Exclusive Week 3 fantasy tips

Q: Who should I start in Week 3: Marshawn Lynch, Derrick Ward or Cadillac Williams? I need to start two of three. I could also add Jerious Norwood off the waiver wire. What's your call? -- K. Smelser, Indianapolis, Ind.

Michael Fabiano: Based on the numbers, it's hard not to start Williams against St. Louis. The Rams have surrendered an average of 137.5 rushing yards per game after two weeks, and Frank Gore beat them for two touchdowns this past weekend. The second back to start should be based on your league's scoring system. If points are rewarded for receptions, the versatile Lynch would be the better option despite a hard matchup in New England.

Q: I need to start one of these three wide receivers in Week 3: Bernard Berrian, Anquan Boldin or Calvin Johnson. Who should I choose? -- J. Law, Virginia

M.F.: Johnson has scored a touchdown in consecutive weeks and Berrian has a tremendous matchup at home against Dallas, but in this case I'll stick with the stud and start Boldin. Berrian seems like the better choice on paper, but he looked like a solid option last week against Kansas City and was unable to muster a solid stat line. Whether it was Berrian's fault or Rex Grossman's ineffectiveness, Berrian remains inconsistent. Boldin faces a Baltimore defense that hasn't been too formidable against the pass after two weeks -- the Ravens have surrendered an average of 227.0 receiving yards per game -- so start the talented Arizona wideout.

Q: What is the deal with Vernon Davis? I drafted him in the 10th round and thought he was a steal. Now he looks like a bust! Should I release him and add Eric Johnson or Greg Olsen? -- A. Burre, Lancaster, Mich.

M.F.: I wish I knew what the deal was with Davis, because I loved this kid headed into the season. While we are just two weeks in, Davis' lack of production (and targets) is a bit of an enigma. While there have been questions about Davis' mental approach, I tend to think Smith's inconsistent performances are at least partially to blame. I wouldn't release him at this time, but a few more bad weeks should land him on the waiver wire.

Q: I have no idea who to start this week at running back between DeShaun Foster, Maurice Jones-Drew and Laurence Maroney. They've all been terrible! Who should I use? -- D. Edwards, Austin, Texas.

M.F.: This trio has underachieved without question, but it's hard not to love Maroney's matchup in Week 3. He'll face an injury-depleted Buffalo defense that has allowed an average of 177.5 rushing yards per game (that's the third most in the NFL) and has surrendered 100-plus yards rushing to Travis Henry and Willie Parker. Don't be shocked if this is the week Maroney shows off the skills and abilities that made him a borderline first- or second-round selection in drafts.

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