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Fantasy Football Depth Charts

Fantasy Football Starters – Week 3

A fantasy football depth chart helps a player know which players to start in their coming fantasy football games. We’ve gone through the last two weeks and tried to figure out which backup running backs are getting the ball behind the starter, and which backups are starting to get more carries from one week to the next.

This should help you figure out who to handcuff to your starting running back on your fantasy football roster, as well as who you would be best starting in a desperation ff start. Once or twice a season, you need someone to come off your fantasy football bench and provide a boost that helps you makes the fantasy playoffs. These fantasy football depth charts might help you do that.

We’re going over the potential fantasy football starters you can use for Week 3. Keep in mind these fantasy football depth charts apply only for this week and may not reflect the standard non-injury depth chart for these NFL teams. So don’t look at this Week 4 and assume Darren Sproles is the right play.

Fantasy Football Quarterbacks – Backups Playing

There are only two NFL backup QBs who are starting in Week 3. These will mount as the season continues, but we already have Matt Cassel returning from injury.

Kevin Kolb, QB, Philadelphia Eagles – Kevin Kolb is almost certain to get another start in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs, making him a viable starter if you’re desperate for a QB. Keep an eye on this one, but I’m assuming Andy Reed sits McNabb to give Donovan 3 weeks to rest, with the Eagles bye week coming up in Week 4.

Seneca Wallace, QB, Seattle Seahawks – Matt Hasselbeck has an injury very similar to Donovan McNabb’s, so those trying to figure out how long Hasselbeck will be out should keep an eye on the Donovan McNabb situation. Seneca Wallace is likely to get the start this week against the Chicago Bears, which is not a recommended start. Start Kolb if you have to pick up one of these two players for a desperation start.

Fantasy Football RB Depth Charts

Because of handcuffing situations, the running back depth charts are the most important pecking order in fantasy football. So we have expanded coverage of the fantasy football rb depth charts.

