Fantasy Football Week 3: Highlighting Top Riskiest Stars

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after an incomplete pass in the second quarter while taking on the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on September 12, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Fantasy football owners need to be cautious of starting a few risky star players, so think twice before you start Tom Brady and others.

The players make this list for several reasons. They either don't have much talent around them, face a tough opponent or a combination of several factors.

All of these players have been stars throughout their careers, but now they are risky picks for fantasy owners. 

Now that Week 2 has come to a close, here are a few players to be cautious of when setting your fantasy lineup this week. 


Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

The time has finally come to start being cautious with Brady. It has nothing to do with him and everything to do with who he has around him.

Until Rob Gronkowski returns to the lineup and makes a start or two, think about sitting Brady. His top target right now is Julian Edelman. Nobody else in the receiving corps has proven to be reliable yet, and Edelman won't be able to get open every play.

Danny Amendola and Zach Sudfeld are banged up, so Brady needs rookies Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins to step up.

Unfortunately for him, Brady has suffered because of the lack of production at wideout, as ESPN noted.

Brady will now take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers had the worst pass defense in the league, but they added Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson in the offseason. Going up against two All-Pro members in the secondary will not be easy, especially with his receivers.

The quarterback has recorded only 26 fantasy points in two weeks. Until he gets his top playmakers back, think about starting another quarterback.


Matt Forte, RB, Chicago Bears

Even though Matt Forte has put up 29 fantasy points in two weeks, he will be in for a tough game this Sunday.

The Bears will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Pittsburgh's offense is a mess, but the defense is still strong. It was the top defense in the league last year and ranked second against the run.

Forte has 140 rushing yards and a touchdown on 38 attempts and 112 receiving yards. He is still a good multi-purpose back, but he will have a hard time getting anything going against the Steelers.

They held Chris Johnson to 70 yards on 25 carries in Week 1, so they they have already been tested.

Chicago has had to rally late in both games to win. Jay Cutler has been able to win the game through the air, so Forte hasn't been able to find the end zone much through two games. If you have depth at running back, consider giving someone else a start.


Reggie Wayne, WR, Indianapolis Colts

With Andrew Luck throwing the football, Reggie Wayne should always be a factor. 

In two games this season, Wayne has 142 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions. He dominated in the opener against the Oakland Raiders with 96 receiving yards and a score, but he was held in check against a stronger defense. The Miami Dolphins held him to only 46 yards.

Now the Indianapolis Colts will have to travel across the country to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Although they have allowed a lot of points, the 49ers have fared well in pass defense. They held James Jones off the stat sheet, and Russell Wilson managed only 142 passing yards in Week 2. 

Luck was able to use T.Y. Hilton and Coby Fleener effectively against the Dolphins, so Wayne may not be the top target anymore. The quarterback is good enough to make plays by distributing the ball to anyone who is open.

San Francisco just got beat up by Seattle, and it will be looking to rebound with a big win. Look for Nnamdi Asomugha to handle Wayne on Sunday.


*All stats are courtesy of; Fantasy points are based on ESPN standard scoring