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2013 Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 3

Two weeks are in the books and we can start to make some judgments about teams.  The most impressive offense in the league so far is the Denver Broncos.  They have been an offensive juggernaut, scoring 90 points in two games.  Conversely, the NFC East has no defense again this year.  The Eagles are the second best defense in the division right now, but are 28th in points allowed with 60.  That is because the Washington Redskins have allowed 71 points and the New York Giants have allowed 77 points.  Those are by far the worst defenses in the NFL to start the season.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Seattle Seahawks have been very impressive, allowing just 10 points in their first two games.  I cannot see them losing a game in Seattle; they may win all eight home games by double digits the way they are playing now.  They will probably post a shutout this week with the Jacksonville Jaguars coming to town.  The Jaguars are 19.5 underdogs, those are odds we haven’t seen since the Patriots were 20-point favorites over several teams in their undefeated 2007 season.  The Jaguars have scored 11 points in two games and will looking for their second touchdown of the season. That is going to be a tall order in Seattle.

As you look to set your lineups this week, here are some players that I would start and I would avoid.  Next week the byes start, but we ease into the bye weeks with only two teams (Green Bay Packers and Carolina Panthers) being off in Week 4.

Start of the Week

Sam Bradford

I wasn’t drinking the milk or the Kool-aid with respect to Sam Bradford’s fantasy value, but I may be if he keeps playing as well as he has in his first two games.

St. Louis Rams QB Sam Bradford – I was not a big believer in Bradford to start the season, but he has been impressive through the first two weeks.  So far he is the fifth highest scoring fantasy quarterback.  Even though most of his fantasy points in his second game were scored after the Falcons led 24-3, in fantasy those points are just as valuable as meaningful statistics.

This week, Bradford plays a Dallas team that has allowed the third most fantasy points in the NFL this year.  The Cowboys are 24th in passing yards allowed and have given up six passing touchdowns, which is tied for second most in the NFL.  If Bradford continues to play at this level, he will be a fantasy QB1 this year.  I would look to start him this week.

Other Players to Start

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson – The Jacksonville Jaguars are downright atrocious and it is possible that they go three and out on every offensive possession.  The Jaguars have actually been strong against fantasy quarterbacks this year, ranking sixth.  I think that is more of a product of their schedule than it is that their defense has been dominant.  The only risk is the game is out of hand so quickly that the Seahawks stop passing the ball, but head coach Pete Carroll has never been shy about running up the score.  I would confidently start Wilson this week.

San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Matthews – Matthews has actually been playable so far this year, ranking 22nd among fantasy running backs.  Tennessee is 14th against fantasy backs, but one of those games was against a bad Steelers offense.  I think Matthews has great flex value to low RB2 value this week against a Titans D that has only shown they can stop the Steelers this year.

San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore – Gore has struggled out of the gate this year, but some of that has been due to matchups.  He was not going to do much in Seattle last week and a shootout with Green Bay was not the best recipe for him to do well either.  I still think he is going to struggle to put up big numbers at his age, but the Colts are just 27th against fantasy running backs.  I think this is a week where he can be a fantasy RB2.

Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey Smith – Smith survived the bad matchup with Browns CB Joe Haden and recorded seven receptions for 85 yards.  The Texans secondary looked leaky to me at the end of last year.  They were horrible against the Chargers to open the season and the only reason they rebounded last week was their opponent, the Tennessee Titans.  I think Smith is a good WR2 candidate at home against the Texans.

San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin – I think that was just a freak game against the Seahawks, just like I thought the game against the Packers was a fluke.  I doubt he catches 13 passes for 208 yards again, but I also doubt he tallies one catch for seven yards again.  The Colts are 15th against fantasy receivers thanks to a Week 1 matchup with the Oakland Raiders.  Boldin bounces back this week as a high WR3 to low WR2.

Houston Texans TE Owen Daniels – Daniels plays a Baltimore team that has allowed the fourth most points to tight ends.  Daniels should have TE1 value this week playing the Ravens this week.


