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As we head into week 3 of the NFL season, we begin to get a better idea about a few players and in what direction they're heading.
Start - Jay Cutler, Bears...After last Thursday's fiasco, you have to think that Cutler wants to come out and prove he's not the royal pain-in-the-ass that most believe he is. The best way to do that is to, 1) make solid throws, preferrably to your own team, and, 2) Don't show up your offensive lineman in front of a full stadium and a tv audience. A long week to prepare along with playing St. Louis (and yes, they are better) should help.
Sit - Michael Vick, Eagles...hmmm, 6 interceptions so far, playing a very good defense with one of your WRs (Maclin) being less than 100%. Doesn't sound like a recipe for success to me.
Start - Michael Bush, Bears...With Matt Forte out, Bush becomes a very nice play this week vs the Rams. While not as valuable in PPR leagues, Bush is a physical runner who should be very busy in the red-zone this week.
Sit - Kevin Smith, Detroit...The Mikel LeShoure era now begins. After sitting out the first 2 games, LeShoure is back, healthy, and ready to roll. I don't see the Lions giving LeShoure 20-25 carries right off, but he is sure to take a bite out of Smith's playing time.
Start - Michael Crabtree, 49ers...It's time to start believing. Crabtree is THE guy in San Francisco at WR. He and QB Alex Smith have finally developed a chemistry and look very good. After 2 weeks Crabtree has 13 receptions for 143 yards. The only thing missing is a TD, and I'm betting there's a good chance he gets one this weekend vs the Vikings.
Sit - Robert Meachem, Chargers...One of the BIG dissapointments of the young season, Meachem has 6 targets in 2 weeks. Out of those 6 targets, he has 2 cathes, and ZERO TDs. You'd have thought with Antonio Gates missing week 2, Meachem would have been heavily involved...think again.
Start - Kyle Rudolph, Vikings...Rudolph has been a bit of a let down for fantasy owners so far, but his luck could change this weekend against San Fran. The 49ers defense is as good as it gets in the NFL, but they have given up TDs to TEs the first 2 weeks.
Sit - Jacob Tamme, Denver...After just 2 receptions last week for 14 yards along with having to play an outstanding Houston defense, I think it would be wise to wait for another week to play Tamme.
I don't know about my fellow fantasy footballers out there, but I'm glad to get week 1 out of the way.
The main problem with week 1 is that you can't get a good enough read from the pre-season to get a good feel about who might have a good opening week. A few examples:
DeAngelo Williams...-1 rushing yds, are you kidding me!?
Greg Jennings...8 points?
Anyway, week 2 is upon us and we've had a look at the players now. So here goes...
Robert Griffin III, Redskins. A very good gameplan, a Saints defense that looked lost, and a little bit of a ground game by A. Morris helped last week. With Washington playing home once again, this time against the Rams, look for another big day by the rookie QB.
Sit: Mark Sanchez, Jets. Everything went almost perfect for Sanchez and the Jets last week. Lets see how they do against a much better defense in Pittsburgh. A dose of reality is about to smack Sanchez in the face.
Start: Stevan Ridley, Patriots. Ridley was great in week 1 and now gets to face Arizona. Ride this horse until further notice.
Sit: Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers. Dwyer looked pretty stout last week for Pittsburgh. But he's missed a practice and has a few lingering injuries that may limit his carries. Also, they play a better defense this week (Jets).
Start: Randall Cobb, Packers. Man, did this guy look great in week 1. With Greg Jennings possibly out, Cobb may have even a BIGGER role vs the Bears. A MUST start.
Sit: Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys. Last week Ogletree had nine passes for 114 yards and two TDs. Not bad...but, Jason Witten is healthy this week and that should cut into Ogletree's playing time. Don't expect the same production from Ogletree this week.
Start: Jared Cook, Titans. I like this guy alot. And apparently, so does his QB. With K. Britt coming back, one has to think the middle should open up even more, allowing Cook to roam free.
Sit: Dennis Pitta, Ravens. Pitta brought it in Week 1, catching five passes for 73 yards and a TD. But there are plenty of mouths to feed on this team. Don't expect these numbers on a regular basis.
Start: Cincinnati Bengals. After watching the Browns flounder in week 1, with Brandon Weeden throwing four picks while completing only 12 passes, I have to think the Bengals are not going to make things any easier for the rookie QB.
Sit: Green Bay Packers. This unit is sooo overhyped. There are better defenses on the waiver-wire.
It's a proven scientific fact- verified by NASA- that fantasy owners who sit idle when it comes to making roster moves never, ever win their leagues. So it's undoubtedly in your best interest to make a few moves here and there to tweak your team. And the best way to do that is to capitalize on the short-term memories and impatience of your fellow owners. The idea is to target players who you feel are far better than their production from the previous week, and to trade away those who might have outperformed what you think they'll do on a consistent basis. Here is a list of players in both categories: