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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Start 'Em & Sit 'Em Week 3

Here are my hot and cold starters for the NFL's Week 3 Games



1. Kevin Kolb (Philadelphia) - Kolb was impressive in his pro debut against the Saints. 391 yards in the air with 2 TDs. The 3 INTs aren't great, but one of them was the last play of the game when they were down 26. Look for the Eagles to throw just as much this week against the Chiefs as Brian Westbrook may be out with an ankle injury.

2. Mark Sanchez (New York Jets) - The Titans boast the NFL's worst pass defense allowing 339 yards per game. I think this game will go no higher than 20 points for either team, but I do like the potential for Sanchez. Start him if you are in a 12-team league and have a tough match up with your #1 option.

SIT 'EM - Brett Farve (Minnesota) - Farve will be forced to throw the ball more this week as Adrian Peterson will struggle a bit against the 49ers stout defense. Farve will throw his first interception of the season this week, possibly his second too. Defensive battle in this game.

1. Felix Jones (DALLAS) - With Marion Barber most likely out with a quad strain, Jones will see more touches. Going against a Carolina Panthers defense that is allowing 168 yards per game on the ground, Jones is a great pickup / start this week for fantasy football players.

2. Tim Hightower - With the Colts unable to stop the run against the Dolphins on Monday night, look for the Cardinals to run the ball a few more times with Hightower this week. Additionally, Hightower is a tremendous receiver out of the back field which increases his fantasy value even more this week.

SIT 'EM - Cedric Benson (CIN) - Benson is up against the Steelers this week and they do not allow backs to have success on the ground. I think Benson is a sleeper start if he breaks open a big run, but overall his fantasy value is no better than a number 2 RB this week. Sit him if you have the depth.


1. Johnny Knox (Chicago) - Sleeper in the making. Knox is emerging as Cutlers favorite target, and this kid is fast. He has the ability to break free of his defenders and turn small gains into larges ones at any given play.

2. Jerricho Cotchery (New York Jets) - #1 receivers have done very well against the Titans this season. With a very good run defense, I believe the Titans will force the Jets to throw the ball a little bit more this week. This is why I have Sanchez as a decent start at quarterback. Success is very plausible against the NFL's worst passing defense.

SIT 'EM - Roddy White (Atlanta Falcons) - The Patriots have done well at defending the pass this season. Its the run they do not stop very well. Look for Michael Turner to have 25+ carries in this game for the Falcons. That does not leave many touches for White. Sit him if you have another option at WR.

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