Fantasy Football Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice and Projections

The Week 17 start em, sit em lineup advice post is up.

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It’s that time of the week again: time for your early look at Week 3 of the 2009 fantasy football season with this week’s Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em post.

As usual before we begin, it’s accountability time. Let’s see how I did in last week’s start ‘em, sit ‘em post:

  • Start ‘Em Hits: QB Jay Cutler (236 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT); WR Terrell Owens (3 rec, 52 yards, TD); Green Bay Packers D/ST (31 pts allowed, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, Defensive TD)
  • Start ‘Em Misses: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (37 yards rushing, 2 rec, 8 yards receiving); TE Robert Royal (1 rec, 13 yards)
  • Sit ‘Em Hits: RB Julius Jones (11 yards rushing, 3 rec, -2 yards receiving, 1 TD); TE Jeremy Shockey (4 rec, 49 yards); Philadelphia D/ST (42 pts allowed, 2 sacks, 1 safety)
  • Sit ‘Em Misses: QB Peyton Manning (303 yards passing, 2 TDs); Dwayne Bowe (5 rec, 56 yards, TD)
  • Sleeper Hits: RB Correll Buckhalter (76 yards rushing, 1 rec, 30 yards receiving, 1 TD); Washington Redskins D/ST (7 pts allowed, 1 sack, 1 TO)
  • Sleeper Misses: QB Shaun Hill (144 yards passing, 0 TD); WR Robert Meachem (1 rec, 11 yards); TE Vernon Davis (2 rec, 32 yards)

fantasy football week 3 start em, sit em lineup advice: trent edwards, carson palmer, cedric benson, steve slaton, donnie avery, derrick mason, brent celek, ben watson, denver d, dallas dObviously I am proud of my Cutler recommendation when everyone else was telling you to sit him, but there are a few valuable lessons that I was reminded of last week:

  1. Don’t ever sit Peyton Manning, especially against a suspect pass defense like Miami. In hindsight, this pick was more with my heart (as a Dolphins fan) than with my head. With less than 15 minutes of possession, Manning still had a great night. Stars typically play well on the biggest stages, and I should have looked elsewhere for a top-line QB who might not have a great day rather than telling you to sit an all-time great.
  2. Don’t pick any Browns offensive players until they show some semblance of competence on offense.
  3. Perhaps Vernon Davis isn’t going to explode and become a superstar this year. Either way, Brent Celek is the other guy I was considering last week and he is quickly a becoming a weekly must start TE. Amends are made below.

All in all, slightly more hits than misses, but still work to be done. I take these recommendations very seriously and want to steer you in the right direction.

I’m mainly trying to get tuned up for the bye weeks, because that’s where start ‘em, sit ‘em advice and sleeper picks really become important. But let’s see if I can build on my Week 2 improvement and have closer to a perfect week in Week 3.

As always, the comment section is yours. Post any lineup or waiver wire question and I’ll answer it as soon as I’m able up until kickoff.

Now onto the start ‘em, sit ‘em picks for Week 3.

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Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Lineup Advice

fantasy football week 3 start em, sit em lineup advice: trent edwards, carson palmer, cedric benson, steve slaton, donnie avery, derrick mason, brent celek, ben watson, denver d, dallas d

Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em: Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills (vs New Orleans)

I was high on Trent Edwards as a sleeper coming into the season and a lot of people laughed at me. Well after two games, who’s laughing now?

Edwards has been solid so far: 221 passing yards per game, 4 TDs, and 1 INT. This week, he gets to go up against a defense that has given up a lot of passing yards this year (288 per game) but also gotten its fair share of turnovers (6 INTs).

Trent Edwards though, unlike Matthew Stafford and Kevin Kolb, will not be making his first career start against the Saints.

We know that New Orleans can and will score, and that the Bills will have to keep pace to have a chance. I already predicted that the Bills will cover the 5.5 point spread at home in this week’s TV schedule and point spreads post, so obviously I think they will do just that.

With Fred Jackson providing a solid rushing complement to Edwards’ sound decision making and outside playmakers (T.O. and Lee Evans), this Buffalo offense has been one of the more underrated units in the NFL through two weeks.

Look for Edwards to get into a bit of a shootout with Drew Brees. He won’t win it — either in real life or fantasy — but he will put up points worthy of a starting spot in most leagues.

Trent Edwards Week 3 projection: 285 yards passing, 3 TDs, 1 INT

Others I like in Week 3: Philip Rivers (vs Miami); Matt Schaub (vs Jacksonville); Eli Manning (at Tampa Bay); Joe Flacco (vs Cleveland)

Sit ‘Em: Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals (vs Pittsburgh)

So far in 2009, Carson Palmer has been pretty ho-hum. He threw for 247 yards, 0 TDs, and 2 INTs in Week 1 against Denver, then rebounded somewhat with a 2 TD performance this past Sunday (but with only 185 yards and 2 INTs).

fantasy football week 3 start em, sit em lineup advice: trent edwards, carson palmer, cedric benson, steve slaton, donnie avery, derrick mason, brent celek, ben watson, denver d, dallas dMany people expected Palmer to reassert himself as a top-10 or even top-5 fantasy quarterback this year. So far it hasn’t happened, despite the reemergence of the Bengals’ running game.

This will be Carson Palmer’s first game against the Steelers since December of 2007 after missing most of last year with an injury. And though Troy Polamalu will still not be in the lineup for Pittsburgh — and Jay Cutler had a good day against the Steelers last Sunday — I’d like to see a little more consistency from the Bengals passing game before I throw Palmer out there against such a great defense.

Palmer may have a decent day, and I would not sit Chad Ochocinco, but there are other 2nd-tier QBs that you might also have that I like better, including: Matt Schaub (vs JAX), Aaron Rodgers (vs STL), Eli Manning (at TB), Trent Edwards (vs New Orleans).

Carson Palmer Week 3 projection: 210 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Others I don’t like in Week 3: Kerry Collins (at New York Jets); Brett Favre (vs San Francisco); Kyle Orton (at Oakland)

Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Running Backs

Start ‘Em: Steve Slaton, Houston (vs Jackonsville)

There are some easy RB choices this week (look below in Others I Like) but I’m not taking the easy way out. I am a Steve Slaton owner, and others like me are probably wondering whether sitting Slaton is a good idea after watching him rush for 51 yards and not get into the end zone through the season’s first two games.

Start him. I am. And here’s why:

  • Last year in two games against Jacksonville, Slaton rushed for 166 yards, had 135 yards receiving, and scored 3 TDs.
  • Jacksonville’s defense has been overrated against the run for a few years now. They have already given up two rushing TDs in two games this year against the two worst rushing attacks in the NFL from 2008 (Indy, Arizona). Last year, they were 13th in the NFL against the run and gave up 14 TDs. Decent but not great, and I don’t think they are even that good this year.
  • Slaton is due.

Houston knows they have to run the ball to be successful this year. Last week, they got their passing game going against Tennessee. This week, it will be all about the run. Slaton had tough matchups in Weeks 1 and 2 (Jets, Titans) but should find plenty more room to run this week.

Steve Slaton Week 3 projection: 95 yards rushing, 1 TD, 5 rec, 55 yards receiving

Other RBs — specifically, good ones who have struggled so far in 2009 — I like in Week 3: Steven Jackson (vs Green Bay); Clinton Portis (vs Detroit); Matt Forte (at Seattle)

Sit ‘Em: Cedric Benson, Cincinnati (vs Pittsburgh)

Can you tell that I think it’s going to be a tough day for the Bengals at home against Pittsburgh?

fantasy football week 3 start em, sit em lineup advice: trent edwards, carson palmer, cedric benson, steve slaton, donnie avery, derrick mason, brent celek, ben watson, denver d, dallas dLook, I’m a card-carrying member of the I Hate Cedric Benson Club, but even I can’t deny that he has been very good this year. He’s run for 217 yards through two games and has scored a TD. But Pittsburgh has one of the NFL’s best rushing defenses week in and week out, and they have already shut down fantasy studs Chris Johnson and Matt Forte in back-to-back weeks.

Why in the hell would a perennial fantasy stiff like Benson do what those two could not?

You want numbers? Here you go: Last year, Pittsburgh gave up 80.2 yards per game on the ground and allowed only seven rushing TDs all year. This year, they are giving up only 64.5 yards per game and have yet to give up a rushing score. Cedric Benson has a career average of 3.7 yards per carry and has scored a grand total of 13 TDs in 49 games.

No thank you. That was easy.

Cedric Benson Week 3 projection: 41 yards, 0 TDs

Other RBs I don’t like in Week 3: Thomas Jones (vs Tennessee); LenDale White (at New York Jets); Willie Parker (at Cincinnati); Larry Johnson (at Philadelphia)

Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em: Derrick Mason, Baltimore (vs Cleveland)

Cleveland’s defense has actually not been as bad as you might think. It is the offense that has truly been putrid. The problem is that the offense’s inability to stay in the field has led to tired legs in the second half and big plays for the opposition.

