Fantasy Football: Week 3 NFL Player Breakdowns With All 16 Matchups

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 NFL Player Breakdowns With All 16 Matchups
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What do we expect for Best in week 3?

NFL Soup is back on the horse with our weekly Fantasy Player Breakdowns column, analyzing every NFL matchup, and giving ratings to all of the fantasy players for week three.

Our more in-depth columns focusing on specific players and situations are coming this week, but if you want a quick, no-nonsense look at every major fantasy performer, then this is the article for you.

No other site gets their weekly player breakdowns out quicker than NFL Soup, so take a look at what we’re spinning to help your fantasy roster this week:

Detroit Lions @ Minnesota Vikings

QB Shaun Hill- Despite Hill’s solid week two, I’m hesitant to include him in my lineup against the Vikings. **

RB Jahvid Best: Despite an excellent Vikings defense, I’m not sitting Best. If he doesn’t make plays on the ground, he’s making them in the air. ****

RB Kevin Smith: Smith isn’t a fantasy option unless Best goes down. *

WR Calvin Johnson: Johnson is a play maker regardless. Hill targeted him 11 times in week two, so he loves him. Start him. ****

WR Bryant Johnson: With Nate Burleson most likely out, Johnson becomes a bigger target, but his fantasy value is still limited. **

 

 

TE Brandon Pettigrew: I was right about Hill getting Pettigrew more involved as he was one of the top scoring tight ends. I like Pettigrew over Scheffler and in deeper leagues. ***

TE Tony Scheffler: It seems that Hill prefers Pettigrew slightly more. We’re sitting Scheffler. *

Detroit Defense: Again, we’re not starting the Detroit defense until they can start slowing people down. No start against Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson. *

Key Note:  Matthew Stafford is out with a sprained AC joint, and Nate Burleson has a high ankle sprain and will most likely sit in week 3, as well as week 4.

QB Brett Favre: Favre turned it over three times on Sunday, but Detroit is the perfect rebound for him. ****

RB Adrian Peterson: Peterson makes plays against all defenses. Start regardless. *****

RB Toby Gerhart: He is more of a dynasty option for now, but he got involved a bit on Sunday. *

WR Percy Harvin: Harvin was limited in the 2nd half, and will be limited in practice with a hip strain. I still see him starting, and he should get a score against this defense. ***

 

 

WR Bernard Berrian: It’s only a matter of time before Berrian gets more involved, and I think this is the perfect week. ***

 

WR Greg Camarillo: He’s only been targeted twice in two games. Sit until further notice. *

TE Visanthe Shiancoe:  As of now, he’s Favre’s favorite target. Start in all formats. ****

Minnesota Defense: If they can keep Best contained, they should be able to limit points. Look for a lot of pressure on Hill. ****

 

San Francisco 49ers @ Kansas City Chiefs

 QB Alex Smith: Smith wasn’t that bad against the tough Saints defense. He’s not a terrible start against Kansas City in week three. ***

RB Frank Gore: Gore had a very productive day against the Saints on Monday catching the ball well and rushing well. Start with confidence here. ****

 

RB Anthony Dixon : Dixon is a potential keeper RB for now, but he did get a touchdown. Don’t start, still. *

 

 

WR Michael Crabtree: Alex Smith didn’t look Crabtree’s way much, and it could stay like that in week three with Brandon Flowers over Crabtree. ***

WR Josh Morgan: Morgan worked well as the number two in week two. He may not be a bad Flex option in week three. ***

 

WR Ted Ginn Jr.: Ginn was out for week two, and may not see much time if he gets in against KC. *

TE Vernon Davis: He’s still making plays and is a Alex Smith’s best target. Keep starting. ****

San Francisco Defense: I’m confident in the San Francisco defense this week against a weak Matt Cassel lead offense. ****

Key Note- Teddy Ginn Jr. may be sidelined on Sunday after sitting Monday from spraining his left MCL in week one.


