Week 3 Start/Sit For Fantasy Football

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Week 3 Start/Sit For Fantasy Football

Hopefully Thursday night was a success for everyone, from a fantasy perspective. Below is a reminder of how this article will be laid out, followed by the rest of my Week 3 start/sit.

Must Start: These are players that you’re starting week-to-week, regardless of the opponent.

Flex Start: These are players who are more opponent dependent or players you might need to start depending on league size. This is also a spot where some of the stars have tougher matchups, but you are still starting them.

Sits: These are players that don’t have a good matchup or don’t have much of a role in their team’s offense.

In order for me to be able to cover every team’s matchup, the explanations will be brief. I do base these recommendations on my fantasy football experience along with the necessary research. Let’s dive into the rest of week 3.

Bengals @ Bills

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Cincinnati Bengals:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Joe Mixon (RB), John Ross (WR) Tyler Boyd (WR)

Sit: Andy Dalton (QB) Giovani Bernard (RB) Tyler Eifert (TE) C.J. Uzomah (TE)

This isn’t a great match up all around for the Bengals skill players, as the Bills have a very solid defense. Dalton has gotten off to a surprisingly hot start, in Zac Taylor’s offense, but I think he’s kept in check this week. With Mixon looking healthy, there won’t be much use for Bernard. The Bengals tight ends are pretty touchdown-dependent so far this season and are best left off your bench.

Buffalo Bills:

Must Start: Josh Allen (QB) John Brown (WR)

Flex Start: Frank Gore (RB) Cole Beasley (WR)

Through the first 2 weeks of the season, the Bengals have allowed 331 rushing yards on 67 carries, which is about 5 yards a carry.

Sit: Devin Singletary (RB) Zay Jones (WR) Tyler Kroft (TE)

Singletary is still recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered, last week. Jones hasn’t been very involved in the offense so far this season. Kroft is fully recovered from his foot injury but isn’t someone I’m sold on.

Dolphins @ Cowboys

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Miami Dolphins:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: All Dolphins

Dallas Cowboys:

Must Start: All Cowboys

Flex Start: Devin Smith (WR)

Sit: Michael Gallup (WR)

He will undergo arthroscopic surgery to trim his meniscus and be out 2-4 weeks, Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Broncos @ Packers

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Denver Broncos:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Philip Lindsay (RB) Royce Freeman (RB) Emmanuel Sanders (WR)

These two running backs are in an even timeshare, if I can afford to sit them, I would. Flacco seems to have developed a connection with Sanders, who’s posted 16 receptions on 20 targets for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Sit: Joe Flacco (QB) Courtland Sutton (WR) DaeSean Hamilton (WR) Noah Fant (TE)

The Green Bay defense is much improved from a year ago and should give most of Denver’s offensive skill players issues.

Green Bay Packers:

Must Start: Aaron Rodgers (QB) Aaron Jones (RB) Davante Adams (WR)

Both rookie running backs Josh Jacobs and David Montgomery rushed for 147 yards on 41 carries and 3 touchdowns.

Flex Start: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR) Geronimo Allison (WR)

Sit: Jimmy Graham (TE)

Over the first 2 weeks, tight ends have combined for 119 receiving yards, against Denver, making Graham a sit this week.

Falcons @ Colts

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Atlanta Falcons:

Must Start: Matt Ryan (QB) Julio Jones (WR)

The Colts have given up 487 passing yards and 4 touchdowns through 2 weeks. Ryan has thrown for 624 yards and 5 touchdowns but does have 5 interceptions as well, through 2 weeks. I think he and Julio has a strong showing this week.

Flex Start: Calvin Ridley (WR)

Sit: Devonte Freeman (RB) Ito Smith (RB)

Falcons can’t get their running game going so far this season and they have suffered a few injuries along their offensive line as well.

Indianapolis Colts:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Marlon Mack (RB) T.Y. Hilton (WR)

Sit: Jacoby Brissett (QB) Chester Rogers (WR) Parris Campbell (WR) Eric Ebron (TE) Jack Doyle (TE)

The Falcons pass defense has been solid through the first 2 weeks of the season. They have allowed 2 passing touchdowns and also have 2 interceptions, to start this season. I think this might be a run-heavy game plan for the Colts, in week 3.

Ravens @ Chiefs

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Baltimore Ravens:

Must Start: Lamar Jackson (QB) Mark Ingram (RB) Marquise Brown (WR) Mark Andrews (TE)

This game has shootout written all over it and you want any piece of these types of offenses you can get. If Mark Andrews plays then he’s a must-start, if not then a sit.

