Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Tough QB Decisions for Week 3
Picking a starting quarterback is the toughest decision in fantasy football.
Also, this position becomes increasingly difficult if you play in a league that only starts one quarterback. Not to mention the number of teams competing is also a factor.
For Week 3, one signal-caller we'll look at is Michael Vick. Although the Philadelphia Eagles are 2-0, Vick has tossed six interceptions and has fumbled three times (losing one). That's seven turnovers in two contests and neither of which were against a divisional team.
On the flip side, Vick has racked up 688 passing yards and has accounted for four total touchdowns.
So is Vick worth the fantasy start on Sunday? Well, let's view him and some other on-the-fence quarterbacks for this weekend's slate.
Matt Cassel, Chiefs
Cassel tossing a slider to the outside corner of the plate...
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Matt Cassel and the Kansas City Chiefs have a favorable matchup in Week 3.
Although they're playing on the road against the Saints, New Orleans has one of the league's worst defenses.
So far NOLA has allowed an average of 275 passing and 186 rushing yards through two games. Unsurprising, the Saints are 0-2 and continue to rely on Drew Brees keeping the offense explosive. Therefore, Cassel certainly will have the opportunity to put up some impressive numbers this week.
He fared well versus the Buffalo Bills with two scores and 301 yards to just one pick (and one lost fumble). Considering his Week 1 performance against the Atlanta Falcons, and Cassel definitely improved. Still, he cannot be relied on for K.C. against New Orleans as the Chiefs' defense needs a slower game pace.
In turn, expect to see a lot of running from the Chiefs regardless of which ball-carrier takes the majority of the snaps. To win, K.C. must keep Brees and Co. off the field and minimize their possessions.
Start or Sit: Sit
Matt Schaub, Texans
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Matt Schaub is arguably the toughest decision for a quarterback this week.
On one hand, the Denver Broncos present a sound defense, but on the other the Houston Texans field some impressive talent.
If anything, the Broncos are weaker against the pass and especially over the intermediate level behind the linebackers. That said, Denver's run defense is certainly capable of slowing down Arian Foster and when blitzing, getting pressure on Schaub.
After all, the Broncos have allowed just 2.6 yards per carry and have recorded six sacks in two games.
Fortunately for Schaub, Foster is arguably the NFL's best running back, along with the offensive line tight end Owen Daniels who is a reliable run-blocker. So, the difference in terms of whether to start or sit Schaub must be determined by Houston's defense.
For as odd as this sounds, the Texans have the ability to force plenty of three-and-outs of Denver's offense and potentially get numerous sacks and turnovers. In short, this means more possessions for Schaub which simply lead to more opportunities.
Start or Sit: Start
Jay Cutler, Bears
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Don't underestimate the St. Louis Rams.
Jeff Fisher has this team and more specifically, the defense, playing at a much higher level than given credit.
Lest we forget about St. Louie's impressive upgrades in the secondary mainly due to Cortland Finnegan and rookies Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson. Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, though, will be looking to respond well after a dismal performance against the Green Bay Packers.
It's important to remember that the Cheese have Cutler's number and he has always had trouble at Lambeau Field. Against the Rams, the Bears will need to pass quite often as St. Louis' offense isn't as explosive as Chicago's to match the pace.
Nonetheless, Chicago also needs to fix the pass protection and the Rams are quite capable of getting consistent pressure. With guys like Robert Quinn and Chris Long on the defensive line, Cutler will be under more duress than anticipated.
And when he gets under pressure those ill-advised throws become turnovers, because the Rams' improved pass defense will take advantage.
Start or Sit: Sit
Michael Vick, Eagles
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Michael Vick, in terms of passing yards, has been quite the show in 2012.
He led the NFL through the first two weeks and played better against the Baltimore Ravens than the Cleveland Browns.
As unexpected as that was, Vick's somewhat returning back to his scrambling days as he has rushed for 66 yards and one score. His mobility has also paid off for the Philadelphia Eagles, because Vick has been sacked only four times.
In Week 3, Vick and Co. take on the Cardinals in Arizona and it is a tough matchup. Entering Sunday, the Cardinals are coming off a four-sack performance of Tom Brady and recorded three against Russell Wilson to open the season.
Arizona is well-versed against the pass and has proven to be consistent in getting to the quarterback.
Well, with Vick being turnover-prone and the Card's more vulnerable against the run, LeSean McCoy must be Philly's offense to avoid the road upset.
Start or Sit: Sit
Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
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One quarterback who has quietly performed well is Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Although his numbers haven't been exactly stellar, Freeman's been solid with 381 passing yards, three touchdowns and two picks.
In no way is this indicative of fantasy numbers that will get you a win each week. Then again, this is why matchups are so crucial.
Coming up for Tampa Bay are the Dallas Cowboys who despite improving at pass defense, have yet to get an interception and were diced up rather well in Week 2.
There, Russell Wilson only tossed for 151 yards but he went 15-of-20 with one touchdown. Much like Wilson, Freeman has the ground game to set up play-action but he also has Vincent Jackson to target downfield.
Additionally, the Bucs' defense does currently rank dead last against the pass so a shootout against the Cowboys can be expected.
Start or Sit: Start
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