Week Three fantasy football tips

Carson Field, Sports Editor

Players to start this week:

QB Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)

The Seahawks have struggled in their first two games of this season, but I expect the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson to have a great game. Wilson faces one of the worst defenses in the NFL, the Chicago Bears, and I expect him to take advantage of the gaps in the Chicago defense.

RB Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)

He is back! Star running back Le’Veon Bell, who was the top ranked fantasy player last season, returns from his two-game suspension and will be better than ever. Bell faces the Rams’ run defense, which allowed the Redskins to stomp all over them in week two. I think the Rams’ defense will stop the passing game against Pittsburgh and lead to more carries for Bell.

RB Jeremy Hill (Cincinnati Bengals)

Jeremy Hill struggled in the week two win against the Chargers. He fumbled the ball twice, was benched and ended the game with negative fantasy points in ESPN Standard Leagues. However, I expect Hill to have a rebound game this week as he is facing the Ravens’ defense, which has been vulnerable with the loss of star linebacker Terrell Suggs.

WR Keenan Allen (San Diego Chargers)

Similar to Hill, Keenan Allen was not impressive in the Chargers’ sloppy loss against Cincinnati. Allen had 16 yards and a fumble in the loss, which equated to negative fantasy points. Although Allen did not look the least bit impressive last week, I expect him to shine this week as the Chargers play the Vikings, who have one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

Seahawks’ Defense

Although the Seahawks have lost their opening two games of the season, their defense has been impressive in the losses. The defense should get a boost this week as they face off against the Chicago Bears, who are 0-2. The Bears’ offense should be relatively easy to stop as Jay Cutler is out and Jimmy Clausen is starting at quarterback. Expect a lot of turnovers by the Bears this week.

Players to sit this week:

QB Alex Smith (Kansas City Chiefs)

Kansas City did not look strong against the Broncos last week as Alex Smith turned the ball over multiple times. Although I think the Chiefs are a good team, I expect Smith to have a bad game this week as he plays against the Packers defense, which shut down Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in week two. The Chiefs will ultimately run the ball more than pass this week as the Packers have one of the stronger pass defenses in the NFL, and this will lead to Smith not having a good fantasy game.

RB LeSean McCoy (Buffalo Bills)

Former Eagles star LeSean McCoy keeps disappointing as the Bills’ starting running back. Bills fans were excited when they heard that McCoy was coming to Buffalo, but he has not been special in his first two games as a Bill. Part of the reason McCoy has not been a fantasy star this season is because of supporting running backs Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon, who have done well off the bench. I don’t expect that to change this week as the Bills face the tough run defense of the Dolphins, but I think McCoy will pick up the pace soon.

RB C.J. Anderson (Denver Broncos)

The Broncos have looked impressive so far this season as they are 2-0, and their running game has been productive. However, I would leave starting running back C.J. Anderson on the bench this week as they face the Lions. The Lions have one of the best run defenses in the NFL, and the Broncos will be a pass-first offense this week.

TE Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys)

With Tony Romo breaking his clavicle last week, I have a hard time predicting any Cowboys receiver or tight end to do well. Jason Witten is one player that will be affected by Romo’s absence. With the exception of the injured star Dez Bryant, Witten is his favorite target. Romo’s absence will lead to less receptions for the team in general with backup Brandon Weeden at quarterback and especially fewer receptions for Witten.

Rams’ Defense

The St. Louis Rams’ defense, and especially the pass rush, is one of the best defenses in the NFL, but this will not be a good week for them. The Rams scheduled the Steelers at the wrong time of the season as star running back Le’Veon Bell will return from his two-game suspension. The Rams might shut down Ben Roethlisberger and the pass offense, but I don’t see them stopping Le’Veon Bell who will be looking to make a statement in his return from his suspension.