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2010 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start’Em Sit’Em

Week 3 Fantasy Start and Sit – Fantasy Matchups

With the NFL Fantasy football season underway we encourage you to be checking out our FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY ARTICLES for all your rankings and analysis for the upcoming week.

Looking for a little help on who to start this week in your Fantasy leagues? Dave B has the Breakdown of each game.

Week 3 of the NFL season is upon us and if you are needing some player advice, you’ve come to the right spot. Dave B previews every game this week and discusses the players that should be started and the players that should be avoided in your Fantasy leagues.

Enjoy and please feel free to leave a comment!

Tennessee Titans (1-1) vs. New York Giants (1-1)

Vince Young will start at quarterback but I would avoid all of the Titans passing figures. Nate Washington is the only Titan that I would consider outside of Chris Johnson of course. The Giants should be able to tear last year’s worst passing defenses apart. Start Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith with confidence. Ahmad Bradshaw will likely get the bulk of the work out of the backfield so he’s a decent play as well.

Cincinnati Bengals (1-1) vs. Carolina Panthers (0-2)

Cincinnati’s passing offense should just be OK this week – chances are that Cedric Benson will be the main contributor for the Bengals on offense. Start Benson and Palmer and maybe even Ochocinco. Carolina’s pass defense has been sketchy at best so far. For Carolina, Jimmy Claussen gets his first start at QB but stay away. Steve Smith is a play as always. As for the running game – DeAngelo Williams is a definite start and until I see Jonathan Stewart getting more involved, I’d stay away from him.

Dallas Cowboys (0-2) vs. Houston Texans (2-0)

All of the usual passing game suspects should be started in this game. Romo, Austin, Dez Bryant, Jason Whitten, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, and Kevin Walter should all have big days. As for the running games, stay away from the Dallas trio and by all means start Arian Foster who should get 20-25 touches in the game.

San Francisco 49ers (0-2) vs. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)

San Francisco has new life. Start Frank Gore of course and Vernon Davis as always. If you are stuck, Alex Smith is an OK not great play this week – Gore will dominate. For the Chiefs, stay away from the passing game – they’ve been brutal. Jamaal Charles should be started but temper your expectations with Thomas Jones snaking some of his touches.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2-0) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-0)

It’s pretty hard to start anyone in this game based on how their respective defenses have played. Both defense are good plays this week especially Pittsburgh’s. Rashard Mendenhall is about the only other player that I would even consider.

Buffalo Bills (0-2) vs. New England Patriots (1-1)

Steer clear of any Buffalo player. I shouldn’t have to tell you that though. Brady, Moss, Welker and the New England defense will be huge this week. Start them with confidence!

Cleveland Browns (0-2) vs. Baltimore Ravens (1-1)

The Baltimore defense will shut the Cleveland offense down so stay away from any offensive Browns. For Baltimore, look for a bounce back game. Flacco and Boldin are good plays; Ray Rice and the Baltimore defense are also excellent plays.

Detroit Lions (0-2) vs. Minnesota Vikings (0-2)

This is the week that Brett Favre gets on track but Adrian Peterson will likely be the offensive star. Visanthe Shiancoe is a stud and should never be benched. You will probably have to start Calvin Johnson and it should be a decent play this week against a somewhat vulnerable Minnesota secondary. Jahvid Best will likely see a ton of work this week – his touches alone warrant a start. Temper your expectations though; they Lions are playing the staunch Minnesota defense.

Atlanta Falcons (1-1) vs. New Orleans Saints (2-0)

The Atlanta Falcons will have to control the clock in order to keep the Saints offense off the field. That said, Michael Turner should be a decent play despite a minor groin injury. Jason Snelling could be a sneaky flex play as well. I would hesitate to use Matt Ryan this week but Roddy White is an excellent play as always. Tony Gonzalez could have a good game here too. For New Orleans, all of the usual suspects should start here. Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas and Marques Colston are sure-fire starters. Jeremy Shockey is start worthy especially since Reggie Bush is injured. Robert Meachem and Devery Henderson are gambles – you never know who is going to emerge between the two.

