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Week 3 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Here we are going into Week 3 of the 2014 season and there are wild cards all around. Between injuries to star players and suspensions due to off-the-field issues, question marks abound. It’s time to start making adjustments and tweaking that roster. Below is a look at some players to start and sit going into Week 3.

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Start ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill (QB, Miami Dolphins) vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Sooner or later people are going to catch on that Tannehill is a real fantasy prospect. He’s gotten off to a so-so start this season, but he has the tools to do well in Miami. He’s definitely worth a start in Week 3 as the Dolphins face a Chiefs defense that has given up over 20 points to quarterbacks in each of the first two weeks of the 2014 season.

Geno Smith (QB, New York Jets) vs. Chicago Bears

Smith is prone to ups and downs, but he is looking up in 2014. One of the nice benefits to starting a QB with the potential to run is that those rushing points tend to either wipe away negatives or add excellent bonus value. Whether he’s inconsistent or not, he seems to be getting points and he’s looking better each week. Week 3 pits Geno and the Jets against the Bears who are giving up an average of 14.5 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Look for Geno to have a nice day of 15+ points with a high ceiling.

Bobby Rainey (RB, Tampa Bay Bucs) at Atlanta Falcons

The Bucs will be going with a committee approach at running back in Week 3, so you can temper your expectations for either Rainey or Martin. That said, Rainey is a very nice Flex start versus a terrible Atlanta run defense. The Falcons are giving up a league high 38.5 points to opposing running back so far this season.

Knile Davis (RB, Kansas City Chiefs) at Miami Dolphins

With Charles out, Davis is a very nice start in Week 3. The Chiefs rely heavily on the run game, so Davis will get plenty of touches and he is a good receiver out of the backfield. Miami has given up an average of 22.1 fantasy points to RBs so far this season. Start Davis with confidence.

Chris Johnson (RB, New York Jets) vs. Chicago Bears

I know, I know. My prediction that this was Johnson’s comeback year hasn’t gotten wheels yet. The potential is still there. CJ?K had a rough Week 2, but his Week 3 matchup is very favorable. The Jets will be facing a Bears defense that has struggled stopping the run. Through two games they’ve given up an average of 20.4 points to RBs.

Cordarelle Patterson (WR, Minnesota Vikings) at New Orleans Saints

Patterson is shaping up to be one of the big young stars in the league, but the QB situation for Minnesota certainly raises some concerns for how quickly he can emerge. He’s only put up 82 yards in the first two games this season, but look for Week 3 to be a big week for the second year player. The Vikings will be facing a Saints defense that is giving up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers. Patterson should get some nice opportunities and hitting pay dirt should happen.

Andre Johnson (WR, Houston Texans) at New York Giants

Johnson may be getting long in the tooth and the quarterback situation in Houston may be shakey these days, but he’s still a top notch receiver. In Week 3 he’ll be facing a Giants defense that is giving up an average of 29.6 points to wide receivers through two weeks. Expect Johnson to have a good day.

Dwayne Allen (TE, Indianapolis Colts) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Allen is a great talent for the Colts and he has nice potential as a breakout TE in 2014. The winless Colts will be going to Jacksonville in Week 3 to face a Jags defense that is giving up the third most fantasy points to tight ends. It’s a nice matchup for Allen.

Houston Texans D/ST at New York Giants

The Texans front seven are tough and have been hard on QBs so far this season. Going into Week 3 they have good potential to make big plays against the Giants shakey offense. Eli hasn’t been very reliable and has been prone to turnovers. That’s exactly what you want to hear when picking your defense matchup. Expect Houston to have a big day.

Sit ‘Em

Ben Roethlisberger (QB, Pittsburgh Steelers) at Carolina Panthers

The Panthers have one of the league’s best defenses in 2014. Fun tidbit: Carolina’s defense hasn’t allowed a single quarterback to throw multiple touchdowns in a game since the tail end of the 2012 season. Whoa. That’s bad news for Big Ben and the Steelers. This season the Panthers are giving up a scant average of 13 points to opposing QBs.

Toby Gerhart (RB, Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Indianapolis Colts

Don’t be fooled by the numbers. While the Colts have given up an average of 29.4 fantasy points to running backs so far in 2014, the vast majority of those points have been on pass plays rather than runs. Gerhart is more of a pounder and isn’t too much of a threat as a receiver out of the backfield. Indy has done a relatively decent job defending the run so far this season. Don’t be fooled by the numbers and be wary of Gerhart in Week 3.

James Jones (WR, Oakland Raiders)

Jones has been a hot name off the waiver wire of late since he’s gotten off to a good start in 2014. That said, don’t rush into starting him in Week 3 versus the Patriots. New England is giving up the 3rd fewest points to wide receivers and they stand to make Oakland’s young QB struggle. Jones is a good add, but this won’t be the week to plug him into the lineup.

Delanie Walker (TE, Tennessee Titans) at Cincinnati Bengals

Like Jones above, Walker was a hot waiver wire addition this week. He’s a good addition, but Week 3 doesn’t give him a favorable matchup in Cincy. The Bengals defense has given up an average of 7.5 points to tight ends and they have been notoriously stingy at home.

Broncos D/ST at Seattle Seahawks

It’s a Super Bowl rematch in Seattle in Week 3. While the Broncos defense has been much improved this season, this week won’t be a good one to try out starting the Mile High D. Everyone struggles against the Seahawks at home and they’re going to be a team on a mission to bounce back after a rough Week 2 loss.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...