2010 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice: Week 3

09/22/2010 2:58 am by in Start Bench Advice

Below you will find our Week 3 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2010 fantasy football season. Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em advice was meant to be both bold and calculated — We provide both here at Fantasy Football Xtreme.

Start Of The Week

Michael Vick (vs. JAC) – Andy Reid has announced that Vick is the team’s new starter. Reid is a smart man, because Vick looks like the Vick of old, and he might just be a top five fantasy quarterback moving forward. Crazy talk? When you run for 50-70 yards per game and score 2-3 total touchdowns per game, you’re going to finish as a top 5-7 fantasy QB at season’s end. The Eagles face the Jaguars this week, a passing defense that ranks 29th in the league against the pass through two weeks. They have surrendered four passing TDs already this season. The Jaguars are also 20th against the run, so Vick will run wild at times in Week 3. My projections for Vick this week: 70 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 240 passing yards and 2 passing touchdowns. I know this is a bit premature, and quite bold, but Vick could arguably be a top 15 overall player moving forward. Keep in mind that the last time Vick was in this situation, as an NFL starter, he was getting drafted as a top 1-3 fantasy QB and was a borderline first-round pick in fantasy drafts. Should fantasy owners curb their expectations? Absolutely. That said, elite numbers are certainly possible for Vick this season.

Bench Of The Week

Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams (vs. NYJ) – The Jets are third against the run through two games. Couple that with the fact that these two runners share carries and you have yourself two bench-worthy players in Week 3.

Brandon Jackson (@CHI) – The Bears have a tough rushing defense and this game is in Chicago. Aaron Rodgers is going to win this battle through the air (as CHI is 27th against the pass through Week 2). Jermichael Finley should pull in 90 and at least 1TD in this one. Finley has yet to score in 2010, but I still project him to pull in 10 scores in 2010. It starts in Week 3. Sit B-Jax in this one, he is going to have a tough time finding room to run against that Bears’ rushing defense.

Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks – Don’t bench Nicks unless you have a strong alternative, but both Manning and Nicks, and that entire Giants passing attack, are going to struggle in this contest. The Titans are No. 1 in the league against the pass. Need I say more? Looking for some line-up help? Use our Ask Our Staff Feature to get expert advice with your line-up, or jump on our Fantasy Football Forums and talk fantasy football all day long.

Pick-Up Of The Week

Keiland Williams – He may or may not play much this week, but his time is near. We have been recommending for weeks now that all fantasy owners grab this kid. Why? Two words: Mike Shanahan. Williams impressed everyone during the off-season, and Shanahan was especially impressed with his pass protection. How many times has Shanahan started a rookie running back, or at least an unknown running back or fullback? The answer is: A lot. Need a reminder? How about Quentin Griffin, Mike Anderson, Peyton Hillis, Mike Bell, Olandis Gary and Reuben Droughns. Everyone knows about the successful seasons of Clinton Portis, Terrell Davis and Tatum Bell, but whenever Shanny is without a big-time stud at the running back position, like this season, he calls upon the unknown. Keiland Williams that unknown. With Larry Johnson getting released on Tuesday, Williams is the new No. 2 in Washington and that means he is one good run, or Clinton Portis injury, away from starting for Shanahan and that Washington rushing attack. You have been warned.

Trade For (Before Week 3)

Ray Rice (vs. CLE) – I know Ray Rice has disappointed fantasy owners through two games, but don’t give up on him. Do not sell him at less than top 2-4 overall value. He is still that player. If you don’t own Rice, take a stab at him via trade. Cleveland is 25th against the run so far this season and surrenders 129.5 yards per game. That’s enough wiggle room for an elite runner like Rice to total 150 ru/rec yards and punch in 1-2 scores. If you want Rice, go get him now… this will be your last chance to acquire him at less than top 2-4 overall value. Need some trade help? Use our Ask Our Staff Feature to get expert advice with your trades and possible trades…. or jump on our Fantasy Football Forums and talk fantasy football all day long.

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Week 2 IDP Corner

S Michael Griffin – Griffin has produced 17 tackles and two passes defensed in two weeks. If you are looking for a DB3 in a 12 team league, he should be on your radar.

S Brian Dawkins – Dawkins struggled in the first game producing only 3 tackles. In Week 2, however, he was credited with 6 tackles and an interception. With Peyton in Denver in Week 3, Dawkins could be in for another solid start. Many owners panicked over his start to the season, so look for him on your waiver wire.

LB Derrick Johnson – Johnson, as expected, had another solid outing against the Browns. Due to the questions surrounding the number of naps he would get, you might still find him on your waiver wire.