With Hank Poteat looking absolutely incompetent covering the slot, Derrick Mason could have another good game against the Browns. Here are his last four outings against Cleveland, the first two of which were with Joe Flacco at QB last season: 9 rec, 136 yards, TD; 4 rec, 42 yards; 6 rec, 83 yards; 10 rec, 78 yards.

Not too shabby.

Mason is hit or miss in terms of touchdowns, but makes an especially solid play this week in PPR leagues. The Browns will give up a lot of underneath receptions, which is exactly where Mason likes to operate. Plus, Baltimore should get up early and be salting away a win in the second half, which means they probably won’t be going deep too often after the first couple of quarters.

Derrick Mason Week 3 projection: 7 receptions, 87 yards, 1 TD

Other WRs I like in Week 3: Torry Holt (at Houston); Braylon Edwards (at Baltimore); Lee Evans (vs New Orleans); Mario Manningham and Steve Smith (at Tampa Bay); Desean Jackson (vs Kansas City); Johnny Knox (at Seattle)

Sit ‘Em: Donnie Avery, St. Louis (vs Green Bay)

A lot of fantasy owners had high hopes for Donnie Avery on the heels of his breakout rookie campaign during which he caught 53 balls or 674 yards and 3 TDs. Through two games in 2009, however, Avery has only 7 catches for 50 yards.

This week, the Rams play a Green Bay defense that was shredded by the Bengals last week at home. Green Bay’s primary problem on D is their inability to stop the run, but they do have two solid cornerbacks in Charles Woodson and Al Harris that will make life difficult for Avery and Laurent Robinson.

For St. Louis to win on Sunday, Steven Jackson will need to be the first, second, and third options in the offense. I think Avery will see limited targets, especially with Robinson’s emergence (11 receptions, 141 yards, 1 TD on the season).

Donnie Avery Week 3 projection: 3 rec, 35 yards, 0 TD

Other WRs I don’t like in Week 3: Nate Washington (at New York Jets); Laveraneus Coles (vs Pittsburgh); Nate Burleson (vs Chicago)

Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Tight Ends

fantasy football week 3 start em, sit em lineup advice: trent edwards, carson palmer, cedric benson, steve slaton, donnie avery, derrick mason, brent celek, ben watson, denver d, dallas dStart ‘Em: Brent Celek, Philadelphia (vs Kansas City)

I should have listed Brent Celek here last week and taken advantage of his 8 catch, 104-yard performance. Alas, I did not; but I am righting that wrong this week.

Celek has been outstanding so far this year, catching no fewer than six passes through the Eagles’ first two games. Kevin Kolb, the likely starter for this Sunday’s game against Kansas City, clearly likes Celek and will throw the ball his way often.

And guess what? Kansas City sucks, which makes this a really solid matchup for Celek and his owners.

Brent Celek Week 3 projection: 8 rec, 79 yards, 1 TD

Other TEs I like in Week 3: Todd Heap (vs Cleveland); Dustin Keller (vs Tennessee)

Sit ‘Em: Benjamin Watson, New England (vs Atlanta)

I’m afraid fantasy owners are going to overrate Ben Watson for at least the first few weeks of the season. His Week 1 numbers will skew his cumulative totals and make otherwise sensible owners forget that he has caught only 58 passes over the past two seasons.

Watson was tremendous in Week 1, catching six balls for 77 yards and 2 TDs, but that was more of a fluky function of that game’s situation and a specific defense Buffalo had been employing that Tom Brady took advantage of in the waning moments of the game.

I expect Tom Brady to look deep early and often against the Falcons. Watson may catch a few balls, but there are plenty of better options who are probably available, but may not have the gaudy and misleading two week stats that Watson has put up so far.

Ben Watson Week 3 projection: 3 rec, 24 yards, 0 TD

Other TEs I don’t like in Week 3: Zach Miller (vs Denver)

Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Defense / Special Teams Units

Start ‘Em: Denver Broncos at Oakland

Denver’s D was a much-maligned unit heading the 2009 season, but thus far is the #2 ranked defense in fantasy. Granted, they played the Browns last week to help prop up the numbers, but they also held a pretty potent Cincinnati offense in check the week prior.

What I like about Denver’s D is their ability to pressure the quarterback. Elvis Dumervil alone sacked Brady Quinn four times last week. Sacks are a good way to balance out giving up a few points…but giving up lots of points shouldn’t be a problem this week for Denver.

Denver faces Oakland and JaMarcus Russell — the same JaMarcus Russell who went 7-24 last week against Kansas City. The Raiders are also without starting guard Robert Gallery, who is injured.

This should be an ugly, low-scoring game between two underrated defenses. Considering the Raiders’ porous QB play and Denver should be a solid start for at least one more week.

Denver D/ST Week 3 projection: 13 points or less given up, 4 sacks, 2 INTs

Other team defense units I like in Week 3: Philadelphia (vs Kansas City); Green Bay (vs St. Louis); Washington (vs Detroit); Baltimore (vs Cleveland)

Sit ‘Em: Dallas Cowboys vs Carolina

Dallas’ defense has been very disappointing so far this year. They have yet to force a fumble or record a sack. And while you might say that they are due, I’d rather not take my chances against an offense that has DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and Steve Smith, no matter how much Jake Delhomme has struggled.

Truthfully, I came close to putting Jake Delhomme in the start ‘em column for this week. Dallas’ D is very susceptible to big pass plays, and Delhomme-Smith is still a lethal downfield combo that is searching for its first TD connection of the year. Delhomme played better last week, and has perhaps put his ungodly INT problems behind him.

Either way, you have better options than the Cowboys’ D in what will probably end up being a shootout this coming Monday night.

Dallas D/ST Week 3 projection: 27 or more points given up, 1 sack, 1 INT

Other team defense units I don’t like in Week 3: Buffalo (vs New Orleans); Indianapolis (at Arizona); Arizona (vs Indianapolis); New England (vs Atlanta); Atlanta (at New England)

Can you tell that I think you should take the over in the Indy-Arizona and Atlanta-New England games?

I’m going to try something new this week and let you the readers chime in with some thoughts regarding my start ‘em, sit ‘em predictions. If nothing else, this should give other readers more insight into what the majority opinions are, rather than just my own.

Which of Jerod's Week 3 start 'em recommendations do you agree with? (Select all that apply)

  • QB Trent Edwards (44%, 308 Votes)
  • RB Steve Slaton (36%, 251 Votes)
  • WR Derrick Mason (15%, 104 Votes)
  • TE Brent Celek (34%, 236 Votes)
  • D/ST Denver Broncos (25%, 177 Votes)

Total Voters: 701

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Which of Jerod's Week 3 sit 'em recommendations do you agree with? (Select all that apply)

  • QB Carson Palmer (31%, 170 Votes)
  • RB Cedric Benson (46%, 250 Votes)
  • WR Donnie Avery (43%, 235 Votes)
  • TE Ben Watson (28%, 153 Votes)
  • D/ST Dallas Cowboys (33%, 178 Votes)

Total Voters: 544

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That’s it for this week’s start ‘em, sit ‘em lineup advice and projections column. As I mentioned above, use the comment section to its full extent. Let’s get some good fantasy tips, Q&A, and discussion going and help everyone get prepared for their Week 3 matchups.

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* – Carson Palmer photo credit: Rick Stewart/Getty Images via DayLife

* – Brent Celek photo credit: 2 Minuted to Midnight Green



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Comments

  1. As expected, based on early results, there is way too much love out there for Cedric Benson and Ben Watson right now.

    • @JRod,

      Glad the voting on Cedric Benson turned back around. Seems to be a lot of disagreement with my sit ‘em picks though. Interesting. We shall see.

  2. Wide receiver question, Hines Ward or Smith (nyg) for week 3?

    • @southwick,

      That is a great question, and I bet one that many fantasy owners will face this week (I have both in at least one league).

      Steve Smith is certainly a hot name right now, and he has a great matchup in Tampa Bay this week against a D that has not stopped anyone from passing the ball. He is also building a great deal of rapport with Eli Manning.

      Hines Ward is Mr. Consistency and you know what you’re going to get: 6-8 catches 75-100 yards, a TD every other game or so.

      Over the last two seasons against Cincy, Ward is averaging 6 catches per game and has 285 receiving yards to go along with 5 TDs.

      But here’s the thing: Cincinnati has an improving defense and has allowed only one TD pass this year (if you don’t count that fluke catch by Brandon Stokley in Week 1). They also completely shut down Greg Jennings last week, which led to a huge week from Donald Driver.

      What does this all mean? A whole lot of nothing. Santonio Holmes has emerged as Pittsburgh’s #1 WR, so Ward could fill the Driver role and have a big game this weekend.

      The truth is that Ward and Smith are very similar receivers and this is essentially a toss-up. I would go with Hines Ward for one reason: he’s a proven TD producer.

