Wednesday, September 18, 2013

2013 Week 3 Fantasy Advice

Yes Jim Irsay... I am sitting down.

P.S: I won't be mentioning any Seahawks this week because that would be way too obvious. 

Who to Start:

QB Matt Stafford (DET) vs. WSH: As per usual, he's thrown for buckets of yards in the first two games (635 to be exact), and he'll probably have another big day against a Redskins secondary that has proven to be nothing less than a sieve in their first two games.

RB Frank Gore (SF) vs. IND: Although all the attention will be on the RB wearing white not red on Sunday, the one wearing red will have far more success. The Colts defense has struggled in their first two games, especially against the run, and that will probably continue against Frank Gore who needs a bounce back week.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. PHI THU: He's not done all that much in the first two games, but against the Eagles Swiss cheese defense, he'll probably fare much better. Andy Reid already throws the ball a ton, and when he sees what's happened to his former team, his eyes will light up.

TE Greg Olsen (CAR) vs. NYG: Whether Ron Riviera is afraid to take a chance or not, Greg Olsen should have a big game against a Giants defense that has not defended Tight Ends particularly well in the last 2 games.

DEF Minnesota vs. CLE: Now that Brian Hoyer is starting AND Trent Richardson is now a Colt, everybody playing the Browns have to now be licking their chops. Them and the Jaguars will engage in a tanking contest for the ages this season.

Who to Sit:

QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. PIT: He still turns the ball over a ton, and despite the fact that the Steelers are 0-2 (I believe they'll be 0-3), their D is still a solid unit. They're depleted, but still hungry. They'll feast on Cutler's mistakes.

RB David Wilson (NYG) vs. CAR: He's now sharing carries with Brandon Jacobs in the Giants backfield, further depleting his already diminished fantasy value, and the Panthers front 7 is actually pretty good. He's going to have some tough sledding on Sunday.

WR Roddy White (ATL) vs. MIA: A permanent fixture in this spot now, it seems. His ankle is still ailing him, and now he's going up against a very good Dolphins secondary, which won't make things any better.

WR Greg Jennings (MIN) vs. CLE:  My skepticism of Christian Ponder aside, no one who matches up against Joe Haden wins, despite the rest of the Browns being awful. He'll struggle, despite the team probably playing well otherwise.

TE Charles Clay (MIA) vs. ATL: The hot waiver-wire pickup after Week 2 needs a few more games to prove that he's a legitimate fantasy starter at the position, and against Atlanta I don't think he's going to prove much, so back off him for now.

DEF Cincinnati vs. GB: Yes the Bengals have one of the best fantasy defenses in football, yet when anyone goes up against Green Bay, they go down a peg. The Bengals are next up for that onslaught this week.

3 Super Sleepers:

RB Knowshon Moreno (DEN) vs. OAK MON: Even though predicting who will end up on the right side of the Broncos RB carousel when it stops is hard to predict, but Moreno is the guy right now, and the Raiders aren't the best defensive team, irrespective of last week.

WR Tavon Austin (STL) vs. DAL: The Cowboys secondary hasn't been the best this season, and Tavon Austin, who has been relatively quiet in the first two games, will likely be the beneficiary of that.

DEF Buffalo vs. NYJ: Geno Smith might turn out to be good, but at the moment the Bills defense might be a deep sleeper for those who need defensive options right now since the Jets offense has scored only 27 in 2 games.

Buyer Beware:

QB Tom Brady (NE) vs. TB: Do you have better options available? Then you might want to exercise them this Sunday. Brady might get Gronk back, but the Bucs D has actually been solid despite hilarious end of game gaffes. Keep that in mind for Sunday.

Good Luck in Week 3!

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