S Kareem Moore – He’s sitting there on you waiver wire right now, and you probably don’t know much about him. He’ll take over for Reed Doughty, probably this week, and produce even more than the 19 tackles Doughty has. You can probably safely target him in the third round of waivers, or wait till FCFS. He’ll produce DB/S3 numbers for you.

LB Keith Bulluck – It’s safe to drop Bulluck in redraft leagues. It may be his recovery from a torn ACL, but it is more likely that he plays only half of the defensive snaps for the Giants. There are guys producing now that deserve the roster spot if you are holding onto him.

LB Paris Lenon – If you need a stop gap plug and play, LB in tackle or balanced scoring leagues, grab this Cardinal ILB with the understanding that Hayes will eventually replace him. He’s had successive productive games and makes for a good LB3 in larger leagues. Lenon is likely still on your waiver wire.

LB Daryl Washington – A frequent mention in the FFX draft kit, IDP owners will want to note that Washington put up 10 solos this past week-end and will only get better. He shouldn’t be, but he could be still available in your redraft leagues.


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Defensive Rankings Against The RUN Entering 2010

Here are the defensive ranks against the run through Week 2 of the 2010 NFL season.


Rk
Team
G
Avg
Yds/G
TD
Lng
1
Chicago Bears
2
1.4
28
2
8
2
Houston Texans
2
2.3
31
2
17
3
New York Jets
2
1.8
50.5
1
8
4
Pittsburgh Steelers
2
2.2
52
0
11
5
Seattle Seahawks
2
2
57
2
10
6
Dallas Cowboys
2
3
63.5
0
18
6
San Francisco 49ers
2
2.7
63.5
1
32
8
Washington Redskins 
2
3.5
80.5
0
12
9
Kansas City Chiefs
2
3.3
91
1
23
10
Minnesota Vikings
2
3.7
99.5
1
51
11
Miami Dolphins
2
4.1
103
1
23
11
San Diego Chargers
2
4.1
103
1
56T
13
Baltimore Ravens
2
4
105
0
22
14
Carolina Panthers
2
3
106.5
1
39
15
Buffalo Bills
2
3.5
111.5
3
17
15
New England Patriots
2
3.9
111.5
1
31
15
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
2
4
111.5
1
39
18
Cincinnati Bengals
2
4.9
113.5
0
30
19
New Orleans Saints
2
4.8
116.5
2
20
20
Jacksonville Jaguars
2
4.4
120
3
34
21
Tennessee Titans
2
4.1
121
0
21
22
Denver Broncos
2
4.5
121.5
1
20T
23
Philadelphia Eagles
2
4.2
123.5
3
33
24
New York Giants
2
3.7
124.5
1
29
25
Cleveland Browns
2
3.8
129.5
0
33
26
Atlanta Falcons
2
5.9
130.5
2
80T
27
Detroit Lions
2
4.5
131.5
3
46T
28
Green Bay Packers
2
5.3
136.5
2
31
29
Oakland Raiders
2
4.7
140
3
76T
30
St. Louis Rams
2
4.7
142.5
1
30
31
Arizona Cardinals
2
4.4
153
2
30
32
Indianapolis Colts
2
5.6
188.5
3
42



Defensive Rankings Against The PASS Entering 2010

Here are the defensive ranks against the pass through Week 2 of the 2010 NFL season.