Sit of the Week

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew – MJD is showing us why I was not high on him in my rankings and had him ranked as a RB3 instead of a RB2.  The Jaguars offense is even worse than I originally feared and MJD is already showing that he is not the same back that he once was for the Jaguars.  In two games, he has just 25 carries for 72 yards and no touchdowns as the Jaguars have scored 11 points in two games.

Complicating things, he has a tendon sprain and he is going to be questionable this week.  I think with the long trip and a game they have no shot of winning, the Jaguars would be best to leave him home and hope that he is better for their home game in Week 4 against Indianapolis.  Regardless, stay clear of any Jaguars running backs this week; the Jaguars will be lucky to gain a rushing yard in Seattle.

Other Players to Sit

New York Giants RB David Wilson – I do not care that the Panthers are the 23rd ranked fantasy running back defense, this experiment looks like it will be a failure.  I do not think you cut Wilson; it is possible that he works through this and becomes relevant at some point down the road.  I just do not think you can put Wilson in your lineup while you wait for that to happen.  Keep him on the bench until he gives you a reason to play him.


Tom Brady has nothing to hang his head about, even Hall of Fame quarterbacks need weapons to be successful. Sit Brady until he has some weapons back in his lineup.

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady – I may bump his ranking up if I hear that TE Rob Gronkowski or WR Danny Amendola is in the lineup.   Brady is a future Hall of Famer and one of the best to ever play the game, but he needs weapons to be fantasy relevant.  I think 200 yards passing and a touchdown is what we can expect until his supporting cast is healthy; I think you have to go in another direction if this continues.

Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger – A bad offensive line, a lack of impact players other than WR Antonio Brown and a running game that cannot move the ball have neutered the Steelers offense.  It has resulted in an offense that is averaging 9.5 points per game to start the season and now they play the Chicago Bears.  I would continue to sit Big Ben and all Steelers skill position players.  There is just not much upside there and I am not sure that a healthy RB Le’Veon Bell can fix what ails them.  This could be the reality in 2013.

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts – Shorts has no chance to play well in Seattle.  Whether it is going to be CB Richard Sherman shadowing him or the pass rush giving little to no time for a quarterback to deliver him the ball, Shorts is not a starting option this week.

Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White – After the first game, I thought they might ease him back in as a decoy and open up the offense in his second game back.  Last week, he warned fantasy owners not to start him if he does not practice; it is a red flag.  It was, he was a decoy for a second straight game and finished with three receptions for 20 yards.  Keep an eye on his practice schedule and I would not start him until he shows that he is recovered from that injury.  It is bad enough not playing a high pick, but it is even worse seeing three to five points per week from him in your lineup.

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph – He is the ultimate boom or bust player with QB Christian Ponder struggling to keep his job.  Rudolph will only tally you three to four points per week, unless he scores a touchdown.  The Vikings play a Browns team that has allowed the third fewest points to tight ends and no touchdowns through two weeks.  I would look elsewhere.



  1. Big Johnson, Little Bush /

    Standard 10 team league. Who should I start?

    RB1: Alfred Morris
    RB2: Joique Bell
    Flex: Larry Fitzgerald

    Bench: Darren Sproles, Deangelo Williams, T.Y. Hilton

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big Johnson, Little Bush – I’d leave your lineup as is. Good luck.

      • Big Johnson, Little Bush /

        you think I should keep Sproles on the bench even with Ingraham now out of the game in NO?

        • Derek Lofland /

          Big Johnson, Little Bush – Sproles is a great play this week, but I view Thomas as the bigger beneficiary of Ingram being out. Bell and Morris are borderline RB1 plays this week and I can’t see sitting Fitzgerald after one bad game. You have four very good options, but I view Sproles as the least of the four. Good luck.

  2. Hey Derek. In a PPR league, would you start Giovanni Bernard or tavon Austin in flex today?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. Both are good options, I love Bernard this week. His role is ready to increase and I’d go with him against a shaky Packers D. Good luck.

