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Rotobahn’s Fantasy Football Week 3 Starts and Sits

09.23.11 at 4:49 pm ET
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Here are our starts and sits for week three. A quick word on how we put these together. We look for the players that are on the edge of lineups as much as we can. We try to stay away from the obvious plays. Nobody needs us to tell them to start Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson. If any of these picks creates a tougher decision for you, please feel free to check out our complete player rankings at Rotobahn.com.

Quarterbacks

Starts

Matt Schaub @ Saints

He’ll finally have to throw the biscuit and the numbers should be there at the end of the day. And, with Ben Tate running well, the Saints will have to dial the blitz back a bit.

Cam Newton vs Jaguars

He’s the second highest scoring QB with only Brady ahead of him. He’s going to have less than spectacular games, but even at half of what he’s done, he is a startable guy. If you haven’t gotten him into your lineup yet, it’s time to consider doing so. This will be the last time he’s in this space.

Josh Freeman vs Falcons

He rises to the challenge for the most part and his team is starting to get its legs back.  We like him to post nice numbers in defeat this week. Atlanta’s offense should force Tampa to throw it plenty.

Sits

Alex Smith @ Bengals

Maybe this one is too obvious, but you have to look for better, even if your starter is shaky this week like Romo or Vick.  Look for better now just in case you need it. Take Smith off the table.

Jason Campbell vs Jets

He has great weapons and he is going to have some good weeks, but we’d avoid the matchup against Revis and Co. if we could.

Eli Manning @ Eagles

This is normally a strong matchup for Eli. However, with a decimated receiving corp, and with the Eagles quality and depth at cornerback, we just don’t see playing Eli if you have another decent option. It’s been a tough year for the Mannings so far.

Running Backs

Starts

Mike Tolbert vs Chiefs

Check his status, but we love him in this matchup and he still managed 9 fantasy points last week against the Patriots … and even more if you roll with PPR in your league. He will be in clock-killing mode by the middle of the 3rd quarter.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis @ Bills

He’s been a little quiet, but he’s going to carry the rock once New England has a big lead and we expect them to have one. Yes, the Bills are improved, but not THAT improved.

Shonn Greene @ Raiders

We expect the Jets to roll here and Greene may not go crazy, but we expect his best outing so far. Start him.

Ben Tate @ Saints

We’re 2 for 2 recommending him and we see no reason to stop this week as long as Arian Foster is still out as expected. Tate is still an underrated talent and a mandatory waiver add if he is somehow available.

Sits

Joe Addai vs Steelers

A bad situation and a medium talent meets the worst RB matchup in the world. Yes, you’d need to be desperate to start Addai. We hope you’re not.

DeAngelo Williams vs Jaguars

It’s early, but he’s not going off with Cam Newton at the helm. The new wide open offense seems to favor the more versatile Jonathan Stewart. We’d consider other options if you have them.

Ryan Grant @ Bears

His name has value in some corners, but anybody paying attention knows that Starks is the guy now. What most don’t know is that, if Starks goes down, the pack will end up going to rookie Alex Green, their most talented back, and NOT Grant. Until Grant steps up and shows us something, we’re avoiding him in all but the tastiest matchups.  You should too. Yes, I know we’ve been saying this for a long time, but nothing’s changed.

Wide Receivers

Starts

AJ Green vs 49ers

He’s looking very good as we expected, but he may be in for a big increase in targets with all the problems with Cincinnati’s receivers. No way would we sit this guy this week.

Eric Decker @ Tennessee

This is a tougher matchup for him and he is not the number one option this week with Brandon Lloyd’s likely return. Nevertheless, we are sticking with Decker as a nice 3rd option in 12-team leagues.

Robert Meachem vs Texans

This is a great matchup for him and we think the points will be flying in The Big Easy this weekend. Speaking of Saints receivers, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore also make good starts this week and can be used as WR3s in deep leagues.

Sits

Jerome Simpson vs 49ers

It’s too bad as he looked good last week, but having large amounts of contraband sent to your home is a bad move for anybody who isn’t the star of a sitcom on Showtime.  Simpson, even if he plays, will likely be penalized in some way. Be careful using him.

Denarius Moore vs Jets

This pains me, as Moore is one of my favorite rookies in recent memory, but I have learned to respect Darrelle Revis over the years, and we project Moore to draw the shut down corner for most of the game. This is the week to sit him if you have a good alternative.

Tight Ends

Starts

Fred Davis @ Cowboys

Don’t worry about Chris Cooley’s improving health. At his best, Cooley was nowhere near the threat that Davis has become. If Cooley is all the way back, Mike Shanahan has indicated that they will play more like New England, and play a two-tight end offense on the bulk of plays from scrimmage. Start Davis with confidence on Monday night.

Jermaine Gresham vs 49ers

He was quiet in week two, but he’ll bounce back this week with so many issues with other Bengals targets. We’re looking for Gresham and Green to really dominate the action in week three.

Sits

Brandon Pettigrew @ Vikings

It’s not a bad matchup. but we’re a little worried about Pettigrew’s health.  If he is less than full speed, the Lions will just play Tony Scheffler more. We’d look elsewhere this week if you can.

Chris Cooley @ Cowboys

Don’t let let the name fool you. Cooley may get all the way back from his knee woes at some point. If and when he does, you’ll have to decide whether his role is substantial enough with Fred Davis sucking up so much oxygen. For now, you should be able to find better options than Cooley on the waiver wire.

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