      Ward has caught fewer than 6 TDs in a season once since 2002. Steve Smith matched his career total with his TD catch last weekend. Smith is a solid possession receiver, but has not proven himself to be a deep threat or red zone target…yet. I think Mario Manningham is more likely to get the big play TDs that are obviously there for the taking against TB.

      Go with the more proven TD producer in Hines Ward to reduce your risk. But Steve Smith is quickly becoming a weekly WR2-worthy player, especially in PPR leagues.

  3. Should I start Trent Edwards over Matt Ryan? Also Percy Harvin or Roy Williams? I drafted Slaton too, thought it was a steal at 15, worst part is C. Johnson was still avail. oh well. Thanks for the advice.

    • @JP,

      Trent Edwards v Matt Ryan is a tough one. Ryan has been superb this year, with a QB rating of 108.5 and a TD:INT ratio of 5:1. He is also playing New England, however, which is a much tougher matchup that Edwards.

      Edwards already faced New England and put up 2 TDs, no INTs, and 212 yards. I would expect numbers similar for Ryan this weekend when he plays the Patriots. It will also be Ryan’s first time facing a Bill Belichick defense, which could perhaps lead to a little confusion and lessen his impact a little bit.

      The safe move is to start Ryan. The bold move is to start Edwards. I really think we’ll see a shootout between Buffalo and New Orleans, and Buffalo has the WRs to take advantage of the NO secondary. I’d go Edwards.

      As for Harvin v Roy Williams, as much as I hate relying on rookie WRs, I think I’d go Harvin. Williams and Romo have yet to prove that they’ve established any semblance of continuity together (8 catches Week 1, 1 catch Week 2) and I want to see it consistently. Harvin has already proven to be a fully integrated part of Minnesota’s attack with at least 3 receptions in each game, plus some rushing touches, and returns. Harvin will get his hands on the ball more, and Minnesota may need to get creative against a pretty good S.F. defense. Take Harvin as a “safer” pick, because I think Dallas will play relatively conservatively on Monday night after Romo’s debacle this past Sunday.

      As for Slaton, he’ll be fine. He faced two really good run D’s the first couple weeks. Remember, he gets Jacksonville and Indy two times a piece still. All four of those games, at a a minimum, should be very solid.

  4. So Moerno seems to be coming on a bit and is getting more and more carries. Is he worthy to start over Buckhalter yet? I know Buckhalter had better stats but the 45 yarder skewed that a bit. I also have Lesean Mccoy but unsure of Westbrook’s status.

    • @Chris,

      If Brian Westbrook is out, I’d go with LeSean McCoy. Chances are, however, that you won’t know until Sunday morning.

      I do believe that Moreno will start getting the majority of the carries in Denver. Last week against Cleveland they were split 17-9. Buckhalter is a solid backup/change-of-pace/3rd down back, but is not built to be an everydown player. Moreno is the back of the future in Denver and could start to break out now that he has a few games of experience under his belt. Plus, the run defenses in the AFC West are not that great.

      Play Moreno.

  5. I can only start 3 of 4. W,W,W/R

    Wes Welker vs. Atl
    Donald Driver @ Stl
    Mario Manningham @ TB
    Terrell Owens vs. NO

    I’m leaning towards sitting Owens but then again as you said Buffalo might be in a shootout with NO. Any advice? Thanks!

    • @AAA,

      First off, make sure Welker is playing. The Pats play in the early game, so you should be able to make a last-minute change if Welker is deactivated. It looked like he might play last week, so he appears close. As you know, you’ll get no info out of New England, so you’ll just have to wait.

      That said, I actually like TO the best of all four of those guys. New Orleans will give up some yards and I think T.O. has a solid game.

      Manningham appears to be a great start against TB’s porous pass defense, but he is also still a very young player and could be prone to inconsistency (3 catches Week 1, 10 catches week 2). If you are looking for the lower-risk play, go with Driver, who should have 5-6 catches and possibly a TD against St. Louis. If you want the higher-risk, higher reward potential, go Manningham.

      Me personally? If Welker is healthy I’d start Welker, T.O., Manningham.

  6. Week 3 wr question:

    Do I start Jerricho Cotchery, Devery Henderson, or Mario Manningham as my 3rd wr? I have wayne and colston already going. Thanks in advance!!

    • @Jason,

      Wow…Wayne-Colston is about as good a WR combo as you could have.

      Tennessee is currently last in the NFL in pass defense, which would make Cotchery seem like the obvious choice. I’m a little worried though. 1) The Jets could be in for a letdown after putting so much into last week’s game; 2) Mark Sanchez is still a rookie; 3) Tennessee is not as bad as they’ve played and they are now a desperate 0-2. Call it a gut feeling, but I think the Titans hold the Jets down in a low scoring game and scoring opportunities may not be there for Jerricho.

      Henderson is always hit or miss, but he’s in the best offense in football and is on pace for a career high in catches. Manningham, as mentioned above, could be prone to inconsistency as a young player.

      I would start Manningham. Eli Manning really seems to have taken a liking to him, and Tampa Bay’s pass defense is just awful and now without starting safety Jermaine Phillips. Manningham has already scored twice this year and could do it again. He is perhaps a little bit of a higher risk at this point, but also very high reward because of big-play ability.

  7. Couple of questions

    Denver D vsOakland or Washington vs Detroit
    I feel like the skins are garbage and detroit could put up some points

    WR 3 question I have Fitz and Colston but for my 3 im stuck between Bernard Berrian, Kevin Walter and Mario Manningham

    Also Warner or Flacco

    Frank Gore or Felix Jones?

    What do you think?
    Thanks

    • @Dan,

      I think I’d go Denver’s D. It’s tempting to go against a rookie QB in Stafford who throws lots of picks, but I think the power of Calvin Johnson helps Detroit get some points on the board. I have much less faith in Oakland’s ability to score points with JaMarcus Russell at the helm. Until he looks anything other than absolutely awful, any D is a good and safe start against Oakland.

      Temper your expectations for sacks though…Russell is a big boy. I think Denver is the lower-risk play, but Washington probably is higher-risk, higher-reward because of the sack possibility and INT potential. So it depends on your roster’s risk profile for the D/ST position.

      Personally, I’d go Denver.

      I’m going to recommend Manningham again at WR. Let’s see Walter play a week and get back in the rhythm of the offense before throwing him out there (although I like him the best of all three for the balance of the season). Berrian is hit or miss, and Minnesota has a tough matchup against S.F. I love Manningham’s potential for big plays against T.B.

      I’d go Warner. I think Flacco will have a great day, but Baltimore will be able to dominate on the ground. His stats, therefore, might not be what you’d expect. Indy-Arizona will be a shootout and Warner no doubt wants to feed Larry Fitzgerald the ball after the mini “controversy” of this week. Loving the fantasy potential of the Colts-Cardinals game.

      I LOVE Felix Jones, but you can’t start him over Frank Gore. I know Gore is facing Minnesota, but he’s still SF’s #1 option in the run game and #1 option in the pass game. He’s a top-5, top-10 player in fantasy right now and Jones is part of a committee. Jones could have a better game, but he just isn’t guaranteed enough touches or goallines carries to start him over Gore.

  8. I appreciate the advice in your response! Two other questions if its not too much to ask. I am fairly deep in the RB category.
    1. AP
    2. Barber
    3. F. Jones
    4. D. Sproles

    With Barber slightly injured, and LT still gimpy, I am strongly considering starting AP and Sproles. Thoughts?

    Due to my depth at RB, I only have 1 def. For week 2 I dropped Chi for Atl. It paid off for 2 pts. I am yet again debating switching, and going back to Chi. who plays Sea, with an injured Hasselbeck. Atlanta will be facing NE, who has been weak offensively so far. I have a sneaking suspicion that Brady and Moss are not going to be happy about the previous 2 outings and light it up.

    Thoughts?

    • @southwick,

      You can’t really go “wrong” per se with Sproles there. He’s been great as a receiver and it does look like LT will miss Week 3.

      However, if Marion Barber is out in Week 3, I like Felix Jones. I’ve been high on this guy all offseason and he showed his incredible burst last week against NY. If he gets 15-20 touches, watch out. I don’t see the Cowboys having too much of a dropoff with Jones-Choice as a combo Monday night.

      And remember, Miami has been very good against the run this year. Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning have feasted throwing the ball, but Michael Turner and Joseph Addai have struggled. Plus, as we saw Monday night, the Dolphins can control the ball and San Diego will struggle to stop their ground attack. I like Dallas’ offense to have a higher time of possession in Week 3, which can influence RB numbers.

      Personally, I’d go Jones — but you have to remember to check the injury status of Barber and LT Sunday morning. That could change things.

      I would definitely take Chicago’s D — most likely facing Seneca Wallace — over Atlanta’s, facing Brady, Moss, and probably Welker. Good call.

  9. Hey. I have 5 RB to fill 4 roster spots and was wondering if you could help me out a bit. I have MJD, Brian Westbrook, Chris Johnson, Steve Slaton, and Ray Rice. Who do you suggest I start? I also have a receiver question. I have Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Reggie Wayne, Antonio Bryant, Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin, and Chad Ochocinco. I have to fill 5 spots with those receivers.