Arizona Cardinals – Starter: Tim Hightower – Primary Backup: Chris Wells – Fantasy Note: Wells is starting to get more carries.
Atlanta Falcons – Starter: Michael Turner – Primary Backup: Jerious Norwood – Fantasy Note: Norwood left hte game Sunday with a concussion.
Baltimore Ravens – Starters: Ray Rice – Primary Backup: Willis McGahee – Fantasy Note: McGahee is getting the goal line and 4th Quarter carries.
Buffalo Bills – Starters: Fred Jackson – Primary Backup: Xavier Omon – Fantasy Note: Marshawn Lynch returns Week 4, so start Jackson while you still can.
Carolina Panthers – Starters: DeAngelo Williams – Primary Backup: Jonathan Stewart – Fantasy Note: Stewart continues to wolf carries and is slowly getting healthier.
Chicago Bears – Starters: Matt Forte – Primary Backup: Adrian Peterson – Fantasy Note: Garrett Wolfe gets 3rd down play when Forte is off the field.
Cincinnati Bengals – Starters: Cedric Benson – Primary Backup: Bernard Scott – Fantasy Note: Cedric has had a good start to 2009.
Cleveland Browns – Starters: Jamal Lewis – Primary Backup: James Davis – Fantasy Note: That James Davis-as-starter talked died when Davis got hurt on the way to the stadium.
Dallas Cowboys – Starters: Felix Jones – Primary Backup: Tashard Choice – Fantasy Note: Marion Barber is said to be out 1-2 weeks (Weeks 3 & 4), so give Felix a ride.
Denver Broncos – Starters: Knowshon Moreno – Primary Backup: Correll Buckhalter – Fantasy Note: Knowshon Moreno had twice the carries and receptions, but Buckhalter had the TD.
Detroit Lions – Starters: Kevin Smith – Primary Backup: Aaron Brown – Fantasy Note: Brown seems to get the carries when Kevin Smith isn’t on the field.
Green Bay Packers – Starters: Ryan Grant – Primary Backup: Brandon Jackson – Fantasy Note: Jackson has had his chances, so this could change anytime.
Houston Texans – Starters: Steve Slaton – Primary Backup: Chris Brown – Fantasy Note: Slaton has 3 fumbles in 26 touches, explaining Chris Brown’s time on the field.
Indianapolis Colts – Starters: Joseph Addai – Primary Backup: Donald Brown – Fantasy Note: Looks like Donald Brown gets 1-2 series per half, a la LenDale White.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Starters: Maurice Jones-Drew – Primary Backup: Rashad Jennings – Fantasy Note: The rookie Jennings is the only one with any production besides Jones-Drew.
Kansas City Chiefs – Starters: Larry Johnson – Primary Backup: Larry Johnson – Fantasy Note: Dantrell Savage – Fantasy Note: Savage had 3 carries and 5 receptions on Sunday, while Jackie Battle had 5 carries.
Miami Dolphins – Starters: Ronnie Brown – Primary Backup: Ricky Williams – Fantasy Note: Ricky takes lots of carries away from Ronnie, so hope the run the Wildcat a lot – since they’re both on the field.
Minnesota Vikings – Starters: Adrian Peterson – Primary Backup: Chester Taylor – Fantasy Note: Holding steady on this one.
New England Patriots – Starters: Fred Taylor – Primary Backup: Laurence Maroney – Fantasy Note: Taylor had 8 and Maroney 6 carries Sunday, but if you’re starting a Pats RB, you’re in trouble.
New Orleans Saints – Starters: Pierre Thomas – Primary Backup: Reggie Bush – Fantasy Note: Mike Bell and Pierre split time Sunday, but they’re both hurt. Bush is the only guy I would start right now.
New York Giants – Starters: Brandon Jacobs – Primary Backup: Ahmad Bradshaw – Fantasy Note: Holding steady.
New York Jets – Starters: Thomas Jones – Primary Backup: Leon Washington – Fantasy Note: Shonn Greene has been inactive both weeks, still returning from a rib injury.
Oakland Raiders – Starters: Darren McFadden – Primary Backup: Michael Bush – Fantasy Note: McFadden and Bush split the time regularly, but Justin Fargas could muddle things up here eventually.
Philadelphia Eagles – Starters: Brian Westbrook – Primary Backup: LeSean McCoy – Fantasy Note: Westbrook missed time Sunday, so McCoy edges closer to fantasy relevance.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Starters: Willie Parker – Primary Backup: Rashard Mendenhall – Fantasy Note: Mewelde Moore is getting more fantasy production than Mendenhall right now.
San Diego Chargers – Starters: Darren Sproles – Primary Backup: Michael Bennett – Fantasy Note: Ladainian Tomlinson might start in Week 3, but I would still start Sproles over LT until LT finishes a game.
Seattle Seahawks – Starters: Julius Jones – Primary Backup: Justin Forsett – Fantasy Note: Forsett gets more production as the 3rd-down guy than Edgerrin James.
San Francisco 49ers - Starters: Frank Gore – Primary Backup: Glenn Coffee – Fantasy Note: Gore can’t continue at this pace, so Coffee will stop being a special teams guy and get carries eventually.
St. Louis Rams – Starters: Steven Jackson – Primary Backup: Samkon Gado – Fantasy Note: The true backup to Jackson is a cipher. Kenneth Darby got the only other production Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Starters: Cadillac Williams – Primary Backup: Derrick Ward – Fantasy Note: Ernest Graham is a forgotten man in the Bucs Offense. I feel for those owners who drafted the Ward/Graham Combo.
Tennessee Titans – Starters: Chris Johnson – Primary Backup: LenDale White – Fantasy Note: LenDale still gets the 3rd series of each half, while Chris Johnson gets all the big plays.
Washington Redskins – Starters: Clinton Portis – Primary Backup: Ladell Betts – Fantasy Note: Betts got 5 carries Sunday and Marcus Mason, closer to Portis’ size, got 3 carries.

Fantasy Football WR Depth Charts

There are a few wide receiver situations you need to take note of. Due to injuries and emergences, several obscure NFL receivers are becoming fantasy football factors early this season.

Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears – Because of an injury Sunday to the Bears normal #3 WR, the rookie from Abilene Christian, Johnny Knox, got on the field and posted 6 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown against the Steelers. Now there’s talk that Johnny Knox might take time from Earl Bennett. That seems like Chicago sports media talk for now, but Johnny Knox is being picked up in most leagues I’m in.

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars – If you can’t find Mike Sims-Walker in your fantasy football magazines, he’s the rookie who was being touted as a fantasy football sleeper under the name “Mike Walker”. Troy Williamson beat out Mike Sims-Walker for the starting job in preseason, but went out for the year on Sunday. Mike Sims-Walker promptly entered the game and put up 6 receptions for 106 yards and a TD.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants – You’re not paying much attention if you don’t know about Mario Manningham by now, but it bears repeating. Domenic Hixon and Hakeem Nicks are injured right now, opening the door to Mario Manningham. Manningham put up 150 and a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys on national tv. Looks like Manningham will be the Giants’ big play receiver.