Week 3 Starts and Sits

September 22, 2019

 

This season has been quite unpredictable thus far.  Between the off the field drama and the surprise early breakouts, this is why we play fantasy football.  This is great stuff. I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as I am. Everything is beginning to come into focus and we are starting to get a clear picture of the fantasy landscape at this point.  Let's have a look at some start/sit situations for week 3:

 

QB

 

Start

 

 

Dak Prescott vs MIA -  This one is pretty obvious but I can't emphasize it enough.  If you have Dak, you have to start him against Miami.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Allen vs CIN-  Allen has been solid through the first two weeks.  He actually has the Bills at a 2-0 record. He has a great floor due to his rushing ability.  Allen also has a cake matchup this week. Plug and play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jimmy Garrapolo vs PIT-  As a Steeler's fan, it pains me to say that our secondary is awful.  Both Wilson and Brady lit the Steelers up for 25+ points. If you're searching for a streaming QB this week, Jimmy G. is your guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyler Murray vs CAR-  Through two weeks, the rookie has not disappointed.  Murray has thus far proven to be a consistent fantasy QB.  Like Josh Allen, Murray also has a solid floor due to his rushing ability.  

 

 

 

 

 

Sit

 

 

Baker Mayfield vs LAR-  Mayfield has been rather underwhelming so far.  He faces a tough defense led by the wrecking crew Aaron Donald.  If you have a better option, I'd take my chances and bench Baker this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Derek Carr @ MIN-  Minnesota has appeared to have restored their great defense from a couple years ago.  I think that their outside rushers will be getting to Carr quite often, which will lead to some bad decision making on his part.  I'd let Carr ride the pine in week 3.

 

 

 

 

 

Andy Dalton @ BUF-  Andy Dalton has been a pleasant surprise through 2 weeks.  However, Buffalo has a great pass defense. They're going to cause some trouble for Dalton.  I don't think he will be a complete flop, but I'm sure you will have better options.

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Goff @ CLE-  Goff has been mediocre so far.  If you take away his rushing touchdown last week, he had a very pedestrian outing.  Garrett is going to apply a ton of pressure on Goff. I'd look elsewhere if I were a Goff owner.

 

 

 

 

RB

 

Start

 

 

Josh Jacobs @ MIN-  Oakland is going to have to match Minnesota's run game.  I look for this game to be all defense and rushing. Jacobs can do it all.  If I'm a Jacobs owner, he's in my starting line up.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marlon Mack vs ATL-  Dalvin Cook absolutely torched the Falcons defense on the ground.  I look for Indy to run the ball a lot so that they can keep Atlanta's offense off of the field.  Mack will be a solid RB2 this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Michel vs NYJ-  New England should have this game wrapped up by halftime.  Michel will most likely be the closer. I would slot Michel in my starting lineup if I were looking for a safe play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Gore vs CIN-  Ah, the ageless wonder has found his way into the start column.  This guy is truly impressive. At the ripe age of 105, Gore pretty much has this backfield all to himself due to Singletary's injury.  Fire him up if you have him, he's still got some left in the tank.

 

 

 

 

Sit

 

 

Adrian Peterson vs CHI-  This one is pretty self-explanatory.  Avoid situations where you are starting guys who are playing against this great defense.  No AP for me this week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Mixon @ BUF-  Where did we go wrong?  Mixon was primed to be a surefire RB2 all season.  He has been very disappointing in 2 weeks. There are a few reasons for that.  Bengals are passing on over 70% of their plays and Mixon is playing on a sprained ankle.  Keep him on the bench until he shows us something or has an amazing matchup.

 

 

 

Miles Sanders vs DET-  Sanders has great talent, but he has yet to turn that into production.  The Eagles haven't had much success on the ground so far. I would leave Sanders on my bench for a few weeks as I believe him to be a late-season breakout candidate.

