Week 3 Starts/Sits – Sunday Late Games, SNF and MNF

By Andy Goddard @Godsy1985

Week 2 was a nightmare for injuries! Hopefully you don’t have too many of those players in your team but if you do, check out our waivers article for some great options to help you in your time of need.

With so many injuries impacting such a large number of teams, there is an opportunity for other players to step up. Let’s take a look at the late slate of games for week 3 and who you should start/sit.

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: Mo Alie-Cox is a start ‘em!

Sunday Late Games

Carolina Panthers @ LA Chargers

Start of the Game

Austin Ekeler (RB) – LA Chargers

Ekeler had a good day in week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs, carrying the ball 16 times for 93 yards, but he could have done even better. The Chargers run game is very much a job share with Joshua Kelley, but both players should get ample opportunity against a Panthers defence that has already been lit up against Leonard Fournette and Josh Jacobs.

Other Notable Starts

Carolina Panthers – Robby Anderson (WR), Mike Davis (RB)

LA Chargers – Keenan Allen (WR), Hunter Henry (TE)

Sit of the Game

Ian Thomas (TE) – Carolina Panthers

Thomas played in over half of Carolina’s offensive snaps against the Buccaneers yet not one of the 42 pass attempts by quarterback Teddy Bridgewater went his way. Bridgewater finished with 367 passing yards so Thomas’ lack of involvement should be a big concern for any fantasy owners going forward. The only way is up after a 0.0 in week 2!

Other Notable Sits

Carolina Panthers – Curtis Samuel (WR)

LA Chargers – Jalen Guyton (WR)

New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts

Start of the Game

Mo Alie-Cox (TE) – Indianpolis Colts

Cox stepped in for Jack Doyle (who suffered an ankle injury) and led the team in receiving yards by a decent margin and was also tied for the most targets. With the Doyle injury, Cox will be the number 1 tight end against a Jets team that were beaten in week 2 by a 49ers team that were decimated by injuries of their own. Cox may also be available on waivers!

Other Notable Starts

New York Jets – Sam Darnold (QB)

Indianapolis Colts – Jonathan Taylor (RB), Philip Rivers (QB)

Sit of the Game

Frank Gore (RB) – New York Jets

Gore is currently the lead back for the Jets with Le’Veon Bell still suffering from an injury, but he managed just 3 yards per carry against the 49ers in week 2 and didn’t manage to catch either of his targets. The Jets will continue to run the ball, but Gore and the offensive line just cant seem to get anything going at the moment.

Other Notable Sits

New York Jets – Breshad Perriman (WR), Chris Herndon (TE)

Indianapolis Colts – T.Y. Hilton (WR)

Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle Seahawks

Start of the Game

Russell Wilson (QB) – Seattle Seahawks

Wilson went 21 of 28 for 288 yards and five touchdowns against the Patriots, all to his wide receivers. To put that into context, in 2019 the Patriots secondary gave up four touchdowns all season to opposing wide receivers. Wilson is playing some amazing football right now and I wouldn’t worry who the Seahawks are up against, I would start him every week in current form!

Other Notable Starts

Dallas Cowboys – Dak Prescott (QB), Amari Cooper (WR), Ezekiel Elliott (RB)

Seattle Seahawks – Tyler Lockett (WR), DK Metcalf (WR)

Sit of the Game

Greg Olsen (TE) – Seattle Seahawks

Olsen had one target against the Patriots, a tipped pass that was intercepted and retuned for a touchdown. Although his snap percentage went up, any fantasy value is very dependant on touchdown receptions and Russell Wilson is looking at Metcalf and Lockett before Olsen.

Other Notable Sits

Dallas Cowboys – Michael Gallup (WR)

Seattle Seahawks – David Moore (WR)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver Broncos

Start of the Game

Melvin Gordon (RB) – Denver Broncos

Gordon is seeing a heavy workload right now with Philip Lindsay suffering from a toe injury. He showed in week 2 that he can still produce when given 20 plus touches in a game and that should be the same this week against the Broncos. With Drew Lock still sidelined, the Broncos have added quarterback Blake Bortles, but they should still look to ride Gordon often if they want any chance in this matchup.

