Fantasy Football Start Em’/ Sit Em’
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QB – Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Smith now holds the 49er franchise record for most consecutive passes without throwing an interception. Yes, even a longer streak than a couple of other well-known former 49ers of the franchise’s glory hole years. Smith opposes a Minnesota defense Andrew Luck just picked apart last week.
RB – Isaac Redman, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders
I realize Redman has been disappointing thus far. However, he began to run the ball with grit and determination towards the end of last week when he scored a short yardage touchdown against the Jets. This week, he faces a horrendous Raiders defense Reggie Bush just shredded in Week 2 for 172 yards rushing.
WR – Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz torched the Bucs secondary last week with close to 400 yards receiving combined, and Eli Manning threw for over 500 yards passing. Bryant has been a frustrating player for both the Cowboys and fantasy teams. However, he and Miles should have a big game Sunday.
TE – Brandon Pettigrew, Detroit Lions vs. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have allowed tight ends to catch 5 touchdown passes in the first two weeks, including three by Dante Rosario last week. Pettigrew should experience similar success.
K – Garrett Hartley, New Orleans Saints vs. Kansas City Chiefs
The Saints might be 0-2, but they are still scoring points, and the Chiefs defense is certainly generous. Hartley should produce at least 9 points, but will probably score more.
D/ST – Arizona Cardinals, playing the Philadelphia Eagles
It’s been Christmas in September so far as Michael Vick has been giving the defense gifts early in the season. Vick’s 6 interceptions are the most in the NFL. Zona should be able to force a couple of turnovers.
QB – Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos vs. Houston Texans
Manning looked very inefficient this past Monday night as he threw wobbly passes with little accuracy and velocity the majority of the evening. The Falcons intercepted him three times in the 1st quarter. Houston’s stingy defense does not allow many points and is difficult to throw against.
RB – DeMarco Murray, Dallas Cowboys vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have the third best run defense in the NFL and only allowed 10 total yards rushing to the Panthers in Week 1. The Cowboys will be wise to rely on the pass Sunday. Murray only had 44 yards rushing last week in Seattle.
WR – Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers
The Niners have a smothering defense which does not yield much yardage and allow many points to the opposition. If one has a better option to start at WR this week, I recommend using it.
TE – Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers
Read above, except replace WR with TE.
K – Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland Raiders vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Raiders have been the worst team in football the first two weeks by a mile and a half. Janikowski will be worthless against the Steelers.
D/ST – Seattle Seahawks, vs. Green Bay Packers
Seattle is difficult to play against in their home stadium. However, they have not seen the likes of Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Sit and stash the Seahawks D this week against the potent Green Bay offense. Pick up Arizona, and start them.
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