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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts and sits

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 starts and sits

Here are your start and sit options for Week 3. Also, take a look at the Week 3 position-by-position rankings. Good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

Start – Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Steelers. The Fitzmagic cast spells on opposing defenses in the opening two games as the journeyman passers set an impressive bar for all fantasy football players. The spotlight goes next level with a Monday night matchup against a Pittsburgh squad (0-1-1) seeking its first win. The Steelers enter Week 3 allowing the second-most fantasy points to  quarterbacks. There’s certainly a chance Fitzpatrick turns back into a pumpkin – or at least the average QB he’s largely been during his career – but momentum and matchup makes for a good opportunity.

Sit – Dak Prescott at Seahawks. Carson Wentz making his return to the field for the first time since last season’s ACL injury is the obvious don’t use call, but let’s go down the PSA route. Even you blind-homer Dallas fans realize your guy should be glued to the bench, right? Actually, considering Prescott has one touchdown, 330 passing yards total through two games and limited receiver options, it’s conceivable if not likely there are better options (Ryan Tannehill? Blake Bortles?) on the waiver wire. Don’t expect an uptick in production this seek as Dallas plays guest in Seattle’s first game home game of the season.

Running backs

Start – Giovani Bernard at Panthers. Here comes a workload rise for Bernard with Joe Mixon (knee) sidelined. Though a downgrade for the Bengals’, fantasy owners shouldn’t expect a noticeable drop. Bernard produced throughout his career when receiving ample touches, a scenario that happens Sunday. With at least 15 touches in Cincinnati’s final five games last season, the dual threat had 11, 19, 13, 29 and 13 fantasy points in PPR formats. Even though Carolina is stout against the run, Bernard ranks a borderline RB1 in Week 3.

Sit –Chris Carson vs. Cowboys. There’s a backfield split with rookie Raashad Penny occurring, a scenario frustrating for Carson owners who bought into the preseason hype. There’s facing a Dallas defense that held Saquon Barkley to 28 yards on 11 carries last week (The rookie also had 14 receptions, of course). It might not be conceivable to bench Carson depending on other options. Just don’t get hyped for this matchup.

Wide receivers

Start – Dante Pettis at Chiefs. This deep cut depends on whether Marquise Goodwin missed a second consecutive game. The 49ers face a Chiefs defense giving up gobs of aerial production through two games, including four touchdowns to wide receivers and a league-worst 40 receptions. Only three receptions on the season and just a 1-for-35 line last week, but Pettis scored a TD in the opener. If Goodwin plays and Pettis’ snaps drop yet you still seek a long shot play, consider Josh Doctson a hold-your-nose flyer. Washington is dealing with injuries at receiver. Tight end Jordan Reed only played half the snaps during the first two weeks. Green Bay is allowing the fourth-most wide receiver production in PPR formats. 

Sit – Demaryius Thomas at Ravens. Until proven otherwise Thomas’ reputation trumps reality. Emmanuel Sanders is the Denver receiver putting up quality numbers (14 receptions for 231 yards vs. 11 and 81 for Thomas). As Rotoworld’s Evan Silva notes, receivers are torching Baltimore’s slot corner Tavon Young. The slot is where Sanders lines up often and where Broncos quarterback Case Keenum will look.

Tight ends

Start – O.J. Howard vs. Steelers. Either tight end in this matchup works for owners in need, but Howard’s potential easily trumps Jesse James. Five receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown in two games more than works, but is particularly impressive considering six total targets. The lack of balls thrown his way is a bit concerning, but the Steelers allowed the fifth most points to fantasy tight ends through two weeks. Good chance Tampa Bay gets Howard more involved.

Sit – Austin Seferian-Jenkins vs. Titans. Despite dealing with a core muscle injury, Seferian-Jenkins wasn’t listed on Friday’s injury report. That means he’s available to face a Tennessee defense that allowed opposing tight ends four receptions for 51 yards over its first two games. There’s always hope for a touchdown, but between ASJ’s limited production (averaging 3 for 24) and the Titans’ solid work, look elsewhere if possible.

Defenses

Start – Cowboys at Seahawks. Russell Wilson has been sacked 12 times on the season and thrown three interceptions. Even if Seattle pulls off its first win of the season, Dallas’ defense should post solid fantasy numbers.

Sit – Chargers at Rams. One of these Los Angeles teams is allowing opposing defenses a mere 2.5 fantasy points. That team has Jared Goff at quarterback. The Chargers teed off on Buffalo last week. Things won’t come nearly as easily against the NFC West favorite.

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Fantasy Football: Week 3 rankings

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Look at the Washington Redskins' situation entering Week 3. It's soooo early in the season to suggest the Green Bay matchup equals must win, but... considering the possibility of a 1-2 record entering the bye week and falling to 0-2 at home, one could make that claim. 

That prior paragraph has nothing to do with fantasy football -- except teams at 0-2 really, really need a W. I'll let Elias Sports Bureau tell us how many teams that start 0-3 reach the fantasy playoffs, but it cannot be good. Let's do something about that.

