Week 3 Fantasy Football Matchups

Editor's note: Dave Richard breaks down every game from a Fantasy perspective each week with the help of CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan, who will provide his unique take to assist owners in their lineup management.

New York Giants at Carolina Panthers -- Thursday, 8:20 p.m. ET, Bank of America Stadium
New York Giants
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Eli Manning Followed up previous 10 three-plus TD games with at least two TDs nine times.
RB Andre Brown Panthers have allowed four RBs to post 10+ Fantasy points. Brown should make impact.
RB David Wilson Don't be surprised if Giants press Wilson into action. They took him in Round 1 for a reason.
WR Victor Cruz Look for Cruz to test CB Josh Norman, FS Haruki Nakamura on deep routes.
WR Rueben Randle Good size and hands. Inexperience a major factor. Last-ditch waiver replacement.
TE Martellus Bennett Graham declawed Panthers in Week 2; Bennett had five end-zone targets last week.
DST Giants Newton is averaging 252 pass yards and 49.5 rush yards in nine home games.
Carolina Panthers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Cam Newton Giants have allowed 550 pass yards, 5 pass TDs in two games. You're starting Cam.
RB DeAngelo Williams Giants have allowed 12+ Fantasy points to RBs each of last two weeks.
WR Steve Smith Scored with 60-plus yards in last two vs. Giants. Has over 100 yards in first two games this season.
WR Brandon LaFell No. 2 receivers have touchdowns in each game vs. Giants this year.
TE Greg Olsen No TE has more than 33 yards on the Giants in '12. Olsen's last 10-game high: 56 yards.
DST Panthers Giants totaled 606 yards last week (510 passing). Not the week to use the Panthers.

On the surface it looks like we could have a high-scoring game with Eli Manning and Cam Newton. But it's tough for either team to really install a customized game plan on such short notice and it's even tougher for injured players to get back on the field. The Giants know this all too well as they'll be without Ahmad Bradshaw and Hakeem Nicks, and they'll have to travel which means one less day. On top of that the Giants receivers were involved in 51 pass plays a few days ago and should have tired legs. They'll get help from their defense, which is better than the Saints' defense the Panthers fought last week. I would think the winner of this game will need 27 points, not 35 or 41. -- Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com NFL Insider

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cleveland Browns Stadium
Buffalo Bills
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick Browns have allowed back-to-back 300-yard, multi-TD passers. Great week to gamble on him.
RB C.J. Spiller Last eight games: 738 rush yards, 6 rush TDs, 259 receiving yards, 2 receiving TDs. Awesome.
WR Steve Johnson Double-digit Fantasy points in each of last four on the road. Will face Joe Haden-less Browns secondary.
TE Scott Chandler Scored in first two games this season. Scored in first three games last season. History repeating?
DST Bills Bills will have hands full with Richardson, Weeden improved last week. Good, not great start.
Cleveland Browns
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Brandon Weeden Topped 300 yards with 2 TDs last week. Bills have allowed 250+ yards and multiple pass TDs to Mark Sanchez and Matt Cassel.
RB Trent Richardson Bills have yet to allow 100 total-yard RB and just one rush TD. Richardson will challenge both stats.
WR Greg Little Big receivers have caught two TDs in each of Bills' first two games. If you've got guts, Little's an option.
WR Mohamed Massaquoi Deep sleeper alert! Looked like he was on same page with Weeden (5 catches for 90 yards) last week.
DST Browns   Will be tough for them to contain Spiller and the passing attack. Until Haden's back this defense can't be touched.

The Browns got a solid passing day from Brandon Weeden last week and looked like the guy I watched at practice this summer and at Oklahoma State. His success is going to grow as Trent Richardson grows as a big run threat. Weeden threw to nine different receivers last week and is more of a distribute-the-ball type than a guy with a featured receiver. At this point I'm more inclined to play Trent Richardson, figuring 20 carries and five receptions for 150 total yards and a touchdown -- that's the kind of day he could have at home against Buffalo. The Browns have been tough in defeat and know Richardson needs touches for them to win. -- Pat Kirwan

