Complete Player Rankings & Projections l More Sit & Starts
I don't know if you could do much better than Week Two's Start List. I essentially came off the bench in relief of Mr. McDonald and threw the equivalent of six touchdowns and two picks. A performance like that keeps me in the starting lineup, at least for another week.
I'll once again remind everyone the intent of these start/sit pieces. You will not see a top name on here unless there are questions about his matchup or recent performance. You will find hot names that should make you a little leery, or sleepers to pick up and start. Along those lines a few of last week's start list quarterbacks that performed well find themselves on the sit list for Week 3, and vice versa.
Last Week's Quarterback Starts: T. Bray (46.5), D-Rob (48.3), Colter (33.6), M. Lobbestael (43.6), B. Smith (30.7), K. Proctor (18.3), J. Godfrey (26.3), C. Anderson (17.9)
Grade: A-, five over 30 points. Godfrey was a solid QB2 play as noted. Only Proctor and Anderson didn't meet expectations
Last Week's Quarterback Sits: T. Washington (32.7), J. Vandenberg (24.2), B. Trotter (16.4), A.Murray (35.0), C. Pachall (23.94), T.Lantrip (15.9), T. Jefferson (7.1)
Grade: C-, Washington and Murray blew the doors off last week. Pachall and Vandenberg both scored well.
Start Em! Quarterbacks
Aaron Murray, Georgia vs. Coastal Carolina
Admittedly I panicked last week. Georgia had the look of a team that was on the verge of a meltdown, and though they lost they certainly battled. Murray carved through the Gamecocks' secondary like Stephen Garcia with a case of beer, though it may not be enough to save Mark Richt's hide.
On a related note, one question that I get frequently from fantasy owners is, "should I sit (insert player name) because they are playing an FCS school?" I never worry about the early yank. In order for the starters to be on the bench laughing it up in the third quarter they have to score points. And odds are it will be the team's studs that do it. Maybe the chances of racking up monster numbers are diminished, but so are the odds of throwing a stinker. I always start the big guns against FCS opponents.
Kain Colter, Northwestern @ Army
With a bye up next and the start of Big Ten play looming on the horizon, I see no reason for Northwestern to play Dan Persa this week. Colter makes the list for the second week in a row. He's road tested, so that is not an issue. Duplicating last week's 33.3 points might be unrealistic, however. A good QB2 play in BCS-only leagues.
Danny O'Brien, Maryland vs. West Virginia
O'Brien is one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country. He has 'playing on Sundays' written all over him. However, you have to pick your spots as Maryland won't air it out every down. This is one of those spots. West Virginia's defense is not the same as last year, and the Maryland offense is going to have to pick up the tempo in order to keep pace with the Mountaineers' offense.
B.J. Daniels, South Florida vs. Florida A&M
Daniels has been a tough one to figure out. He's maddeningly inconsistent, but capable of posting big games. He was extremely efficient passing last week, going 28-of-39 for 359 yards and a score against Ball State. He should have no problem putting up points this week against the Rattlers.
Matt Schilz, Bowling Green vs. Wyoming
I'm not sure where this sudden influx of talent at BGSU came from, but Schilz is a huge benefactor. He has seven passing touchdowns in two games. Two more and he'll eclipse last year's abysmal performance. He should have no problems getting there against a bad Cowboys' defense.
Brett Smith, Wyoming @ Bowling Green
Play time is over. Wyoming must face a legit opponent and they must do it on the road. Still, with Schilz and Smith at quarterback there should be fireworks along I-75 on Saturday. Take advantage now, because Smith will be sitting the next two weeks (Nebraska, bye).
Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois vs. (Soldier Field) Wisconsin
Should you sit or start Harnish this week? That is the question on the minds of many fantasy owners. I say start. He's as hot as any quarterback in the country. On paper, Wisconsin's defensive stats look pretty good. But they've played two very bad football teams. I can't stress the 'very' in the last sentence enough. The Huskies will give their defense a better challenge this week, and they showed signs -- especially against UNLV -- of not being on the same level as their offense. If you have a similar QB1 or a high-level QB2 on the roster, absolutely bench Harnish. But if you're digging deep into your bench for options, stick with Harnish. He could surprise.
Casey Pachall, TCU vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Pachall flips from the sit list to the start list simply based on opponent and game location. The Horned Frogs return home after a two-game road trip and will be looking to take their aggression out on poor Louisiana-Monroe. Pachall is completing over 70 percent of his passes, and that won't change against the Warhawks.
Sit Em! Quarterbacks
Marshall Lobbestael, Washington State @ San Diego State
He was on the start list last week and racked up over 40 points. Why the move with a non-BCS foe on the slate? SDSU is no slouch, and playing on the road is simply tougher than playing at home. Playing Army and an FCS school so far, the jury is still out on the Aztec pass defense, but they were solid in this area last year. Should you bench Lobbestael completely? No. But don't expect a repeat of last week. Weigh your QB2 options carefully, and don't automatically assume Lobbestael is the play against a non-BCS opponent.
Tyler Bray, Tennessee vs. Florida
In the offseason there was talk of whether Bray would hold on to the starting job during the season. That conversation seemed silly to me. He's got a great arm and weapons galore at his disposal. He was on the start list last week, but circumstances are different in Week 3. Heading to The Swamp will be no easy task. Can he light up the Gators' secondary? Sure. But are you willing to risk your fantasy week on it? I'm not.
Brock Osweiler, Arizona State @ Illinois
Watching ASU/Missouri last week I kept thinking that 'these are two bad football teams.' Running back Cameron Marshall did not look healthy, leaving Osweiler to do all the work (same with James Franklin for Mizzou). And give him credit, he pulled it off, despite some questionable play calling and a lack of a running game. The kid has talent, no denying that. Getting a road win in Champaign playing the same way they did last Friday night will be a tall (no pun intended) order for Osweiler & Co.
E.J. Manuel, FSU vs. Oklahoma
This should be a fun one in Tallahassee Saturday night. This game will go a long way towards determining whether or not the Seminoles are indeed back and worthy of National Championship talk. I'm not saying the answer is no, but I'm not willing to roll out Manuel in this one either.
Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State vs. Virginia Tech
The Hokies held Dominique Davis to 137 yards passing and -0.6 fantasy points last week. Forget about it.
Brian Reader, Idaho @ Texas A&M
Reader is off to a hot start with six touchdown tosses in two games. Traveling to College Station should bring him back down to Earth.
Jeff Godfrey, Central Florida @ Florida International
Last week I had Godfrey on the start list mainly for those that were fearful of him going up against an ACC opponent. This week I'm doing the exact opposite. Owners might be too quick to insert Godfrey as a QB1, thinking FIU is a pushover. FIU's defense manhandled Louisville's offense for much of last Friday's game. They are quick, athletic and well-coached. FIU has held North Texas (and Lance Dunbar) and Louisville both under 100 yards rushing. And Godfrey makes his living on the ground. Godfrey still has the talent to put up numbers and is not a complete sit, but temper the enthusiasm of seeing the Panthers up next. Once again downgrade Godfrey from a QB1 to a QB2 this week.