Week two has come and gone while some fantasy football owners may be questioning their decisions made on draft day. The NFL season is always full of surprises early on, so the panic button shouldn’t be pressed just yet. Without further ado, here are the start ’em and sit ’em for week three.

Start ‘Em

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) passes against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group/MCT)
Carson Palmer. Photo courtesy Tribune News Service.

Carson Palmer (Quarterback/Arizona Cardinals):

Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals host the San Francisco 49ers this week. Now, this isn’t the same 49ers defense that fans are accustomed to seeing the previous years under former 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh. Last week, the 49ers looked lost defending the pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers, giving up three touchdowns and 369 passing yards. As for Palmer, he is the third highest scoring quarterback in fantasy football and has only turned the ball over once. Look for Palmer to continue his success at home against the Cardinals divisional foe.

Latavius Murray (Running back/Oakland Raiders):

Don’t let your eyes deceive you, an Oakland Raider is worth a start this week. Murray faces a Cleveland Browns squad that ranks worst in the league defending the run. Murray has impressed since becoming the starter, averaging over four yards a carry and finding the end zone last week. Murray is also a threat catching the ball, totaling ten catches through two weeks. So for those in PPR (points-per-reception) leagues, Murray will have more opportunities to score.

Julian Edelman (Wide Receiver/New England Patriots):

Edelman is emerging as a top wide receiver in fantasy early on, ironically grabbing 11 receptions for 97 yards each game and adding two touchdowns in the Patriots week two victory. Even in non-PPR leagues, Edelman is still a top-five scoring wide receiver. Edelman and the Patriots take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that the Patriots have historically dominated (all-time record of 9-1), at home this Sunday. Look for Edelman to continue his success, perhaps with another double-digit catch performance.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill (Quarterback/Miami Dolphins):

Tannehill has become a low-key star in fantasy football, finishing in the top ten scoring for quarterbacks last year. Tannehill is off to another solid start this year but faces a tough Buffalo Bills defense. One of Tannehill’s best attributes is his mobility, but he will be limited this week after injuring his ankle in Miami’s week two loss. The Bills defense has allowed the second-fewest fantasy points over the past year to quarterbacks, so Tannehill may be in for a long game.

Alfred Morris (Running back/Washington Redskins):

Philadelphia Eagles' Trent Cole and others stop Washington Redskins' Alfred Morris on a drive during the fourth quarter on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (Ron Cortes/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT)
Alfred Morris. Photo courtesy Tribune News service

The emergence of Matt Jones has made Morris unappealing to fantasy owners. Simply put, Morris was outplayed by Jones in week two. The two running backs had a similar number of touches, but Jones doubled Morris in combined yards and touchdowns. Look for the two Washington running backs to split carries again this week against the New York Giants.

Keenan Allen (Wide Receiver/San Diego Chargers):

Allen enjoyed success in week one (15 catches for 166 yards) but saw his production dip severely in week two (two catches for 16 yards). A talented receiver but haunted by consistency issues. Allen may have trouble getting open again this week. The Chargers take on the Minnesota Vikings, a defense that ranks second in the league against the pass.


Andy Gustafson is the Sports Writer for the Niner Times. This is his first year involved with the Times. He is majoring in mass media communications and minoring in journalism. He is from Asheville, North Carolina.