Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Sit’em column, which takes a look at unfavorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you may want to consider benching for Week 3. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.


Andy Dalton CIN VS. GB

For all those Bengals believers this season it comes down to whether Andy Dalton can improve and progress enough to lead this team to playoff victories. Based on many errant throws and what I saw on Monday night there is reason to believe he’s just not going to get there. I know Green Bay isn’t a typically top caliber defense but it’ll be the running game and defense that the Bengals will rely heavily on instead of Dalton’s inconsistent arm.

Andrew Luck IND VS. SF

Love Luck, I endorsed him as a later pick in the draft to use as a QB #1 this season. However, the 49ers are a calling and this will be a very stern test for his team. Coming off a disappointing defeat to Miami I expect this game will be pivotal for both teams. It’ll be won with defense though.

Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne IND VS. SF

Reggie looked old last week. He wasn’t nearly open as much and he was blanketed by Miami’s cornerbacks. The Niners have equally if not superior talent in their secondary so this goes along the mode of the hangover from the Seahawks game. I think Jim Harbaugh stands a better chance of getting smacked in the rear by Richard Sherman than Reggie Wayne does finding the end zone. Oh snap, the Sherminator did whack his old Stanford coach on his cheeks postgame.

Denarius Moore OAK VS. DEN

This boom or bust option is too risky to be relied on consistently to put up starter numbers. I expect some weeks will see more targets, but Denver will be keyed in on him and if he gets off to a slow start he can be disenchanted and fall out of the game plan. Reserve him a nice spot on the bench this weekend.

Running Backs

Felix Jones PIT VS. CHI

Felix is back as a starting running back in the NFL. It’s exciting for owners who will probably gravitate to grab him on the waiver wire. However, it’ll likely be short lived with the return of Bell to the lineup once he’s healthy. Jones offers a dynamic of speed and cutting that will allow him to see a bulk of the carries, but going against a stout Bears defense doesn’t qualify as much more than benchable material.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN VS. GB

The law firm has been neglected this season and I’m beginning to see Giovani Bernard take a larger role in the offense. If Green-Ellis isn’t seeing the goal line carries then it’s a no-brainer that’s he’s bench bound. It’ll have to take some injury or something magical to bring him back to fantasy relevance.

Tight Ends

Fred Davis WAS VS. DET

The verdict is out on the Redskins so far. They’re not that good. The offense looks rusty as RGIII works out the kinks from being away from the game and gets use to game action. Davis has not shown owners over the last few seasons that he’s more than fantasy fodder, so no reason to get excited until he shows you something. Santana Moss would be a better play than Davis.

Kellen Winslow NYJ VS. BUF

Winslow has been a bit of a bright spot for the Jets so far. He’s a journeyman and he’s surprised with some solid play. However with Geno and the discombobulated offensive attack that the Jets run, it’s just too risky to roll Winslow out as a starter and expect consistent results. Bills are also playing well, so there’s that to consider too.


Pittsburgh Steelers PIT VS. CHI

The steel city can’t be pleased with the start to the 2013 campaign. The road doesn’t get much easier this week against the Jay Cutler led Bears attack. They definitely find ways to move the ball and Pittsburgh has found it much more difficult to do that. This could be an ugly game and I predict that the ugly will be defensively.