Welcome to another addition of the SCFE start-sit column! It’s not time to freak out yet unless you planned to start Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, C.J. Anderson, Dez Bryant, Eric Decker, Jordan Cameron, and Josh Scobee to start the year. If you own this team, retire from Fantasy Football. Fate has decided this is not for you.
For the rest of you we move on to Week 3, hopefully with a couple wins under our belts. You should be getting a better feel for where the strengths and weaknesses lie on your team.
Things like targets, carries and yards per touch are going to help you figure out who is in good or bad shape going forward. For example, Joseph Randle appears to be getting the most carries in Dallas, but 2.8 yards per carry means he’s not going to keep getting them unless there is improvement.
As we look at our start-sit options for this week, keep in mind whether these players are trending up or down in the larger picture as well to help you decide where to go next week and going forward for your starters, and where to look to improve your squad.
So, let’s take a look at who should take a seat and who’s next in line on your Fantasy starting lineup!
Week 3 Start-Sit
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
The Bears have now been lit up by the Packers and Cardinals through the air. Both team have above average passing games, but I don’t think Carson Palmer ever even broke a sweat last week. Wilson is a Top Five option at QB this week and should have no trouble racking up yards passing and running pretty much at will.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
I just can’t quit Fitzpatrick. He’s a spot starter, at best, but I always fall for this early season production. This time he’s hanging out with his old pal Chan Gailey, but has added the best receiver he’s ever had to their gang in Brandon Marshall. Eric Decker sounds iffy this week but Philadelphia is currently battling internally to determine which unit is worse, their offense or defense. If you lost your QB and are in a pinch, Fitzmagic may not disappear for another few weeks.
Nick Foles is worth consideration in your 16 team league or as a DFS play this weekend. I hope you have a better option, but if you had Romo and Bradford and missed out on picking up the Tyrod Taylor’s of Fantasy land, Foles is worth a dart throw. The Steelers should be putting up some points and Foles should be throwing on a team with a deficient secondary.
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Ok, so its officially time to get worried about the Eagles offense. After staying optimistic through two weeks, its time to admit that this offense is looking awfully conservative, has big time offensive line problems, and was absolutely painful to watch last weekend. Things don’t look any better this week as the Eagles travel to Jersey to get beat up by a good Jets defense.
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— Sports Vines (@SportsViness) September 23, 2015
Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
Taylor is up there with Matt Jones as far as Fantasy darlings go right now. While he’s looked lost at times, he’s still put up Top Five QB numbers through the first two weeks. The Miami Defense was coveted by Fantasy owners during draft season and angered many with an ugly game against the perennial door mat Jaguars last week. It may be time for some correction this week. I could see Taylor come crashing back to reality this week while the Dolphins D shuts this offense down.
Frank Gore, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
Alright Gore owners, I owe you this. After spending time in the dog house through his first two weeks, its time for Gore to step up and reward patient owners in Week 3. The Titans run defense should be like running through cobwebs after the Bills and Jets. Start Frank with confidence this week.
Latavius Murray, Oakland Raiders at Cleveland Browns
Murray is quickly turning into a three down back for the Raiders. Roy Helu hasn’t even touched the ball yet this year after some thought he would fill a third down role. Murray has handled the ball a total of 36 times through two games for 167 combined yards and a score. Cleveland is allowing 160 yards on the ground per game so far and looks much more susceptible to running backs compared to receivers. Expect the Raiders to realize this and use their new bell cow to carry the load this week.
Melvin Gordon may be game flow dependent but will be productive when the Chargers are competitive. The Vikings got torched by a similar back in Carlos Hyde in Week 1. The Lions run defense looks like a crappy sequel to last year’s hit. They are leaky and C.J. Anderson might deserve just one more chance to show he was worth drafting. If he can’t produce this week he should ride the pine until he proves he can put together Fantasy points. Not that you need the motivation but Green Bay has allowed 154 rushing yards per game so far and Jamaal Charles is coming to town.
DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
First, the Jets defense is good against the run. Second, Murray has 11 rushing yards through two games. Let me say that again, 11 rushing yards through two games. Its ok to panic about Murray at this point. Third, Murray tweaked his hamstring in practice on Wednesday and may not be 100% healthy. This is not what you expected when you took Murray with your second round pick.
Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
With Tevin Coleman nursing broken ribs, Freeman will be the lead back for Atlanta for at least a few games. I have real doubts about his ability to sustain a running game on his back. His value is boosted in PPR leagues as the Falcons likely move to a higher volume passing attack, but don’t expect him to run for 100 yards a game any time soon. With Cowboys backer Sean Lee fully healthy, Dallas has allowed 53 yards rushing a game. This is not a matchup in which to expect much from Freeman.
Brandon Marshall, New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Marshall has been dominant so far for the Jets. With Eric Decker likely out, the offense will become even more Marshall-centric this week against an Eagles defense that wouldn’t be able to stop the Eagles offense.
Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
I think the Colts figure out how to put their offense in gear this week. Moncrief looks like the best receiver Andrew Luck has so far this season and might be cementing himself into significant looks going forward. I like Moncrief until Andre Johnson shows he has something left in the tank and pushes the young wideout back into the No. 3 receiver spot.
Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans vs. Indianapolis Colts
If I am actually right and the Colts decide to be good this week, the Titans are going to be in “come from behind” mode the entire second half. This means 10-15 targets for Kendall Wright with lots of garbage time production. I like him particularly in PPR leagues to rack up catches and yards in this one.
Andre Johnson, Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
See Donte Moncrief above. I was targeting Johnson in my redraft leagues and didn’t get him anywhere. I was disappointed after my last draft that he was primed to have one last good year and hit double digit TDs for the first time, all without me owning a single share. Well, thank the stars, because it looks like I was totally wrong and he turned 50 during the offseason. Maybe he gets back into shape, but the film so far says he has lost it. I wouldn’t start him until he shows he can separate from defenders and put up a decent Fantasy stat line.
Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles at New York Jets
Matthews has been the lone bright spot this year for the Eagles. Its concerning though that he has done most of his damage in the fourth quarter when the team goes into “do or die” mode. This offense looks lost and I’m worried that one of these weeks Matthews gets shut out. While Darrelle Revis has stayed mainly outside, I wouldn’t be surprised if Todd Bowles throws Revis into the slot to blanket Matthews and take away the one thing the Eagles have had to move the chains.
Jimmy Graham, Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
There have been whispers that Graham is not happy with his targets, or lack thereof. What this usually means in football is that Graham is about to get a ton of attention to fix the hurt feelings. Emotions aside, this is the week Seattle will want to go to the air against a Bears D that is brutal in the defensive backfield. Expect the Seahawks to kill two birds with one stone by drubbing the Bears while feeding their All-Pro tight end.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2015
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Cook has a history of being wildly inconsistent, but so far this year he has five catches in each game and looks to be a favorite target for Nick Foles. He will inevitably fall on his face and disappear but he is worth starting if you need a fill in this week. Game flow should dictate that the Rams throw the ball often, so another five catches doesn’t seem like too much to ask for.
Martellus Bennett, Chicago Bears at Seattle Seahawks
Blame Jay Cutler for this. His injury brings down all receivers in Chicago including, Bennett. The Bears also have to travel to Seattle and play in one of the tougher home stadiums in the league with a back up QB. This has offensive disaster written all over it. Avoid Bears where possible.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
After allowing 34 and 27 points in their first two weeks, some may have been doubting the first defense taken in most drafts. For the concerned owners, you can rest easy now. That ninth round pick still wasn’t worth it, but you get the Seahawks at home against Jimmy Clausen. So, you have that going for you.
Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
Wow, how things change in a year. This would have been an insane pick last year. However, Dan Quinn has injected attitude into the Falcons defense and while they lack talent, they have guile. The Cowboys have lost DeMarco Murray, Tony Romo, and Dez Bryant since last year. Jason Witten might also use a walker during the game due to his two sprained ankles. With Brandon Weeden leading the Cowboys charge, there’s a chance the Falcons put up Top 10 defense stats this week.
St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Rams were widely taken as a Top Five defense going into the season. They may have beaten the Seahawks but still let in 31 points. Then they looked like a Division III team against the lowly Redskins. They should pick things up, but this is not the week. The Steelers looked unstoppable before Le’Veon Bell was available and he is expected back this week from his suspension. Look elsewhere for defensive production this week.
Best of luck with your fantasy football teams this week! Hopefully our start-sit column helps guide you to victory in week 3. Make sure to check out our plethora of other fantasy football articles including waiver wire advice, weekly rankings, daily talk, and other life changing information right here!
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