Week 3: Fantasy football start and sit

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/ Eastside Fantasy Football Expert

Did you have a good week 2? I did, except for Tony Romo. Here’s to a good week 3, and a new waiver wire section.

Who to Start:

QB Eli Manning (NYG) vs. TB: He had a great week against the Cowboys last week, even with the few wide receivers he has to work with. Tampa Bay has a very poor pass D, averaging giving up 291.5 YPG and rank 27th in pass D. He is a great start if you have him.

RB Matt Forte (CHI) vs. SEA: Even though he has only run for 84 yards all year, he faces the 26th ranking rush D in Seattle. Lofa Tatupu is questionable, and even if he does play it may be of little help to the Seahawks D, as he could be limited. Matt Forte worried many fantasy owners during weeks 1 and 2, but worry no more.

WR Marques Colston (NO) vs. BUF: The Saints have scored 93 points this season. Drew Brees has thrown for 9 TD’s. Marques Colston has 2 of them. Buffalo is 31st in pass D averaging giving up 337 pass yards, and in 2 weeks, has given up 5 receiving TD’s. Easy start for any owner.

WR Andre Johnson (HOU) vs. JAX: Well, what can I say? He did nothing in week 1, yet went bonkers against the Titans no less. He surprised me, and against the Jags porous pass D, he should have a monster game. He also kills the Jags every time they play each other.

TE Antonio Gates (SD) vs. MIA: He hasn’t had a great year, but against a Dolphins team that gave up over 100 yards to Dallas Clark on Monday, and 256 to tight ends all year, plus 2 TD’s. Antonio Gates hasn’t had the greatest start to the season, but here is where he will turn it around.

DEF Baltimore vs. CLE: While Baltimore hasn’t been like the Ravens D of old in the first 2 weeks, they face a Cleveland offense that has only scored 26 points, and 1 offensive TD. Brady Quinn has also struggled this season, which may provide some sacks and turnovers to gather up those points. Watch for a big week.

Who to Sit:

QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. SEA: Yes he had a good game last week, and he played much better, but against the Seahawks, who have the 2nd ranked pass D, he will likely struggle. He has been inconsistent in the past, so he is due for a bad game. And, I already said Matt Forte will have a big game, so there will be a focus on the run.

RB Willie Parker (PIT) vs. CIN: Wow, has he fallen.  He has averaged 2.4 yards per carry this year, and doesn’t have the quick step or the breakaway ability like he has in the past. In his last 2 games against the Bengals has averaged 2.9 yards per carry. Altogether, not a great combination for any owner.

WR Anquan Boldin (ARZ) vs. IND: He’s only averaged 8.8 yards per catch this season, and against the Colts, who own the league’s best pass D, he won’t be the focus of the Cards aerial attack. Larry Fitzgerald may get more attention, but I don’t think Boldin will get many yards or TD’s.

WR Bernard Berrian (MIN) vs. SF: He has only 6 catches for 46 yards all season and with Brett Favre there mostly to manage the game, and not be the gunslinger he used to be, Berrian won’t see too many passes his way. And, San Francisco owns the 7th ranked D in the league. It could be a long day for Berrian.

TE Zach Miller (OAK) vs. DEN:  He had a great game in week 1, but no catches against Kansas City. Denver hasn’t allowed a pass TD yet this year (Only 13 points), and Miller has only averaged 37.7 yards a game in the 4 games against AFC West foes.

DEF Miami vs. SD: Well, when you lose after the opposing team scores 27 points after holding the ball for 14:53, you know the D may be struggling a bit. Miami is 23rd against the pass, so Philip Rivers and his wide-outs could have big games.

Sleepers:

QB Trent Edwards (BUF) vs. NO: New Orleans may have an amazing offense, and yet, the D can’t hold up. The Saints are 28th in pass D, and Trent Edwards may have a great game.

RB Felix Jones (DAL) vs. CAR (MON): Watch for him to see increased action if Marion Barber is out. He’s very explosive, and could have a big game against the 27th ranked pass D.

WR Santana Moss (WSH) vs. DET: He’s against the Lions, who allow 263 pass yards a game, and have given up 8 receiving TD’s.

WR Jerricho Cotchery (NYJ) vs. TEN: Titans are last in the league in pass D (I’m shocked too), and Mark Sanchez can find him open pretty often.

TE John Carlson (SEA) vs. CHI: If Seneca Wallace does play; he will be looked to often because he is a safety net for Wallace, as last year shows.

DEF Denver vs. OAK: A true sleeper pick as Oakland’s offense sometime shows up, and other times they don’t. On Sunday, they won’t, and Denver’s D isn’t that bad.

Waiver Wire Pick-up(s) of the Week:

My new section for every week, where I will pick 1 or 2 players that are free agents in most league’s that can really change a week for you.

WR Mario Manningham (NYG): He may have been picked up already, but if he hasn’t, go after him. He is the new go-to guy for Eli Manning. He may have big game after big game for you.

RB Donald Brown (IND): I can see the torch has been passed from Joseph Addai to Donald Brown. He had a great TD on Monday, and doesn’t have a tough schedule to deal with at all. If he’s available, and you don’t have great running backs, pick him up.

Good luck in week 3!