    • @Sam,

      That’s easy. MJD, Chris Johnson, and Slaton are definites. If Westbrook is out (and you can’t get LeSean McCoy) start Rice. If Westbrook plays, he obviously starts.

      Ray Rice isn’t proving to be much of a TD threat, just yards. He has a favorable matchup against Cleveland, but until he starts scoring TDs his value is limited.

      Easy on the WRs: Anotnio Bryant sits. He hasn’t been healthy all year and is the most inconsistent of the six anyway.

      Now i have a question for you: how in the hell did you get a team that stacked?

  10. Rb dilemma,can only start 2

    Joseph Addai
    Larry Johnson
    Felix Jones

    I planned on Starting Jones and LJ because I was so ticked at Addai. But LJ has to play Phili.

    Also on TE.

    Greg Olsen or John Carlson?

    Thanks!!

    • @Tim,

      Felix Jones would be my #1 choice. Johnson or Addai is tough. I think Addai is going to start ceding more and more carries to the rookie in Indy. I think LJ has a better chance of getting some goalline carries and I would probably — begrudgingly — start him.

      I’d go Carlson. Olsen has yet to really step up this year, and I think Seneca Wallace will lean on Carlson like he did at the end of last year.

  11. Felix jones or reggie bush or sproles I need to start two who should I start

    • @eddie,

      If Marion Barber and LT are out, I’d start Felix and Sproles. If either Barber or LT are expected get their usual load of carries (not looking likely) then I’d sub Bush in for that person.

  12. In my RB/WR/TE position i got a couple good options for this week but no sure who to start. Ronnie Brown, Mario Manningham, Devery Henderson, Jerricho Cotchery, Bernard Berrian, Mike Bell

    • @Brandon,

      I assume you mean one person to fill a single RB/WR/TE flex spot?

      If so, go with Ronnie Brown. That’s a no-brainer to me. He looked great against Indy and San Diego will struggle to stop the run without Jamal Williams.

  13. Manningham or Smith both from NYG and steelers or broncos on Defense? and one more lol sorry do i play Terrell Owens?

    • @john,

      First off, yes you play T.O. They’re playing New Orleans and I expect good numbers from him this week.

      I like the Broncos D, but not over Pittsburgh. I think the Cedric Benson gravy train ends this week with Pittsburgh salty after the loss to Chicago.

      As for Manningham and Smith…it’s honestly a coin flip. Again, I got back to risk/reward. If it’s a PPR league, or you want to make sure you get receptions, I’d go Smith. If you want more potential for TDs and a 15-20 point day, and okay with the risk that it could be a 2-3 point day, then I’d go Manningham.

      Personally, I’d take Smith. But it depends on the roster configuration.

  14. Of Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Ronnie Brown and Reggie Bush, I have to start 2. Right now, I’m starting Forte and Brown since CJ is up against that nasty Jets D. Right decision?

    Of Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, Mario Manningham, Kevin Walter and Justin Gage, I have to start 3. I was going to go with Johnson, Welker (if healthy) and Manningham. If not healthy, replace Welker with Walter.

    Finally, Matt Schaub or Philip Rivers? I’m torn!

    • @Phil,

      Agreed. Tough to sit CJ, and his speed makes him dangerous regardless of matchup, but I like Forte and Brown as well.

      I agree on the WRs as well. Don’t trust Gage (really Collins) enough to start him over any of those guys.

      I’d be torn on Schaub/Rivers too. But after watching the Dolphins’ awful pass D Monday night, I’d go Rivers. That guy can produce fantasy points in bunches, and Miami can’t stop anyone through the air. River is also less of a risk to leave in the 2nd quarter with a sprained ankle or some other malady.

  15. Need a “plug and play” at TE this week to replace Visanthe Shiancoe. In a 12 team PPR league where all but two of us selected two TEs so pickings are very slim. I’m considering one the following for Week 3: Jermichael Finley, GB; Marcedes Lewis, Jac; Dante Rosario, Car; or Kellen Davis, Chi? Which of these options do you recommend? Or do you have other suggestions for this week?

    Also, should I drop Mike Bell in favor of a player with upside potential down the road, or keep him on the bench this week and see how his injury plays out?

    Thanks.

    • @Al B,

      I’d keep Bell, and then see how his injury and the carries between he and Thomas play out. Obviously if you HAVE to have a player, drop him. But he was too productive to just let go of.

      At TE, I would go Lewis. Houston has given up 4-5 receptions a week to TEs and Lewis is clearly a talented receiver…just inconsistent. But with the Jags having so few options to throw to…and likely getting into a high scoring game with Houston, I like his potential this week.

  16. Need major advice on my lineup, losing my tail off in my league.

    Current lineup:

    Tom Brady
    Chad 85
    Derrik Mason
    Marion Barber
    Thomas Jones
    Devery Henderson
    Owen Daniels
    David Akers
    NO defense

    Bench

    Mark Clayton
    Leon Washington
    Correll Buckhalter
    Chad Pennington
    Le’ron Mcclain
    Santana Moss

    • @Kyle,

      Not sure exactly what kind of advice you are looking for. You have a pretty balanced lineup, and I think you just need to be patient with Tom Brady. Remember, Peyton Manning struggled mightily out of the gate recovering from knee surgery last year too.

      I have to think you can find a better defense than New Orleans though.

      Be careful starting Barber this week. It’s looking like he’s a 50-50 bet to start at best. Leon Washington doesn’t have a great matchup against Tennessee, but this could be a decent week to play McClain, considering they are taking on the Browns. See what other RBs are out there on your waiver wire.

  17. Hope you can help with my picks…

    Need 3 WRs (Justin Gage, Devery Henderson, Derrick Mason, Chris Henry and Hinds Ward)

    AND my QBs (Romo or Flacco)

    Thanks in advance

  18. i’ve been hit hard with the injury bug and i have big bye week issues coming up. i need to make room for a DST and a WR.
    active
    big ben
    frank gore week 6
    marion barber week 6
    vincent jackson week 5
    t.j. houshmashadah
    steve smith
    owen daniels
    nick folk
    packers DST week 5

    bench
    mcnabb
    sprolls
    leon washington
    beenie wells
    micheal clayton

    i can pick up an eagles WR. for week 5 against the bucs coming off a bye or antonio bryant just got released. and i can get titans DST against the colts or cowboys DST agaist the chiefs. should i drop beenie or does he have any trade value.

    • @jacques,

      Wells is averaging 5.2 yards per carry right now…he just needs to hang onto the football. I think his value could increase as the season goes along.

      I’m not real big on Antonio Bryant, but he is probably the best WR option out there. He certainly is more valuable than Michael Clayton long-term.

      I’d go with the Cowboys’ D. The Titans can’t stop the pass…not a good thing against a Peyton Manning offense.

  19. Thanks in advance for your advice.

    For my 3rd WR
    Braylon Edwards vs Baltimore or
    Mark Clayton vs Cleveland
    Raven’s D is obviously an issue with starting Edwards. But Clayton just isnt getting the ball so far. I’m getting mixed advise. Last week I sat Edwards which bit me in the butt.

    As for RB, i have to pick 2
    Steven Jackson, Sproles, Hightower….

    • @Coty,

      I’d go Edwards. He is Brady Quinn’s only option and will continue to get a lot of targets. I obviously wouldn’t be shocked to see Mark Clayton have a good game, but Baltimore will dominate this game on the ground and Cleveland will be forced to throw.

      Tough one. I’d go Jackson and Sproles. Make sure to check on LT leading up to Sunday though.

  20. chris almeida says:

    should i start pierre thomas this week?

  21. I just picked up Johnny Knox on the waivers and I am leaning towards playing him over Justin Gage. I am stacked with Fitz, Gore, Holmes Sproles, but my last WR spot has got me stumped. I also have Lee Evan on my bench. But I think TO will get most of the touches. Who do you recommend? Thanks:)

    • @Tasha,

      I don’t like Gage at all this week. He will be facing the Jets’ D and Darelle Revis, who has shut down Andre Johnson and Randy Moss ins successive weeks.

      Knox has had a great start to the season, but he is a rookie so be ready for some inconsistency. I personally would start Lee Evans because I love his matchup against that Saints and, as a general rule, do not trust rookie WRs. Knox could prove me wrong, but Evans presents less risk and a pretty high upside this week.

  22. Looking at options for flex RB/WR position. I have Dwayne Bowe, Correll Buckhalter, Torry Holt, Laurent Robinson and Antwaan Randle el available. Any recommendations. Also, concerned starting Matt Cassel and have an injured Matt Hasslebeck on reserve. Is it worth picking up Kolp or Leftwich for a spot start? And if so, who would you recommend?

    Thanks,
    Steve

    • @Steve,

      Yes, I like Kolb and Leftwich more than Cassel. Personally, I’d start Kolb because he has a pretty good matchup this weekend (Leftwich against NYG could be tough).

