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Football Sun Sep 21 2008

Fantasy Football Week 3: Sits, Starts and Sleepers

Amidst the revolution of a new generation of quarterbacks ascending into fantasy stardom, guidance to help distinguish between the real deals (Cutler, Rodgers) and the unreliable starters (O'Sullivan, Cassel) is needed.

Definite start: Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall
These two are quickly becoming a prolific tandem worth starting every week. Jay Cutler has openly admitted the Broncos are trying to match the Patriots' 2007 offensive game plan. While he might not have the multiple Super Bowl rings and smoking hot supermodel girlfriend that Tom Brady has, he's looking like a lock to start every week. You also want to milk starting Marhsall as long as you can before the looming suspension after this strikes.

Avoid like a fantasy football leper: T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Carson Palmer looks out of sync and the Bengals' offensive line is porous like a sponge. I don't foresee Cincy righting the ship against the defending Super Bowl champs. This will not be the game where the struggling T.J. (6 receptions) gets his groove back.

Proceed with caution: LaDainian Tomlinson
We only found out Achilles was human after someone shot an arrow through his bum heel. The same applies to Tomlinson, who is potentially suffering his first injury that would keep him out of a game since 2004. He may be out altogether, so you would want to look into picking up back up Darren Sproles as a contingency plan. To start or sit Tomlinson is a question you'll really have to think about.

While you're thinking about that, try to explain how anyone gets killed from an arrow to the heel?

Sleeper of the week: Steven Jackson
Considering he is a high first-round pick in most leagues, he shouldn't be considered a sleeper pick. However, his being a St. Louis Ram negates that completely. I've been wary of starting this once-beastly back, but a combination of Tory Holt calling out the O-Line and a promise to give Jackson more carries will probably work in Steven's favor.

It mostly likely won't work out in his, and coincidentally my, favor though. This week is bound to end me shaking my head in disappointment after reading his pitiful stat line.

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Ken GreenAuthor Profile Page / September 22, 2008 1:16 PM

Good stuff. But, man, don't tell me that about LT. He's the only decent back I have!

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