Fantasy Football: Time for roster moves

By Chris Dertz

The third week of the fantasy season is when most people start to make a lot of roster moves based on the first two weeks. Whether a player’s stock is rising or falling, this is the time of season to start sitting some of your players if they’re not performing up to snuff. This week, I’d like to go over three players to play and three to sit based on their stock and particular matchups.


Play: Knowshon Moreno, DEN

This one should be obvious to Moreno owners, but if he’s somehow available in your league, grabbing him should be your first priority. Moreno racked up 118 total yards of offense and a touchdown against Seattle last week, and is going up against the league’s worst run defense through two weeks in the Colts this weekend.

Indianapolis has given up 377 yards on the ground in two weeks. Look for Moreno to have a big game against Indy.

Sit: Jahvid Best, DET

It should be said that this suggestion should only be taken into consideration if you are a.) Not in a points-per-reception league, and b.) deep at running back.

Best is going up against Minnesota this week, and he had a big coming out party last week, so you know the Vikings will key on him in preparation. Also, I don’t believe Minnesota, at 0-2, is going to let themselves come out flat against the Lions. They’re the Lions.

Best could put up decent numbers, but if you’re looking for a big game out of him, you’re not going to find it.


Play: Chad Henne, MIA

Miami is playing at home against the Jets. Darrelle Revis isn’t playing and Antonio Cromartie should be matched up against Brandon Marshall for most of this game.

Expect the Jets’ secondary to lose its way a bit without Revis Island in there, and Marshall and Cromartie have faced each other a lot back when both were in the AFC West.

Look for Henne to go right at Cromartie, and Marshall to make a lot of plays for him.

Sit: Joe Flacco, BAL

At this point in the season, I wouldn’t start any offensive player going up against Pittsburgh’s defense, which is what the Ravens will have to deal with this weekend. Flacco has looked disappointing to all the owners who expected him to be a top-10 quarterback.

While I still expect him to have top-10 level success this season, he’s not going to break out against the Steelers’ defense.


Play: Anybody on the Patriots’ roster

This may seem like a no-brainer, what with Randy Moss and Wes Welker lining up on the outside for Tom Brady, but it means something extra this week. Some Moss owners might be questioning whether he’s an automatic start this season, but New England has Buffalo coming to Gilette Field this week.

Fully expect Brady to take this defense to task, spread the ball out and make the Bills’ secondary cry for its mother.

If you’ve got a New England wideout, start them this week.

Sit: Braylon Edwards, NYJ

The Jets are apparently saying that Edwards will play this weekend after being arrested for driving drunk earlier this week.

There are two distinct possibilities: Either Edwards will come out with a chip on his shoulder, or won’t catch a ball all game.

I’m siding with the latter. First of all, I don’t think Edwards will be on the field for enough snaps to have an impact, and when he is on the field, I don’t think he’ll be 100 percent into the game. Distractions have a way of hurting player performance.