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


Matt Ryan ATL VS. MIA

Matty Ice, as he’s known in Hot Lanta, put up some incredible numbers last week against the Rams. His weapons are a bit banged up – see Steven Jacksons and Roddy White. However, he’s got such big play ability that there should be no doubt he’ll put up 20 plus point numbers against a Dolphins team that is much better against the run.

Matthew Stafford DET VS. WAS

There is not much need to explain the Stafford start case this week. The Redskins put up a negative number on Defense in their dreadful beat down by Green Bay. They’ve yielded over 1000 yards in total offense in just 2 games and it’s looking like Megatron and company could be in for a track meet at FedEx Field come Sunday.

Wide Receivers

Torrey Smith BAL VS. HOU

Flacco’s revamped receiving corps has taken some bumps and bruises, but Torrey remains the constant force from last season and a reliable option in all fantasy formats. He’s not put up the boom numbers he’s capable of just yet but I expect he’ll get plenty of targets if the Ravens want to keep pace with the Texans in much anticipated Ed Reed reunion match.

Tavon Austin STL VS. DAL

The rookie out of West Virginia has adapted well to NFL defenses and saw 2 touchdowns late vs. the Atlanta Falcons. The Cowboys aren’t a top 10 defense so I expect Bradford will continue to build on that success with more targets and more targets is fantasy gold. Austin is a city in Texas, much more hipster than Dallas, so expect the flare and points for Tavon on Sunday.

Running Backs

Joique Bell DET VS. WAS

Bell looks to ring the bell much like he did last week in the absence of Reggie Bush. Whether Bush is able to play or not there is so much to love with this matchup. The Packers had not had a 100 yard rusher in “like forever,” according to Aaron Rodgers. So this is a sign of what type of day Bell could be in for based on this generous Redskins defense.

Tight Ends

Martellus Bennett CHI VS. PIT

Shame on those who thought week 1 was a fluke. OK, well I guess I’m calling out myself on this one. Bennett has proven to be an efficient red zone target and a reliable secondary option to Brandon Marshall. As a result I’m giving him serious consideration over tight ends like Vernon Davis this week.

Antonio Gates SD VS. TEN

The fountain of youth has come full circle for the Charges tight end. While many speculated that his turf toe and down year last season spelled the end it’s been resurgence in the offense that has kept the Chargers afloat so far this season. I expect Tennessee to have some trouble against the big fella resulting in a touchdown and plenty of points.


San Francisco 49ers SF VS. IND

San Francisco is not playing the Seahawks in Seattle this week. So please feel free to deploy this team like you normally would. They are surely furious with what transpired on Sunday night and will have themselves ready to take it out on the Colts. Watch out Indy, Patrick Willis isn’t happy!