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Friday, September 20, 2013

Week Three: Fine or Pine

Week Three - Fine or Pine, written by Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24).

With Sunday right around the corner, it's time to start thinking about your fantasy football lineups. Some choices are obvious but others aren't. Which players will help you maximize your points and get the win this week? Read on for help with your week three lineups.


Fine- Colin Kaepernick- After last week's abysmal performance in Seattle where he had three interceptions, look for the San Francisco signal caller to have a bounce back game. The Colts defense isn't anywhere near as stingy as the Seahawks defense and the 49ers are playing at home. We will see the Colin Kaepernick we are used to seeing.

Pine- Ben Roethlisberger- Big Ben gets a tough Chicago defense on Sunday night and I don't expect him to fare any better than he did versus the Cincinnati defense last week. There's a good chance he ends up with more picks than scores being that the Bears D has a penchant for turning quarterbacks over and with the Steelers shaky O-line being what it is, the Bears defense could have a field day.

Wide Receiver

Fine- DeAndre Hopkins- Even if Andre Johnson does play (and indications are he will play), Hopkins has earned the right to be in fantasy football lineups this week. He's coming off a breakout game against the Titans and gets the Ravens this week whose defense isn't impressing anyone at this point. With most of the attention being on Andre Johnson and stopping the run, DeAndre Hopkins could run all over the defending champions.

Pine- Roddy White. It pains me to say this but at this point owners may have no choice but to bench Roddy White. He's not healthy and his 6 total fantasy points the last two weeks are a cause for concern. If you have a better option at wideout, leave White out of your lineup. Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez will pick up the slack this week.

Running Back

Fine- Marshawn Lynch- Lynch is an obvious play this week. He gets the Jaguars who are the worst team in the NFL. After what Beast Mode did to the 49ers defense in week two, he should have no trouble tearing up the Jaguars for serious fantasy points this week.

Pine- Stevan Ridley- Between the fumbling issues that get him benched and the fact the Patriots play a tough Buccaneers defense that can stop the run, this is a good week to sit Ridley. He couldn't get much going versus the Jets and the Buccaneers are tougher to run on so Brady may have to do most of the work through the air.

Tight End

Fine- Martellus Bennett- After his seven reception game netted him seventy two yards and two scores, Bennett needs to be the tight end to play this week. Add to that the Bears get the Steelers and Pittsburgh's Ike Taylor will shadow Brandon Marshall, Martellus Bennett should be left to make some big plays this week.

Pine- Brandon Myers- For starters, the Giants get a banged up Carolina secondary this week which should bode well for New York receivers. Second, Myers is dealing with a rib injury from last week that should allow him to play but being the Panthers defensive backs are hurting, Eli could throw deep to Nicks and Randle or slant passes to Cruz to give Myers a little time to heal.


Fine- Minnesota- I was going to say Minnesota even before the Browns traded away arguably their best player but now I like the Vikings D even more. The Browns are starting Brian Hoyer and they know how to get to the quarterback. They've already forced an interception and three fumbles while scoring a touchdown as well. The Vikings should have a dominant week against a much weaker opponent.

Pine- Tennessee- The Titans D has been good up until this point but they have the Chargers offense to contend with. Mike McCoy seems to have fixed whatever was ailing Philip Rivers and the Bolts offense has been rolling the first two weeks. Coming off a week where Rivers threw for over four hundred yards, the Titans defense could be in for a long day.

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