Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 3 Staff Ranks September 19, 2012  |  Jeff

Getting ready to build on that 2-0 record? Looking to turn your season around after an 0-2 start? Then join Chet, Jeff, and Greg in The Fake Football’s Week 3 Staff Rankings! Remember, we’ve got another Thursday night game this week with NYG/CAR, so get those lineups set! As always, feel free to leave any lineup questions/comments/concerns in the comments section below. Enjoy!

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  1. Me says:

    My Recieving squad is banged up this week… Need 3 of these Torrey Smith, Desean Jackson, Austin Collie, Golden Tate and Denarius Moore

  2. Matt says:

    Who would you rather have ROS as backup QB: Fitzpatrick, Schaub, Cassel? Thx

  3. I lost 3 starters! says:

    PPR/6TD – Lance Moore or Dennis Pitta?

  4. hola says:

    Need three of the following for standard non ppr scoring
    Stevie Johnson
    Malcolm Floyd

    Am I crazy to bench Fitz this week?

  5. aaron says:

    14 Team 1pt PPR
    Need help on a third WR

    G Jennings…..Injury plus monday night concerns me
    N Washington
    G Little
    A Collie


    • Jeff says:

      If you want to stay away from the risk of Jennings, go with Little. Collie is dicey, and Nate Washington isn’t a great play. Hopefully Little can build on his week 2.

  6. aaron says:

    1pt PPR
    Need help on a third WR

    G Jennings…..Injury plus monday night concerns me
    N Washington
    G Little
    A Collie


  7. Alex says:

    I was offered Jerome Simpson for Alfred Morris, PPR.

    Long term value of Andrew Hawkins versus Donnie Avery, PPR.


    • Jeff says:

      The Simpson for Morris deal would depend on the structure of the rest of your roster, but I like Morris more and Avery as well.

  8. Me says:

    Steven Jackson, Chris Johnson or Pierre Thomas?

  9. Ant says:

    Who would you trade Spiller for? I’m kind of on the fence about trading him. He has tremendous skills to but up alot of points but I worry about what happens when Jackson comes back. I offered Him and Rice for Mccoy seeing if an owner would bite. WHat do you think?

  10. Hunter says:

    Flacco or Cutler? Michael Bush or Reggie Bush?

  11. Jim says:

    Pick 3 in a 1PPR League

    L McCoy/C Spiller/D Murray/M. Bush

    Good to have hard decisions like this one. ;)

  12. Rob says:

    PPR choose two: Ridley, Kevin Smith and Daryl Richardson. Also, standard scoring Stevie Johnson or Brandon Lloyd assuming lloyd plays.

  13. darkdragon88 says:

    ppr flex spot. Would you go with either: Ben Tate -coach goes by feel = his touches. Or LeShoure -good matchup and already said to have ~15 touches.

    • Jeff says:

      I would go with Tate. He is more of a known commodity. Leshoure is a bit more risky this week until we see what his workload looks like.

  14. Dave S says:

    still shopping for a flex. Revis back, PG out? so Ogletree, Hartline or Hankerson? non ppr drop Ogletree or Ballard for one of the other 2

  15. Marrett says:

    Last bench spot. Drop David Wilson now? pick up: Helu, K Hunter, Tubin, *D Richardson, A Robinson, L Hankerson, or B. Hartline? I also have S Jackson as RB3

  16. Dave S says:

    12 team redraft non ppr. Gerhardt and Hillman dropped, either or both worth a grab? sitting on Ballard right now. we start 2RBs and a flex

  17. Dan says:

    Fred Jackson was just put on waivers. Was thinking about picking him up, who should I drop out of Jacquizz Rodgers, Justin Blackmon, Devon Bess, Kevin Ogeltree

  18. Jeff says:

    That depends on what your situation is at WR. If you are thin there and need WR help, obviously pick up Hartline. However, if you have the bench space to spare its not a horrible idea. Seattle would be a nice addition.

  19. CB says:

    I am streaming defenses right now. Currently I have Arizona. Seattle and Detroit are both available. I have a bench player I am dropping as well this week. Would I be better off grabbing two of these 3 and alternating them, or just keep going one at a time and pick up Hartline instead?

  20. Aaron says:

    A. Morris or Ridley in 0.5 PPR league?

  21. Jim says:

    Pick 2

    PercyHarven/Demarius Thomas/Antonio Brown

  22. alisa says:

    trade leshoure fro eric decker?

