"Fantasy Football: Week 3 Start 'em/Sit 'em"

Eric WhiteContributor ISeptember 20, 2008

As Sunday morning is creeping up on us, we are all rushing to our fantasy football team to make some last minute adjustments. There is always those tough decisions to be made when managing a fantasy football team, and whether you know it or not, you are asking yourself the same question week in and week out: "Do I start him or do I sit him?" With that said, here are the week 3 players I like, and the ones that I don't.

Start 'Em

QB Matt Cassel, Patriots: Matt Cassel may have looked a little shaky in his first start of his career, but you got to take into consideration Cassel hasn't started a game since high school. Look for Cassel to settle in and take advantage of his talented wide receiver core, and look for Cassel to have a breakout game against one of the worst defenses in the league.

WR Randy Moss, Patriots: Don't be fooled by Randy Moss's 22-yard game last week. Moss will turn it around and become the Randy Moss we all know, and not to mention, his last two games against the Dolphins, Moss has reeled in 2 touchdown receptions.

WR Wes Welker, Patriots:Look for Matt Cassel to throw it Welker's way a few times, as Welker totaled 187 yards and two touchdowns last meeting between the Patriots and 'Phins.

Patriots D/ST: Remember, they are playing the Dolphins.

RB Darren Sproles, Chargers:With Tomlinson listed as a game-time decision, Sproles is a solid start for Week 3. Even if Tomlinson plays, Sproles will still see some carries, and Sproles can be explosive when given the ball. If you saw how he played last week, you know what I'm talking about.

WR DeSean Jackson, Eagles:Don't think he won't get the ball because of his rookie mistake last week. Jackson will keep it rolling, as Donavan McNabb will look to him a lot.

Titans D/ST: The Titans defense has been number one so far this year, and it's not going to change as they play the Texans week 3.

QB Jay Cutler, Broncos: Cutler is a must-start this week after what happened last week. Also remember how bad the Saints defense was against the Redskins last week.

WR Brandon Marshall, Broncos: Jay Cutler's number one target should see a lot of passes come his way.

Giants D/ST: If their defense isn't already good enough, remember they are playing the Bengals this week.

RB Michael Turner, Falcons: Turner will see a lot of Carries going up against the mediocre run-defense of the Chiefs.

RB Michael Bush, Raiders: With Darren McFadden and Justin Fargas banged up, Michael Bush may be worth a pickup.

Some other names who I would start: NE RB Sammy Morris, Seahawks D/ST, NYG RB Ahmad Bradshaw, NYG RB Brandon Jacobs, NYG WR Amani Toomer, CAR WR Steve Smith, NE TE Ben Watson, BUF WR Lee Evans, WAS WR Santana Moss, NYJ WR Jerritcho Cothery and Laverneus Coles, and SEA QB Matt Hasselbeck.



RB Laurence Maroney, Patriots: I wouldn't start Maroney until hes one hundred percent, and with Sammy Morris in there, it would be hard to start even a healthy Maroney.

QB Carson Palmer, Bengals: A struggling Bengals squad will continue to struggle as they play the Giants sunday.

QB Gus Frerotte, Vikings: Look for the Vikings to run it much more.

RB Ricky Williams, Dolphins: I wouldn't start any Dolphin's players this week.

QB JaMarcus Russell, Raiders: The Bills defense is great this year, and along with the fact that its in Buffalo, I'd stay away from Russell this week.

WR Eddie Royal: I don't expect him to keep it going.

RB Ryan Grant, Packers: Still a bit banged up, but I do think he'll go back to being his normal self sometime in the next few weeks.

QB Marc Bulger, Rams: It's hard to be a great QB in this league without a good offensive line, which is something the Rams do not have. Look for the Rams to run it a lot.

QB Matt Schaub, Texans: Same goes for WR Andre Johnson. Look for the Titans defense to shut down the Texans this week.

Some other players who I would sit are: CIN RB Chris Perry, KC RB Larry Johnson, JAC RB Fred Taylor, GB RB Brandon Jackson, ATL WR Roddy White, CLE QB Derek Anderson, CLE RB Jamal Lewis, CIN RB Kenny Watson, TEN WR Justin Gage, IND TE Dallas Clark, IND WR Marvin Harrison, and CLE TE Kellen Winslow