Here's a look at my Week 3 rankings. These rankings are for standard scoring leagues. Keep track of injury situations, including Aaron Rodgers, Leonard Fournette, Paul Richardson and Evan Engram. Good luck out there. 

Quarterbacks

1.  Patrick Mahomes, KC
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
4.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
5.  Drew Brees, NO
 
6.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
7.  Kirk Cousins, MIN
 
8.  Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB
 
9.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
10.  Jimmy Garoppolo, SF
 
11.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
12.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
13.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
14.  Carson Wentz, PHI
 
15.  Andrew Luck, IND
 
16.  Tyrod Taylor, CLE
 
17.  Alex Smith, WAS
 
18.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
19.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
20.  Ryan Tannehill, MIA
 
21.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
22.  Case Keenum, DEN
 
23.  Mitch Trubisky, CHI
 
24.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
25.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
26.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
27.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
28.  Sam Darnold, NYJ
 
29.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
30.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
31.  Sam Bradford, ARI
 
32.  Josh Allen, BUF 

Running backs

1.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
2.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
3.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
4.  James Conner, PIT
 
5.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
6.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
7.  Saquon Barkley, NYG
 
8.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
9.  David Johnson, ARI
 
10.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
11.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
12.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
13.  Kenyan Drake, MIA
 
14.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
15.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
16.  Jay Ajayi, PHI
 
17.  Alex Collins, BAL
 
18.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
19.  Carlos Hyde, CLE
 
20.  Matt Breida, SF
 
21.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
22.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
23.  Adrian Peterson, WAS
 
24.  Peyton Barber, TB
 
25.  Phillip Lindsay, DEN
 
26.  Jamaal Williams, GB
 
27.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
28.  Dion Lewis, TEN
 
29.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
30.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
31.  Latavius Murray, MIN
 
32.  James White, NE
 
33.  Isaiah Crowell, NYJ
 
34.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
35.  Alfred Morris, SF
 
36.  Kerryon Johnson, DET
 
37.  T.J. Yeldon, JAC
 
38.  Sony Michel, NE
 
39.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
40.  Corey Clement, PHI
 
41.  Royce Freeman, DEN
 
42.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
43.  Austin Ekeler, LAC
 
44.  Rashaad Penny, SEA
 
45.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
46.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
47.  Frank Gore, MIA
 
48.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
49.  Jordan Wilkins, IND
 
50.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
51.  Ito Smith, ATL
 
52.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
53.  Corey Grant, JAC
 
54.  Nyheim Hines, IND
 
55.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
56.  Aaron Jones, GB
 
57.  C.J. Anderson, CAR
 
58.  LeGarrette Blount, DET
 
59.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
60.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
3.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
4.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
5.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
6.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
7.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
8.  Mike Evans, TB
 
9.  JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
 
10.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
11.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
12.  Davante Adams, GB
 
13.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
14.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
15.  Brandin Cooks, LAR
 
16.  Jarvis Landry, CLE
 
17.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
18.  Golden Tate, DET
 
19.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Allen Robinson, CHI
 
22.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
23.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
24.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
25.  Sammy Watkins, KC
 
26.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
27.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
28.  Robert Woods, LAR
 
29.  Keelan Cole, JAC
 
30.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
31.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
32.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
33.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
34.  Will Fuller, HOU
 
35.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
36.  Quincy Enunwa, NYJ
 
37.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
38.  Michael Crabtree, BAL
 
39.  John Brown, BAL
 
40.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
41.  Marquise Goodwin, SF
 
42.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
43.  Chris Godwin, TB
 
44.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
45.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
46.  Brandon Marshall, SEA
 
47.  Geronimo Allison, GB
 
48.  Phillip Dorsett, NE
 
49.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
50.  Dede Westbrook, JAC
 
51.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
52.  Tyler Boyd, CIN
 
53.  Calvin Ridley, ATL
 
54.  Paul Richardson, WAS
 
55.  Antonio Callaway, CLE
 
56.  Dante Pettis, SF
 
57.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
58.  Danny Amendola, MIA
 
59.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
60.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
61.  Kelvin Benjamin, BUF
 
62.  Mike Williams, LAC
 
63.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
64.  Jordy Nelson, OAK
 
65.  Kamar Aiken, PHI
 
66.  John Ross, CIN
 
67.  Donte Moncrief, JAC
 
68.  Albert Wilson, MIA
 
69.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
70.  Josh Doctson, WAS

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Jimmy Graham, GB
 
5.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
6.  George Kittle, SF
 
7.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
8.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
9.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
10.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
11.  O.J. Howard, TB
 