Other Notable Starts

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Tom Brady (QB), Mike Evans (WR), Leonard Fournette (RB)

Denver Broncos – Noah Fant (TE)

Sit of the Game

Rob Gronkowski (TE) – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rob Gronkowski is not the fantasy stud of old. He may have Brady under centre but Gronk is more of a blocking tight end these days. He had just 1 target in week 2 which he failed to haul in. If you have Gronkowski in your team it may be time to check the waiver wire!

Other Notable Sits

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ronald Jones (RB)

Denver Broncos – Jerry Jeudy (WR)

Detroit Lions @ Arizona Cardinals

Start of the Game

DeAndre Hopkins (WR) – Arizona Cardinals

Hopkins has very quickly become Kyler Murray’s favourite target. He went eight of nine for 68 yards and a touchdown against Washington in week 2 and his productivity should increase as the weeks go on. In week 3 he is up against a Lions defence that have surrendered 69 points through their first two games!

Other Notable Starts

Detroit Lions – TJ Hockenson (TE), D’Andre Swift (RB)

Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray (QB), Larry Fitzgerald (WR)

Sit of the Game

Dan Arnold (TE) – Arizona Cardinals

Arnold will be TE1 with Maxx Williams struggling with an injury. This could equate to more targets but the Cardinals have such a strong receiving group with Hopkins, Fitzgerald, Drake and Kirk he probably wont see much of the ball.

Other Notable Sits

Detroit Lions – Kenny Golladay (WR), Defence/Special Teams

Arizona Cardinals – Christian Kirk (WR)

Sunday Night Football

Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans Saints

Start of the Game

Aaron Jones (RB) – Green Bay Packers

Jones lead the Packers in both rushing and receiving yards in week 2, pilling up 236 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns! He had a monster game and is a lock as one of the games top fantasy running backs heading into this week 3 trip to New Orleans.

Other Notable Starts

Green Bay Packers – Devante Adams (WR), Aaron Rodgers (QB)

New Orleans Saints – Alvin Kamara (RB), Tre’Quan Smith (WR)

Sit of the Game

Drew Brees (QB) – New Orleans Saints

Brees struggled in week 2 against the Raiders. Missing his top wide receiver in Michael Thomas meant that most of his completions were short dump off passes to Kamara which limited productivity. With Thomas expected to miss the week 3 game against the Packers, Brees may well struggle again.

Other Notable Sits

Green Bay Packers – Jace Sternberger (TE)

New Orleans Saints – Emmanuel Sanders (WR)

Monday Night Football

Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore Ravens

Start of the Game

Lamar Jackson (QB) – Baltimore Ravens

Jackson had a relatively quiet game against the Texans but if the Ravens are going to knock off the reigning Superbowl champs, he will need to have a good day in week 3. Jackson will have to use his legs and the Ravens will need to control the clock to limit the number of possessions for Mahomes and his powerful Chiefs offence. This game has a plethora of start ems!

Other Notable Starts

Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes (QB), Travis Kelce (TE), Tyreek Hill (WR)

Baltimore Ravens – Marquis Brown (WR), Mark Andrews (TE)

Sit of the Game

Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB) – Kansas City Chiefs

Edwards-Helaire has adapted to life in the NFL well, but this week will be his toughest test so far. The Ravens have a crippling defence and he will need to do more in the receiving game to have great fantasy value. He only averaged 3.8 yards per carry against the Chargers and had six receptions on eight targets for just 32 yards.

Other Notable Sits

Kansas City Chiefs – Mecole Hardman (WR)

Baltimore Ravens – Mark Ingram (RB), Miles Boykin (WR)

For the latest on each player’s start and sit status, make sure you checkout @F10YFantasy on Twitter. Remember, keep those #EyesPeeled.

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