Start Em Sit Em Week 3: Predicting Fantasy Duds That Should Remain on Bench

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 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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When you select a player in the first rounds of a fantasy football draft, the hope is that you can keep that player in your lineup all season.

There are some superstars that should move to your bench this week.

It is important to stay active in fantasy football in order to win. This includes tinkering with a lineup when top players face difficult matchups or simply are involved in bad situations. Otherwise, you will end up with wasted space in your game when the player puts up a dud.

Hopefully, you have better options in order to replace these stars, because they should have been on your bench in Week 3.


Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws the ball in the first half 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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It will be very important for Rob Gronkowski to play this week. He is currently listed as questionable and has been limited in practice all week, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

If the tight end does not suit up, Tom Brady will be left with the same group of receivers that struggled mightily against the New York Jets last week. While players like Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson have talent, they are both raw and will need some time to become key parts of the offense.

To make matters worse, the Patriots are facing a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has transformed their secondary in the offseason. The unit did a good job of slowing down Drew Brees last week, and Brady could have even more trouble with receivers he does not trust.

Even if Gronkowski plays, he will clearly be less than 100 percent. This could lead to another unimpressive performance from Brady.


David Wilson, RB, New York Giants

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 8:  David Wilson #22 of the New York Giants runs the ball against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  The Cowboys defeated the Giants 31-36.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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A lot of people are keeping David Wilson in their lineups, trusting that the pure talent is going to help turn things around. While that is certainly possible, his role with the offense is not enough to justify a start in fantasy.

When Andre Brown was injured, the common thought was that Wilson could not fall back into the doghouse because he was the only option. Head coach Tom Coughlin proved this theory wrong.

Instead, the Giants have given touches to the inexperienced Da'Rel Scott, picked up Brandon Jacobs seemingly off his couch and then abandoned the run. Eli Manning has 91 pass attempts already in two games.

As a result, Wilson still has negative fantasy points this season. You should keep him out of your lineup until the Giants regain their faith in him.


Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Greg Jennings #15 of the Minnesota Vikings runs a pass pattern against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Image
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After a mediocre opening game, Greg Jennings came back strong in Week 2 with five catches for 84 yards against the Chicago Bears. While this shows he can do well against a good defense, do not count on this occurring consistently.

The Vikings are set to face the Cleveland Browns this week, featuring cornerback Joe Haden as one of the few talented players remaining on the roster. If he matches up against Jennings like expected, Minnesota will be forced to get the ball to alternative targets like Jerome Simpson and Cordarrelle Patterson.

Of course, even without the Haden-factor, it is hard to trust the Vikings passing attack. This is a run-first squad with a quarterback who struggles to complete more than half of his attempts.

These are not recipes for fantasy success, and Jennings should remain on your bench.


Jermichael Finley, TE, Green Bay Packers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 08:  Tight end Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers carries the ball against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on September 8, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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While Jermichael Finley has been outstanding in the first two games, we have seen this act before. The talented player comes up huge and then disappears the following week.

That could very well happen this game, as the Cincinnati Bengals have the athleticism in the middle of the field to stop him. The defense has only allowed six total receptions to tight ends this year.

Additionally, the tight end has been limited in practice this week with a toe injury that seemed to get worse last game against the Washington Redskins. 

Aaron Rodgers has plenty of options to throw to, and he will likely look in other directions this week.


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