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Fantasy Football Week 3 Start’ems

Posted By David Willow On Sep 21 2012 @ 5:04 pm In Fantasy Football | 1 Comment

As we head into Week 3 of the fantasy season with 1 game already down for the week, thank you NFL Network for insisting on a piece of the pie every week, there are some interesting match ups, developments, and tidbits.

If you grabbed a played Andre Brown then I’m sure you were just giddy last night as Brown put up a total of 130 yards capped off with 2 TDs(I know I was), Martellus Bennett kept his TD steak going for a 3rd game, and Ramses Barden made some noise filling in for Hakeem Nicks. Bennett should be owned in all leagues at this point as he is looking like a red zone machine as should Andre Brown. Barden’s role is a bit uncertain at the moment, as his value will likely to be determined by the health of Hakeem Nicks.

Those of you who own Wes Welker should consider selling high on a player who the Patriots don’t seem to have any interest in resigning when the season is over. Bill Belichick and the Patriots don’t just sit healthy players for nothing, and Welker’s explosion last week only came after the injury to Aaron Hernandez.

Quarterbacks

Ben Roethlisberger – The Raiders look like they’ve regressed since last season on both sides of the ball, and the Steelers have leaned more on the passing game this season with question marks in the run game. He should be in for a solid day.

Matthew Stafford – Though he should be a must start every week, the Lions and Stafford have had a hard start to the season. However, he gets a favorable matchup this week against the Titans and there is no reason to bail on him this early in the season. Remember he still has a guy known as Megatron on his team.

Under the Radar

Matt Cassel – The Saints have been unable to stop teams from passing and it has the look of something more than a defensive game plan can fix right now. With the Saints likely to put some points up the Chiefs could be throwing the ball a lot more this weekend.

Others to consider: Robert Griffin III – This might be the last opportunity I have to recommend RG3 before he’s considered a no brainer start. The Redskins game plan is built around his strengths and he is excelling. Andy Dalton – Though RG3 is playing well, the Washington secondary is not. Dalton along with AJ Green should have a serviceable day.

Running Backs

Michael Bush – With Matt Forte out at least for this week, Bush becomes a must start. He will be the focal point in the Bear’s run game and will remain the goal line option. The Bears have said that they brought Bush as a “RB1” and he should be run with confidence this week against a less than stellar Rams D.

Trent Richardson – After a rocking Week 1, Richards exploded in Week 2 for 145 yards and a pair of TDs. He gets an overhyped Buffalo defense that has allowed an average of 134 yards through the first 2 games.

Under the radar

Pierre Thomas – Thomas ran strong last week and put up 110 yards on just 9 carries. He’s still in a crowded backfield, but is probably the best all-around back the Saints have and keeps the Saints from being so obvious about the plays they’re willing to run. He is probably best set as a flex options this week where needed.

Others to consider: Ryan Mathews – He will make his return this week and is worth starting as the Chargers depths is pathetic. He gets an underwhelming Falcon run D. Donald Brown – There probably aren’t many weeks you can start Brown with any confidence, but the Jags have been awful against the run and Brown makes for a decent flex start.

Wide Receivers

Dwayne Bowe – The Saints have just looked terrible against the pass and though his breakout last week came after the game was out of reach, the circumstances could be similar this week against the offensively fueled Saints.

Dez Bryant – So far this season Bryant has been pretty disappointing, but the Cowboys will face a Tampa Bay team that was shredded by the Giants last week. Though he could be inconsistent throughout the season, this appears to be a good week to safely run him.

Under the radar

Kenny Britt – After playing with snap count last week, the Titans have said that they will expand his role, though with some limitations on routes. He should be a safer play this week than he was last week and could begin returning to WR1 form as the weeks progress.

Others to consider: Mike Wallace – He seems to be fitting in fine in Todd Haley’s system and is strong start against a mediocre Oakland secondary. Brandon Marshall – Marshall was thoroughly trounced last week by the Packers’s Tramon Williams. He should bounce back with a strong match up this week.

Tight Ends

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Dennis Pita – He was targeted 15 times against Philadelphia last week and has been lined up as a WR at points. He is proving to be a favorite target for Joe Flacco and should be a solid play at tight end this week.

Vernon Davis – Despite a lack of targets, Davis has 3 TDs on the year through 2 games. He should remain Alex Smith’s favorite target and continues to be a strong TE1.

Under the radar

Brent Celek – He is benefiting from the injuries to Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, racking up 19 targets over the first 2 games, with 11 in Week 2. Both top wide outs for the Eagles are still questionable, but Celek should remain in line for heavy targets whether or not they play.

Others to consider: Jermichael Finley – The Packers insist that Finley is still a large part of their game plan. With Greg Jenning and Randall Cobb at less than 100%, Finley could see an uptick in targets. Brandon Pettigrew – He only had 19 yards last week, but hauled in a garbage TD to go with it. He is worth a look if you’re thin at the TE position and remains a part of the Lions high volume passing game.

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