  23. mikeytuna says:

    My running backs are DMC and Martin. Guy offers me Ridley for Nicks. My appropriate counter would be: VJax, Lloyd, Denarius Moore, Austin Collie, or Kyle Rudolph. He’s hurting at WR btw.

    • Jeff says:

      Counter with VJax unless you want to low ball with a package of Moore/Collie/Rudolph but that probably won’t get you anywhere. VJax should get it done if he’s desperate.

  24. Andrew says:

    Would you trade MJD and Romo for Aaron Rodgers, I have DMC and Trent Richardson as my other running backs.
    If i make the trade i would have to use Bolden or Moore as my flex instead of Richardson

  25. iluvff says:

    Sup fellas…non-ppr sjax, lafell, or t smith?

    • Jeff says:

      Tough because LaFell plays tonight. I would wait until the weekend. If the news about SJax sounds good, play him. If he gets scratched on Sunday, sub in Smith.

  26. Brian Santos says:

    Of these five running backs, which two would you start?
    1. Darren McFadden
    2. Doug Martin
    3. Michael Bush
    4. Marshawn Lynch
    5. Stevan Ridley

  27. Shivam Patel says:

    Which three WRs should I choose to start from Brandon LaFell, Mike Wallace, Larry Fitzgerald, Jeremy Maclin, and Stevie Johnson? Thanks in advance for your advice.

  28. Eric McGuire says:

    Who would you rather have for the rest of the year? Kyle rudolph or dennis pitta? PPR league one point per reception.

  29. Yishai says:

    start Laurent Robinson or Jon baldwin

  30. unit says:

    thoughts on possible trade:

    receive: mjd, dez
    give up: charles, marshall, hillis

    also i think i could choose between fitz or dez to get. I have romo if that factors in to the decision. what do you think?

  31. TeachMeWhenToDougie says:

    DMC or Doug Martin? (non-ppr) Thanks!

  32. Yishai says:

    drop Ryan Williams for Andrew Hawkins?

  33. Oleg M says:

    Should i trade Chris Johnson and DHB for Larry Fitzgareld? I have good depth so thats not a big problem.

    • Jeff says:

      Of both CJ and Fitz who are starting slow, I would consider Fitz much more likely to get things turned around. I think the deal is decent enough to pull the trigger.

  34. JP says:

    How come the saints are not on the list?

  35. JUJU says:

    Little dilemma. Need to pick 2 guys to start. .5 PPR. DWill vs NYG, DMartin vs. Dallas, D Brown vs JAX, DMC vs PIT, or Andre Brown vs CAR.

    Leaning towards Dougie and Andre. But D Brown entices me alot and it is real hard to bench DMC. HELP!!

  36. JSprowles40 says:

    you guys have Chandler and cook right next to each other. Who gets the edge in PPR this week? I have to drop one for a kicker after I picked up both after losing AHern. Thanks!

  37. mikeytuna says:

    I’m in a deep league where the RB waiver wire is looking bare. I have DMC & Doug Martin as my backs (both have a week 5 bye) and I’m looking at these jokers: Lamar Miller, Bilal Powell, Brinkley/Battle. Which two should I look at?

  38. Sean Bowen says:

    Should I start Percy Harvin or Roddy White in PPR League?

    Also Crabtree or Britt? Also in PPR league

  39. Michael says:

    One more…..Rudolph or Finley this week? Been rolling Finley last couple weeks and wondering if its time to run Rudolph out there.

  40. mike watson says:

    sounds silly but should i start Amendola or Alf Morris over AP in my flex since AP draws SF this week? 1pt PPR League

  41. Cramer says:

    I have Jacob tamme. I don’t want to play him. Pretty much no TE available besides Rudolph. Any sneaky options?

  42. Jeff says:

    I would do that deal. McCoy is the best player there, and Rice/McCoy/Martin would be awesome. Plus you avoid having the injured guys clog your bench for the next few weeks.

  43. Tim says:

    In a non-ppr league, my friend offered my Owen Daniels and Lesean McCoy FOR Alfred Morris, Freddy Jackson, Aaron Hernandez, and Randall Cobb.

    Should I take this? I have Pitta as a current backup to Hernandez.

    It would give me Rice, McCoy, and Martin as my top 3 backs. I already have Marshall, Lloyd, A. Brown ahead of Cobb.