Cincinnati Bengals at Washington Redskins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, FedExField
Cincinnati Bengals
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Andy Dalton Redskins have allowed back-to-back 300-yard, three touchdown passers. Good sleeper.
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis Daryl Richardson ran wild against these Skins last week. Green-Ellis has 19+ touches per game.
WR A.J. Green Will see a lot of DeAngelo Hall, but that worked out real well for Danny Amendola last week.
WR Andrew Hawkins Expect Bengals to work Hawkins in flats and underneath the safeties. Four-plus catches wouldn't be a surprise.
TE Jermaine Gresham Last-chance saloon: Skins have allowed TD to a tight end in each of last 4 and 5 of last 6 going back to 2011.
DST Bengals   Redskins have come out as the No. 1 scoring team in the league with 34.0 points per game.
Washington Redskins
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Robert Griffin III For all their talent, Bengals pass defense is poor. At least 299 yards & 2 TDs allowed to opposing QBs.
RB Alfred Morris Ray Rice and Trent Richardson have gashed the Bengals defense. Next week might be 'sell-high' time for Morris.
WR Aldrick Robinson Garcon's replacement missed on bomb, end-zone pass in Week 2.
WR Josh Morgan Led Redskins in receptions (and bonehead decisions) last week. Deep, deep sleeper.
TE Fred Davis Doesn't have concussion but does have just 16 pct of RG3's targets, just as predicted.
DST Redskins With Orakpo, Carriker lost for the year this defense has major question marks.

Washington just lost two very important members of their defense in Adam Carriker and Brian Orakpo. Carriker is a solid run stuffer and Orakpo can do it all. Cincinnati will study the Rams' run game against Washington and like what they see from Steven Jackson and Daryl Richardson (5.8 yards per carry) and BenJarvus Green-Ellis should get close to 18 carries. I talked with BenJarvus this week and he explained how they use him in the passing game as well with option routes and lining up in the slot. With Orakpo's pass rush missing I could see Green-Ellis getting as many as five receptions as well and finishing up the day with over 100 yards of offense. -- Pat Kirwan

Detroit Lions at Tennessee Titans -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, LP Field
Detroit Lions
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matthew Stafford Had back-to-back 1 TD games just once in '11. Titans pass D ripe for a beatdown. Still rolling with him.
RB Kevin Smith Will lose reps to Leshoure but still explosive enough to use vs. Titans run D that allowed 49 receiving yards to Chargers' RBs last week.
RB Mikel Leshoure Titans have allowed three 1-yard touchdown runs through two weeks. That'll be Leshoure's specialty.
WR Calvin Johnson No TDs, one 100-yard game allowed by Titans this year. Who cares? Megatron still a must-start.
WR Titus Young   Can't trust him yet but is still worth owning so long as LaFell/Amendola aren't on waivers.
TE Brandon Pettigrew All five of the TDs allowed by the Titans have gone to tight ends. Pettigrew is a must.
DST Lions Titans' opposing DSTs have had at least 12 Fantasy points in standard leagues. Gotta like the Lions.
Tennessee Titans
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Jake Locker Lions cornerbacks are healthy and has done fairly well vs. mediocre passers so far this year.
RB Chris Johnson Give him more work! Has six 100-total-yard games and three TDs in eight 2011 games with 15+ carries.
WR Nate Washington Should play more in Week 3 after taking 22 snaps at SD. Lions secondary has looked good despite injuries.
WR Kenny Britt Still need to see more but has three 100-yards games and five TDs in last seven home games.
WR Kendall Wright Scored for the first time last week. Seems marginalized with Washington and Britt back.
TE Jared Cook Vernon Davis ate up Lions defense last week. Cook could do same if he could improve on six targets per week.
DST Titans   Always risky going up against Lions but DSTs have double-digit points against them so far thanks to INTs.

