Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/29/12

The Arizona Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974.

Combining a stout defense with a little bit of luck the Cardinals have beaten both the Patriots and the Eagles.

With a backup quarterback and a poor rushing game the Cardinals are one of the early surprise teams of the season.

Starting a rookie quarterback is always a big decision, unless it is 2012 where it is the "sexy" thing to do, five rookie quarterbacks started on opening day this season.

The Miami Dolphins are one of those five teams as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill beat out veteran Matt Moore in training camp. Having a lack of talent on their roster the Dolphins have done all they can to be a 1-2 team after the first three weeks.

 

Arizona Cardinals (3-0): Kevin Kolb is by no means a good starting quarterback and is not a fantasy option. That's all.

Beanie Wells has been sent to the "designated to return" I.R. and will miss at least eight weeks. With Wells out, Ryan Williams becomes the workhorse back for the Cardinals' backfield and could be worth a start this week if you have some dinged up running backs.

Larry Fitzgerald can not be sat. After a performance like last week he shows that he will still get his no matter what the surrounding circumstances may be.

Andre Roberts is teetering on fantasy relevance having two touchdowns already and putting up decent numbers with Kolb at quarterback. Roberts isn't quite there yet but is a guy to keep an eye on throughout the year.

Good starts: Larry Fitzgerald

Middle of the road: Ryan Williams, Andre Roberts

Bad starts: Kevin Kolb

 

Miami Dolphins (1-2): Ryan Tannehill is much like Kolb and not yet a fantasy option.

Reggie Bush left the game early last week with what is being called a bruised knee. He put in limited practices all week and is expected to play. Miami beat writers say he looks healthy and nimble. If he plays, you play him as he is the center piece to the Miami Dolphins' offense.

Brian Hartline had a hard time following up his big week 2 performance as the Dolphins played the Jets who had Darrelle Revis covering him most of the game before going down with an injury. Don't let one game discourage you enough to drop him, Hartline is still a good roster stash.

Davone Bess has underperformed to this point. Supposedly coming in as the No. 1 receiver for the Dolphins, Bess has struggled and is simply not a good X receiver. Bess serves best as a complimentary receiving option.

Anthony Fasano is not a good option at tight end. There are easily 20 or more options in front of him.

Good starts: --

Middle of the road: Reggie Bush, Brian Hartline

Bad starts: Ryan Tennehill, Davone Bess, Anthony Fasano

 

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