II of our weekly start and sit column. Check out Part I here: http://fantasyfootballhelpers.com/who-to-start-and-who-to-sit-for-week-3-part-i/
Rest of the 1 o’clock games:
St. Louis Rams at Dallas Cowboys
Who to start on St. Louis: The offensive line if you could (just kidding). But Sam Bradford has been strong in the first few weeks because of solid protection. He ranks in the top 5 in fantasy points (not counting Michael Vick since he’s played three games). We like his chances for another strong outing this week. Jared Cook and Chris Givens make a solid TE1 and WR2 combination, while Tavon Austin continues to rack up the targets and caught his first two touchdown passes last week. He’s a great flex play in standard scoring and a WR2/3 in PPR leagues.
Who to sit on St. Louis: Daryl Richardson has a tough matchup against the Dallas front four that’s held the likes of David Wilson and Jamaal Charles in check so far. Plus, his 3.3 yards per carry average is suspect. Keep in mind, Richardson didn’t have a single touchdown in 98 carries last season and looks to be nothing more than a plodder. Isaiah Pead also isn’t a factor as of yet. Brian Quick and Austin Pettis struggle with consistency.
Who to start on Dallas: Tony Romo’s accuracy dipped after he bruised his ribs against Kansas City last week, but the Rams defense shouldn’t give him as much pressure and we’ve seen Romo play well hurt before. Dez Bryant put together a monster game that wasn’t even as monstrous as it could have been had he hung on to a deep ball at a crucial point in the game. Demarco Murray remains a solid RB2, but looks noticeably slow in hitting the hole at times and struggles to make defenders miss which hurts his home run possibilities. Jason Witten struggled last weak but has a much more favorable matchup this week.
Who to sit on Dallas: Miles Austin is slowly being fazed out of the Dallas offense. Terrance Williams looked better last week but is still raw. Lance Dunbar is the clear backup to Murray, but won’t see enough touches in the Cowboys offense.
Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins:
Who to start on Detroit: Joique Bell is a must start this week, especially if Reggie Bush doesn’t play and even if Bush does start, Bell is likely to see increased carries. Calvin Johnson is a must start against a Redskins defense that’s given up historic amounts of yardage through two weeks. Stafford has a good shot this week as well due to the matchup. One quick sidenote: the Redskins are 0-2 and have RG3 starting in a must-win game, which could mean the Redskins will come out with a bigger sense of urgency.
Who to sit on Detroit: Reggie Bush is a game-time decision, meaning if you have a decent RB in your flex or on your bench it’s wise to replace Bush for the time being. 32-year old Nate Burleson has some upside in the slot position with this offense, but you could do better. Brandon Pettigrew has failed to cash in on several opportunities and remains a weak option even in the most pass-happy offense in the league. Patrick Edwards hasn’t lit anything on fire either.
Keep an eye on: Ryan Broyles is expected to make his NFL debut today, he’s worth grabbing off the waiver wire right now just to be safe.
Who to start on Washington: With Fred Davis out, Jordan Reed is a nice sleeper tight end this week. Reed outshined Davis in the first two games and saw 24 snaps in Week 2, the most of any Washington tight end. Robert Griffin III continues to put up decent fantasy numbers, garbage time or not. Alfred Morris is a solid RB1 after a 100-yard game last week. Pierre Garcon exploded for 143 yards and a touchdown last week and looks like he’ll continue the good chemistry he had with RG3 last season when healthy.
Who to sit on Washington: Josh Morgan is a great blocker with little fantasy upside. Leonard Hankerson is likely out for Week 3 with a groin injury. Santana Moss gets a few targets in the slot, but not enough to warrant fantasy value. Roy Helu and Evan Royster are non-factors barring an injury to Morris.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots
Who to start on Tampa Bay: Vincent Jackson managed to dodge a big game last week after a 73-yard touchdown was called back for a meaningless illegal formation penalty. Despite that, Jackson is a likely bet to get back on track this week. Mike Williams hurt his value after a poor showing last week, but is still a startable WR3 since he still has a knack for the end zone. Doug Martin was the top rusher last week and is a RB No. 1 but still hasn’t found the end zone yet.
Who to sit on Tampa Bay: Kevin Ogletree hasn’t made any impact as a No. 3 receiver in the Bucs’ offense, Luke Stocker is a block-first tight end. Josh Freeman ranks among the bottom of the barrel through two weeks and could be traded before the deadline. Both backup running backs Mike James and Brian Leonard are off the radar for now
Who to start on New England: Danny Amendola is still out with a groin injury, leaving Julian Edelman to take the reins as a PPR dream. Edelman drew 18 targets last week, and as long as he doesn’t see too much Darrelle Revis, he’s a good bet for the most receptions in Week 3. Stevan Ridley’s slow start can be likened to David Wilson’s—two playmakers who unfortunately can’t hang on to the ball yet you still have to keep the faith and start them, even in a tough matchup against Tampa’s stout run defense.
Who to sit on New England: Tom Brady isn’t a QB1 with the weapons he has right now. Combined, The New England Patriots receivers dropped eight passes through two games, tied for most in the NFL. Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Zach Sudfield are in over their heads with the Patriots offense. Rob Gronkowski will likely sit out this week since the Patriots don’t want to rush him back, but he’s worth keeping an eye on until noon today to be sure.
Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints
Who to start on Arizona: Rashard Mendenhall is averaging a surprising 4.06 yards per carry through two games and is the clear-cut feature back for the Cardinals, making him worthy of a flex spot. Top-15 wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is still nursing a sore hamstring, but should suit up. Andre Roberts is a WR3 against a weak Saints secondary, while Michael Floyd is the most targeted receiver in the red zone in the NFL, and this could be the week he finally hits pay dirt. You can even make a case to start Carson Palmer here, the matchup is that good.
Keep an eye on: 6-foot-5 tight end Rob Housler and how he’s utilized in Bruce Arians offense. Housler makes his first start today for the Cardinals.
Who to sit on Arizona: I know we said Palmer may be a good start, but he still likes to throw a lot of picks, but we’ll turn a blind eye if you’re really hurting at quarterback, which you shouldn’t be at this point considering there hasn’t been any major injuries as of yet.
Who to start on New Orleans: Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles, and Drew Brees are the obvious ones. Marques Colston is a solid WR2 and Kenny Stills is a worthy flex option because of his big-play ability.
Who to sit on New Orleans: Mark Ingram is expected to sit out Sunday’s game, which could help Pierre Thomas see more carries, but not enough to upgrade Thomas as a starter. Robert Meachem is a poor man’s Kenny Stills. Lance Moore appears overshadowed by the younger players in the offense this season. Nick Toon is inactive.
San Diego Chargers at Tennessee Titans
Who to start on San Diego: Eddie Royal commands a start after a monster game against the Eagles last Sunday but is likely to regress simply because of his history of inconsistency. Start him with caution. Malcolm Floyd is likely done as a fantasy option for at least a month after suffering a scary neck injury last week. Danny Woodhead caught eight passes last week and while not an option in standard scoring, could prove valuable in PPR. Ryan Mathews is a low-end RB2 due to his ineffectiveness as a blocker on third down which curbs his snaps. Antonio Gates benefitted from a horrible matchup against the Eagles in Week 2, but is still a low end TE1.
Keep an eye on: Keenan Allen will see more time on the field with Floyd out in Week 3.
Who to sit on San Diego: Vincent Brown has struggled mightily to start the season while Phillip Rivers simply won’t sustain his level of play with the weapons he has.
Who to start on Tennessee: Chris Johnson is the only Titan worth starting at this point.