Week 3: Start 'Em

 
 
 
 
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Week 3: Start 'Em

Though these players might have been riding your fantasy bench the last few weeks, we recommend you start them this week. This week's picks include Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Hasselbeck, Eric Decker, A.J. Green, and Denarius Moore.

Week 2 has come and gone and fantasy owners still have a lot of question marks with their teams. Arian Foster and Steven Jackson are still dealing with injuries and this week Michael Vick left the game with a concussion and is questionable for Sunday's game. Since there are no bye weeks yet (and not many major injuries), most of you should still be starting your top draft picks. Problem is, most owners will have at least one position of weakness leaving them with questions when it comes to what players to sit and to start. If you're one of those owners with a question mark in their lineup, take a look below and if one of these guys is on your bench, you might want to consider starting him. Good luck and may the force be with you.

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Fitzpatrick finally got his chance to start midway through last season and while the Bills didn't win any games, Fitzy put up some big games and kept them close in many others. So far this season he has come out firing once again, with 7 TD passes in his first two games and 472 yards passing. Fitzpatrick and the Bills will be in tough spot this week when they play the Patriots, but that doesn't necessarily mean bad fantasy numbers for Fitzpatrick. New England is giving up 381 yards passing per game over the first two weeks, giving Fitzpatrick a good chance to have another good fantasy game. If you are weak at QB and need a spark, Fitzpatrick might do the trick this week.

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While it's only been two weeks, Hasselbeck has looked like the Hasselbeck of old. While the Titans are far from a Super Bowl contender, Hasselbeck hasn't played before with the kind of playmakers he has this year, maybe ever. Behind him he has one of the best running backs in the league in Chris Johnson and two weapons at receiver in Kenny Britt and Nate Washington. So far over his first two games, Hasselbeck has thrown for 621 yards and 3 touchdown passes. As I mentioned with Nate Washington, defenses seem to be stacking 7-8 men in the box to stop Chris Johnson and daring the Titans to throw the ball. Don't expect much different from the Broncos this week, leaving the Titans' chances up to the arm of Hasselbeck. If your QBs haven't been playing well and you have Hasselbeck on the bench, you might want to throw him in there.

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I wrote about Decker right before the season as a WR to look out for this year. He started slow week 1, catching only 3 passes for 53 yards, but with Brandon Lloyd out for the game and Eddie Royal going down early, Decker exploded for a career day, catching 5 passes for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns. Royal's injury seems to be long term, while Lloyd might be back this week. Regardless, it seems that Orton might have found himself a new weapon to play with. Lloyd playing will only give Decker more open looks, so if you need help at WR3 or flex, throw Decker in your lineup and reap the benefits.

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Being drafted 4th overall comes with a lot of expectations and so far A.J. Green is showing the big play ability the Bengals were hoping for when they drafted him. Green has all the tools to become one of the better receivers in the league; size, good hands and speed. In week 1 he only caught 1 pass, but it was a key play in the game, catching a 41 yard touchdown. In week 2 he was a stud, being targeted 14 times, catching 10 of those passes for 124 yards and another touchdown. As he and co-rookie QB Andy Dalton work more together, expect more and more of those big games -- starting with this Sunday. Green makes for a very solid start as a WR3 and or flex. So if you are in need of one of those, give Green a chance.

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Moore was drafted in the 5th round and there wasn't much expected of him this season, but after taking a back seat in week 2, he was thrown into the fire as the Raiders were missing Jacoby Ford, Louis Murphy, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Kevin Boss. It's possible that most, if not all, of those guys miss the upcoming game and will allow Moore another chance to show the Raiders coaches that he deserves a shot to stick in the lineup (even when the injured players come back). The Raiders play the Jets this week and should be in tough, meaning they will most likely be playing from behind and the Raiders will have to pass a lot. If you play in a deep league consider starting Moore as a flex.