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Fantasy Football Players to Start or Sit: Week 3

Sean Patterson continues the "Start or Sit" segment and offers advice for Fantasy Football players on who should be in their line-ups week 3. Sean's fantasy football player watch list for the waiver pick-ups is also included.


This segment is designed to help you decide which of the "lower end" or more "questionable" players to start of sit in fantasy football. I’m not planning on covering every stud player, so do not over think it when it comes to guys like Julio Jones or Adrian Peterson. They are always guys to start unless they appear on my list. If you have concerns about specific players, feel free to leave a comment with your player concern or tweet (@Spatters91) me and I will try to help you out. Good luck fantasy players!

Guys to Start:

Marshawn Lynch: (MUST START) Did you see what he did to San Francisco? Imagine what he will do to the Jaguars. This could be the start of the week.

Calvin Johnson: (MUST START) Megatron is playing the Redskins. This is the second start of the week along with Marshawn Lynch. I am not looking forward to watching Calvin crush our defense on Sunday.

Matt Stafford: Stafford should have a great fantasy day. Even if he makes his usual mistakes in this game, he should put up plenty of yards and score plenty of TD’s.

Doug Martin: He has not exactly been spectacular so far this year, but this could be a huge game for him. New England’s defense was getting roughed up by the likes of Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Martin could feast on this defense.

Denver Receivers (Thomas, Decker, Welker, Thomas the TE): The Broncos are playing the Oakland Raiders. Unless this becomes a running back by committee blood-fest, these guys should all do well this week. These four should do very well, especially in PPR formats. Knowshon Moreno is a must start as well.

Steve Smith: I love his match-up against the Giants. That defensive back group is just as bad as any other defensive back group in the NFC east. The NFC east might be fantasy gold this year for your receivers.

Martellus Bennett: I am not really sure if he will keep this pace up, but all of these red zone targets have me drooling. If your Tight End position is in trouble, this guy is great to start. Especially because the Steelers look pretty bad.

Guys to Sit:

Tom Brady: I have been very underwhelmed by the Patriots this season. They were awful against the jets, and I do not like the match up against Revis. The pats will probably still win, but it will very likely be an ugly win and not helpful to your fantasy team.

Maurice-Jones Drew: The Seattle Seahawks are the new 49ers. Do not start your running backs against these guys. You will pay for it, dearly.

Dez Bryant: I hate this match-up. The Saint Louis Rams corners are nasty, and I think it is a very risky start. That being said, Julio Jones had no problem with them at all. The Cowboys are not the same team the Falcons, so I would be cautious with Dez this week. If you do not have a better option at wide receiver, you should still play Dez. I would personally be worried if I was depending on him in fantasy this week.

Greg Jennings: This is a terrible match-up for Jennings. Haden is just as crushing to your fantasy team as Darrelle Revis. Jennings has already been bad this season, so look elsewhere for receivers this week.

Roddy White: White is playing on a high ankle sprain. If he keeps this up, this could be a terrible season for one of the NFL greats. I really hope age is not catching up with him. Although, this makes Julio Jones the lord of fantasy football.

Sean’s Fantasy Watch List: (Waiver Wire Recommendations: In deeper Formats, add watch list guys)


Knowshon Moreno (DEN-RB) Might be the starter in Peyton’s offense

Joique Bell (DET-RB) Not sure if fluke, but needed handcuff

DeAndre Hopkins (HOU-WR) His week 2 performance is why he intrigues me

Alex Smith (KC-QB) Probably the best No. 2 QB on the market.

Julian Edelman (NE-WR) Well that escalated quickly. PPR monster.


EJ Manuel (BUF-WB) Really Like him as a No. 2 guy

Terrelle Pryor (OAK-QB) Not as good as Manuel, but worth watching

Brian Hartline (Mia-WR) It is Wallace’s team, but Hartline is really fast too.

Aaron Dobson (NE-WR) He is a low-end option, but an okay add.

Stephen Hill (NYJ-WR) He looks like a no. 1 wideout, maybe he can play like one

Eddie Royal (SD-WR) 5 TD’s. Wow.

Marlon Brown (Bal-WR) He has looked pretty good.


Robert Woods (Buf-WR) I really like this kid.

Leonard Hankerson (WAS-WR) If the Redskins can get it together, this guy could break out.

Tyler Eiffert (CIN-TE) Really solid looking no. 2 TE. He could win that job soon.

Charles Clay (MIA-TE) Interesting guy. Dolphins TE looks like an interesting no. 2 option.

Coby Fleener (IND-TE) I’m waiting for this guy to catch fire. Week 2 was interesting.

Danny Woodhead (SD-RB) He is a PPR monster with limited upside

Kenbrell Thompkins (NE-WR) Tom Brady might kill him before week 3

Denarius Moore (OAK-WR) Well…that was a meh week 2.

Dallas Clark (BAL-TE) This is why no one likes ravens receivers

Bernard Pierce (BAL-RB) Had some touches week 1

Bryce Brown (PHI-RB) Had some touches week 1

Quinton Patton (SF-WR) Keep an eye on him

Darrius Heyward-Bey (IND-WR)Showed up stat wise week 1

Santonio Holmes (NYJ-WR) He is still a no. 1 receiver.

Percy Harvin (SEA-WR) If he is healthy, he balls out.

Heath Miller (PIT-TE) When he is healthy, he is a poor man's Jason Witten