The Fantasy Fool: Week 3 starters & benchwarmers

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Wondering whether or not to start Arian Foster and Calvin Johnson, or to bench Tim

Tebow and Steve Breaston? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If

you're looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on.

Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 3 of the 2012 season.

Watch 'em roll

Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals at Redskins. Washington's pass rush took a major hit last week with the loss of Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker. That should leave Dalton plenty of time to pick apart the same secondary that Sam Bradford torched in Week 2. Dalton is also blessed with better receivers than his Rams counterpart.

Michael Bush, RB, Bears vs. Rams. Assuming Matt Forte takes another week off, Bush is a triple play against a struggling Rams run defense that has surrendered four rushing scores already. Always a goal-line hawk, Bush should add some nice yardage to his totals this week as well.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Chargers at Falcons. Sometimes it pays to bench a player in his first game back from injury; but this is not one of those times. For starters, Mathews owners need to get the injury-prone tailback in their lineup whenever they can. On top of that, Mathews is a reliable red-zone threat, and Atlanta is doing a terrible job of keeping opposing backs out of their end zone.

Stevie Johnson, WR, Bills at Browns. Despite scoring in each of the first two games, fantasy

Ladd Biro has been named Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011). Follow all his advice at the Fantasy Fools blog, on Facebook and via Twitter (@ladd_biro).


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