Fantasy Football Week 3: 3 Wide Receivers You Must Bench

By Bill Pivetz
Roddy White
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It’s Week 3 in the Fantasy Football season. This is a pivotal game for many Fantasy owners. You want to keep your winning streak strong and stay undefeated or avoid starting 0-3 to keep yourself from falling out of the playoff race early. Looking for those attractive matchups for your players to give you the most points possible is the most important thing this week.

I’ve listed three players that, above everyone else, should remain on your bench this Sunday.

Roddy White

Longtime Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White has been playing with a high-ankle sprain. He hasn’t done any favors for his Fantasy owners (then again, White doesn’t care about Fantasy Football). In two games, White has accumulated 40 yards and no touchdowns. He is projected to score four Fantasy points, a total not worth having in your starting lineup.

The Falcons are taking on the Miami Dolphins. Miami has shut down opposing wide receivers as they have combined for no touchdowns. Atlanta still has plenty of weapons on offense (Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez). It’s best to keep White on your bench until he has a full week of practice.

Cecil Shorts

There are only three words I need to reason why you should sit Cecil Shorts — Seattle Seahawks defense. In all seriousness, Shorts is the only bright spot on the Jacksonville JaguarsMaurice Jones-Drew is struggling again. He has only 73 yards in two games. Justin Blackmon is still suspended, which leaves Shorts the first and only option for Blaine Gabbert.

Shorts will most likely be covered by cornerback Richard Sherman all game. However, Shorts could get some yards and possibly even a score in garbage time. If you need to start a Jaguars player, Shorts would be the guy. But I would avoid him at all costs.

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown, despite being listed as the No. 1 receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is seeing fewer targets than Emmanuel Sanders, 16 to 22. Brown has 11 receptions for 128 yards. Brown only had three games with double-digit Fantasy points in his last 15 games; not the ratio I am excited to see.

In addition to playing second fiddle, the Steelers offensive line cannot protect Ben Roethlisberger. He’s been sacked seven times, tied for sixth in the league. The Pittsburgh offense will square up against the tough Chicago Bears defense. The Bears have allowed 51 points in two games, but that was against Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals, two offensives ranked higher than the Steelers.

Bill Pivetz is a Fantasy football writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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