With Week 3 just around the corner, it is time to get those fantasy lineups all squared away. This week poses many tough matchups for several usual starters. Here are three key players that might be better off on the bench this week dur to unfavorable matchups.
- Tight End: Owen Daniels
- Wide Receiver: Hakeem Nicks
- Quarterback: Michael Vick
Owen Daniels – The Houston Texans offense will face the league’s best pass defense in the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday. Owen Daniels may not be considered a top 5 fantasy tight end, but holds significant value at the position. The Seahawks not only have the best pass defense, but they also boast the strongest overall defense and have allowed the fewest points in the NFL this season.
To make things worse for Daniels, he’s averaging four receptions and 40 yards a game through the first three weeks. Unless your backup tight end is on a bye week, sit Daniels against the Seahawks.
Hakeem Nicks- The New York Giants are struggling to find an identity, both offensively and defensively. Last week, Big Blue was completely shut out against the Carolina Panthers and Nicks finished the day without a catch. The Giants host the Chiefs this week who have allowed an average of 11.3 points per game so far this season. Kansas City has the the fifth best pass defense in the league, allowing an average of 185 yards per game through the air. Expect the Giants offensive struggles to continue against a strong Kansas City defense.
Michael Vick- Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles head to the Mile High City to take on the Denver Broncos Sunday. By far one of the biggest surprises this season has been the new Chip Kelly high tempo offense of the Eagles. Vick has seen plenty of success this season throwing for 832 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. He also has been able to rush for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately for Vick, the Broncos have the league’s best rush defense so far this season, which does not play favorably into his skill set.
Not to mention their secondary is also tied for first in the league in interceptions with 6. Vick is coming off his worst game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs where he threw for 201 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. If you can afford to sit Michael Vick this week, you should consider it.