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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.

Victor Cruz not a trustworthy Week 3 receiver
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:42 pm ET) Victor Cruz asked for and received more targets (10) in Week 2 against the Cardinals and he responded with another mediocre stat line of five catches for 60 yards, including three dropped passes.

He now has just seven catches for 84 yards this season and we're still waiting for our first salsa dance.

The Texans were beat up by James Jones last week at Oakland when he had nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets, and Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for 18 catches and 139 yards against Houston in Week 1.

But until Cruz starts to play like the receiver we know and love it's hard to trust him as anything more than a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues.

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


Hakeem Nicks misses practice due to illness
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:41 pm ET) Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks did not practice Thursday due to an illness. The Colts are preparing to play the Jaguars Week 3.

Feeling uneasy about Larry Fitzgerald
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:39 pm ET) You have to be nervous about Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd if Carson Palmer (shoulder) is out again this week. Drew Stanton isn't going to enhance this passing game.

We saw the results in Week 2 at the Giants when Fitzgerald had six catches for 51 yards on 10 targets while Floyd had one catch for 19 yards on six targets. Now, Fitzgerald just missed a touchdown when the play was overturned in the first quarter, but he only has seven catches for 73 yards on 14 targets this season.

He did light up the 49ers in two meetings last year with 12 catches for 230 yards and a touchdown, but we're not confident in him if Stanton starts. He should be considered just a No. 3 receiver in the majority of leagues.

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


Russell Wilson to stay hot at home
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:38 pm ET) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson should continue to roll against the Broncos at home in Week 3.

Wilson will face a tougher defense this time around in the rematch of the Super Bowl against the Broncos, but he did well in the last meeting when it mattered most. Wilson had 206 passing yards and two touchdowns and three carries for 26 yards.

He's coming off two games in a row with 21 Fantasy points against Green Bay and San Diego, and Wilson typically fares better at home than on the road with at least 18 Fantasy points in 11 of the 17 games he's played in Seattle in his career. Wilson likely won't match Peyton Manning in the stat category this week, but he won't be far behind. He's a quality starting option in all formats. 

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


Can't trust Torrey Smith in Week 3
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3:37 pm ET) Torrey Smith has been non-existent through two games with four catches for 60 yards on 10 targets.

We hope things start to improve, but it's hard to count on it this week against the Browns.

Smith had eight Fantasy points or less in two meetings with Cleveland last year despite 21 targets, and he has one game with double digits in Fantasy points in three trips to Cleveland.

Until we see Smith start producing like the No. 1 receiver in this offense -- he's tied for third among targets behind Steve Smith (25), Dennis Pitta (19) and Owen Daniels (10) -- he should be avoided in most 10- and 12-team leagues.

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


Mike Tolbert takes all of his reps Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:36 pm ET) Panthers coach Ron Rivera said fullback Mike Tolbert (chest) took all of his reps in practice Thursday. The Panthers are preparing to play the Steelers Week 3.

"He's not ready to take a shot, but we'll see how he does," Rivera said.


 
 
 
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