2010 Fantasy Football Start/Sit Week 3

Sep 24, 2010


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Here’s some sit and start advice as you set your lineups for the opening week of the NFL season.
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Quarterbacks
Start:
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens:  I was hard on him the first two weeks based on his match-ups against the Jets and Bengals. This week life is easier as he gets a chance to rebound against Cleveland. He has a 95.9 career passer rating against the Browns.
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Sit:
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears:  Cutler struggled against Green Bay last year with a 55.7 passer rating. He had 3 TDs and 6 INTs. I’d still likely start him if you don’t have a suitable backup, but if you have a quality QB2, this may be a week to make the switch.
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Running Backs
Start:
Knowshon Moreno, Denver Broncos:  The Giants were inept on offense against the Colts, but Bradshaw still managed to run for 89 yards at a 5.2 ypc clip. Don’t expect Moreno to do a Arian Foster impersonation, but he could put up Bradshaw numbers. He has a decent chance of scoring in his third straight game, plus he’s active in the passing game.
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Fred Taylor, New England Patriots:  It’s hard to rely on a Patriots RB, but Taylor has a nice match-up against Buffalo, who are tied with a league-high three rushing TDs allowed. The Bills will look to shut down the passing game, which will make them susceptible to the run.
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Sit:
Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  After the number they did on Michael Turner and Chris Johnson in their first two games, you simply have to leave your Caddy in the garage. The Steelers have allowed just 102 yards on the ground at 2.2 ypc.
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Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers:  I was all for using Jackson last week, but I’m for sitting him this week as they face the Bears’ #1 run defense. They are giving up just 1.4 ypc and have allowed a mere 56 yards on the ground this year.
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Wide Receivers
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Santana Moss, Washington Redskins:  St. Louis has given up nearly 250 passing yard per game despite facing the inept Cardinals and Raiders. This week they take on the Redskins, who have averaged 282 ypg. Moss has 16 catches in two games, and should be busy on Sunday.
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Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys:  The Houston Texans have allowed 822 yards in two games. It’s not just the stud WRs making the plays. Austin Collie went for 163 in the opener. Joey Galloway had 88 in the second game.
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Sit:
Mario Manningham, New York Giants:  Manningham is off to a hot start with 160 yards and a score in the Giantas first two games. He faces the Titans, who have allowed just 179 yards and 1 TD through the air in their first two games.
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Chicago Bears WRs:  I’m not saying that the Packers shut down Devin Hester, Devin Aromashodu, and Johnny Knox. It’s just going to be difficult to pinpoint which WR will perform the best. Plus, they are facing the Packers who have allowed 233 passing yards in two games.
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Tight Ends
Start:
Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins:  Cooley has been active in the passing game as well. He should exploit the Rams’ pass defense.
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Sit:
Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers:  Pittsburgh QBs are dropping like flies. Miller will be asked to stay in and pass protect.
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Kicker
Start:
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants:  The Titans have allowed six FGs in two games. They are tough against the pass, which is the Giants’ strength. I could see multiple FG opportunities.

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Sit:
Dan Carpenter, Miami Dolphins:  Carpener has just two FGs and three PATs in two games. The Jets have allowed just one FG and three PATs in two games. Plus, Carpenter had just two FGs in their two meetings last year.

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Defenses
Start:
New England Patriots:  The Bills have struggled to move the football. Playing the Patriots in New England won’t help matters.

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Sit:
Atlanta Falcons:  Atlanta has five sacks and four INTs in two games while giving up just 22 points. You can throw their hot start out the window though as they take on the Saints.
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15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rad
    September 24th, 2010 at 6:51 am #

    Hey les, long time no see brother. I’m thinking of starting Vick over Romo (Cowboys might finally focus on running this week). Good move?

  2. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 7:04 am #

    I would go with Romo personally. Houston has allowed like 822 yards through the air in the first two games.

  3. Rotoprofessor
    September 24th, 2010 at 8:23 am #

    Agreed on Romo, Houston’s defense has looked awful.

    Lester, what are your thoughts on Jamaal Charles? He’s been extremely frustrating thus far this year.

  4. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    Jamaal is frustrating this year for sure. It would be hard to play him this week against SF’s #6 run defense, especially with Thomas Jones getting so much work.

  5. Mike S.h
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    hey Lest,
    I have to get rid of one WR either maclin or driver who would you keep and who would you drop

  6. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    I’d try to trade one of them. If pressed I’d choose Driver at this point.

  7. Mike S.h
    September 24th, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    yeah I would like to trade but have to drop one so driver to me seemed like one to keep also but maclin has been consistent so it seems like a wash to me either way probably breaking even

  8. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    True. Driver has more stability at QB, which is why I thought him. The rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

  9. Mike S.h
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    pick 2 to start who would ya use, Mark Clayton , malcolm Floyd, mike tolbert,, donald driver

  10. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    do you get points per reception?

  11. Mike S.h
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    forgot to add not a PPR league straight scoring, 0.1 pts for yards receiving yards

  12. LestersLegends
    September 24th, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    I’d lean towards Tolbert and Driver then.

  13. Anonymous
    September 24th, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Favre vs Orton

  14. LestersLegends
    September 25th, 2010 at 6:09 am #

    I’d go with Favre against the Lions.

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