You need all the fantasy football advice you can get after the hell week two put us through. I get the feeling things could balance out quite a bit in week three, and that’s our only hope as we proceed with major caution. More importantly, there are numerous matchups that even on the surface tell us a lot about certain fantasy options this week and why or why not to use them.
Terrence Kirker has his own weekly Start/Sit column for week three, but I wanted to push out my own calls for the week. This won’t be a weekly thing necessarily, but I have strong feelings about several guys this week. All of my week three start and sit calls apply to season long fantasy football leagues, meaning if you have a decent alternative option, you should 100% sit these guys:
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Newton was a beast last week overall, as he scored three times (one on the ground) and added over 70 rushing yards. If Carolina is going to use him like this he’s going to end up being a top-5 fantasy quarterback again. There’s no reason to turn away from him now, as he gets a bad Saints defense at home in week three.
Latavius Murray, RB, Oakland Raiders
It’s all about role and matchup here, as Murray produced 15 fantasy points (PPR) in week one and then used his first score of the year to get 17 fantasy points in week two. And he hasn’t even truly exploded yet. He could do just that in week three, when he gets a Browns defense that just isn’t very good against the run.
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
It’s tough to trust Indy guys, for sure, but the first two weeks were a nightmare against very stout defenses in the Bills and Jets. Sure, it’s POSSIBLE the Colts are just pure trash, but I doubt it. Gore even looked good in spurts in week two and now he draws a Titans run defense that was horrendous in 2014. They’re slightly better, but Gore should get in some solid work and find the end-zone. He’s a high level Flex and a worthwhile RB2 this week.
Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers
Many will point to Adams’ weak role to this point and the fact that Randall Cobb is getting healthier and James Jones is such a red-zone nut in this offense. All true, but Adams is not without talent and Green Bay knows how to spread the wealth. He’ll eventually hit and I think week three on Monday Night Football is a good time for a huge game. Aaron Rodgers is amazing at home and the Chiefs are giving up a good amount of production to wide receivers so far in 2015. It’s all adding up for Adams.
John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd has been totally absent through the first two weeks (2 targets!), which tells us either he’s not getting open, he’s a decoy or the Cardinals really do just pass to whoever is open first. Whatever the case, he’s not being utilized and Larry Fitzgerald (probably) won’t be scoring three times every week. Arizona has the feel of an offense that spreads the ball around a lot and I think Brown benefits from that this week.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton has looked pretty good to start the season, but his two strong efforts came on the road against a bad Raiders defense and at home against a hit or miss Chargers defense. In week three he goes to Baltimore, where he’s greeted by the 0-2 (and hungry) Ravens. I don’t anticipate him lighting the world afire this week.
Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Bradford came around in the second half of week one, but through two weeks has now played like absolute crap for six of eight quarters. Philly can’t run and now they get to face a staunch Jets defense that just abused Andrew Luck? I want no part of the Eagles until they show signs of life.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
The extension goes to Murray, who actually hurt his hamstring in practice and could end up being our or limited this week. The Jets stop the run quite well and with a whopping 11 rushing yards on the entire season, I’m totally fine with sitting Murray if I have a suitable backup to replace him with.
Brandin Cooks, WR, New Orleans Saints
It’s going to be really hard to sit Cooks due to his talent and explosiveness, but the Saints aren’t looking good right now and nothing is working in Cooks’ favor. Not only is he on the road against a stingy Panthers pass defense that has bottled up DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson, but Drew Brees will at the very best be operating at less than 100% this week. If you have a decent wide receiver sitting on your bench, this week is a good time to use him.
Keenan Allen, WR, San Diego Chargers
Same story with Allen, but his woeful inconsistency we saw a year ago already showed up this season, when he dropped from an insane 15 catches to just two. He’s going to be hard to trust each week until he starts stringing these elite performances together, but I especially don’t love him on the road with Xavier Rhodes all up in his business.