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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Key Matchups

Fantasy Football Week 3: Matchup Plays and Sleepers

September 18, 2013

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With Week 3 in the NFL looming just one day away, we can’t help but start looking forward to the matchups this week, and for fantasy owners, there are a handful of inviting games on the schedule. We’ve come up with a few waiver-wire-level names who could have big numbers this week, so they might be worthy of an add in advance of the weekend. Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers: Allow us to toot our own horn for a moment: we recommended Rivers as a sleeper start last week, and he responded with 419 yards and three touchdowns against Philadelphia. He now has seven passing scores and only one interception through the first two games. Rivers is going into an okay matchup against Tennessee, but with the way he’s been playing, it’s all the more enticing. Take a look at him if your No. 1 QB has an ugly opponent (i.e. Andrew Luck) this week.

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 3 Key Matchups

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Jason Snelling, RB, Atlanta Falcons: This one’s more of an injury play than a matchup play, but hey, we’ll take it. Snelling is a lower-end play, sure, but he’s got some sleeper value looming in Miami this week. With No. 1 RB Steven Jackson gone, he’s sure to get plenty of touches. He’ll share with Jacquizz Rodgers, but there should be enough to go around. Snelling is coming off a 60 total-yard effort in Week 2, and will get some looks in the passing game. If he can break one, he’s golden.

Josh Gordon, WR, Cleveland Browns: Week 3 marks the triumphant(?) return of Gordon, and if he’s still available in your league you should give him a good look. He had to sit out the first two weeks of the season due to a suspension, and he’s the biggest big-play threat on the Browns offense. Cleveland is dealing with some QB issues right now (we’ll get to that in a second from the other side), but regardless of who is behind center for the Vikings game, he makes a boom-or-bust Week 3 start.

Minnesota Vikings Defense: We realize the Vikings defense has been pretty ugly when it comes to yardage allowed (880 total through two games), but this one’s all about the matchup. Minnesota will be taking on the sputtering Browns offense, who is having all sorts of problems outside of star TE Jordan Cameron. Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden may not even play due to his thumb injury, which is even more promising for a Minnesota D that can offer its services as a nice plug-and-play.

Buffalo Bills Defense: We’ve got a pair of defenses for you this week, and frankly it feels a little odd to be touting Buffalo. They deserve some credit, however, after a pair of pretty good showings in the first two weeks. Most recently, they held Cam Newton and company to 308 yards of offense in a come-from-behind victory. The Bills have a nice divisional matchup this weekend against rookie QB Geno Smith and the Jets, so if you’re looking to replace an underperforming defensive unit, they’re not a bad start.

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