The big question in Tennessee is what's wrong with Chris Johnson. Some believe once he got paid he lost his edge. Others speculate that Jake Locker doesn't present the same threat that Matt Hasselbeck would present so teams focus on Johnson. Some complain it's Chris Palmer's offensive system. Watch the game tapes and you see a running back that hesitates at the point of attack, looks like he doesn't trust the scheme and after 19 carries for 21 yards this season it's hard to think he will have a big day against the Lions. Until he surprises with an old C.J. game or two I would stay away, even though the Lions gave up 5.2 per carry last week to Frank Gore. -- Pat Kirwan

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Lucas Oil Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Blaine Gabbert Colts have allowed opposing QBs to throw 2 touchdowns per game so far this year. Still not trusting Gabbert.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Must-start. Impeccable history vs. Colts (only one bad game in his career vs. IND)
WR Laurent Robinson Decent sleeper this week. 15 targets leads team, Colts have allowed two 100-yard & 1 TD receivers per game.
WR Justin Blackmon Three catches in two games. Even with favorable matchup he's become hard to trust.
TE Marcedes Lewis   One TD vs. Colts in last eight meetings. Colts allowed TD to TE last week.
DST Jaguars   Luck's Colts scoring 22 points per game, averaging 317 yards per game.
Indianapolis Colts
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Andrew Luck Jags have yet to allow a touchdown pass. Luck has three in two games.
RB Donald Brown Big sleeper. Jaguars have allowed three 20-point Fantasy RBs through two weeks.
WR Reggie Wayne Hasn't scored in last four vs. Jaguars after a three-game TD streak against them.
WR Donnie Avery Seems locked into Indy offense after nine-catch game last week. Good PPR flex.
TE Coby Fleener Starting tight ends have caught at least 5 passes per game vs. Jaguars this year.
DST Colts Jaguars 30th in points per game with 15.0, dead last in total yards per game with 236.

For the Colts to win games like this they need more from the running game. Thirty-seven run plays in two games excluding the Andrew Luck runs isn't enough. The problem is the Colts running backs led by Donald Brown aren't really dynamic. The Jags will use more two high safety looks as Luck's passing game emerges, and Luck needs to check to the run. The run game for Indy could be later in the game as the pass sets up the run for now. I like Donnie Avery to continue to be a receiver that gets targeted a lot by Luck with coverages going to Reggie Wayne. -- Pat Kirwan

Kansas City Chiefs at New Orleans Saints -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matt Cassel QBs have totaled 2 TDs & 250+ pass yards in each game vs. Saints this year on minimal attempts.
RB Jamaal Charles Saints giving up nearly 150 total yards per game to running backs. Charles' knee needs to be ready.
RB Peyton Hillis Of 5 TDs to RBs allowed by Saints, four have come inside the 5-yard line. Decent sleeper.
WR Dwayne Bowe No. 1 WRs have at least 100 yards receiving in two games against the Saints. Bowe had 102 yards last week.
WR Dexter McCluster Should have some opportunities this week, but we said the same thing last week.
TE Tony Moeaki   Saints have held down Fred Davis, Greg Olsen in first two games this season.
DST Chiefs   Defense has had trouble with Falcons, Bills. Playing at New Orleans? FORGET IT.
New Orleans Saints
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Drew Brees Brees has 325+ pass yards in both starts in '12; Chiefs giving up 238.5 yards per game with five TDs.
RB Darren Sproles Chiefs allowing 4.8 yards per carry, 12.0 yards per catch to RBs.
RB Mark Ingram Has TD or 90+ yards in each of last four games with double-digit carries.
RB Pierre Thomas Produced double-digit Fantasy points in each of last six games with at least eight carries.
WR Marques Colston Holding out hope for him to play much less succeed. Chiefs have allowed No. 1 receivers to score in both 2012 games.
WR Lance Moore Scored in four of last five games in New Orleans.
TE Jimmy Graham You're starting him. He's scored in seven straight games with at least 40 yards per game.
DST Saints Risky sleeper. Chiefs (20.5 points per game, 407.5 yards per game) putting up garbage-time stats in two losses.

Both of these teams were preseason favorites for the postseason. Now the loser of this game will be 0-3 and the season is close to being total disaster. Does anyone think an 0-3 team is going to go a minimum of 10-3 the rest of the way to grab a wild card spot? There should be a lot of points in this game because of the defensive problems for both teams. Look for Marques Colston to get plenty of opportunity in this game as the Chiefs are more concerned about Jimmy Graham and the seam routes. Brees loves double-inside seam routes and will go to Colston. In Colston's last 12 home games Brees has targeted him 113 times and he has 75 receptions and 11 touchdowns. Figure Colston to finally show up with six or seven receptions and a touchdown this week as long as his foot isn't an issue. -- Pat Kirwan

