Week 3: Start or Sit Options

Week Two in fantasy football has concluded, and now most teams are forming, and players are getting used to what each player can do and will do. But this week marks the return of Josh Gordon and possibly Rob Gronkowski. If you have one or the other and happen to be 2-0, you are in a good position going forward.

Keep in mind, this is not the article to be reading if you want to be advised to start Aaron RodgersAdrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson Jr.

Here are the Starts and Sits for the week!



QB Matthew Stafford AT Washington

QB Robert Griffin III vs. Detroit

QB Alex Smith AT Philadelphia

Stafford and Smith go against the two worst secondaries in the NFL, and should have huge games. In RG3 is starting to heat up, and will need a huge game for the Redskins to be able to counteract their awful defense vs. the Lions. Expect that to be a shootout.


QB Andy Dalton vs. Green Bay

QB Matt Schaub AT Baltimore

QB Ben Roethlisberger vs. Chicago

Schaub has been very good this season, but against a much improved Baltimore defense since week one, he may struggle. Andy Dalton and Ben Roethlisberger have terrible matchups this week, and should be sat if there is a better option available on the bench or on the waiver wire.


RB Jamaal Charles AT Philadelphia

RB DeAngelo Williams vs. NYG

Charles should be starting in most leagues anyway, but especially this week. He has a terrific matchup and will look to amass over a hundred yards and a touchdown. Deangelo Williams is quietly am0ng the league leaders in rushing and hopes to fine the end zone this week against the Giants.


RB Ahmad Bradshaw AT San Francisco

RB Lamar Miller vs. Atlanta

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis vs. Green Bay

Bradshaw and Miller have below average matchups this week, and each of their teams will likely rely on the pass more this week to win. Bradshaw should be the feature back going forward, so this may be the last week to sit him. Miller scored last week, but the Falcons run defense will likely succeed this week against the Dolphins below average offensive line. Green-Ellis should see a drop in carries after rookie Giovani Bernard stepped up last week and scored two touchdowns.

WR Pierre Garcon vs. Detroit

WR Steve Smith vs. NYG

WR Tavon Austin AT Dallas

Pierre Garcon has been a favorite in fantasy leagues everywhere so far this year, and it should continue this week against the Lions. Steve Smith will likely see a lot of looks in what promises to be a shootout against the Giants. Tavon Austin broke out last week, and will be the fastest player on the field this week, which could lead to a few big plays


WR Mike Wallace vs. Atlanta

WR James Jones AT Cincinnati

WR Antonio Brown vs. Chicago

Although the Dolphins should throw the ball a lot this week, Mike Wallace will be covered by one of the better pass defenses in the game. The Falcons have two good safeties who will cover the deep ball, limiting Wallace’s chances for a touchdown. James Jones and Antonio Brown do not have good matchups against two of the better defenses in the NFL.


TE Owen Daniels AT Baltimore

TE Antonio Gates AT Tennessee

TE Greg Olsen vs. NYG

All three of the above players should be the focal point of the passing game this week for their teams. Daniels will get many targets against the Ravens young linebackers, Gates will be a go-to for Rivers again this week, and Greg Olsen is bigger and faster than anyone likely to cover him for the Giants. Look for each of these players to perform well this week.


TE Tony Gonzalez

TE Brandon Myers

TE Coby Fleener

Gonzalez seems to have hit a wall this season, as he does not look like his normal self. The Dolphins have good safeties and should keep Gonzalez from catching many balls. Brandon Myers strictly scores in garbage time this year, and the Giants may not have that opportunity this week. Coby Fleener was named the starter for the rest of the year as Dwayne Allen was placed on IR, but he has not shown the ability that he had in college yet, so wait for him to be a consistent producer to start him.


DST Minnesota Vikings

DST New England Patriots

The Vikings go against the Cleveland Browns, who may not have Brandon Weeden, and the Patiors go against the Bucs who are starting to look a wreck after losing two close games they should have won.


DST Kansas City Chiefs

DST Cincinnati Bengals

Both these defenses have been very good so far this season, but each play against a dynamic offense this week. The Chiefs go against Chip Kelly and the Eagles, whereas the Bengals go against Mike McCarthy and the Packers.