QB Matt Cassel: Cassel is not a fantasy option in general. He’s still turning the ball over too much, even against bad defenses. *

 

RB Jamaal Charles:  You may want to sit Charles until the Chiefs decide if they want to give him the carries he deserves. The 49ers run defense is tough too. ***

RB Thomas Jones:  Jones saw majority of the carries in week two, and it’s a complete mystery what RB the Chiefs will want to use. Keep on the bench against San Fran. **

WR Dwayne Bowe: I’m not counting on Bowe until Cassel learns how to throw the ball to his receivers. ***

WR Chris Chambers: He was targeted five times, and had three catches against a weak Browns secondary. Not a bad downfield threat, but has a weak QB. ***

 

WR Dexter McCluster: Role isn’t big enough yet, but could be a nice play going forward in return leagues. *

TE Leonard Pope: Don’t bother with Pope. He has the potential to be solid, but not in fantasy. *

TE Tony Moeaki: Moeaki is looking like a solid sleeper tight end, as he’s the only wide receiver that Cassel seems to be accurate throwing to. **

 

Kansas City Defense: We’ll sit the Kansas City defense against Frank Gore and company. ***

 

 

Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots

 QB Ryan Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick gets the start against a tough Patriots defense. Hold off on any Bills quarterbacks at this point. *

RB C.J. Spiller: As much as Spiller showed us in the pre-season, we’re keeping him on the bench until he gets more involved in the weak Bills offense. **

RB Marshawn Lynch: Lynch saw the bulk of the load, but remains a weak fantasy option. **

RB Fred Jackson: Jackson got a touchdown on just a few carries against Green Bay, but with a three headed monster in the backfield, he’s not reliable enough to start. **

WR Lee Evans: He has a better chance for receptions down field with Fitzpatrick, but he’s not safe to start still. **

 

WR Steve Johnson: Showed very little in the pre-season. Poor quarterback play makes him a bad option. *

 

TE Johnathan Stupar: Really not much value with the Buffalo tight ends until Shawn Nelson comes off suspension. *

 

Buffalo Defense: Do not trust Buffalo’s defense against Tom Brady, Randy Moss and Company. *

QB Tom Brady: Against a Buffalo defense, you’re going to start Tom Brady immediately. ****

RB Fred Taylor: The Patriots just don’t seem to want to run the ball much with each of their three inconsistent running backs. Don’t trust him to start unless you absolutely need to. **

RB Benjarvus Green-Ellis: Green-Ellis had 10 carries for the Patriots on Sunday, but still has limited value in a crowded and underutilized backfield. *

WR Randy Moss: Moss should be started nearly every week. Buffalo’s secondary doesn’t change that. ****

WR Wes Welker: PPR leagues love Welker, and he keeps finding the end zone. Start with confidence. ****

TE Rob Gronkowski: He only saw one reception again, and Tom Brady used Aaron Hernandez more week two. He’s still a nice sleeper TE option. **

 

TE Aaron Hernandez: Hernandez got the most looks from the New England tight ends, showing a nice ability down the field. However, with Gronkowski and the other offensive weapons, he’s a questionable start. But pick him up in deeper leagues. ***

 

Patriots Defense:  The Patriots are a top defensive start this week against the Bills. ****

 

Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens

QB  Seneca Wallace:  Unsure if he gets the start, but against the Ravens defense, and having unreliable wide receivers, we’re sitting. *

QB Jake Delhomme: Even if he does get the start (ankle), he will be ineffective against a top Ravens defense.

RB Jerome Harrison: Against a tough rush defense, Harrison will be a guy to sit. **

RB Peyton Hillis: Hillis is seeing more time, but it’ll take a lot of carries for him to be productive in this game. **

WR Brian Robiskie: He was targeted five times, but still only caught one pass. The quarterbacks are too inconsistent for him to be effective. *

WR Mohamed Massoquoi: Just like Robiskie, he can’t count on his quarterback, and he struggles to run routes. *

 

TE Ben Watson:  Had a nice game against the Chiefs, but isn’t a good option to start. **

 

TE Evan Moore:  He suffered a concussion in week two and may be out for the Baltimore game. He won’t be a guy to start anyway, no harm no foul. *

Cleveland Defense:  Even against the struggling Flacco, the Browns defense is extremely inconsistent.

