Fantasy Football Start & Sit Tight Ends: Week 3
By: Corby Yarbrough | 9/23/11, 7:00 AM EDT
Week 3 of the 2011 NFL season is almost ready to kickoff, which means it is time to start getting your fantasy football lineups in order. Athlon Sports will try to help you do that each week with its Start or Sit suggestions. Keep in mind that these are suggestions and you are the owner of your fantasy team, and setting your lineup comes down to what you think is right.
This is how I work out fantasy football scoring in my mind: I want to average 16 points from my QBs, RBs, WRs and Flex and average 10 points from my TEs, Ks and DSTs. It rarely works that way, but if you could get the skill spots to average 16 and the other three to average 10, that's 132 points in a 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLX, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST setup; it's a score that should win you most weeks.
Check back each week for Start or Sit and see who we are giving our thumbs up or thumbs down to and whether we had success or failure the week prior.
Fred Davis (WAS) at Dallas — Davis is a top-five tight end; Dallas allows the fifth-most fantasy points to tight ends. Seems like a pretty simple play there.
Tony Gonzalez (ATL) at Tampa Bay — He's not done yet, apparently. He's become a good safety valve for QB Matt Ryan as Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas have not flashed yet. Gonzo is the No. 2 overall fantasy TE in Athlon scoring, and should be a good play again against a Bucs team that is middle of the road at 11.1 fantasy points per game against the TE position this season.
Evan Moore and Benjamin Watson (CLE) vs. Miami — The Dolphins are allowing the most fantasy points to tight ends by a pretty good margin (24.4 fantasy points per game to 19.2 for second-worst). The Browns are the third-best scoring team at the position at 18.6 per game, and Evan Moore has been the benefciary, along with Benjamin Watson. In just seven targets, Moore has caught four of them for 51 yards and two scores. Watson, meanwhile, has 11 targets, five catches and 61 yards. Chances are you don't have both on your roster, but if you have either, they are both good plays against the Fins at home.
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) vs. San Francisco — Maybe it's because he screwed a lot of us last week, but we can't think fantasy with our hearts, right? The 49ers are terrible against WRs and Jason Witten was targeted 14 times to get seven catches for 102 yards last week. That was Jason Witten with Dez Bryant out of the game and Jon Kitna, who loves Witten, subbing in for Tony Romo for a bit. Gresham was targeted just five times against Denver, catching two for eight yards. I think the trend continues again as Dalton won't be able to help himself with the WRs going up against the 49er secondary. HOWEVER, keep an eye on the Jerome Simpson marijuana situation (i.e. he's on the field Sunday and not in jail).
Jeff King (ARI) at Seattle — The Seahawks are allowing just 4.9 fantasy points per game to the position, and that's against Vernon Davis and Heath Miller. Only 10 times in two games has the position been targeted against Seattle, so the Hawks must be doing something right. Plus, King, if you have picked him up, after scoring each of the first two weeks, has just five targets, catching four of them for 97 yards, including the 55-yarder against a blown Panthers coverage in Week 1.
Lance Kendricks (STL) vs. Baltimore — If QB Sam Bradford has time, expect him to look to attack the depleted Ravens secondary. Baltimore has been solid against Heath Miller and Jared Cook, allowing just five catches for 79 yards in the first two games. Kendricks has nine targets, but just two catches for 44 yards to show for it.
— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter
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