Fantasy Football Week Three: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em

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Fantasy Football Week Three: Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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By Derek of The Sportmeisters

Welcome to the best time of the year, sports fans. Here is where I will tell you who you should start and who you should sit for your fantasy team. This year, I will give you the obvious must-starts (guys you start every week no matter who they play), a few players from each position who you should start, a sleeper starter, and a mus -sit 'em. Also, I will be giving projections for those players. Enough talk, let’s get down to business!

 

QB Obvious Must-Starts

Drew Brees – NO vs. BUF – Projection: 315 Yards, 4 TD, 1 INT

Peyton Manning – IND vs. ARI – Projection: 300 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Tom Brady – NE vs. ATL – Projection: 275 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Philip Rivers – SD vs. MIA – Projection: 300 Yards 2 TD, 1 INT

Aaron Rodgers – GB vs. STL – Projection: 285 Yards, 3 TD, 0 INT

Kurt Warner – ARI vs. IND – Projection: 250 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

 

QB Start 'Ems

Matt Schaub – Houston Texans vs. JAX — Schaub looked very good against a good Tennessee defense last week, and this week goes up against the 26th-ranked pass defense of the Jacksonville Jaguars. Start 'em.

Projection: 250 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

 

Trent Edwards – Buffalo Bills vs. NO – Edwards has been surprisingly good for the first two weeks, throwing for 442 Yards and four touchdowns to just one interception. This week, he gets the 28th-ranked pass defense of the New Orleans Saints. Start 'em.

Projection: 255 Yards, 2 TD. 1 INT

 

Eli Manning – New York Giants vs. TB – Eli is moving on up to the top of the fantasy charts and has already thrown for 586 yards and three touchdowns in two games. This week, he gets the 27th-ranked pass defense of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Sleeper start 'em.

Projection: 255 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

 

QB Sit Em’

Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs vs. PHI – Cassel still has issues with that knee and threw two Interceptions last week. This week, he gets the 12th-ranked pass defense of the Philadelphia Eagles. Sit 'em.

Projection: 200 Yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

 

Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT Palmer had a decent game last week, throwing for 185 yards with three touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. This week, he gets the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are much better than their 19th-ranked pass defense shows. I don’t like the matchup, so I say sit 'em.

Projection: 265 Yards, 1 TD, 1 INT


Shaun Hill – San Francisco 49ers vs. MIN – If you are starting Shaun Hill then you must not have any other choice at QB and your team is in big trouble. He goes against the 5th-ranked Pass D of the Minnesota Vikings this week. Must-sit 'em.

Projection: 125 Yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

 

RB Obvious Must-Starts

Adrian Peterson – MIN vs. SF – Projection: 105 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 20 Yards

Michael Turner – ATL vs. NE – Projection: 100 Yards, 1 TD

Maurice Jones-Drew – JAX vs. HOU – Projection: 85 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 6 Receptions, 45 Yards

Steven Jackson – STL vs. GB – Projection: 80 Yards Rushing, 4 Receptions, 30 Yards, 1 TD

Matt Forte – CHI vs. SEA – Projection: 125 Yards Rushing, 2 TD, 5 Receptions, 45 Yards

Chris Johnson – TEN vs. NYJ – Projection: 90 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 4 Receptions, 40 Yards

 

RB Start 'Em

Ryan Grant – Green Bay Packers vs. STL – Grant hasn’t been great in the first two weeks, but you just can’t sit him when he’s playing the 25th-ranked Run D of the St. Louis Rams. Start 'em.

Projection: 90 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 3 Receptions, 20 Yards

 

Clinton Portis – Washington Redskins vs. DET – Portis looked good last week against a weak St. Louis defense. This week, he gets a Detroit defense that is without their best linebacker in Ernie Sims and ranked 22nd in the NFL for run D. Start 'em.

Projection: 110 Yards, 2 TD, 3 Receptions, 25 Yards

 

Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants vs. TB – The big boy has been held in check so far this year, only rushing for 104 yards and no touchdowns in two games, but he should hit paydirt this week against the 27th-ranked run D of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Start 'em.

Projection: 80 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 10 Yards

 

Tim Hightower – Arizona Cardinals vs. IND – Hightower has been very surprising this year. He has 87 yards rushing with a touchdown, and has 15 receptions for 133 yards. This week, he gets the 30th-ranked run D of the Indianapolis Colts, who allowed 239 yards rushing to the Dolphins last week. Sleeper start 'em.

Projection: 70 Yards Rushing, 1 TD, 5 Receptions, 30 Yards

 

RB Sit 'Em

Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers vs. MIN – Even with his 207-yard performance last week, you have to consider benching him this week against the Vikings' D, which is currently ranked 15th in the NFL against the run, but we all know they are much tougher than that. Sit 'em.

Projection: 55 Yards Rushing, 5 Receptions, 30 Yards

 

Cedric Benson – Cincinnati Bengals vs. PIT Even though Benson ran for 141 yards last week against Green Bay, you have to sit him this week against the 8th-ranked run D of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who have held Chris Johnson and Matt Forte to a combined 86 yards in the first two games. Sit 'em.

Projection: 40 Yards Rushing

 

Willie Parker – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. CIN – Willie Parker is no longer “fast." He appears to have lost more than a step, rushing for just 66 yards on 27 carries. Not to mention that the Bengals' D has been surprisingly good this year and is ranked 11th in the NFL against the run. Must sit 'em.

