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2011 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit: Beanie Wells, Ryan Matthews Look Good While AZ Receivers, Jeremy Maclin Do Not

Week 3 of the NFL is upon us, and it's time to really start moving up the ranks with your fantasy team . But which players should you start and sit? Here's a look at some of this week's underrated and overrated fantasy commodities:


Beanie Wells

The running back racked up 93 yards and one touchdown on 14 touches last week against the Washington Redskins. Perhaps more important than that stat line, though, is the fact that Wells received all but one of Arizona's carries.

Wells is set to be the primary back in Week 3 and onwards, and he is guaranteed to get anywhere from 15 to 20 touches each game. Wells should average what he's given fantasy owners each of the past few weeks, which is around 90 yards (possibly more, depending on the exact number of carries) and one touchdown.

Ryan Matthews

Matthews played well in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, recording 64 rushing yards and one touchdown on 12 carries and adding 62 receiving yards on nine receptions. He got more carries than Mike Tolbert (12 to 9) and he certainly posted better yardage (5.3 to 1.1).

If Matthews can keep up this type of production, he will start seeing significantly more playing time than Tolbert. He took a step in the right direction in Week 2 and gets a nice match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs' 25th-ranked run defense this week. If the Chargers get up early (which they should), expect the team to run the ball more in the second half and give the ball to Matthews.


All Cardinals receivers not named Larry Fitzgerald

The Cardinals pass attack is still developing, and as a result you can't expect consistent production from any receiver besides Fitzgerald just yet. In Week 1, Early Doucet went off for 105 yards and one touchdown. He was nowhere to be found in Week 2 and finished with only 20 yards.

Fitzgerald, though, is a must-start. The talented wideout recovered from his mediocre 62-yard performance in Week 1with a 133-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 2. He should continue to post solid WR1-tpye numbers as his chemistry with quarterback Kevin Kolb grows.

Jeremy Maclin

Maclin had a huge game against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, recording 173 yards and two touchdowns on 13 receptions. Don't expect an encore performance this week: Michael Vick could be out or limited and DeSean Jackson will certainly get targeted more than three times (his total number of  targets in Week 2).