Here’s a look at Lester’s Legends sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the third week of the 2013 NFL season.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
Eli Manning has thrown for 812 yards and five touchdowns through two games. He has also thrown seven interceptions. The Carolina Panthers have allowed just two passing touchdowns in two games, but Manning is being asked to shoulder the load as the Giants run game is non-existent. Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Brandon Myers give Manning an impressive arsenal.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III has thrown for 649 yards and five touchdowns, but he hasn’t looked right. The Detroit Lions have given up 243 yards and a touchdown per game. RGIII isn’t running the football, which takes an element away from his game. You’ll have to have a capable alternative to sit RGIII this week, but there are plenty of quarterbacks that qualify at this point.
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos
Knowshon Moreno has 172 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. Next up is the Oakland Raiders at home. The passing game causes so much fear that Moreno hardly has to break a sweat.
Ahmad Bradshaw, Indianapolis Colts
Ahmad Bradshaw had 84 total yards and a touchdown last week, but it’s all about timing. He’s facing the San Francisco 49ers that just got demolished by the Seattle Seahawks. The Indianapolis Colts traded for Trent Richardson, via NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, which could complicate things further. I would avoid Bradshaw this week, if possible.
T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts
T.Y. Hilton had a slow start in Week 1, finishing with 20 yards against the Oakland Raiders. The Indianapolis Colts made an effort to get him more involved last week against the Miami Dolphins, which resulted in 124 yards. I’m expecting the San Francisco 49ers to come out firing, which means a busy day for Hilton and company.
Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings
Greg Jennings showed signs of life in Week 2, catching five passes for 84 yards against the Chicago Bears. This week, he gets to lock horns with Joe Haden of the Cleveland Browns. Haden held Mike Wallace to 15 yards in Week 1.
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers
Antonio Gates has yet to reach the end zone, but he ranks third among tight ends with 173 receiving yards. He’s facing the Tennessee Titans, a team that gave up 54 yards and two touchdowns to Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham last week.
Fred Davis, Washington Redskins
Fred Davis has three catches for 25 yards through two games. Jordan Reed is really eating into Davis’ snaps. Cut bait with Davis until he proves otherwise.
The Chicago Bears are in the middle-of-the pack in terms of total defense and scoring defense, but they have faced two playoff teams (Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings). They have forced six turnovers and have already scored a defensive touchdown.
Devin Hester looked spry last week, and it could be only a matter of time before he returns one to the house.
The Pittsburgh Steelers rank 31st in total offense with 236 yards per game and 30th in scoring offense with 9.5 points per game. The Steelers simply cannot run the football and they do not have sufficient weapons in the passing game to be a viable offense. The only saving grace is that this game is in Pittsburgh. There’s still big trouble in the Steel City.
I loved the Cincinnati Bengals last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. I’m not feeling the love this week as they face the high-octane Green Bay Packers.
Also check out Lester's Legends Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings.