Week 3 Fantasy Football

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/Eastside Staff

Did you have a good week 2? I won in one league, failed in the other, but here this week we have good matchups to behold. Read up, and let the controversy reign.

Note: I’m not putting any Patriots on the list, because you’d start them anyway against BUFFALO.

Who to Start:

QB Michael Vick (PHI) vs. JAX: I would know better than a lot of people (hint), as to how bad the Jaguars pass D is, 30th in the league against the pass for example. Because of how well Vick is playing, he is an absolute must start, as with all other Eagles offensive players.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK) vs. ARZ: He has played so well in the last 2 weeks, why would the Raiders want Michael Bush back? The Cards got torched against the run against Atlanta last week, making McFadden a good option this week.

WR: Malcolm Floyd (SD) vs. SEA: I know I’ve mentioned him like a broken record for the last 2 weeks, and against a pass D that had trouble against Denver last week, he will have success now that the Bolts are back on track.

WR: Santana Moss (WSH) vs. STL: He’s had a renaissance of sorts with Donovan McNabb under center, with 16 catches this year, and going against the Rams, he should continue that trend.

TE: Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) vs. DET: We have learned in the last 2 weeks that Brett Favre really trusts his Tight End, as he has 18 catches in his first 2 games. Against Detroit, who struggled last week defending the pass, he should have a great game.

DEF: San Diego vs. SEA: The Chargers forced 6 turnovers last week, and with Matt Hasselbeck being a turnover machine, the Chargers D should capitalize.

Who to Sit:

QB: Chad Henne (MIA) vs. NYJ: Logic would dictate that wouldn’t start anyone against the Jets D, and with Henne, its business as usual. The Jets have allowed only 24 points in 2 games, and the Dolphins have scored only 29. Avoid Henne.

RB: Jamaal Charles (KC) vs. SF: With Todd Haley electing to start Thomas Jones in front of a talented back in Charles, only use him as flex starter this week.

WR: Michael Crabtree (SF) vs. KC: Crabtree has been non-existent in the first 2 games, and even though he’s playing a shaky Chiefs D, he worries me, so don’t start.

WR: Bernard Berrian (MIN) vs. DET: He is nursing a sore knee, and with Brett Favre struggling to find his wide outs in the first 2 games, I would avoid starting him this week.

TE: Jeremy Shockey (NO) vs. ATL: He hasn’t scored a TD in the last 11 months, and is now an afterthought in a very good Saints O. Only start him if you’re desperate.

DEF: Denver vs. IND: The Broncos had a great week against Seattle, but to be brief, Indianapolis is no Seattle.

3 Super Sleepers:

TE Marcedes Lewis (JAX) vs. PHI: The Eagles have documented problems defending the Tight End, and with Lewis having 2 of the Jags 3 TD’s on the season, expect him to see some action on Sunday.

RB/FB Mike Tolbert (SD) vs. SEA: With Ryan Mathews out with a high ankle sprain, Tolbert will see the bulk of the carries against Seattle. He had a good week last week, without practicing with the first teamers. He is a prime sleeper this week.

WR Louis Murphy (OAK) vs. ARZ: An Oakland wide out on anything other than the sit list? What has the world come to? He has a good rapport with new starter Bruce Gradkowski, and with Arizona struggling to defend the pass, he is a good sleeper candidate this week.

Good Luck in Week 3!