    I’m not so sure that Morris won’t outscore McCoy for the rest of the year. Am I blinded by Morris’ success so far for my team?

  44. BQ says:

    Sit gates for M Bennett? Worried gates might screw me again with late scratch?

    • Jeff says:

      Apparently he was working well and looked good in practice today. It seems as if he should be ready to go on Sunday. I’d wait and play him but I wouldn’t think you’re nuts for playing Bennett to be safe.

  45. Phil says:

    Hey guys! If G.Jennings plays…
    Pick 2: Vjax, LaFell, G.Jennings. And if R.Matthews comes back this week, RB2 or Flex?

  46. Young Gun says:

    In a non-PPR league, which one would you start as your third receiver?

    Ramses Barden @ Carolina
    Sidney Rice vs. Green Bay
    Kendall Wright vs Detroit

    Thanks Chet!

  47. bob says:

    Two teams, two decisions at WR involving LaFell:
    1. LaFell or Torrey Smith? Standard scoring.
    2. LaFell or DeSean Jackson? .5 PPR

    • Jeff says:

      Very close with all three of those WR’s, but I would give Smith another shot, and with Maclin most likely sitting, go Jackson.

  48. francois says:

    hey guys….

    i’m considering a trade where i give up eil manning for big ben and either ahmad bradshaw or frank gore…who would you go for? would you go for it…

    would probably leave me playing ben, flacco and cutler in QBBC…

    rest of my team is jordy, vjax, spiller, shady, jimmyG and desean/decker at flex (std scoring) so gore/ahmad would become my flex most weeks…

    worthwhile trade? thanx for any comments…

    • Jeff says:

      I think its ok. I wouldnt do the deal with Bradshaw included until we get some more specific information on the extent of his neck injury. Gore is a decent pickup, but you run the risk of them phasing Hunter in towards the end of the year like they did last season. I would wait and if Bradshaw looks like he will return soon, go with him in the deal over Gore. If not, do Gore if you feel like you want to make the deal.

    • francois says:

      thanx for your analysis Jeff – maybe I’ll wait a week to hear about Bradshaw
      might try to get desean for miles austin into the mix as well… :) this would be my third biggish trade this year

  49. Justin says:

    Love this site, gentlemen, thanks for helping everyone out. I think my team is the best in my PPR league. This week I’m starting Cam Newton, Shady McCoy, Spiller, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, Martellus Bennett, and flexing Dez Bryant and Darren Sproles. My stacked bench includes Kyle Rudolph, Brandon Lloyd, S-Jax, and Pierre Garcon.

    I want to upgrade at TE. Do you think S-Jax, Pierre Garcon, and Bennett OR Rudolph for Gronk and Sidney Rice makes sense? I know having a bunch of starters on my bench doesn’t help, but on the other hand I can hold onto the high waiver wire position and I’m pretty injury-proof.

    Last year (1st time playing fantasy) I drafted Jamaal Charles #1 overall and took Rivers #2 and Felix Jones #3, so please don’t begrudge my kick-ass problem this year!

    • Jeff says:

      Thanks for the kind words. That teams looks great. I think the trade is a decent idea. It will leave you a little thinner at RB, but you still have Sproles in your flex spot who you can move around. I say give it a go.

  50. Michael says:

    .5 PPR league…..roll out McFadden, Julio Jones, Wayne, and Lloyd instead of Charles or C Johnson in the mix? Normally run with a RB in flex but strongly considering sitting both Charles and Johnson until SOMEONE shows life.

  51. Dan says:

    Which 2 should i start this week of out Marcellus Bennett, Brent Celek, and Peyton Hillis???

    • Jeff says:

      Celek for sure, and then I would lean Bennett over Hillis. Ive got a feeling that KC is going to be waaaay behind once again and throwing most of the game.

  52. SpruceGoose says:

    How do you guys feel about Jerome Simpson after week 3?

    • Jeff says:

      I think he’s worth a pickup. That passing offense should improve some over the course of the year and its worth grabbing him to see how he fits in.

  53. Adam says:

    Hey fellas: Should I start Crabtree this week in place of either Decker or T. Smith? If so, who? Also, do I go with Schaub or Palmer for my QB2 this week?

  54. Robert says:

    Flex Question: Could you see starting any of the following over Reggie Wayne this week?

