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NFL Fantasy Football: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em - Week Three

Week three NFL match-ups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team.

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Now that's more like it.  Sorry for the delayed posting this week (and the abridged version), but I've been sick.  Not only is this head cold getting to me, I got even sicker Thursday night...  That's why we have fantasy football.  It makes the rest of the NFL more fun when our 'Skins are stinkin' it up.  And boy did it smell bad Thursday.  I'm not sure what that was, but I'm really hoping we can get back to the team that played St. Louis and take out Philly next week to get back to .500 overall and in the division.

Oh yeah, the reason I said, "Now that's more like it"...  Well, after going a disappointing 1-2 in my three fantasy leagues in week one, I rebounded nicely by going 3-0 in week two.  So I'm 1-1 in two leagues and 2-0 in one.  If you don't want to do the math, that puts me at 4-2 on the season.  I was led by the lacks of Cam Newton, Odell Beckham (unfortunately - but always play fantasy with your head and not your heart), Emmanuel Sanders, the Cleveland defense, Julio Jones, Julian Edelman, Adrian Peterson, and Antonio Brown.  So yeah, last week was great and I'm looking to keep up the momentum this week in week three.  Tell me how you guys are doing so far in your leagues in the comments section!

Let's take a look at some good starts and sits for week three:


Start 'Em

Russell Wilson, SEA (vs Chicago Bears) - You just know the Seahawks aren't going 0-3 (especially not at their place)...  The Steelers defense has been pretty bad so far, too.

Carson Palmer, AZ (vs San Francisco 49ers) - Dude's hot right now.  He always does well against the '9ers and their defense has been sub-par so far this season.  Plus he's at home.

Cam Newton, CAR (vs New Orleans Saints) - Ride the hot hand.  Newton was great last week (I know this first-hand on more than one of my teams) and the 'Aints defense is in shambles.  He's at home and should get up for a divisional rival.

Sit 'Em

Brandon Weeden, DAL (vs Atlanta Falcons) - You can do better.  He's not Tony Romo and he doesn't have Dez Bryant.  If you're a Tony Romo owner, you better have somewhere else to turn...

Derek Carr, OAK (@ Cleveland Browns) - Everyone is pretty high on Carr at the moment, but don't be.  He's still too young and inconsistent and lacks weapons.  Also the Browns defense has been great and they're playing in Cleveland.

Matt Stafford, DET (vs Denver Broncos) - He got bruised up last week and the Broncos are great against opposing QBs.

Running Backs

Start 'Em

Jonathan Stewart, CAR (vs New Orleans Saints) - What can I say?  The Saints are a favorable match-up.

Latavius Murray, OAK (@ Cleveland Browns) - The Browns are much better against the pass than the run.  Expect Oakland to give Murray a ton of carries.

Justin Forsett, BAL (vs Cincinnati Bengals) - The Bengals can be run on and the Ravens should bounce back at home.  They'd be smart to go with more Forsett and less Flacco.

Sit 'Em

Chris Ivory, NYJ (vs Philadelphia Eagles) - Call it a hunch.  I think the Jets have been too good and the Eagles have been too bad.  One of those things has to give.  If either of them do, it could be a bad day for Ivory.

Lamar Miller, MIA (vs Buffalo Bills) - The Bills defense is for real.  The lack of Miami offense is for real.

Dion Lewis, NE (vs Jacksonville Jaguars) - You know the Pats are going to get Blount involved at some point.  This could very well be the week.  If they get a big lead, could lead to a lot of lumbering carries for Blount.  Plus you know Belichick doesn't stick with the same RB for a long time.

Wide Receivers

Start 'Em

Sammy Watkins, BUF (@ Miami Dolphins) - He's a great WR and Tyrod Taylor is getting better and better.  The Dolphins have also been pretty terrible against WRs this year.  Watkins did great against them last year.

Brandon Marshall, NYJ (vs Philadelphia Eagles) - I expect the Eagles to bounce back and play a little better this week.  I hope I'm wrong, but we'll see.  Marshall's been great this year and I think the Jets will have to throw.

Jarvis Landry, MIA (vs Buffalo Bills) - He's a stud.  Simple as that.  People need to start taking notice.  They flat-out throw it to him all the time.  Opportunity is everything.

Sit 'Em

Torrey Smith, SF (@ Arizona Cardinals) - Torrey Smith, meet Patrick Peterson.

Leonard Hankerson, ATL (@ Dallas Cowboys) - The hype is strong for Hankerson.  We know who he really is.  So does Dallas.

Brandin Cooks, NO (@ Carolina Panthers) - No Drew Brees is a huge problem.  He's been a bit disappointing.

Tight Ends

Start 'Em

Martellus Bennett, CHI (@ Seattle Seahawks) - He's a killer in September.  I have no idea why, but he always is.  Also, the Seahawks defense is down.

Jimmy Graham, SEA (vs Chicago Bears) - Never thought I'd have to bother writing his name in this article, but people are starting to lose faith after two games.  They're going to get him heavily involved.  Just watch.

Tyler Eifert, CIN (@ Baltimore Ravens) - The Bengals (and more importantly, Andy Dalton) love him, and so should you.  He and A.J. Green are their offense.

Sit 'Em

Owen Daniels, DEN (@ Detroit Lions) - He's been bad and the Lions are good against TEs.  Why should it change in Detroit?

Coby Fleener, IND (@ Tennessee Titans) - Hard to trust the Colts right now...

Vernon Davis, SF (@ Arizona Cardinals) - He's been abysmal against them lately and he's on the road.

Please leave any fantasy related questions you might have in the comments section and I'll try to answer as many and as quickly as I can.  It's fun to get everyone's perspectives on this week's matchups floating around down there and I'm always interested to see what kind of decisions different fantasy players have to make.  These are just general ideas for standard leagues, but we can all give and receive advice for unique situations as they come up.