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QB Joe Flacco: Flacco threw four interceptions in the loss to the Bengals. The Browns should be a confidence booster for him. ****

RB Ray Rice: Cleveland’s poor run defense + Ray Rice = Disaster for Cleveland. Start with confidence. *****

 

RB Willis McGahee:  Start with caution as McGahee is still a situational running back, but is going to get a few carries against the Browns. **

WR Anquan Boldin: He’s worth a start every week because of his play making ability. He finds ways to get open. ****

WR Derrick Mason: He’s quietly one of the more productive receivers. But Boldin’s presence will limit him. **

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh: Targeted six times, and caught zero passes. Don’t start until he’s more involved and Flacco can improve. *

 

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Can Correll Buckhalter perform well in Moreno's absence?

 

TE Todd Heap: I like Heap against the weak coverage linebackers in Cleveland. ***

Baltimore Defense:  Another top defense to start for week three against this weak Cleveland offense. *****

 

Indianapolis Colts @ Denver Broncos

QB Peyton Manning: You’re not going to sit Peyton Manning.  *****

RB Joseph Addai: I like Addai this week against the Broncos rush defense. He’s been improving and is a solid PPR option. ****

RB Donald Brown: Brown had a nice day getting 16 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown and a reception. It’s just too hard to tell what sort of carries he’s going to get in a pass first spread offense. **

WR Reggie Wayne: Wayne doesn’t look to be slowing down. Start with confidence. ****

WR Pierre Garcon: He’s being covered very well, and Peyton is finding Wayne and Collie more. You may want to sit him until he sees more passes his way. ***

WR Austin Collie: Collie still is getting receptions and scored again. Not a bad WR3 or Flex option against the Broncos. ***

 

TE Dallas Clark: The top option in PPR leagues at TE. Manning finds Clark on a regular basis. *****

 

Indianapolis Defense: The Colts defense is too inconsistent against the run, and Kyle Orton has been playing well. There are better options. ***

 

Key Note: Bob Sanders will miss a significant amount of time this season with a torn biceps injury.


QB Kyle Orton: In two QB leagues Orton may not be a bad start against the Colts. ***

RB Knowshon Moreno: Moreno is out for week 3. *

RB Correll Buckhalter: Moreno is out. Pick up Buckhalter for this matchup. ***

RB Laurence Maroney: Maroney was out in week two, and we’re unsure if he’ll get many carries if he does dress. **

WR Eddie Royal: Just like last week we said in week two, Royal isn’t slowing down much. I think he should be a solid start against the Colts. ***

WR Jabar Gaffney: The emergence of DeMaryius Thomas kept Gaffney from being productive. Let’s wait and see if Thomas or Gaffney is used more. **

 

WR Brandon Lloyd: Lloyd is still a sleeper wide receiver who’s showing a nice ability after the catch. **

 

WR Demaryius Thomas:He showed his down field ability on Sunday, and should be picked up in all formats. ***

TE Daniel Graham: Graham isn’t a fantasy tight end at all. Stay away. *

Broncos Defense: Sit the Broncos defense this week against Peyton Manning and the Colts. **

 

Washington Redskins @ St. Louis Rams

QB Donovan McNabb: McNabb isn’t a bad option against a weak Rams secondary, although I think the Redskins will run it a bit more. McNabb is coming off a 426 yard performance in which he still only had one touchdown . ***

RB Clinton Portis:  Start Portis as a Flex option this week. He should at least get a touchdown and 75+ yards. ***

WR Santana Moss:  Hopefully you listened and started Moss last week. I think he has a productive week here. McNabb likes getting him the ball down the field. ***

WR Joey Galloway: Galloway had 88 yards receiving, and with Devin Thomas struggling, he may be worth a pickup in deeper leagues. **

 

TE Chris Cooley: As expected, Cooley had a nice day catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Start again. ****

Washington Defense: Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson aren’t looking terrible. However, they aren’t Schaub and Arian Foster. Not a bad sleeper defense this week. ***

 

QB Sam Bradford: Bradford is improving, albeit against a mediocre Oakland defense. He only had one turnover in the game and was 14/25. Still keep sitting until he can cut down on the rookie mistakes, but he’s going to be a good one. **

RB Steven Jackson: Jackson didn’t get any scores, but he accounted for over 125 yards of offense. Keep starting. *****.

