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Week 3: Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

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Twitter is a wonderful thing. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what everyone is thinking at all times? How else would I know that Rodney Harrison thinks the Patriots are going to have trouble covering Tony Gonzalez this weekend? Or that Jonathan Stewart ate some chunky soup last night and likes the new Jay-Z album? You don’t think that I am better off knowing that Chad Ochocinco thinks 70 degrees and rainy is the perfect weather to either cuddle or get pregnant?

If you aren’t involved in this twitter thing you better get started. You can follow me at BOSsportsbeat as I will be making an effort to tweet my thoughts on fantasy sports news throughout the week. Enough delay, here’s my Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em for week three.

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Jake Delhomme, QB, Carolina (@ DAL)

Those who jumped off the Delhomme bandwagon after a rough season opener regretted it when he threw for 308 yards and a touchdown on Sunday vs. the Falcons. He doesn’t put up great numbers consistently, which makes him more a backup fantasy QB, but I would start him this week against a Cowboys defense that just watched Eli Manning and his crew of no-name WRs gain 330 yards through the air. I expect Delhomme and Steve Smith to have a nice game.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (@ TB)

Speaking of Eli Manning, he is coming off a monster game vs. the Cowboys and faces a much worse defense in Tampa Bay. So far this season, the Bucs have let up 583 passing yards for 5 touchdowns which means Manning and his WRs (specifically Steve Smith and Mario Manningham) should all have nice games for their fantasy owners. I would temper your expectations because I expect the Giants to have a nice lead by half time and could run the ball for the majority of the second half.

Other Mentions: Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta (@ NE),Byron Leftwich (vs. NYG), Joe Flacco (vs. CLE)

Sit ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh (@ CIN)

Be wary of the Bengals’ defense because they are quietly looking like a very good squad this year. Big Ben has enjoyed some success this year, but I think this game is much closer than people think and the Steelers will try to get their run game going as it has been pretty much non-existent this season.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay (vs. NYG)

There is a lot of hype surrounding Leftwich after a very nice two weeks, but I’m putting a stop to this madness. We are talking about Byron Leftwich here! Yes the Bucs have a horrible defense which means more pass attempts, but there’s no way you can expect Leftwich to put up 300+ yards in any game despite the matchup which, by the way, is not a very good one for him this week. If you are a McNabb owner go elsewhere for a fill in.

Other Mentions: Kyle Orton (@ OAK), Jason Campbell (@ DET), Brett Favre (vs. SF)

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Matt Forte, RB, Chicago (@ SEA)

I can hear the people now, “Obviously I’m starting Matt Forte he was a top-five pick.” Well it might not be so obvious to some owners because Forte has looked pretty bad so far. In two games, he has 84 rushing yards for 2.2 yards per carry and zero touchdowns. However, this week he faces Seattle where Frank Gore just enjoyed a 206 yard, two touchdown day. Look for this week to be Forte’s coming out party.

Fred Jackson, RB, Buffalo (vs. NO)

Has there been a better running back in the first two weeks than Fred Jackson? Ok, he’s ranked as the fifth best RB on Yahoo!, but that is only because he has only found the end zone once. His 328 total yards ranks first among RBs and he faces the Saints on Sunday. I can see this game turning into a shootout and with Fred Jackson very much involved in the pass game, I would definitely start him with confidence.

Other Mentions: Willis McGahee (vs. CLE), Ronnie Brown (vs. SD), Jamal Lewis (@ BAL)

Sit ‘Em

Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee (@ NYJ)

What a game for Chris Johnson last week, but let’s remember it was against the Texans. This week he faces a much tougher defense in the Jets and if you took anything out of the Patriots game it’s that the Jet’s defense was very effective in taking away the screen passes. It’s going to be tough to sit a first round pick, but if you have some running backs on the bench with better matchups, I would advise that you bench him.

Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati (vs. PIT)

Benson has been a monster this season. In two games he has rushed 50 times for 217 yards and a touchdown. However, he faces a tough Steelers defense this week that has not surrendered a rushing touchdown this season and has been the third toughest defense against RBs this season. Chances are Benson is your third or fourth RB so I would go another direction when looking for a flex guy.

