Just hours before the start of Week 3, I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit?
Let’s take a look at a few situations to try and settle things:
Austin Collie – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
With both Anthony Gonzalez & Pierre Garcon out for this week’s game, the Colts will be dressing just three wide receivers (Collie, Reggie Wayne and Blair White, who was signed off the practice squad), as well as Dallas Clark who acts like a wide receiver out of the tight end spot. That alone would make you like the potential for a good game from Collie.
Throw in the fact that both of the Broncos starting cornerbacks, Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman, could miss the game and things are all the more enticing. Even if they play, Bailey could be assigned to Wayne all day long, leaving Peyton Manning to look to other receivers to make plays. That means both Clark and Collie could have big-time days.
At this point, Collie has become a very good play this week in all formats.
Beanie Wells – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Oakland
He’s returning this week and the talk has been that the Cardinals will lean on the man with the hot hand, be it Wells or Tim Hightower. That’s nice to say, but until we see it for ourselves it’s extremely difficult to put much faith into Wells.
That becomes increasingly true with the recent news that he actually underwent arthroscopic surgery a few weeks ago for a torn meniscus, as opposed to being sat down for a bruised knee. It really is an unknown on how many touches he’s going to get this week, so putting too much faith in him is extremely risky.
You would think that it could take a few weeks for Wells to get acclimated back to NFL action. I’d keep him stashed for now, until we get a better feel as to how he’s going to be used. He should develop into a must use option before long, but for now keep him on your bench.
Laurence Maroney – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
The surprising injury to Knowshon Moreno has caused a stir in the Denver backfield. The newly acquired Maroney joins Correll Buckhalter and Andre Brown, though it is anyone’s guess as to who will actually get the bulk of the carries.
Buckhalter has 17 carries for just 34 yards in the first two weeks of the year and appears better suited as the short yardage back.
The rookie Brown has yet to get a carry.
That leaves Maroney, who could be inline for the bulk of the carries, but that’s a huge assumption at this point. We would be better off waiting to see how this plays out, aside from those in need of a FLEX option. If Maroney does prove worthy, he could become a good start in Week 4 if Moreno is forced to miss another game.
For now, he’s just too risky.
What are your thoughts on these three players? Would you play or bench them? Why or why not?
Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 Rankings: