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Fantasy Football Week 3 Start ’em / Sit ’em

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By: Joe Bond / A.J. Applegarth

Here we go with this week’s edition of “Start ‘em / Sit ‘em”, Fantasy Football Fans!  Be sure to adjust your rosters accordingly, and as always, these are just our opinions based on this week’s matchups.  Good luck with your teams!  Let’s do it!

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Andy Dalton (QB – Cin) – Dalton struggled the first week against a very tough Baltimore defense, but last week he lit up a Cleveland defense that held Michael Vick in-check in week 1.  Washington, Dalton’s opponent this week, has allowed the 3rd most points to opposing quarterbacks, including Sam Bradford.

Jay Cutler (QB – Chi)  – Cutler is being ranked low in a lot of rankings I’ve looked at for this week, most likely due to the disaster of a game he had last week.  What we all forget, though, is that the Rams defense is just plain bad! They have allowed the 4th most points to opposing quarterbacks, one of those QB’s being rookie RGIII.

Daryl Richardson (RB – StL) – I’m not sold that Steven Jackson is 100% healthy.  If that is the case, then Richardson will see plenty of work.  He has a tough matchup against the Bears, but I think he can still make a good low end RB2 or flex play.

Kenny Britt (WR – Ten) – Last week he was just getting his feet wet and it showed with only 1 catch for 5 yards.  This week, however, he goes against a fairly soft Lions defense, and Britt should see a bit more open space.

Reggie Wayne (WR – Ind) – Reggie Wayne has clearly become the favorite target for Andrew Luck. That is a very good thing because they have to throw the ball so much due to their lack of a solid running game, as well as their penchant for having to come from behind in games.  

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Willis McGahee (RB -Den)  – He is facing Houston this week and we all know how good that defense is at stopping the run.  About the only good thing McGahee has going for him is the fact that Peyton Manning is the best at audibling into runs in the perfect situations.

Trent Richardson (RB – Cle) – It seems like a juicy matchup against the Bills who have allowed on average 17 points a game to opposing running backs.  My problem with Richardson is that he is a rookie and still needs to prove to me that he can get it done before I trust starting him over other backs.

Darren McFadden (RB – Oak) – He is facing the Steelers, need I say more? No, really though, if he can get shut down by the Miami Dolphins, do I really think the Steelers are going to have a problem keeping McFadden in check?  The answer is no.

Adrian Peterson (RB – Min) – There couldn’t be a tougher matchup for Peterson this week.  Not only is he a running back still making a comeback from a torn-up knee, but facing the best run defense in the league, the 49ers, does not make me confident.  I’m probably still starting him, just because it is Peterson, but I wouldn’t blame you for sitting him if you have other decent options.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR – Ari)  – As I mentioned the rankings, Fitz scares me right now.  He has a total of six fantasy points this season, and I don’t think its going to get much better until the quarterback situation for the Cardinals improves.  His talent alone can salvage a game or two, but I would hate to be an owner of him this season.

Greg Jennings (WR – GB)  – An injured wide receiver on a team with what seems like 10 other options to throw to is a bad combination to me.  Jennings already seems like he has taken a backseat to Jordy Nelson, but add a groin injury to the mix and he probably takes a backseat to Cobb and Finley, as well.

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About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @F6P_Joe, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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