Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Best and Worst Wide Receiver Plays for Sunday

Mike Shiekman@TheRealShiekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16 :   Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver has been a topsy-turvy group thus far for fantasy football owners. A mixed bag, to say the least.

Look no further than Atlanta Falcons’ young star Julio Jones. In Week 1, the 6’3” behemoth pass-catcher lived up to the billing, scorching Kansas City for two touchdowns and a hefty fantasy payday.

In Week 2’s primetime matchup, Jones was nowhere to be found. Four receptions for 14 yards left an excess of fantasy owners in the loser column.

Jones' performance represents the unsettling wide receiver group, and it may dictate where your team falls in the standings.

Sorting out your wideout troupe may be a daunting task. Let me lend you a hand.

Start ‘Em

Julio Jones (at San Diego)

Mark my words, Julio Jones fantasy owners: Take your hand off the panic button. Your receiver is a must-start every Sunday.

Sure, he may have dashed your hopes on Monday night, but any young receiver would have a tough day against Champ Bailey. The Chargers secondary looks much more fruitful in Week 3. Jones will post Week 1-like numbers in a West Coast shootout.

Santonio Holmes (at Miami)

It seems that Holmes makes good in the fantasy football world when the stakes are raised.

In Week 2, Holmes was going to show up against his former team in Pittsburgh. Whenever the New York Jets face the Miami Dolphins, it’s personal. Good for Santonio owners.

Holmes will be hitting the end zone once again. Plus, for the PPR players, expect a ton of targets for the Jets’ WR1.

Sit ‘Em

Brandon Lloyd (at Baltimore)

Lloyd is currently questionable for Sunday night’s game with a thigh injury. Even if he’s good to go, the Ravens will play physical defense to render him a non-factor.

Tom Brady and Lloyd are still working on their chemistry and a Sunday night in Baltimore won’t be the place to do it.

Expect a better fantasy outing from Wes Welker in the slot and less downfield throws to Lloyd deep. If you can afford the bench the New England wideout, make that move.

Danny Amendola (at Chicago)

Be wary of a follow-up disappointment from Amendola after a spectacular Week 2.

The Rams PPR machine faces a physical Bears defense coming off 10 days rest. They’ll be keying on Amendola with Steven Jackson hobbling in the Rams backfield.

Not to mention, the Rams have four out of their five starting offensive lineman out for Sunday’s clash; Sam Bradford won’t have much time to find his favorite target.

Mike Shiekman is a fantasy football junkie who loves to give advice to unsure fantasy owners. He also loves Mikel Leshoure as a Week 3 sleeper play. Follow him @TheRealShiek on Twitter.