  3. I have two positions to fill in non-PPR, one RB necessary league:
    RBs Darren Sproles, Bernard Pierce, WRs James Jones, DeAndre Hopkins.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Don – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Sproles and Pierce. Jones isn’t going to be that open this week and I like Hopkins, but am a fan of starting backs in the flex spot and a starting running back is more valuable than a second receiver most weeks. Good luck.

  4. Should I play Mike Wallace or Reggie Wayne
    Also Jordan Cameron or M Bennett
    Ppr league

    • Derek Lofland /

      David – Thanks for the question. That receiver spot is a toss up, I’d lean slightly toward Wallace. He appears to have been listed on the injury report to play games with the Falcons, he was running normally at practice on Friday. Tight end is also a toss up, but seeing the Browns have little else to throw the ball to, I’d go Cameron. Good luck.

  5. hey Derek a few quick questions. at my rb in one league I have ap and with s jax and lacy out not sure who to start at rb2. jacquizz Rodgers, gio Bernard or ivory? also at my wr in this league I have welker, sanders, James jones, Stevie Johnson and Jennings. I am thinking welker jones and sanders, Stevie at flex. if I did not do that, I’d do either jacquizz or Bernard at flex.

    other league I have a flex spot open with ritzy, Steve smith, or joique bell. where do I go? other wrs are green and garçon. rbs are sproles and cj2k

    • Derek Lofland /

      Jamon – Thanks for the question. I’d go with Bernard out of those three, he has the most potential for a big day. I’d go with the three receivers you have. In the other league, looks like Bush is going to be out, so I would go Bell. Good luck.

  6. Also julian thomas or owen daniels

  7. Hi Derek,

    Eli or Luck? PPR league and I need 2: mathews, michael floyd, tavon austin, owen daniels, hilton or roddy.

  8. Hi Derek,
    Cam or Bradford?
    R Bush, Knowshon, D. Richardson?
    R Wayne, A. Johnson, E. Royal?
    I have S. Smith in my flex. I read what you wrote about Bradford but, for the same reason you like S Smith this week, I think Cam might blowup. I am torn! Thanks for your help!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bren – Thanks for the question. I would Bradford, I don’t think Shula has done well enough calling plays and if Cam isn’t going to run, Bradford has a great matchup against a Cowboys D that is horrible against fantasy quarterbacks so far. I’m assuming two backs and two receivers with a flex, so I would go Bush and Knowshon, but Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Lions might rest Bush this week, so you may just want to avoid that and go Richardson. I’ll know tomorrow, because that is an early game and we’ll have our eye on that. At receiver, I’d go Johnson and Wayne with Smith in the flex. Even if Smith has 120 yards and a touchdown and Olsen adds 75 yards and a touchdown, they have very few other targets on the team and if Newton isn’t running the ball more than 4-5 times a game and isn’t scoring goal line touchdowns, Bradford can easily beat that against a bad Cowboys quarterback D. I’m not saying Newton couldn’t have a big game, but the way they are play calling, I think going Bradford against the matchup is worth the gamble. Good luck.

  9. Eli or Rg3

    • Derek Lofland /

      JJ – Thanks for the question. They are close, but I’d still go RGIII, even though his stats are meaningless in the NFL world, in fantasy they have been fine and he isn’t throwing 5 interceptions a game right now. Good luck.

  10. League 1
    Ryan or Eli at Qb,
    I need 2 rbs and 3 wrs, Te and a Flex

    McFadden, mar lynch, b Powell, r rice,

    Walker, Steve smith (car), a Dobson, a Jeffery, amendolla,

    Finley, Cameron

    Was thinking about starting both TE’s

    League 2 I need 2 rbs, 2 wrs, and flex

    Only have Brady at Qb
    McFadden, Dez, randle, wood head,Greg Jennings, Cobb, nicks
    A Morris, j bell, Ben Tate, ray rice

    League 3

    Stafford or dalton

    Need 2 rbs out of a Morris, rice, sproiles, Starks, ivory

    2 wrs out of nicks, fitz, randle, kembrel, miles Austin and I need a flex out of the rest

    I have cin def against gb should I pick a better matchup for defense if so who do I drop

    Last league 4

    Already started smith over Bradford and Ryan in two Qb league which other Qb to start?
    1 rb needed out of foster, mjd Fred jack, b Powell

    Need 3,wr and flex nicks, fitz,m Floyd (arz), shorts and a flex out of the remaining

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big d – Thanks for the question.

