (@ Buf) – I can’t tell you how many “TRADE T.RICH NOW!” articles I read after his 39 yard week 1 showing. People seem to have had forgotten the explosiveness that earned the third overall draft pick. After week 2, I bet you’re glad you held off on those knee-jerk reactions. Week 3 sees the Browns come into Buffalo, who has been gashed by opposing RB’s for an average of 134 yards each week this year.

Wide Receiver

  • Brandon LaFell (vs NYG) – The Giants are horribly injured at DB right now, and it is showing. They have allowed the second most points to opposing WR’s so far this year, and they are a good enough team where, despite this fact, teams can still be chasing them late in games (which will see Carolina throwing the ball to Brandon LaFell this week). Expect LaFell to build off of the already solid numbers he has been posting this season.
  • Danny Amendola (@ Chi) – Sam Bradford loves throwing him the ball. Got 16 targets last week and hauled in most of them. In PPR leagues, this guy is looking to be a monster, but even in standard formats the Bears have allowed two receivers from each team they’ve played to put up over 8 points.

Tight End

  • Martellus Bennett (@ Car) – Part B of how to capitalize on the Giants’ offensive injury woes. Bennett has caught a touch down in each week so far this season, and gotten even more looks than that in the red zone. Without Hakeem Nicks and Bradshaw, expect Bennett to be in line for a solid game.
  • Brandon Pettigrew (@ Ten) – The Titans have been getting rocked by tight ends this year, giving up 5 total TD’s so far. Add on the Lions’ pass happy offense, and this turns into a very appetizing matchup.

Team Defense

  • Detroit (@ Ten) – Despite the fact I have never played in the NFL, I feel knowledgeable enough to impart a slice of wisdom upon Chris Johnson. It’s never a good idea for an every down runningback to rip into his offensive line publicly. The Titans look to be in shambles at this point of the season, and not just when it comes to the ground game. Following another disappointing performance, HC Mike Munchak was forced to come out and give a “bid of confidence” to QB Jake Locker. After a couple weeks to forget, ironically, a bid of confidence is probably the worst thing for the actual confidence of a young QB next to outright benching.

Sit ‘Em

Quarterback

  • Matt Schaub (@ Den) – Many expected Matt Shaub to be on course for a breakout year, including myself. Going in, it was a contract year for him, and has a healthy Andre Johnson. The Texans should be firing on all cylinders, right? Well, yea, they have been. The only problem is that Matt Schaub has been put into a role similar to what Alex Smith did last year for the 49′ers. It is incredibly valuable, yet a painstaking thing to watch if he is on your fantasy roster. He manages the game, makes virtually no mistakes, and hands the ball off to Arian Foster and Ben Tate ALOT. What he doesn’t do is throw for a lot of touchdowns or yards, nor does he put up good fantasy points. With the way they’re playing defense down in Houston, it also looks like he may not have to anytime soon.

Runningback

  • Cedric Benson (@ Sea) – Despite his quality showing last week, Seattle has been holding opposing backs to less than the 49′ers this year. With the Packers being a pass first team, this week I would not expect Benson to get oodles of carries, or any other stat for that matter.
  • Chris Johnson (vs Det) – He has pissed off the majority of everyone in Tennessee. Has to stop acting and playing like a spoiled child before he gets the offensive line to play for him, and he will most likely be a constant feature in this section until he proves he can do that.
  • Steven Jackson (@ Chi) – Chicago plays the run very tough, and it remains to be seen that if the emergence of Daryl Richardson last week was actually due to a strained groin, or whether Jackson was just plain benched. Its not worth the risk to start him, as you’re looking at very minimal reward here this week.
Wide Receiver 
  • Kenny Britt (vs Det) – With the way things are going in Tennessee lately, I will not be starting any player from their offense until there is some solidity.
  • Larry Fitzgerald (vs Phi) – Has had some serious struggles thus far, and it only looks to get worse for Fitzgerald owners. No receiver lately (going back to last season) has managed to put up more than 65 yards against the Eagles, despite playing against such notables as B. Marshall, T. Smith, D. Bryant, or M. Austin.

Tight End

  • Greg Olsen (vs NYG) – The Giants may have secondary woes, but tight ends have gotten a combined 8 catches for under 60 yards against them this year. Look at LaFell or Steve Smith this week as opposed to Olsen.
  • Jacob Tamme (vs Hou) – Similar to NYG, Houston absolutely crushes tight ends, and Tamme is coming off of a very disappointing performance last week. I like Tamme overall this season, just as i do Greg Olsen, but there are better options for the money out there this week.

Team Defense

  • Seattle (vs GB) – Aaron Rodgers and co have done very little to deserve this recommendation. You know he is definitely pissed off though. Call this one more of a gut feeling, but there are definitely better match-ups to play this week. Don’t go and drop the Seattle defense after reading this, because they are still one of the top ones out there. I just don’t like them versus a Packers team that will be extremely hungry for this win.

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