Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Fantasy Superstars That Should Be Benched

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 09: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings during opening day against Jacksonville Jaguars on September 9, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Jaguars 26-23 in overtime. (Photo by Andy King/Getty Images)
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There are number of players that you start in fantasy football every week. These players are close to that level, but this week is an exception.

Many top players are facing bad matchups in Week 3 that will force them to have a below-average game. 

It is not advised to start random players, but if you have a better option waiting on your bench, take these men out of your fantasy lineup. 


Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos

In two games, the Houston Texans have only allowed 248 passing yards. Opposing quarterbacks have a rating of only 50. Of course, this was against two young passers instead of one of the best players of all time.

However, Peyton Manning looked nothing like his former self in his last game against the Atlanta Falcons. He threw three early interceptions and looked confused by coverage throughout the game.

Against this tough defense, it is difficult to trust the veteran to bounce back.


Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Peterson has been easing his way back into the NFL after tearing his ACL at the end of last season. Last week, he was only able to manage 60 yards on 16 carries against the Indianapolis Colts.

In the upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers, it will be very tough for him to succeed. That defense has allowed only one 100-yard rusher since 2009, and it is unlikely Peterson changes that trend.

Between the Vikings still wanting to give the running back some rest and the likelihood that the team is trailing early, Peterson will not have too many carries. He has plenty of good games in front of him, but this is a week to find a better option.


Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis Rams

Not only is Jackson listed as questionable for his team's game against the Chicago Bears, but he would not be a good start if he is declared active.

Chicago has had one of the best rushing defenses in the league for over a decade, and the unit has not slowed with age. The Bears are still ranked in the top-10 in rushing yards allowed, just as they were last season.

The Rams also proved last week that they can have an effective offense without Jackson on the field. Daryl Richardson had 102 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches as the team defeated the Washington Redskins in comeback fashion. 

This will allow St. Louis to be patient as Jackson lets his groin heal, as the running back has a slow day. 


Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Kevin Kolb might have done enough to beat the New England Patriots, but he only connected with Larry Fitzgerald once for a four-yard gain.

He is easily the best receiver on the team, but that does not help if the quarterback cannot get him the football.

The All-Pro also faces a tough matchup in Week 3. The Philadelphia Eagles held all receivers on the Baltimore Ravens to a combined six receptions, instead forcing the passes to go to running backs and tight ends. Only three teams in the NFL have allowed fewer passing yards through the first two weeks than the Eagles.

Fitzgerald has as much talent as anyone in the league at his position, but that will not help him in fantasy this week.


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