    LaFell, Britt, SJax, Finley, Benson, Leshoure?


  55. Tggq21 says:

    In a standard league. H2H

    Start two out of these WRs
    Antonio Brown
    Stevie Johnson
    Dez Bryant
    Macolm Floyd

    For flex position
    Kevin Smith
    Shonn Greene


  56. Yishai says:

    Antonio Rrown for Alfred Morris? i get Brown

  57. Isaac says:

    Hey there.
    Have a slight dilemme btw my last WR and flex; pick 2 of the 4:
    Steve Jax, Desean Jax, Jamal Charles, B LLoyd
    Already starting:
    McCoy, Steve Smith, RG 3, Jimmy G, Spiller
    Appreciate it brotha !

  58. chris says:

    .5 ppr, need 2 WRs…Decker, S. Rice, M. Williams, or Hartline?

  59. Kyle says:

    Percy or Jordy?

  60. Adam says:

    Hey Chet. Should I start Crabtree this week in place of either Decker or T. Smith? If so, who? Also, do I go with Schaub or Palmer for my QB2 this week? Thanks!

  61. sebas says:

    I was wondering if calvin for matt ryan and mcfadden is a good trade. My rbs are doug martin, j charles and k smith. My wr ‘s are lloyd, wayne, and calvin. My qb is flacco.

  62. Bcreekhky18 says:

    At RB (Pick 1): morris (@cin) or peterson (@sf)
    At WR (Pick 1): A. Brown. D. Amendola E. Decker

  63. stumanji says:

    If Maclin is out, I have to start 1 of Britt, DHB, Mike Williams, Jon Baldwin. What say you?

  64. Ian says:

    Pick 2 mcfadden, charles, andre brown

  65. Philly Cheese says:

    So, I feel weird saying this, but should I bench DMC this week? The move I would have to do is…
    1. Move Ridley up from flex to make RB2 (D Martin now RB1)
    2. Bring LaFell up to flex spot.
    Is that going to be the right move?

  66. HeckNo says:

    Drop FDavis for Rudolf?
    Drop Ryan Williams for DRicharson/PThomas or DWilson?
    Drop Helu for Hunter or Turbin?

    • Jeff says:

      Davis: Close…I probably would
      Williams: Yes for Thomas if you are desperate for someone to play now. Yes for Richardson if you want another bench type.
      Helu: Yes for Hunter

  67. Bryant says:

    Hey Im depleted at wr..amendola,lafell,avery n/a who are some viable options?

    Would you take the more proven player vs a bad matchup ex(mcfadden.tate) or lesser player with a better matchup (david wilson,leshoure,armon binns, adrew hawkins etc)? Thanx

    • Jeff says:

      I would take the proven player most times, but of course it depends on the situation. I would play DMC/Tate over those others. Im not sure about the WR question…are those your current wide receivers? Who is available on your wire?

  68. Chris S says:

    I have been trying to trade CJ0K with no success. I even offered CJ0K, RG3, and Hillis for Ray Rice. Now I’m thinking about just keeping him in my bench and hope for future good games. My other RBs are Spiller, MJD, Charles, TRich and Hillis. I also have M Ryan, Julio, Nicks, Graham. Should I hold on to CJ0K?

    • Jeff says:

      Wow, your team is stacked. Nice work. It looks like you’re still set at RB for the time being, so I wouldn’t be in too big of a rush to dump him cheaply. I would do exactly what you said, hold him and hope for a turnaround. If that happens, then you may be able to trade him easier. No sense in selling low if you don’t need to quite yet.

  69. Blake says:

    Two spots….1 flex and 1 WR……have to choose from Lafell and garçon….and A.Brown and S.Jax….big problem considering I have Foster and R.Matthews so if I play Brown I can’t play both Lafell and garçon. What do I do.

  70. Brightandbrand says:

    Am I stupid for thinking about starting Lafell over Ridley at the flex? My other WRs are Wallace and Julio. My other Rbs are Murray, Lynch and Tate.

  71. A says:

    Since Nicks is out who would u go with,
    Lance Moore vs KC
    Bolden vs NE

  72. Cory says:

    Celek or Bennett?

    JCharles, Doug Martin or LaFell at flex? 1ppr

  73. Mundo says:

    1 PPR need to decide on starting two RBs from:

    Mathews vs Atl
    Martin vs Dal
    Sproles vs KC

  74. Jeff says:

    Colston is looking a little banged up and hasn’t had a great 2 weeks. I need to either start Colston or take a shot with LaFell due to the matchup tomorrow night.

