The outcome of your Week 3 matchup can come down to a few tough decisions over who to put in your starting lineup. This list takes a look at who you should or should not take a risk on this week. A few notes for this week: 1. Don’t start DeMarco Murray this week. He is injured and might not play anyway. 2. I think the Philly receivers will do well this week vs the Giants. Whoever lines up across from Eli Apple will score a TD. 3. This is going to hopefully be a comeback week for the Dallas Cowboys. Expect Dak and Zeke to come out on Monday night against the Cardinals with something to prove. With that said, here is your Start Em, Sit Em report for Week 3 of the NFL season.
Start Em: Ben Roethlisberger vs CHI
This is the second straight week that I have my “Start Em” QB facing the Bears, and that is not an accident. The Bears are awful. When you put a terrible defense up against a future hall of famer and the best receiving corps in the league, blowouts ensue. Expect Big Ben to put up monster numbers with plenty of long throws downfield to Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. I would be surprised if he doesn’t have over 20 fantasy points by the end of the 3rd quarter against this dysfunctional Chicago defense.
Sit Em: Marcus Mariota vs SEA
Marcus Mariota is a great quarterback, don’t get me wrong. However, the Seahawks defense is one of the best in the NFL. Due to the possible loss of DeMarco Murray, and the great Seahawks D-Line, the Titans running game is going to be stopped. With that handled, the passing game will easily take a hit as well. Though I see a possible upset on the horizon, I don’t trust Mariota to deliver this weekend vs the Seahawks.
Start Em: Ty Montgomery vs CIN
Montgomery has put up the second most total points by RBs through the first two weeks of the Fantasy season. This guy is a stud, and he has shown it through his powerful running style and fantastic work as a receiver (since he started as one in the first place). Cincinnati is a broken team, and Montgomery is as hot right now as any player in the league. The Bengals don’t stand a chance against a healthy Ty Montgomery this week.
Sit Em: Leonard Fournette vs BAL
This spot should really just go to DeMarco Murray, but that would be too easy. Fournette had a great first game, a forgettable second game, and now he has to play the Ravens defense, my top ranked defense of the week. Fournette is going to get shut down. Plain and simple. Have fun in London, Leonard! Say hello to the queen for me.
Start Em: Jarvis Landry vs NYJ
Landry looked like he was in midseason form last week vs the Chargers. The guy got 13 receptions. 13! That’s unheard of today in the NFL, but Landry seems to be able to do it on a consistent basis. If you are in a PPR league, Landry is a MUST start this week against arguably the worst team in the NFL. This one is a no-brainer.
Sit Em: Brandin Cooks vs HOU
This sucks. Cooks is too unpredictable on the Patriots. He was a very consistent deep threat and a Fantasy god when he was on the Saints, but with Brady at QB, Cooks has only managed 5 receptions through 2 games. Even when the Pats had only two healthy receivers last week vs Cooks’ old team, Cooks failed to get any meaningful targets. I’m sure Brandin Cooks will get his mojo back at some point, but until then, you should give him some time to reflect on his play while sitting on your bench.
Start Em: Jimmy Graham vs TEN
I’m calling it right now. This is Graham’s breakout week. I expected Graham to score about 12 TDs this year, and thus far, he has surprised me by being extremely quiet. I don’t see this continuing, as the Seahawks are due for a high scoring game this week vs the Titans. We all know the Hawks’ offense has to wake up at some point. This is the week. You heard it here first.
Sit Em: Tyler Eifert vs GB
Injuries. Bad team. Few targets. Still drafted as one of the top TEs in Fantasy Leagues. Until Andy Dalton wakes up from his football nap where he is probably dreaming of a playoff win, Eifert is a “Sit Em”. Time to look for a backup.
Start Em: Will Lutz vs CAR
These games in the NFC South are always high scoring, and they are always fun to watch. I expect Lutz to have at least 7 points, even if those points are just from PATs. It is going to be a big game for the Saints this week against a division rival. Expect a lot of action from Will Lutz.
Sit Em: Younghoe Koo vs KC
As I’ve said before, Koo is not “koo” at all in crunch time (2 missed FGS in the closing seconds of his first two games this season). Sorry for the pun. You get the point. *insert sound of Younghoe Koo sitting down on a bench here*
Start Em: Ravens vs JAX
I love the Ravens this year. They are a truly impressive team, and that is mostly because of their dominant defense. They are not a very well renowned fantasy defense normally, but I really feel them this year, especially against a turnover friendly offense like Jacksonville. This is my top ranked defense of the week. Start Em!
Sit Em: Cardinals vs DAL
The Cardinals were my top ranked defense last week, and this week they have fallen completely out of my rankings. In primetime this week on Monday night, I think the Cowboys are going to have a true comeback game. The Cardinals defense better watch out. The Boys in Blue are coming.
This article concludes my tools for a Week 3 victory. Good luck everyone!