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Sun Life Stadium
New York Jets
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Mark Sanchez Miami has allowed back-to-back 250-yard passers. Sanchez hasn't topped 250 yards vs. Miami in last three meetings.
RB Shonn Greene Has never scored, never topped 80 yards vs. Miami (six games). Fins allowing 2.3 yards per carry to RBs!
WR Santonio Holmes Had TDs in 2 of last 3 vs. Miami before getting benched last year. Holmes scored last week.
WR Stephen Hill   Miami pass defense hasn't been awful (two passing scores allowed, one to a receiver).
DST Jets If Jets can slow down Reggie Bush they'll have some turnovers, limit Dolphins scoring.
Miami Dolphins
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ryan Tannehill   Jets have allowed five passing scores, 470 yards to opposing quarterbacks.
RB Reggie Bush Had 78 total yards in one game against Jets last year.
RB Lamar Miller   Will continue to spell Bush so long as Daniel Thomas is sidelined.
WR Brian Hartline Never scored or had more than 84 yards vs. Jets in career (four games)
WR Davone Bess   Never scored or had more than 86 yards vs. Jets in career (eight games)
DST Dolphins Jets scored 48 points Week 1, 10 in Week 2. Sparano's new crew could mash up his old crew.

Tony Sparano knows his old defense down in Miami and he also knows they are a solid run defense that held Darren McFadden to 2.0 yards per carry last week. The Dolphins' pass rush has only recorded 2.0 sacks in the 81 pass plays they have defended this year and could really use a good cornerback like Vontae Davis, who was traded to the Colts. I could see the Jets letting Sanchez throw more than 27 times like they have in the first two games but I don't see a 300-yard day. The Jets play it closer to the vest than that and rely on field position and defense to win. Mark is 2-4 vs. Miami averaging 219 yards passing. That's more like it. -- Pat Kirwan

San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Mall of America Field
San Francisco 49ers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Alex Smith Including playoffs, Smith has 5 straight with 2+ total TDs. Vikes' secondary a mess.
RB Frank Gore Gore is first real test for Vikings run D that has yet to allow TD to a RB. Has 15+ Fantasy points per game this year.
RB Kendall Hunter Averaging 4.6 yards per carry, 10.5 per catch. If only Frank Gore wasn't so darned good …
WR Michael Crabtree King Crab becoming PPR machine with 6+ catches per game. Wayne, Avery had good games vs. MIN last week.
WR Randy Moss Returning to Minnesota. Niners might not pass a ton but Moss should be motivated like he was at Green Bay.
TE Vernon Davis Must-start. Vikings have allowed red-zone touchdowns to tight ends in consecutive games.
DST 49ers Vikings offense has had some pop (23.0 points/game, 358.0 yards/game) but this is still a good matchup.
Minnesota Vikings
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Christian Ponder Has completed 75.8 pct of his passes at 8.3 yards per clip. Will have to throw plenty vs. Niners. Sleeper.
RB Adrian Peterson Looked good moving mostly to his right vs. Colts. O-line's matchup vs. Niners front will be a major challenge.
WR Percy Harvin Only James Jones of the Packers has managed to top 10+ Fantasy points among WRs Niners have faced. Tough matchup for Harvin but he's still a must.
WR Jerome Simpson   One more week before he's back. Might be worth Sunday-morning add in hopes of breakout year.
TE Kyle Rudolph Niners have allowed red-zone touchdowns to tight ends in consecutive games.
DST Vikings   Believe it: Niners rank 9th in scoring, 13th in offensive yardage. Not the week to trust this DST.

Adrian Peterson is a great running back and even better at home over his career. In his 39 home games he has 4,000 rushing yards (102.5 per game) at 5.0 per carry with a score per game and three 10-plus yard carries per home game. Now he faces the 49ers defense ranked No. 1 in the NFL last year against the run and off to a good start again this year. The first two opponents the 49ers faced (Green Bay, Detroit) were not great run teams so they haven't been really tested yet. The problem Peterson faces is the defense will not fear the Vikings passing game and will play the run. I would think this will be a tough day for A.P. to crack the 100-yard mark. -- Pat Kirwan

