Ok, so I am back after two very long weeks of covering the Paralympics. My apologizes for not being around to post articles, but lets get over it, it’s time for Start Em’, Sit Em’ heading into week three of the NFL season.
The way this works is I will attempt to pick out some key players at each position that you should start this week in order to help you win. I will do my best to avoid picking obvious players because if you don’t know that you should start Aaron Rodgers you probably shouldn’t be playing fantasy football.
Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons – Matty “Ice” takes his talents to New Orleans to battle the Saints in what is sure to be a shoot out. Ryan has been lights out so far this season throwing for over 300 yards in both his games (including almost 400 last week) with five touchdowns and one interception. He is a must-start against a Saints defence that, while better than last year, still ain’t that good.
Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers – After not scoring a touchdown all of last year Gordon has had a nice little bounce back year so far. This week he gets a Colts defence that struggled to stop the Broncos rushing attack last week. Gordon is also going to get more carries with the injury to Danny Woodhead.
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants – Shepard may be a rookie but he has flown out of the gates posting double digit points in both his games so far. Shepard is turning into quite the little weapon for the Giants passing game, and with Josh Norman and the rest of the Redskins focusing on stopping Odell Beckham Jr., look for Shepard to once again reek havoc in this one.
Dennis Pitta, TE, Baltimore Ravens – Pitta has somehow worked his way back from devastating injuries the past two seasons, and has picked up right where he left off. It certainly doesn’t hurt that he and QB Joe Flacco are pretty much best friends. Expect Pitta to be Flacco’s go to guy over the middle and on third downs.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals – The Bengals draw the Broncos defence this week and that is normally a kiss of death for any QB, just ask Andrew Luck. Be smart and keep Dalton on the bench for this week.
Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers – The niners are not a very good team. Carlos Hyde is by far their best offensive player though and is normally a RB2 with RB 1 upside most weeks despite his teams struggles. This week however, Hyde faces the vaunted Seattle Seahawks defence and that does not bode well for him. It is going to be tough for Hyde all day so maybe explore other options.
Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions – Tate, for some unforeseen reason, has been relegated to “gadget player” for the Lions this season, which makes zero sense. Tate has long been a reliable target for Matt Stafford and this new role is killing his fantasy value. Until the Lions figure out how to use Tate he should be relegated to the fantasy sidelines.
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints – Fleener is such a let down. He plays in one of the most bountiful fantasy environments, with one of the most tight end friendly QB’s in the league, and yet Fleener has done literally nothing this year. Until he proves he and Drew Brees are on the same page, it’s time to turn the page and move on from Fleener.