Washington Redskins (1-1) vs. St. Louis Rams (0-2)

The Washington passing game showed immense promise last week. Start Donovan McNabb, Chris Cooley and even Santana Moss with confidence. Clinton Portis is start worthy this week too. For the Rams, Steven Jackson will get 25-30 touches making him a definite starter. Sam Bradford and Mark Clayton may have a decent game but are too unreliable to start unless you are in desperate need.

Philadelphia Eagles (1-1) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)

The Eagles should have a field day against the less-than stellar Jacksonville defense. Start Michael Vick, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin as well. LeSean McCoy proved last week that he is an every week starter and should have a good game this week. Don’t worry about Maurice Jones-Drew – he is bound to break out soon. You could take a chance on Mike Sims-Walker and the Tight Ends in the game, Brent Celek and Marcedes Lewis are both playable as well.

Indianapolis Colts (1-1) vs. Denver Broncos (1-1)

I don’t need to tell you to start Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark and Austin Collie do I? The Denver corners were both injured last week meaning that the Broncos defense doesn’t stand a chance this week. Joseph Addai should see his share of carries and will have success against the Dumerville-less Broncos as well. The Indianapolis run defense is poor, making for a great start for Knowshon Moreno. The Denver passing game has been solid all season and the likelihood of the Broncos playing catch up is good. Start Kyle Orton, Eddie Royal and even rookie Demaryius Thomas.

Oakland Raiders (1-1) vs. Arizona Cardinals (1-1)

Not a whole lot to like in this game. Darren McFadden has been heavily used so far this season and should start for your Fantasy team. The Oakland passing game is poor but Zach Miller continues to be the most reliable target and could start as a low end TE1. Louis Murphy has been OK as well but should only be started on an absolute emergency basis. For Arizona, Larry Fitzgerald will be matched up against Nnamdi Asomugha but is too good to be benched. Beanie Wells should return this week making Tim Hightower a bit of a risk. However, Hightower should see a fair amount of touches against a terrible Oakland run defense.

San Diego Chargers (1-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (1-1)

Start Philip Rivers, Antonio Gates and Malcolm Floyd for sure. The Chargers running game is banged up but Ryan Matthews should be good to go. Start him but don’t expect huge numbers. For the Seahawks, Matt Hasselbeck will have to throw making him just an OK start. Outside of Hasselbeck, Justin Forsett has emerged as the unquestioned RB1 on Seattle and could be used if absolutely necessary. John Carlson has seen a lot of looks and could break out against a San Diego defense that has had troubles with opposing Tight Ends.

New York Jets (1-1) vs. Miami Dolphins (2-0)

Two great defenses will be featured in this game. For the Jets, they are likely to remain a run heavy offense but choosing who out of LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonne Greene will get the most touches is difficult. I am inclined to lean toward Tomlinson. Dustin Keller will likely be the most productive receiving threat for the Jets so give him the start. For the Fins, Brandon Marshall is a definite start especially since Darrelle Revis will sit this game out. Ronnie Brown is an OK start but Ricky Williams should ride the pine. If I own either of the two defenses, I am starting them as well.

Green Bay Packers (2-0) vs. Chicago Bears (2-0)

The Chicago Bears defense is reborn! That combined with the Green Bay struggles to run the ball against poor teams makes me think that Brandon Jackson should stay on your Fantasy bench this week. The Green Bay passing game, despite struggling last season against the Bears is all that they have going on offense. Start Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jermichael Finley with confidence. For the Bears, Jay Cutler has been great this season and warrants a start along with Matt Forte. The Chicago receivers are a crap shoot but if I had to rely on one, Johnny Knox would be the guy. Both defenses are startable too.

How about it, owners? Email me your thoughts or comment below!

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