WR Laurent Robinson: Robinson was only targeted four times, and his route running is still questionable. **

WR Mark Clayton: Clayton only caught two passes, but both were for touchdowns. He’s been getting more looks in favor of Laurent Robinson. Still a good sleeper. ***

WR Danny Amendola: He caught four passes, and looks like a decent sleeper in PPR leagues. Hold off on starting until he gets a bit more involved, still. **

TE Daniel Fells: He will be limited in practice straining his MCL, but should be in the lineup. Still not worth starting. *

 

St. Louis Defense: We aren’t starting the Rams defense regardless of who they play. Too inconsistent. *

 

 

Cincinnati Bengals @ Carolina Panthers

 QB Carson Palmer: Palmer was roughed up a bit against the Ravens, but should rebound nicely against a weak Carolina secondary. ***

RB Cedric Benson: He had 78 yards on 23 carries, and wasn’t a great start, but he can rebound against the Panthers. ***

RB Bernard Scott: With Benson getting most of the carries, Scott’s value seems a bit limited here, but stash on the bench as a handcuff. **

WR Chad Ochocinco: He reported unofficially that he has a cracked rib, but I don’t see it holding him out of the game. He’s still a solid start most weeks.  ****

WR Terrell Owens: He’s finding ways to get open, but Palmer missed him a lot last week. He was targeted 11 times in week two which is a good sign. ***

WR Jordan Shipley: Shipley caught five passes, and gets the return duties. Has some value in deeper leagues and PPR leagues. **

 

TE Jermaine Gresham: Gresham couldn’t seem to get open against the Ravens. There are better options with TE’s but he’s not a bad one to keep on the bench. **

Cincinnati Defense:  I’m not sold on their run defense that was solid in 2009, but DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart have been less than stellar. There are better starts, but Cincy isn’t a terrible one. ***

 

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How does Mendenhall do in Week 3?

QB Jimmy Clausen:  He gets to make his first start against the Bengals. He’ll make rookie mistakes and shouldn’t be started yet. *

RB DeAngelo Williams- Williams still hasn’t broke the century mark in a game, and has yet to score a touchdown. I can’t see him going three straight weeks without a score. ****

RB Jonathan Stewart- Playing from behind limited Stewart’s carries, but he still had over 40 yards on just eight carries. ****

WR Steve Smith- A sore wrist may limit him, but there’s no break, and he’s still a solid fantasy WR. ***

WR Dwayne Jarrett- Jarrett didn’t see any balls his way. David Guettis started over him, but he should start this week. *

 

WR Brandon LaFell- LaFell was inactive in week two. Regardless, he should not be started in any format just yet. *

TE Jeff King- There are many better options. He’ll split time with Dante Rosario and doesn’t see the end zone. *

TE Dante Rosario- Neither he or King have great value. *

 

Carolina Defense- I’m not trusting this defense against Carson Palmer and the Bengals. **

 

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers


QB Byron Leftwich- With Dennis Dixon out, Leftwich gets the start against Tampa Bay. This is assuming he’s healthy. Batch could be the starter. Leftwich has never been consistent, so value is limited with either quarterback. *

QB Charlie Batch- Like with Leftwich, value is limited here. *

RB Rashard Mendenhall- He didn’t get in the end zone and disappointed owners last week. He should rebound as the Steelers will keep it on the ground with Leftwich at the helm. ****

RB Mewelde Moore- Moore will spell Mendenhall here and there, but his value is very limited. **

 

WR Hines Ward- Ward was shut down in week two against Courtland Finnegan, but he’ll be Leftwich’s go to guy. ***

WR Mike Wallace- I’m not seeing a ton of value in Wallace until Big Ben comes back to spread the ball around. **

TE Heath Miller- I’m not ready to start Miller until Big Ben comes back. **

Pittsburgh Defense- Pittsburgh shut down Chris Johnson, and shutting down Cadillac Williams and Josh Freeman will be no challenge. *****

 

QB Josh Freeman- Freeman is a guy worth picking up in deeper and two QB leagues. But do not risk the start this week against this top defense. **

RB Carnell Williams- Even against weaker run defenses, he’s not doing better than average. Sit against the Steelers. **

RB Kareem Huggins- Huggins should be back and active against the Steelers, but he’s not worth starting in any format regardless of the team just yet. *

WR Mike Williams- Williams is Freeman’s favorite target and has two touchdowns, one in each start so far. He’s not a great start this week, but he will still be targeted. ***

WR Michael Spurlock- Spurlock was targeted just once. Not a fantasy option. *

WR Sammie Stroughter- Like Spurlock, he was targeted once. Also like Spurlock, he’s not an option in fantasy. *

