Week 3 Start/Sits – TNF & 6pm Sunday

By Dave Moore (@davieremixed)

Without doubt, the biggest head scratcher of a fantasy football player is deciding who to start in their line-up each week. There is nothing worse than leaving a game on your bench and spending the entirety of the next week dwelling in hindsight.

Whether you’re in 1 league or 100 leagues, setting your line-ups is the most crucial part of your fantasy week and we’re here to let you know which players are in the best environments to boom and which are most likely destined to bust.

Don’t forget to keep your #EyesPeeled for tomorrow’s podcast where we dive into a full preview of the weekend games and make sure you head over to Twitter (@F10YFantasy) for “Start ‘em, sit ‘em, GIF ‘EM!”.

Spoiler alert: Kirk Cousins is warming the bench. 

Thursday Night Football

Matchup: Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville Jaguars

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Start of the Game

Mike Gesicki – Tight End – Miami Dolphins

Gesicki turned in a monster performance for the ‘Fins against a strong Buffalo D last time out, netting 130 receiving yards and a late score to knock him over 20 PPR points. This Jags team gave up two scores to Gesicki’s fellow Tight End Jonnu Smith in Week 2.

Other Notable Starts

Miami Dolphins – N/A

Jacksonville Jaguars – James Robinson – Running Back

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Sit of the Game

Myles Gaskin – Running Back – Miami Dolphins

The supposed ‘Tank for Trevor’ season isn’t filtering through to the players on the field just yet in Jacksonville. A defensive line that is a shell of the fearsome line poof recent years still managed to hold the ground’n’pound Titans to 3.6 yards a carry on 36 rushing attempts last week. Meanwhile, no Miami rusher in the committee approach they’re taking has breached 50 yards on the ground in the first two weeks.

Other Notable Sits

Miami Dolphins – N/A

Jacksonville Jaguars – N/A

Sunday Early Games

Matchup: Chicago Bears @ Atlanta Falcons

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Start of the Game

Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver – Atlanta Falcons

This guy is a star and as Atlanta’s WR2 he is outperforming a lot of teams’ WR1. Two scores in each of his two games this season and a 109 yard receiving game in the crazy, crazy loss to Dallas last week puts him way up the Fantasy rankings.

Other Notable Starts

Chicago Bears – Anthony Miller – Wide Reciever

Atlanta Falcons – Julio Jones – Wide Receiver, Russell Gage – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

David Montgomery – Running Back – Chicago Bears

The Bears are a soft 2-0 team, scraping wins over the imploding Lions and the Desperate Giants (both sound like bands from an NME Awards Tour of years gone by). They’ve not had a rusher go north of 100 ground yards in a game and the Falcons stuffed the ground game against the Seahawks and the Cowboys, although the latter was more in part to the 20-point deficit Dallas faced. Either way, if the Falcons can stop the run against Seattle and Dallas, I back them to do so against the Bears.

Other Notable Sits

Chicago Bears – Mitchell Trubisky – QB

Atlanta Falcons – DST (but why would you even have them?)

Matchup: Los Angeles Rams @ Buffalo Bills

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Start of the Game

Josh Allen – Quarterback – Buffalo Bills

This is a fascinating matchup between a pair of 2-0 teams and I am having trouble finding the surefire ‘start’. I’ve opted for Allen as I think he’s going to be forced to improvise in the face of a fearsome Rams pass rush. I’m backing him to at least pick up ground yards when forced out of the pocket. Confidence should be high as Allen has thrown for 6 TDs and carried another himself so far this season.

Other Notable Starts

Los Angeles Rams – Tyler Higbee – Tight End, DST

Buffalo Bills – DST

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Sit of the Game

Devin Singletary – Running Back – Buffalo Bills

Not only is Singletary sharing the carries with Zach Moss, but Allen is taking them away from the Bills second-year back. Until we see clear evidence that Singletary is emerging as the clear RB1 on this team I can’t start him. For reference, he had 10 carries for 56 yards and was targeted just three times last week. Sidenote, I think this game is going to be a glorious defensive slugfest.

Other Notable Sits

Rams – Robert Woods – Wide Receiver

Bills – Stefon Diggs – Wide Receiver

Matchup: Washington Football Team @ Cleveland Browns

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Start of the Game

Nick Chubb – Running Back – Cleveland Browns

Whilst the Washington Football Team’s defensive line is a definite strength, there’s not much else I like for either team offensively. Chubb stacked up over 100 yards on the ground and a couple of scores last week. He may not have such production again but you’re not locking anyone else in to be a certain starter.

Other Notable Starts

Washington Football Team – Terry McLaurin – Wide Receiver

Cleveland Browns – Kareem Hunt – Running Back

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Sit of the Game

Baker Mayfield – Quarterback – Cleveland Browns

We’ve seen both sides of Baker this season, Week 1 he looked out of his depth whilst in Week 2 he was far more composed and looked very, very good (although not for your Fantasy team!). The difference in those two performances? The quality in defense he faced. This week, Washington bring their scary D-Line to town and whilst I still think the Browns win – I don’t think it’s on the back of Mayfield throwing for 300+ yards and multiple touchdowns.

