Stud – Robert Griffin III (WAS): After watching Joe Flacco and Brandon Weeden go off against the injury-riddled Bengals’ defense in the first two weeks, owners should be chomping at the bit to get RGIII into their lineups this week as Cincinnati visits D.C. for the Redskins’ home opener. Griffin has a TD pass of 65 yards or more in each of his first two games and should get another big play or two against this unit.
Dud – Peyton Manning (DEN): Manning has thrown more TD’s against Houston (42) during his career than any other team, but times have changed. Manning took a step back in Week 2 after a promising start and will have limited upside against the Texans’ stout defense. He might get a score or two, but anything more than 250 yards would be very surprising.
Sleeper – Ben Roethlisberger (PIT): With the team’s running game still sputtering, look for the Steelers to go to the air early and often against a banged up Raiders’ secondary. Roethlisberger has had at least 225 yards and a pair of TD passes in each of his two starts and this matchup has the makings for him to deliver his best performance yet.
Stud – Michael Bush (CHI): Bush is expected to see most of the workload as Matt Forte (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 3 against a Rams’ defense that is ceding 5.2 yards per carry so far this year. Filling in for McFadden a year ago in Oakland Bush managed 977 yards and seven scores in nine starts. He could easily emerge as top 10 fantasy RB this week.
Dud – Cedric Benson (GB): While I was encouraged by Benson’s effort a week ago against the Bears, 20 carries for 81 yards doesn’t overwhelm me. Now he gets a Seattle defense that ranks second in the league against the run, allowing just 46 yards per game on the ground. Look for options with more upside this time around.
Sleeper – Pierre Thomas (NO): Though he's only had limited action in the Saints offense to this point of the year, Thomas has made the most of his chances. Even if he only gets 10 touches this week versus the Chiefs that should lead to enough production to make him lineup worthy.
Stud – Antonio Brown (PIT): Despite the fact he has yet to crack 85 yards or score a TD, Brown owners shouldn’t fret yet. He leads the team with 18 targets and has 5+ catches in five of his last seven contests dating back to last season. This week he faces a Raiders’ secondary that has been far from impressive. Look for his best day of the young season.
Dud – Vincent Jackson (TB): The Bucs’ new receiver delivered big time last week in this space as my sleepers as he finished with five receptions for 128 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Giants. This week things won’t come as easily as he’s matched up against a Cowboys’ secondary that is much improved and has yet to allow a WR to surpass 60 yards receiving.
Sleeper – Leonard Hankerson (WAS): With Pierre Garcon (foot) likely to miss his second straight this week against the Bengals, Hankerson becomes an appealing flex option. He’s expected to start in Garcon’s X spot in the offense and is facing a Cincy secondary that has been ineffective as they battle through various injuries.
Stud – Brandon Pettigrew (DET): The Titans have allowed five touchdowns through the air in two weeks and tight ends have been on the receiving end of all five of them. After watching Matthew Stafford only throw one TD pass in each of the first two weeks it seems as if this could be the week the Lions’ passing game wakes up and Pettigrew is going to be part of it.
Dud – Jacob Tamme (DEN): After watching his deep ball get picked off three times in the first quarter of Monday night’s loss to Atlanta, the thought is Peyton Manning is going to keep his passes short this week agains at tough Texans’ defense. Tamme hasn’t done much with his nine targets this season and has limited upside. With no byes and few injuries at the position you can find options with more upside.
Sleeper – Owen Daniels (HOU): Daniels has been mostly a non-factor through two weeks. Part of that can be written off to last week’s blowout win over Jacksonville that led to dismal Texans’ passing numbers. That won’t be the case at Denver, where the Broncos has allowed 50+ yards and a TD to a tight end in each of their first two games.