Before we start, I would like to apologise for suggesting you start Cole Kmet last week. His stellar 1 catch for 1 yard performance will not define who I am. I did have James Robinson in the ‘Sit’ section and I’d say I was vindicated, dammit! Anyway, here are the Week 3 Start/Sits.
The below are ranked on PPR scoring and remember, no CMC’s or Kelce’s will be shown here.
Justin Herbert (LAC) – It’s a been a modest, somewhat disappointing start from a fantasy perspective for Herbert. Averaging 14 points is not what we had in mind, but I think the season coming out party is upon us. This week’s opponents, the Chiefs, don’t have a defence you’d associate with a Super Bowl hopeful. With Herbert chucking the ball at such a rate (88 attempts over 2 games), this game could be the perfect storm.
Honourable mentions: Daniel Jones, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford
Justin Fields (CHI) – With Andy Dalton out, it’s Fields time in Chicago. There is no denying the talent and the promise that Fields brings to the fantasy equation. After all, a rushing QB these days tends to be a league winning QB. His matchup on Sunday, however, is a road trip to Cleveland which might be a baptism of fire. Until Chicago figures out what they’re doing on offense, stash Fields.
Honourable mentions: Joe Burrow, Taylor Heinicke
Chase Edmonds (ARI) – If you recall from last week, I said to target the weak (Lions, Jags, Jets) and this is another of those instances. In PPR formats especially, Edmonds is a strong play this week against the Jaguars. The volume has been there so far, and he’s on the field for over 60% of snaps. In a game where you’d imagine Kyler doesn’t have to throw or run a lot, it might just be a case of leaning on the running game. RB2 with confidence.
Honourable mentions: Ty’Son WIlliams, Javonte Williams, Saquon Barkley
Clyde Edwards Helaire (KC) – There are no statistics you could tell me at this point that would change my mind on CEH. The running back for an offensive juggernaut should be giving us more. Now, to be fair, having the best QB in the world can be a hindrance in some respects with the thought process being Mahomes can just throw it all the time and they’ll be fine. But with no red zone looks, and too many mouths to feed, it’s becoming borderline bust territory. Ship him out if you want, but at least aim for upside from elsewhere this week.
Honourable mentions: Mike Davis, Darrell Henderson,
JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT) – JuJu has become somewhat of a polarising figure in fantasy circles. Once the golden boy of the black and yellow air attack, in recent times he’s become more of a third wheel. I expect flashbacks of the past this week though against the Bengals. Diontae Johnson will miss the game, freeing up a hefty number of targets. Keep in mind, JuJu works out of the slot a fair bit, and Big Ben tends to go for him when he’s in a tight spot.
Honourable mentions: Rondale Moore, Quintez Cephus, Devonta Smith
Kenny Golladay (NYG) – The targets are there, which is good. A week 3 matchup with the porous Falcons D is good as well. What’s not good? The underwhelming start Kenny has made to his Giants career. Just 7 catches combined so far with zero touchdowns. There’s every chance things get better down the road, but until that moment, there are plenty better options at the position to consider.
Honourable mentions: Marquez Callaway (again), DJ Chark, Any Jets receiver
Jared Cook (LAC) – Similar reasons as the Herbert case. The Chiefs D can be exploited, and I expect a high scoring affair with Herbert having to sling it a lot. Cook has seen 13 targets over two contests so far, and with the TE position as hellish as it’s ever been, Cook is a fairly decent shout.
Honourable mentions: Noah Fant, Dallas Goedert
Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry (NE) – When the Patriots spent all that money in the offseason on these two, we pictured Gronkowski and Hernandez 2.0. What we’ve really seen is a lot of blocking and not a lot of points for our fantasy teams. Just avoid until the sample size is bigger.
Honourable mentions: Adam Trautman, Mike Gesicki, Austin Hooper