Fantasy football week 3: Start’em and sit’em
Week two was a wild one in the NFL. Household names and fan favorites such as Jimmy Graham and Andrew Luck are underperforming, while little known guys like Travis Benjamin and Allen Robinson are producing at high levels.
Here are our picks for who you should start and sit on your fantasy team going into week three:
Start: Carson Palmer
The Cardinals’ veteran quarterback is having a resurgence so far in 2015. Through two games, he has amassed 492 passing yards and seven touchdown passes compared to just one turnover. Arizona’s next opponent is the San Francisco 49ers, a team that was just torched for 369 yards in the air by Pittsburgh. The Cardinals’ offense is firing on all cylinders and has been dangerous so far. Palmer seems to have made a full recovery from last year’s devastating knee injury.
Start: Dion Lewis
Dion Lewis has played more snaps than any other running back on the Patriots roster this season. He has proved to be a valuable weapon in both the running and passing games. New England has a dominant offense and should have no problem scoring against Jacksonville in week three. Look for Lewis to build on the success he found last week in the receiving game: six catches, 98 yards, and one touchdown.
Start: Greg Olsen
Carolina’s tight end has had a slow start to the season, but he should make up some ground in week three. Quarterback Cam Newton does not have many options in the passing game with Kelvin Benjamin out for the season, and Devin Funchess slowed by injury. Olsen has 17 targets through two games; he just needs to start capitalizing on his opportunities. A week three matchup against a very poor Saints pass defense should get him on the right track.
Sit: Matthew Stafford
The former first round pick is off to a rocky start in 2015. He has thrown three interceptions to just four touchdown passes through two weeks, and he took a beating last week against Minnesota. The Vikings hit Stafford eight times, and he had to have his ribs examined by a doctor after the game. Next up for Detroit is the Broncos’ dominant defense and their trifecta of pass rushers: Von Miller, Demarcus Ware, and Shane Ray.
Sit: Demarco Murray
Last season, Murray led the NFL in rushing yards, but through two games in 2015, the Eagles’ running back has only gained seven rushing yards on 21 attempts. Not all the blame should be placed on Murray, though; the Eagles’ entire offense has looked bad so far this season. Things will not get any easier in week three when they play the Jets and their stingy run defense.
Sit: Lamar Miller
Miller has struggled this season. The former Hurricane has gained a measly 67 rushing yards through two games. On top of his limited touches and lack of production, Miller injured his ankle in week two and did not return to the game. Week three will be a big test for the Miami offense as they host Buffalo, the league’s second best defense against the run.
Will Stafford, Murray, and Miller continue to underperform? Which other players are due for a big performance in week three? Feel free to leave a comment or find me on Twitter @Andrew_Morse4