With three weeks in the books, now is the point in the season where many owners start looking at trade options within their leagues. Sure, three games can be considered a small sample size and owners of guys like Chris Johnson who have struggled out of the gate aren't likely to bail on him just yet (and if you were thinking about bailing on him, stop it. Stop it right now). However, when you only have about 13 weeks (depending on your league settings) to get your team into the playoffs, you can ill afford to hold onto, let alone keep starting, guys who just aren't panning out the way you thought.
GOOD MATCH UPS
Denarius Moore vs. Patriots defense: The Patriots' high-powered offense has grabbed many headlines in New England to this point but overlooked is the fact that they're allowing 377 yards passing per game to opponents. With all of the injuries to the Raiders wide receivers, Denarius Moore has been a breakout star with 180 yards receiving, 48 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Though it's possible that Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford could return this week for Oakland, I wouldn't expect Moore to be eliminated from the Raiders offensive attack. He's a solid flex play and an even better start if those receivers sit out another week.
Tim Hightower vs. Rams defense: The Rams run defense has been gashed over the first three weeks of the season to the tune of 174 yards per game. Hightower had a tough time moving the ball on the ground last week but that was against a Dallas run defense that has performed very well to this point in the season. Look for Hightower to bounce back with a big game this week against what has been the league's worst run defense.
NOT SO GOOD MATCH UPS
Colt McCoy vs. Titans defense: The Titans defense might actually be very good. Their rushing defense ranks eighth in the NFL through three weeks and their pass defense is even better, allowing just 172 yards passing per game, second best behind the Pittsburgh Steelers. That's not good news for Cleveland's McCoy-led passing attack which struggled against a bad Miami pass defense last week.
Knowshon Moreno/Willis McGahee vs. Packers defense: It probably won't matter which of these running backs start this week against the Packers neither will do much for your fantasy team. Green Bay's run defense has been the best in the NFL so far this season so starting a banged up Moreno (if he even plays this week) or a less-than-impressive McGahee isn't a good idea.
WAIVER WIRE WATCH
Nate Washington, WR, Titans: With injury comes opportunity and last week's season-ending injury to Kenny Britt means that Nate Washington will likely be the focus of the Titans passing attack throughout the rest of this season. Washington has hauled in 21 catches for 258 yards and a touchdown and is headed for a career-year with Britt now out of the picture. He absolutely must be owned in all leagues and is a borderline every week starter with the way Matt Hasselbeck has played thus far.
Kyle Mulligan is a contributing sports writer for the Observer. He welcomes your feedback and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.