I have to admit, with the state of the National Football League the last few weeks, this weekly fantasy football column has been nothing short of therapeutic for me.

I am sick and tired of talking about Ray Rice, sick and tired of Greg Hardy, of Adrian Peterson (really happy I did not draft him in any leagues), of Roger Goodell, of protecting “The Shield,” of their drug policies and their new stance against domestic violence.

Remember when we used to just talk football?

That to me is the best part of this column. I do not have to sit here and spew my thoughts on the above topics ad nauseum as several other media outlets are doing.

And for the record, it is not all the media outlets fault. People say they do not want to hear any more about the drug and domestic violence policies and their stances, but when I listen to sports talk radio, that is all the callers talk about. If you do not like the discussion, change the conversation. Which I am about to do.

Fantasy football is about the sports nuts and bolts. It is driven by stats and performances. And that being said, there were plenty of stats from last week's games, including two gargantuan performances from Jordy Nelson and Antonio Gates. Odds are if they were on your team last week, I would be willing to bet you made a notch in the win column for week 2.

Here are my starts and sits for week 3:

Start: Knile Davis, Kansas City — Jamaal Charles will be out for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain, an injury that always seems to linger longer than people think. Davis was an obvious handcuff to the injury-prone Charles from the get-go, yet he was unowned in many leagues prior to week 2's games. I owned him in one league prior to week 2 and promptly picked him up following Charles' injury. Hopefully you did as well, trampling people to the waiver wire in the process. I expect Miami to get a heavy dose of Davis this weekend and a second-straight two-touchdown game is in play for Davis, who is a borderline RB1 this week. Start, start, start!

Start: Brian Quick, St. Louis — Quick is living up to his name through two weeks in St. Louis, as he caught seven passes for 72 yards against Tampa Bay last week. Obviously playing against Dallas should yield another high return on Quick, who has emerged as the No. 1 target for quarterback Austin Davis. Quick is an upside wide receiver play or flex play.

Start: James Jones, Oakland — Jones, the former Green Bay Packer, has 12 catches for 142 yards and two touchdowns through two games. I would consider Jones as a flex play against New England if you have been bit by the injury bug, particularly since I expect New England to score 40 points against the Raiders, which should give Jones some garbage-time catches in the fourth quarter.

Start: Danny Woodhead, San Diego — We all remember Woodhead from his year's with the New England Patriots, but he is now soaking up the sun in San Diego with Phillip Rivers and the Chargers. Ryan Matthews went down with an injury last week and while Donald Brown likely will be the starting running back, it will be Woodhead who could really reap benefits for fantasy owners, particularly those in PPR leagues. Consider him Darren Sproles-lite. I see many short-yardage catches for Woodhead and a touchdown for sure.

Sit: Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh — Roethlisberger has been underwhelming through the first two weeks, but there is not necessarily any cause for panic long-term. But Pittsburgh travels to Carolina Sunday to face a Panther team that allowed only seven points to Detroit last week. Other than Antonio Brown, the Steelers have an underwhelming receiving core, which could mean lots of checkdown throws for Big Ben and down week for fantasy points. If you have a viable backup, I would consider making the swap this week.

Sit: Eric Decker, N.J. Jets — The undersized Decker re-aggravated a hamstring injury in the team's week 2 loss to Green Bay, and playing Monday night against a Bears defense that wants to show it is among the league's top-tier units despite allowing 21.5 points per game through two weeks likely will not bode well for fantasy owners. Plus, holding a spot for him through Monday when he may not even play anyway, as he is listed as questionable on the injury report, would not be the best idea. Time to get another wide receiver some reps on your team this week.

Sit: Justin Hunter, Tennessee — One of my starts from week 2 (they were playing Dallas), Hunter owners would be smart to think twice about sitting him this week in their road game against the Bengals, who have roared out of the gate thus far this season. Cincinnati's top-tier secondary led by Leon Hall, Adam “Pacman” Jones and Terrance Newman, among others, will give Hunter and other Titan wide receivers fits this week. Start at your own risk.

Sit: Trent Richardson, Indianapolis — Sure he had a fine game against Philadelphia, but the Eagles defense is pretty bad. And when you fumble the ball twice against a pretty bad defense, even if you did gain 79 yards on 21 carries, that is got to be a red flag. Also Ahmad Bradshaw thrived against the Eagles and may see even more carries this week against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars. Richardson is a risky play at best.

Do not forget to email me your questions with “Fantasy Advice” in the subject line to mhaskell@villagesoup.com, or ask me a question in the comments section and I will attempt to answer it before Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff.

Until next week …