Week 3 Start/ Sit
We are back at it again y'all! Week 3 is upon us and the Podcastic fantasy team is here to help you set your lineups! Feel free to reach out to any one of us through DM. We are here to help and love interacting with the community! Our twitter handles are listed beside each of our names. Without further ado, let's get into these start/ sits!
QB: Gardner Minshew
Minshew Mania is in full swing, and I am LOVING IT! Minshew has thrown for 512 yds and 6 TDs through the first two games, and I do not see him slowing down this week. He will be facing off against a lowly Dolphins defense who have given up the third most fantasy points to QBs this season. Expect high twenties low thirties for fantasy points in six point per passing TD leagues this week! Smash start!
QB: Joe Burrow
Burrow is coming off of a 316 yard 3 TD passing performance against the Browns. He should roll this momentum over into this week facing an Eagles defense that just surrendered 267 yards and 3 passing TDs to Jared Goff.
QB: Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill has put up fantasy scores of 25.8 and 37.1 in 6 point per passing TD leagues in the first two weeks. He has already thrown for 6 TDs. This week he faces a Vikings defense that has surrendered 578 passing yards and 5 passing TDs through the first 2 weeks. He is a great play this week.
QB: Mitch Trubisky (vs. Atlanta)
I’m tempted to go with a safer pick, like Dak, after I’ve struggled the first two weeks with my QB starts. But I’m going to roll the dice on ol’ Mitchell. It definitely hasn’t been pretty, but Trubisky has 5 TDs through the first two games and now gets a potential shootout in Atlanta, a defense which has given up the 2nd highest passing yards in the league to opposing QBs.
QB: Dak Prescott
Dak just threw for 450 yards against the Falcons and now gets the Seahawks, who gave up 397 yards passing to Cam Newton. Seahawks give up a league worst 415 passing yards per game, and he just discovered a new weapon in Dalton Schultz. Dak will finally throw for multiple TD’s this week and keep it rolling.
QB: Gardner Minshew
Minshew Mania has continued into the 2020 Season. Gardner looks to continue his hot start of 300+ passing yards and 3 TDs headed into Week 3. The Dolphins have allowed 25.7 pts to Cam Newton in Week 1 and 34.48 pts to Josh Allen in Week 2. This is setting up to be quite the favorable matchup for Gardner Minshew on Thursday Night Football. Time for some primetime Minshew Mania!
RB: James Robinson
James Robinson came out of nowhere this season as an undrafted free agent. He has thrived with the opportunity he's been given. This past week he scored 21 fantasy points in PPR leagues rushing the ball 16 times for 102 yards and snagging three receptions for 18 yards. Expect him to build on his performance this week against a Dolphins defense that has allowed opposing offenses to amass 328 yards in just two games!
RB: Austin Ekeler
The Panthers have an awful run defense and Ekeler should be able to exploit this. He is coming off of a game where he rushed the ball 16 times for 93 yards and caught five balls for 55 yards. His passing game involvement with rookie Justin Herbert playing is promising. Herbert should be the starter again this week so expect Ekeler to rack up PPR points while being efficient in the run game as well.
RB: Austin Ekeler (vs. Carolina) and Kenyan Drake (vs. Detroit)
I’m cheating here by going with two players but I feel they’re in the same boat – similar ADPs (low-end RB1s/high-end RB2s) who haven’t gotten off to great starts. But both get great matchups this week. Carolina has given up the most fantasy point to RBs (including a league-leading 19 receptions) and Detroit has surrendered the 2nd most rushing yards.
RB: Miles Sanders
In his first game of the season Sanders was clearly the work horse back
which was a concern to some in Doug Pederson’s offense. Sanders totaled 23 touches for 131 yards and 1 td against the Rams and now gets the Bengals, who so far have the 3rd worst rushing defense. In a game the Eagles need to win, I expect a lot of Sanders.
RB: Joshua Kelley
Possibly the most under owned RB in fantasy right now is Joshua Kelley (28% on ESPN and 40% on Yahoo). He should arguably be the #1 waiver claim this week. He is going into a great matchup against the lowly Carolina Panthers run defense. Kelley played on 24% of snaps in Week 1 and 52% of snaps in Week 2. He also saw 12 carries in Week 1 and 23 carries in Week 2. Consider Kelley a set it and forget RB2 this week.