      I’m just not a believer yet in Cassel or the new regime in the KC.

      As for your flex slot, I’d go with Bowe. He’s the one playmaker KC has and they’ll get him the ball. He’s had a terrible career against Oakland, and even caught a TD pass against them last week. I think he’s more talented and will get more opportunities than the other guys you have.

  23. Frank Gore is my #1 RB. Any thoughts on Thomas Jones or Correl Buckhalter this week? Looking for a fill-in RB going forward. Who has the most upside potential going forward, Justin Forsett or Jerome Harrison?

    Thank you!

    • @Dan,

      I’m not a big fan of either Jones or Buckhalter this week. I have a bad feeling about the Jets’ O going up against the Titans, who still have a good D despite the #’s and will be playing desperate. Plus, the yards they’ve given up have been through the air, not on the ground. And Buckhalter appears to be resuming his role as a backup with Knowshon Moreno appearing poised to start getting 15-20 carries per game.

      I’d start Jones because he’ll likely get more touches, but not feeling good about it.

      As for Forsett or Harrison…I’d say Forsett, but it’s close to a toss-up. Harrison has been very productive in limited action throughout his career and we haven’t seen enough of him healthy either in the preseason to regular season to have a good idea for how Eric Mangini will use him. Julius Jones is a pedestrian RB at best, so Seattle may start giving Forsett more time because of his production thus far (6.5 ypc) and the fact that he caught 6 passes last week.

  24. I’ve got big couple of questions and need some advice…right now in rb’s I have:
    LT
    Thomas Jones
    Slaton
    Caddillac Williams
    (Chester; i keep him in the slight chance AP ever goes down)

    and at Wide outs I currently have:

    Boldin
    Lee Evans
    Donald Driver

    my league is a two rb, two wr with a rb/wr flex spot. I was thinking of going with Slaton and Caddillac to start with boldin, driver and lee evans as my flex. I love all my wr matchups and I hate Thomas Jones at TN, but generally I usually go with a RB at flex just on account of pure touches alone. Any advice? on the flex position? Should I TJ over driver or lee evans and if so who do I start as my 2nd wide out?

    Thanks man!

    • @Mark,

      I think I’d line them up exactly as you’ve suggested. I’m scared of TJ throwing a dud up there against the Titans and all three of your WRs have great matchups. Get them in the starting lineup!

  25. Should I accept the trade: Thomas Jones+Chad 85 for Marques Colston+Derrick Ward
    Also, not seeing production from Mark Clayton should I drop him since I have Derrick Mason

    Thanks,

    • @Kyle,

      I’d have to see the rest of your roster to adequately assess. My first reaction is no, because Marques Colston is the best player in the deal and I think he is in for a HUGE season. Ward will be up and down, but has value as a flex player. Maybe I’m biased, but I just don’t trust Thomas Jones; and while I’m high on Ochocinco, I like Colston a lot more.

      However, if you only have 1 RB and need to start two, then you’d have to consider this deal. But…in general…no.

      Yes, feel free to drop Clayton as far as I’m concerned. I’m not a huge fan and you can probably snatch him up again later.

  26. Forte
    Felix
    Portis

    My feelings are Forte and Portis, as they are the starters and we know their roles. Felix has a lot of upside and good matchup, and I would start him in most any league but I’m thinking not in lieu of the other two options. He still has Choice, maybe Barber, and Romo (passing game) to compete with.

    What do you think?

    • @Greg,

      Considering there is NOW a report out saying that Marion Barber WILL play, it obviously decreases Felix’s value. I still like him Monday night, but not over Forte and Portis (especially with Portis going against Detroit). Even if Barber doens’t play, your safer with the other two.

  27. chris almeida says:

    ok..i soo heres my squad in a must win week 3…im 0-2 due to missing starting some guys.both losses were less than 5 pts.
    tom brady or eli manning?
    michael turner
    reggie bush/mike bell/ or pierre thomas?
    harvin
    steve smith(nyg)
    driver
    tony gonzalez
    vikings d
    akers
    bench..
    anquan boldin
    ginn jr
    addai/derick ward
    bobby wade
    who should i start?please?must win situation

    • @chris almeida,

      Are you in a standard league? If so, I’d go as follows:

      QB – Tom Brady (not ready to give up on him just yet…even though Eli appears to have the better matchup, the Giants are still a team predicated on the run. The Patriots, on the other hand, will throw and throw often. I expect a big day from Brady, and if he struggles again I might think about sitting him until he shows he’s “back’.)
      RB – Michael Turner
      RB – Pierre Thomas
      WR – Anquan Boldin
      WR – Donald Driver
      TE – Tony Gonzalez
      Flex – Steve Smith (with Harvin as the next choice, then Bush)
      D – Vikings
      K – Akers

  28. Can you help: Week 3

    Buckhalter or Lendale White
    Steve Smith (NYG) or Anquan Boldin

    Also i have Eagles def.. should I put them up against KC or pick up another?

    Thanks for the help

    • @nmidd,

      Not a huge fan of either White or Buckhalter this week, but I’d start Buckhalter until LenDale proves he can produce something. Against the Jets’ D, it’s probably not the safest choice based on his production thus far. Buckhalter will cede carries to Moreno, but should be able to get 7-10 plus some receptions.

      Steve Smith has been very good so far, but he’s got a ways to go before he’s a better play than Boldin. I like the Colts-Cards game to be a shootout and for Boldin to get into the end zone at least one.

      Play the Eagles against KC. The Chiefs’ O is a mess right now.

  29. In my league I have to start 2 RB 2 WR and a flex RB or WR, I currently have a decision to make out of my RBs and WRs and have to start 4 out of the 7:
    Desean Jackson
    Brent Celek
    Ginn Jr
    Patrick Crayton
    Ahmad Bradshaw
    Derrick Ward
    Lance Moore

    Chris Johnson (already starting him)

    My problem lies in deciding to start Ward or Bradshaw or both I suppose and if it makes sense to start two Eagle WRs in Jackson and Celek, which are probably my two best options at WR. My other thought would be to start CJ and one of Bradshaw or Ward and then start Celek, Jackson and Ginn…..as you can see I need help and in case you are wondering I’m in a 16 team PPR league so that would explain the lackluster roster.

    Thanks in advance.

    • @Tom,

      My choices would be:

      RB – Chris Johnson
      RB – Ahmad Bradshaw
      WR – Desean Jackson (didn’t practice Thurs, but expected to play)
      WR – Ted Ginn Jr.
      TE – Brent Celek
      Flex – Derrick Ward

      I’m not giving up on Lance Moore, but his availability for Sunday is currently in doubt. Monitor leading up to Sunday. Starting Jackson and Celek is no big deal…but Celek is a TE. Does he have eligibility at WR in your league?

      Ginn is frustrating, but you have to like the amount of targets he gets being the #1 option in Miami. I think the ‘Fins-Chargers game will be high scoring and that Ginn should get 5-6 receptions and possibly even a TD.

      • @JRod,

        In my league TEs and WRs are the same so I have to start a total of 5 out of the 6 you mentioned.

        Thanks for the advice!

        • @Tom,

          It’s tough to narrow down. My first instinct is to play Celek, because Kolb obviously loves him. And I wouldn’t take out Jackson because he is showing a consistent nose for the end zone.

          Bradshaw and Ward are essentially the same player: part-time RBs. I think the Giants will do a better job against the run this week than they did last week, however, so I like Bradshaw a little more in Week 3.

          Ginn is something of a wild card, and San Diego is holding opponents to under 200 yards passing per game right now, and he has a 2-catch and a 10-catch game. So who knows what you will get out of him.

          Because it’s PPR, I’d keep Ginn in there. And I’d start Bradshaw and bench Ward because Bradshaw should find the going easier against TB, and he has 5 catches this year to Ward’s 3. It’s a slim edge, but I give it to Ahmad. Bench Ward.

  30. Week 3 advice:

    Dustin Keller or Jermey Shockey

    Jake Delhomme or Kyle Orton.. would you start Matt Hasselback over any of these two if he is cleared to play?

    thanks

    • @mugatoo,

      I’d go Keller. I’m not sold on Shockey, and Tennessee is giving up lots of passing yards. Plus, TEs are always a rookie QB’s best friend it seems.

      Honestly, I like Delhomme this week. Dallas has a poor secondary and I envision big things from he and Steve Smith Monday night. (Plus, you have the bonus of your QB playing Monday night, which is always exciting).

      Hasselbeck has a broken rib and is playing Chicago. More power to him if he plays, but I wouldn’t want to take the risk at the QB position.

  31. Just wondering…Should I start Kolb or Eli Manning for week 3?

  32. K.Warner vs IND
    W.Welker vs ATL
    M.Manningham vs TB
    R.Brown vs SD
    D.McFadden vs DEN
    C.Cooley vs DET
    K.Moreno vs OAK
    J.Lewis vs BAL
    T.JHoush vs CHI
    B.Edwards vs BAL
    B.Watson vs ATL
    L.Washington vs TEN
    D.Keller vs TEN
    M.Sims-Walker vs HOU
    D.Williams vs DAL

    QB:K.Warner
    WR:
    WR:
    RB:
    RB:
    TE:
    W/R/T:

    This is my whole team, excluding DEF and K. If you dont mind, could you fill in the blanks? Im so confused this week. Going again Brady and Jones-Drew. Need to be ready… Thanks in advance.