Flex Start: Miles Boykin (WR)

He’s here assuming Andrews doesn’t play, if Andrews plays he’s a sit. He could be in this section sooner rather than later though as his snap count went from 18 in week 1 to 38 in week 2.

Sit: Willie Snead (WR) Nick Boyle (TE) Hayden Hurst (TE)

His snap count decreased from week 1 (50) to (44) in week 2, not a good sign for an offense that has been rolling to start the season.

Kansas City Chiefs:

Must Start: Patrick Mahomes (QB) Travis Kelce (TE)

Flex Start: Demarcus Robinson (WR) Sammy Watkins (WR) Mecole Hardman (WR)

Not sure which wide receiver will go off, it could be all of them, who knows.

Sit: All running backs

Baltimore has allowed 41 rushing yards over the first two games.

Raiders @ Vikings

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Oakland Raiders:

Must Start: Darren Waller (TE)

His playing time and volume along with injuries to other skill players should give him plenty of work, for week 3.

Flex Start: Tyrell Williams (WR)

This is assuming he’s cleared to play in week 3, if not he’s a sit.

Sit: Derek Carr (QB) Josh Jacobs (RB)

Minnesota Vikings:

Must Start: Dalvin Cook (RB)

He’s the second-best running back, in fantasy football, through two weeks.

Flex Start: Adam Thielen (WR) Stefon Diggs (WR)

If the Broncos and Chiefs were successful, why not these two guys??

Sit: Kirk Cousins (QB) Kyle Rudolph (TE)

While Rudolph’s snap count went up by 12 from week 1 to week 2, he’s still not producing.

Jets @ Patriots

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New York Jets:

Must Start: Le’Veon Bell (RB)

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Everyone not named Le’Veon Bell

New England Patriots:

Must Start: Everyone else

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: James White (RB) Josh Gordon (WR) Tight Ends Phillip Dorsett (WR)

Lions @ Eagles

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Detroit Lions:

Must Start: Kenny Golladay (WR)

Flex Start: Matthew Stafford (QB) Kerryon Johnson (RB) Marvin Jones (WR) T.J. Hockenson (TE)

Philadelphia has allowed 105 receiving yards and a touchdown to tight ends through two weeks. Johnson could see a slight increase in his workload, for this week, with the release of running back C.J. Anderson.

Sit: Danny Amendola (WR)

Philadelphia Eagles:

Must Start: Zach Ertz (TE)

With all the injuries on offense, he should get all the work he can handle in week 3.

Flex Start: Carson Wentz (QB) Miles Sanders (RB) Jordan Howard (RB) Darren Sproles (RB) Nelson Agholor (WR)

Agholor could see an increased workload to the point you have to start him, just on that alone. It wouldn’t shock me to see Sproles line up as a wide receiver in this game, with all the injuries and unproven depth at wide receiver.

Sit: Alshon Jeffery (WR) DeSean Jackson (WR)

Both seem to be trending in the wrong direction for this week’s game.

Panthers @ Cardinals

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Carolina Panthers:

Must Start: Christian McCaffrey (RB) Greg Olsen (TE)

With Newton not playing, these two players should be busy, this week.

Flex Start: D.J. Moore (WR)

Sit: Cam Newton (QB) Kyle Allen (QB) Curtis Samuel (WR) Chris Hogan (WR)

This is all assuming Cam Newton doesn’t play in week 3 due to a foot injury.

Arizona Cardinals:

Must Start: Kyler Murray (QB) David Johnson (RB) Larry Fitzgerald (WR)

The Panthers have given up 266 rushing yards through the first two weeks. Fitzgerald looks to be Murry’s go-to target, early on in this season.

Flex Start: Christian Kirk (WR)

Sit: Tight Ends

Giants @ Buccaneers

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New York Giants:

Must Start: Saquon Barkley (RB) Evan Engram (TE)

With Daniel Jones under center, these two should see plenty of work this week.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Daniel Jones (QB) All Giants wide receivers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Must Start: Mike Evans (WR) Chris Godwin (WR)

Looking for these guys and Winston to get back on track this week.

Flex Start: Jameis Winston (QB) Peyton Barber (RB)

The Giants have allowed 240 rushing yards through two weeks.

Sit: Ronald Jones (RB) O.J. Howard (TE)

We need to see Howard involved in the offense before confidently playing him. I would much rather bench both Barber and Jones if possible.

