Two weeks into the season and already this season has been filled with unpredictable moments and undrafted players with standout performances. Unfortunately, there has been very little consistency. Randall Cobb, for instance, caught 9 passes in week 1 against an impressive 49ers defense, but managed only one the following week against da Bears. Still, to give yourself the best chance to win every week, matchups have to be factored into the equation.

If a team can let a player like Asante Samuel go for a seventh round pick, you know they have to feel pretty comfortable with their cornerbacks. Such is the case with the Philadelphia Eagles. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha covering both sides of the field, they present a tough matchup for any opponent; especially if that opponent has a relatively weak offense like the Arizona Cardinals. As the seconds WR off the board in most fantasy leagues, Larry Fitzgerald is about as talented as they come, but he’ll have his work cut out for him in week 3. Remember week 1 against The Seahawks? Fitzgerald led his team with only 4 catches for 63 yards. Expect another outing similar to that one this week. It’s hard to bench him as he is his team’s favorite red zone target, but if you’re stacked at receiver, it might be worth exploring other options.

Speaking of the Seahawks, their talented defense will have their hands full with The Packers in week 3. With seemingly countless weapons at their disposal, The Packers will still put up points, but Greg Jennings owners should look elsewhere. Coming off of a groin injury that sidelined him week 2, we won’t truly know how well he has recovered until he takes the field. Nelson and Finley might have busy days, but with Seattle’s best keeping their eyes on Jennings, there are too many question marks to trust him.

When the 49ers defense was the talk of the town last year, it was because of their rush defense, but their pass defense is also quite good. When they travel to Minnesota in week 3, Percy Harvin might not feel like home field has any advantage. He’s capable of breaking a big play, but don’t count your Vikings before they’ve pillaged. 4 catches for less than 60 yards seems in order.

The good news is there’s always a flip side to the matchups game. When The Jaguars play The Colts, you’ll see why. Both teams should have no problem putting the ball in the air. For starters, Reggie Wayne, who put up 135 yards on 9 receptions against The Bears will be active once again while Justin Blackmon owners will finally get a feel for the rookie’s talents. I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of them end the day with 15 fantasy points or more in standard scoring leagues.

Finally, even though Larry Fitzgerald may have a quiet day, DeSean Jackson sure won’t. Arizona will be the easiest defense Philadelphia has played so far and DeSean is capable of breaking a big play every down he’s on the field.

  1. Ben says:
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    I just want to make sure I understand that your statement is that the Cardinals defense is worse than the Browns defense. The Cardinals defense that just limited the Patriots to 18 points at home and allowed exactly 1 good offensive series.

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Ben, Keep in mind The Eagles had to face Cleveland WITH Joe Haden who was not present this Sunday when the Browns faced the Bengals. Brady still had 316 yards against The Cardinals with four different receivers catching at least 5 passes. The Cardinals looked very good, but I stand by my statement. Patrick Peterson might be on DeSean all day if Maclin isn’t able to return this week, but he’s still going to get plenty of targets.

      • Ben says:
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        @Loudon, Care to retract now?

  2. Murph says:
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    Which week 3 QB matchup do you like more? Vick at Arizona or Big Ben at Oakland? I see you think the eagles will have a field day against AZ but they made Brady look like Tannehill and Oakland made Tannehill look like Brady.

    • Loudon

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      @Murph, I think Vick will have a better day against Arizona than Brady had. Vick’s ceiling is higher, but Ben’s floor is higher. If you want the safe 15-18 points, roll with Big Ben, but if you want the potential for a 30 point week, Vick’s your man.

      • Ben says:
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        @Loudon, I really hope this guy didn’t listen to your nonsense.

        • Murph says:
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          @Ben,

          Nope Sky set me straight and I started Big Ben over Vick (a 25 point difference in scoring) in loudens defense it was a gutsy call but just didn’t work in his favor. Having Maclin out combined with them taking a physical beating from the ravens and the long trip out was a all set up for the beat down you witnessed by and underrated cards defense

          • Loudon

            Loudon says:
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            @Murph, Glad it worked out for you.

            • Murph says:
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              @Loudon,

              Thanks no hard feelings, I actually really liked the call up until Maclin was ruled out especially with the eagles coming off a huge win against the ravens. I think Vick has an opportunity to bounce back against the giants next week

        • Loudon

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          @Ben, It’s much easier to predict what will happen after it has already happened. Just as it’s much easier to criticize someone for their educated guess after it turns out to be wrong. To call a prediction of the future nonsense is itself nonsense.

  3. Charles says:
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    Are we giving up completely on Larry Fitz?

    • Loudon

      Loudon says:
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      @Charles, Fitz will get his due eventually. Let The Cardinals work out their kinks and by the time he plays The Dolphins in week 4, he should be seeing much better numbers. Buy low on him if you can.

  4. Sparky says:
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    So I’m looking to upgrade my QB and wanna pose a trade to somebody with both Griffen III and Cam. My QB: Rivers, Dalton. My RB: McCoy, MJD, Bush. My WR: RWhite, MWallace, VJax, EDecker. Who would you make a play for and who would you give up?

    • Loudon

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      @Sparky, Although Philip Rivers might be the weak point in your lineup, he’s not that weak. RGIII’s stock is currently much higher than his actual value in fantasy football and to get Cam, you would likely have to part with someone around the level of MJD. If I were you, I’d hang tight and enjoy my elite team.

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