    • @Crystal,

      QB: Warner
      WR: Welker (if healthy…check reports leading up to kickoff Sunday. Play Edwards if he’s out.)
      WR: Mario Manningham
      RB: Deangelo Williams
      RB: Ronnie Brown
      TE: Chris Cooley
      Flex: Darren McFadden

      • @JRod, Thank you for your previous help… So I traded Cooley for Brian Westbrook… Good trade, right?

        So now, should I play Keller vs TEN or Watson against ATL?

  33. Help! getting killed first 2 weeks. (some unfortunate matchups)

    QB’s Cutler, Warner, Big Ben – need 1

    RB’s MJD, Steven jackson, Portis, Hightower – need 2

    WR’s Smith(NYG), Colston, Dev Henderson, Calvin Johnson, Boldin, Andre Caldwell need 3

    Then I can start 1 more of these guys(including QB’s) in a flex sort of position.

    Just can’t seem to find the magic formula.

    Thanks

    • @Chris,

      Play Warner…it will be a shootout.

      MJD and Steven Jackson

      Colston, Johnson, Boldin…don’t get too enamored with Smith YET

      I’m always a big fan of playing a second QB when possible. I’m a little worried about Cutler’s consistency this year, so go with Big Ben. Not exactly sure what to expect from the Steelers-Bengals game, but we know the Steelers have no running game and are airing it out this year.

  34. Need 2 RBs from Ronnie Brown, Fred Jackson, and Deangelo Williams, also need 2 WRs out of Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings and Santonio Holmes. Thanks

    • @NathanB,

      Wow, those are three pretty good running backs. Here’s a did you know for ya: did you know the Saints are ranked #4 in the NFL right now giving up only 56 yards per game?

      A major reason is that they’ve gotten to huge leads, but that could happen again. I like Ronnie Brown and DeAngelo Williams.

      Those WRs are tough too. You never sit Andre Johnson, especially against J-ville. Jennings is supposedly a #1 WR but got shutout last year. I think he rebounds big time against St. Louis and will give him one more week.

  35. dallasstars19 says:

    Should I start McFadden or Joseph Addai? I know Addai really didn’t do anything this past game, but the Colts only had the ball for 15 minutes. I thought McFadden was a great pick (this being my first time playing fantasy football) and he’s not doing much at all for me.

    Current RB or W/R starters:
    Ronnie Brown
    Darren Sproles

    • @dallasstars19,

      I’d go McFadden easy. Oakland cannot throw the ball and have to get it into his hands. McFadden may even start returning punts. I also think Addai will start ceding more carries to Donald Brown.

  36. curiousdude says:

    hi i have a couple of questions.

    1) here’s my lineup

    RBs –

    Ladanian Tomlinson
    Pierre Thomas
    Willis McGahee
    Ray Rice
    Mike Bell
    Felix Jones
    Cadillac Williams
    Fred Jackson

    I need to start 4 of these. Please help!!

    Also, someone in my league just put Larry Johnson on the Waiver list. Im thinking of dropping Ray Rice since I have McGahee (who gets all the TDs) and picking him up. Even though LJ hasnt scored many points yet i feel he’ll get it rolling as the season goes on. Do you agree? If not, who should I drop? And should I even pick LJ up?

    Thanks in advance! :)

    • @curiousdude,

      personally, I’d keep Rice. He’ll rack up yards and receptions in a very good offense and score a few TDs. The Chiefs’ O is terrible and their line stinks. I’m not big on LJ having a huge turnaround.

      I’d start Pierre Thomas, Fred Jackson, Willis McGahee, and Felix Jones with Ray Rice a close 5th. Barber being hampered should give Jones more carries and he was electric last weekend.

      • @JRod,

        I forgot to mention i also have darren sproles!!!
        now with him in the mix as well, should i start him at all? If so, who from the 4 you picked for me should i take out for sproles to start?

  37. I currently have Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson and Wes Welker as my WRs. I need to start 3 and dont have any backup incase Welker doesnt play. Who should I pick from the following list as his replacement incase i cant get a good deal via trades?

    Laurent Robinson – FA
    Sims-Walker – FA
    Devery Henderson – W
    Danny Amendola – FA
    Johnny Knox – FA
    Marcedes Lewis – FA
    Percy Harvin – FA

    I have an extra RB that i can drop to pick up a WR but your input would be much appreciated as to who to pick from the list above.

    Thanks!

    • @A ndy,

      I like Henderson the best of those, mainly because of his offense, and experience and familiarity with his QB. He’s been less hit or miss so far this year. The other guys haven’t done it consistently enough.

      I’d probably put Harvin next, then Robinson, and keep your eye on Knox.

  38. A couple questions:

    for my 3rd RB: I’m sitting Lendale White for many reasons, who would be a better starter? Ricky Williams MIA or Donald Brown IND???

    As for my WR: should I sit Brandon Marshall DEN for either Patrick Crayton DAL or Jeremy Maclin PHI????

    • @Bundytime,

      I’d go with Ricky because it looks like he’ll get more carries…but the gap is closing quickly. Brown will get more and more carries moving forward.

      I would play Marshall. He’s going to explode — in a good way — soon.

      • @JRod, Thanks dude for the feedback……

        Yeah I figured to start Ricky this week, although I’m excited about having Brown on my bench. Hopefully Brown can be a great addition to my starting lineup come playoff time….

        I really do hope B. Marshall “explodes” very soon, I picked him up late hoping Orton can get him the ball.

  39. Running Back Conundrum for Week 3.

    Steve Slaton, Westbrook/McCoy (own them both), McFadden

    In a non-ppr league with 6 pt TDs what’s the best start here? Is the Philly running game against KC too good to pass up, or should I be concerned about an ankle injury and Vick wildcat?

    Thanks!

  40. First time player of FF, so I made some rookie mistakes at running back. I have gore…good, but then I have larry johnson, Justin Forsett , and lynch who ofcoarse has another week of suspension. For this week I dont like johnson or forsett. I need two, gore and??? Would you recommend picking up buckhalter or fred taylor off of waivers?? What seems like the lesser of the evils?? And Carlson or Keller at TE??
    Thanks a bunch or your opinion.

    • @rookie,

      I don’t think Buckhalter or Taylor give you anything over LJ and Forsett, and they are the two you’d want moving forward. Start them and hope for the best.

      I’d go Carlson at TE.

  41. Week 3 and 2nd guessing. I’m in a 2RB/2WR flex W/R Yahoo league and so far 1-1. I only lost my first week by less than 1 point even drafting 9 out of 10. I think I just need to settle on someone and leave it at that but sitting Roy Williams week 1 and playing him week 2 has frustrated my confidence in making the right decisions. A second opinion would be a great help.

    QB – Matt Ryan or Big Ben? My big question here is will NE defense step up after a bad loss or will Roethlisberger have more motivation after losing to Chicago?

    WR – Steve Smith, Roy Williams, Donald Driver, Santana Moss? (Pick 2 or 3 flex option)
    RB – Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Darren Sproles, Joseph Addai (Pick 2 or 3 flex option)

    I do know for sure that I’m starting Brent Celek over Kevin Boss and the Giants D over Arizona’s and since I only have 1 kicker, that’s a no-brainer. :)

    Thanks for the input!

    • @JB,

      My choices would be:

      QB – Matt Ryan (trust him more)
      RB – Chris Johnson
      RB – Steven Jackson
      WR – Steve Smith
      WR – Donald Driver
      Flex – Darren Sproles

      I want to see Romo and Williams prove they have some chemistry and consistency together before I start Williams every week. I know he’s a “#1″ and Driver is a “#2″…but I think Driver will be more consistent and has a pretty good matchup this week against St. Louis.

  42. Need help… Week 3 advice

    Who do I sart at QB

    Eli or Brady?????

    Need to know asap!!!

    Thanks

    • @B. Austin,

      Why would you even think about starting Brady Quinn against Baltimore?

      Just kidding…at least, I hope you aren’t really wondering between Eli and Quinn, and that you actually meant Tom Brady.

      It’s a tough one. I think I’d take Eli because of his matchup (Tampa Bay) to reduce the risk. I do think Tom Brady will have a good week and continue to get better every week (a la Peyton Manning at the beginning of last year), but Eli is probably the “safer” play this week.

  43. Andre Johnson
    Roddy White
    John Carlson
    Braylon
    Steve Smith-Giants

    Can start 3, your thoughts?

    • @Erik C,

      Andre Johnson and Roddy White for sure. After that, I probably go Smith next because of the matchup (TB). Seattle’s QB situation worries me a little with Carlson, and while I think Braylon will get lots of targets because he’s the only option the Browns have…he still plays for the Browns which means a TD is highly unlikely.