Projection: 45 Yards Rushing

 

WR Obvious Must-Starts

Randy Moss – NE vs. ATL (Questionable) – Projection: 7 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD

Wes Welker – NE vs. ATL (Questionable) – Projection: 10 Receptions, 80 Yards, 1 TD

Andre Johnson – HOU vs. JAX – Projection: 8 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD

Larry Fitzgerald – ARI vs. IND – Projection: 6 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

Anquan Boldin – ARI vs. IND – Projection: 6 Receptions, 85 Yards, 1 TD

Steve Smith – CAR vs. DAL – Projection: 8 Receptions, 80 Yards, 1 TD

Reggie Wayne – IND vs. ARI – Projection: 8 Receptions, 105 Yards, 1 TD

Calvin Johnson – DET vs. WAS – Projection: 6 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

Greg Jennings – GB vs. STL – Projection: 8 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD

Marques Colston – NO vs. BUF – Projection: 7 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD

Roddy White – ATL vs. CAR – Projection: 6 Receptions, 65 Yards, 1 TD

Terrell Owens – BUF vs. NO – Projection: 6 Receptions, 80 Yards, 1 TD

 

WR Start 'Em

Vincent Jackson – San Diego Chargers vs. MIA – Jackson has emerged as the favorite target in San Diego, with 11 receptions for 197 yards and two touchdowns in two games this year. This week, he gets the 23rd-ranked pass D of the Miami Dolphins. Start 'em.

Projection: 7 Receptions, 100 Yards, 1 TD

 

Steve Smith and Mario Manningham – New York Giants vs. TB These two guys have emerged as the go-to guys for Eli Manning, and have a combined 29 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns in two games. This week, they get the 27th-ranked pass D of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Start 'em both.

Projections: Manningham: 7 Receptions, 95 Yards, 1 TD
Smith: 10 Receptions, 85 Yards, 1 TD

 

Santana Moss – Washington Redskins vs. DET – Moss has not been very useful so far this season, only catching five balls for 41 yards. However, you just can’t sit him against the 24th-ranked pass D of the Detroit Lions. Start 'em.

Projection: 5 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

 

Jerricho Cotchery – New York Jets vs. TEN – Cochery has been a consistent target of rookie QB Mark Sanchez so far this year, catching 10 balls for 177 yards in two games. This week, he gets the 32nd-ranked pass D of the Tennessee Titans. Sleeper start 'em.

Projection: 7 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD

 

WR Sit Em’

Brandon Marshall – Denver Broncos vs. OAK – Last year, Marshall was a top-10 fantasy WR. However, the offseason problems have dropped him and now you really can’t even start him as he still doesn’t fully know the new playbook. He's also got a tough matchup against the 20th-ranked pass D of the Oakland Raiders this week, being matched against Nnamdi Asomugha. Sit 'em.

Projection: 4 Receptions, 40 Yards


Bernard Berrian – Minnesota Vikings vs. SF – Berrian hasn’t been fully involved in the offense yet and that doesn’t look to change this week against a surprisingly good San Francisco D that is ranked 20th vs. the pass. Sit 'em.

Projection: 6 Receptions, 55 Yards

 

Justin Gage – Tennessee Titans vs. NYJ – Gage has been Kerry Collins’ favorite target, but he faces a tough matchup against the 9th-ranked pass D of the New York Jets. Must sit 'em.

Projection: 5 Receptions, 50 Yards

 

TE Obvious Must-Starts

Jason Witten – DAL vs. CAR – Projection: 7 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD

Antonio Gates – SD vs. MIA – Projection: 7 Receptions, 80 Yards, 1 TD

Tony Gonzalez – ATL vs. NE – Projection: 6 Receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

Dallas Clark – IND vs. ARI – Projection: 6 receptions, 75 Yards, 1 TD

 

TE Start 'Em

Chris Cooley – Washington Redskins vs. DET – Cooley has been extremely involved in the offense in the first two weeks, catching 14 passes for 151 yards and a Touchdown. This week he faces the not-so-tough Detroit Lions 24th-ranked pass D. Start 'em.

Projection: 7 Receptions, 70 Yards, 1 TD

 

Dustin Keller – New York Jets vs. TEN – Keller has been one of Mark Sanchez’s favorite targets early in this season. Keller has seven receptions for 116 yards and a touchdown in two games. This week he gets the 32nd-ranked pass D of the Tennessee Titans. Start Em’.

Projection: 4 Receptions, 50 Yards, 1 TD

 

Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints vs. BUF – Shockey has started this year on fire, with eight receptions for 80 yards and two touchdowns. With Drew Brees at QB and a matchup with a Buffalo Bills D ranked 31st against the pass, he is definitely a sleeper start 'em.

Projection: 4 Receptions, 50 Yards, 1 TD

 

TE Sit 'Em

Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears vs. SEA – So much for Olsen being a huge part of the offense. So far this year, he has just four catches for 49 yards and no touchdowns. The Seahawks have the second-best pass defense in the NFL, so I don’t see him being heavily involved this week either. Sit 'em.

Projection: 3 Receptions, 20 Yards

 

Ben Watson – New England Patriots vs. ATL – Watson started hot and then cooled off in week two. This week, he gets the 17th-ranked pass D of the Atlanta Falcons. Sit 'em.

Projection: 3 Receptions, 30 Yards

 

D/ST Start Em’

Philadelphia Eagles vs. KC – I don’t like Matt Cassel and the Eagles have a very good Defense despite their poor performance against New Orleans last week – start 'em.

Washington Redskins vs. DET – Strong pass rush against a rookie QB who has thrown five interceptions. I like it! Start 'em.

 

D/ST Sit Em’

Buffalo Bills vs. NO – Never start a Defense against the best Offense in the NFL. Sit 'em.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. NYG – Eli’s coming and the G-Men should light up this Defense. Sit 'em.

 

There you have it, sports fans. Any questions or concerns, please email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com and look for my weekly Sunday Morning Start Em’/Sit Em’ Chat.

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