Fantasy Football Week 3 Start 'em, Sit 'em: Quarterbacks

By Jon Keller
Colin Kaepernick
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With week two of the fantasy football season in the books, and the start of week three just two days away lets take a look at who to start and who to sit this week. Focusing on quarterbacks, I think that Colin Kaepernick will put his dismal performance from last week behind him and have a strong outing on Sunday. I also believe that Tom Brady’s wide receivers will continue to let him down and make it hard for him to have a strong outing this week.

Start: Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers).

Although he is coming off of the worst performance of his professional career, I strongly believe that Kaepernick will have a major bounce-back performance in week three. Kaepernick rode the struggle bus against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night as their swarming defense definitely got the best of him. After an incredible week one performance, Kaepernick finished Sunday night with a passer rating of 20.1, more than 100 points less than his week one rating. Kaepernick just could not seem to break Seattle’s defense as he managed to throw for just 127 yards while tossing three interceptions as well as losing one fumble.

One bright note to take away from Kaepernick’s performance is that he rushed for 87 yards, which is one of the reasons why I think he’ll have a big week three. The 49ers are going up against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday who allowed Oakland Raider‘s quarterback Terrelle Pryor to have his way against them in week one as he put up 329 yards of total offense, including 112 rushing yards. If Pryor can put up a solid game against the Colts, then I imagine that Kaepernick will have a field day against them as his skill set is much greater than that of Pryor’s.

Although he did have an abysmal game against Seattle, expect Kaepernick to bounce back in week three, as he should be in everyone’s starting lineup.

Sit: Tom Brady (New England Patriots).

Never in my life would I imagine myself saying sit Tom Brady, but if you have a solid backup quarterback, it just may be the right move. I understand that it was raining for the second half of the Patriots Thursday night game against the New York Jets, but Brady’s receiving corps was just awful.

Aaron Dobson alone had four dropped passes in week two, and if Brady’s No. 1 deep threat can’t catch the ball, it is going to be very difficult for Brady to throw touchdowns. Also, the Patriots are going up against a very good Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary led by Darrelle Revis, which held its own against Drew Brees last week. Although Brees threw for over 300 yards and a score, he was also intercepted twice, including one which was returned for a touchdown. If Brees only managed to throw one touchdown with a talented group of wide receivers, I think Brady could be in trouble this week.

The only way I would feel confident that Brady would play like his old self in this game would be if tight end Rob Gronkowski returns to action. There have been reports surfacing this week saying that there is a chance that Gronkowski will make his 2013 debut this week. Gronk has scored 10 or more touchdowns each of his three NFL seasons, and if he does return this week, Brady will greatly benefit from it. However, if Brady’s favorite target misses another game this week, then I would not feel confident in playing Brady against the Bucs on Sunday.

Jon Keller is a writer for Follow him on twitter @jkell2005.

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