Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Fantasy Studs You Should Bench in Week 3
If you're expecting C.J. Spiller to put up the kind of fantasy football numbers he has the past two weeks, you're in for a surprise you won't like.
Spiller isn't the only fantasy stud you need to bench in Week 3, either.
Here are the top players you need to sit this week, even though they've been putting up big numbers thus far in 2012.
Note: All fantasy football stats courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.
Michael Vick: Quarterback, Philadelphia Eagles
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Michael Vick has been hot and cold so far this season through two games, but he's put up some big fantasy numbers.
That's going to cease this week against the Arizona Cardinals on their home turf.
The Cardinals have a dominant defense that doesn't get enough credit for being one of the top units in the NFL. This unit held Russell Wilson (9.12) and Tom Brady (15.54) to minimum points totals, and it is set to wreak havoc on a shaky Philadelphia Eagles offensive line in Week 3.
Vick isn't going to have a big game, and I urge you to consider another option at quarterback for Week 3.
Jeremy Maclin: Wide Receiver, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jeremy Maclin has had two solid games for fantasy owners, scoring a touchdown in both, but he may not even play in Week 3 due to his second hip pointer in as many weeks (h/t Philadelphia Enquirer's Jeff McClain).
Even if he does play, he's in for a rough outing on a sore hip against the Arizona Cardinals' physical secondary. The Cardinals have held receivers in check for the most part through two weeks. The leading fantasy scores at the wide receiver position, Sidney Rice and Wes Welker, were both held to under 10 points.
DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek will be Michael Vick's go-to guys since Maclin is banged up (if he plays at all).
Maclin is a must-sit for Week 3.
C.J. Spiller: Buffalo Bills, Running Back
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C.J. Spiller and the Buffalo Bills travel to the dog pound to play the Cleveland Browns in Week 3—a game that doesn't bode well for Spiller's fantasy numbers.
The Browns have given up some yardage on the ground so far this season, but this team has yet to yield a single touchdown to either LeSean McCoy or BenJarvus Green-Ellis—two of the top touchdown scorers of last season.
The two have combined to score 23.10 points in two games—5.9 points less than Spiller's massive total of a week ago.
Spiller and the Bills' offensive line won't be able to impose their will on the Browns, and I predict a rather lackluster performance forthcoming.
Dante Rosario: San Diego Chargers
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Those of you jumping on the Dante Rosario bandwagon need to check yourself before you wreck yourself.
Rosario busted out with a monster game for the San Diego Chargers last week, scoring three touchdowns.
In the future, those touchdowns will be heading Antonio Gates' way. Gates was a late-game scratch in Week 2 and didn't even play, but his sore ribs shouldn't hold him out of another contest (h/t Union-Times' Kevin Acee).
Rosario's performance in Week 2 was simply a one-week phenomenon, and he won't be having another game like it this year.
Seattle Seahawks: Defense
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The Seattle Seahawks have faced John Skelton/Kevin Kolb and Tony Romo so far this season, and their defense has been phenomenal against both quarterbacks.
Things are going to be a bit different on Monday Night Football when Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers come to town.
Rodgers has had success against the Seahawks in both of his career starts against the club, competing 33-of-54 passes for 445 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's gotten much better since 2009—the last time he faced the Seahawks—and after two weeks of frustration, I expect him and the Packers to bust out with a huge game at CenturyLink Field.
The Seahawks have a formidable defense, but I'm just sensing an offensive uprising from the Packers in Week 3 akin to their defensive awakening in Week 2.
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