10 fantasy football players who should be benched for Week 3

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In fantasy football, no week is complete without a couple of disappointments, and that’s especially true this time of year.

Depth charts are still solidifying, leaving unheralded players from across the league to rise up and deliver big performances. On the other side of that coin are established names who have stumbled out of the gate in 2017, casting doubt on their fantasy utility going forward.

Below, read up on 10 players you should consider benching for Week 3 in your fantasy football league, whether because of initial performance or upcoming matchups. Most of them are worth holding on your bench for now, but keep an eye on the stragglers as the rest of the season plays out.


Carson Palmer, QB

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Team: Arizona Cardinals

Week 2 stats: 332 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

One thing to know: Palmer’s 54.8 completion percentage through two games is almost as ugly as his league-leading total of four interceptions. He’ll continue to throw for plenty of yardage as long as running back David Johnson remains sidelined, but there are almost certainly better options available in your league.


Thomas Rawls, RB

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Team: Seattle Seahawks

Week 2 stats: 4 rushing yards

One thing to know: Fantasy managers across the country watched in horror as Chris Carson assumed a starring role in the Seattle backfield on Sunday, leaving Rawls with just five touches. The Central Michigan product may retain some fantasy value as the Seahawks’ running back situation solidifies, but he’s not worth starting against the Titans this week.


DeMarco Murray, RB

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Team: Tennessee Titans

Week 2 stats: 25 rushing yards, 3 receiving yards, 1 reception

One thing to know: There are multiple red flags surrounding Murray this week – not only did he have to leave last Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, but his replacement, Derrick Henry, looked great, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown. Even worse, he’s heading into a tough matchup against the Seahawks.


Chris Hogan, WR

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Team: New England Patriots

Week 2 stats: 78 receiving yards, 5 receptions, 1 TD

One thing to know: With Brandin Cooks, James White and Mike Gillislee (and possibly Rex Burkhead) all competing for touches, it will be a tall order for Hogan to put up a second consecutive plus performance, especially against the Texans’ solid defense.


Tyler Eifert, TE

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Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 2 stats: 42 receiving yards, 3 receptions

One thing to know: Eifert has lots of long-term upside, but quarterback Andy Dalton hasn’t been good enough to support even one receiver, let alone two or three. Throw in the tight end’s injury riddled-start to the year and the decision to bench him becomes even clearer.


Joe Mixon, RB

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Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Week 2 stats: 36 rushing yards, 5 receiving yards, 1 reception

One thing to know: Like Eifert, Mixon has been stifled by an offense that can’t keep possession of the ball. The Bengals’ 47.2 team passer rating is the worst in the NFL, so give the rookie running back a rest against the Packers, especially in PPR leagues.


Adrian Peterson, RB

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Team: New Orleans Saints

Week 2 stats: 26 rushing yards

One thing to know: If the first game didn’t make it clear enough, Week 2 was another indication that Peterson isn’t destined to be a go-to guy this season. Given the Saints’ sporadically explosive offense, he retains upside, but for now, his place is on the bench.


Rishard Matthews, WR

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Team: Tennessee Titans

Week 2 stats: 43 receiving yards, 3 receptions

One thing to know: Matthews could still provide plenty of value this season, but this week isn’t shaping up to be a particularly productive one for him. Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is still getting into the swing of the new season, and the Seahawks’ stingy secondary won’t do him any favors.


Raiders, DEF

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Week 2 stats: 20 points against, 4 sacks, 2 fumbles recovered

One thing to know: The Raiders allowed Josh McCown and the hapless Jets to score 20 points on Sunday. Their unit isn’t off to a great start, so with the Redskins on deck, it might be time to look elsewhere for defense.


Wil Lutz, K

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Team: New Orleans Saints

Week 2 stats: 2-3 field goals, 2-2 extra points

One thing to know: Lutz is off to a strong start, but the Saints may have trouble generating opportunities against the Panthers’ NFL-best defense, which has surrendered just 393 yards through two games. All the kicking prowess in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t get past midfield.


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