Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Bench in Week 3

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2010

Fantasy Football: 10 Players to Bench in Week 3

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown with a 'Lambeau Leap' into the stands against of the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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    It's Week 3 of fantasy football and there's probably already been a lot of moving and shaking that have dramatically affected your league.

    With some key injuries the last two weeks, plenty of rosters have already seen a few changes.

    So here's some advice to help you sort it all out and hopefully make your decisions easier to get your roster ready for a big week.

    Here are ten players to bench for Week 3. Good luck!

10. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    This sit recommendation is not a knock against Stewart. It's more of a knock against the Carolina offense especially now that rookie Jimmy Clausen will be taking over at quarterback.

    Their running game has failed to make anything happen so far this year. DeAngelo Williams has a 3.5 ypc average after two games and Stewart has only carried the ball 13 times.

    Stewart is coming off back-to-back 10 touchdown seasons. He's eventually going to get his chance to shine and will inevitably be a productive fantasy player but it probably won't come this week.

9. Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the NFL season opener against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on September 12, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    After two games, Crabtree has three catches for 44 yards.

    He was hyped as a rookie and he was hyped again coming into this season.  Of course, he's given fantasy owners nothing to be excited about.

    Now it seems that there's a higher likelihood of Joe Montana making a comeback than Crabtree and Alex Smith ever clicking with each other.

    Sit him, or heck, drop him if you have other choices on the waiver wire.

8. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago Bears

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    CLEVELAND - SEPTEMBER 2: Devin Aromashodu #19 of the Chicago Bears warms up before the preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on September 2, 2010 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Bears 13-10. (Photo by Justin K
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    Aromashodu was a preseason sleeper.  On Week 2, he fell asleep.

    He found himself being limited to only one offensive possession against the Dallas Cowboys.

    Mike Martz told reporters after the game: "I would just say this and we'll let this thing go: Devin is a bit of a specialist in that he doesn't play the slot...He's not comfortable in there. He's not familiar with it."

    To me that translates to: "The guy can't run his inside routes."

    It could very well be that the Bears coaching staff was just trying to light a fire under Aromashodu but you're better off seeing how this will play out.

    Sit him and find another option. Devin Hester anyone?

7. Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona Cardinals

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    CHICAGO - AUGUST 28: Corey Graham #21 of the Chicago Bears drops Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at Soldier Field on August 28, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Cardinals defeated the Bears 14-9. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/G
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    Here we go again. What's the latest on Beanie?

    The Arizona Republic revealed this week that his injury was actually a lot worse than we were led to believe. 

    He actually had surgery on a torn meniscus during the preseason and has taken the last three weeks to recover.  It wasn't a bone bruise, folks!

    A torn meniscus is a lot more worrisome for fantasy owners than a bone bruise.

    Even if he does play this week, he will likely share the ball with Tim Hightower.

    So sit Beanie because you should still be skeptical about his health.

6. Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks

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    DENVER - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 of the Seattle Seahawks prepares to take the snap from center Chris Spencer #65 against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 19, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated
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    He showed us flashbacks of his former Pro-Bowl self playing against the San Francisco 49ers at home Week 1, throwing for 170 yards and 2 TDs.

    Give the Chargers secondary more credit; with Quentin Jammer and Eric Weddle protecting from the pass, they're a lot more experienced and talented than the 49ers.

    This is not the Matt Hasselbeck of old.  If you want more interceptions than touchdowns from your starting quarterback, by all means play him. 

    Otherwise, sit him down.

5. Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 19:  Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The second-year player has thrown for two touchdowns in back-to-back games against Cleveland and Carolina.

    Is it going to be three straight games?

    Chances are that's not going to happen playing against Troy Polamalu and Pittsburgh Steelers.

    The Steelers pass defense has already accounted for four interceptions and only one touchdown pass

4. Mike Tolbert, RB, San Diego Chargers

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    SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Fullbacxk Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers walks off the field after the game with the Jacksonville Jaguars at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California.   The Chargers won 38-13.  (Photo by Steph
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    If you haven't heard, Ryan Matthews is likely to sit out this week against the Seattle Seahawks.

    When Matthews got injured against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tolbert immediately stepped in and carried the ball 16 times for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

    Definitely not a bad showing after coming in relief.  But I'm here to remind you that he'll be facing a pretty solid Seattle run defense.

    The Seahawks held Frank Gore to 38 rushing yards on 17 carries on Week 1, and held Knowshon Moreno to 51 yards on 24 carries on Week 2.  Moreno did find the end zone once one the ground. 

    If you're looking for a repeat of Tolbert's performance against Jacksonville, those expectations need to lowered.  He'll probably share the ball with Darren Sproles and is unlikely to get a touchdown on the ground.

3. Hakeem Nicks, WR, New York Giants

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    INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is pictured during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 19, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Two games.  Four touchdowns for Mr. Nicks.

    So I say sit him this week.

    The Titans pass defense has been remarkable so far this year, allowing an average of 85.5 yards in the air; granted they've played the Oakland Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

    But Nicks is still going to draw some tough coverage from Cortland Finnegan this week and he's still nursing an injury.

2. Jeremy Shockey, TE, New Orleans Saints

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  Jeremy Shockey #88 of the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Instead of telling you to bench Drew Brees, I'm going to tell you sit his tight end.

    The Atlanta Falcons pass defense has yet to allow a touchdown this season.

    However, that two-game streak will probably end against the Saints.

    The Saints know that the Falcons weakness is in their run defense.  They'll probably go to Pierre Thomas early.

    Therefore, Shockey will probably see himself doing run-blocking duty instead of much pass-catching activity this week.

1. Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay Packers

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a touchdown run against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel
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    How much faith does Green Bay have in Brandon Jackson as their feature back?  Not much, which is why they've been trying to trade for Marshawn Lynch for the last two weeks.

    After two games, Jackson has rushed for a total of 92 yards on 29 carries.

    This week, his 3.2 YPC average isn't expected to see an increase against the Chicago Bears.

    The Bears, led by Brian Urlacher, are ready to shut down Jackson and Green Bay's running game.

    So far this year, the Bears defense have allowed a total of 56 rushing yards on 44 carries.  Scary.


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