  75. Keld says:

    1 PPR, Ship: Lloyd, Benson
    Receive: Cj spiller

    Should I do this? Will CJ keep his job?

  76. Marq says:

    I’m in a 10 team .5 ppr that plays 3 Wr, 2 Rb and a Flex.
    I need to drop 1 of the following: Leshoure, Mendenhall, LaFell or Ben Tate
    I also have D. Thomas, A. Brown, Nelson, Harvin and at Wr and DMC, Ridley,TRich, and Morris at Rb.

    Which player should I drop?

    • gregsauce says:

      Cutting LeShoure is reasonable with your other options at RB, but I’d cut Mendenhall. Considering that neither guy is likely to start over your top 3 RBs in most weeks, you’re better off stashing the healthy player with more upside and that’s LeShoure.

  77. Ryan says:

    So what do you think about Jamal Charles? Will he be effective again this year or is he going down hill? Also Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. What are your thoughts on them? The Patriots front office is controlling Welkers PT in my opinion. Does this ever change?


    • Jeff says:

      I think Charles will come back around. They were getting smoked last week and there was no need to push him with a sore knee, but he was much better week 1. Its hard to get a feel for that offense since they’ve been getting crushed both weeks, but he will be ok. As for NE, I think Lloyd will be a better option this season, as Edeleman will continue to hurt Welker’s PT.

  78. Jtbgator says:

    Pick three from this bunch: J Charles, Law Firm, Doug Martin, M Bush.
    Which TE: Rudolph, Fleener, Chandler, H Miller.
    Andre Brown or Kevin Smith?
    And lastly…. Eric Decker or Ramses Barden?
    Thanks guys.

  79. Dave S says:

    Andre Roberts also out there

  80. Dallas says:

    AP against a stout SF defense, Alfred Morris against Cincy. Standard scoring.

  81. Dave S says:

    hurting this week.Forte out , Nicks out, possibly JSTew out. need a flex…DHB, Hartline, Barden, Randle, Gibson, LRobinson, Tolbert, Kahlil Bell, Draughn, etc non ppr

  82. Al Greenspam says:

    Hi; I traded Julio, Marshawn, Turbin & Santonio for McCoy, Fitz, Pierre Thomas & Cobb. Right move?

    • Jeff says:

      I think it’s ok. You’re improving at RB for sure. As Long as Fitz comes back around, which I think he will, you’ll be in decent shape there despite losing Julio.

  83. Jeff says:

    @emceeperiod: I think you’ll be ok in the next week or two that Forte is out with Martin/Spiller. It sounds like Forte doesn’t have the high ankle version of the sprain, so he shouldn’t miss too much time after this week. I am not a big DeSean Jackson fan, and I think those current RBs will get you through. Once Forte is back, you’ll be set.

    @Principal Blackman: PPRA, huh? If it is that scoring system, I would go with Brown. Who knows how many Charles is in line for this week, and it seems like Brown should get a good work load on Thursday night. I see him as the most sure thing for touches and that should help in that format.

  84. Principal Blackman says:

    Need some help withy ridiculous scoring league. I’m at a bit of a loss as to who to play this week at RB. It’s PPR, also PP rush attempt. I am definitely starting Marshawn Lynch in one of my two RB slots. My RB2 options are Jamaal Charles, Andre Brown, Shonn Greene, and Ken Doll Hunter. Who is the play here?

  85. emceeperiod says:


    Anyway, got Forte on a squad. Offered M. Bush and DeSean for AJ and R. Williams. Other RB and Flex are D. Martin and Spiller. If I make the trade, I obviously downgrade at WR from AJ to DeSean, but I’m 0-2 and M. Bush is playing STL this week. Is it too early to panic? Or is the downgrade at WR worth the points for the next couple weeks. Or will it even be a couple weeks? Do we know when Forte will be back? I mean I guess it could be next Sunday, but it could be longer. If I don’t make the trade, my RB 1 & 2 would be D. Martin and Spiller, with R. Cobb, M. Williams, Ogletree or Blackmon at Flex. With the trade obviously I’d have M. Bush at Flex, but DeSean instead of AJ for the rest of the season. What do you think? Thanks in advance.

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