Fantasy football is a viscous game.   Week 2 saw even more fantasy studs have their seasons come crashing to a halt due to injury.  Danny Woodhead, Ameer Abdullah, and Adrian Peterson are all out for the bulk of whats left in the fantasy football season.  Hopefully your team did not have all three backs on the roster.
Week 2 was pretty solid for our bloggers though.  Even though both Andy Dalton and Eric Decker posted 18-points despite the warnings from GOAT and A-Mac, their other Sit ‘Ems posted less than ten points last week.  Starts Tevin Coleman, Will Fuller, Carson Wentz and Marcus Mariota all had double-digit days last week for them as well.  Hopefully the good fortune for our bloggers continues into this week.  Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s start ’em and sit ’em’s for week 3!
A-Mac’s Week 3 Start Em’s
img_0044Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions (ESPN 84% owned):  Through two weeks, Riddick has been a top-12 fantasy running back while splitting time with Ameer Abdullah.  With Abdullah placed on injured reserve on Wednesday, he will be out for at least the next eight weeks.  Riddick will now get even more touches in both the pass and run games, and could see himself vault into the top-10 fantasy running back discussion.
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 84.6& owned):  Fleener’s start to his Saints tenure has been a huge disappointment, registering just two fantasy points in his first two games.  Week 3 against Atlanta could jump start his season, as the Falcons have allowed 138 receiving yards and three touchdowns to opposing tight ends in the first two weeks.
Dolphins D/ST (ESPN 27.1% owned):  The Dolphins should be owned and started in every single league this week.  They face the Cleveland Browns who had given opposing defenses double-digit fantasy scores with quarterbacks that have played in NFL games.  This week, the Browns start rookie Cody Kessler for the first time.  The fantasy point potential for the Dophins defense this week is endless.
GOAT’s Week 3 Start Em’s
Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants (ESPN 85.8% owned): Shepard is the 19th ranked wide receiver in fantasy points after two games, tallying 11 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. So far he has outscored teammate Odell Beckham as New York faces a mediocre Washington secondary. It should be another good week for Shepard against the 20th-ranked Washington pass defense.
Phillip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers (ESPN 88.0% owned): In his first game without number one target Keenan Allen, Rivers threw for 220 yards and four touchdowns. The hits just keep on coming for the Chargers as passing-down back Danny Woodhead had his season end with a torn ACL.  Rivers and the Chargers face the 31st ranked pass defense of the Indianapolis Colts, so it is likely Rivers will have another great week regardless of who he has to throw the ball to.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (ESPN 99.2% owned): Ingram has struggled the first two games, netting just 88 yards on 22 carries. Pretty disappointing for a running back that was on pace to be one of the best in 2015 before he went on injured reserve. Atlanta isn’t known for their defensive prowess and Ingram is due to have a great game after two mediocre appearances so far this year.
A-Mac’s Week 3 Sit Em’s
img_0045Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN 87.3%): I loved Ware as a sleeper as long as Jamaal Charles was out, and Ware has responded with 32 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues, sixth most among running backs.  Charles is ever so close to coming back, but a Week 3 return sounds unlikely.  Ware will get the work against the ever-so-tough Jets run defense, who haven’t allowed more than 60 yards rushing in either of the first two weeks.
Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ESPN 99.5% owned): Evans has had a solid start to the season, finding the end zone is each of the first two weeks.  The Bucs host the LA Rams, who have been stingy against receivers thus far, allowing 299 receiving yards and zero touchdowns to receivers in the first two games.
Desean Jackson, WR, Washington Redskins (ESPN 92% owned): Jackson is the ultimate boom-or-bust play every week.  Jackson and the Washington offense plays a stingy Giants secondary that have only allowed three receptions over 20 yards through two games.
GOAT’s Week 3 Sit Em’s
img_0046Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (ESPN 97.8% owned): Sammy Watkins is a tremendously talented wide receiver. However, it isn’t clear if he is healthy or how bad the pain is in his foot. This week’s match up against Patrick Peterson and the Arizona Cardinals is very unfavorable for a receiver that might not be able to play through a full game.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN 94.2% owned): The Broncos only allowed 3.3 yards per carry in 2015 and are ranked as the 11th defense so far this season according to Football Outsiders. With Hill also getting less snaps than Giovanni Bernard in Week 2, this is not likely to be a bounce back week for his fantasy production. Hill is highly touchdown dependent to even be worth a flex start.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, New York Jets (ESPN 35.4% owned): While Marcus Peters has gotten torched a number of times in the last two weeks, the Kansas City pass defense is still ranked 11th. They have allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks since the start of the 2015 season. Even with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, this isn’t a great match up for Fitzpatrick and the Jets passing game.

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