12.  Trey Burton, CHI
 
13.  David Njoku, CLE
 
14.  Eric Ebron, IND
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Benjamin Watson, NO
 
17.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC
 
18.  Tyler Eifert, CIN
 
19.  Jesse James, PIT
 
20.  Ricky Seals-Jones, ARI
 
21.  Ian Thomas, CAR
 
22.  Will Dissly, SEA
 
23.  Ryan Griffin, HOU
 
24.  Vance McDonald, PIT
 
25.  Jonnu Smith, TEN

Defenses

1.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
2.  Chicago Bears, CHI
 
3.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
4.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
5.  Houston Texans, HOU
 
6.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
7.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
8.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
9.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
10.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
11.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
12.  Dallas Cowboys, DAL
 
13.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
14.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
15.  New York Jets, NYJ
 
16.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
17.  Cincinnati Bengals, CIN
 
18.  New York Giants, NYG
 
19.  New England Patriots, NE
 
20.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT

Kickers

1.  Harrison Butker, KC
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Dan Bailey, MIN
 
4.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
5.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
6.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
7.  Wil Lutz, NO
 
8.  Jake Elliott, PHI
 
9.  Sam Ficken, LAR
 
10.  Matt Prater, DET
 
11.  Chandler Catanzaro, TB
 
12.  Josh Lambo, JAC
 
13.  Robbie Gould, SF
 
14.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
15.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
16.  Ka'imi Fairbairn, HOU
 
17.  Jason Sanders, MIA
 
18.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
19.  Sebastian Janikowski, SEA
 
20.  Cody Parkey, CHI

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Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts and sits

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Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts and sits

Here are your start and sit options for Week 2. Also, take a look at the Week 2 position-by-position rankings. Good luck out there.

Quarterbacks

Start – Ben Roethlisberger vs. Chiefs. Veteran fantasy players know Big Ben clocks opponents at home and struggles on the road. Good news: Pittsburgh hosts a Kansas City defense that allowed 424 passes by Philip Rivers in the opener. Roethlisberger is dealing with an elbow injury, but he participated in practice fully Friday.

Sit – Tom Brady at Jaguars. I get it. You’re not sitting Tom Terrific no matter what. Honestly, I don’t blame you. The reality is your backup likely isn’t one of the names slotted ahead of Brady in the rankings. This mention is just letting owners know this week might not be so golden against a nasty Jacksonville defense. Brady is QB13 this week. He’s also Tom Brady, which is why almost nobody would have the guts to sit him. Still…

Running backs

Start – Adrian Peterson vs. Colts. There’s the temptation to use quarterback Alex Smith’s tasty matchup against arguably the league’s worst set of corners, but wow are Washington’s receivers beat up. Instead, let’s go with the power-backed back who received 26 carries last week as the Redskins played with a big lead after halftime. Considering the opponent, it’s conceivable Washington faces a similar scenario in its home opener. Factor in the injuries at receiver – Paul Richardson didn’t practice Friday and the backup options are in total flux – and Peterson should remain busy.

Sit –Jamaal Williams vs. Vikings. The de facto starter with Aaron Jones sitting with a two-week suspension rushed for 47 yards on 15 carries against the Bears in Week 1. Not great, Bob. Now Green Bay faces a fierce Minnesota front-7 that kept San Francisco’s ground game in check last week. Williams will need a touchdown to justify a start this week.

Wide receivers

Start – Nelson Agholor at Buccaneers. Tampa Bay is thin at cornerback with Vernon Hargreaves landing on IR this week and the situation goes dire if Brent Grimes (groin) doesn’t play. New Orleans lit up Tampa Bay’s secondary in Week 1. Agholor had a mere 33 yards on 10 targets in the opener. Let’s focus on the activity especially in a strong matchup.

Sit – Amari Cooper at Denver. I entered my various drafts with a personal mandate of avoiding Oakland players largely because I sense doom in Jon Gruden’s first year. Alas, Cooper somehow slipped on one roster. A weak moment for sure and one I lamented when he had one catch for nine yards in Week 1. There will be games this season where Cooper compiles strong stats simply based on garbage time, which easily could come Sunday. I’m OK if I miss out this week. Will be happy in fact for the future, but I’ll be starting Corey Davis instead.

Tight ends

Start – George Kittle vs. Lions. Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t crush Week 1, but he fed his tight end plenty. Kittle finished with five receptions and 90 yards on nine targets. Part of the heavy workload involved Marquise Goodwin’s in-game groin injury. The wideout has already been ruled for Week 2.

Sit – Will Dissly at Bears. Nobody started the rookie last week. Heck, nobody owned him unless his mother plays fantasy football. Good bet there are owners who noticed Dissly’s 3-105-1 stat line, grabbed him off waivers and thrust him into the lineup either as a Delanie Walker replacement or just because. Tread lightly. Dissly wasn’t a major pass catcher in college and entered the Draft viewed as a blocking option. The Bears held Jimmy Graham to zero points in standard scoring leagues in Week 1.

Defenses

Start – Bears vs. Seahawks. Did you watch Khalil Mack last week? Top-5 defense this week.

Sit – Vikings at Packers. As long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, Minnesota shouldn’t play for fantasy owners.

 

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