Other Notable Sits

Washington Football Team – Antonio Gibson – Running Back

Cleveland Browns – Austin Hooper – Tight End

Matchup: Tennessee Titans @ Minnesota Vikings

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Start of the Game

Jonnu Smith – Tight End – Tennessee Titans

The Titans run a limited passing game but they still found Smith for a pair of scores last week and he’s one of their most targeted pass-catchers through the first fortnight of the season. Expect that to continue here against a Vikings team who gave up 111 yards to Tight End Mo-Alie Cox last week.

Other Notable Starts

Tennessee Titans – Derrick Henry – Running Back

Minnesota Vikings – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Kirk Cousins – Quarterback – Minnesota Vikings

Something isn’t right in Minnesota. The Vikings have been utterly miserable to watch so far, scoring most of their points in garbage time. Against the Colts, Cousins posted 113 passing yards, no TD passes and three picks! Oh and gave up a Safety. Whilst some of this can be attributed to the offensive line, the fact remains that Cousins is toxic for your Fantasy team right now.

Other Notable Sits

Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis – Wide Receiver

Minnesota Vikings – DST

Matchup: Oakland Raiders @ New England Patriots

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Start of the Game

Cam Newton – Quarterback – Patriots

It’s one thing to have a good game against the Dolphins, but to run the Seahawks that close at the Clink was superb. A hair shy of 400 passing yards, another hair shy of 50 rushing yards whilst throwing for a TD and running two more in? Superb. Next up? A Raiders team who leak scores on the ground.

Other Notable Starts

Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs – Running Back

New England Patriots – Julian Edelman – Wide Receiver

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Sit of the Game

Darren Waller – Tight End – Raiders

This is out there. This is after Bill Belichick was effusive in praising him. This is after he had a huge game on Monday night. However, the Patriots defend the Tight End – and on MNF’s showing, most things – better than the Saints do. This could come back to make me look foolish but those expecting a repeat of Monday night will be disappointed, methinks.

Other Notable Sits

Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr – Quarterback

New England Patriots – N/A

Matchup: San Francisco 49ers @ New York Giants

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Start of the Game

Jerick McKinnon – Running Back – 49ers

Probably no Mostert or Jimmy G for the 49ers which means a big old slice of JMack as almost everybody is not calling him. The Giants don’t seem to defend the run particularly well judging by the first two weeks of the season and frankly, I don’t see much in the way of options for the 49ers other than heaping work onto JMack.

Other Notable Starts

San Francisco 49ers – N/A

New York Giants – N/A

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Sit of the Game

Daniel Jones – Quarterback – Giants

The Giants game is predicated on using Saquon Barkley. Take him away and Jones becomes an island out there. Maybe the injuries to the 49ers D-Line will help but I still don’t fancy Danny Dimes’ chances to put up good Fantasy points this week. This game is going to be U.G.L.Y.

Other Notable Sits

San Francisco 49ers – N/A

New York Giants – N/A

Matchup: Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia Eagles

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Start of the Game

Tyler Boyd – Wide Receiver – Cincinnati Bengals

Whilst the Bengals might be 0-2 they’re not a Jets 0-2, they have a pulse and if the dice rolled the other way in Week 1, might be 1-1. As it is they face another 0-2 team whose offense can’t get their defense a break right now. The addition of Darius Slay hasn’t resolved their issues in the secondary and Tyler Boyd should attract plenty of targets against Avonte Maddox whilst Slay covers the slumping AJ Green.

Other Notable Starts

Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow – Quarterback

Philadelphia Eagles – Miles Sanders – Running Back

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Sit of the Game

Joe Mixon – Running Back – Bengals

For whatever reason, it’s not happening for Mixon this season. Whether it’s a design from the opposition to force the rookie QB to throw the ball more or just him at his plateau, I’m not sure. Either way, I expect the Eagles to follow the same path and force the Bengals to beat them through the air.

Other Notable Sits

Cincinnati Bengals – A.J Green – Wide Receiver

Philadelphia Eagles – N/A

Matchup: Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh Steelers

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Start of the Game

Ben Roethlisberger – Quarterback – Pittsburgh Steelers

Yeesh, this is an ugly matchup for Fantasy. You’ve got DeShaun Watson going against possibly the best Defense in the league with a set of receivers who are…limited. The Texans ground game is ineffective, the Steelers have Benny Snell tear it up in Week 1 then James Connor goes off in Week 2. The one consistent? Big Ben. Nothing spectacular. Just a reliable couple of performances and is a worthwhile streamer if you didn’t pick up a good QB in your draft.

Other Notable Starts

Texans – DeShaun Watson – Quarterback

Pittsburgh Steelers – DST

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Sit of the Game

David Johnson – Running Back – Texans

The Steelers bottled up Saquon Barkley in Week 1 for an average 0.4 yards per carry on 15 (FIFTEEN) carries! They bent a bit more against the Broncos in Week 2 but still haven’t given up a touchdown on the ground. I don’t expect David Johnson to overly change this.

Other Notable Sits

Houston Texans – Wide Receivers. Any of them. All of them.

Pittsburgh Steelers – N/A

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