Start Em Sit Em Week 3

Start Em Sit Em Week 3

Start Em Sit Em Week 3 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start the Seattle Defense at home vs a Cutler-less Chicago Bears team ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours  Good Luck this week!

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

CAR Cam Newton (vs N.O.) – If you saw the Saints Week 2 game, you saw a rookie QB ( Jameis Winston)…on the road….put up star that topped QBs Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer- The Saints defense STINKS ( and so does their offense)

MIA Ryan Tannehill (vs BUFF) – If you don’t remember what QB Tom Brady did vs BUFF last week, I am happy to remind you….466 yards and 3 TDs ( 0 INTs)- Tannehill isn’t Brady but he is very accurate and running the ball against that BUFF DEF will be tough

DAL Brandon Weeden (vs ATL) – Weeden will be more efficient than most think and with a week to prepare vs the #24 defense ( ATL)  he’ll put up decent numbers, and a couple trash TDs at the end ( hopefully very few INTS)

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

WASH Matt Jones ( at NYG)- Great start to season- a home run hitter and a great match up Thursday

ARI Chris Johnson (vs SF) – I like his match up and the ARI offense overall- SF ranked #30 defense

SD Melvin Gordon (at MINN) –16 carries for 88 yards Week 2, but he is yet to get into the end zone this year- I believe that streak ends Week 3

CAR Jonathon Stewart (vs N.O.) – The Saints defense is atrocious, they are 30th against the run. This is the game Stewart’s been waiting for, if he’s healthy and starts

IND Frank Gore ( vs TENN)- One of my favorite moves of the off-season, but Gore is yet to have a good game. I have to believe the Colts will turn this around, force rookie M Mariota  into mistakes and have the ball a lot

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

IND Donte Moncrief (vs TENN) – Solid since getting more playing time. TY Hilton is not 100% and Andre Johnson is struggling

DAL Terrance Williams (vs ATL ) – New QB Weeden has had more time practicing with Terrance Williams ( now the #1 WR in DAL) since joining the Cowboys, so it makes sense that they would have chemistry

BALT Steve Smith ( vs CINN)- Keep riding Smith while he’s fresh

SEA Doug Baldwin (vs CHI) – The Bears are dead last in the NFL for defense and the Seahawks are 0-2. Seattle will make a statement in this game with a lot of points- this is the riskiest of the WRs list in Start Em

CAR WR Ted Ginn Jr/ Corey Brown ( vs N.O.) NO Brees and a bad Saints Defense

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

GB Richard Rodgers (vs DET ) – GB QB A Rodgers is missing his best weapon, and his comfort level with WE Davante Adams isn’t there like it was in the playoffs last season. Also, RB E Lacy is dinged up so QB Rodgers is relying on his TE more- 3 catches for 23 yards- 1 TD Week 2

DET Eric Ebron ( vs GB)- TD receptions in each game this year, and DET will likely be behind early in this game- QB Stafford is beat up, but he usually plays hurt and will likely look for Ebron often under pressure

WASH Jordan Reed ( at DAL)- 7 receptions Week 1 ( and a TD) and 6 receptions Week 2. QB K Cousins counts on him

Defense
Start ‘Em

Carolina (vs N.O.) – You have to start the Panthers DEF vs a struggling Saints team and QB Drew Brees is hurting

New England (vs JACK) – 9th vs the pass. The Pats will 1) stop the run- 2) confuse JACK QB Bortles into mistakes

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- LINK

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

DET Matthew Stafford (vs DEN) – Stafford isn’t a guy that you drafted to sit the bench…I get it…..but IF he plays, he’s not 100% and playing the #1 defense in the NFL. 3 INTS already in 2015. This week consider other options

STL Nick Foles (vs NYJ) – You are sitting Foles because STL Nick Foles (vs NYJ)

MINN Teddy Bridewater (vs SD) – The MINN defense is not very good so SD will put points. After establishing the run for the best part of 3 qtrs, the Vikings will be force to pass and it won’t be enough- Bridgewater Week 2- 14/18 for 153 yards

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

MIA Lamar Miller (vs BUFF) – RB Miller had 2 great match ups Week 1 & 2 and did nothing- Week 3 is a bad one (and unless this is Seinfeld’s Bizzaro Miller and always does the opposite of what he should do ) Miller should struggle Week 3

TB Doug Martin (at HOU) – He had one good game in the preseason which made his ADP soar. He has yet to hit the end zone and I doubt Houston lets him in Week 3

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

N.O. Brandon Cooks (at CAR ) – It pains me to list him here, but what has he done??? AND he is facing the #2 defense in the NFL vs the pass AND QB Brees is OUT- Back up QB L McCown will start- last NFL pass was in 2011)

PITT Markus Wheaton (at STL) – Wheaton just doesn’t jell with QB Big Ben the way WR Martavis Bryant does- everyone thought he would ( including me) but he doesn’t. You may have to start him and I hope I’m wrong about sitting him- Through 2 weeks so far- 122 total yards – zero TDs

KC Jeremy Maclin (at GB ) – If you started Maclin Week 1 & 2, you wish you hadn’t. Maybe he finally has a good week, but I am not gambling my fantasy week on a “maybe” QB A Smith throws his 1st TD pass to a WR since 2013

PHIL Nelson Agholor ( at NYJ)- No TDs….No Chemistry with QB Sam Bradford…No chance he starts for me

CAR D Funchess ( vs N.O. ) Even against the Saints I’m not starting him. ( He isn’t even on any of my teams anymore)

(…I also don’t trust MIN WR Charles Johnson-2/27 yds Week 1- 3/ 10 yards week 2)

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

NYG Larry Donnell (vs Wash) – WASH is average defending tight ends, but Donnell is only averaging 25 yards a game after 2 weeks and NYG QB Eli Manning isn’t playing very well- He has gotten a TD Week 1 & 2, so in a TD only league he may be OK

BALT Crocket Gillmore ( vs CINN )- Great Week 2, but that was against Oaklnd…the WORST teams the TE position. This week is CINN, who are 5th best vs TEs

Defense
Sit ‘Em

KC Defense (at GB) – Houston and Denver both lit up KC’s secondary this year…QB A Rodgers is licking his chops

N.O Defense ( at CAR)- If Cam had better WRs, this would be a laugher