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Fantasy football – week three

September 24, 2010

This NFL season is only in week three and already has seen its fair share of surprises. Not only are the Bears and Chiefs 2-0 but the Vikings and Cowboys are 0-2. Along with the team surprises, players  such as, Jahvid Best and Arian Foster are leading leagues in rushing while MJD and Michael Turner have yet to find the end zone. So who can you really count on to lead your fantasy team?

For quarterbacks, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning will have their usual monster week but Michael Vick has earned the starting position over Kolb, and since the Jaguars are one of the worst defenses this year, Vick will have over 400 total yards when this game is over.  Even after two awful starts, Joe Flacco should get the nod this week as the Ravens will be playing the Browns. Flacco torched the Browns last year for 342 yards and with Boldin this year, expect that number to grow.

I never want to start a quarterback who got pulled the previous game for playing awful, so bench Vince Young. Unlike older brother Peyton, Eli Manning should be on your bench this week playing the Titans. The other player I would be scared to start is Jay Cutler. Yes, I know he is on the Bears and has had a great season thus far, but it was against two bad teams and the Packers play very good defense.

On the ground, Ray Rice looked good last week against the Bengals and this week against the Browns he should be the top running back. With Reggie Bush out of the picture, Pierre Thomas is now a top five back in any league, and facing Atlanta this week, he will challenge Rice for the top running back spot. If you’re looking for a sleeper or someone who might be out there in your league this week, then look at LeSean McCoy or Mike Tolbert.

If there is one rule you never should break for any player it is starting a running back who is playing the Steelers, this week it is Cadillac Williams. Last week I said to start Jamaal Charles because he is the best running back on the Chiefs.  However, for some reason Thomas Jones is getting the carries, so sit Charles until the Chiefs learn to start their best players.  And if you have a good backup, sit Ronnie Brown as he is facing the Jets.

Normal starts for Andre Johnson and DeSean Jackson are a must. I hate to say it but start Ochocinco against the Panthers; they allow a lot of fantasy points to receivers. Mark Clayton is the number one receiver for the Rams and gets a lot of targets from Bradford. If you need a sleeper pick then look at Louis Murphy who is coming off a very good week and should only get better against the Cardinals.

        It is easy to start wide receivers because you remember previous years of them terrorizing defenses for huge yards but this week there are a few you should bench. T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Lee Evans have both been invisible this year and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. Another one to debate about starting is Bernard Berrian. He is playing the Lions this week but he has seen very little action from Favre and also has a bum knee and will not be 100 percent.

BY JACK DONNELLY
Co-Sports Editor

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