Can’t spell eliminated without Eli

By Kurt Schroeder, Evergreen columnist

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Start – Jason Snelling, RB, Falcons

Snelling has proved himself as a versatile back for Atlanta this season with the ability to compile yards both through the air and on the ground. In his last two games he rushed for 72 yards and one score along with 99 yards receiving and another trip to the end zone. Snelling will continue to see more opportunities this week with regular starting running back Steven Jackson still sidelined with a thigh contusion.

Sit – Trent Richardson, RB, Colts

After a monumental deal last week involving the Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis for Richardson, the majority of the league was left in awe. Although the move bodes well for the Colts, such is not the case for fantasy owners. Richardson was the featured back in Cleveland, but after a great start to the season by Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw with his 186 rushing yards and two touchdowns, the likelihood of Richardson producing on a consistent basis is about as steep as Pullman’s B Street.

Start – Alex Smith, QB, Chiefs

It’s getting to be that time of year when bye-weeks roll around and fantasy owners are scrambling for replacement players. With only 31.6 percent of leagues owning Smith, according to ESPN.com, he is a great pickup for any team looking for a QB. He has yet to throw an interception and will be going against a winless New York Giants team that has yet to find a pass rush.

Sit – Eli Manning, QB, Giants

Manning is putting together one of his worst seasons yet in the NFL. Although he is turning good numbers in terms of passing yardage, the lack of a running game in New York has forced him to throw the ball a lot more and take unnecessary risks. This has led to eight interceptions through three games, and a Ryan Leaf-like passer rating. Going up against a Kansas City Chiefs defense that is ranked fifth against the pass will not make Eli’s job any easier.