Our Week 3 sit’em features regular fantasy starters who could fail to meet expectations based on the strength of their opponent. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 3 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Last week’s abysmal performance at home vs. a no-name Dallas Cowboys defense was disappointing to say the least. This week it’s the AFC Central leading Bengals on the road. Cincy doesn’t lose at home and all you need to do is look at Matt Ryan’s stat sheet from last weekend there. Locker is no Ryan, so if you are thinking he’ll bounce back, then think again. Shut your Locker and turn the key until next week.
Cutler’s performance at Levi Stadium in San Fran was saved by Brandon Marshall. Those TDs were special and so was the comeback the Bears had in the Niners home opener. Looking at this week, the Jets play a formidable defense and Rex Ryan gets the most out of his players. A Monday nighter in the Meadowlands can be a house of horrors and I don’t see 3 or 4 TDs in the cards for Cutler. If he cracks 200 yards I’ll be surprised. Low scoring affair is my bet. While it’s enticing to start him there should be better options, like Kirk Cousins.
Forte never got off the ground last week against a staunch Niners run defense. This week is another legit run-stuffing defense led by Rex Ryan’s schemes. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if it’s another 2-3 yards per carry average performance. While Forte means strong in French, we’re not in France. The Jets won’t let Forte get off the ground either. At best he’s a low-end flex play this week, if that.
No Tate in Cleveland, but there is a West. West might want to try running north to south instead against the Ravens and a Suggs led defense. There’s no question West will see the carries, but with Hoyer at the helm, expect the purple clad crew from Baltimore to stack the box. West will have to earn it and Baltimore is coming off an emotional high. Baltimore continues the high this week. Swipe left when it comes to West this week.
If Richard Sherman was a fantasy football guru then he would say to bench Crabtree every week. Thankfully there’s another division rival with a reputation of taking out the offense’s best receiving threat. Patrick Peterson has a knack for disabling an offense from its #1 target. Expect that treatment in the desert on Sunday. Leave Crabtree on the bench bobbing for apples.
Marques is on the list for one reason primarily. He was a zero, zippity, zilch, nothing, nobody, irrelevant to fantasy football last Sunday. With zero points and zero receptions it appears that he’s regressed a bit quicker than many imagined. While Hayden and the Browns D can be attributed to last week’s poor showing, it should be noted that Minnesota can play defense when its offense isn’t giving the ball away. I like Colston to have more points than last week, but nothing like owners are accustomed to having from this deep threat.
Carolina is off to nice start despite a new cast of characters catching passes. Olsen remains the stalwart at tight end, but the Steelers are solid up the middle defensively. Just ask Dennis Pitta how his night went last week. While tight end Owen Daniels found some fortune, it’s unlikely that the Steelers will let the one known entity in that offense roam free. Olsen is a gamble and not a good one Sunday.
Sometimes the path isn’t always Green when there’s a sturdy Gates blocking it from sunshine. In this case it’s Antonio Gates and his pass catching abilities that stole the show last week against the defending champion Seahawks. They’ll be on the road in hostile territory, 3 time zones away. Forgive me for saying this, but you got to be kidding me if you start Green on Sunday. No way Jose!
While the Titans from Tennessee were a trendy pick-up and play defense last week, they sure aren’t one this week. Cincy, even without A.J. Green, is a force to be reckoned with offensively. Giovanni Bernard, Sanu, Jones and company could make this a shootout. While the Titans have better games ahead of them, this matchup is one to sit on. If the Titans don’t show up, the Bengals might just eat them up all day long.