Saints @ Seahawks

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New Orleans Saints:

Must Start: Alvin Kamara (RB) Michael Thomas (WR)

Both quarterbacks should be feeding Kamara and targeting Thomas this week.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Taysom Hill (QB) Latavius Murray (RB) Ted Ginn (WR) Tre’Quan Smith (WR) Jared Cook (TE)

Sean Payton refused to name a week 3 starter, plus both guys should see some run. I could see Cook at as desperation play, due to the lack of tight end production, but I’d rather sit him.

Seattle Seahawks:

Must Start: Russell Wilson (QB) Chris Carson (RB) Tyler Lockett (WR)

The Saints have allowed 551 passing yards and 295 rushing yards through the first two weeks of the season.

Flex Start: Rashaad Penny (RB) DK Metcalf (WR) Will Disley (TE)

Through two weeks the Saints have only given up 59 receiving yards to tight ends. I’d prefer to sit Disley if at all possible.

Sit: N/A

Texans @ Chargers

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Houston Texans:

Must Start: Deshaun Watson (QB) DeAndre Hopkins (WR)

Flex Start: Carlos Hyde (RB) Duke Johnson (RB) Will Fuller (WR)

The Chargers have allowed 297 rushing yards and 435 receiving yards, through two weeks.

Sit: Kenny Stills (WR) Keke Coutee (WR) Tight Ends

Not sure which of Stills or Coutee will produce this week, as they are both seeing fewer snaps than Fuller, alongside Hopkins.

Los Angeles Chargers:

Must Start: Austin Ekeler (RB) Keenan Allen (WR)

Ekeler is the top running back in fantasy football through two weeks and Rivers loves to target Allen.

Flex Start: Phillip Rivers (QB) Mike Williams (WR)

The Texans have allowed 575 passing yards so far this season, which bodes well for Rivers and Williams, this week.

Sit: Justin Jackson (RB) Travis Benjamin (WR) Tight Ends

Steelers @ 49ers

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Pittsburgh Steelers:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: James Conner (RB) Juju Smith-Schuster (WR) Vance McDonald (TE)

The 49ers have allowed 146 rushing yards and 505 receiving yards so far this season. Your starting Conner based on volume, he’s more of an RB2/flex this week.

Sit: Mason Rudolph (QB) James Washington (WR)

I want to see if the connection between the two translates to an NFL game.

San Francisco 49ers:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) Matt Breida (RB) Deebo Samuel (WR) George Kittle (TE)

Curious to see if Jimmy can build off last week’s performance. Tom Brady and Russell Wilson had success against the Steelers defense, can Jimmy make it three weeks in a row? The Steelers have only allowed 250 rushing yards through two games. Kittle has only seen 13 targets and zero touchdowns this season, hopefully, he gets more involved this week.

Sit: All other wide receivers

Rams @ Browns

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Los Angeles Rams:

Must Start: Todd Gurley (RB)

I think this game will be competitive which means Gurley should see more snaps. The Browns have allowed 216 rushing yards this season.

Flex Start: All three wide receivers

Not sure which player(s) will produce week to week.

Sit: Jared Goff (QB) Tight Ends

Goff has gotten off to a slow start, compared to years past.

Cleveland Browns:

Must Start: Nick Chubb (RB)

CMC had his way against this Rams defense in week 1 rushing for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

Flex Start: Baker Mayfield (QB) Odell Beckham (WR)

Baker like Goff hasn’t gotten off to the start that most expected, not sure it gets much better this week.

Sit: Jarvis Landry (WR) Tight Ends

Landry has gotten off to a slow start this season and I don’t see that changing this week.

Bears @ Redskins (Monday Night)

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Chicago Bears:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: David Montgomery (RB) Allen Robinson (WR)

The Redskins have allowed 336 rushing yards this season. Montgomery also saw a bigger workload last week.

Sit: Mitchell Trubisky (QB) Tarik Cohen (RB) All other wide receivers Trey Burton (TE)

Trubisky has a good chance to turn it around this week. Washington has given up 582 passing yards and 6 touchdowns, I just need to see it from Trubisky first. The Bears have the 30th ranked offense two weeks in.

Washington Redskins:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Terry McLaurin (WR)

He’s been the most consistent offensive player two weeks into this season, seeing 16 targets and has 187 receiving yards 2 touchdowns.

Sit: Case Keenum (QB) Adrian Peterson (RB) Chris Thompson (RB) Vernon Davis (TE) Paul Richardson (WR) Trey Quinn (WR)

Not a fan of this offense and I think the Bears defense has their way here. The Redskins have the 25th ranked offense two weeks in.

Good luck in week 3 and remember don’t overthink your lineup decisions this week.


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