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Cam Newton’s been chased around by stout defenses these past two weeks, but he’s primed for a breakout performance against the New York Giants in Week 3.

 

Here’s who you should start and sit in Week 3:

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens

Who to start on Houston: Arian Foster is touching the ball more, but Ben Tate is the more effective back at this point. Still, as long as Foster is getting the ball, he has the upper hand. Owen Daniels is a great play against a Baltimore defense that’s allowed 55 points in the first two games and can’t cover tight ends. Andre Johnson continues to rack up the yards and is a must start. DeAndre Hopkins burst onto the scene last week with a 100+ yard game in addition to a clutch touchdown. He’s solid WR3.

Who to sit on Houston: KeShawn Martin is a solid return man, nothing more. Matt Schaub is only a start in two-quarterback leagues due to his erratic play and penchant for interceptions.

Who to start on Baltimore:  With Ray Rice out, Bernard Pierce will likely get at least 20 carries and is a must start. Marlon Brown snared a touchdown last week and is a decent flex/WR3 in deep leagues. Torrey Smith ranks in the top 15 for targets and is a WR2/3.

Who to sit on Baltimore: Tight ends Ed Dickson and Dallas Clark are non-factors in the offense thanks to all their drops. Joe Flacco has struggled with such few weapons and is nothing more than a backup.

Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings

Who to start on Cleveland: Our mancrush on Jordan Cameron continues, as he currently leads the team in receptions (14) and yards (203). Josh Gordon’s return should keep safeties coming over the top, leaving more room for Cameron to work. Cleveland’s defense has underachieved so far, but has a good chance to take one to the house against interception prone Christian Ponder

Who to sit on Cleveland: Josh Gordon is a shaky start not because of his talent, but because of the offensive situation in Cleveland right now. Willis McGahee was just signed off the street after the Trent Richardson deal, so he’s a shaky start even though he’ll get 12-15 touches. Chris Ogbonnaya will also get touches, but he’s a complete unknown as us Bobby Rainey. Keep in mind also, without Richardson the Browns lose a decent pass blocker who could also pound the ball around the goal line. Brandon Weeden might not play and has looked terrible in his first two starts, leaving the somewhat unknown Brian Hoyer to start. The stock of wide receiver Greg Little continues to fall by the drop. A lot of question marks on the offense right now.

Who to start on Minnesota: Because of all listed above, the defense is a solid play here. Adrian Peterson is a must start but may find it tougher to tread against the Browns solid defensive line. Greg Jennings won’t blow the doors off at receiver, but he’ll be consistent since he’s in a weak receiving core.

Who to sit on Minnesota: Christian Ponder ranks second in the NFL in interceptions behind Eli Manning, while Jerome Simpson and Cordarrelle Patterson haven’t proven viable weekly options.   

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers

Who to start on New York: David Wilson’s confidence is shaky, but his talent is unquestionable and he’s bound to breakout any week. With the offensive line finally starting to get healthy, consider this his best shot yet. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are both top 15 receivers who have combined for more than 400 yards in two games. Brandon Myers is dealing with bruised ribs, but has been a legit fantasy tight end in New York’s offense. In two games, he has 13 catches for 140 yards and a touchdown.

Who to sit on New York: Brandon Jacobs may steal a touchdown here and there, but it’d be shocking to see him rush for more than 50 yards. Da’Rell Scott is a change of pace guy who will only see valuable time if Wilson continues to stumble. The defense has struggled to get any pressure and is a must-sit against a talented quarterback in Cam Newton. Reuben Randle is not an option unless something happens to Nicks or Cruz. In short — Reuben is Harry Douglas.

Who to start on Carolina: Injury to starting safety Gilbert Charles Godfrey will hurt a bit, but their defense is a solid play against Eli Manning. Newton’s been a bust through two games but he’s faced two tough defenses. The Giants defense, on the other hand, has recorded only two sacks in two games. Greg Olsen is a low-end TE1 while Steve Smith should have a better chance to get behind the softer Giants secondary. DeAngelo Williams ranks top 8 in rushing attempts but has yet to record a run past 25 yards, he’s still a decent flex option.

Who to sit on Carolina: Brandon LaFell is a No. 2 receiver in the Panthers offense, but his production hasn’t been there yet. Mike Tolbert is a non-factor.

Green Bay Packers at Cincinnati Bengals

Who to start at Green Bay: Aaron Rodgers is coming off a career week against Washington and has another good matchup against an overrated Cincinnati defense. James Starks is a solid RB2 this week with Eddie Lacy nursing a concussion. Jermichael Finley has looked like TE1 in the first two weeks with 121 yards and two touchdowns. Jordy Nelson is the WR1 in this offense, while Randall Cobb is the emerging star and No.2 guy and to top it off, James Jones is a decent flex option but is bound to suffer from the too-many-mouths-to-feed conundrum.

Who to sit on Green Bay: Not a whole lot to dislike here, but Eddie Lacy and John Kuhn are out this week. Jonathan Franklin is still nowhere to be found in the offense. So avoid those guys. Their defense is risky considering they’ve given up 20+ points in both games this season.

Who to start on Cincinnati: A.J. Green is a must. Giovani Bernard is coming off two-touchdown game, but is still in a timeshare with BenJarvus Green-Ellis, so his value hasn’t increased from more than a flex play just yet. Tight end Tyler Eifert made his first impact play last Monday with a 61-yard grab. Jermaine Greshman has also made valuable contributions in the offense. Plus, Green Bay has struggled to cover tight ends early this season, as both Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis had field days against them. Both tight ends are sleepers this week.

Who to sit on Cincinnati: BenJarvus Green-Ellis is a plodder whose 2.8 yards per carry average renders him unstartable. Andy Dalton will likely put up the yardage due to his weapons, he shouldn’t be your starter unless you’re dealing with an injury or bye weeks arrive. Mohamed Sanu is a possession receiver who’s only can’t separate from defenders in the open field.

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