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Fantasy Football Week 3: Start/Sit Decisions

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens looks at the Philadelphia Eagles defense as he walks to the line of scrimmage during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on September 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Ravens 24-23. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Ryan LesterSenior Writer ISeptember 19, 2012

Here’s a look at LestersLegends' sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the third week of the 2012 NFL season. 

 

Quarterbacks 

Start

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens 

There are so many QB1 possibilities in this pass-first league. Flacco looks to be one of them this week against New England.

He threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in the AFC title game last year. He nearly threw his third for a trip to the Super Bowl. In 2010, when the Patriots weren’t as bad in the secondary, he threw for 285 yards and a pair of scores. 

 

Sit

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

Yes, I’m turning on him after his abomination on Thursday night last week. He could bounce back against the Rams, but I don’t know how you have the guts to play him. 

 

Running Backs 

Start

Michael Bush, Chicago Bears

With Forte down, Bush gets to be the goal-line back and the every-down back.

Against the Rams, he could borrow Beast Mode from Marshawn Lynch. The Rams are yielding 5.5 yards per carry and have already allowed four rushing touchdowns. 

 

Sit

Shonn Greene, New York Jets

He may have beaten up on the Bills, although it was still 3.5 YPC, but Miami will be a tougher foe. He had 23 yards on 2.1 YPC against the Steelers. Miami is yielding just 2.2 YPC. 

 

Wide Receivers 

Start

Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

He has 155 yards and a TD in the first two games and locks horns with the Giants, who rank 23rd in pass defense. They have also given up five TD passes already.

In the short week, Steve Smith and Jonathan Stewart could be limited, meaning LaFell could have an even bigger role in the passing game. 

 

Sit

Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Maybe he’s worth using in points-per-reception leagues, but I couldn’t see starting him in standard leagues against the Jets.

 

Tight Ends 

Start

Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles

Just as this has become a pass-happy league, the trend to utilize the tight end continues.

With Jeremy Maclin hurting, Celek, who leads all tight ends in receiving yards (fourth overall), should be a main focus in the Eagles passing attack against the Cardinals. 

 

Sit

Fred Davis, Washington Redskins

Davis has not formed a rapport with RG3 yet. He has just four catches for 52 yards. He wouldn’t be my choice against Cincinnati. 

 

Defenses 

Start

Detroit Lions

Chris Johnson is off to a horrendous start. The Titans are dead last with 11.5 points per game. Detroit has seven sacks already. 

 

Sit

Denver Broncos

I want no part of a defense facing the Texans. They are rolling up 374.0 ypg and 28.5 ppg. They have yielded just two sacks.

 

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