Start 'em, sit 'em: Week 3
Carolina's Steve Smith could be beneficiary of Jimmy Clausen's first NFL start
Texans have allowed a league-low 70 yards rushing in two games this season
Vikings' stiff run defense could make Week 3 difficult for Lions rookie Jahvid Best
Welcome to the renovated Start 'Em, Sit 'Em. Among the biggest surprises for Week 3 you'll notice we're cool to rookie Jahvid Best, Marion Barber and Week 2 star Jason Snelling. On the other side, disappointments Jamaal Charles, Clinton Portis and Percy Harvin will get it going. Have we lost our mind? No. Let's break it down game-by-game and explain ...
Skinny: Don't mess with Ray Lewis and the Ravens; it has been bad news for a decade. Don't miss out on victimizing the Browns.
Must-starts: RB Ray Rice, WR Anquan Boldin, D/ST Ravens
Poor plays: WR Mohamed Massaquoi, WR Josh Cribbs, TE Ben Watson, QB Seneca Wallace, K Billy Cundiff, K Phil Dawson, DST Browns
Injury must-sits: WR Derrick Mason (knee), RB Le'Ron McClain (shoulder), WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle)
Game-time decisions: Rice, but he says he is fine.
QB Joe Flacco -- He has gotten off to a terrible start, but two road games against sound defenses will do that to your numbers. Flacco's receiving group is too strong and deep for him to be held down any longer.
RB Willis McGahee -- Not only is Ray Rice a bit banged up with his ankle, but McGahee also figures to get goal-line carries in a game that should be a blowout. Count on him for at least a TD if you need a fill-in RB.
TE Todd Heap -- If Flacco is going to take off, it has to be more than Boldin getting the receptions. Heap is the No. 2 target for the Ravens right now.
RB Jerome Harrison -- He is a borderline must-sit. Only the Steelers have allowed fewer Fantasy points to RBs through two games.
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh -- He has just one catch in two games and cannot be a trusted part of the Ravens' offense or a Fantasy lineup right now. You should have expected him needing time to learn the offense after a trade right before the season.
WR Derrick Mason -- He has the Ravens' lone receiving TD, but he has just three catches in two games. The Ravens should get up big and grind the clock out early.
Skinny: The Panthers haven't yet gotten their ground game going and they are dealing with starting a rookie QB, Jimmy Clausen, usually a recipe for another offensive disaster. If they cannot run the ball this week, the whole season will become a disaster.
Must-starts: RB Cedric Benson, WR Chad Ochocinco, WR Terrell Owens, QB Carson Palmer
Poor plays: QB Jimmy Clausen, TE Jermaine Gresham, TE Dante Rosario, K John Kasay, K Mike Nugent
Injury must-sits: Brandon LaFell (hamstring)
Game-time decisions: Smith (thigh) and Owens (back), but they both will play.
D/ST Bengals -- Starting a good defense against a first-time QB is like being stuck on a deserted island with a supermodel -- easy money.
WR Steve Smith -- Ordinarily, he is a must-start, but we have to give you a second vote of confidence here because he is going to be working with a first-time QB in Clausen. With so much attention paid to the Panthers' running game, Smith will be primary target in the few passes Clausen is trusted with.
RB DeAngelo Williams -- The Panthers have fallen behind in both games and just couldn't establish the run. It figures to be all they have this week with Clausen at the helm. He should be a frequent check-down, dump-off option, too.
RB Jonathan Stewart -- After getting so few touches after coming back from his ankle woes in training camp, we don't think you would dare start him. We will say he has a good chance at getting the goal-line carries again, though, so perhaps he chips in a TD.
D/T Panthers -- They have already given up four TDs passes to wide receivers, a league-high. Palmer's set might be the best they've seen yet.
Skinny: No one could have projected the Cowboys would be 0-2 and the Texans 2-0 going into this one. They could learn something by taking a page out of the Texans' book: run first, pass second. Perhaps this is the week they finally do that, but we see a good, old Texas shootout.
Must-starts: QB Matt Schaub, QB Tony Romo, RB Arian Foster, WR Andre Johnson, WR Miles Austin, TE Jason Witten, K Neil Rackers
Poor plays: DST Cowboys, D/T Texans, RB Steve Slaton, WR Roy Williams, RB Tashard Choice, K David Buehler
Injury must-sits: None.
Game-time decisions: Johnson (ankle), Dez Bryant (ribs), and Witten (head), but they should be fine.
WR Dez Bryant -- The Cowboys sandbagged on him in the preseason. They made it seem like he wouldn't be a go-to guy out of the gate. He has been exactly that.
WR Kevin Walter -- Neither you nor the Texans will consider sitting Johnson, so this is a good time to jump on Walter. His 11 catches, 144 yards and a TD won't happen again this season, but he will be getting more targets than usual.
WR Jacoby Jones -- We doubt you need to dip this deep into the WR pool, but he might not be a bad stopgap this week.
RB Marion Barber -- Although the Texans have given up two rushing TDs, they have allowed a league-low 70 yards rushing. The Cowboys have shown a similar disinterest in establishing the run.
RB Felix Jones -- The primary runner doesn't get carries, so we don't really see a reason the change-of-pace back will. The Cowboys need to get him the ball, but until they do, you don't need to be starting him.
TE Owen Daniels -- He hasn't been 100 percent coming off his knee surgery and likely cannot be trusted as a No. 1 tight end in fantasy lineups until he proves otherwise.
Skinny: It doesn't matter who is at QB for the Steelers. They run and stop the run, the formulas that don't make for great fantasy scores but wins real games. If the Steelers can contain Chris Johnson, the Bucs don't stand a chance. Expect a lot of three-and-outs.
Must-starts: RB Rashard Mendenhall, D/T Steelers
Poor plays: WR Mike Wallace, WR Mike Williams, DST Bucs, QB Charlie Batch, K Connor Barth
Injury must-sits: QB Dennis Dixon (knee), Ben Roethlisberger (suspension)
Game-time decisions: RB Carnell Williams (hamstring)
K Jeff Reed -- Here is how to pick your fantasy kicker: Find a team with a great defense, a good running game and a bad QB. Move the ball into the red zone; settle for the field goal.
TE Kellen Winslow -- The thin position makes you run with him even against the Steelers. The good news is he leads the NFL in third-down receptions as their go-to guy. They figure to be in three-and-long a lot.
RB Carnell Williams (hamstring) -- He has the injury, a pitiful yards-per-carry and is facing a brick wall. You don't need any more reasons.
QB Josh Freeman -- He has been great through two games, but this is where it ends. The only saving grace will be the lack of a running game and a big deficit that will force him to throw plenty.
Skinny: The Titans have played pretty good defense to date, but this Giants offense isn't the Raiders or Steelers without a QB. The Titans have allowed an NFL-low 12 catches and 92 yards to receivers. That changes this week, even if the Giants have having issues protecting the passer.
Must-starts: RB Chris Johnson, WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Steve Smith, RB Ahmad Bradshaw
Poor plays: QB Vince Young, D/STTitans, RB Javon Ringer, K Lawrence Tynes, WR Kenny Britt, TE Bo Scaife, WR Justin Gage
Injury must-sits: None.
Game-time decisions: TE Kevin Boss (concussion)
QB Eli Manning -- He was terrible in the first half last week and the Titans have allowed the third-fewest Fantasy points to QBs. A Manning isn't Jason Campbell or Dennis Dixon.
D/ST Giants -- They got exposed by the Colts, but the Titans don't protect the passer as well as the Colts and Young should be good for some turnovers before he turns it over again to Kerry Collins, and we know Collins will give it away. The Giants are a team that creates turnovers and gets after the passer. They are made to score in Fantasy, even if they give up yards and points.
K Rob Bironas -- He was silenced against the Steelers, but the Giants give up yards and points.
WR Mario Manningham -- He is off to another scorching start, but this sit is more about warning you his targets will be drifting to the actual Giants starters, Nicks and Smith. Manningham has been the situational change of pace -- not a trustworthy every week go-to man.
RB Brandon Jacobs -- He hasn't gotten much to work with, but he hasn't done anything with his carries either. He could get a one-yard TD plunge, but hoping the Giants leave it at the 1 for him is not worth running him out there.
TE Kevin Boss -- He is practicing after taking a week off for his concussion. With the Giants' troubles at the tackles, they could consider using the tight end to chip the rushers more.
Skinny: The Falcons have played some bad QBs to date. The good times won't roll in New Orleans. The Saints offense hasn't gone marching yet, but it will back in this building.
Must-starts: QB Drew Brees, RB Michael Turner, RB Pierre Thomas, WR Roddy White, WR Marques Colston, TE Tony Gonzalez, K Garrett Hartley
Poor plays: WR Robert Meachem, WR Lance Moore, RB DeShawn Wynn, WR Brian Finneran, WR Eric Weems, WR Harry Douglas
Injury must-sits: RB Reggie Bush (leg), RB Chris Ivory (knee) WR Michael Jenkins (shoulder)
Game-time decisions: Turner (groin), but he will play.
QB Matt Ryan -- The Saints figure to load the box to stop Turner and company on the ground, so Ryan should have some coverage he can beat. He will also likely be trying to keep up with Brees, so expect some garbage time yards and TDs.
WR Devery Henderson -- He is the track star that tends to do well in the track meet in the Superdome. The Saints are going to get the machine rolling and Henderson is target No. 2 to Colston now that Bush is out.
K Matt Bryant -- He has been a valuable fantasy option through two weeks and this doesn't figure to be a week the Falcons get shut out, or post all TDs.
RB Jason Snelling -- Good job. Way to lock up last week's NFC player of the week. Now don't play him. The Saints get up big and Snelling posts a big goose egg for you.
D/ST Falcons -- They are No. 2 in fewest QB Fantasy points against. But, hello, Mr. Brees means hello, bench, Falcons DST.
TE Jeremy Shockey -- His name exceeds his production now. You're better off with a no-name who gets more targets -- or see Pats TE.
Skinny: The Pats have a chip on their shoulder and are facing the division whipping boy at home coming off a loss to the Jets where the offense struggled in the second half. It is going to suck to be the Bills defense this week.
Must-starts: QB Tom Brady, WR Wes Welker, WR Randy Moss, K Stephen Gostkowski
Poor plays: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB Sammy Morris, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Roscoe Parrish, TE Rob Gronkowski, DST Bills, K Rian Lindell, WR Steve Johnson, TE Jonathan Stupar
Injury must-sits: WR Julian Edelman (foot), RB Kevin Faulk (knee)
Game-time decisions: None.
DST Patriots -- They had a great Week 1, but were torched in the second half by Mark Sanchez last Sunday. The Bills are a one-dimensional offense and that dimension (running) is in disarray. Oh, they also get to abuse Fitzpatrick, who starts for Trent Edwards.
TE Aaron Hernandez -- Everyone was looking at fellow rookie Gronkowski because of his great preseason. Well, Hernandez is a WR trapped in a TE's body, not just a red-zone target. Brady hasn't had a talent this good at the position.
RB Fred Taylor -- The Pats running game will miss Faulk. Morris figures to be the third-down replacement, but Taylor and Green-Ellis will pick up the bulk of the running the Patriots actually choose to do. With the blowout we're expecting, all three Pats backs should be decent No. 3 RB options.
WR Lee Evans -- He was held without a catch last week and has better career numbers with QBs not named Edwards. It means there could be more production here, but you're best off sitting him and hoping something ignites with him and Fitzpatrick.
RB Marshawn Lynch, RB C.J. Spiller, RB Fred Jackson -- Pick your poison. The Bills say they can start any one of them and even if that one starts, there is little guarantee he will get the most touches. All three will be used, too. One-third of a mess seems like a good thing, but it's still just a mess.
Skinny: The Vikings are 0-2 and facing a banged-up Lions team. It sure sounds like a good time to get healthy, for the Vikings, that is.
Must-starts: RB Adrian Peterson, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, WR Calvin Johnson, D/ST Vikings, K Ryan Longwell
Poor plays: RB Toby Gerhart, QB Shaun Hill, RB Kevin Smith, DST Lions, WR Bryant Johnson, K Jason Hanson, TE Tony Scheffler, WR Greg Lewis
Injury must-sits: QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder), WR Nate Burleson (ankle)
Game-time decisions: WR Percy Harvin (hip) and WR Bernard Berrian (knee). They could good sleeper plays if health wasn't an issue.
WR Percy Harvin -- There is no guarantee he plays, but you have to figure the Vikings need him to develop something real soon or else their passing game will be worthless.
TE Brandon Pettigrew -- This is a sleeper at a thin position for you. Yes, Hill is not a trustworthy passer, but he has shown he likes to use his TEs. Pettigrew and Scheffler are right behind Megatron in the targets pecking order.
WR Greg Camarillo -- There isn't anything he has done to install confidence, but the QB has to throw to someone and both Harvin and Berrian are on the injury report and unproductive to date. Camarillo is an option in deeper PPR formats where you need a WR that is breathing.
RB Jahvid Best -- Yes, a gutsy call come off the week (actually the first half) he had last Sunday. The Vikings a top-five run defense and there is no way they are going to go 0-3. Best was a non-factor in the second half rally against the Eagles. It could be more of the same against the Vikes.
QB Brett Favre -- You had to expect he would get off to a slow start because of all the training camp rust he hasn't yet kicked off. Also, besides an elite fantasy TE, he doesn't have anyone to throw to. Favre can get hot, maybe even this week, but you're best off waiting for some of his targets to develop.
WR Bernard Berrian -- Favre just hasn't clicked with this guy, who hasn't clicked since Chicago. He is hardly worth owning, much less starting when he is banged up.
Skinny: This is another matchup where the teams have record that should have been reversed coming into Week 3. It is hard to imagine the Chiefs going 3-0 with the 49ers dropping to 0-3. It promises to be a low-scoring, close-to-the-vest defensive struggle.
Must-starts: RB Frank Gore, TE Vernon Davis
Poor plays: QB Matt Cassell, QB Alex Smith, WR Chris Chambers, RB/WR Dexter McCluster, RB Brian Westbrook, K Joe Nedney, K Ryan Succop
Injury must-sits: WR Ted Ginn (knee)
Game-time decisions: RB Anthony Dixon (back), but he is merely a goal-line guy anyway and likely not starting in most formats.
RB Jamaal Charles -- Yes, he is resigned to being the backup RB. But he affects the passing game and he should be the one targeted when the Chiefs realize they can't run the ball on the 49ers. The best running Charles does is in passing situations. They should be forced into plenty of passing downs.
D/ST 49ers -- They held up fairly well against the pass-happy world champs and now face a team that hasn't done much through the air. They are a run-stuffing defense, so this game should one of low yards and points for them.
D/ST Chiefs -- They were impressive in Week 1 and fantasy owners took advantage of them in Week 2 at Cleveland. It should be another decent week, especially since Smith doesn't scare anyone through the air.
RB Thomas Jones -- The timeshare is reason enough, but facing the 49ers front seven makes this an easier call. Jones is best used in fantasy when the Chiefs are facing a team they can grind it out against.
WR Michael Crabtree -- He is still rusty coming off his injury-plagued preseason and doesn't warrant the must-start you likely thought you were getting when you drafted him. Don't lose patience with him, but there is little reason to expect the breakthrough this week. Pray it happens with him on your bench.
WR Dwayne Bowe -- It has been "so much for a rebound year" thus far. His stock has fallen right along with the economy -- and similarly little hope it comes back.
Skinny: The Redskins have to be happy with what they have gotten out of their QB. Now they need to get something out of the running game. This figures to be a week they will.