WR: Allen Robinson
ARob has gotten off to a slow start this year, but he has still been heavily targeted in the passing game (18 targets through 2 games). Look for him to get back on track with a game against a Falcons team with a high powered offense and a Swiss cheese defense!
WR: DK Metcalf
The three cone isn't holding this man back! Metcalf has put up 19.5 and 19.2 points in PPR the first two weeks. Against the Patriots he was shadowed by Stephon Gilmore and was still able to haul in 4 receptions for 92 yards and a TD! Start him this week against a bottom half passing defense of the Cowboys!
WR: Amari Cooper/Michael Gallup/Ceedee Lamb (vs. Seattle)
This one is simple. If you have a Dallas WR, start them this week. Seattle has allowed far and away the highest yardage to opposing WRs (731, with the next closest being Atlanta with 524). Amazingly they’ve only given up two TDs, which seems like a number that’s due to increase.
WR: Allen Robinson
Robinson had been pretty average to start the year which no doubt has frustrated fantasy managers. He’s been targeted 9 times in each week though but has yet to score. Even in a bad Bears offense last year, Robinson scored 7 touchdowns. Falcons are the 2nd worst passing defense and have given up 4 passing touchdowns each week. Robinson
WR: Diontae Johnson
After seeing 10 targets in Week 1, Johnson turned 13 targets into 8 receptions 92 yards and a TD in Week 2. He has clearly earned Big Ben's trust in Pittsburgh. Johnson heads into another favorable matchup against the Houston Texans in Week 3. It is likely that JuJu Smith-Schuster will draw Bradley Roby in coverage. This will leave former 1st round bust Vernon Hargreaves to cover Diontae Johnson. Consider Johnson a strong play as a WR2/3 this week.
TE: Jonnu Smith
Jonnu Smith has already posted 3 TDs in this young season. AJ Brown is still not a lock to play this week which would give him a boost, but even if he does play, Jonnu commanded 7 targets with AJB in the lineup. Jonnu should feast on the Vikings defense who just gave up 111 yards on 5 receptions to Mo Alie-Cox!
TE: Logan Thomas
I am doubling down with Logan Thomas. He did not do much last week, but he did receive 9 targets. The Washington Football Team is in need of weapons, and Haskins is most definitely trying to get Thomas as involved as possible. He could have a big week against the Browns, who just gave up 87 yards and 11 catches to the Bengals TEs.
TE: Logan Thomas (vs. Cleveland)
Thomas is everything we hoped Chris Herndon would be this year – a target magnet on a team that was constantly playing from behind. So far he has 17 total targets through the first two weeks and now faces a Cleveland defense that’s allowed the 2nd most yards and the most TDs to opposing TEs.
TE: Drew Sample
Exit CJ Uzomah, enter Drew Sample. I was hyping Uzomah as a potential sleeper in redraft leagues after week 1. Uzomah is now done for the season. Former 2nd round pick Drew Sample stepped up and filled in admirably in Week 2. He saw 9 targets while playing on 59% of snaps. Sample will face an Eagles defense that has allowed 4 TDs to TEs in their first 2 games. Consider him a low-end TE1 for Week 3.
D/ST: Indianapolis (vs. New York Jets)
Yes, this seems unfair but I’m allowed an occasional layup. The Colts have been one of the top defenses this year and now get the worst offense in the league. #analysis
QB: Sam Darnold
There is honestly no explanation even needed at this point. Just go back and read the last two start/ sits.
QB: Teddy Bridgewater
The Panthers are playing a top half passing defense in the LA Chargers. Teddy is coming off of a bad week, and I think it will happen again this week. Bridgewater has only thrown 1 TD pass to 2 INTs this year. I hope he improves, but I don't see it this week.
QB: Daniel Jones (vs. San Francisco)
This may seem like an easy call but there really aren’t any high-level QBs with tough matchups this week. The 49ers defense has given up the 2nd fewest passing yards in the league, and now Jones is without both Barkley and Shepard. Even with a banged up 49ers defense, this should be a long afternoon for Danny Dimes.
QB: Daniel Jones
The narrative so far with Jones has been his brutal early season schedule.
Even though I like him long term, he has another tough matchup with the 49ers. Barkley is done for the year and Shepard was just placed on the IR. The Giants are struggling, and I’m sitting Jones another week.
