Fantasy Football Week 3 Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Wide Receivers

Dave StringerCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2010

Is Crabtree the Man this week or a Sit 'Em?
Is Crabtree the Man this week or a Sit 'Em?Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Start ‘Em

Santana Moss, Redskins at Rams

Who on the Rams is going to cover Moss? Well, that would be one Ron Bartell who got lit up last week at various times by Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy, a pair of receivers who are hardly in Moss’ class.

Moss is clearly Donovan McNabb’s go-to guy amongst the team’s wide receivers and gets the majority of the action in the passing game, along with tight end Chris Cooley.


Jeremy Maclin, Eagles at Jaguars

Maclin hasn’t seen a lot of targets early in 2010, but he’s certainly made the most of them, catching seven passes for 64 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 targets. While DeSean Jackson is clearly the Eagles top threat on deep passes, Maclin has become Michael Vick’s go-toguy in the red zone.

With the Jaguars and their 29th ranked pass defense (600 yards and four touchdowns in two games) next on tap, Maclin should be in line for another solid fantasy performance, only this time look for him to ramp up the receiving yards. 


Mark Clayton, Rams vs. Redskins

Despite being acquired just prior to opening day, Clayton has quickly asserted himself as the number one receiver for St. Louis. In Week 1, he torched the Cardinals for 119 yards on 10 receptions and both of his catches in Week 2 against the Raiders went for touchdowns.

With the Redskins coming to St. Louis, Clayton should be another strong fantasy play against a Washington defense that has struggled against the pass in 2010. The Redskins rank 31st against the pass, having given up 745 yards and four touchdowns.

Rookie quarterback Sam Bradford figures to connect early and often with Clayton in this one.


Malcom Floyd, Chargers at Seahawks

The Seahawks couldn’t stop the pass last year (ranked 30th) and they’re doing their best to repeat that performance in 2010.

The Seahawks currently rank 26th against the pass despite having faced Alex Smith of the 49ers and Kyle Orton of the Broncos.

If you can’t feast on that, not much should be expected against Philip Rivers and the Chargers explosive offence.

Better yet for Floyd owners, Legedu Naanee crashed back to earth last week after a solid performance in Week 1 and it looks all but certain that Ryan Mathews will be replaced by Mike Tolbert at running back this week. Looks like plenty of passing for the Chargers and plenty of opportunities for Floyd.


Sit ‘Em

Michael Crabtree, 49ers at Chiefs

Well, you can’t produce if you aren’t given an opportunity and Crabtree isn’t getting much opportunity these days. For whatever reason, the 49ers haven’t made him a big part of the game plan and he can’t be relied upon until that happens.

Last week against the Saints, Crabtree was targeted just three times in a game in which quarterback Alex Smith threw 32 times. The Chiefs are hardly a great defense but it doesn’t mean much if the ball doesn’t end up in Crabtree’s hands. There’s little reason to think that will happen often this week.  


Braylon Edwards, Jets at Dolphins

With Edwards’ fate uncertain for this week’s game against the Dolphins, he should be nailed to your bench. The Jets clearly weren’t impressed with his DWI charge and it’s not like he would have been a great fantasy play even without all the off the field issues.

Just about anyone you can find on the waiver wire will likely outperform Edwards this week.


Bernard Berrian, Vikings vs. Lions

Berrian gets a tantalizing matchup this week against the sad sack Lions. Unfortunately, he’s been pretty sad sack himself, looking completely disinterested and lost during the Vikings losses to the Saints and Dolphins.

Despite the Vikings having to play from behind, being without Sidney Rice for both games and Percy Harvin for part of one, Berrian’s contributed exactly three catches for 27 yards. That would be a nice quarter’s worth of work.

Oh, and now he’s apparently dealing with a knee problem. You have better options, at least I hope you do.


Derrick Mason and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Ravens vs. Browns

With Anquan Boldin on the scene, the preseason predictions were that Mason would likely suffer a drop in production but remain a useful low-end WR3 or solid WR4.

However, once Houshmandzadeh entered the picture, those expectations dropped and deservedly so based on his early season production.

Basically, neither of these guys are solid fantasy plays with Boldin gobbling up plenty of targets and tight end Todd Heap getting plenty of looks as well.

For more detailed projections, go to FFToday's 2010 Week 3 wide receiver projections and rankings

Dave Stringer is a staff writer at, home of the popular Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy custom cheatsheet and draft tracking software.


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