Rk
Team
G
Pts/G
Yds 
Avg
Yds/G
TD
Int
1
Tennessee Titans
2
16
171
4.1
85.5
1
1
2
Baltimore Ravens
2
12
219
4.3
109.5
0
0
3
Green Bay Packers
2
13.5
233
5.8
116.5
1
2
4
Indianapolis Colts
2
24
235
6.5
117.5
3
2
5
Oakland Raiders
2
26
275
7.6
137.5
4
1
6
Miami Dolphins
2
10
324
5.2
162
1
3
7
Minnesota Vikings
2
14
335
6.9
167.5
2
0
8
Cleveland Browns
2
16.5
341
6.4
170.5
2
3
8
San Diego Chargers
2
17
341
5.6
170.5
2
4
10
Atlanta Falcons
2
11
360
6.8
180
0
4
11
Denver Broncos
2
19
395
7.2
197.5
4
3
11
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
2
10.5
395
6.3
197.5
2
4
13
New York Giants
2
28
398
7.2
199
4
3
14
San Francisco 49ers
2
28
402
7
201
4
1
15
Cincinnati Bengals
2
24
408
5.6
204
4
4
16
Buffalo Bills
2
24.5
419
6.9
209.5
2
0
17
Pittsburgh Steelers
2
10
429
5.9
214.5
1
4
18
Dallas Cowboys
2
20
431
7.3
215.5
3
0
19
Carolina Panthers
2
25.5
436
8
218
5
3
20
New Orleans Saints
2
15.5
437
7.6
218.5
2
3
21
Arizona Cardinals
2
27
463
5.5
231.5
4
3
22
New York Jets
2
12
472
6.7
236
2
3
23
Philadelphia Eagles
2
29.5
496
6.9
248
4
4
24
St. Louis Rams
2
16.5
497
7
248.5
2
2
25
Kansas City Chiefs
2
14
506
7.5
253
3
1
26
Seattle Seahawks
2
18.5
518
6.6
259
2
2
27
Chicago Bears
2
17
522
6.4
261
1
3
28
New England Patriots
2
26
541
7.1
270.5
5
1
29
Jacksonville Jaguars
2
27.5
600
10.1
300
4
3
30
Detroit Lions
2
27
609
9.5
304.5
4
1
31
Washington Redskins 
2
18.5
745
7.8
372.5
4
1
32
Houston Texans
2
25.5
822
9
411
4
0



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8 Comments so far

  1. Smitty September 22nd, 2010 2:58 am

    Comments? Predictions? Projections?

  2. yak rider September 22nd, 2010 10:15 am

    hey smitty thanks for the input last week. i am in two leagues and in 2nd place in each and all but tied for first in the one. i have two questions i would like some input on this week. (one for each league.) in both leagues we start 1 qb 2 rb 2 wr/te 1 def. these are both salary cap leagues with very minimal transactions allowed.

    in league #1 i have p. manning and vick rice and foster wallace and welker and the ravens. i am thinking i need to replace wallace as i don’t think he will take off till ben comes back. hopefully his salary will keep being reduced and i can get him even cheaper than now. are there any of the following you think should replace wallace. breaston, tj housh, dem thomas, winslow, hixon, t.o. evans, walter, g. olsen, naanee, knox, clayton, floyd, m. williams???

    in league 2 i have p. manning and vick mccoy and matthews finley and welker and the ravens.

    i feel the need to replace mathews at this point and can do so with any of the following. p. thomas, moreno, forte, addai, best, harrison, either cowboy, mcfadden, a. bradshaw, l.t portis, hightower, a. foster. whaddya think?

    i have to start saving transactions because i lose 2 guys in week 7 and 3 in week 8 and will have to have enough transactions saved to at least move some of them in those weeks.

    thanks

  3. yak rider September 22nd, 2010 10:28 am

    sorry i mistyped we start 2 qb’s in both leagues

  4. Smitty September 23rd, 2010 1:35 am

    You see, you made the right move with Vick last week, as he looks set to start all year (if he can stay healthy). Nice job.

    1. I rank those WRs in order of Demaryius Thomas and then Kevin Walter and then Johnny Knox. However, I still believe in Wallace. I do think he will rebound before Roethy returns, but you are right, there is that chance he does very little until then. I take the chance, but that’s me. If forced to make a move, I go get Demaryius Thomas. He looks awesome.

    2. Yes, replace Mathews for sure. He won’t likely play Week 3, or at least he won’t play at full strength for a while even if he does go. My guess is the “maybe” turns to “not so likely” and then all of the sudden on FRI or SAT he is ruled out. That’s how it works with this type of thing, teams give opposing defenses very little time to react.

    Plus, there are better runners available.. much better. I rank them like:

    1. Arian Foster (for sure grab him)
    2. Matt Forte

    Those two are a tier above the others, and Foster is my favorite by far. Past that, Best is the next on my list. He could join the two runners above, but I still have him third for now…. then it’s close between Moreno, Thomas, Bradshaw and McFadden… but go with either of the first three.

    Nice job.

  5. [...] Week 3 start and sit advice: Michael Vick is, again, one of the best starts of the weekend. Dude is on a tear and has the job all to himself. Fantasy owners love those rushing totals, too. [Fantasy Football Xtreme] [...]

  6. [...] FFXtreme’s Start and Bench Advice: Lots of love for Michael Vick, and I’m also picking up Keiland Williams in hopes that he gets a larger role soon. [...]

  7. Pickdom920 September 26th, 2010 11:04 am

    Going with Vick to be large

  8. Smitty September 26th, 2010 7:45 pm

    Pickdom920:

    We did good with Vick this week. He came through like a champ!

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