Sitting your studs is typically the most difficult decision you will encounter in fantasy football each week. When your top overall pick is playing a tough defense like the Pittsburgh Steelers, it takes some serious guts to sit them for lesser talented players, but it can be that foresight that will lead to fantasy football championships. No we aren’t suggesting you bench your studs anytime the match-up is tough, but we do recommend you check out the Fantasy Football Week Three Sit Ems for players to think twice about before plugging them into your weekly lineup.
Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs) @ Philadelphia
Matt Cassel has been a huge disappointment thus far, and it doesn’t seem like it will get any better in week three. After already suffering a knee injury that kept him out of week one, he looked mediocre against the Oakland Raiders. Now, he has the pleasure of facing the Philadelphia Eagles and their ball-hawking defense that has given up only 371 passing yards in two games. With six INTs and seven sacks, they will get after Cassel all day without fail. The Chiefs best shot is to use RB Larry Johnson effectively to open up the passing game, but this game could be put away rather quickly.
Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Indianapolis
Granted, Kurt Warner did just break an NFL record last week by going 24 for 26 against Jacksonville, but unless you get points per completion percentage, his fantasy points have been just average. With 531 yards, three TDs, and two INTs in the first two weeks, he hasn’t looked like the old Warner (as early as last season). The Indianapolis Colts pass defense has been stellar this season, only allowing 278 yards with 0 TDs and one INT. Kurt Warner will change that zero in the TD column, but expectations shouldn’t be sky-high in this week three match-up.
Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) vs. San Francisco
This may be perhaps the last time we will say to place Brett Favre on the bench, even though he has done nothing to deny his ability to still perform. The day has come where Brett Favre is no more a gun-slinger, but instead a Pennington-esque game manager. Favre’s match-up against the 49ers could force Brett to make some throws since the SF defense has been solid against the run (then again, they haven’t faced Adrian Peterson either). The Niners have the 20th ranked pass defense allowing 476 yards and two TDs to three INTs. Favre’s days of 350+ yards and four TDs are well past him.
RUNNING BACKS—SIT ‘EM
Thomas Jones (New York Jets) vs. Tennessee
The Jets come in to Week Three facing a Tennessee Titans run defense that ranks second in the NFL. On the season the Titans have allowed a measly 99 rush yards and 0 TDs in two games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans. Thomas Jones has the unfortunate task of facing the Titans this week, and you can bet they will force QB Mark Sanchez to beat them through the air. In fact, this may be the type of game that backup RB Leon Washington sees more carries and snaps than Jones due to his breakaway speed and play-making ability. If you are a Jones owner it would be wise to keep him on your bench this week, because in all likelihood the only way he reaches 10+ fantasy points is by finding pay dirt.
Joseph Addai / Donald Brown (Indianapolis Colts) @ Arizona
Joseph Addai and Donald Brown both warrant to be sat in Week Three facing a surprisingly strong Cardinals run defense. While Brown may not be seeing your lineup yet, Addai is in for a tough match-up with the Cardinals who have allowed only 112 rushing yards for a 2.7 per carry average thus far. They completely shut down RB Frank Gore in Week 1 and limited RB Maurice Jones-Drew in Week Two. If the Colts get stuffed running the football early expect them to abandon the run and let Peyton Manning pick apart their secondary all night. We recommend both of these players sit on the bench until one of them truly claims the top spot in Indy. Until then you should play both options at your own risk.
New Orleans Saints RBBC @ Buffalo
Mike Bell has been the star free agent pickup early in the 2009 season. He has probably brought some needed punch since fellow RB Pierre Thomas has been out since the start of the year. However, this match-up is somewhat deceiving. Buffalo’s rush defense has been extremely good allowing only 65 yards and .5 TDs per game in the season’s first two weeks. The Bills are a surprisingly good run D, and their pass D has been bad enough where Drew Brees could have another week like he did in the season opener. It looks like Bell will miss this game with an MCL injury and that Thomas and Reggie Bush will share the load, but neither of them are guaranteed to produce in Week Three. If Bush doesn’t have a good day receiving the ball he is very limited and we’d suggest you let Thomas get a game under his belt before you plug him into your lineup—unless you are slim on options.
WIDE RECEIVERS—SIT ‘EM
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Chicago
Housh has been a royal disappointment in 2009 as he has accumulated only 110 yards with 0 TDs. While T.J. has been targeted often through the first two weeks, he has been unable to do anything to prove why you drafted him as a No. 2 WR. He may turn it on at some point this season, but week three is probably not a good pick. His QB Matt Hasselbeck is questionable for this week’s game vs. the Bears and Seneca Wallace didn’t seem too fond of him in week two (1 catch, 22 yards). Monitor the QB situation for Sunday, but if Hasselbeck is out, look for better options.
Donald Driver (Green Bay Packers) @ St. Louis
While there isn’t much evidence to provide that says Driver should be benched after his 90 yard, one TD performance, in Week Two there is something not to like about this match-up. Perhaps it’s the fact that Green Bay’s top WR Greg Jennings disappeared and that he will probably come back in a big way against the Rams defense. Taking that into account, plus the fact that Green Bay will most likely be up early on these Rams, they may be running the ball much of the second half. Keep expectations low as he has become mainly a possession receiver the past few seasons.
Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys) vs. Carolina
Roy Williams is known for being inconsistent (Weeks One & Two, for example). While his match-up looks somewhat promising as the Panthers have been a colossal disappointment thus far, they’ve only 302 passing yards on the season. Holding QBs Donovan McNabb and Matt Ryan to those numbers is no small feat. Williams could post a TD (which could make him a worthy start), but we think that he struggles in this week three showdown.
TIGHT ENDS—SIT ‘EM
Kevin Boss (New York Giants) @ Tampa Bay
Boss has been a disappointment in 2009 because he has disappeared when the Giants are in the Red Zone. Many thought he may be in line for a big season with no go-to receiver in New York, but Manningham and Smith have proven their worthy of the position. It’s unfortunate that Boss has a great match-up and is a bad starting candidate due to his inability to find pay-dirt. If you were relying on him, wait until he gets on track before plugging him into your lineup.
Mason Crosby (Green Bay Packers) @ St. Louis
Crosby came into this season as one of the more reliable kickers in the NFL. Unfortunately, he has not lived up to that billing in 2009. He has already missed two FGs (granted they were from 49 & 55 yards out), but this match-up versus the Rams figures to allow the Packers to score TDs at will. The Pack will have no need to settle for 45+ FGs throughout this game, so it may be best to allow the slightly-injured Crosby (groin) a week to heal on your bench/waivers.
Miami Dolphins D/ST @ San Diego
The Chargers were able to pretty much out-muscle the Baltimore Ravens defense in week two (with the exception of the last play); and their offense is rolling on all cylinders, with or without RB LaDainian Tomlinson. RB Darren Sproles gives them even more flexibility as he is a greater threat with his speed than most teams can overcome. While the Dolphins have done a good job at their Time of Possession game, they have been unable to force turnovers or reach the QB. This defensive unit can definitely turn the corner with a lot of talented players, but this isn’t the week to start using them.
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*THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY BRUNO BOY JACOB LERMAN*