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Start/Bench – Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and what a week it was. Injuries galore at the running back position and a major swoon in production from would be studs have left many owners sprinting to the waiver wire.

Hold fast for at least one more week folks. Let things continue to sort themselves out before abandoning ship on a team that may just be starting slow. After six months of eagerly anticipating and preparing for drafts let’s give it one more week before we blow it all up.

As stated last week, I feel that three weeks is a fair amount of time to determine which players actually deserve to be on the ‘STUDS’ list and which players have played their way off of it.

Big changes lie ahead as names will be dropped and added after their week three performances (or lack thereof) are evaluated. Onward to week three…





Drew Brees
Aaron Rodgers
Peyton Manning
Tom Brady
Cam Newton
Matt Ryan
Robert Griffin III
Colin Kaepernick
Andrew Luck
Matthew Stafford
Russell Wilson
Tony Romo




Philip Rivers, SAN DIEGO at Tennessee: I bashed Rivers pretty good as a week one bench option and have been enjoying a fair amount of crow for dinner ever since. He is throwing the ball with confidence and the San Diego offense has been surprisingly effective. Rivers has thrown for 614 yards and 7 TDs with 1 INT and 0 fumbles lost. He’s spread the ball around nicely utilizing eight different receiving options and has been sacked only three times. Tennessee has allowed four passing TDs and picked off three passes this season. Look for Rivers to continue to spread the ball around and finish with at least 280 yards and a pair of TD throws.


Jake Locker, TENNESSEE vs. San Diego: Across the field from Philip Rivers this week will be Jake Locker and he joins him on the START list. The Chargers pass defense has been torched for 375 yards per game over the first two weeks and has allowed five passing TDs. While Locker may not be Michael Vick or Matt Schaub he does have the receiving weapons to take advantage of the porous Chargers secondary. He’s completed 28-of-50 passes for 273 yards with 2 TDs and has yet to turn the ball over. Look for Locker to utilize play action passes to connect for big chunks of yardage to Kenny Britt, Nate Washington and Kendall Wright in what is looking to be a shootout.


Sam Bradford, ST. LOUIS at Dallas: Bradford has been airing the ball out this season to the tune of 93 attempts in two games. Off to a nice start, he has completed 59 passes for 651 yards and 5 TDs. He’s got deep threats in Chris Givens and Brian Quick along with a seam splitting athletic TE in Jared Cook and finally got speed demon Tavon Austin heavily involved last week (Austin finished with a 6/47/2 stat line). The Cowboys have struggled to stop the pass again this season allowing over 300 yards per game and 6 total TDs through the air. They won’t have the horses to keep up with the Rams offensive weapons and Bradford will put up big numbers.


Ryan Tannehill, MIAMI vs. Atlanta: The Dolphins have started the season 2-0 with a pair of road victories. Tannehill has completed 65.3% of his passes as Miami is utilizing a pass first offense. The Falcons have given up 693 yards through the air through two weeks and have allowed 5 TD passes. Tannehill and Mike Wallace seemed to finally click last week and that is bad news for the Falcons. Look for Tannehill to double his TD production to date (2), as this game with Atlanta will be a high scoring affair.


Alex Smith, KANSAS CITY at Philadelphia: Will wonders never cease? Smith makes his second appearance on the START list in three weeks. I’ll keep this one short and sweet. Start fantasy QBs against the Eagles…any and all fantasy QBs.

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