Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 3: Start Frank Gore, Sit Roddy White
Michael Vick (Eagles): Many people drafted Vick as a backup QB, but he should be starting in most instances. Vick has passed for 631 yards, four TDs and zero INTs, while rushing for 77 yards on 15 carries with two TDs. Even against a good Kansas City defense on Thursday night in a short week, Vick is a good play.
Tony Romo (Cowboys): Some may be disappointed in Romo so far. He has passed for 561 yards and three TDs in two games and the Cowboys have taken many shots deep. Continue to roll with Romo. The Rams have allowed an average of 330.5 yards passing per game and four passing TDs.
Sam Bradford (Rams): Bradford is playing well and spreading the ball around, taking what the defense gives him. The Cowboys have allowed 627 passing yards and Bradford has 651 passing yards, five TDs and two INTs thus far.
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers): Forget history. This isn’t the same Steelers team and it is keeping Roethlisberger from being Fantasy relevant. The team can’t run the ball and the offense is a mess. A matchup against the Bears won’t help things.
Tom Brady (Patriots): Rob Gronkowski might sit out one more week and Danny Amendola is still out. As we saw last week, the Patriots young wide receivers are still raw. Even though it came against a good Jets defense and it was a Thursday night game, Brady struggled, going 19 of 39 for 185 yards and just one TD. The Buccaneers defense is good and held Drew Brees to just one TD and two INTs last week. Expectations for Brady need to be tempered until the team gets healthy. Too many people have asked about Vick or Brady. It’s Vick.
Joe Flacco (Ravens): The Ravens offense lacks playmakers and Flacco gets a tough matchup against the Texans, who have allowed just 312 passing yards in the first two games.
Joique Bell (Lions): Bell will be an excellent start if Reggie Bush doesn’t play. Even if Bush does play he could be limited, leading to more touches for Bell and making him a flex play. Bell has 10 receptions in two games and still plays a role in the offense when Bush is playing. The matchup is very attractive against an anysmal Redskins defense that has allowed 5.7 yards per carry.
Knowshon Moreno (Broncos): While Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman were getting drafted way before Moreno, guess who is the back to own at the moment? Once again, like last season at the end, Moreno is the most trusted Broncos running back. Moreno isn’t spectacular, but he looked as good as he ever has against the Giants last week. He had 13 carries for 93 yards with two TDs and caught three passes for 14 yards. Against the Raiders, Moreno is a solid play.
Frank Gore (49ers): Gore owners are extremely frustrated. They didn’t expect such a bad start to the season. The 49ers have been unable to establish a running game, but the lack of success in Seattle last week isn’t surprising. Gore has 60 yards rushing and one TD in two games. He will eclipse that total this week against the Colts, who have allowed an average of 136 yards rushing per game. Don’t abandon Gore this week.
James Starks (Packers): Starks surprised many with a huge game last week against the Redskins after Eddie Lacy left with a concussion. Starks had 20 carries for 132 yards with a TD and caught four passes for 36 yards. Some teams, especially in deeper leagues, might be desperate with the injuries at running back, but this is not a good matchup against the Bengals. Starks took advantage of some huge holes and one of the worst defenses in the NFL. The Bengals have allowed 125 yards rushing and just 2.8 yards per carry.
Montee Ball (Broncos): There’s a chance he gets some goal-line carries and maybe the game against the Raiders turns into a blowout and an opportunity to get Ball going. While this may happen, it’s risky and Ball fumbled near the end zone last week and has not looked good gaining just 40 yards on 20 carries.
Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars): If you’re in a 16-team league and MJD plays, you might not have better options. Still, it’s not a good week to use Jones-Drew, as he is coming off an ankle injury and the Jaguars offense is horrid. Add in the fact the Jaguars are playing in Seattle, and it’s a recipe for Fantasy nightmares.
Anquan Boldin (49ers): After 13 receptions for 208 yards with a TD in Week 1, Boldin saw a lot of Richard Sherman and he was shut down with one catch for seven yards on four targets. Boldin will bounce back against the Colts. So, don’t hold last week against him, have convenient amnesia and forget it happened.
DeAndre Hopkins (Texans): Even if Andre Johnson plays, Hopkins has already shown that he will play a role in the offense. He came through with some clutch catches last week, and that will only build the Texans’ confidence in him. Hopkins has 20 targets and 12 catches for 183 yards with a TD.
Dwayne Bowe (Chiefs): Bowe owners are concerned with the conservative nature of the Chiefs’ offense, as Alex Smith is not throwing the ball downfield. Bowe has just 86 yards with a TD in two games, but should have one of his best games of the season this week against the Eagles, who have allowed 721 passing yards and five TDs.
Roddy White (Falcons): Until White starts to put in full practices, it’s difficult to start him with confidence. He played just 34 of 64 snaps in Week 2 and has just five catches for 40 yards in two games. White did not practice Wednesday.
Greg Jennings (Vikings): After three catches for 33 yards in Week 1, Jennings was more involved with five catches for 84 yards in Week 2. The Browns defense has been solid allowing 452 yards and two passing TDs in two games, while the Vikings’ passing game is inconsistent.
Kenny Britt (Titans): Forget about potential and talent. Britt was benched for lazy blocking and committing penalties in Week 2. He has five catches for 43 yards and the conservative nature of the offense doesn’t help.
Coby Fleener (Colts): Dwayne Allen needs hip surgery and is out for the season and that boosts Fleener in a big way. Fleener had eight targets in Week 2, catching four passes for 68 yards with a TD without Allen playing. Fleener had another TD called back because of a penalty. He’s a TE1 the rest of the way and should be added if he’s a free agent.
Greg Olsen (Panthers): The Panthers lack weapons on offense and the targets will come the way of Olsen. He had five catches for 56 yards on 10 targets in Week 1 against a tough Seahawks’ defense and had seven receptions for 84 yards with a TD last week against the Bills. The Giants have allowed three TDs to tight ends the first two weeks.
Fred Davis (Redskins): It’s just not happening for Davis and it’s even more deflating considering the Redskins have passed heavily due to big deficits the first two weeks. He has two catches for 25 yards on six targets and played just 16 snaps last week due to missed assignments.
Brandon Pettigrew (Lions): Another player living off name value. He’s not good and his success the past few seasons was a product of volume. Pettigrew has 10 targets and caught five passes for 38 yards.
Garrett Hartley (Saints): It should be a shootout with the Cardinals.
Justin Tucker (Ravens): He’s a good kicker, but the offense is struggling.
Minnesota Vikings: The Browns offense is struggling and Brian Hoyer will start at quarterback this week. The offensive line has allowed 11 sacks and the Vikings also have the threat of Cordarrelle Patterson to score on special teams.
Cincinnati Bengals: This is a good defense, but a matchup against the Packers’ explosive offense means a spot on the bench in Week 3.