  44. @JRod, Thank you for your previous help… So I traded Cooley for Brian Westbrook… Good trade, right?

    So now, should I play Keller vs TEN or Watson against ATL?

    • @Crystal,

      Who would trade Westbrook for Cooley? That’s a great trade. Obviously there is risk of injury with Westbrook, but the upside and his ability to battle through injuries in the past makes it well worth it.

      Question: is LeSean McCoy available in your league? If so, grab him. Now. Before you even read the rest of this. GO!

      As for Keller or Watson…no question: Keller.

  45. So after reading your responses, for my #2 rb, I should start F. Jones over R. Rice and Buckhalter. Points for rb’s in my league look like this.
    Running Back:

    0.3333 points for every 1 Rushing Attempts
    0.1 points for every 1 Rushing Yards
    6 points for Rushing Touchdowns in the range of 1 to 100
    2 points for every 1 Rushing 2-Point Conversion
    1 points for every 1 Receptions
    0.1 points for every 1 Receiving Yards
    6 points for Receiving Touchdowns in the range of 1 to 100
    2 points for every 1 Receiving 2-Point Conversion
    -2 points for every 1 Fumbles Lost

  46. Thanks again. With LeSean McCoy, yes he is available. Why do you say grab him? Is he expected to go off this weekend? I thought Westbrook was supposed to play???

    • @Crystal,

      Westbrook may play this weekend, but I’d say it’s about 50-50 right now. You need McCoy as insurance for this week and all season. Your only risk with Westbrook is injury. If you can get the Philly backfield (Westbrook-McCoy) and all you gave up was Cooley, that’s the steal of the year. If you have McCoy, you’ll always have a starter at RB, regardless of whether Westbrook is dinged up or not.

  47. Ok. Great. Well, I snagged him and dropped Leon Washington since he is 2nd string anyway… Lets see how this works out. Thanks a lot… :)

  48. Hey JRod I have a question.

    I’ve been following your suggestions and noticed that you seem to avoid suggesting starting Darren Sproles for Week 3 if possible. Why is that?

    For example, in one of your responses you indicated starting Pierre Thomas over Sproles would be a better option.

    Since LT is out for Week 3, wouldnt it make sense to start the explosive Sproles?

    The reason Pierre Thomas might not be a good choice is because there are no conformed reports of his knee “completely” healing. And so it just feels as if the saints will slowly work him into the system rather than give him the bulk of carries for Week 3. Moreover, I believe their opponent Buffalo will attempt to control the clock with Fred Jackson since they dont want to get into a shootout with Brees. And so Brees would be forced to throw more, limiting Thomas’ role.

    Would love to hear your thoughts on this assessment. Would you stick with Thomas over Sproles for Week 3?

    • @John,

      It’s certainly a valid point.

      I like Sproles a lot, but not quite as much against Miami. I think the Dolphins are going to play San Diego very tough and that the Chargers’ offense will come from Rivers throwing to his receivers, a lot like how Atlanta and Indy scored on Miami this year. The running backs in those games did not have big days.

      Sproles’ primary value is as a receiver, and he should get 5-6 catches which helps his value in PPR leagues. But I really do like Pierre Thomas. I think a recent development (the Saints giving Lynell Hamilton some first team reps) has tempered my expectations a bit since the responses to read above. And remember, fantasy football info is fluid and you have stay up with it…a suggestion from yesterday could be obsolete based on info from today.

      So with that said, thanks for pointing this out.

      I would rate Thomas and Sproles about even as of now. Obviously Thomas being threatened to split carries hurt his stock a bit…but he still is on the Saints’ offense and could very easily get a couple of scores. We know there will be plenty to go around. I think Sproles is much less likely to see the endzone, considering he is not a goalline back and has to rely on “breaking one” to score.

      PPR league, I’d go Sproles. Non-PPR, I’d go Thomas.

  49. Matt Forte @ Sea.

    I’ve played him 2 weeks, but Chicago seems intent on the passing game. I just picked up Celek to replace him, But after what Gore did to Seattle last week, I’d like to give Forte one more chance.

    What do you think?

    • @colt,

      You picked up Celek (the TE for Philly) to replace Forte?

      Umm…NO!!!

      Matt Forte will be fine. He faced two pretty solid defenses (GB, Pittsburgh) in the first two weeks of the season, but should have his breakout game this week. If we get to week 7 or 8 and Forte hasn’t busted out, then I’d start questioning starting him. He’s a key player for Chicago and will rack up fantasy points as the year goes along.

      Celek, by the way, is a great start at tight end this week…but NOT over Forte if it’s your flex option.

  50. JRod! Thank you so much for your inputs they really help! And as you can see have me coming back for more lol.

    As i mentioned i have 9 RBs in my team currently. My league is a 2QB/3WR/2RB/2Flex set up. Along with a kicker and DEF as well.

    Here’s my team as it stands right now:

    QB – Rivers, Garrard
    WR – Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Welker
    RB – Sproles, LT, Rice, McGahee, M Bell, P Thomas, Fred Jackson, Felix and Cadillac Williams
    DEF – Pittsburg
    K – Empty

    I dropped my kicker to pick Felix just for Week 3. Hoping to see how the injuries play out before i pick a kicker again Saturday night (Currently Tynes is a FA in my league so im thinking of grabbing him).

    But my question is this, which of my RBs should i drop? Which of those 9 do you think is the weakest link? i.e. Someone i wont regret getting rid of. Cuz im worried about Welker as well so i might have to drop two- 1 for a kicker and 1 for a WR replacement.

    Thanks in advance!

    • @Andy,

      I think Welker is going to play and be fine. But it’s NE so be sure to stay on top of it.

      I think Cadillac is the guy I’d drop. He’s in a three-man backfield on an offense that isn’t that good on a team that will be behind a lot. Plus, he’s injury prone. He’s a great story, but sentiment doesn’t win fantasy championships. My next choice would be Mike Bell, but I think you want to see how it plays out between he and pierre thomas once Bell returns from his injury.

  51. Would you do this trade?

    I am giving up:

    Randy Moss
    Chansai Stuckey

    And they are giving me:

    Marques Colston
    Marion Barber

    what do you think?

  52. I am struggling with which running back to sit.

    C. Johnson
    Ronnie Brown
    Ryan Grant
    Felix Jones

    Any suggestions. I can have 3 in my lineup. Obviosly C. Johnson will start. Been messing around with the other 3.

    • @Justin,

      Any regular reader of this site knows about my man-crush on Felix Jones…but in this case, I might sit him. There is uncertainty around how much Marion Barber will play, and Tashard Choice is going to get carries as well. I would normally say start Jones over Grant, but the Packers are playing St. Louis, who is giving up 146 yards per game on the ground. As much trouble as GB is having protecting Aaron Rodgers right now, I expect a heavy dose of Ryan Grant.

      When in doubt, go with the guys who will get more touches. In this case, that’s probably Grant.

      Johnson and Brown absolutely have to be must-starts. Ronnie Brown has quickly become one of the most underrated players in all of fantasy football.

  53. Thanks for the tips! One more question: Should I start Driver vs @ STL or Derrick Mason vs CLE or Hightower vs IND? Thanks!

    • @Johnny,

      I think Jennings is going to have a really big game against the Rams to make up for his 0-fer last weekend and I’m not sold on Hightower as an every week play. I do very much like Mason’s matchup against Cleveland this week and would start him.

  54. Hi,

    I’m not sure what starting lineup gives me the best chance to win this Sun. I’m playing the first place team and need to make the best choices. We play in a standard league 1QB /2 RB’s 2 WR’s 1 flex WR/RB, 1 TE, 1 Def& 1 K

    my team
    QB’s Peyton Manning/Jay Cutler
    RB’s Matt Forte/Joseph Addai/Leon Washington/Derrick Ward
    WR’s Donald Driver/D Denderson/ Mr.OCHO CINCO/L. Robinson
    TE’s Kellen Winslow Jr./ Todd Heap
    K D. Akers
    Def: Bears/Falcons

    I’m pretty thin in the 2nd RB category so I think I should use 3 WR’s.

    Also, any ideas of a trade to give me a more consistent 2 RB option?

    Thanks for your input!!!

    • @george,

      QB – Manning
      RB – Matt Forte
      RB – not liking any of the options…Leon Washington, begrudginly
      WR – Donald Driver
      WR – Ochocinco
      TE – Winslow
      Flex – Devery Henderson
      K – Akers
      D – Bears

      You have two pretty good TEs…if Heap has a good game this weekend, you could try to trade him to someone without a tight end. And if anyone is in desperate need of a QB, see if someone will bite on Cutler.

  55. Think Braylon or Donald Driver is a better option for week 3?

    • @Justin,

      I’d go Driver. Braylon will get a lot of targets but I have no faith in the Browns’ ability get the ball in the end zone on the road against Baltimore. I hope they prove me wrong. But GB is playing St. Louis.