QB: Deshaun Watson
Deshaun Watson is coming off of a 14.7 pts performance against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense. Don't expect for things to get better in Week 3 as he goes against an equally as tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense. There should be better options available to use as a streamer this week.
RB: Darrel Henderson
Henderson had a breakout game last week and looked very explosive. People will be really excited and want to start him this week, but I would advise against it. He will be splitting carries with Malcolm Brown. This will be a messy backfield to stay away from all season. Add to this that they will be playing the Bills who have only given up 151 yards and 2 TDs on the season.
RB: David Johnson
Johnson struggled mightily against the Ravens last week and this week will not get any easier for him. Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the league, and they have given up ZERO rushing TDs and only 133 rushung yards through two games. Try your best to avoid starting DJ this week.
RB: David Johnson (vs. Pittsburgh)
Poor DJ goes from facing the Ravens last week to the Steelers this week. Even getting 95% of the snaps, Johnson only had 50 totals yards. The Steelers are one of only two teams to allow less than 100 total rushing yards by running backs so far this year.
RB: David Johnson
Johnson had a rough game against a good Ravens defense and now gets
a better defense in Pittsburgh. With Duke Johnson possibly returning, David could lose snaps in a really low scoring offense. I’m benching Johnson.
RB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire
The rookie RB commonly referred to as CEH struggled to 13 pts against the LA Chargers defense. He only saw 10 carries in Week 2 and even ended up losing some short yardage work to Darwin Thompson. Tamper your expectations for CEH heading into a tough Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens defense who held David Johnson to 7 pts in Week 2.
WR: Will Fuller
Fuller is an explosive playmaker who completely disappears more than he shines. He is coming off of a hamstring injury which is very scary because he deals with this issue regularly. He also earned no targets in that game. Fuller will face a secondary that boasts 3 top 25 DBs according to PFF. I would not count on a Boom week from Fuller this week.
WR: Robert Woods
Bobby Trees is one of the most underrated WR, and I love having him on my team, but I would leave him on the bench this week if at all possible. Woods will be shadowed by one of the best CBs in the league, Tre'davious White. White has only allowed 37 receiving yards on 8 targets on the season. He also has only given up 1 TD since last year.
WR: D.J. Moore (vs. Los Angeles Chargers)
Moore had a big game last week with 8 catches for 120 yards and has 22 targets through two games. But the Chargers have been a tough defense this year, ranking in the bottom 10 in yards to WRs with only one TD allowed (impressive considering they played KC last week). I don’t think Moore will bust, but keep expectations low.
WR: Mike Williams
Williams had a decent start, with Tyrod Taylor at quarterback, getting targeted 9 times week 1. Then a team doctor punctured Taylor’s lung and Williams only got targeted 4 times with Justin Herbert at QB. Herbert clearly had a better rapport with Keenan Allen targeting him 10 times. I’m sitting Williams until I see Herbert go to him more.
WR: Emmanuel Sanders
Tre'Quan Smith was in on 88% of snaps compared to Sanders 78%. Sanders only saw 3 targets in Week 2 while Smith saw 7 targets. So why is Emmanuel Sanders still the WR33 in ECR? Even with Michael Thomas out Sanders should not be considered a viable starting option.
TE: Austin Hooper
A big name with huge production last year. The key words here are "last year". Hooper has not done much at all with the Browns. They have a much lower passing volume (50.79% pass plays this year) than his former Falcons team. They also have alot of weapons, so it will be hard to earn targets. This is shown by the fact that he has just six targets through two games. Stay away from Hooper in all formats.
TE: Evan Engram (vs. San Francisco)
Engram might get a bunch of targets this week with some of the top options out, but I don’t think he’ll be very productive with them. So far the 49ers have only allowed 3 receptions (for 26 yards) to opposing TEs this year (that’s not a typo).
TE: Hunter Henry
Hunter Henry saw 8 targets in both games this season. He is currently ranked as the TE5 in ECR. So why don't I like him in Week 3? The answer is simple, opportunity. The Chargers want to run the ball and the Panthers defense has struggled to stop the run. In fact the only position the Panthers defense has had success against is the TE. There should be better options available to you this week.
D/ST: Baltimore (vs. Kansas City)
After getting two soft matchups to start the year (Cleveland and Houston), the Ravens get a big jump with the Chiefs. Chances are you didn’t draft two defenses and you don’t want to drop the Ravens now. But this is one of the weeks where you might just have to live with a lower score from them.