 

TE Kellen Winslow- If you started Winslow, you weren’t disappointed in week two, and he will see more receptions as Freeman will be forced to dump the ball off. ***

Tampa Bay Defense- Even against Leftwich (or Batch), they still have to face Mendenhall. They are a risky pick. **

 

 

Oakland Raiders @ Arizona Cardinals

 QB Jason Campbell- Campbell may be sitting in favor of Bruce Gradkowski this week, but it’s hard to tell if Cable will pull him. Keep on the bench. We don’t recommend starting either Raider quarterback. **

QB Bruce Gradkowski- Looks like he'll get the start. He may not be a bad option against Arizona, but there are better options. **

RB Michael Bush- Bush looks to start in week two, but McFadden is taking away from his future carries while performing well. **

RB Darren McFadden- I’m not benching McFadden until he slows down. The Arizona run defense isn’t anything to write home about. ****

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Can Vick continue to roll?

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- Bey showed signs of life when Gradkowski got in the game. But he’s not consistent enough to start weekly. *

 

WR Louis Murphy- Murphy showed my prediction up with 6 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown. Like Heyward-Bey, we want to see more before we start him, including more from Oakland quarterbacks. **

TE Zach Miller- 49 yards on just three receptions. He’s going to start getting red zone scores eventually, and makes a nice sleeper tight end. ****

Oakland Defense- Oakland is facing Derek Anderson who is simply not a good quarterback. However, their defense is too inconsistent to start. **

 

QB Derek Anderson- Anderson should be on the bench, or in free agency this week. He’s just not a good quarterback. **

RB Beanie Wells- Even if Wells plays Sunday, it looks like Tim Hightower will see more carries. Don’t start Wells in any leagues until he’s 100%. ***

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower proved me wrong against the Falcons rushing for 115 yards on 11 carries. He’ll get the bulk of the load assuming Beanie isn’t 100%. Start him this week. ***

WR Larry Fitzgerald- You have to love Fitzgerald, and even with a poor quarterback, he’ll still make plays. Derek Anderson at least gets the ball down the field.  *****

WR Steve Breaston- Just as expected, he didn’t follow up week one with anything special. He’s still got value in deeper leagues, but with Derek Anderson, it’s too hard to tell how many receptions he’ll see. ***

 

TE Ben Patrick- There are many other options at tight end here. Anderson isn’t much for getting the ball to his tight ends. *

 

Arizona Defense-  After giving up 41 points, and over 200 yards of offense to a 3rd string running back, we’re sitting Arizona regardless. *

 

 

Philadelphia Eagles @ Jacksonville Jaguars

 QB Michael Vick

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Can Schaub have another huge week?
- Looks like Vick will get the start after all. Start with confidence against a weak Jags defense. ****

RB LeSean McCoy- McCoy was in fact better in week two, three touchdowns and 120 yards better. Start him this week. ****

WR DeSean Jackson- Hopefully you got him in the lineup last week. He’s a top notch down field target, despite going up against Rashean Mathis. ****

WR Jeremy Maclin- Jackson outplayed him in week two, ruining my prediction, but he still got in the end zone, and I believe he’s a legit WR2 in all formats. ****

TE Brent Celek- This is a no brainer here as Celek is a top TE. ****

 

Philadelphia Defense- Go ahead and start the Philly defense in week two. I think they’ll rebound after giving up 32 points to the Lions. ****

 

QB David Garrard- Throwing 4 interceptions in week two is evidence that he’s not a good fantasy start any week. *

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- Jones-Drew has been disappointing thus far, but he’s not going to go scoreless in three straight starts, keep starting. He’ll come around. ****

RB Rashad Jennings- He’s seeing more time, and even some receptions out of the backfield. However, he’s still not a fantasy option unless MJD goes down. *

WR Mike Sims-Walker- Sims-Walker came back strong, but I can’t trust him this week going up against Asante Samuel. ***

WR Mike Thomas- He’s seeing receptions still. Perhaps a solid Flex start in deep PPR leagues. **

TE Marcedes Lewis- Lewis is becoming a nice target for the struggling Garrard. If you have a slumping tight end, Lewis may not disappoint. **

 

 

