Hey Rush Nation, last week was absolutely brutal. We lost a lot of players in Fantasy Football. Also, some of the start/sits massively changed on the turn of injuries. Which is why we need to really be careful with our lineup selects and Starts and Sits become even more important.
This weeks Starts and Sits are focused on getting the most out of match-ups and exploiting potentially injury hit teams.
So without further ado, here are Week Three’s Starts and Sits
I’m never keen on putting Thursday Night Football players in this column, but this is an opportunity too good to turn down. Minshew, who has been excellent this season, goes against a Miami defense giving up points galore. Minshew, and is incredible passing accuracy, will have time to pass and make the most of this match-up against one of the NFL’s worst passing defenses. Miami are currently ranked as the second worst team in terms of fantasy points allowed by QB, giving up an average of 33 points per game to QBs.
This is a good time for Cam Newton. He has a great match-up against the Raiders, after a tough outing last time out vs Seahawks. Even though he has performed in both games so far this season, I expect him to put in another top 6 performance this week. The Raiders are currently in the top 10 for least QB points conceded, with an average of 18 points per game. However, Brees and Bridgewater have not performed from a fantasy perspective this week. Expect Cam to continue to run in TDs this week and continue to link up with Edelman.
As my good friend Ross Tucker calls them, the “Fantasy Falcons” are a team you want as many pieces of as possible. They can’t hold onto leads. They score tons of points. Why the Falcons continued to pass when leading 26-7 is beyond me. This week, they play the Chicago Bears, whose record is better than their roster and play suggests. The Bears don’t have the firepower to hang with the Falcons in this game. So expect the Falcons to jump into a lead, but manage it better with Gurley getting the majority of the work. This is a dream match-up for Gurley.
These two are absolute locks to eat this week. I would normally not put such an obvious starter such as Ekeler, as you have drafted him to start this week. However, Carolina’s run defense is so bad that you must start both of these Running Backs and let them go ham. The Panthers have giving up 3 Rushing Touchdowns to Josh Jacobs and the Raiders, and 3 Rushing Touchdowns to the Buccaneers in their first 2 games. Running Backs have managed 185 yards from scrimmage per team on average this season. Expect Kelley to get joy from the goal line and inside the 10, whilst Ekeler will get lots of work as well.
Boyd has emerged as the number 1 target for Joe Burrow, with A.J. Green struggling to get separation from receivers right now. They are playing the Eagles this week, who are bruised and battered and struggling up front and at Wide Receiver. However, despite that, I still expect the Eagles to jump out to a lead, which should see Burrow throw 30-40 times on Sunday and peppering Boyd with targets.
It is looking more and more likely that Davante Adams will be out on Sunday. However, even if he is not, MVS is a start this week. The Packers will face their toughest test to date vs. Saints and they will need to use MVS to stretch the field and attack the Cornerbacks. Expect MVS to get in the pay dirt and potentially be close to 100 yards this week.
Jared Cook likes scoring against former teams. He scored last week vs. Raiders and this week he faces another former team, the Green Bay Backers. It looks likely that Michael Thomas will be out once again. And with Brees struggling with the deep ball, he will continue to target Cook over the top and look for him in the end zone. I expect Cook to find the end zone this week.
It will be Jeff Driskel under centre on Sunday vs. The Buccaneers. When Driskel came into the game on Sunday, Noah Fant was his number 1 read and he was targeted heavily to have a career day. I would expect the same again this Sunday. Also, the Buccaneers with this coaching staff have been notoriously bad vs Tight Ends. Fantasy Tight Ends have always managed to have a field day against them. Ian Thomas wasn’t really targeted last week, but Jared Cook had a big day in Week One. And I expect Fant to eclipse that on Sunday.
This is a rare sit for Watson in my Starts and Sits. Deshaun Watson has been extremely disappointing so far this season. The argument for this is that he has faced the Chiefs and the Ravens so far. And thats a fair argument. However, this week he faces the Steelers, which is arguably his hardest test to date. I can’t see a patch to QB1 for Watson this week. Therefore, I would be sitting Watson and going for someone like Minshew this week, or whoever your backup might be.
Wentz is struggling right now. A lack of healthy Wide Receivers, Offensive Linemen are making Wentz’s life difficult right now. He was sacked 8 times in Week One, and his completion percentage is just 58% right now. Fantasy owners will be tempted to start Wentz this week as he is playing the Bengals. My advice for you right now, is don’t risk it. The Eagles are desperate for a win and will run the ball, run the ball, and run the ball some more. Wentz will have minimal volume this week. Therefore, sit Wentz and draft in a replacement.
Whilst Melvin Gordon is in line for all the rushing work in the backfield due to Philip Lindsay’s turf toe injury, this is not the matchup for him. The Buccaneers stuffed Christian McCaffrey until the 4th Quarter and this run defense is arguably the best in the NFL. Gordon might get work early, but I doubt he is going to break away a big run. And in the second half, I don’t expect him to be involved in the game. Therefore, sit Gordon this week, because he is only going to put up RB3 numbers this week. This is why we need starts and sits.
Ronald Jones’ time as a lead fantasy football back are numbered. And whilst he might be the designated “starter” against Denver in Week Three, after last weeks performance, Leonard Fournette will shoot past Jones. Jones has been struggling to be efficient with his touches, despite finding the end zone in Week Two. Jones’ best case scenario is he’s in a committee. However, it is more likely that Fournette will have the majority of the work within the next two weeks, maybe sooner.
I tip Hollywood Brown for great weeks down the stretch, as well as a potential WR2 finish this season. However, this is not the week to ride the boom or bust Hollywood Brown train. The Chiefs limit big plays to a minimum. They will give up yards on the ground, and short catches. However, I don’t see the chiefs giving up big +25 yard plays. Therefore, without that big play ability, it is hard to play Brown this week.
For the reasons I’m sitting Watson this week, I have to ask you all to sit all Texans Wide Receivers. Watson isn’t making a lot of throws right now. And this week, the defense and opposition he is facing is at another level. Watson is only completing 22 passes on average this season and averaging 264 yards. With all the mouths to feed in this offense, there just isn’t enough volume to support big numbers for any of these players. Maybe one of them reaches a WR3 spot this week, but all things will need to break right to get there.
Evan Engram is not making plays right now. He’s dropped a couple of easy catches. And now, with everything going on with that offense, and playing the 49ers this week, this is not the week to risk Engram. Expect the balls to go to Lewis, Gallman, Tate and Slayton. Engram will work his way back into the fold and be fantasy relevant again. However, this week is not the week to chase points from Engram.
Remember when it was cool to draft Chris Herndon in the last round or two in your fantasy drafts? Well, it’s not cool to be high on Herndon anymore. You cannot start a New York Jet right now, unless you are absolutely decimated and you have to start Braxton Berrios. That is the world we live in right now. The Jets have absolutely no fantasy relevance and Herndon is not getting targets. Herndon has been reduced to be a blocking Tight End, because the Jets line is terrible. Bench Herndon. If you dropped him, I couldn’t even blame you. I doubt you will see Herndon in Starts and Sits again this season.
That’s it for Starts and Sits this week. If you need anything else, feel free to get in touch on the socials and we will do what we can to help you survive the chaos Week Two has thrown up.
However, until next week Rush Nation, Keep Rushing.
– Murf (@Murf_NFL)