Did you have a good Week 2? This week is a transition week, because of the many injuries we've seen over the past 2 weeks, fantasy line-ups are switiching and are in a constant state of flux. So, this advice may be more important than ever this week.
Who to Start:
QB Cam Newton (CAR) vs. JAX: For now, I retract any "Scam Newton" comments until he comes back down to earth. He has shocked everyone with his play, and there is no reason to wait for it to fall just yet. He faces a Jags D that has back 4 questions, even though it hasn't been as bad as many people think it has been.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) vs. PHI: Tom Coughlin should subscribe to the power football theory already. The strength of a battered Giants offense is cleary their running game, and against an Eagles rush defense that has been woeful in the first two games, Bradshaw should get the perfect combination of more touches and great matchup to have a big game.
WR Steve Johnson (BUF) vs. NE: No one, circles the wagons, like the Buffalo Bills (Chris Berman Voice), or at least so far in the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been lights out for the Bills so far this season, and that means great things for Steve Johnson, who goes up against a Pats pass D that has been lit up so far this season.
WR Santana Moss (WSH) vs. DAL MON: The Cowboys secondary has been cobbled together to say the least due to injuries, and combine that with Moss' recent success against Dallas, they make a recipe for success for him on Monday night.
TE Rob Gronkowski (NE) vs. BUF: Ordinarly, no one would have any idea of who would be the big TE attraction for the Pats on any given Sunday, but due to the injury to Aaron Hernandez, Gronkowski will see big targets, and likely big numbers as a result.
DEF San Diego vs. KC: The Chiefs have been woeful on offense this season, only scoring 10 points. Missing Jamaal Charles sure doesn't help. San Diego's D should have a field day.
Who to Sit:
QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. GB: Wait, I know you're asking yourselves, "Hasn't the Packers pass defense been bad so far?" Well yes, but remember that the Bears offensive line is a trainwreck, so poor Cutler will be under constant pressure all day. Watch out if you start Cutler.
RB Michael Bush (OAK) vs. NYJ: This is an off the board pick, and even though he still is not a bad choice, beware that going up against the 9th ranked rushing D in the NFL, he may have some struggles. He has only had 13 total carries this season, so watch out for that too.
WR Percy Harvin (MIN) vs. DET: He has seen very little offensive action this season, and with the Vikes going up against a great Lions pass defense, he may be one to totally avoid this Sunday.
WR Hakeem Nicks (NYG) vs. PHI: I know it sounds crazy to bench him, but think that he will be matched up against Nnamdi Asomugha on Sunday, so he will see few targets, and through that, he'll create few fantasy points.
TE Kellen Winslow (TB) vs. ATL: He has had very little success against the Falcons in his career, and despite the fact that Atlanta does not have a very good pass defense, he may be one to avoid, if you have a better option on Sunday.
DEF Houston vs. New Orleans: I know the Texans have the number 1 overall defense right now, but mind you those numbers were put up against a punchless Colts team and a Dolphins team that is awful at home. This is their first true test, and until they pass it, I see no reason to start them against a proven offense this Sunday.
3 Super Sleepers:
RB Ryan Mathews (SD) vs. KC: Almost anyone on the Chargers offense should be a start on Sunday, but Mathews would normally be second to Mike Tolbert, but due to his injury, he may be a decent surprise option if you need one.
WR Steve Smith (CAR) vs. JAX: He may not truly fall into this category, but he will likely be on someone's bench on Sunday, and that's a shame. His career has seen a major resurgence with Cam Newton, and Jacksonville's D is not going to pose a huge impasse for his resurgence.
WR A.J Green (CIN) vs. SF: He had an explosion of sorts last week in Denver, and going up against a porous San Fran pass D should help him and Andy Dalton gel even more.
RB Beanie Wells (ARZ) vs. SEA: He hurt his hamstring in a practice on Thursday, so if he plays, he may not be at 100%. That is something to take into account if you have him in your lineup on Sunday.
Good Luck in Week 3!
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