Start/Bench—Week 3  
 
Start
Drew Hare, QB-Northern Illinois at UNLV
Hare has overtaken Matt McIntosh as the Huskies’ starting quarterback.  The good news for fantasy owners is that Hare is likely to play all four quarters barring a disastrous performance on the road at UNLV.

 

Dane Evans, QB-Tulsa at Florida Atlantic
When you have the guy throwing passes to this week’s No.1 rated receiver, Keevan Lucas, the decision is a lot easier to make.
 
Thomas Rawls, RB-Central Michigan vs Syracuse
Rawls has earned our respect after following up his 25-121-1 performance in Week 1 against Chattanooga with a 31-155-2 performance on the road at Purdue in Week 2.
 
Johnny Jefferson, RB-Baylor at Buffalo
Jefferson received 20 of Baylor’s 50 rushing attempts last week in a 70-6 rout of Northwestern State.  Another 15-20 carries in Week 3 at Buffalo should net similar results for the freshman running back.
 
Shaq Washington, Cincinnati vs Toledo
You didn’t think we would let you sit on a Cincinnati player for two weeks and not mention someone, right?  Toledo has given up over 300 yards passing in their first two games, and if that streak extends, expect a solid outing from Washington Friday night.  
 
Roger Lewis, WR-Bowling Green vs Indiana
Lewis was ranked in the preseason behind teammates Ronnie Moore, Gehrig Dieter, and Heath Jackson, but the freshman has outperformed all of them and should see plenty of action this week in what figures to be a high-scoring affair against Indiana.

 

Demarcus Robinson, WR-Florida vs Kentucky
Robinson can stretch the field as we witnessed last week with his 70-yard touchdown against Eastern Michigan.  This week, Florida hosts Kentucky and the sophomore receiver has a good shot a duplicating Week 1’s numbers.

 

Jordan Williams, WR-Ball State vs Indiana St
After catching 72 passes for 1,050 yards last year for the Cardinals, the junior receiving has yet to get on track while battling an ankle injury suffered in Week 1.  A Week 3 matchup against Indiana State couldn’t come at a better time as this game serves as a tune up for their MAC opener next week at Toledo.
 
Justin Hardy, WR-East Carolina at Virginia Tech
Hardy caught 11 passes for 133 yards last week at South Carolina.  This week, East Carolina travels to Virginia Tech and Hardy has proven valuable even when he is held without a score, especially in PPR leagues.
 
Zach Pascal, WR-Old Dominion vs Eastern Michigan
Antonio Vaughan was the most coveted ODU receiver on draft day, but it has been Pascal playing the role of Mr. Reliable for quarterback Taylor Heinicke, as the sophomore receiver has hauled in 17 passes over the first two weeks.

 

Kevonte Martin-Manley, WR-Iowa vs Iowa State
Martin-Manley has caught eight passes in each of the Hawkeyes’ first two games, but the one thing missing on his stat line is a touchdown.  We think the senior receiver will find the end zone this week against in-state rival Iowa State.

   

Bench
John O’Korn, QB-Houston @ BYU
There is not much to like about O’Korn other than Deontay Greenberry being one of his receivers.  O’Korn has only completed 52% of his passes and has not thrown for more than 205 yards in either of his two starts this year.  Plus, The sophomore quarterback has taken four sacks and has thrown four interceptions, while tossing only one touchdown.
 
Chuckie Keeton, QB-Utah State vs Wake Forest
Keeton has been very inconsistent through two games and we’re concerned that trend will continue.  He is only completing 47 percent of his passes and has thrown three interceptions.  Until we see Keeton back to pre-injury form, we’re going to pass on him, even at home against Wake Forest.
 
Tyler Murphy, QB-Boston College vs USC
Murphy has drawn interest from fantasy owners since he is averaging 105 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground.  He only completed 35 percent (10-of-28) of his passes last week against Pitt and USC presents an even bigger challenge.

 

Terrance Broadway, QB-Louisiana-Laf. At Ole Miss
Last week, the Ragin’ Cajuns were embarrassed at home in a 48-20 defeat to Louisiana Tech.  We're not expecting things to get much better on the road at Ole Miss, especially with Broadway's leading receiver, Jamal Robinson, working through an injury.

 

Anthone Taylor, RB-Buffalo vs Baylor
Taylor has carried the ball 46 times through two games and has eclipsed 100 total yards both times.  However, the Bulls take a big step up in competition this week and Taylor’s numbers could take a big dip.

 

Michael Gordon, RB-Arkansas State at Miami
Gordon has been battling a rib injury and there is a good chance he sits this one out.  The Red Wolves, like many fantasy owners, need this guy healthy when they open conference play.

 

Centarius Donald, RB-LA-Monroe at LSU
Donald has been a workhorse for the Warhawks, rushing for 218 yards and three touchdowns on 46 carries through two games.  However, Louisiana-Monroe steps up in class this week when they travel down south to play the Tigers in Baton Rouge.

 

Larry Dixon, RB-Army @ Stanford
Dixon made a name for himself last week, rushing for 174 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-39 win over Buffalo.  This week, Army hits the road and plays at Stanford, where Dixon is likely to hit a wall known as the Stanford front seven.

 

Malcolm Brown, RB-Texas and Johnathan Gray, RB-Texas vs UCLA
There is a chance that one of these guys plays well this weekend, but considering they will be facing a good UCLA defense that was embarrassed last week at home by Memphis, we are not putting our chips on the line.

 

Stefon Diggs, WR-Maryland vs West Virginia
On paper, a game against West Virginia looks promising for Diggs’ fantasy potential in Week 3.  However, we said the same thing a year ago before Maryland played West Virginia and eventually routed the Mountaineers 37-0.  In that game, Diggs only caught two passes for 13 yards.
 

 

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