 

 

 

 

 

Devonta Freeman @ IND-  Freeman was primed to have a great season this year...until the season actually started.  Ito Smith is eating into his touches and Freeman is getting blown up behind the line. I would feel very iffy about starting Freeman in week 3. 

 

 

 

WR

 

Start

 

 

Larry Fitzgerald vs CAR-  Fitz appears to have found the fountain of youth again...Kyler Murray has rejuvenated Fitz.  He's put up great numbers through 2 weeks. Fitz will look to continue his strong production against a struggling Panthers team.

 

 

 

 

 

Marquise Brown @ KC-  This game is going to be an absolute barn burner.  Both teams look unstoppable on offense. If you have any Baltimore or Kansas City skill position players, you should be starting them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Brown vs CIN-  John Brown has resurrected his career in Buffalo.  The once-promising receiver has found himself a nice role in this offense as Josh Allen's favorite target.  This trend will continue against a very porous Bengals secondary.

 

 

 

 

 

Kenny Golladay @ PHI-  Kenny G. Is going to keep this strong start rolling in week 3 against an inconsistent Eagles' secondary.  He has looked to be every bit of a number 1 receiver. Keep starting this guy until he gives us a reason not to.

 

 

 

 

 

Sit

 

 

Terry McLaurin vs CHI-  Scary Terry won't be so scary this week against an immaculate Bears' defense.  He has been great up until this point, but I think he gets held in check in this tough week 3 matchup.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyrell Williams @ MIN-  Williams has surprisingly been a viable WR1 for the Raiders.  However, Tyrell will struggle against a stout Minnesota defense.  This game has ground game and defense written all over it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.J. Moore @ CAR-  Moore will be without his starting quarterback for this week 3 matchup.  I know that Cam hasn't been great this year, but we know that he loves throwing to Moore.  Without Cam in the game, who knows where the targets will go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Williams vs HOU-  Williams has been kind of disappointing so far.  It's not his fault though. He's battling an injury.  I would keep him out of your lineup until he is fully healthy.  

 

 

 

 

TE

 

Start

 

 

Mark Andrews @ KC-  As previously stated, this game is going to be a shootout.  Lamar Jackson loves throwing to Mandrews. This guy is a beast.  Keep rolling him out there until he fails you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Olsen @ ARI-  Olsen has been serviceable this year.  With Cam out, the Panthers will be starting Kyle Allen at quarterback.  He will rely on Olsen as somewhat of a security blanket throughout this game.  Start him up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vance McDonald @ SF-  McDonald came to life once Mason Rudolph took over for Big Ben.  He caught two touchdown passes from Rudolph. Look for more of the same from Vance this week as Rudolph will rely on his big target in the seam.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darren Waller @ MIN-  Hyped up by the hit show "Hard Knocks", Waller has been a solid tight end option.  He is receiving a lot of targets, and most importantly, he's catching those targets.  Keep starting Waller.

 

 

 

 

 

Sit

 

 

O.J. Howard vs NYG-  This guy is killing us.  He is such a talented player.  His usage is frustrating. I can't say that I didn't see this coming though.  Arians isn't known for using his tight ends often. I would leave Howard on the bench until he gives us a game to write home about.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

T.J. Hockenson @ PHI-  We thought we had ourselves a rookie TE1 after the first week of the season.  Then he laid a stinker on us in week 2. I find him hard to trust after his week 2 performance.  I would hold off starting him until we see a little consistency.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Cook @ SEA-  Cook was supposed to be the second coming of Jimmy Graham in New Orleans.  Well, he isn't. And now Drew Brees will be out for 6 to 8 weeks. I'm looking elsewhere for a tight end.


 

 

 

 

 

Eric Ebron vs ATL-  Ebron scored a touchdown last week.  Don't get too excited. He is getting out-snapped quite a bit by his counterpart Jack Doyle.  Don't count on Ebron for any sort of consistency. Find someone else.

 

 

 

 

 

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