Fantasy Football: Week 3 Start’em & Sit’em

matt-schaub1Total Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough matchups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Matt Schaub vs. JAC – It is easy to get on someone’s sit’em list after putting up only 166 yards on no touchdowns vs. the Jets.  It is even easier to get back on the start’em list after posting 357 yards and 4 TDs against the titans the following week.  That is the story with Matt Schaub, and now that we know he is capable of leading the Texans offense, we are suggesting you go with him against a Jaguars defense that ranks 26th against the pass.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Trent Edwards vs. NO, Eli Manning vs. TB, Philip Rivers vs. MIA

Sit’em: Kerry Collins vs. NYJ – After two weeks, the Jets and new head coach Rex Ryan have wasted no time making a statement around the league and much of that is the result of their stellar defense, which has not allowed a touchdown after games against the Texans and Patriots.  You may also want to know that both Schaub and Tom Brady threw for over 350 yards and totaled 6 touchdowns between them in their other game not against the Jets.  So what does that mean?  Simple.  this Jets defense is for real.  Stay away!

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Cassel vs. PHI, Kyle Orton vs. OAK, Chad Pennington vs. SD

Running Backs

Start’em: Matt Forte vs. SEA – Matt Forte has not been off to the start most fantasy owners may have expected after drafting the Bears’ back early in the first round.  Expect the big payoff to come this week when he will finally see daylight against a Seahawks run defense that ranks 26th in the league, but has allowed an unbelievable 7.1 yards per carry.  After seeing the Packers and Steelers in weeks one and two, the third time shuld be a charm for Forte in the 2009 campaign.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Tim Hightower vs. IND, Ryan Grant vs. STL, Clinton Portis vs. STL

Sit’em: Thomas Jones vs. TEN – The Titans pass defense may have struggled last week against the Texans, but their run defense certainly hasn’t thus far this season.  Allowing a league low 1.7 yards per carry, we don’t see any Jets running back, including Jones, to have much success in week three.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Cedric Benson vs. PIT, Fred Jackson vs. NO, Kevin Smith vs. WSH

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Greg Jennings vs. STL – The Green Bay Packers have had trouble protecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but that should not be much of an issue against the Rams defense, who have only recorded one sack in their first two games.  That should mean Jennings will have time to get down the field, and if he is healthy going into Sunday’s matchup it should be a big day for him and Donald Driver.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Marques Colston vs. BUF, Jericho Cotchery vs. TEN, Mario Manningham vs. TB

Sit’em: Brandon Marshall vs. OAK – Marshall has appeared to be on a completely different page first the first two weeks of the season and things likely will not change in week three when he will find himself lined up against Nnamdi Asomugha.  When you also consider that Marshall is in the dog house and has found himself being pulled off the field for many plays, he is one wideout you may want to stay away from.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Devin Hester vs. SEA, Justin Gage vs. NYJ, Dwayne Bowe vs. PHI

Tight Ends

Start’em: Jeremy Shockey vs. BUF – Shockey was huge in week one, catching two touchdown passes from Brees against the Lions.  He did not have the same type of success in week two against the Eagles, but you can expect him to bounce back in Buffalo for week three.  The Bills have allowed four touchdowns to tight ends in their first two games.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Antonio Gates vs. MIA, Dustin Keller vs. TEN, Chris Cooley vs. DET

Sit’em: Greg Olsen vs. SEA – Olsen has struggled thus far this season and he will be in tough week three against a Seattle team that has yet to allow a passing touchdown.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Visanthe Shiancoe vs. SF, Vernon Davis vs. MIN, Zach Miller vs. DEN


Start’em: Rian Lindell vs. NO – Expect this game to have a lot of points and that could mean big numbers for Lindell

Sit’em: Shayne Graham vs. PIT – The Steelers have given up only two field goals and nine total points to kickers over the first two weeks.


Start’em: Packers vs. STL – If the Packers can get up early, the Rams may be forced to throw the ball, and that means turnover time.

Sit’em: Dolphins vs. NE – The Dolphins are thin at cornerback.  Expect Rivers to take advantage of that.

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