St. Louis Rams at Chicago Bears -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Soldier Field
St. Louis Rams
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Sam Bradford Has very sharp arm so far this season (43 of 60 passing) but Bears pass defense has been better than expected.
RB Steven Jackson Redemption might be on his mind after last week. Bears have allowed back-to-back double-digit Fantasy points to RBs.
WR Danny Amendola Will be tough for him to repeat 15 catches from Week 2, but the five-catch 70-yard baseline well within his range.
WR Brandon Gibson   TDs in back-to-back weeks but no love from Fantasy world. Had four career TDs coming into 2012.
TE Lance Kendricks Only tight end to score on Bears: Tom Crabtree on fake field-goal play in Week 2.
DST Rams Rams pass rush will come after Cutler, secondary has played well. Tough to hate on them as a sleeper.
Chicago Bears
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Jay Cutler Has followed up last 3 regular-season games vs. GB with awful stats the following week. Rams have allowed 2 pass TDs w/ 4 INTs.
RB Michael Bush Expect a healthy dose of reps. Rams allowing 5.2 yards per carry to starting running backs so far.
WR Brandon Marshall Big receivers have done well vs. Rams, posting double-digit Fantasy points against them in consecutive weeks.
WR Alshon Jeffery   Excitement was tempered after one-catch game in Week 2. Should eventually become bigger factor.
DST Bears Rams averaging 27 points per game, 351.0 yards per game. Not the easy out they've been in the past.

The Rams did a good job disguising coverages against Detroit and Washington in the first two weeks. St. Louis will attempt to do the same against Jay Cutler. Jeff Fisher knows he can get inside the head of Cutler with pressure and get him thinking about the nine sacks and 17 hits he has already endured this season. Look for the Bears to use a short slant route package to Brandon Marshall early after not even throwing to him last week until 8:59 of the third quarter. Without Matt Forte as the complimentary receiver to Marshall, the Rams can make things tough for Marshall. I would stay away from the Bears offensive players this week. -- Pat Kirwan

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys -- Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET, Cowboys Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Josh Freeman Though OC Mike Sullivan is familiar with Cowboys, improved secondary makes Freeman a risk.
RB Doug Martin The two workhorse RBs the Cowboys have faced have done well against them. Martin (22 carries/game) should make it three straight.
WR Vincent Jackson No receiver has had more than 60 yards in a game this season vs. Dallas. Could be tough.
WR Mike Williams Though he has two touchdowns, Williams has just eight targets in two games. We need more involvement.
DST Buccaneers   Bucs DST has come through with two 12+ Fantasy point games so far. Not sure their secondary can hold up after last week, though.
Dallas Cowboys
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Tony Romo Eli Manning torched these Bucs for 510 yards in Week 2. Cam had 303 yards in Week 1. Romo had 249 & 3 TDs at TB in '11.
RB DeMarco Murray Look for Murray to get back on track after the Bucs wilted against Andre Brown (90 total yards, TD) last week.
WR Miles Austin Had 53 yards & TD vs. Bucs last season. He's also scored in 5 of last 6 games.
WR Dez Bryant Hasn't scored since 40-yard, one TD game at Tampa last year. Not a must-start this week given recent play.
WR Kevin Ogletree Bucs' iffy pass defense gives Ogletree a chance to rediscover the end zone in Week 3.
TE Jason Witten Only Cowboy mainstay who didn't score on Bucs last year; he had team-high 77 yards. Hasn't scored in eight straight.
DST Cowboys Freeman sacked twice in each of last two games, tossed two INTs last week. Cowboys could thrive.

The Cowboys already look like a Jekyll & Hyde outfit and the Bucs look like a tough conservative team. Keep in mind the Bucs defense just gave up 510 yards passing and couldn't get a single sack on Eli in 51 pass plays even though the Giants lost their right tackle in the game. Dallas has just as many weapons as the Giants did and being home helps. I like Dallas to have an offensive game plan similar to the one they had in New York: Use three receivers, spread the defense thin and attack. This is their home opener and the crowd isn't going to help Tampa Bay. The Dallas corners will neutralize the Bucs receivers. -- Pat Kirwan

Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, Qualcomm Stadium
Atlanta Falcons
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matt Ryan Has 2+ pass touchdowns in 5 of last 7 games with no INTs. SD secondary hasn't been tested like this.
RB Michael Turner Major risk this week given off-field incidents, not to mention 2.6 rush yard average.
WR Julio Jones Chargers given up 2 TDs to receivers so far: Rod Streater & Kendall Wright. Expect a rebound from Jones.
WR Roddy White You'll start him, but he has just three 100-yard games, three TDs outdoors since 2010 (10 games).
TE Tony Gonzalez Chargers have clamped down on tight ends after struggling against them late in 2011.
DST Falcons Chargers posting 30 points/game, 337 yards per game. Rivers was sacked four times last week.
San Diego Chargers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Philip Rivers Averaging 283 yards per game over last nine at home with 17 touchdowns and nine INTs
RB Ryan Mathews Tough to keep expectations modest when Falcons run defense has allowed 4.6 yards per carry to RBs with three TDs.
WR Malcom Floyd Wow: Has TD and/or 100+ yards in 8 of his last 10 overall. Matchup a toughie but track record is great.
WR Robert Meachem   Two games, six targets, two catches, 49 yards, one score. Patience is wearing thin.
TE Antonio Gates Falcons will have hands full with Gates if he plays. He scored four times in six home games last year.
DST Chargers Chargers defense has been solid to start the year but are just a low-end option vs. Falcons.

A game between two undefeated teams in San Diego this weekend has my attention. Matt Ryan looks like a surgeon on the field completing 70 percent of his passes and already has five touchdown passes and only sacked two times in 69 pass plays. San Diego didn't get to Jake Locker last week in 30 pass plays in a home game and needs to find a way to get to Ryan. Rivers will be passing and putting up points so Ryan will do the same from his no-huddle package. Look for Matt Ryan to throw 36 times for over 250 yards and 2 touchdowns. The NFL's new passing way will be alive and well in this game. -- Pat Kirwan

Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals -- Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET, University of Phoenix Stadium
Philadelphia Eagles
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Michael Vick Cardinals held Vick to 128 pass yards, no TDs & 2 INTs in matchup last year (no DeSean). He also rushed for 79 yards.
RB LeSean McCoy You'll start LeSean but Arizona has held down Marshawn Lynch and Stevan Ridley in back-to-back weeks.
WR DeSean Jackson Matchup vs. Patrick Peterson will be a doozy. Needs Maclin to play to avoid constant double-teams.
TE Brent Celek Cards couldn't contain Gronkowski last week; Celek has 19 targets through two weeks.
DST Eagles Defense should be able to limit Cardinals given status of their QB, RBs and O-line.
Arizona Cardinals
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Kevin Kolb   Eagles secondary did well vs. Ravens last week, have five INTs vs. one pass TD allowed. Kolb's in trouble.
RB Ryan Williams Will last week's fumble cost him playing time? He's worth a bench spot but not a start.
RB Beanie Wells Only RB to score on Eagles this year is fullback Vonta Leach. Playing time major factor for Wells.
WR Larry Fitzgerald Has two 100-yard games w/ Kolb in 10 starts; Fitzgerald has 9 100+ yard game in last 40 overall.
WR Andre Roberts   Kolb's short-range pass attack might favor Roberts but targets (10 in two games) don't help his case in Fantasy.
TE Todd Heap   Has eight catches on 13 targets so far. Rest of his stats aren't as pretty (94 yards, no TDs).
DST Cardinals Double-digit Fantasy points per game through two weeks. They'll need huge game to make it three straight.

The Cardinals come into this battle of 2-0 teams with confidence. They've won six straight at home and have gone 9-2 over their last 11 wins. They're doing well this year without Larry Fitzgerald being a major contributor which is an absolute stunner. If I had told you last week that the Cardinals would beat the Patriots and Fitzgerald would have one 4-yard catch, you wouldn't have believed me. But it happened, and now the Cardinals have to find a way to lean on him more. That's a tall order with a bad offensive line that wasn't good when I visited them in camp this summer, and it's gotten worse. But they'll bring in a fullback or tight end or both to help limit the wide-nine defensive line formation the Eagles will get after Kolb with. What does this mean for Fitzgerald? If Kolb has time to read the defense he'll look more downfield for Fitzgerald than the three times he threw long last week. If Kolb doesn't have that time it could mean more mediocre stats for Fitzgerald. I wouldn't expect a big game from Fitzgerald given the opponent. -- Pat Kirwan

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Houston Texans
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Matt Schaub Broncos secondary has allowed 200+ yards & 2 TDs with one INT in each of first two games.
RB Arian Foster Foster has incredible history vs. Jack Del Rio coached defenses in Jacksonville. Broncos haven't been challenged yet.
RB Ben Tate Tate's a factor in blowouts more than anything else. This matchup might not be the case.
WR Andre Johnson Expect a lot of coverage on Johnson probably much like the Broncos had on Julio Jones last week.
TE Owen Daniels Broncos have allowed 50 yards and a touchdown to a tight end in each of first two games.
DST Texans First real challenge for Texans defense, but they have the secondary to match up with Manning.
Denver Broncos
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Peyton Manning Might be more interested in underneath routes vs. Texans -- not only to avoid big INTs but also to avoid tough deep throws.
RB Willis McGahee Texans have yet to allow a rushing score; have held RBs to under 70 rush yards/game.
RB Knowshon Moreno   Fumble last week could cost him playing time. See if Ronnie Hillman is available on waivers.
WR Demaryius Thomas Has 90+ yards and/or 1+ TD in 7 of last 9 games. Obvious Fantasy starter.
WR Eric Decker With the number of targets he's had (15), Decker has nowhere to go but up.
TE Jacob Tamme Manning might lean on his tight ends as Texans haven't been seriously challenged by the position yet.
DST Broncos Texans averaging nearly 150 rush yards per game and 28.5 points/game. Tough matchup.

Peyton Manning looked bad early in the Falcons game with the three interceptions, but after he settled down there were signs of a solid offense. He faces a fine Houston defense that will get after him starting up front with incredible defensive end J.J. Watt. The problem Houston faces is the no-huddle offense at altitude, the same problem the Steelers had in Week 1. Peyton knows his home-field advantage is big and he will use it to fatigue the Texans' rush. Playing against Ryan Tannehill and Blaine Gabbert isn't the same as Peyton Manning. Look for the Broncos quarterback to throw for close to 250 yards and two touchdowns. -- Pat Kirwan

Pittsburgh Steelers at Oakland Raiders -- Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, O.co Coliseum
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Ben Roethlisberger Whipped Raiders for 275 yards & 3 TDs in last matchup (2010). Has 225+ yards & 2 TDs in each game this season.
RB Isaac Redman Raiders got blown up for 237 rush yards & 3 TDs by Miami RBs last week. Redman had a goal-line score last week.
WR Mike Wallace When Brian Hartline roughs up a pass defense, you know it's not good. Wallace should be in every lineup.
WR Antonio Brown Has five-plus catches in 5 of last 7 games. He's good enough to keep faith in for another week.
TE Heath Miller Has TDs in two straight. Raiders gave up goal-line touchdown to tight end last week. Good sleeper.
DST Steelers Raiders might have issue running the ball but they'll air it out. Steelers handled Jets attack well in Week 2.
Oakland Raiders
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Carson Palmer Palmer has no problem throwing a ton, and he'll have to. Averaging 301 yards per game over 11 starts with Raiders.
RB Darren McFadden Save for sneaky Knowshon TD in Week 1, Steelers run defense has been lights out. Might be the week to not lean on DMC.
RB Mike Goodson   Owned in just 22 pct of CBSSports.com leagues. Major long-term roster stashee here.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey 13 targets in two games is cool but 40 yards per game won't cut it. Wouldn't risk him unless in a pinch.
WR Denarius Moore Though the Raiders should pass a lot this week, Moore is a risk to start given it's his second game back. A gutsy owners could go with him.
TE Brandon Myers Has caught 11 passes thrown his way, averaging 75.5 yards per game. Not a bad deep sleeper.
DST Raiders   The Raiders haven't done a great job defensively all season. Probably won't start with the Steelers this week.

