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Week 3: Start Em, Sit Em

If you have some tough decisions to make regarding your lineup, Armando Marsal can help you with his Starts and Sits for Week 3.

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Start Em

Russell Wilson, SEA vs. CHI - The Bears pass defense has been atrocious this season as they have surrendered seven touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks. In Week 1 Rodgers threw three touchdowns and last week Palmer threw four touchdowns against them. The Bears defense is giving up the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. This will be the Seahawks first home game of the season and at a 0-2 record, you can only expect them to come out with a lot of energy and hungry for a win. Wilson had a solid game against the Packers last week. He threw for 206 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception and also had 78 rushing yards. I expect him to carry that momentum over in search of the team's first win this week. The only concern is a potential blowout, but even if that occurs, Wilson should still manage to produce a nice stat line.

Other Starts

Ryan Tannehill, MIA vs. BUF

Cam Newton, CAR vs. NO

Carson Palmer, ARI vs. SF

Marcus Mariota, TEN vs. IND

Sleeper Alert: Teddy Bridgewater, MIN vs. SD

Sit Em

Matthew Stafford, DET at DEN - Stafford is dealing with several injuries as he suffered thumb, ribs, and chest injuries. To make matters worse, he is heading to Denver to take on the league's best pass defense. The Broncos are the only defense that has not allowed a passing touchdown. They held both Joe Flacco and Alex Smith to fewer than 200 passing yards and intercepted each of them twice. Their secondary is led by two very good corners, Aquib Talib and Chris Harris. Harris did not surrender a touchdown in 623 passing snaps last season. Stafford is having a decent season thus far, but at less than 100 percent and on the road against a very stingy defense, it's best to leave him on your bench this week.

Other Sits

Saints QB at CAR

Colin Kaepernick, SF at ARI

Jameis Winston, TB at HOU

Joe Flacco, BAL vs. CIN

Bust Alert: Sam Bradford, PHI at NYJ

Running Backs

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Latavius Murray, OAK at CLE - Murray is coming off of a nice game against the Ravens and has a favorable matchup against Cleveland. The Browns are surrendering 105 yards and a one touchdown per game through the first two weeks. Murray is averaging over four yards per carry this season and has one touchdown. The Raiders are clearly getting him more involved in the pass game as he has been targeted 10 times. The good news is that he caught all 10 of those targets. Another stat that stands out is that Murray has received 100 percent of the team's red zone rushing attempts. The Browns got run over by Ivory in Week 1 and didn't have an answer for Dexter McCluster last week, so there's a good chance they will struggle against Murray. This could be the first time that Murray eclipses the century mark on the ground in a game this season.

Other Starts

Jonathan Stewart, CAR vs. NO

Dion Lewis, NE vs. JAC

Isaiah Crowell, CLE vs. OAK

Danny Woodhead, SD at MIN

Sleeper alert: Matt Jones, WAS at NYG

Sit Em

Lamar Miller, MIA vs. BUF - The Bills have allowed just 89 rushing yards in the first two weeks. That's bad news for a back that has rushed for 67 yards through two games. The Dolphins limit Miller's workload for some reason as he has yet carried the ball for more than 13 times in a game this season. In five career games against the Bills, Miller has not scored a touchdown and is averaging 51.2 yards per game. He also suffered an ankle injury last week against the Jaguars that prevented him from returning into the game and has been unable to practice. This is not the week you want to take a risk with Miller. He's dinged up, isn't getting a ton of volume, and has a tough matchup. You can find a better option.

Other Sits

Doug Martin, TB at HOU

Rashad Jennings, NYG vs. WAS

Chris Johnson, ARI vs. SF

Giovani Bernard, CIN at BAL

Bust Alert: Alfred Morris, WAS at NYG

Wide Receivers

Start Em

Brandon Marshall, NYJ vs. PHI - Marshall is off to a hot start so far this season. He has caught 13 passes for 163 yards, scored two touchdowns, and has been targeted a team high 19 times. He has a good matchup this week as the Eagles have a suspect secondary. They're allowing 181 yards per game to opposing receivers and have surrendered three touchdowns. The Eagles are also yielding 25.5 fantasy points per game to opposing receivers. I'm anticipating Marshall to continue playing well in a favorable matchup. Keep in mind, Eric Decker hasn't practiced due to a knee injury and could potentially miss this game. If that's the case, Marshall should be in for a significant amount of targets.

Other Starts

Julian Edelman, NE vs. JAC

Jarvis Landry, MIA vs. BUF

Allen Robinson, JAC at NE

Pierre Garcon, WAS at NYG

Sleeper Alert: Kendall Wright, TEN vs. IND

Sit Em

Golden Tate, DET at DEN- Tate has a tough matchup ahead of him. As I mentioned above, the Broncos have yet allowed a passing touchdown which also means no receiver has caught a touchdown pass against them. In fact, they have allowed the fewest receiving yards (102) and fantasy points per game (4) to opposing receivers. He has not scored a touchdown and has 104 yards through two games. He has struggled early on, but it shouldn't be surprising because Calvin Johnson is healthy. Tate's best games last season came when Johnson was hurt or out. The corners on this defense are one of the best duos in the league. It will be a tough day on Sunday for Tate and he's risky start. He is best left on the bench against the Broncos.

Other Sits

Amari Cooper, OAK at CLE

Mike Wallace, MIN vs. SD

Torrey Smith, SF at ARI

Andre Johnson, IND at TEN

Bust Alert: Brandin Cooks, NO at CAR

Tight Ends

Start Em

Jared Cook, STL vs. PIT

Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. SD

Jordan Reed, WAS at NYG

Sit Em

Zach Ertz, PHI at NYJ

Owen Daniels, DEN vs. DET

Delanie Walker, TEN vs. IND


Start Em

Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears

Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sit Em

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals

St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers