Week 3: Fantasy 2011, Plays & Sits Beyond the Obvious

Fantasy Week 3: Fantasy 2011, Plays & Sits Beyond the Obvious

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Fantasy Plays

WR, Mike Sims-Walker Rams vs Ravens

The Ravens’ weakness is their secondary and they are banged up, they have allowed a 100 yard receiver in each of the first two games. With Danny Amendola out for the Rams last week, Walker was targeted with 11 passes in their loss to the Giants. With the fact that the Rams will not be able to run on the Ravens, Sam Bradford could throw 40 passes, it all adds to a solid day for Walker.

RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis at Bills

Green-Ellis has scored or had at least gained 100 yards in his three games against the Bills. Buffalo is allowing 5 yards a carry, and Green-Ellis has scored in both games this year. The Bills offense is better, but their defense has not improved by much.

RB Brandon Jacobs at Eagles

Jacobs has never had a big day against the Eagles, but Philadelphia is soft against the run, allowing 146 yards a game and 5.3 yards a carry. The Giants want to establish the run and should able to, giving Jacobs 15-20 touches.

RB Daniel Thomas, Dolphins at Browns

The Dolphins are desperate for a win and to get the run game going. Thomas had eighteen carries for 107 yards against Houston moving Reggie Bush back to his receiver first role. Cleveland is back at the bottom third in the league against the run, allowing 124 yards a game, this should be a tight game, Thomas will get around 25 carries for the day.

Fantasy Sits

RB DeAngelo Williams Panthers vs Jaguars

Williams had just thirteen yards rushing against the Packers. The Panthers have come out throwing their first two games and will again. Jonathan Stewart is a better receiver out of backfield and is more suited to a Cam Newton guided  offense  than Williams, that and the fact the Jaguars allow just over 70 yards a game rushing should keep Williams on your fantasy bench.

 RB Darren McFadden, Raiders vs Jets

McFadden is the key to the Raiders offense, the Jets know that and are good enough to focus on and contain him. The Jets allow just 88 yards a game on the ground, and below 3.5 yards a carry. They will force the Raiders to beat them throwing.

QB Tony Romo, Cowboys vs Redskins

Kudos to Romo for the game he had last week, playing with the rib and lung injury. He will play this week, and his throwing motion will be awkward because of the injury and the flak jacket he will have to wear. The combination of Miles Austin not playing and a Redskin pass defense that is allowing just 235 yards a game, will keep Romo from having a good fantasy start. He has averaged just one touchdown pass his last three games against the Redskins.

QB Kyle Orton Broncos at Titans

New Titan defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, a former all pro defensive back with the LA Rams has been a master at disguising his pass defense the first two weeks of 2011. They completely frustrated Joe Flacco last week, intercepting two passes. They allow just 172 yards a game, and the one touchdown pass they have given up was a screen play. Orton’s top receivers from 2010 are hurting Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal, while WR Eric Decker played well last week, there are not enough play makers in the Denver passing game to overcome the solid Titan pass defense this week.


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Kurt Backert

About Kurt Backert

Kurt's passion for the game began in the 60's watching the Colts on TV and at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. He began following the statistics of not only his beloved Colts but also those of the Colts opponents, with a keen eye on Vince Lombardi's Packers. His thirst for and attention to statistical detail would eventually lead Kurt on a journey to the world of fantasy football in the late 1980's where he's captured more titles than John Wooden's UCLA Bruins   Kurt carries a distinction that no other fan of the NFL can boast about.  He is the reigning NFL National Trivia Champion and he credits his Dad for passing on such passion for the game, something Kurt also hopes to pass along to his 9-year-old son. More from Kurt Backert


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