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Every week, self-proclaimed fantasy experts try to advise you on starting and benching players. The most notable are Matthew Berry (ESPN.com), Michael Fabiano (NFL.com), and Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com). To their credit, they can surprise us with their picks. Although, the reality shows that the picks they were right on were ones that you could have made yourselves and the ones they told you to sit were ones that you could have played.
Matthew Berry - Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons
Sean Payton's contract extension befuddled many of us as his appointments of Rob Ryan and Dennis Allen have led to costing the New Orleans Saints trips to the playoffs. With their NFC-worst 3.1 points per drive, a Falcons offensive ass-kicking was going to be in the works as Ryan (19.9 points) along with the tailback tandem of Devonta Freeman (26.7) and Tevin Coleman (26.9) knocked out the Saints with a combined 73.5 points.
Michael Fabiano - LeGarrette Blount, RB, New England Patriots
With an allowance of 5.3 yards per carry during the first two weeks from the Houston Texans, it was good that Fabiano made the call on Blount. The seven-year pro rushed for 105 yards and two scores in the Pats' 27-0 shutout against the opponent of its former assistant, Bill O'Brien.
Jamey Eisenberg - Brock Osweiler, QB, Houston Texans
Very little rest with a flight from Houston to Foxboro, Osweiler's selection as a "sit em" player proved Eisenberg right.
Matthew Berry - Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills
The guy had injuries that inhibited his play last year and was outplayed by Marquise Goodwin, the Olympic sprinter hopeful that humiliated New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis for an 84-yard touchdown. With 63 yards receiving and no end-around reverses, wasn't a sit-down versus Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson an absolute obvious?
Michael Fabiano - Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
As a number-one flight receiver with 54 yards on 9 catches, Tate is unplayable in any league. After those two doozies, it's possible that dropping him may have been no hard decision.
Jamey Eisenberg - Melvin Gordon, RB, San Diego Chargers
After averaging 82.5 yards from scrimmage and scoring three touchdowns in his first two weeks, playing Melvin Gordon was a no-brainer against a tarred run defense like the Indianapolis Colts. With the allowance of 108 combined rushing yards on 19 carries from Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick and 120 on 29 from CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker, Gordon's 78 yards from scrimmage and one rushing touchdown should have been no surprise.
Matthew Berry - Dwayne Allen, TE, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck may have lost Donte Moncrief to injury, but that never meant that a five target-per-game tight end with annually maligned production was going to be Dallas Clark. Allen only caught 2 balls for 25 yards on 4 targets in Week 2, and if Moncrief was gone, Berry was better off recommending Philip Dorsett. With an average of 39 receiving yards in his first two weeks, Allen was not only unplayable but disappointing as he only caught for 35 in his Week 3 matchup versus the San Diego Chargers.
Michael Fabiano - Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys
The worthy Hall of Fame tight end may be a bad blocker for "Southwest America's Team," but that never meant that he was going to be the Jason Witten of ten years ago against the Chicago Bears. The guy only averaged 9.8 yards per catch and scored no touchdowns in his first two games, and that should alone be a red flag for someone entering his fourteenth season.
Jamey Eisenberg - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Sure, he may have had 19 fantasy points against the Cleveland Browns, but with the Browns making a quarterback better than the Fins' signal caller, Joe Flacco, look foolish with two interceptions and the majority of his points coming in garbage time against New England, starting Ryan Tannehill made no sense. I might be lazy for not posting this article on time, but Eisenberg shows how lazy he was by just using the Browns' reputation as laughing stock to prematurely recommend a flawed player. A person like him should do better research for a change because if a hometown fanbase wants this player gone before he bombs against Cleveland, recommending him to others around the country is as senseless as any Tannehill interception can be.