Other Mentions: Darren McFadden (vs. DEN), Derrick Ward (vs. NYG), Larry Johnson (@ PHI)

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

Steve Smith, WR, NY Giants (@ TB)

I do like Steve Smith from Carolina this week as well, but this is about his slightly less talented counterpart. Smith has been the most consistent receiver on the Giants for probably two seasons and it seems that him and Eli Manning have developed a nice rapport. I like Smith to score against a crappy Bucs defense and would like to say that Smith might be a top 25 WR this season.

Terrell Owens, WR, Buffalo (vs. NO)

Owens is here because he is facing a porous Saints pass defense. I expect the Bills to put up some nice numbers through the air and they have to go somewhere. I think Owens can put up a monster game this Sunday and would also buy into Lee Evans this week. Start them with confidence.

Other Mentions: Percy Harvin (vs. SF), Devin Hester (@ SEA), Torry Holt (@ HOU)

Sit ‘Em

Santonio Holmes, WR, Pittsburgh (@ CIN)

I am totally buying into the Bengals defense this season and cornerback Leon Hall. I am going to assume that Hall, who could be the league’s top corner, matches up with Holmes this weekend because Ward does line up in the slot more often than not. This means a drop in production for Holmes and possibly a spike for Ward.

Eddie Royal, WR, Denver (@ OAK)

Eddie Royal has gotten off to a slow start with five catches for 38 yards in two games and facing Oakland with an improved defense is not something that makes Royal owners feel more comfortable. I would keep him on the bench until something positive comes out of this new Royal-Orton combo. It is clear that Kyle Orton is not as talented as Jay Cutler and it’s time we adjust the WR value accordingly.

Other Mentions: Patrick Crayton (vs. CAR), Justin Gage (@ NYJ), Laveranues Coles (vs. PIT)

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia (vs. KC)

Kevin Kolb showed that even though he sucks as a QB he cannot drag down the value of the players around him. Celek has quietly put up nice numbers this year with 14 catches for 141 yards and one touchdown. The Eagles host the Chiefs this week, which is a nice matchup for the Eagles’ offense despite McNabb being sidelined for the second straight week.

Anthony Fasano, TE, Miami (@ SD)

This is more of a gut feeling for me rather than a logical choice, but if you don’t have any good option at tight end this week I would take a flier on Fasano. The Chargers have not played well against tight ends since the beginning of last year and Fasano has yet to make an impact. The Dolphins aren’t very consistent with their targets in the pass game so it wouldn’t surprise me if Fasano put up a nice game here with a score.

Other Mentions: Jeremy Shockey (@ BUF), Todd Heap (vs. CLE), Kellen Winslow (vs. NYG)

Sit ‘Em

Zach Miller, TE, Oakland (vs. DEN)

I usually love Zach Miller, but JaMarcus Russell has looked awful so far and the Broncos defense has looked pretty good. Add that up and it equals benching Zach Miller.

Heath Miller, TE, Pittsburgh (@ CIN)

I’m hating on the Millers this week. The Steelers do not consistently look for Miller and like I said earlier I am a fan of the Bengals defense. Of course, I am sure that the Steelers will put up 40 points on them this week after I post this article, but you know, that’s the way this business goes.

Other Mentions: Vernon Davis (@ MIN), Greg Olsen (@ SEA), Visanthe Shiancoe (vs. SF)

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Discussion

5 comments for “Week 3: Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em”

  1. [...] teams that started the fantasy season 0-2 like mine did, week 3 is a must win. Check out my weekly start ‘em/sit ‘em column at the SoB [...]

    Posted by Week 3: Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em « The Boston Sports Beat | September 24, 2009, 6:48 pm
  2. Week 3: Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em: Twitter is a wonderful thing. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what everyone i.. http://bit.ly/uCxhd

    Posted by Sports of Boston | September 24, 2009, 5:53 pm
  3. my week 3 starts and sits: http://bit.ly/g30bM leave comments!

    Posted by George Fitopoulos | September 24, 2009, 7:06 pm
  4. I don’t know that I can trust your picks because you don’t even know that Chris Johnson and the Titans has not played the Texans. They played the Raiders where he had a great game and they played the Steelers in week 2 in wich CJ laid an egg due to an incredible performance by the Steeler defense.

    Posted by Daniel Smith | September 22, 2010, 9:23 pm
  5. @Daniel — This was posted last season…on Sept. 24, 2009.

    Posted by KC Downey | September 22, 2010, 10:07 pm

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