Fantasy NFL Week 3: Start 'Em
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These are players I would advise starting for Week 3 of the fantasy football season. Guys like Peyton Manning, Chris Johnson, Andre Johnson, etc. are obvious starts every week and will not be included. Good luck in Week 3!
Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys: The Cowboys could be 0-3 if they lose to Houston this week. That prospect alone will prompt Romo to do everything he can for a victory. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the Texans possess the worst passing defense so far this season. Jason Witten is expected to play, so Romo will have his entire arsenal to play with against Houston's porous defense.
Michael Vick, QB, Eagles: Vick performed very well in his first start since 2006 last week. The adrenaline will still be going against a Jacksonville Jaguars defense that has given up an average of 300 passing yards and 120 rushing yards in the first two games of the season. Vick has been one of the top fantasy quarterbacks so far this season, even when he wasn't starting. His success will continue on Sunday.
Donovan McNabb, QB, Redskins: McNabb has been very impressive in his new uniform the first two weeks of the 2010 season. In Week 3, the Redskins play the Rams. That's really all you need to know to start McNabb this week. The Redskins new quarterback is confident and that confidence should bolster this week against a suspect Rams secondary, especially in a dome.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: One of the pleasant surprises of the 2010 season has been none other than McFadden. Through the first two weeks, McFadden is second among running backs in rushing yards. His versatility makes him a valid receiving threat, as well. Plus, the Raiders go against the Cardinals this week, who have the second-worst rushing defenses through the first two weeks giving up 153 rushing yards per game thus far.
Pierre Thomas, RB, Saints: With Reggie Bush sidelined, the value of Thomas has increased. Thomas should see more touches this week against a porous Falcons rushing defense who have given up 130.5 rushing yards per game, including 5.9 yards per carry- a league worst. Thomas shouldn't have a difficult time racking up some nice numbers against Atlanta this week.
Matt Forte, RB, Bears: Forte has returned to his 2008 form so far this season. Even when he doesn't have a flashy day on the ground, his involvement in the passing game makes up for it. The Bears play the Packers this week, who, surprisingly enough, have one of the five worst rushing defenses through the first two weeks. They've given up an average of 136.5 rushing yards per game. Forte should have a decent day on the ground, as well as respectable receiving numbers.
Greg Jennings, WR, Packers: The Packers arguably have the best passing offense in the NFL. That passing offense will be on display against the Bears' less than respectable passing defense. Chicago has given up an average of 272.5 receiving yards in their first two games this season. Jennings should have plenty of opportunities to rack up big yards this week.
DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles: Jackson and Vick proved they could make a formidable combination in Week 2 as DeSean quickly became Vick's favorite target. Expect the two to continue building their chemistry against the Jaguars, ranked 28th in receiving defense through the first two weeks of the season. Vick and Jackson hooked up for a 45-yard touchdown for the first score of the game against the Lions last week. Don't be surprised if they connect on some big plays this week, as well.
Santana Moss, WR, Redskins: Moss and McNabb have quickly created one of the best passing-receiving combos in the NFC. Moss is already third in the league in receptions. The yards could be higher, but the targets are there. The targets will continue to be there in Week 3 against a Rams defense that has given up an average of 273 receiving yards through the first two weeks. Expect good things from Moss this week.
Mark Clayton, WR, Rams: At the beginning of the season, there wasn't a Rams receiver we would have even considered starting. But Clayton has become rookie Sam Bradford's go-to-guy and the Rams are playing a Redskins defense that has allowed an average of 389.5 receiving yards per game. Clayton will be looked to often this week and should put up some decent numbers.
Jermichael Finley, TE, Packers: Even with Greg Jennings and Donald Driver in the same offense, Finley has become the favorite target of Aaron Rodgers. The entire Packers passing offense will make owners happy on Sunday and Finley will be right in the middle of it. Oh, by the way, the Bears have the seventh-worst receiving defense through the first two weeks.
Visanthe Shiancoe, TE, Vikings: Sure, Favre is struggling, but with Sidney Rice out and Percy Harvin questionable, Shiancoe is really the only viable receiving option Favre has to throw to. Additionally, the Vikings are facing a receiving defense in the Lions that are giving up an average of 328 receiving yards per game. Expect good production from Shiancoe this week.
Ravens D/ST: The Raven's defense is ranked second so far this season in yards allowed per game. The Browns offense doesn't exactly make my legs quiver either. The Ravens should have a great day against an offense that is without its starting quarterback in Jake Delhomme and still trying to find its identity.
49ers D/ST: The 49ers have also done well through the first two weeks of the season as they have only allowed 264 total yards per game, ranked fourth in the NFL. The Chiefs offense has done alright this season but they aren't a daunting threat.
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