Fantasy football start/sit advice Week 3: Chiefs vs. Eagles

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The Chiefs will be kicking off Week 3 of the NFL season in Philadelphia on Thursday. We take a look at the fantasy implications.

Week 3 kicks off in Philadelphia for Thursday Night Football. There are a lot of strong fantasy players many owners will likely be starting their week with, and we're here to once again discuss what to expect as you begin another weekly match up in your league.


Michael Vick: Vick is entering Week 3 as a top-five quarterback in most formats. He should be started regardless of Kansas City's tough defense. After the elite fantasy quarterbacks, Vick is currently toward the top of the next quarterback tier. Expect a turnover or two as Vick sees a lot of pressure on Thursday, but several touchdowns and a chunk of rushing yards will likely make Vick one of the top performers in Week 3.

Wide Receivers: DeSean Jackson has 14 catches for 297 yards with two touchdowns through two games. He'll likely be facing Brandon Flowers a lot, who allowed nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown to Dez Bryant in Week 2. Jackson is easily a top-15 fantasy quarterback in Week 3, and should be started in all formats. Riley Cooper found the end zone in Week 2, but should remain on waiver wires even in deeper leagues. Jason Avant should continue to see his share of targets, but remain a non-factor in fantasy as LeSean McCoy and Jackson continue to lead the team in targets.

LeSean McCoy: The Chiefs has successfully limited fantasy production from running backs over the past several weeks, but McCoy will likely continue to build upon his impressive 356 yards from the line of scrimmage in only two weeks. Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense has worked wonders for the talented back, and his workload is virtually unmatched by most running backs in the league right now. Bryce Brown remains an afterthought for those that drafted him hoping for a running back by committee approach. He's an elite handcuff, however, in an offense guaranteed to give him a heavy dose of handoffs and targets if McCoy were to go down.

Tight Ends: Brent Celek didn't record a single catch with only one target in Week 2. Philadelphia was attacking San Diego deep on Sunday and will likely involve Celek in the game plan more against the Chiefs. Regardless, Celek is a TE2 in most formats and is more of a desperation play. Zach Ertz was able to haul in two catches for 58 yards in Week 2, but there are much better options even in deeper leagues for the time being.

Eagles defense/ special teams: Philadelphia's defense shouldn't be started outside of leagues with more than 12 teams. They're currently a borderline top-15 fantasy defense against a Chiefs offense that has scored 45 points in the last two weeks and committed zero turnovers on offense. There are likely better match ups elsewhere.


Alex Smith: It may seem surprising that Smith is hovering around top-10 fantasy production at the quarterback position in 2013. His production hasn't been a result his abilities over the top of defenses but rather through his scrambling abilities as of late. Quarterbacks are deep so far this season, so there are likely better options in Week 3, but Smith arguably leads the QB2 tier for the time being. He'll likely have a solid fantasy outing against a Philadelphia defense that has given up the 6th most fantasy points to fantasy quarterbacks.

Wide Receivers: Dwayne Bowe only has eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in two games. While it's certainly solid WR2 numbers, Bowe was expected to be much more of a factor with Alex Smith under center. He'll continue to be a WR2 against Philadelphia as long as Smith continues to limit downfield attempts. Donnie Avery continues to be the WR2 on the Chiefs offense, but shouldn't be on fantasy rosters as Smith will continue to target Jamaal Charles on short passes with Bowe taking the majority of intermediate and deep looks.

Jamaal Charles: Charles will continue to be the most utilized weapon on the Chiefs offense. His value is boosted in PPR leagues as the team's leader in receptions and should see a heavy workload against head coach Andy Reid's former team. He's a top-five running back in all formats.

Tight Ends: Anthony Fasano has been a non-factor on this Kansas City offense with only four catches for 34 yards in two weeks. Sean McGrath is siphoning some targets from Fasano with very little production to go around as it is. There is no reason to start either tight end in any format.

Chiefs defense/ special teams: The Chiefs defense is currently among the top scoring fantasy defenses of 2013. Their fantasy production is mostly loaded with the production they found against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. They're worth starting in 12-team leagues, but consider that Michael Vick has yet to throw an interception this season. Kansas City will likely test Vick more than any defense has been able to do so far, and they are only owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Wednesday.

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