2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 3 Start’em, Sit’em

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It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports.com 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: Tony Romo vs. HOU – In one of the marquee matchups on Sunday, the Dallas Cowboys will take their 0-2 record to Houston to take on their in-state rivals, the Texans.  This game has shoot-out written all over it, and we would be surprised if that isn’t the case.  That should bode well for Tony Romo, who has recorded an impressive 656 yards in two games, but has only two touchdowns to go with two interceptions thus far.  Expect the Cowboys’ quarterback to add to his touchdown total against a Texans defense that has allowed 930 yards, six touchdowns and only one interception through their first two games.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Donovan McNabb vs. STL, Brett Favre vs. DET, Michael Vick vs. JAC

Sit’em: Josh Freeman vs. PIT – Through two games thus far, Josh Freeman has been a pleasant surprise for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, posting 360 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception, but week three will not be a kind one for the sophomore.  He will be up against a stout Steelers defense that has allowed only a single touchdown through their first two games.  As long as Troy Polamalu is in the Pittsburgh secondary, no quarterback is safe.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Chad Henne vs. NYJ, Mark Sanchez vs. MIA, Matt Cassel vs. SF

Running Backs

Start’em: Pierre Thomas vs. ATL – With Reggie Bush out, the load will now be placed on the shoulders of Pierre Thomas in the Saints’ backfield.  And for his first test without Reggie around, Thomas will face an Atlanta defense that has allowed 261 yards and two touchdowns over their first two games.  When you consider the fact that the Cardinals had to abandon the run early last week after trailing big, all signs point to a big week 3 for Thomas on the ground.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: LeSean McCoy vs. JAC, Clinton Portis vs. STL, Knowshon Moreno vs. IND

Sit’em: C.J. Spiller vs. NE – After an impressive pre-season, Spiller has had a difficult time getting anything going and week three shouldn’t be any different when his Bills travel to Foxborough to take on a Patriots team that has allowed 223 yards and one touchdown on the ground in their first two games.  Spiller is also expected to see a decreased workload in the Bills backfield as he makes way for Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch, so this should be another quiet week for the rookie.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Jerome Harrison vs. BAL, Cadillac Williams vs. PIT, Ronnie Brown vs. NYJ

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Mark Clayton vs. WSH – Mark Clayton has become one of the biggest fantasy surprises thus far in the 2010 season.  After hauling in an impressive 10 catches for 119 yards in his first game with the Rams, he caught two passes for touchdowns in his second game.  Now he will face a Redskins secondary that has surrendered an abysmal 745 yards and four touchdowns through the air after two games.  The Rams may be playing from behind in this game, but that only means more opportunities for Clayton to see the ball thrown his way.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Dez Bryant vs. HOU, Michael Crabtree vs. KC, DeSean Jackson vs. JAC

Sit’em: Johnny Knox vs. GB – Knox has produced 138 yards and no touchdowns on a Bears’ team that appears to be pass-happy in 2010.  While Mike Martz and company are still waiting for Knox to have his breakout game, it is unlikely that it will come in week three when the Bears take on the Packers and their third ranked pass defense.  Through two games the Packers have allowed only 233 yards through the air and one touchdown.  Knox will be in tough against Charles Woodson and company.  Don’t expect much from him this weekend.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Mike Williams vs. PIT, Braylon Edwards vs. MIA, Dwayne Bowe vs. SF

Tight Ends

Start’em: Visanthe Shiancoe vs. DET – We had Shiancoe in this spot last week and he disappointed.  Much of that can be attributed to Favre’s poor play, but we expect both of these players to bounce back with strong efforts against a poor Lions secondary that has allowed four touchdowns through the air in their first two games.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Tony Gonzalez vs. NO, Brent Celek vs. JAC, Chris Cooley vs. STL

Sit’em: Kellen Winslow vs. TB – Winslow has looked solid in his first two weeks of the season, and it appears as though he has built a strong repertoire with quarterback Josh Freeman, but he will be in tough against a Steelers defense that has allowed opposing offenses little room to do anything.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Anthony Fassano vs. NYJ, Tony Moeaki vs. SF, Owen Daniels vs. DAL


Start’em: Stephen Gostkowski vs. BUF – After losing last week to the New York Jets, the Patriots will be fired up at home and should put up a large amount of points in a game that they will want to make a statement in.

Sit’em: John Kasay vs. CIN – The Carolina Panthers’ offense has looked terrible through the first two weeks of the season and things do not appear to be getting any better with rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen stepping in.  This will no doubt continue to hurt Kasay’s value.  Keep him on your bench for the time being.


Start’em: Patriots vs. BUF – The Bills have made a change at quarterback in an attempt to jump-start their inept offense.  Expect the Pats to get after Ryan Fitzpatrick early and often as they look to pile up the sacks and turnovers in this game.

Sit’em: Broncos vs. IND – The Broncos’ defense is primarily know for their strong secondary, but with Champ Baily hurt and Indy coming to town, there is little to be optimistic about with this unit in week three.

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