Week 3 is upon us! There have been plenty of surprises this year: CJ Anderson is on fire, Todd Gurley is the opposite of that, Adrian Peterson is out until at least week 11, and Matt Ryan is doing his best Tom Brady impersonation. To help you win your next matchup, take a look at the Start Em/Sit Em Week 3 edition. Players such as Antonio Brown and Aaron Rodgers should start every week, so players of their caliber will be left off.
- Theo Riddick, RB Lions. With the news that RB Ameer Abdullah will miss a few games due to an injured foot, Riddick will take on the lead back role. Playing a Packers defense that is struggling against the run but has a formidable secondary, look for Riddick to get majority of the carries and plenty of opportunities in the short passing game. This game also has the making of a shootout, and no other team passes to their RB’s more than the Lions. In PPR leagues, Riddick is a must start.
- Michael Floyd, WR Cardinals. Floyd could not have a better matchup this week. The Bills just surrendered 37 points to the Jets last week as three different receivers eclipsed the 100 yard mark. The Jets also have a dominant front 7, which may cause the Cardinals to pass more to ease the load of David Johnson.
- Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers. Yes he did lose Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead, but the Chargers are facing the Colts who currently have no defense right now. Rivers has found success with make-shift WR’s in the past. The Chargers will air it out knowing the Colts cannot stop the passing game.
- Jeremy Hill/Gio Bernard, RB, Bengals. Both struggled on the ground against the Steelers last week, and this week they face a stronger, tougher defense in the Broncos. The Bengals will have to air it Bernard may seem to have an advantage in the passing game, the Broncos defense is just too good to bet on it.
- Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings. Just for this week, you may want to sit one of the hottest waiver wire pickups this year. He faces a tough Carolina defense and does not have much experience being the every down back. Factor in Matt Asiata stealing goal line touches, and McKinnon becomes unplayable this week.
- Spencer Ware, RB, Chiefs. The Chiefs play a tough Jets defense this week, which is a cause for concern for Ware owners. With Jamaal Charles still recovering from a torn ACL, Ware will no doubt be the lead back, but the Jets boast one of the toughest defensive lines in the NFL. Your best bet would be Ware getting goal line carries, but for the most part, expect him to struggle.