      League 1 – I’d go Ryan, he has some banged up targets, but they are going to have to throw the ball a ton with their backs. I’d go Lynch and McFadden, Rice appears almost certain to miss this week. At receiver, I think you mean Welker, unless Javon made a comeback I didn’t hear about, lol. I’d start him. I’d start Smith and Jeffery, don’t trust Dobson to be consistent and the Bucs secondary has been solid the first two weeks. At tight end, I’d go Cameron and at flex I’d go Finley. Powell has a nice matchup this week, but I think I would go the two tight ends as well.

      League 2 – I’m reading reports that Bush may sit this week. Even if he plays, it is probably going to be a pitch count for Bush. I’d start Morris and Bell as my backs. I would start Dez and Cobb as my receivers. I’d go McFadden in my flex.

      League 3 – Think you have to play Stafford against the Skins. Dalton’s matchup is solid too, but Stafford is the better fantasy player. I’d go Morris and Sproles at your backs. I’d go Fitz and Nicks at receiver and I would go Starks in the flex. Ivory has a nice matchup, but has been up and down to start the year and who knows how that timeshare goes. I’d play the Cincy D, the Packers O-line is a joke, they should get some sacks on Rodgers. Unless the Vikings are on waivers, I don’t see anyone that should be available that would be worth dropping a viable position player for.

      League 4 – I’d start Ryan, I love Bradford, but Ryan is too good to sit. I’d go Foster at your running back. I’d go Nicks, Fitz and Floyd at your receiver. I’d avoid Shorts and MJD against Seattle and go with Powell playing the weak Bills run defense. Good luck.

  11. Standard scoring:

    T-Rich, Joique Bell or Gio Bernard.

    • Derek Lofland /

      AB – Thanks for the question. That’s a tough one, three good options. If Bush doesn’t start, I’d go Bell. If Bush starts, my highest is Richardson, I think the Colts will give him a lot of work and the 49ers have been run on this year. If you are nervous about playing him in his first game with the Colts and want to be more cautious, Bell is an acceptable play over Richardson this week. Good luck.

  12. Crusher /

    In a PPR league who should I put in the flex? Nate Burleson or B. Pierce.


    • Derek Lofland /

      Crusher – Thanks for the question. Looks like Rice is out and even if he does start, he is doubtful and is unlikely to see the bulk of the work. I’d go Pierce. Good luck.

  13. Hi Derek,

    I need held with my line up at RB(standard league).

    I need to pick 2 out of T. Richardson, D. Murray, R. Bush, & B. Green-Ellis.

    I plan to start Murray, but am agonizing over that second spot. The obvious front-runners are Richardson and Bush, but they each have their issues – Richardson being with a new team and sharing carries with Bradshaw and Bush with his uncertainty due to injury. I don’t know what to do!

    Also, who do you like better this week: J. Nelson or P. Garcon?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dianne – Thanks for the question. Dave Birkett, who is a beat writer for the Detroit Free Press reported that Bush practiced with a sleeve on his leg and that he was running before practice and catching passes from Matthew Stafford. It is his belief that Bush will play and if that happens, I would start him. If he doesn’t I would go with Richardson. Lions are an early game and Colts are the late game, so you will have no problem not knowing if Bush is going to play before your lineup is due. At receiver, I like both as WR2 plays, but Nelson plays a tough Cincy secondary and Garcon plays a not as talented Lions secondary. I would go with Garcon. Good luck.

