LIONS INSIDER

FANTASY FB: Tim Twentyman takes a look at players to start and players to sit for Week 3

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Twentyman also puts the spotlight on five key Detroit Lions heading into Week 3 vs. the Redskins

Reggie BushRB Reggie Bush (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

LIONS 5

Matthew Stafford, QB, Start: This one is a no brainer. The Redskins are dead last in the NFL against the pass and have given up the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (37 point average) through two games.

Joique Bell, RB, Start: Bell should be a pretty good Flex option for owners this week. If Reggie Bush doesn’t play, he could be pushed up to a No. 2 running back option against a Redskins defense that’s given up the third-most Fantasy points (24.5 average) to running backs through the first two weeks

Reggie Bush, RB, Start: Speaking of Bush, this is something we’ll obviously have to monitor because of that sore knee. But if he plays, it’s a nice matchup for him for the reasons I mention above with Bell.

Nate Burleson, WR, Start: Burleson could be a good flex option this week. The Redskins have already given up double-digit points to four receivers in two games.

Lions defense, Sit: The Lions defense has been pretty good to fantasy owners the first two weeks of the season with an average of 9.0 Fantasy points. This isn’t a great matchup for them, though. The Redskins are sixth in total offense and eighth in passing offense.

Note: I will never include Calvin Johnson in the Lions 5 because he’s a must start every week he’s healthy.

A look at last week's Lions 5: I told you guys to start Stafford last week, too, and he rewarded owners with a solid outing (23 points). I get a pass on Reggie Bush because of the knee injury. I suggested a start for Joique Bell and he scored seven points, but didn’t get into the end zone, and didn’t have the impact the Lions were hoping for as the featured back after Bush went out. I was spot on with the Brandon Pettigrew sit (three points last week). Burleson let me down last week with only four points. I’m giving him a chance to redeem himself this week against a very bad Redskins pass defense.

START

Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco (vs. IND): Kaepernick can both run and throw the football. The Colts allowed Raiders quarterback Terrell Pryor to run for 112 yards Week 1 and Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill to throw for more than 300 yards last week. That about sums it up.

Mike Wallace, WR, Miami (vs. ATL): The Falcons defense gave up a rare trifecta last week. Rams receivers Tavon Austin (16), Austin Pettis (13) and Chris Givens (10) all had double-digit fantasy days vs. the Falcons secondary. Wallace is coming off a nine-catch, 115-yard performance with a touchdown. I like the matchup.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (at BAL): Through two games, Baltimore has allowed Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron to catch a combined 10 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Consequently, the Ravens are giving up the second-most Fantasy points to tight ends this year.

DeMarco Murray, RB, Dallas (vs. STL): Murray hasn’t filled up the stat sheet through the first two weeks, but the thing I like about him is that he’s already caught 13 passes for 88 yards in two games. The Rams have allowed over 100 yards receiving to opposing running backs this year with a touchdown.

Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City (at PHI): The offense has stolen the headline in Philadelphia, but their fans should be more concerned with the pass defense. The Eagles have given up the most Fantasy points to opposing receivers this year. Bowe could have a big game Thursday night.

SIT

Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville (at SEA): Jones-Drew is expected to play in Seattle despite suffering a foot injury last week. Unfortunately, the Seahawks are allowing the third-fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs and have yet to give up a score on the ground.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh (vs. CHI): Brown is upset about the number of targets he’s getting, which is six fewer than Emmanuel Sanders through two weeks. The problem starting Brown this week is that he’ll be matched up against Charles Tillman and a pretty good Bears defense.

James Starks, RB, Green Bay (at CIN): Starks is the hot fantasy pickup this week after he rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown following Eddie Lacy suffering a concussion. But that was against Washington and the Bengals defense is a whole different kind of beast. They’ve allowed the seventh-fewest Fantasy points to running backs this year.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota (vs. Browns): It’s not a good matchup for Jennings this week against Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who limited both Mike Wallace and Torrey Smith to under 10 points the first two weeks.

Fred Davis, TE, Washington (vs. DET): Davis has been a major disappointment in Washington, He has just two total points in two weeks. The Lions are allowing the fourth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends this year.

SLEEPERS

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati (vs. GB): The Packers have given up three touchdowns to opposing tight ends already this year and an average of 15.5 Fantasy points.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City (at PHI): Smith has scored 25 and 20 points, respectively, the first two weeks. He has a great matchup this week with Philadelphia, who’s coming off a performance where they allowed Phillip Rivers to score 35 points.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland (at MIN): Without Trent Richardson, expect the Browns to throw the ball a lot in Minnesota, even with Brian Hoyer at quarterback. Gordon is the big-play threat in that passing game and he’ll get his shots. Could be a good flex option.

Eli Manning, QB, New York Giants (at CAR): The seven interceptions are certainly not what you want to see from Manning after two weeks, but opposing quarterbacks are averaging 308 passing yards per game against Carolina the first two weeks.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Atlanta (at MIA): With Steven Jackson already ruled out, expect Rodgers to get the bulk of the carries. He could lose goal line touches to Jason Snelling, so play with caution, but he could have a nice overall game.