Familiar faces highlight Week 3 fanasty starters

09/21/14 by Matthew S. Vandriak

Although the season is still early, Week 3 could be critical for you fantasy football team owners out there. If you're 0-2 in your league, a win this week is definitely critical. If you're still unbeaten, another win could give you early control of your division or league. Need some help deciding who to start?
As for quarterback, here's the best options:
Andrew Luck plays Jacksonville, which hasn't been able to stop anybody this season. The Jaguars have the 26th passing defense in the NFL and the 28th rushing defense. The Colts haven't been able to run the ball, but Luck has been strong scoring fantasy points despite the Colts being 0 for 2. This is the game the Colts need, and a game where Luck could explode for his best game of the season.

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Drew Brees ad his showdown with Minnesota stands u as another safe bet. Brees hasn't quite put up the numbers you've expected so far. But like the Colts above, this is a must win home game for the Saints. Plus the Saints will be without RB Mark Ingram, which will give Pierre Thomas more playing time. And Thomas is one of the better receiving backs in the league. This one just has the feeling that Brees and the Saints offense are going to blow it up against the Vikings.
Here are a few more fantasy players to start this week:
Jay Cutler vs. NY Jets.
The Jets got torched by Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson last week in Green Bay's come from behind win. Jay Cutler threw 4 TD's against the 49ers, three of those to Brandon Marshall, who wasn't supposed to be 100% healthy. The Bears have one of the top receiving cores in the NFL, better than the Packers. Should be a good day for Cutler and the Bears.
Avoid ...
Peyton Manning vs Seattle -- This is something you'd probably never see. But every player has that one team that brings out the worst in them. Seattle is that thorn in the side of Peyton Manning. Plus the Seahawks are tough to beat at home and coming off of a bad defensive performance against San Diego.
Running Backs:
LeSean McCoy vs Washington. Chip Kelly's offense has made both McCoy and Darren Sproles big time producers in points per reception leagues. The Eagles haven't quite found their stride yet on offense, which is scary. And "Shady" hasn't had that huge game yet either.
Stevan Ridley vs Oakland. The Raiders have the worst run defense in the NFL. Ridley is coming off of a big week and should be able to keep it going, especially since the Patriots should be leading most of this game and leaning on the run more
Lynch vs. Denver. "Beast Mode" was in full effect in Week One. But like the rest of the Seahawks, was brought down to earth last week against San Diego. Seattle will want to control possession against Denver to keep Peyton Manning and company off the field. What better way than a heavy dose of Lynch.
Avoid ... Montae Ball vs Seattle. Ball hasn't lived up to the expectations fantasy owners were expecting. Not to mention Seattle's defense is going to have something to prove against the Broncos this week.
Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson vs Green Bay. This is simple. Green Bay had a difficult time with Geno Smith and the Jets wide receivers. And because he's "Mega-Tron" and nobody has stopped him yet this season.
Cordarrelle Patterson vs New Orleans. The Vikings are without Adrian Peterson. That makes Patterson their biggest threat on offense. Plus the Saints have the worst passing defense in the NFL after being shredded by Matt Ryan in Week One and not fairing much better against Cleveland last week.
Steve Smith vs Cleveland. The Browns boast the 30th ranked pass defense in the NFL. Smith looks as good as ever through the first two weeks of the season. With Bernard Pierce banged up, the Ravens may have trouble establishing the running game and have to lean on Joe Flacco to throw more. That bodes well for Smith.
Avoid ... Antonio Brown vs Carolina. Ben Roethlisberger is still feeling the effects of last weeks loss to Baltimore where he was hit often. Carolina's defense is better than the Ravens. That combination could leave Brown with pedestrian numbers this week.

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