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.
Jabar Gaffney (WAS) at Dallas — He is the second-most targeted receiver for Rex Grossman and together they get a banged up Cowboy secondary on Monday night. Gaffney has 15 targets, eight catches for 116 yards and a score. If the Cowboys' front can slow down Hightower and friends, Grossman should have plenty of success with Gaffney, Santana Moss and Fred Davis.
A.J. Green (CIN) vs. San Francisco — News of a toe injury certainly wasn't pleasant to hear Thursday afternoon; so monitor that. But the rapport the rookie receiver has developed with the rookie QB in Andy Dalton has been to the tune of 18 targets, 11 caches, 165 yards and two scores so far. Now they get a 49ers team coming to Cincy that allows the most points to fantasy receivers (42.9).
Deion Branch (NE) at Buffalo — No Aaron Hernandez. The Buffalo Bills' pass defense. He only trails PPR machine Wes Welker by four targets (23-19) and he has 222 yards on 15 catches to show for it. The forgotten man sometimes in New England, hasn't been so invisible through two games this season.
Dwayne Bowe (KC) at San Diego — The only Chief worth giving a shot on the offensive side of the ball right now is Dexter McCluster. Bowe is a starting receiver, a No. 1 m and has just 16 targets so far, and the Chiefs have given up 89 points. How do you have just 16 targets when you give up 89 points? Bowe has not scored yet, and seven catches for 118 yards over two games isn't enticing, either.
Devin Hester (CHI) vs. Green Bay — Hester has been the most targeted Bear receiver through two games, garnering 14 of them, but he has caught just four balls for 77 yards. Now the team has injuries to Bennett and Williams, so coverage can roll to Hester even easier for him to do less with less against the Packers.
Mario Manningham (NYG) at Philadelphia — The concussion issue is certainly a problem. The lack of concentration on his catches and drops in the Monday night win over St. Louis was a problem. And having QB Eli Manning under pressure like he should be all game long against the Eagles is the final nail for sitting Manningham this weekend. SUNDAY UPDATE: Manningham is out with a concussion; Victor Cruz could be a sleeper flex play in his spot.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter