Start ’em or Sit ’em – Week 3 Fantasy Football Projections- by HefferBrew

Week 2 of the NFL season has come and gone. Now, with all eyes set on week 3 of the NFL season and continued Fantasy Football dominance in your sights, let HefferBrew guide you to the promised land.

We dive right in with Week 3 Fantasy Start ’em or Sit ’em.

Quarterbacks: 

Start ’em:

  1. Michael Vick – The dog killing bastard can play, and Chip Kelley’s offense can (and does) make some insane plays, leaving defenses looking blind and dumb early in games. Mike also has the foot speed to fix any break downs in the Offensive Line.  Look for another 25+ points in standard leagues in week 3.
  2. Peyton Manning – Not even a question. He is playing the Raiders in Week 3 and the entire season is just a formality for Peyton to head to the playoffs at this point, as long as he has a pulse – he is a must start. Another 35+ points in this game.
  3. E.J. Manuel – It’s a rookie showdown against the Jets in Week 3. The Bills are not underpowered this year, E.J. Manuel is on a roll and this could be a high scoring affair for Buffalo. The Jets have been sputtering early this season, even though their defense has shown spots of promise – the offense is wearing them out way too fast. 25 points in Week 3.

Sit ’em:

  1. Terrelle Pryor – Did the Week 2 projections from the rest of the sporting world burn you on Pryor? Us too (editor’s note: they burned Gavin, who started Pryor, the rest of us saw it coming and laughed.) Facing Denver, the chance is not worth taking at all. Sit him down.
  2. Andrew Luck – Going into Candlestick Park this weekend is going to be a chore for Luck and the Colts, the 49ers are not happy about getting spanked in Week 2, and will look to assert their dominance on the visiting Colts. With the Colts’ serious O-Line damage, expect Andrew to be on his back a lot.
  3. Joe Flacco- It’s surprising to say a defending Super Bowl MVP is not worth a fantasy start but then again, not all QBs are Joe Flacco. He’ll get you positive numbers but 211 yards, a TD and an INT don’t exactly add up to fantasy glory. An unfavorable matchup against the Texans this week all but ensures another week on the bench for Flacc Jacket.

Wide Receivers:

Start ’em:

  1. Victor Cruz – Yes, we all know Eli Manning is having some trouble, and the run game for the Giants is less than optimal – but Victor has 3 TDs and over 200 yards in two weeks of terrible games. While Giants may be slow, Victor is proving he can make something from nothing week after week.
  2. James Jones – Silent in Week 1, huge in Week 2. Green Bay has no shortage of weapons on either side of the ball, and playing the Bengals who are also no slouches in their own right should bring another shootout game, with Jordy Nelson spending most of the day being double covered, James Jones will be all alone to reap the rewards.
  3.  Eddie Royal – He’s probably available in your league right now as a free agent, and he also has five touchdowns in two games. The Chargers are seemingly on to something, but in any case – look for Phillip Rivers to keep chucking the ball to his speedy receiver with the hot hands.
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Andre Johnson is a sure fire weapon for Houston, but DeAndre is coming up with some promising moves in his rookie season and will benefit from The Ravens pushing Johnson into double coverage all day.

Sit ’em:

  1. Antonio Brown – The Bears have a solid ball hawking defense this year, as we saw in week 2 with a pick 6. The Steelers are struggling, they have major injury issues and so far a run game that is weak to say the least.
  2. Torrey Smith- Since the start of the season, Smith hasn’t quite stepped up to show he’s the feature weapon with no Anquan Boldin around anymore. With the Ravens offense struggling to click and Houston next on the schedule, Smith wouldn’t be a terrible start but there’s better players available to FLEX.
  3. Reggie Wayne- After only putting up 4.4 points last week against a surprising Dolphins team, it’s not going to get any easier for Wayne with an angry 49ers secondary waiting in the wings at Candlestick.

Running Backs:

Start ’em:

  1. Adrian Peterson- He still had 100 yards last week but lost a fumble which lowered his total just a bit. This week however, he’s going against a Cleveland Browns D that should open up tons of holes for AP.
  2. Doug Martin– Yes, Tampa Bay is about a week away from staging a mutiny on coach Greg Schiano but that doesn’t change that they have the New England Patriots next on the schedule which should give the Muscle Hampster quite a few opportunities to find space in a favorable matchup against the Patriots front line.
  3. Knowshon Moreno- He’s clearly the lead option for the Broncos offense and they’re playing the Raiders. The Raiders have looked more competitive than they have in previous years but look for Peyton and the passing game to open up quite a few holes for Moreno and the RBs.

Sit ’em:

  1. Darren McFadden- He’s looked pretty good the last few games but this week will be going up against a Broncos O Line that hasn’t missed a beat despite some changes and no Von Miller. It should be a long day for Run DMC.
  2. Jamal Charles- Andy Reid is returning to the team he coached for 14 years this week, going against the Eagles on Thursday. The Eagles D did just give up a ton of points to the Chargers, but they stifled Ryan Matthews and any other Chargers RBs. Charles is a speedy runner but the Chiefs will have to win this through the air.
  3. Any Steelers RB- Jonathan Dwyer, Issac Redman and anyone else running for Pittsburgh should not be trusted. Against the Bengals they mustered 44 rushing yards the entire game, with 37 coming in the first quarter. Next up for this three-ring rushing circus? Da Bears.

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