Jacksonville Defense- Vick is on fire. Keep Jacksonville on the bench. **

 

Dallas Cowboys @ Houston Texans


QB Tony Romo

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Is Mathews injury anything to worry about?
- You’ll want to start Romo against the Texans who have given up a lot of yardage in the passing game each of the first two weeks. ****

RB Felix Jones- Jones was shut down for 7 yards on 7 carries. Start with caution, but I think he’s going to get it going soon. **

RB Marion Barber- He’s done virtually nothing in his first two weeks. The Cowboys rushing attack has been non-existent. Sit until further notice. **

WR Miles Austin- Austin is becoming a surefire start each week. A weak Texans secondary agrees this week. *****

WR Dez Bryant- He found a way to score on a return touchdown, and had 52 yards despite just two catches. I’m liking him against the Texans. ***

WR Roy E. Williams- This may be the week to get Williams in as a Flex option in deeper leagues. But he’s still not reliable. **

TE Jason Witten- Despite a concussion, Witten is feeling no symptoms and should start week three. ****

 

Dallas Defense- Dallas has been inconsistent defensively. I’m sitting them against Schaub and Arian Foster. ****

 

QB Matt Schaub- If Cutler can be effective, the guy coming off a 497 yard performance should be effective against the Cowboys. ****

RB Arian Foster- He still had over 120 yards of offense. Keep starting until he slows down. ****

RB Steve Slaton- He clearly won’t be getting a huge piece of the pie, and he’s struggling in the return game. *

WR Andre Johnson- He injured his ankle, but it doesn’t look serious. Keep him in your lineup weekly barring a more serious injury. *****

WR Kevin Walter- Walter stepped up big time in week two, and is proving to be a solid option for Schaub. He’s a nice sleeper target in PPR leagues. ***

WR Jacoby Jones- Jones had a nice week, being target nine times for six receptions. Still we want to see more before he gets in weekly. **

TE Owen Daniels- He’s getting in more plays as the weeks go on. Let’s keep him on the bench for another week or two. **

 

 

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Does Jacobs get his carries this week?

Texans Defense- The Texans defense let me down, and are showing a heavy weakness in the secondary. Don’t start them against strong passing teams like Dallas. **

 

 

San Diego Chargers @ Seattle Seahawks


QB Philip Rivers- Start Rivers with confidence against Seattle. He’s averaged around the 300 yard mark and had at least two touchdowns each week. ****

RB Ryan Mathews- The right ankle isn’t serious and he’ll be a go Sunday. He’s been productive in the few carries he’s had, except for the fumbles. ***

 

RB Darren Sproles- Even when Mathews went down the Chargers went with Mike Tolbert, so Sproles isn’t the handcuff we thought he was. *

RB Mike Tolbert- In deeper leagues, I’d pick up Tolbert just in case that ankle isn’t 100%. Tolbert had a big day filling in for the injured Mathews, but don’t start unless Mathews sits. **

WR Malcolm Floyd- Hopefully you listened and started Floyd. He should have another solid week against Seattle. ****

 

WR Legedu Naanee- As expected, Naanee didn’t follow up week one very well. He’s still a sleeper to have on the bench. **

TE Antonio Gates- Even if he doesn’t get the yards, he’ll get the touchdowns. Start weekly. *****

San Diego Defense- The Chargers had a productive week intercepting Garrard four times. I had them sitting just in case they struggled, but it looks like they are back. Start this week. ***

QB Matt Hasselbeck- Hasselbeck came back down to earth and threw three interceptions. Against a tough San Diego defense, I’m not confident in him. ***

RB Justin Forsett- Blame the lack of defense for the Seahawks playing from behind and passing more. They keep abandoning the running game, despite Forsett being productive. He’s tough to start this week. ***

 

RB Leon Washington- We’re not starting Seattle running backs until they start handing the ball off more. **

RB Julius Jones- Again, don’t start until he becomes more involved and gets more carries. *

WR Deion Branch- Branch is still inconsistent as ever and there are many better receivers to start. **

 

WR Mike Williams- Still not a bad sleeper target, but let’s sit him this week. **

 

TE Jon Carlson- Carlson has value if Seattle could ever find the red zone. Not expecting much this week. ***

 

Seattle Defense- Unless Seattle’s defense starts playing better, we’re sitting this defense. *

 

Tennessee Titans @ New York Giants

QB Vince Young- Young is still the starter despite being pulled for Kerry Collins. There’s limited fantasy value still. *

RB Chris Johnson- Despite being shut down by Pittsburgh, he’s still a start every week. *****

RB Javon Ringer- He’s a handcuff for Johnson, but there’s limited value. *

 

WR Nate Washington- He had another touchdown and is proving to be a solid wide receiver, but his fantasy value is still limited. **

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Does Pierre Thomas get more carries without Bush?

