With all the injuries and odd matchups facing fantasy football owners in Week 3, this edition of Start’em, Sit’em is going to be critical for those needing a win to avoid a 1-2 or even 0-3 start. Here’s who you need to start and sit this week:
Andy Dalton looked rough against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, but he ended up with 16 fantasy points and has a terrific matchup against the Green Bay Packers this week. Start Dalton on Sunday and look for at least 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns from the Red Rocket in Week 3. On the flip side, do not start Jay Cutler this week. Sure, he’s been pleasantly surprising through two weeks, but the turnover machine’s luck is about to change against a Steelers defense that hasn’t been kind to opposing passers this year.
Knowshon Moreno had a great game in Week 2 and considering he’s playing against the woeful Oakland Raiders in Week 3, definitely start him if you got him off waivers this week. However, don’t start Stevan Ridley because he’s going up against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that has been really stingy against the run this year.
Anquan Boldin was a dud in Week 2 after a monster Week 1, but the San Francisco 49ers-Indianapolis Colts matchup should be a shootout, so start San Fran’s top receiver with confidence. Roddy White‘s ankle is still more than questionable and he’s going up against a Miami Dolphins defense that has allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers this year, so sit him if you have him.
Start Jermaine Gresham and Tyler Eifert this week if you have one of them because they’re becoming Dalton’s favorite targets and the Packers’ defense has given up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year. Kyle Rudolph scored in Week 2, but didn’t do much else and he’s facing a Cleveland Browns defense that has been rough on opposing tight ends this year, so sit him if possible.
Put the Buffalo Bills‘ defense in your lineup this week because they’re going to have a field day against Geno Smith and the hapless New York Jets. Lots of fantasy points for Buffalo’s few fantasy owners in Week 3. On the flip side, the Cincinnati Bengals‘ defense is usually reliable in fantasy land, but not this week with the Packers coming to town, so sit Cincy if you can.
We don’t do kickers and if you were counting on us telling you which one to start this week, you should probably just stop playing fantasy football now. Good luck in Week 3!