  56. I got a WR question.

    I can start 2:

    Steve Smith (no brainer)
    Lee Evans
    Donald Driver
    Braylond Edwards
    Patrick Crayton
    Laurent Robinson

    Any suggestions? I got driver starting with S. Smith right now.

    • @Justin,

      I actually like Lee Evans this week against New Orleans. He’s a big play receiver, Buffalo will need big plays, and NO gives up big plays. Hard to sit Driver against St. Louis, and he is probably “safer”, but I like Evans’ upside.

      And, of course, Steve Smith…assuming you mean the Panthers’ one.

    • laurent this week

  57. Hi JROD,

    I got this trade offer and am inclined to turn it down –

    (League is start 2 QBs, 3 WRS, 2 RBs, 1 TE, 1 flex W/R/T, 1 K and 1 Def – PPR league).

    Get: Tony Romo, Lee Evans and Darren McFadden

    Give: Trent Edwards, Devery Henderson and Cedric Benson.

    Your thoughts and opinions are most welcome.

    For another team (helping someone else out – team stinks):
    (also PPR league – same starter format)

    WRs on team – Torry Holt, Mike Sims-Walker, Ted Ginn Jr., and Johnny Knox.

    Should they start Holt or Sims-Walker?

    FAs include: Laveranues Coles, Antonio Bryant, Deion Branch, Donny Avery, Laurent Robinson, Brandon Stokley, Chansi Stuckey

    Any of these a significant improvement (short or long term)?

    Lastly for 2nd RB and flex spots – who do you think are the best two – Pierre Thomasm Michael Bush, Buckhalter or Johnathan Stewart.
    Team also has Barber, who obviously plays if healthy but we won’t know for him until Monday. Thought was to save flex spot for either Stewart or Barber. Barber if healthy. Problem is both are nicked up.

    Your thoughts are much appreciated.

    • @Lou D.,

      Goodness, tough trade. It’s pretty close to even.

      Here’s the thing though: take away the first two games of the season, and each guy you would be getting would have been rated higher than his counterpart preseason. So do you trust the first two weeks of the season or the preseason rankings?

      Personally, I like Romo over Edwards and McFadden over Benson. Evans v Henderson could go either way, with Henderson being more consistent so far this year than normal.

      Final answer: I do the trade…but I also have a severe hatred for Cedric Benson, so take that into account. ;-)

      Holt or Sims-Walker is pretty much a toss-up at this point. Holt is the vet and the “#1 WR”…whatever that means in J-ville…so I’d be included to start him.

      Antonio Bryant is interesting because he was very productive last season. If he comes back healthy at some point, he’d be the best of that bunch.

      I like Thomas and Stewart out of those four RBs, this week and moving forward.

  58. Thanks for your previous advice, I have one more question for you….
    Eli or Trent Edwards?

    I have been playing Trent and he has given me consistant numbers for 2 weeks even when the “studs” have flopped… Romo…
    I know with Monday nights game, Eli exploded and Manningham grabbing everything, do I ditch Trent this week and give Eli the spot?

    What do you think?
    Thanks:)

  59. JROD,

    Thanks for the advice.
    Now you got me thinking hard about it. The funny thing is that I took Benson by mistake in my draft (I clicked on buttom meaning to pull up stats and it was the “DRAFT” button, thereby selecting him way earlier than I would have). Now I sort of want to see how he shakes out.

    Much appreciated.

    Lou

  60. Hey JROD,

    At the risk of being a pain — one last question —

    That other team I’m helping with (the stinker).

    Has platoon of so-so QBs – Leftwich, Garrard and Cassell.

    Available FAs are: Kevin Kolb, Shaun Hill, Marc Bulger, Jamarcus Russell, Matthew Stafford, Seneca Wallace, Brodie Croyle.

    Have to start 2. Who do they roll in week 3?
    Which 2 or 3 should they be looking to keep long term?

    Your thoughts are appreciated.

    • @Lou D.,

      I would personally start Garrard and Kevin Kolb. Garrard could have a decent day in a shootout with Houston. Leftwich may continue his solid play, but the Giants D worries me. As for Cassel, I want to see the Chiefs offense look competent before I throw him out there.

      Obviously Kolb will only play one or two weeks, so you may not want to drop anyone to get him. If that’s the case, I’d probably play Leftwich begrudgingly, mainly because I think TB will get down and have to throw. KC’s O-Line looks terrible and I just don’t trust Cassel.

      I also like Shaun Hill as a sleeper. He’ll never be spectacular, but he is a solid player. Personally, I’d rather have him than Leftwich or Cassel long-term, but nor for this week because I think he’ll struggle against Minnesota.

  61. Romo or Manning?

    3 WR’s needed, PPR.
    Houshmandzadeh
    Steve Smith (NYG)
    Donald Driver
    Mario Manningham
    Mike Sims-Walker

    • Sorry, I meant to put Eli Manning…he’s done so well I forgot about Peyton.

      • Eli Manning hands down and for the WRs Steve Smith, Donald Driver and Manningham shows promise but has a little shoulder injury that might hold him back so Sims-Walker

      • @atrain022,

        I like Manning this week because of his matchup against TB. On most weeks, Romo. I also think Romo will play it conservatively this week and rely on the running game.

        WRs: Driver, TJ, Smith Smith (or Manningham…or Smith…or Manningham..or…)

        jk…I would definitely start Driver and TJ (who apparently has something to prove against Chicago, so I expect a decent day from him).

        As for the Giants’ guys…it’s tempting to start both of them because of last week and because of TB’s terrible secondary. But it might also be wise not to get TOO carried away yet. This is still a running team and these two guys are not as proven as Driver and TJ. I’d take Smith because it’s a PPR league…but very well knowing that Manningham could have a big game. If you don’t mind a little risk, start Manningham and put TJ on your bench. He could struggle with Seneca Wallace at QB.

        Summary, because I rambled:

        My choice: Driver, TJ, Smith

        Higher risk, Higher Reward choice: Driver, Smith, Manningham

  62. JROD,

    I play in a 10 team PPR League. I need to fill the following slots:

    QB – Drew Brees
    RB – Chris Johnson
    RB/WR
    RB/WR
    WR
    WR
    TE
    D/ST – Green Bay
    K – David Akers

    Pierre Thomas and Mike Bell (out) for RB’s

    Roddy White, Santana Moss, Mario Manningham, Mike Sims-Walker, Brandon Marshall, Roy Williams, and Julian Edelman for WR’s

    Marcedes Lewis and John Carlson for TE’s

    What would you recommend for filling the remaining slots? Thanks.

    Chris

  63. Need 3 WR to start:

    Santana Moss
    Devery Henderson
    Chad Ochocinco
    Derrick Mason
    Brandon Stockley

    Thanks

  64. Which 2 of these Running backs should I start? Willis Macgahee, Ricky Williams, Chris Johnson, Lendale White. I know Chris Johnson is facing the Jets D but hes been very productive that its hard to take him out and I know White is gonna stay reserve… what should I do?

    and Which 3 WR should I start? Jerricho Cotchery, Andre Johnson, Hines Ward, Chris Chambers, and Kevin Walter? Im thinkin deffinately Andre Johnson and Cotchery and Walter is great but hurt. what do u think?

    • You have to start Chris Johnson, Jets D or not. I think he'll still be solid. I'd go with McGahee as well. He could explode against the Browns.

      Andre Johnson, Hines Ward, Cotchery.

  65. i have both trent edwards and peyton manning which one should i start

  66. The Westbrook dilemma: Start a quasi-healthy Westy or put in Thomas Jones against a tough Titan run defense?
    Cleveland doesn't rock: Is the crappiness of the Browns all-consuming or can Braylon Edwards emerge from the cesspool as a tough Baltimore defense holds their foot on his head?

    • You're going to have to wait until tomorrow morning to see if Westbrook is playing. If he plays, it means he's healthy enough to have a good game. Philly has a bye week coming up and wouldn't start Westbrook if he couldn't carry close to a full load. He's a better play than Jones if he's active.

      Braylon is the one playmaker the Browns have. With Jamal Lewis gimpy, and the Browns likely to be down, Braylon should see plenty of targets. I won't bet on him getting into the endzone because Brady Quinn needs to prove he can push the ball downfield, but Braylon should be a solid WR#2 or flex play in PPR leagues this week.

  67. http://www.profootballinsight.net/2009/09/week-3-

    Check out last minute injury updates

  68. Parker or Thomas Jones?

    • I would go with Thomas Jones. I don't really like his matchup, but he should get more touches. Parker has been terrible this year and speculation has been swirling that Rashard Mendenhall and/or Mewelde Moore will start to significantly cut into Parker's carries.

  69. Need some advice: Should I start McNabb against TB or Eli Manning against the Raiders for week 5?
    The breakdown of our league is: 1pt for 25yards passing; 5pt bonus at 250, 5pt bonus at 285, 10pt at 315
    2pts for completions, -1 for incomplete, TD=5pt; Interception= -6pt; Sack = -3
    Thank you!

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