Week 3 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

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Fantasy owners are scrambling to set their lineups ahead of week 3.  While you and everyone else is subbing players in and out of your lineup up until game time, we are here to help you make a confident choice. Below is our Week 3 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:

Starts of The Week

QB: Jimmy Garoppolo (at KC):  Jimmy Garoppolo’s first two weeks were average at best but this could be the week we see him shine.  The over/under for this game is currently at 55.5 and I would take the over.  Both of these defenses let up points in bunches and we could be in for a shootout.  Garoppolo is a must-start this week against a high powered Chiefs’ offense.

RB: Matt Breida (at KC):  Another 49er makes the starts of the week in Matt Breida.  Breida really showed what he is capable of last week and this matchup is too good to pass up.  Even if this game starts to get out of hand and San Francisco has to depend on the pass, Breida is a skilled pass catcher that should receive the majority of snaps.

WR: Will Fuller (vs NYG):  Eight. That’s how many touchdowns that Deshaun Watson has thrown to Will Fuller in the five weeks that they have been on the field together. I was very hesitant to believe that they could keep this trend going after last season but Will Fuller is the most reliable home run threat wide receiver in the NFL right now. Start him in all formats.

TE: Eric Ebron (at PHI):  While the matchup may not be great, the opportunity is there. Ebron was in the sit section last week due to the lack of playing time he was receiving but this will change in week three because Jack Doyle is out. He will receive a significant increase in snaps so you won’t have to rely on a touchdown in order for him to have a serviceable fantasy day.

DEF: Chicago (at ARI):  This is an incredible matchup against an Arizona offense that has managed to score a grand total of six points through two weeks. Chicago’s defense is only going to get better as the season progresses and Sam Bradford could be seeing his last start of the season. The only reason you shouldn’t play Chicago’s defense this week is if you have Minnesota’s defense on your roster.

Sits of the Week

QB: Andrew Luck (at PHI):  Ryan Fitzpatrick had another huge week against the Eagles’ defense last week but Philadelphia’s defense is still the real deal and will be at home this week. Andrew Luck is averaging a respectable 249 yards per game right now while throwing for four touchdowns and three interceptions through week two. The Eagles defense is going to come out hungry and looking to prove themselves against an Andrew Luck that is still trying to get back into rhythm.

RB: LeSean McCoy (at MIN):  Things couldn’t look worse for Shady McCoy right now.  Last week he cracked the cartilage in his ribs and now this week he has to go up against the incredible Minnesota Vikings defense.  If you have McCoy on your roster, he is not playable this week.

WR: Keelan Cole (vs TEN):  Keelan Cole was in prime form last week putting up 7 receptions for 116 and a touchdown. This was while the Jaguars were without Leonard Fournette though. When Fournette is on the field for Jacksonville, they tend to slow the game down and keep Blake Bortles under control causing he’s receivers fantasy value to drop. Cole could still have a decent week if he finds the end zone but his ceiling is much lower when they don’t have to rely on Blake Bortles gunning it.

TE: Jesse James (at TB):  Who would’ve thought that right now, Jesse James would be the number one ranked tight end in 1/2 ppr and non-ppr leagues. 73 percent of his fantasy points came in week two alone though, and only five targets as well. There are way too many options in Pittsburgh even without Le’Veon Bell and his production is not sustainable. Stay far away from James unless you have no other options.

DEF: Miami (vs OAK):  Miami is the 5th ranked scoring defense right now and they are going up against what many believe to be a struggling Oakland Raider’s offense.  When you look back at the schedule for both teams though, it paints a different story.  The Dolphins played against Titans and the Jets, who are both below average offenses and the Raiders played against the Rams and Broncos which are two of the best defenses in the league.  This will be a telling game for both Oakland’s offense and Miami’s defense but I have a feeling that Amari Cooper and company might wake up this week.




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