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START Kevin Kolb, QB, Cardinals at Seahawks. After two weeks, Kolb is teetering on the fringes of fantasy respectability, while the Seahawks have just two sacks and no interceptions to their credit.
BENCH Daniel Thomas, RB, Dolphins vs. Bills
START A.J. Green, WR, Bengals vs. 49ers. The rookie has a great chance to score in his third consecutive game against a secondary that coughed up three TD passes to Miles Austin last week. Green was targeted 14 times in Week 2.
START Deion Branch, WR, Patriots at Bills. Branch has quietly racked up 222 yards on 15 receptions. With Aaron Hernandez (knee) out and Chad Ochocinco still searching for his mojo, Branch should have no trouble reaching the end zone this week.
BENCH Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys vs. Redskins. I’d be worried enough if the only concern was his broken rib and punctured lung. Assuming Romo plays, he’ll also be missing Miles Austin (hamstring) and possibly the knuckle-headed Dez Bryant (thigh).
BENCH Tim Hightower, RB, Redskins vs. Cowboys
BENCH Dwayne Bowe, WR, Chiefs at Chargers. Now that Jamaal Charles is gone, Bowe is the Chiefs’ most dangerous weapon. As poorly as Matt Cassel has been playing, San Diego should have little problem shutting down the connection.
BENCH DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, RBs, Panthers vs. Jaguars. Carolina’s line has apparently decided that it no longer needs to run-block with Cam Newton at the controls.
BENCH Jay Cutler, QB, Bears vs. Packers. In his four outings against Green Bay since becoming Chicago’s starter, Cutler has passed for just 875 yards, with 4 TDs and 9 INTs. He’s already been sacked 11 times this season.
(More players to start, besides the no-brainers)
START QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bllls
BENCH QB Matt Hasselbeck, Titans
START QB Cam Newton, Panthers.
START RB Beanie Wells, Cardinals
START RB Fred Jackson, Bills
BENCH RB Ben Tate, Texans
START RB LeGarrette Blount , Bucs
START WR Steve Johnson, Bills
START WR Nate Burleson, Lions
START WR Anquan Boldin, Ravens
BENCH Brandon Lloyd, WR, Rams at Steelers. Whether or not Sam Bradford (ankle) suits up, Lloyd can’t be trusted against the stingiest pass defense in the league.
(Here are some players to bench this week)
BENCH QB Matt Cassel, Chiefs
BENCH QB Eli Manning, Giants
BENCH Rex Grossman, QB, Redskins vs. Vikings. Grossman is at the top of many sleeper lists this week since he’ll be facing Minnesota’s generous secondary. Don’t pin your title hopes on one of the most unreliable passers on the planet.
BENCH QB Joe Flacco, Ravens
BENCH RB Joseph Addai, Colts
BENCH RB Cadillac Williams, Rams
BENCH RB Felix Jones, Cowboys
BENCH RB Arian Foster, Texans
BENCH RB Knowshon Moreno, Broncos
BENCH RB Ryan Grant, Packers
BENCH RB Thomas Jones, Chiefs
BENCH WR Pierre Garcon, Colts
BENCH WR Michael Crabtree, 49ers
BENCH WR Denarius Moore, Raiders
BENCH WR Malcolm Floyd, Chargers
BENCH WR Mario Manningham, Giants
BENCH Percy Harvin, WR, Vikings at Panthers. He has had very little time to practice with rookie QB Christian Ponder due to a rib injury, which caused him to miss half of last week’s game.