Darren McFadden faces the Steelers defense and may be more of a threat as a receiver than a runner. McFadden has 26 carries for 54 yards (2.0 per) and no touchdowns so far as he adjusts to the Raiders' new running scheme. He'll get it down soon but for now his impact as a receiver remains strong. Carson Palmer has targeted him 25 times with 15 receptions for 105 yards but still no touchdowns. I could see McFadden having 10 rushes for 35 yards and six receptions for another 35 yards. Not the kind of day you need from your lead back but that's the result of playing a Steelers defense that will focus on him. -- Pat Kirwan

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens -- Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium
New England Patriots
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Tom Brady Has as many zero TD games (two) as 2 TD games (two) vs. Ravens. Losing Hernandez makes him very vulnerable.
RB Stevan Ridley Patriots have had rush TD in three of last four vs. Ravens. Ridley averaging 19.5 carries/game.
WR Brandon Lloyd Aside from one 23-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin, Ravens pass D has done well containing big-play receivers.
WR Wes Welker This won't help with snaps shrinking: Has 172 receiving yards & no TDs in four games with Patriots vs. Baltimore.
TE Rob Gronkowski Probably the safest Patriots starter after Brent Celek rocked the Ravens for 157 yards last week.
DST Patriots Big test. Ravens posting 33.5 points and 377.5 total yards per game. Do they have the pass rush to slow Flacco down?
Baltimore Ravens
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Joe Flacco Threw for 306 yards, two TDs and an INT against Pats last January. Has 2 TDs in 6 of last 8 overall.
RB Ray Rice Toughest Pats run defense he's seen yet but has 120+ total yards in 3 of 4 career meetings.
WR Torrey Smith Put up 82 yards & a touchdown on three catches against Patriots in playoffs last year.
WR Anquan Boldin Had 101 receiving yards vs. Pats in playoffs last year. Pats secondary is improved.
TE Dennis Pitta Leads tight ends in targets, has played 95 of Ravens' 132 plays. Not going away.
DST Ravens Six sacks, three INTs, three fumbles recovered & 37 points allowed in two games. Still will get challenged by Pats.

Going into Baltimore is tough for any team, and scoring points is the big problem. The Ravens gave up 11.6 points a game at home last year and now face a Patriots team that lost a key component of their offense, Aaron Hernandez. It will mean more targets for Wes Welker, which is a good thing, but New England got Brandon Lloyd as a deep threat. Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals told me after the Arizona win over New England that they played not to give up the big play and let Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell be disruptive up front. The Ravens have Haloti Ngata for the disruptive part and Ed Reed to take away the big plays. Tom Brady may be 5-1 against Ray Lewis and company but he only averages 229 yards and has thrown more interceptions (eight) than touchdowns (six). -- Pat Kirwan

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks -- Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, CenturyLink Field
Green Bay Packers
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Aaron Rodgers You'll start him but Seattle has limited QBs to under 2 pass TDs in 9 of last 10 games.
RB Cedric Benson Wouldn't be shocked if Packers gave Benson more run after impressive Week 2. Seattle run defense has been very good.
WR Jordy Nelson Only two double-digit receivers allowed by Seahawks this season, neither had more than 63 yards receiving.
WR Greg Jennings Missed Week 3 with groin issue. Scored in six of seven road games last season.
TE Jermichael Finley Seahawks have allowed one TD to tight ends in last seven overall.
DST Packers Pass rush should be a factor for DST, but can they contain Lynch? Still a decent starting option.
Seattle Seahawks
Pos. Name Rating Comment
QB Russell Wilson By now Wilson shouldn't be considered a safe No. 2 QB. How long until Seahawks turn to ex-Packer Flynn?
RB Marshawn Lynch Expect heavy workload. Packers were run over by Frank Gore in Week 1 & Matt Forte did well before injury.
WR Sidney Rice Only WR to score on Packers: Randy Moss. No receiver has topped 80 yards yet this year.
TE Anthony McCoy   Deep sleeper. Packers have struggled vs. tight ends, allowing TD to one in consecutive games.
DST Seahawks If pass rush can't find ways to haggle Rodgers they might not do so well, even with tough secondary.

The Packers balanced attack featuring Cedric Benson on the ground and Aaron Rodgers in the air is tough to stop, but it is going into Seattle. Ask the Cowboys about playing in Seattle last week where Tony Romo threw one touchdown in 40 attempts and DeMarco Murray never got on track. The Seahawks pass rush needs to be better or Rodgers will pick them apart. The two game tapes will show Pete Carroll that Rodgers has been sacked eight times and hit another dozen times. The big Seahawks secondary will play a lot of man coverage while the pass rush gets after Rodgers. -- Pat Kirwan

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