Must-starts: RB Steven Jackson, TE Chris Cooley
Poor plays: WR Danny Amendola, QB Sam Bradford, DST Rams, WR Joey Galloway, TE Fred Davis, WR Anthony Armstrong, RB Keiland Williams, K Josh Brown
Injury must-sits: WR Laurent Robinson (foot), TE Daniel Fells (knee)
Game-time decisions: Clinton Portis (wrist), but he is fine to play.
QB Donovan McNabb -- He doesn't have a great receiving corps -- he would be a must-start if he did -- but he hasn't had a running game to work with yet either. McNabb makes everyone around him better and makes your fantasy lineup better, too.
WR Santana Moss -- The short routes McNabb likes to throw work perfectly for Moss, who hasn't played with a QB this good in his career. He has gotten off to a great start and one more productive week will return him to the must-start status he deserves.
RB Clinton Portis -- The Rams made Darren McFadden look good. No team has done that since those also-rans in the SEC. Portis is going to be leaned on more with Larry Johnson sent packing, which means Portis figures to be his own goal-line vulture, too.
WR Mark Clayton -- He has developed into Bradford's go-to man in a hurry. He is a nice sleeper in PPR or three WR formats.
D/ST Redskins -- They gave up almost 500 yards passing a week ago and, while Bradford is still just a rookie, he has shown he can move the ball. Usually rookie QBs turn the ball over and make D/STs productive, but there are better options out there.
K Graham Gano -- He missed a potential game-winner after a timeout against the Texans. You have to hate a kicker that missed pressure kicks. We also don't figure the Redskins will be stopped in scoring position.
Skinny: A banged-up Maurice Jones-Drew should find himself some running room against an Eagles defense that has given up the second-most Fantasy points to RBs thus far. On offense, Vick needs to develop some continuity with primary targets, but that should come with time.
Must-starts: RB Maurice Jones-Drew, WR DeSean Jackson, RB LeSean McCoy, QB Michael Vick, K David Akers
Poor plays: RB Rashad Jennings, D/ST Jaguars, K Josh Scobee RB Mike Bell, WR Mike Thomas
Injury must-sits: QB Kevin Kolb (concussion)
Game-time decisions: Jones-Drew (ankle), but he should be fine to play.
D/ST Eagles -- The Eagles have picked off four passes already, and David Garrard doesn't pose a real threat to them. They haven't gotten off to a good start this season, but they are still too promising this week to sit.
WR Jeremy Maclin -- Vick has done some good things, especially in relation to the development of Maclin into a solid starter in fantasy. Heck, Maclin just might be earning must-start status.
TE Marcedes Lewis -- The Eagles gave up some yards to the Lions tight ends and Lewis has become one of the Jags reliable targets. He is a starter in standard formats this week.
TE Brent Celek -- He just doesn't have the same juice in the Eagles offense as he did with last year's established QB. Vick is re-establishing himself and could get Celek more involved, but until he does, you might consider other options.
WR Mike Sims-Walker -- His numbers looked great last week, but a lot of it came in garbage time after he was shut out in Week 1. We figure the Eagles defense is going to be a lot better this week than it was against the Lions last Sunday. We see reasons to see other starting alternatives right now.
QB David Garrard -- He is not consistent enough to trust until the bye weeks come around.
Skinny: The Seahawks have been good once, bad another, while the Chargers should steadily improve and be one of the more potent offenses in the west, even if they don't have a whole bunch of big names.
Must-starts: QB Philip Rivers, TE Antonio Gates, K Nate Kaeding
Poor plays: TE John Carlson, WR Deion Branch, WR Deon Butler, DST Seahawks, RB Leon Washington, RB Julius Jones, WR Buster Davis, WR Patrick Crayton, K Olindo Mare
Injury must-sits: RB Ryan Mathews (ankle)
Game-time decisions: WR Malcom Floyd (leg) and Mathews. We doubt Mathews plays, and Floyd shouldn't be active for you.
