Fantasy Football Week 3: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Locks to Win Your Matchup

RM Herold@@BR_RollinFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2010

Fantasy Football Week 3: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Locks to Win Your Matchup

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    If you have Brett Favre, you probably have another quarterback that you go back and forth with, and depending on the matchup you play Favre or not.

    Well, this would be a good week to play the old gunslinging, Wrangler-wearing, hard-decision-making legend.

    According to many sites, here are a handful of other guys that you might want to dust off and toss into the starting lineup.

START: Clinton Portis

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    In the preseason, folks who were thinking about drafting Clinton Portis were probably filled with hesitation. I know I was.

    You had a Super Bowl back in camp (Willie Parker) and another guy who had two of the best rushing seasons of the last decade also there (Larry Johnson).

    Well, coach Mike Shanahan has gotten rid of both of them, and the Redskins are going to ride CP until he falls apart.

    You should too.

SIT: Thomas Jones

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    He has half the yards per carry of Jamaal Charles, and he won't be catching the ball much.

    The 49ers need a victory, so they are going to put 10 in the box if necessary and make Matt Cassel beat them.

    If Jones gets any yards, it's going to be because he breaks a fluke play. San Fran doesn't give up rushing yards.

    To top it off, he is splitting carries with Charles, who I wouldn't start this week either.

START: Greg Jennings

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    Green Bay is rumored to be trying to trade for a running back (Marshawn Lynch's name has come up) because they seem to not have much faith in Brandon Jackson as the feature guy.

    They probably know that he isn't going to be doing much against the Bears on Monday night, so they are going to throw the ball around.

    Don't be surprised if Aaron Rodgers airs it out over 40 times, which means a lot of balls for both Donald Driver and Mr. Jennings.

    Start 'em if you got 'em.

SIT: Braylon Edwards

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    Personally, I don't like the dude and never have.

    But he does have undeniable talent.

    The word out of the J-E-T-S facility is that he will play, but he won't start.

    That will teach him!

    The way I see it, the guy is up and down most seasons anyway.

    So you riverboat gamblers out there, be my guest.

START: Brett Favre

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    Though the Lions are showing progress by keeping games close, they didn't have a good pass defense last season, and they don't have one now.

    This is the week that the Vikings figure out all their kinks. Favre will throw early and often, and Adrian Peterson will run and catch.

    It's going to be a party, and the Lions are the only guests invited.

SIT: Chad Henne

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    Yes, Darrelle Revis is out, which means that Brandon Marshall is an intriguing play, but Revis was out in the second half of last week's game, and they actually played better without him.

    Chad Henne is no Tom Brady.

    He might hit Marshall a few times and the backs out on swing passes, but is he your best play?

    If he is, check the waiver wire.

START: Aaron Hernandez

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    This is my out on a limb pick that might pay off this week but will certainly pay off as the season goes on. Hernandez was a stud at Florida and is turning into one in the pros.

    He had his first 100-yard receiving game last week, and now that Kevin Faulk is out for the year, those short passes will have to go to someone.

    He'll probably split them with the other two tight ends, but he is someone that Brady is looking to these days, and his open field moves are crazy.

    Pick him up if you have room. Start him if you have no one better.

SIT: Bo Scaife

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    The New York Giants gave up big yards to Dallas Clarke, who is a top three tight end.

    They gave up big yards to almost everyone on the Colts.

    They didn't give up much to Dante Rosario the first week ( two catches for 14 yards), and they won't to Scaife, who caught three receptions for 20 yards against the Steelers.


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    How do you start a guy that even his own team doesn't start? Easy...

    You know after two weeks that the Texans don't feel right unless they are in a shootout. So Dallas is going to bring all of their guns.

    And I'm talking about the FLEX position, not over one of your stud wide receivers.

    Start Bryant especially if you get points for return yardage or scores.

    This is going to be a last man with the ball type of game—and that might be Dez...

    *But be careful—they say he has a nagging rib injury that caused him to miss a practice.


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    You probably picked him high and feel a little burned by him, but the guy is injured and might be a game-time decision because of a high ankle sprain.

    He's also had some early fumbling problems.

    Should you trade him? If you could break the bank, you could try. But you probably will only get pennies on the dollar for him right now.

    Wait it out; he's young.

    And keep track of his status up to game time.