Friday, September 20, 2013

Fantasy Football Week 3 Starts & Sits

By James Edwards

QB Starts

Colin Kaepernick: Kaepernick had a rough game against the Seahawks but fortunately he doesn’t have to play them every week. This week he is facing a far easier opponent in the Colts. Remember the Colts gave up over 100 yards rushing to the very mobile Terrelle Pryor. Expect an incredible bounce back game from the young QB.

Alex Smith: Last week the Eagles gave up 419 yards and 3 touchdown passes to Philip Rivers. That’s right, Philip “Noodle Arm” Rivers. Alex Smith is a much better QB than Rivers and, backed by an excellent RB in Jamaal Charles he will produce big fantasy numbers this week.

Carson Palmer: NO vs AZ should be an all-out scoring bonanza meaning elite level fantasy numbers for both QBs. NO’s secondary is suspect and Palmer will take full advantage. A 400 yard 3 TD performance is not out of the question this week.

QB Sits

Andrew Luck: After getting torn to shreds last week, the 49rs are going to be out for blood on Sunday. The Colts struggle in pass protection which does not bode well for Luck against the 49rs’ formidable pass rush.

Phillip Rivers: Yes, he has had two very good fantasy games to start this season, but it’s important to remember that this is Phillip freakin’ Rivers. He has a depleted WR core, an incompetent RB and a washed up TE starting for him and this will eventually take its toll on his performance. Expect this regression to happen sooner rather than later.

Cam Newton: Right now Newton just doesn’t seem right. Averaging only 178 yards passing a game and barely 25 yards on the ground, he just is not the fantasy stud that you drafted to lead your team. Give him a week on the bench while the Panthers try and work out their offensive kinks and plug in another QB.

WR Starts

DeSean Jackson: Jackson is thriving in Chip Kelly’s fast paced offense and is a must start week in and week out. The Chiefs have a solid secondary, but no one is quick enough to keep up with Jackson’s game breaking speed.

Victor Cruz: The Panthers took another harsh blow with the loss of Charles Godfrey to a torn Achilles against the Bills. This depletes an already paper this secondary and any receiver playing against them becomes a must start.

DeAndre Hopkins: My super sleeper pick for the year exploded onto the scene with 117 yards and a TD against the Titans. With Andre Johnson playing hurt, if he plays at all, Hopkins will be featured much more heavily in the Texans’ passing attack. He should have an excellent game against a below average passing defense in the Ravens.

WR Sits

Roddy White: Until his ankle is fully healed he will not be fully utilized in the Falcons’ passing game. Matt Ryan has too many other solid receiving options to need to target his hurting WR.

Anquan Boldin: Boldin is a talented WR but he is not a reliable source of fantasy points. He may explode for 200 yards receiving or he may have 1 reception for 7 yards. The latter option is far more likely.

Any Pittsburgh WR: Pittsburgh’s offense is pretty much damaged beyond repair. Their offensive line is terrible and Roethlisberger will rarely have enough time to get an accurate fix on any of his receivers. With no RB talented enough to force defenses to take notice, the Steelers have a lot of 10 point games in their future.

RB Starts

Frank Gore: Rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated. The 49rs will look to go back to their roots as a power running team against the Colts and Gore will play a heavy role. He should have a big game against the 29th ranked run defense of the Colts.

Knowshon Moreno: This is further proof that the threat of Peyton Manning can make any RB elite. Moreno will have plenty of holes to run through as defenses are forced to account for the truly absurd level of receiving talent the Broncos possess. Moreno excels in pass protection and Manning knows how to reward RBs who watch his back.

DeAngelo Williams: With Jonathan Stewart injured, Williams finally has the opportunity to regain his reputation as a dependable RB week to week. While his offense is not as potent as Denver’s, he is far more talented than Knowshon Moreno who just demolished the Giants to the tune of 93 yards and 2 TDs. Expect a similar performance from Williams.

RB Sits

Trent Richardson: Wow… Wow wow wow wow wow.. I think we can all say that no one saw that move coming. That being said, Richardson will need a few weeks to adjust to the Colts’ offense. This is wonderful for his future fantasy value but park him on your bench this week.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis: If you listened closely on Monday night you could hear BGE’s fantasy value flying away as Giovani Bernard exploded on the Steelers. At the start of the season I predicted that Bernard would be the starter in Cincy by mid-season, I might have been off by a few games. He may not get the lion’s share of carries this coming week, but it is coming very very soon.

Maurice Jones-Drew: It’s a bad week for RB’s with hyphenated last names apparently. Jones-Drew is far too talented to languish in Jacksonville. I genuinely hope they pull a Cleveland and trade him for a future pick. Anyways, coming off an injury and against a solid run defense, he is not a viable fantasy option this week.

TE Starts

Martellus Bennett: Last week I said that Bennett was a must start. I thought he would have a solid game, but I had no idea he would go off for 76 yards and 2 TDs. Bennett remains a week in and week out must start. He may end up a top 5 TE in fantasy scoring if he continues to get all these red zone looks.

Coby Fleener: With the sad news of Dwayne Allen being out for the rest of the season, Fleener’s fantasy value soared. Fleener played well with Luck in college and now that he is the sole TE in the Colts’ offense he will see an escalation in his targets every week. Should be a virtual lock for 60 yards and a TD week in and week out.

Rob Gronkowski: Early reports suggest that he has about a 50/50 chance of playing on Sunday. If he plays, even limited, he is an absolute must start. Brady may be so excited to have a reliable target that he throws the ball at him 20 times. This is of course subject to change if he remains benched. Keep an eye on his health reports and put him in if he starts.

TE Sits

Brent Celek: While the Eagles’ offense is fast paced and exciting, do not get too caught up in it and plug in an unworthy fantasy option. Celek is a solid TE2 but he is not worth the start. Remember he is going up against a team that has only allowed 67 yards total to TEs so far this year and no TDs.

Jason Witten: Witten is a good TE but he is facing a team with an excellent group of LBs on the Rams who will hound him all game. Also against the Rams’ formidable pass rush he will be back in pass protection more often than not.

Jordan Cameron: While Cameron had top 10 TE potential this year, it is clear that the Browns have given up completely on this season. With no running game to speak of and no other proven receiving option to take away coverage and with an inexperienced 3rd string QB starting this is the worst possible week to start him.

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