Fantasy Football Week 3 Start Em, Sit Em Lineup Advice

As I anticipated it would be, Week 2 was much better for me than Week 1. It’s always nice to be able to see everyone play a real game before trying to prognosticate how they will do.

Week 2 wasn’t perfect, but still a rather solid performance.

The hits and misses:

  • Start ’em hits: LeSean McCoy, Chris Cooley, Oakland D, Austin Collie
  • Start ’em misses: Eli Manning
  • Sit ’em hits: Brett Favre, Felix Jones, Owen Daniels, Buffalo Bills D, Michael Crabtree
  • Sit ’em misses:

But no resting on our laurels. Week 2 is over. Let’s turn the page to Week 3 and see who should start and who should sit.

Update: This week’s Fantasy Football 3-2-1 video has been posted:


Fantasy Football Week 3 Start Em, Sit Em

Fantasy Football Week 3 Start ‘em QB: Tony Romo, Dallas (@ Houston)

fantasy-football-week-3-tony-romoI know you’re wary of starting Tony Romo after Weeks 1 and 2. He’s racked up a lot of yardage (600+ yards) but has only 2 TDs to show for it, plus 2 INTs. Unfortunately for Romo owners, such inefficient stats are looking like what we should expect in 2010. The Cowboys can rack up yards, but this team simply has not shown an ability to find the end zone consistently, nor have they established a running game to take the pressure off Romo and help move the chains.

But in Week 3, Romo has a matchup you absolutely must exploit. Here are the numbers for the QBs the Houston Texans have played during the first two weeks of 2010:

  • Peyton Manning: 40-57, 433 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
  • Donovan McNabb: 28-38, 426 yards, 1 TD

What else do I need to say? Start Romo. Then worry about him in Week 5 (Dallas has a bye in Week 4) when he faces Tennessee.

Tony Romo fantasy football week 3 projection: 350 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT

Other start ’em QBs for Week 3:

  • It’s probably time to start buying Kyle Orton as a guy you can start weekly and feel good about. With 4 TDs through two games and Indy up next, Orton’s worth a look.
  • Brett Favre has been my sit ’em QB two weeks in a row. And two weeks in a row I’ve been right. Detroit is the opponent in Week 2, and both Jay Cutler and Michael Vick have put up good numbers against them. I think Favre gets rolling – a little bit – this week.
  • Whoever plays QB for the Eagles, whether it’s Michael Vick or Kevin Kolb, start ’em. Jacksonville’s defense is not very good.
  • Yeah, a fourth one. It’s a good week for QBs! Carolina is giving up lots of points to opposing QBs. Start Carson Palmer as he, Ocho, and TO pad their otherwise woeful stats.

Fantasy Football Week 3 Sit ‘em QB: Joe Flacco, Baltimore (vs Cleveland)

What!? But Flacco owners have been licking their chops for the Cleveland game! Yeah, well so were the Tampa Bay and Kansas City offenses too. This was the result for the QBs:

  • Josh Freeman: 182 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT
  • Matt Cassel: 176 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs

So while the competition hasn’t been great, the Browns are giving up an average of less than 200 yards and only 1 TD per week. While Baltimore certainly has more weapons on offense than Tampa Bay or Kansas City, they’ve looked putrid so far this season against two pretty solid defenses.

Cleveland is no Jets or Bengals D, but they are decent. With all of the startable QBs who have favorable matchups this week, I’d love to sit Flacco until he figures out how to use his new weapons. And, for the record, Flacco threw only one TD in two games against Cleveland last year.

Joe Flacco fantasy football Week 3 projection: 225 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Other sit ’em QBs for Week 3:

  • So Vince Young is still a threat to get pulled for Kerry Collins? I know it was Pittsburgh, and they are really good on D, but I’m sitting Vince against a stout Giants front four.
  • That’s two straight stinkers from Matt Cassel. Sit him until further notice. (Hopefully you weren’t planning to start him anyway.)
  • Anyone getting excited about Josh Freeman’s four TDs in two games? Good, hope you enjoyed it. He won’t do that against Pittsburgh in Week 3.

Fantasy Football Week 3 Start ‘em RB: Knowshon Moreno, Denver (vs Indianapolis)


Update 9/24: Well that didn’t go so well, huh? Knowshon Moreno has been ruled OUT for Sunday’s game, despite not appearing on the injury report all week.

Can we all agree that as an NFL running back, Knowshon Moreno will probably not be the explosive, dynamic runner he was in college at Georgia? Okay, good.

Now, can we all also agree that he is Denver’s main man in the backfield and – assuming he stays healthy – will be a steady-eddie type guy who will get touches and a solid #2 RB/flex play? Okay good.

In Week 2, Moreno had 28 touches and racked up 118 yards, plus a TD. There is nothing explosive about that, but it helps you move the chains, so to speak, in your fantasy matchups. Against Indy? Even better. The run D was better for the Colts Sunday night, but they still gave up 5.2 yards per carry to Ahmad Bradshaw.

Start Moreno with confidence this week.

Knowshon Moreno fantasy football Week 3 projection: 95 yards rushing, 35 yards receiving, 1 TD

Other start ’em RBs for Week 3:

  • You know what? I’m not sure I care right now if Beanie Wells plays in Week 3 or not. Tim Hightower has had two productive weeks and the Cardinals will have to ride their running game with Derek Anderson at QB. Oakland is a good matchup too.
  • Matt Forte has been more productive as a receiver than a runner for two weeks. Who cares? It all counts the same. Green Bay will pressure Jay Cutler like Dallas did, but Chicago showed they can deal with it. Start Forte.
  • You might wonder whether you should start Jahvid Best at RB against a solid Minnesota run D that bottled up Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Yeah, well I was hesitant to start him against Chicago and Philly too. 5 TDs later, start this guy. He’s electric.

Head on over to MSF Fantasy Sports to find who my sit ’em RB is for Week 3, as well as my start/sit picks at WR, TE, and D/ST. You can also ask any and all start/sit questions there.

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