  14. Hey Derek, got a few questions for a few leagues. All PPR

    League1(solid team looking for 1st win):
    Need 1 flex: R Matthews, Starks, S Smith, Tavon Austin, James Jones
    TE: Finley or roll dice on Gronk; QB: Newton or Eli; D/ST: Houston or GB

    RB2: Starks, BJGE, Wilson, J Rodgers
    Flex: any of 4 rb above, S Smith, J Nelson, H Nicks
    D/ST: Bears or Bucs

    Newton or Vick;
    WR need 1: Bowe, TY, H Nicks, Royal,
    RB need 2: Rice, A Morris, T Rich, McFadden, G Bernard
    Flex any 1 WR or RB from above
    D/ST: bears or pats


    • Derek Lofland /

      Bryan – Thanks for the question.

      League 1 – I’d go Finley, Gronk is too risky to play in his first game back and it isn’t certain he will even play. At flex, I really like Steve Smith this week. The Giants D has been awful the first two weeks and I could see him playing well. Matthews is also a good start, but I think Smith is better in PPR.

      League 2 – I’d go Starks and BJGE. At flex, I’d go with Steve Smith. All three are good WR2 plays, but I like Smith the best. I’d go Bears D, they are a better fantasy D than Tampa and Pittsburgh has shown nothing on Offense.

      League 3 – I’d go with Vick, I hate Thursday Night football, but he is playing too well and Newton is not. I’d go with Bowe at receiver, Morris and Richardson as your backs and McFadden in the flex. I’d go Bears D as well. Good luck.

  15. Big Johnson, Little Bush /

    Standard 10 team league, what do you think of my lineup as it stands?

    QB: Michael Vick
    RB1: Alfred Morris
    RB2: Reggie Bush
    WR1: Calvin Johnson
    WR2: Dwayne Bowe
    TE: Jordon Cameron
    Flex: Joique Bell
    D/St: Vikings
    K: Matt Bryant

    QB: Tony Romo
    RB: Darren Sproles, Deangelo Williams
    WR: Larry Fitz (it’s killing me to say that…), T.Y. Hilton, Greg Jennings
    D/St: Bengals

    Bush says he’s healthy and will play, and Bell has played with him, and without him. It’s very hard to sit Larry Fitzgerald of course. I’m feeling Bowe this week, so I’m going to start him. I just don’t know what to do with that RB2 spot and the Flex spot between Bell, Bush and Larry Fitz.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Big Johnson, Little Bush – Thanks for the question. I’d play Fitzgerald, but I don’t have them separated by a lot and we have always told people to go with their gut. I can see why you wouldn’t want to play him after last week and I’ve by sitting Roddy White for the same reason. I’m not a big fan of starting two running backs from the same team, plus you have Calvin Johnson. That’s a lot of eggs in one basket. I’d go with the Lions starter and I have Sproles one spot ahead of Williams, so I would go with Sproles in the flex. Good luck.

  16. PPR scoring league

    Current line up:

    QB: Drew Brees
    WR: Randall Cobb
    WR: Marques Colston
    RB: Doug Martin
    RB: Lamar Miller
    TE: Jordan Cameron
    Flex: Tavon Austin

    Would you start:

    TE: Jordan Cameron or Antonio Gates?

    RB: Lamar Miller or Giovani Bernard?

    Would you play any of these guys over Tavon Austin in flex?


    • Derek Lofland /

      Matt – Thanks for the question. I would go with Cameron and Miller. Falcons struggle to stop the run and Miller looked better last week. I’d start Cameron over Gates every week, unless Hoyer looks just awful. They have nobody else to target, so I think Cameron still plays well. Good luck.

  17. Derek – which Defense/s.t’s matchup do you like the best?

    Ravens vs Texans

    Browns vs Vikings

    Jets vs Bills

    Titans vs Chargers

    Chargers vs Titans

    • Derek Lofland /

      Mike – Thanks for the question. I like the Browns playing Christian Ponder and their bad offense. The Browns lack of offense is concerning, but I think their D will play well. Good luck.