RB Darren Sproles -- We don't expect Mathews to play, so if you own Sproles, this is the week to use him. He should get the most yardage and receptions out of the backfield and get relied on heavily.
RB Mike Tolbert -- The bowling ball figures to be the goal-line runner and the one that will run out the clock.
WR Legedu Naanee -- With Floyd banged up, Naanee could be a frequent target for Rivers when he isn't going to the RBs and TE. Consider him a sleeper in deeper leagues.
QB Matt Hasselbeck -- The Seahawks have a bunch of different targets, all of which are interchangeable but none of which are that intriguing. It makes Hasselbeck a low-end starter, especially against a Chargers defense that has been good against QBs.
RB Justin Forsett -- He is stuck in a three-RB rotation that makes him the least of the three evils but still nothing good to have.
D/ST Chargers -- The Seahawks were great at home in Week 1 and could spread the ball around and make Chargers a lower-end option this week.
Skinny: The Texans caught the Colts in Week 1, grinding out an embarrassing game for their defense. Surely, they won't let the Broncos do it to them and will loading the box to prevent it.
Must-starts: QB Peyton Manning, WR Reggie Wayne, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, RB Knowshon Moreno, K Adam Vinatieri
Poor plays: WR Brandon Lloyd, RB Donald Brown, WR Jabar Gaffney, RB Correll Buckhalter, D/ST Broncos, TE Daniel Graham, K Matt Prater
Injury must-sits: WR Anthony Gonzalez (ankle), RB Laurence Maroney (thigh)
Game-time decisions: RB Addai (knee) and Pierre Garcon (hamstring), but they should play.
WR Austin Collie -- Garcon is dealing with a hammy issue and Collie has proven to be at least the No. 3 WR for the Colts, if not No. 2. There are plenty of Manning passes for him to keep him active in most leagues.
WR Eddie Royal -- The Broncos lost their go-to man to the Dolphins, but two years ago Royal was looking like he could be a primary receiver. He sure has looked like one so far. He is good enough to start in any format, and he might even prove to be a must-start option.
QB Kyle Orton -- The Colts showed last week they are going to put points up at will. That should force the Broncos to open it up a bit and give Orton plenty of chances to score. We expect he can get a pair of TDs if you need a stopgap QB.
D/ST Colts -- They can get to the passer and create turnovers, but the Broncos are a conservative team that plays well at home and doesn't figure to give the game away.
WR Pierre Garcon -- He hasn't hit stride yet and looks like he was a bit overrated on draft day. A hamstring issue is a tough one for this position.
WR Demaryius Thomas -- He had a coming-out party in Week 2, but rookie receivers with a so-so QB are not trustworthy options. Starting him would be merely chasing last week's one-week wonder.
Skinny: This is a bad-QB bowl, which should make it a difficult game to look for Fantasy starts. You might think that means go with the DSTs here, but it is tough to like either of those either. Expect a lot of runs and a quick game, mercifully.
Must-starts: WR Larry Fitzgerald
Poor plays: QB Bruce Gradkowski, D/ST Raiders, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Louis Murphy, K Jay Feely, TE Ben Patrick
Injury must-sits: WR Chaz Schilens (knee), WR Early Doucet (groin)
Game-time decisions: Michael Bush (thumb), Steve Breaston (knee) and Beanie Wells (knee). They should play, though.
RB Tim Hightower -- A long TD made his numbers look good last week. The Cardinals should feature the run with the struggles of their passing game and because their top two WRs are not 100 percent.
RB Michael Bush and Darren McFadden -- Only the Colts have allowed more rushing yards than the Cardinals through two games. Both RBs should be useful in deeper leagues.
K Sebastian Janikowski -- He already has five field goals and is likely to get more FG attempts than the Raiders get TDs at this point.
D/ST Cardinals -- This unit has lost a lot since its Super Bowl day a few years ago. The fact you cannot even use them against the pitiful Raiders shows you shouldn't even own them. You might think facing a new starter in Gradkowski would make this unit a sleeper, but he actually gave the Raiders a jolt last Sunday.
