Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Week 3
After another wacky football week, some of you may be confused about whom to start and sit in the coming weeks of a long fantasy football season. I want to congratulate those who won this week and offer positive affirmations to those who didn’t, you’ll bounce back this week, the season is not over. Here are my recommendations for start/sit week 3.
Bengals @ Jets | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 59.3%
Burrow hasn’t looked like his usual self as of late. With struggles at the offensive line position, it has been hard for him to stay poised in the pocket, resulting in him throwing under immense pressure. The Bengals’ offensive line allowed the Cowboys defense to get 5 hits on Burrow and sack him 6 times, which was absolutely horrendous. In an article posted by Yahoo Sports, former Cowboys quarterback and CBS football commentator analyst Tony Romo has high hopes that the Bengals offensive line will improve over the course of the year. For Burrow’s sake, hopefully, Romo is right because the stability of the offensive line will be crucial to the Bengals success this season, as they already have the playmakers who will perform as long as Burrow has enough time in the pocket to be able to make those throws to his elite receivers. Burrow completed 24/36 passes for 199 yards and scored 1 touchdown in the Bengals week 2 loss to the Cowboys. The New York Jets allowed Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett to complete 22/27 passes for 229 yards, score 1 touchdown and threw 1 interception in the Jets week 2 win over the Browns. If the Bengals offensive line can efficiently protect Burrow in the pocket this week, Burrow has the potential to be a high-end QB2 against the Jets in week 3.
Chiefs @ Colts | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 58.4%
Edwards-Helaire put on another impressive performance as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Los Angeles Chargers Thursday night in a close game where he rushed for 74 yards on 8 carries and recorded 4 receptions for 44 yards. The Colts defense on the other hand allowed Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson to rush for 64 yards on 23 carries and score 1 touchdown, in their week 2 loss against the Jaguars. Edwards-Helaire has become an efficient running back this year as the Chiefs offense has become more diverse in their offensive play calling. I expect the Chiefs to continue to capitalize on Edwards-Helaire’s improved play, resulting in him getting the majority of the carries on the ground again, as he is a low-end RB2 as his floor, and a high-end RB2 as his ceiling in week 3 against Indianapolis.
49ers @ Broncos | 8:20 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 11.2%
As we know in the San Fransisco 49ers week 2 match-up against the Seattle Seahawks, starting quarterback Trey Lance suffered a fractured ankle that required immediate surgery and will sideline him for the rest of the year. Newly re-signed backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who will now be the starter for the rest of the season came in to play the remainder of the game. Aiyuk recorded 5 receptions for 63 yards in the 49ers, in a solid performance that has him rising in fantasy rankings, and a good waiver wire pick-up this week. The Broncos defense allowed Texans receivers to record 16 receptions totaling 160 yards, but we cannot compare the Texans offense to the 49ers in this situation, as the 49ers offense is proficient in the passing game, unlike Houston who do not have the playmakers that San Francisco has. Aiyuk is a low-end WR2 at his floor and a high-end WR2 at his ceiling in a favorable match-up against Denver in week 3.
Falcons @ Seahawks | 4:25 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 7.8%
The Seattle Seahawks are looking for redemption as they face the Atlanta Falcons in week 3. The Falcons were inefficient against the pass last week as they allowed Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford to complete 27/36 passes for 272 yards and throw 3 touchdowns in their week 2 loss against the Rams, in which tight end Tyler Higbee recorded 7 of those receptions for 71 yards. The Seahawks have a good opportunity to capitalize on a weak Falcons secondary, allowing tight end Noah Fant to produce double-digit fantasy numbers as a reliable red zone target. Fant is a low-end TE2 at his floor, with the possibility of becoming a high-end TE2 at his ceiling in a favorable match-up against Atlanta in week 3.
49ers @ Broncos | 8:20 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 66.5%
The narrative has not been so positive for Broncos starting quarterback Russell Wilson so far this season. Along with not playing as efficiently as he has done in the past, the fans are booing him as well. Wilson only completed 14/31 passes for 219 yards, scoring 1 touchdown and throwing 1 interception in the Broncos week 2 win over the Houston Texans. Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy has a rib injury and is labeled as “day to day”. This will significantly hurt Wilson’s performance over the next few weeks if Jeudy is unable to play. In an unfavorable match-up against the 49ers this week, who allowed Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith to complete 24/30 passes for 197 yards and throw 1 interception, I can confidently say to bench Wilson this week in the Broncos match-up against the 49ers.
Darrell Henderson Jr.
Rams @ Cardinals | 4:25 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 63.5%
The Rams running game is inefficient at the moment and is a mess in their backfield as the Rams cannot decide who is the starter at this point in time. Both Henderson Jr. and Akers have not been as effective as they have been in the past and it is showing. Henderson Jr. carried the ball 10 times for 47 yards, and scored 1 touchdown in the Rams week 2 match-up against the Falcons. If it wasn’t for the touchdown that he scored, his performance would have been an absolute dud. The Cardinals allowed Raiders running back Josh Jacobs to rush for only 69 yards on 19 carries, averaging 3.6 yards per carry, which is atrocious. I don’t expect Henderson Jr. to perform well this week, as the Cardinals are an unfavorable match-up and will not allow the running back to run efficiently against a good defensive line that is proficient at stopping the run.
Texans @ Bears | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 68.5%
In an unfavorable match-up against the Chicago Bears who allowed the Green Bay Packers wide receiver to record 15 receptions for 190 yards and score 1 touchdown in week 2, sitting Cooks would be a good idea. Unfortunately, Cooks is part of an inefficient offense. As a result, he recorded 4 receptions for 54 yards in the Texans’ week 2 loss against the Broncos. I do not see any upside to starting Cooks against a decent Bears passing defense in week 3 and would recommend sitting Cooks this week against Chicago.
Lions @ Vikings | 1:00 pm EST Sunday
ESPN Starting Percentage: 82.7%
It seems that Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff has found a new favorite target in second-year receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. He has not seen much action as a pass-catcher lately as the offense is relying more on their wide receivers. Hockenson recorded 3 receptions for 26 yards in a poor performance in the Lions win against the Commanders in week 2. The Vikings allowed Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert to only record 82 yards receiving without a touchdown which is alarming as Goedert is a reliable red zone target for the Eagles. I do not expect much from Hockenson this week against Detroit.
Lawrence is a fan of the Green Bay Packers. He is currently a graduate student at William Paterson University pursuing a master’s degree in Financial Planning. His hobbies include all things fantasy football, weightlifting, collecting Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards, and playing Madden. He specializes in dynasty fantasy football having won two championships in the past five years. He is also a college football fan who loves to watch his Buckeyes play on Saturdays while drinking pumpkin-flavored coffee. He is always looking to evolve his game as a fantasy football player and one of his goals is to help other players do the same.