Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season is almost ready to kickoff, which means it is time to start getting your fantasy football lineups in order. Athlon Sports will try to help you do that each week with its Start or Sit suggestions. Keep in mind that these are suggestions and you are the owner of your fantasy team, and setting your lineup comes down to what you think is right.
This is how I work out fantasy football scoring in my mind: I want to average 16 points from my QBs, RBs, WRs and Flex and average 10 points from my TEs, Ks and DSTs. It rarely works that way, but if you could get the skill spots to average 16 and the other three to average 10, that's 132 points in a 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLX, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST setup; it's a score that should win you most weeks.
Check back each week for Start or Sit and see who we are giving our thumbs up or thumbs down to and whether we had success or failure the week prior.
Cam Newton (CAR) vs. Jacksonville — You can't argue with what he's done through the first two games of his rookie season (64.3 fantasy points), and now he gets a Jacksonville team allowing 22 points per game to fantasy QBs (and that was against Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez). Many feel this will be the game where the passing slows down and the Carolina RBs are finally involved, but the Jags are fourth-best against fantasy RBs (11.7 PPG).
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) vs. New England — He is a top-five fantasy QB so far and now the Patriots come to town with an offense that will torch the Bills' defense, and a shoddy pass D that will allow Fitzpatrick to continue to put up the numbers. New England has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs (30.4).
Kevin Kolb (ARI) at Seattle — The Seahawks have actually done pretty well against fantasy QBs so far (13.2 to Alex Smith and 18.7 to Ben Roethlibsberger), but the Cardinals defense, or lack thereof, may mean Tarvaris Jackson could actually keep Seattle in the game. Arizona is fifth-worst against QBs (26.9 PPG), and Kolb should be able to stay at or above his average of 22.15 fantasy points per game he averages thus far.
Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. Green Bay — His line is still a mess, and now rookie Gabe Carimi is out. WRs Earl Bennett and Roy Williams are injured, and the Bears have no true "running" attack to help slow down the Packers. You can't just dump it off to RB Matt Forte all the time and hope his production as a receiver helps Cutler as a QB. Sit Cutler this week and bring him back in Week 4 when the Panthers come to town.
Eli Manning (NYG) at Philadelphia — His receiving corps is a mess, he doesn't have a reliable TE (where the Eagles are vulnerable) and the Philly defensive line should give him more than enough trouble. Like Cutler, sit Eli this week and then enjoy him in Week 4 against Arizona.
Jason Campbell (OAK) vs. NYJ — I'm sure you are thinking, 'Who the hell would be starting Jason Campbell?' But he is currently a top-10 fantasy QB (45.62 points). However, he faces a Jets team that has allowed under 10 points per game to opposing fantasy QBs. Campbell's also battling a sore foot. Again, like the other two Sits this week, wait for Week 4 with Campbell when he gets the Patriots' pass D in the Black Hole.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter