Fantasy Football Start 'Em, Sit 'Em: Week 3 Advice for Your Rosters

Chet Gresham@Chet_GFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

Andre Brown, New York Giants
Andre Brown, New York GiantsJeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

I thought I'd dig a little deeper this week and look for some sneaky starts to go along with some sneaky sits. Well, you don't really have to sneak, but whatever.


Start 'Em

Matt Cassel: I'm pretty sure you could throw a cardboard cutout of Frank Caliendo out there at quarterback and it would finish in the top 5 in this situation.

The Saints defense is just horrid, that's a given. So far this season it has given up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. But the even better news for Cassel is that his Chiefs have given up the second most fantasy points to quarterbacks! There is little hope for the Chiefs to get out to a lead in which they can then run out the clock. Cassel will need to throw and throw some more if he wants to even stay in the same zip code.

Peyton Hillis: The good news for Hillis is that he's been receiving much of the work on passing downs with Jamaal Charles banged up. Expect that to continue in this game. 

Andre Brown: With Ahmad Bradshaw out for tonight's game, Brown should get the bulk of the work. He had 93 yards on 18 touches last week against Tampa Bay.

The Panthers are giving up 140 rushing yards a game at 5.2 yards per carry. Bradshaw may be back next week, but Brown looks like a great play this Thursday.

Jon Baldwin: Honestly, you can just start every Chiefs player with a pulse, but I really like Baldwin here. He had zero targets in Week 1, but then had six last week and turned those into three receptions for 62 yards. Dexter McCluster is good for short pass plays, but he's not the route runner that Baldwin is. If the Saints spend extra time on Bowe, we could see a big game from him.

Donald Jones: The Browns pass defense has been getting murdered so far this season and last week, with Joe Haden out, it got even worse. Stevie Johnson is of course the main guy, but Jones should get plenty of work.

Last week the Browns tried very hard to keep A.J. Green from beating them (he did anyway), so Brandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins both had big games.

Tony Scheffler: The Titans are just getting dominated by tight ends so far this year. It wasn't that big of a deal when Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez slipped by them into the end zone, but to let Dante Rosario do it three times? That's poor business.

Scheffler is behind Pettigrew, but Stafford seems to like him in the red zone. I'm feeling a touchdown from him this week.


Sit 'Em

Peyton Manning: I still think Manning is good enough to be a fantasy starter this season, but I don't want to find out just how good he can be against an extremely tough Houston pass defense. The Texans have yet to face a good quarterback, but their toughness against quarterbacks goes back to last season.

Cedric Benson: The Seahawks are extremely tough at home and their rush defense is stingy wherever they are (they just held DeMarco Murray to 44 yards on the ground). The Packers will likely throw the ball the majority of the time, so Benson won't get a lot of opportunities. 

Shonn Greene: The Dolphins' rush defense has been playing strong all season. It held Arian Foster to three yards a carry on 26 attempts and Darren McFadden to two yards a carry on 11 attempts. Oh, and Shonn Greene really shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath as those guys. Sit him and then nail him to the bench.

Vincent Jackson: I'm afraid of the Dallas pass defense this season with the addition of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Right now Jackson is really the only receiver Josh Freeman is targeting with any frequency, so there is a chance a total deluge of targets could help him be relevant in this game. I'd rather not have to find out.

Michael Turner: The Chargers have given up a total of 62 rushing yards this season. Turner has rushed for 74 yards this season. Put those in a math machine and you come up with a whole lot of nothing.

Jacob Tamme: The Texans have allowed four tight end receptions for a total of 23 yards. Tamme was only featured running routes in 11 passing plays compared with Joel Dreessen's 24 last Monday night. Bottom line: Don't start Tamme.