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Week 3 Start 'Em and Sit 'Em
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Should owners trust Stevan Ridley against the Raiders in Week 3? Our Jamey Eisenberg speaks to that and helps set your lineups in Start 'Em and Sit 'Em. Full story
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Most Added Players
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1Kirk Cousins, WAS, QB60
2Antoine Cason, CAR, CB57
3Knile Davis, KC, RB51
4Niles Paul, WAS, TE47
5Willie Young, CHI, DE47
6Donald Brown, SD, RB44
7Mohamed Sanu, CIN, WR41
8Bobby Rainey, TB, RB37
9James Jones, OAK, WR33
10Dashon Goldson, TB, FS33
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1Charles Tillman, CHI, CB-40
2Robert Griffin III, WAS, QB-35
3Gerald McCoy, TB, DT-30
4Greg Hardy, CAR, DL-26
5Allen Hurns, JAC, WR-21
6Sio Moore, OAK, OLB-20
7Eric Berry, KC, SS-18
8Nate Freese, DET, K-17
9Ladarius Green, SD, TE-15
10Riley Cooper, PHI, WR-12
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Jon Beason hopeful he can play Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:54 pm ET) Although he didn't practice for a second straight day Thursday, Giants linebacker Jon Beason expressed optimism he might play Week 3 vs. Houston despite a foot injury.

"It feels a whole lot better, and when I say a whole lot, that is good," Beason said. "Not a little, based on the way it felt on Sunday. Sunday to Tuesday was huge."

Beason said he will travel to Charlotte, N.C., Friday to meet with renowned foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

"Based on how it feels [I don't think it's fractured]," Beason said. "When I first did it [in June], I couldn't walk. Sunday night I felt I could walk on it. Monday I felt a little bit better. Tuesday I felt drastically better, which is good."


Ahmad Bradshaw the best option in Indy
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:51 pm ET) The Colts should just make it official and put Ahmad Bradshaw ahead of Trent Richardson on the depth chart.

He's been better than Richardson for two games and that's not likely to change as long as Bradshaw is healthy. He was solid in Week 1 at Denver with three carries for 15 yards and five catches for 70 yards, and he followed that up with 13 carries for 70 yards and five catches for 26 yards and two touchdowns against the Eagles.

Both running backs should do well against the Jaguars, who have already allowed four touchdowns to running backs in two games against the Eagles and Redskins.

But if you have to decide between Bradshaw and Richardson, the choice is easy. We just wish the Colts would realize it as well.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Steven Jackson a strong Week 3 option
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:50 pm ET) There probably aren't going to be many weeks where we recommend Steven Jackson as a starter, but this is a safe spot to trust him.

It's a short week, which means a tired defense, and the Bucs just had to deal with 25 carries from the Rams. Jackson has actually run well through two games against New Orleans and Cincinnati and is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, but his workload has been minimal with just 23 total carries.

He will lose playing time to Jacquizz Rodgers, Devonta Freeman and Antone Smith, but Jackson should have the best chance to score. It helps Jackson's cause that Tampa Bay could be without three starting defensive linemen with Adrian Clayborn (biceps), Gerald McCoy (hand) and Michael Johnson (ankle) all banged up.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Lance Moore expects to play Week 3
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) Steelers wide receiver Lance Moore, who missed the first two games with a groin injury, said Thursday he expects to play Week 3 at Carolina, according to ESPN.

Week 3 bust alert: Michael Crabtree
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:47 pm ET) It's matchups like this weekend with Michael Crabtree vs. Patrick Peterson that are fun to watch, and Crabtree has done well against the Cardinals in his career.

In his past five meetings with Arizona, Crabtree has 30 catches for 456 yards and four touchdowns, and Peterson was just beaten for a touchdown in Week 2 by Rueben Randle.

Crabtree is also coming off a solid game in Week 2 against the Bears with seven catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on nine targets.

I'm not suggesting benching Crabtree outright in the majority of leagues because he could easily help your Fantasy team with one play. But the matchup with Peterson is tough, and we like Crabtree as just a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in the majority of leagues.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Cecil Shorts appears to be inching closer to return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:46 pm ET) Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts (hamstring) was able to practice in a limited capacity for a second straight day Thursday. Coach Gus Bradley said Shorts "felt really good" during practice Thursday.

Kendall Wright not a strong Week 3 play
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:46 pm ET) The Bengals have already given up two big games to receivers through two weeks with Steve Smith and Julio Jones scoring at least 14 Fantasy points in a standard league.

Kendall Wright or Justin Hunter could follow suit and we'd still lean on Wright in a PPR league. But Wright, despite his touchdown in Week 1 at Kansas City, is always a risky option to count on scoring since he has six career touchdowns prior to this year.

The Bengals should be able to pressure Locker into making mistakes. The Cowboys did a good job negating Wright with only three catches for 31 yards on five targets and he could be a low-end Fantasy option again this week.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Don't believe the hype on James Jones
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:43 pm ET) James Jones is off to an amazing start this season with 14 catches for 204 yards and two touchdowns through two games. He comes into this matchup tied for the No. 8 receiver spot in standard Fantasy leagues. 

Rod Streater (hip) could be out for this game, which should help Jones solidify himself as the No. 1 receiver in Oakland. With that title, however, comes a likely matchup with Darrelle Revis, and we expect him to slow down Jones at home. 

Derek Carr could be under heavy duress in this matchup and we expect Jones to take a significant step back in his production.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Cam Newton looks good in matchup vs. Steelers
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:43 pm ET) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton should continue to play well in Week 3 against the Steelers.

Newton didn't have a dominant outing in his first game in 2014 in Week 2 against Detroit, but he was better than expected with 20 Fantasy points. He passed for 281 yards and one touchdown and ran for 19 yards with a two-point conversion.

We hope he can build off that performance this week against the Steelers, who have struggled defensively in the last 90 minutes of game action against the Browns and Ravens. Brian Hoyer and Joe Flacco have combined for three touchdowns over that span, and Newton should have similar success in this matchup.

 For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Allen Hurns needs to progress Friday in order to play Sunday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:43 pm ET) Jaguars wide receiver Allen Hurns (ankle) did not practice again Thursday. Coach Gus Bradley said Hurns needs to show progress Friday in order to play Week 3 against the Colts.

 
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