Sep 20, 2012
It’s Week 3 of the 2012 NFL season, and last week’s injuries have sent a flurry of owners to the waiver wires! This week’s biggest concern is finding guys to fill the holes of Matt Forte, Aaron Hernandez, and Ahmad Bradshaw, while some are just trying to decide if it’s panic time for Chris Johnson owners. Be sure to check out our Waiver Wire Savior , Waiver Wire Cut List articles, and Long-Term Investing Articles.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 3 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
Michael Bush (Chicago Bears) vs. St. Louis
Matt Forte’s injury simplifies setting your fantasy football lineup if you handcuffed him with Bush. Everyone felt Bush would get a majority of the red zone carries and was still worth a play as a flex option, but now he’ll get most, if not all the action against the Rams. Though he lacks Forte’s speed in the open field, Bush fits the tough, grind-it-out style of the classic ‘Black and Blue’ division. The Rams don’t have to worry about Jay Cutler leaving the pocket to run this week–he’s no RG3–but as conventional offenses go, it’s hard to go against Chicago at home.
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CJ Spiller (Buffalo Bills) at Cleveland
Despite the improvements the Browns have made on defense, they’re still an all-you-can-eat buffet for dual-threat running backs with blazing speed. Spiller should be salivating, especially if he can get past the Browns’ speedy linebackers–like D’Quell Jackson–and into the thin secondary that’s missing Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden. Spiller has been arguably the best running back in the NFL over the first two weeks and he will continue to display his abilities again in Week 3.
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