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Fantasy Football Start Sit
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After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5
Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend
players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not
recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked
15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only
start one. If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may
be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer
Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings to help even further with some of those more difficult
start sit decisions. Last, be sure to check us out every Tuesday as we do a Wrap-up on our advice - both good
and bad. In fact, every wrap-up is kept and posted as a permanent, public record of what we called and how good or bad the calls were.
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Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI - Jeffery has disappointed his owners thus far in 2014, and some fantasy owners are starting to look at other options at WR in week 3. We would recommend not being one of those owners. Jeffery was limited by a bad hammy last week, and this week he gets an extra day to heal by virtue of the match-up on Monday Night Football. He won't finish the year with zero TDs, and with 2 weeks already in the books without a TD, the odds are that much better he gets one this week. Sprinkle in an awful Jets secondary, and you've got yourself a winner with Jeffery in Week 3.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI - Fitzgerald is another WR that has sputtered out of the gates in 2014. That should change this week facing the 49ers in a critical contest at home. With the injuries to their offense, the Red Birds will need Fitzgerald to step up and assert himself in the offense.
Antonio Gates, TE, SD - Gates has been a great sleeper pick thus far in 2014 as he could be had in just about any fantasy draft very, very late. He should continue to perform at a high level again in Week 3. There is a good chance that Gates' age catches up to him at some point, so you should ride his great performances while you can.
Delanie Walker, TE, TEN - Walker is finally pulling it together as the real deal for the Titans. Walker is big and fast and those traits are finally showing up on the field. Walker is the only ticket in town for the Titans, so he should continue to see plenty looks in Week 3.
Knile Davis, RB, KC - High ankle sprains are nasty, so it is unlikely that Jamaal Charles will be back at full strength this week. You can feel confident in Davis this week. He will be running in a great system, and he is very physically gifted runner.
Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, IND - The Jaguars are a terrible defense. The Colts should have their way with the Jaguars. Bradshaw should be a very solid start in point per reception leagues. He continues to get looks out of the backfield that keep his value relevant.
Darren Sproles, RB, PHI - Don't over analyze this one. Sproles has ignited in the Eagles offense. You cannot bench Sproles in any format. In a point per reception leagues, he is an elite option. Start Sproles in most leagues.
Toby Gerhart, RB, JAX - Gerhart has been disappointing this season. Some of it is his fault; some of it isn't. Regardless, if there was ever a week to start turning things around, it's this week against the Colts. The Colts have struggled against dual-threat RBs, and Gerhart is a tough between the tackles runner with good hands.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI - You always hold your breath each week with Cutler as you never truly know if this is the week he has a mental meltdown. Last week he was INT-free, so he has an I.O.U. coming to make up for it. Having said that, Cutler is hot right now, and he gets a great match-up with the Jets, who have had issues stopping passing TDs.
Russell Wilson, QB, SEA - Wilson has been steady, but not great this season. He has a very good shot at being great in Week 3 facing a suspect Broncos secondary and seeing Peyton Manning line-up on the other side of the field. Seattle will want to remind everyone how dominant they were in the Super Bowl, and they will want to rebound after a tough loss to San Diego. Wilson will be a key to making that happen.
Kirk Cousins, QB, WAS - Cousins has proven to have the ability to pop the big game, and the Eagles high octane offense will give him every reason to have one of those weeks in order to hold serve on the scoreboard. For those hurting at QB or in leagues where QB starting demands are high, Cousins is a great waiver wire addition that can be immediately plugged into your line-up.
Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)
Andy Dalton, QB, CIN - Dalton had a decent showing last week, but things have gone from bad to worse with all the injuries to his receivers and a very tough Titans secondary on the schedule.
Bobby Rainey, RB, TAM - Rainey had a great week last week filling in for starting RB Doug Martin, but this week he is best left on your pine. Martin should see some action, and the Falcons run defense has been stifling. These are two good reasons to look for another option other than Rainey for your starting RB in Week 3.
Michael Crabtree, WR, SF - The Cardinals have been exceptional on defense. You should look for other options this week with more favorable match-ups. Crabtree hasn't looked 100% healthy yet this season, and that provides yet another good reason to omit him from your line-up this week.
Allen Hurns, WR, JAX - The Week 1 darling faced the reality of being a planned target in a defensive game plan in Week 2. Washington was not going to allow Hurns to slide under the radar against them last week, nor will the Colts this week. Now that he has the full attention of NFL Defensive Coordinators, Hurns should continue to struggle and play like an undrafted rookie WR making the adjustment to the speed and complexity of the NFL.
Niles Paul, TE, WAS - Paul has been a popular waiver pick-up, but he is not someone to trust in Week 3. The Redskins are in a state of flux that you don't want to invest in just yet. Paul is fine for your bench, but you can do better for a starting TE option.
For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.