 

WR Justin Gage- Gage caught four passes for 74 yards, but you can’t expect this every week with Young at quarterback. **

WR Kenny Britt- Britt was targeted seven times and had four catches in week two. Keep him on the bench still. *

TE Bo Scaife- There are numerous options better than Scaife. *

Tennessee Defense- Tennessee’s defense shut down Pittsburgh, and Rashard Mendenhall. I like them this week to force a few turnovers. ****

QB Eli Manning- If he’s not throwing interceptions, he’s fumbling. He’s not a bad QB2 if you have to, but he needs to quit with the turnovers. **

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Bradshaw had a nice week two, except he didn’t get in the end zone. He won’t get 100 yards this week, but he should get in the end zone at least once. ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- Jacobs is in the dog house, and could be on his way out. Don’t start until Coughlin is going to give him carries still. **

WR Steve Smith- Only four receptions for Smith in week two. I think he’s a solid WR2, but Nicks is better. ***

 

WR Hakeem Nicks- Again, he caught a touchdown, despite only two catches. His injury is nothing to worry about. ****

 

WR Mario Manningham- He is working well in the slot, and will keep seeing around 4-6 receptions. **

TE Kevin Boss- Boss was out with a concussion, but looks to play this week. Limited value, still. **

New York Defense- Going up against Chris Johnson may not be pretty. I’m not a fan of this defense overall. **

 

Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints

 QB Matt Ryan- As expected, Ryan got into the end zone. He had three touchdowns, but still just 225 yards. There are better starts this week. **

RB Michael Turner- Turner’s groin injury is nothing to worry about. Start with confidence as he had 75 yards on just nine carries last week before leaving. ****

RB Jason Snelling- Thanks to Jerious Norwood and Michael Turner going down, he busted out for over 160 yards of offense. He may have a bigger part this week. Grab as a handcuff for Turner. **

WR Roddy White- As expected, White had a score, and over 70 yards. Keep him in the lineup as he’s Ryan’s favorite target. ****

 

WR Michael Jenkins- Sit him until he’s 100%. **

 

WR Brian Finneran- With Jenkins out, Finneran is getting a few receptions. However, fantasy value is very limited.

TE Tony Gonzalez- He has been disappointing, but don’t give up on him. If Jenkins comes back in week 3, teams will have to focus on him as well, opening things up for Gonzo. ***

 

Atlanta Defense- Atlanta’s defense looked great against Derek Anderson and company. But I’m not recommending a start against Drew Brees and company. **

Key note- Jerious Norwood placed on Injured Reserve as of September 21st.

 

QB Drew Brees –  Brees had over 250 yards and two more touchdowns. You drafted him in the first most likely. Keep him in. *****

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Can Jermichael Finley continue his quest to become a top 5 TE?

RB Pierre Thomas – He didn’t’ do too much in the running game, but thanks to a few receptions, he had over 100 yards of offense. Keep him in. ***

RB DeShawn Wynn- With Reggie Bush out for at least six weeks, and Chris Ivory out still, Wynn will serve as the primary backup. Not much to see here, however. *

WR Marques Colston – A top PPR option, but still has yet to find the end zone. Keep playing him, though. ****

 

 

WR Robert Meachem – Meachem was not involved in the offense much, again. Keep him on your bench. *

WR Devery Henderson – Henderson is still the top down field threat, but there’s so much talent offensively, it’s hard to start him. **

WR Lance Moore- Moore failed to record a catch, and wasn’t targeted once. Bench him if he’s even on your roster. *

TE Jeremy Shockey – Inconsistent Shockey reporting for duty. There are much better options. **

 

New Orleans Defense – The Saints defense is tough, but Matt Ryan and Michael Turner are pretty solid. You could find a better waiver wire defense this week, but the Saints should still do alright. ***

 

New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins

 QB Mark Sanchez- Sanchez proved me wrong in week two, being productive with three touchdowns and over 200 yards. Being inconsistent doesn’t help, however. Keep him on the bench for now. **

 

RB Shonn Greene- He averaged barely 3.4 yards per carry against the Patriots. Keep him on the bench. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- LT rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries and had four receptions. He’s a better start than Shonn Greene, despite being the number two. **

WR Braylon Edwards- After a DUI arrest, we’re unsure if Edwards will play. Even though an NFL induced suspension wouldn’t be until a later week, Rex Ryan could still sit him.  *

WR Jerricho Cotchery- Cotch had a touchdown grab and four receptions. He may be worth a look in deeper leagues. **

TE Dustin Keller- He bounced back big time with seven catches and 115 yards with a touchdown. Sanchez likes him. Keep him on the bench until he shows more consistency, however. ***

 

New York Defense- The Jets may be without Darrelle Revis this week, but I think they’ll do fine without him if that is the case. Start with confidence. **

 

Key Note- Kris Jenkins (NT) for the Jets is out for the season.

 

Darrelle Revis (CB) may be out for up to two weeks with a strained hamstring.

QB Chad Henne- He didn’t turn the ball over, but he’s not throwing the ball enough to warrant a fantasy start. **

RB Ronnie Brown- Even against the Vikings he had 80 yards on 13 carries. Keep starting. ****

 

RB Ricky Williams- He needs to do more on the ground before I start consistently. A tough run defense doesn’t help his cause. ***

WR Brandon Marshall- He’s Henne’s top target, and that won’t change. He’s a good WR1. ****

WR Davone Bess- He was targeted one time in week two. In a run first offense, I’m sitting Bess. **

WR Brian Hartline- He did catch a touchdown, but he’s not a legit fantasy option just yet. *

TE Anthony Fasano- Henne isn’t seeing his tight end much this season, that should change, but keep Fasano on the bench until further notice. **

 

Miami Defense- Miami’s defense surprised holding the Vikes to 10 points despite Peterson running well. They forced turnovers. They could be a solid start against a Jets offense that may struggle. ***

 

 

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

 QB Aaron Rodgers- Once again, had another two touchdowns, and even had a rushing score. He’s a must start every week. *****

RB Brandon Jackson- 29 yards on 11 carries, but he still had a score. I’m not confident in Jackson, but this is a decent week to start him. ***

 

RB John Kuhn- Kuhn will get the short yardage carries and could find a touchdown, but don’t expect too much. **

WR Greg Jennings- He had a disappointing week two, but he will bounce back against the Bears. ****

WR Donald Driver- My week two prediction was spot on. He got a score despite only 38 yards. He makes a solid WR2 or Flex option. ***

 

WR James Jones- Inconsistency keeps him on my bench, but he did get a score in week two. **

TE Jermichael Finley- How much does Rodgers love this guy? 103 yards on four receptions. Start him again this week. ****

 

Green Bay Defense- Despite Jay Cutler’s great week two, I think Green Bay can shut down Chicago. Chicago shouldn’t get more than 17 points. ****

Key Note- Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.

 

QB Jay Cutler- Take a picture as Cutler didn’t turn the ball over. He had a great week two against the Cowboys, but I don’t see the trend continuing. ***

RB Matt Forte-  Forte is showing his value as a receiver, moreso than a runner. I think he has less than 10 fantasy points this week. **

 

RB Chester Taylor- Four receptions for six yards doesn’t tell me that Taylor is worth much in fantasy. **

WR Devin Hester- If you took a chance with Hester in week two, you’re satisfied. But he’s a tough start each week. I’m benching him here. ***

WR Johnny Knox- Knox had another solid week amassing 86 receiving yards. He’ll see more looks. I like him more than Hester. ***

WR Devin Aromashodu- I’m sitting Aromashodu until he can play well enough to get more time. He was benched after having three drops in week one, among other things. *

TE Greg Olsen- Olsen did catch a touchdown, but only had one catch down the field. Cutler needs to get him more involved, but Olsen still is a solid TE. ***

Chicago Defense- Just say no this week against the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. *

Key Note- Hunter Hillenmeyer was placed on the IR effective September 14, 2010.


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