D/ST Raiders -- Anderson could give way to Max Hall again, but until he does, we have to figure the Raiders aren't worth trusting in most formats even if the matchup is this favorable.
Skinny: This should be a game that resembles the Jets-Ravens season opener: Little offense, few points and not a whole lot to get excited about in Fantasy, unless you have the defenses.
Must-starts: DST Jets, WR Brandon Marshall
Poor plays: RB Ricky Williams, WR Jerricho Cotchery, TE Dustin Keller, QB Chad Henne, TE Anthony Fasano, WR Davone Bess, WR Brian Hartline, K Dan Carpenter
Injury must-sits: None.
Game-time decisions: None.
RB LaDainian Tomlinson -- L.T. has looked like the fresher of the Jets RBs thus far and will likely get the TD opportunities as one of the NFL's all-time TD leaders.
RB Ronnie Brown -- This is a tough one, but you don't want to subject your RB to the Jets defense unless you absolutely have to. If you do have to, Brown is the one thing the Dolphins have going for themselves offensively, so he will get chances at least.
D/ST Dolphins -- The Jets got their offense rolling in the second half of last Sunday's game, but we still don't like the ability to put up points on the road.
QB Mark Sanchez -- He finally showed life in the second half against the Pats, but a road game against a Dolphins team that handled Favre is not the week to expect great numbers from Sanchez. His top WR has been in the news for the wrong reasons, too.
WR Braylon Edwards -- His DWI arrest keeps him out of the starting lineup. Frankly, we would have suggested to sit him regardless. His breakthrough last week was more of a flash in the pan than the norm.
RB Shonn Greene -- He might be on the field at the start of the game, but he won't get the important touches unless he is running out the clock in the fourth quarter. We have to figure there will be few games the Jets actually pull away enough at this point, especially not against a game Dolphins team on the road.
Skinny: This will be a good test to see if the Bears are for real. Mike Martz has the offense going, but the Packers have a very good defense that will take away the run and tee off on the pass.
Must-starts: QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Greg Jennings, TE Jermichael Finley, WR Donald Driver, K Mason Crosby, D/ST Packers
Poor plays: TE Greg Olsen, RB John Kuhn, WR Jordy Nelson, RB Chester Taylor
Injury must-sits: None.
Game-time decisions: None.
QB Jay Cutler -- You might be thinking Cutler is a matchup QB and this is a bad matchup. Don't. Cutler is ripe in Martz's system and is actually closer to being a must-start than someone you consider saving for favorable opponents. In fact, we figure Cutler will air it out more the tougher the opponent.
RB Matt Forte -- Even if the Packers stuff the run, Forte is the Marshall Faulk in this Martz offense. He catches the passes out of the backfield and remains a player the offense runs through.
RB Brandon Jackson -- There is plenty of talk about him splitting carries, but we are going to further confuse you by saying they won't take enough value away from Jackson to lead you to sit him. Kuhn is a fullback. While Jackson isn't a great tailback, he will still be the runner of choice, save for clock-killing late drives.
D/ST Bears -- The Packers are one of the best offenses in football, even if they don't have a stud 1,000-yard rusher. Rodgers figures to limit the mistakes and the RBs in the rotation know their opportunities will disappear if they turn it over. This is a bad week to use this unit.
WR James Jones -- His TD catch and run last week was more of a circumstantial thing. He is squarely a fourth or fifth option in the Packers' attack, so you cannot count on him on a weekly basis.
WR Devin Hester, WR Johnny Knox, WR Devin Aromashodu -- The Bears have a lot of equally unimpressive and inconsistent receivers. While we do believe Cutler will be a threat for 280-plus yards, we cannot guarantee how they will be distributed. You can take a chance on any one of these guys, if you have to.
Eric Mack writes the Start 'Em, Sit 'Em fantasy football column weekly for SI.com. You can mock him, rip him and (doubtful) praise him before asking him your personal lineup questions on Twitter @EricMackFantasy.
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