  18. Zach roper /

    Hey Derek, I was offered demarco Murray for Stevan Ridley. Also would you go mike Williams or Eric decker at W2 in a 16 team league.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Zach Roper – Thanks for the question. That’s a fair trade. Murray has injury risk on a team that doesn’t run the ball, Ridley has risk that Vereen could take his job at the end of the year. I think you can make that trade. I would start Decker, I think the Bucs passing game is struggling too much to play Williams over Decker. Good luck.

  19. Derek, here is my current roster in a 12 team league.
    Tony Romo vs STL
    WR: j. Edelman vs TB
    WR: D. Bowe @ philly
    WR: H. Nicks @ Carolina
    RB: C. Johnson vs SD
    RB: D. Martin @ NE
    K: R. Gould @ PIT
    DEF: CHICAGO @ Pit

    My bench has:
    WR: C. Shorts @ Seatle
    TE: T. Gonzales
    QB: A. Smith @ Philly
    RB: B. POWEL vs Buffalo
    DEF: CHICAGO @ Pit.

    Do you suggest any different sit/ starts as it is now?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Micah – Thanks for the question. I would leave that lineup as is. I like Powell this week, but not over the players you have in your lineup. Good luck.

  20. Derek,

    I am in a standard league. My starting RB’s are Ray Rice and Demarco Murray. If Ray is out who should I start in his place: Fred Jackson or Bernard Pierce?

    Who should I start at WR 1, 2, and 3?
    Reggie Wayne
    Eddie Royal
    Marlon Brown
    Brian Hartline

    Also, should I start Greg Olsen or Fleener at TE?

    • Derek Lofland /

      David – Thanks for the question. If Rice is out, I would start Pierce. The Jets have been good against the run so far, I don’t see Jackson having a big day. At receiver, I would go with Wayne, Hartline and Royal. Just not buying into Brown yet and Royal is on fire; I think you have to ride that out and see where it goes. Good luck.

  21. Hey Derek I’m feeling daring. I’m in a one QB league and nobody has Rivers. I currently have Shcaub and Newton. Newton has failed me so far of course. What do you think about dropping Newton for Rivers. I noticed some good changes in the way Rivers played these last two weeks and I feel compelled to pick him up. Just worried that I may be jumping the gun. What do you think?

    • Derek Lofland /

      B – Thanks for the question. I wouldn’t do that, Newton started slow last year and was the highest ranked fantasy quarterback the second half of the season. I think dropping him for Schaub could make sense, but Schaub is playing very well too. I’d hold onto Cam, too early to give up on him and Rivers hasn’t shown enough yet to make me a believer that he is back to 2010 form.

  22. Hey D. This is my roster and starting lineup. Do you think I need to make any adjustments? It’s a 10 man league and there isn’t really anybody on waivers worth noting.

    QB Matt Ryan
    WR Victor Cruz
    WR T.Y. Hilton
    WR Brian Hartline
    RB Adrian Peterson
    RB C.J. Spiller
    RB Daryl Richardson
    WR/RB/TE Knowshon Moreno
    K Alex Henery
    Def Minnesota

    Bench: Roddy White, David Wilson, Ben Tate, Bilal Powell, Alshon Jeffery, Josh Gordon, Jason Witten, Julius Thomas, Arizona D

    • Derek Lofland /

      Josh – Thanks for the question. I think you have the right starting lineup in there. I debated about Tate and Powell, but I think you got the right backs in your lineup. Good luck.

  23. Hey Derek thanks for the column. Standard league over here. Would you start Luck or RG3? Also how do feel about the WR1, WR2 & flex (WR/RB)? Choices are J.Bell, Fitzgerald, Boldin, J.Jones, TY Hilton or James Jones? Thank you

    • Derek Lofland /

      Mike – Thanks for the question. I would go RGIII, not a fan of Luck facing the 49ers D on the road. I’m not sure what to do at your flex spot, because Bush is 50-50 to play. If he sits, Bell would be my flex option. At receiver, I’d go Fitz and Julio Jones. If Bush ends up starting, I would go Boldin in the flex. Good luck.

  24. Who should I start for week 3?
    QB: Stafford or Bradford?
    TE: Cook or Dainels?
    WR: Nicks, Tate, Antonio Brown, Stevie Johnson? (need 2)

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bob D – Thanks for the question. Love both quarterbacks this week, but with how bad Washington has been; you have to start Stafford. At tight end, both are also good plays, but I would go with Cook. I think he rebounds from last week. At receiver, I’d go with Johnson and Nicks. Good luck.

  25. Hey Derek,

    I’m in a 14 team league. Who should I start?

    Pierre Thomas, Jason Snelling, M.Colston, T. Gonzalez, Charles Clay.

    I need to start a RB, TE, and Flex (RB,WR,TE)

    • Derek Lofland /

      Chris – Thanks for the question. I would go with Thomas, Colston and Gonzalez. I am not a fan of Snelling, I don’t think he has any value unless he scores a touchdown. Clay had one good game, but he needs to do more before I recommend him over Gonzalez. Good luck.

  26. PPR league I need 1 QB from Stafford, Dalton and Rivers.
    2 rbs from Foster, Murray, G Ellis, Bernard,
    2 wrs out of A Johnson, Cruz, Welker, Royal, Jennings.
    1 TE Witten, Pettigrew
    1 flex R-W-T

    • Derek Lofland /

      John – Thanks for the question. Given the way the Skins have played D, I would start Stafford. I would go Foster and Murray at your backs. At receiver, I would go Johnson and Cruz. Tight end, I would go Witten. That leaves a flex. I like how Bernard is running, but the timeshare with BJGE is still problematic. I’d be hard pressed to sit Welker going against the Raiders, especially in PPR. Good luck.

  27. Fantasy Dr X /

    Now onto the PPR league:
    Luck or Eli?
    2 RBs: Spiller, Gore,Mathews, J Bell. D Williams.
    2 WRs: D Jax, Fitz, Wayne,Austin.
    1 TE: V Davis or Gates?
    1 Flex out of RB-WR-TE above.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dr X – I have Luck a spot higher than Eli, could go either way there. At running back, I’d go with Spiller and Matthews. At receiver, I’d go D Jax and Fitz. At tight end, Davis is too early to tell, but if he doesn’t practice this week, I’d lean toward Gates.

      At the flex, you have a couple good options. Gore has had a slow start, but plays the Colts bad run defense. Wayne is usually a reception machine, but plays a tough 49ers D. Bell has a dream matchup with the Skins, but shares time with Bush, who is injured. If Bush does not play, I would go Bell. If he does play, I would go with Gore, who I have one spot above Wayne. Good luck.

  28. Fantasy Dr X /

    Another week:
    Standard scoring league:
    Luck or Eli?
    2 RBs: Charles, Bradshaw,BJGE, Wilson.
    2 WRs: Wayne, Cruz, Hopkins, Royal,Hartline, Jennings.
    1 Flex out of the above.
    Are the Ravens a good DST this week?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Dr X – Thanks for the question. I’d have Luck 14th and Eli 15th; you can go either way there. The consensus rankings have Manning 13th and Eli 14th, so I think most people view it as a toss up. At running back, I would go with Charles and Bradshaw. Wilson needs to sit and BJGE is a possible flex play as Bernard is starting to emerge. At receiver, go with Wayne and Cruz.

      That leaves the flex. I think I would go Hopkins. If Johnson doesn’t play, it’s a slam dunk for Hopkins. He will be their top receiver against a leaky Ravens secondary. If Johnson starts, you could also go BJGE. Packers are just 16th against fantasy running backs, so there is some upside there. Good luck.

  29. Derek,

    I am in a standard league. My starting RB’s are Ray Rice and Demarco Murray. If Ray is out who should I start in his place: Fred Jackson or Bernard Pierce?

