Andrew Luck @SF (42%, 16): Nothing against Luck, this is just a tough road match-up for a young QB. If you have a better option, go with it. I would start Vick, Bradford, or maybe even Dalton over Luck this week.
James Starks @CIN (30%, 12): I swear I’m not bitter about Lacy being out. Well, maybe a little. Either way I have no fear of Starks taking carries from a healthy Lacy. I’ve seen Starks play many times over the last few seasons and he is nothing special. He looked like Ahman Green last week, but that was due more to the Redskins porous run D (worst run D in NFL) than Starks’ skill set. The Bengals have one of the best D-lines in football and are tough against the run (7th in NFL). I think Starks will struggle Sunday and go back to being irrelevant the rest of the season.
MJD @SEA (52%, 11): There is not much going in MJD’s favor this week. He’s banged up and not practicing, there is a chance he might not even play, he’s facing the Seahawks D in Seattle, and his team has next to zero chance of staying competitive in Sunday’s game. I can’t see the Jags risking a banged up MJD in a game they can’t win and will likely be down big early.
Jacquiz Rodgers (9%, 12) / Chris Snelling (3%, 9) @MIA: According to ATL coaches, these two RBs will split carries while SJax is out. In reality that is probably the best idea since their skill sets complement each other nicely, but for fantasy purposes splitting carries makes them both worthless.
Julian Edelman TB (70%, 16): I was one of Edelman’s biggest supporters last week and he didn’t disappoint (13 catches). I am a bit worried about this week’s matchup vs Tampa though. For one, he is the only reliable option Brady has and should be focus of the defense. Two, that defense has Darrelle Revis who most likely will be covering Edelman. I think Edelman will still be somewhat productive, but will end up with closer to 10 fantasy points than 16. If you have a better option (Bowe, Nicks, Garcon), use it.
Antonio Brown CHI (67%, 13): Brown has underperformed in weeks 1 & 2 and things don’t get any easier Sunday night against a tough Bears D. The Steelers line has been awful and isn’t giving WRs enough time to get open. Brown will get some catches against the Bears soft zone, but I don’t expect any big plays or TDs.
Eddie Royal @TEN (26%, 11): Royal has 5 TDs on 10 catches. That can’t continue. I refuse to get on the Royal (or Rivers) bandwagon.
Greg Jennings CLE (23%, 8): Bad QB, washed-up WR, Joe Haden. No thanks.
None: TEs continue their fantasy dominance this week.
Brandon Marshall @PIT (100%, 15): After watching the Steelers D shut down AJ Green in week 2, I am a bit worried about B-Marsh this week. He has been Cutler’s primary target since he showed up in Chicago and has beat double teams before, but everyone is due for a bad week once in awhile right? (Reverse Jinx!).