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(STL) QB Sam Bradford vs. (DAL) – Bradford is currently the number five quarterback in most fantasy leagues and should be started in most leagues this weekend against the Dallas secondary. Not only is the Cowboys secondary beatable but also Bradford is looking better than ever with a slew of talented young receivers. I would not mind starting Bradford once again this week and hoping for a 2-3 touchdown effort in what should be a good game against Dallas.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton vs. (GB) – While people are starting to realize that Dalton isn’t as good of a quarterback as perhaps was thought for the last year or two, he still has a great matchup this weekend against Green Bay and an elite receiver in AJ Green. In order to keep up with the high powered Packers offence Dalton is going to need to throw at least two touchdowns.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (NYG) – 17 carries in week one and 22 carries in week two for 85 and 86 yards respectively for Williams so far. While the yardage totals are the best for a guy getting 20 touches, he is still getting 20 touches; something hard to find lately. He also has what is possibly his easiest matchup so far this weekend when he plays the Giants, a team allowing a huge amount of yards to opposing teams through two weeks.
(DAL) RB Demarco Murray vs. (STL) – Remember when Murray was a rookie and exploded into the scene with 253 yards? That was against the Rams. I am not saying that Murray sis going to rush for 200+ yards on Sunday, but I do think he can have his first big game of the 2013 season. IT also helps that Jason Garrett has recently said that the Cowboys need to me running the ball more.
(DET) WR Nate Burleson vs. (WAS) – The Washington defence has allowed over 500 yards per game so far and will have a tough time trying to slow down the Detroit offence this weekend. Calvin Johnson should be able to do whatever he wants against the Washington secondary while players like the veteran Nate Burleson also reap the benefits. Burleson is an even better play in PPR with 13 catches through two weeks.
(MIN) WR Jerome Simpson vs. (CLE) – Simpson is the teams number two receiver on paper but leads the team with 9 receptions for 189 yards, largely due to his seven-catch, 140-yard performance from week one. Greg Jennings is the team WR1 but could again be bested by Simpson is week three against the Browns, a team that allows a lot of stats to WR2s. Take for example week one against the Dolphins; Wallace was left with barely a catch while Brian Hartline went off. Also in week two against the Ravens it was Marlon Brown who scored the touchdown, not Torrey Smith.
(CIN) WR Mohamed Sanu vs. (GB) – As good as the Bengals defence is, the Bengals offence is going to have to have a great game in order to keep up with and beat the Packers. AJ Green is a no-brainer and should have a huge game, but guys like Mohamed Sanu are also going to have an impact. I like Sanu’s odds of catching his first touchdown this season.
(HOU) TE Owen Daniels vs. (BAL) – Daniels already has 3 touchdowns in two games on only seven targets and will have a great chance to catch another against the Ravens. Not only have the Ravens allowed 205 yards and a pair of scores to tight ends so far this year, Matt Schaub is showing how much he enjoys throwing to his tight end.
EDIT: If Reggie Bush does not play, DET RB Joique Bell is a must start option at RB and could be useful even if Reggie Bush does suit up.
(SEA) QB Russell Wilson vs. (JAC) – While yes the Seahawks (arguably the NFL’s best team) should and will dominate the Jaguars (arguably the NFL’s worst team) this coming Sunday, I don’t think Russell Wilson will need to do all that much. Marshawn Lynch should have an amazing day getting 20-25 carries against a terrible Jaguars defence, the Seahawks defensive unit could also keep the Jacksonville under 10 points scored. What I am getting at is that I don’t see a scenario where Russell as to do much; he will likely be handing the ball off, a lot.
(JAC) RB Maurice Jones Drew vs. (SEA) – The Jaguars are going to struggle just to score a touchdown in this one and could go without one against the best defence in the league. I would not be starting MJD this weekend unless I had absolutely no other choice.
(NE) RB Stevan Ridley vs. (TB) – Running backs have only been able to total 119 yards on the ground with no touchdowns through two weeks against the Buccaneers defence; not good for the struggling Ridley. The Buccs have allowed over 100 yards receiving to running backs so far, but Ridley is not a pass catcher as he caught only nine passes in his first two seasons. Ridley should be used as a flex at best if possible.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (TEN) – I can’t even remember the last time Ryan Mathews scored a touchdown or scored double-digit fantasy points. He loses touches to Danny Woodhead and even Ronnie Brown somehow despite his potential and of course is an injury risk. I again don’t think Mathews will score a touchdown and will again leave you with about 6-8 fantasy points.
(PIT) WR Antonio Brown vs. (CHI) – Some not to enticing facts about Antonio Brown through two weeks: He is actually tied for second on the team for targets with Jerricho Cotchery with 16 while leading receiver Emmanuel Sanders has 22 targets. Only Jerrico Cotchery has a receiving touchdown among the three. He has always struggled to find the end zone and I do not like Brown’s odds of catching his first touchdown of the year against the Bears defence in week three.
(TB) WR Mike Williams vs. (NE) – In my opinion The New England secondary is better than most people think and are going to give Mike Williams a hard time. I am confident that Vincent Jackson is too talented to be contained for 60 minutes by almost any defence, but Williams is not at the level of Vincent Jackson. Running back Doug Martin should also see a ton of work in the game while Mike Williams is left with about 6 targets for 50 or so yards.
(CHI) TE Martellus Bennett vs. (PIT) – With ten catches, 125 yards and three touchdowns through two weeks for Bennett, he has been an excellent option at the tight end position. He has a much tougher matchup in week three however than he has had so far. The Steelers defence has allowed 175 yards to opposing tight ends but has not allowed a touchdown yet. If you need to start Bennett that is okay as I still think he has 5 catches for about 60 yards, I just don’t think he will get you another score this week.