Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 3
Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 3
At this point, it's a safe assumption that nearly every fantasy football roster has been affected by the myriad of injuries that have piled up throughout the league. While unfortunate, there's still plenty of football ahead and there's more than enough time to compile a championship roster.
Now, more than ever, knowing which players to start and which to sit on a weekly basis can bring a huge edge for the well prepared, and proactive fantasy manager.
As we move forward into Week 3, here are some suggested starts and sits to consider for our fantasy football lineups.
Ryan Tannehill (QB) Tennessee Titans at Minnesota - With four more touchdown passes last week against the woeful Jaguars, Tannehill has now tossed multiple TD strikes in 11 of the Titan's past 12 contests. In the first two games of 2020, Tannehill has compiled a 120.7 QB rating, a 6-0 TD-to-INT ratio, and enters Week 3 as a top-10 fantasy signal-caller. There's an excellent chance he keeps that momentum going again as Tennessee travels to Minnesota to take on a 0-2 Vikings secondary that has allowed the 11th most fantasy points to quarterbacks so far, including 364 yards and 4 scores in their only game in this stadium.
Mitchell Trubisky (QB) Chicago Bears at Atlanta - Relying on Mitchell Trubisky is a bit more of a swing-for-the-fences move, but he's readily available on the waiver wire and has a phenomenal matchup against an Atlanta defense that has given up 386 passing yards per game so far, with an NFL-worst 8 total touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks in just two games. You can't count on those kinds of numbers out of this Chicago offense, but Trubisky has played reasonably well enough, and this matchup is appealing enough to make him a decent one-week streaming fill-in.
Leonard Fournette (RB) Tampa Bay at Denver - Predictably, Ronald Jones #SZN may already be over after Jones fumbled a hand-off attempt from Tom Brady and was usurped by Fournette, who steamrolled his way to 103 rushing yards and a pair of scores, mostly in the second half. Jones only racked up 3.3 yards per carry against Carolina's deplorable run D, while Fournette stood out at 8.6 while also snagging 4-of-5 targets and looking far fresher. Look for Fournette to take over sooner rather than later and be on the RB2/3 radar this week in Denver against a Broncos defense that has allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of their first two contests.
Jerick McKinnon (RB) San Francisco at New York Giants - In limited action as San Francisco's change-of-pace option, McKinnon has flashed some of that big-play ability he showcased before sitting out the past two seasons. McKinnon took a handoff on third-and-forever and sprinted 55 yards untouched last week and caught a TD reception in the Niners' opener. With Raheem Mostert (knee) expected to miss at least one start and Tevin Coleman (knee) out for multiple games, McKinnon has a clear path to 15-plus touches this week against a winless Giants squad. McKinnon is on the RB3/FLEX radar in PPR leagues.
Diontae Johnson (WR) Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston Texans - Through two games, Johnson ranks sixth in the NFL with a 32.3% target share. Johnson has double-digit targets in each of Pittsburgh's first two games and just had a career-best 13/8/92/1 line against Denver in Week 2. Up next. Johnson gets an appealing matchup with an 0-2 Houston team that has had lots of trouble corralling versatile route-runners like Johnson.
CeeDee Lamb (WR) Dallas Cowboys at Seattle - Seattle's Legion of Boom secondary is a shell of its former self and things could be getting worse after potentially losing safety Marquise Blair to a knee injury. The Seahawks have been the worst secondary in football through two games, already allowing four wideouts to top 110 receiving yards and six to surpass 70 yards. Look for the Cowboys to exploit this weakness early and often this week, which means a ton on three-wide sets that will feature Lamb, who is already up at an 82.5% snap share and just posted his first triple-digit game of his young career against Atlanta. There's a good chance that he gets another one this week, which makes Lamb an appealing WR3 in a great spot.
Logan Thomas (TE) Washington Football Team at Cleveland - Thomas ranks third among all tight ends with a 15.2% target share. Through two games, Thomas has already racked up 17 looks but isn't doing a ton with them. Perhaps that changes this week as he squares off against a Cleveland defense that has allowed an NFL-worst 18 receptions and 25.4 PPR points so far to the position. The Browns have also allowed a tight end to score in each game, including three total scores.
Jared Goff (QB) Los Angeles Rams at Buffalo - Goff has played reasonably well this season, including a solid 267-yard, three-score game last week in Philadelphia. As solid as the Rams have been in the usually tough west-coast-early-kick spot, facing a tough Bills defense in Buffalo is not an appealing spot. Only once in the past 14 games at Bill Stadium has an opposing quarterback thrown for more than 1 touchdown, and non have topped 282 passing yards. In fact, dating back to Week 9 of the 2018 NFL season, starting quarterbacks have averaged a minuscule 173 passing yards and thrown 12 touchdowns passes against 14 interceptions at The Ralph.
Todd Gurley (RB) Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago - Atlanta's potent passing attack and dreadful defense aren't doing Gurley any favors. So far, Gurley is only playing in 54.5% of Atlanta's offensive snaps but what is really alarming is the lack of production in the passing game. Gurley only snagged 2-of-5 targets in Week 1 and wasn't targeted at all in Dallas. This severely limits Gurley's upside on a week-to-week basis, making him an innocuous, TD-dependant option in Week 3 against a solid Chicago defense.
David Johnson (RB) Houston Texans at Pittsburgh - The 0-2 Texans are in an unenviable spot, traveling to Pittsburgh to take on an undefeated Steelers squad. Johnson has only gotten 11 carries in each of Houston's two losses and with the Texans opening up as 4-point underdogs in Pittsburgh, the game script might dictate another week of limited touches. Even worse, when Johnson does take hand-offs, he's going against a ferocious Steelers' defensive front that has limited running backs to an NFL-low 97 rushing yards through two games.
Stefon Diggs (WR) Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams - Diggs is coming off a tremendous game against Miami's shaky secondary, but things will be much more difficult this week when Diggs is set to be shadowed be elite LA shutdown corner Jalen Ramsey. In the past, Ramsey called Buffalo QB Josh Allen "trash", which should bring a little more sizzle to this matchup but Ramsey is more than capable of holding Diggs in check.
A.J. Green (WR) Cincinnati Bengals at Philadelphia - Green enters Week 3 tied for fourth in the NFL with 22 targets but he's done little with all the opportunities. Green is the only wideout in the league with more than 18 targets who has fewer than a dozen grabs- in fact, he's only hauled in 8 for 80 yards. Don't expect those lowly receiving numbers to sudden improve this week as Green is looking to be covered by Philadelphia CB Darius Slay, who has only allowed 5 catches on 9 targets so far in the Eagles' two contests.
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