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An 0-2 start may be an awful way to begin the 2013 fantasy football season, but there is still time to recover with injuries to running backs and different sleeper options at quarterback and wide receiver as the season goes forward. The Week 3 schedule may be tough for some teams, but the matchups below should help you decide what the best play is for a much-needed victory.
Michael Vick (vs. Kansas City): Vick has averaged 33 points per game and has not thrown a single pick in his two contests. The Chiefs may be solid defensively through two games, but if the Eagles’ quarterback and continue to say healthy, then he should always be in your lineup.
Rashard Mendenhall (vs. New Orleans): This game will be a shootout for both squads as the Saints’ defense has still not gotten anything together in the 2013 season. Both Stephen Jackson and Doug Martin ran for over 100 yards, so look for Mendenhall to get the ball rolling for the Cardinals’ offense.
Anquan Boldin (vs. Indianapolis): After scoring zero points in a Week 2 mathup against the Seahawks, expect Boldin to go off for at least 16 fantasy points in standard leagues. The 49ers will be hungry for a victory and Boldin will lead the charge on the offensive side of the ball.
Greg Olsen (vs. New York Giants): Olsen caught seven passes for 98 yards against the Giants last season and already has 17 targets through the first two games for the Panthers. Cam Newton will look to pick apart the defense of the Giants, who has allowed more than 20 points for fantasy quarterbacks and Olsen is one of his top options down the field.
Steven Hauschka (vs. Jacksonville): After allowing 13 fantasy points to Janikowski last week, Jacksonville will have to stop another hot kicker in Hauschka. Jacksonville’s defense won’t be able to stop the attack of the Seahawks and Hauschka should benefit in this Week 3 contest.
Minnesota DEF (vs. Cleveland): Brian Hoyer was named the Week 3 starter and he has always been a career backup. It also helps that Trent Richardson is out of the picture after the Browns dealt him this week to the Colts. The Vikings should feast on interceptions and lack of offensive ability for the Browns.
Russell Wilson (vs. Oakland): Wilson was pretty solid last week against the defense of the 49ers, but the Seahawks shouldn’t really need the quarterback against one of the worst offenses and defenses of the league. Expect average numbers from Wilson.
Maurice Jones-Drew (vs. Seattle): Seattle’s run defense has been solid in 2013 and Maurice Jones-Drew has not looked good with a total 74 yards through his first two games. Gore only finished with 16 yards on nine carries in Week 2 against Seattle, so don’t expect much from Jones-Drew with the ailing foot.
Cecil Shorts (vs. Seattle): Richard Sherman has been a lockdown corner all season long and Shorts will have a tough battle going into this contest. Plus, the horrid quarterback play for the Jaguars would be a tough play in this week’s matchup against the Seahawks. Just avoid the Jaguars at all this week.
Fred Davis (vs. Detroit): Davis has not looked like the main target with three catches and 25 yards through the first two games. Jordan Reed has been targeted three more times and has caught eight passes for 56 yards and a score. Davis may no longer be the tight end option in Washington.
Justin Tucker (vs. Houston): With two missed field goals in his Week 2 matchup, expect Tucker not to do much better against a Houston defense that has allowed tow total field goals in the first two weeks.
Miami DEF (vs. Atlanta): This is a tough sale, but the Dolphins will be up against one of the toughest offenses in the NFL. Matt Ryan will use his deep threats to make this came a shootout, which does not bode well for any defense in this game.