    Who should I start at WR 1, 2, and 3?
    Reggie Wayne
    Eddie Royal
    Marlon Brown
    Brian Hartline

    • Derek Lofland /

      David – Thanks for the question. I would go with Pierce; he is going to see a bigger role this week even if Rice plays. At receiver, Wayne and Hartline are good options this week. Between Royal and Brown, I would go Royal. May not stay that way this season, but Royal is playing too well to sit for Brown. Good luck.

  30. Nice read again. Got 4 picks for you.

    Alex Smith or Andrew Luck?

    Bernard, Wilson, Powell, or Pierce?

    Bengals or waiver pick?

    Starks, Powell, Wilson, or Ivory?


    • Derek Lofland /

      Joe – Thanks for the question. I like Smith’s matchup, but I think Luck is too good to sit for Smith. At running back, I am not sure if Rice will play, but even if he does, Houston is very tough against the run. I like Powell this week playing the Bills and I think Bernard could have a big game against the Packers. Wilson has to sit. I still like Cincy, I think their pass rush will give the Pack problems. If you are too worried about your D facing Rodgers, Minnesota facing the Browns or the Buccaneers facing a neutered Patriots offense. Finally, I would go with Starks, I have him 2 spots ahead of Powell. Good luck.

  31. Ive started Andrew Luck but would say Luck vs the 49ers or Vick vs KC this week


    • Derek Lofland /

      Greg – Thanks for the question. I hate playing guys on 4 days rest, but I’m not a fan of Luck on the road against the 49ers and I think you have to play Vick at this point. Good luck.

  32. So far followed your picks in an 89 person PICKem and I am in 7th place thks for the info

    • Just found out I was the pot winner this week…taking the wife to Dennys..but still making her pay her half HAHA

      • Derek Lofland /

        John – Thanks for the feedback, just so you know, your wife didn’t help you win, we did; so make sure you buy us some beer or pizza, lol. Congrats on the win and enjoy the night out.

  33. Bob Bob /

    Hey there Derek. Two questions for ya, who do like this week at TE, Thomas or Witten? Also, which defense do you think will do best this season. Arizona, Minnesota, or Tennessee?

    • Derek Lofland /

      Bob Bob – Thanks for the question. I am pretty much going to have Witten in my Top 5 every week and Thomas is going to be somewhere in the Top 10. I would go Witten and see if you can trade one of them. It is just going to be points on your bench and if you can get good value, it makes sense.

      As for your defense, I think the best on the season will be the Cardinals with the Vikings close behind. Cardinals are a low D1 and Vikings are a high D2. Good luck.

  34. Hi, Thanks for the article.

    Non-PPR, need to sit one of the three this week (starting 2 of the 3): CJ Spiller, Chris Johnson, Knowshon Moreno.

    Thanks Again.

    • Derek Lofland /

      Robert – Thanks for the question. I would go with Spiller and Johnson. I like Moreno, but Raiders have been the best running back D in the NFL this year. I do think that is a product of their schedule, but I don’t think there is any reason to play Moreno in the matchup this week over Spiller or Johnson. Good luck.

  35. Hey Derek I have a start/ sit Question.

    This week start at flex (WR/RB/TE)

    Reggie Bush vs Washington

    TY Hilton vs San Fran

    Josh Gordon vs Minnesota

    Antonio Brown vs Chicago

    Daryl Richardson vs Dallas

    Joique Bell vs Washington

    — it looks like an obvious choice to go with Bush, but didnt know if you liked any of the above mentioned over Bush this week.

    Also, start Ravens D vs Houston offense or look to pick up either Vikings D (vs browns who may be without Weeden), Bills D vs jets Offense, or Saints D (depending on Fitzgerald)

    Thank you

    • Derek Lofland /

      J – Thanks for the question. Hard to tell with Bush being questionable, but if he plays I would go with him and if he doesn’t I would go with Bell. Washington has been abysmal against the run in the first two weeks, so the starter should be a high RB2 to low RB2. I like the Vikings D playing the Browns this week, they are at home and the Browns will be starting Hoyer at quarterback. Good luck.

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