Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 3

Start ‘Em:

Tee Higgins: This pick is a stretch from me, but I think I’m on to something. Higgins had a dormant Week 1, but a solid Week 2, despite being against a defense that is rated a bit better. I think Higgins thrives against middle of the pack defenses because the focus is all on Ja’Marr Chase, but the secondary corners are still not quite good enough to keep up with and lock down Higgins.

Mark Andrews: Belichick’s defense is usually good at taking away your biggest threat and making you turn to the next man up. For the Ravens, the player to shut down is Lamar Jackson because he is such a good rushing and passing dual threat. The way that you play against that is with containment rushes and/or having a linebacker spying Jackson all game long. If a spy is putting attention on Jackson, that opens up more good matchups for Andrews and probably looser coverages too. I expect he will have a good performance in Week 3.

Kyler Murray: Murray has had consistent score lines in fantasy football these last few weeks against defenses that are supposed to be some of the best in the league. Going against a Rams defense now that has allowed 58 points in 2 weeks, potentially without star running back James Conner, the pressure will be on Murray to get the win.

Leonard Fournette: The Packers defense has proven that they struggle against the run, giving up 90 yards on the ground to Dalvin Cook in Week 1 and 122 to David Montgomery in Week 2. Fournette is just as good as both of those backs and I think he will continue the trend on Sunday afternoon.

Travis Kelce: Start Kelce no matter what, he is Patrick Mahomes’ favorite receiver. But especially this week, going against a Colts team that looks as messy as a bowl of spaghetti and a white shirt, Kelce should have no trouble making big things happen this week.

Sit ‘Em:

Tua Tagovailoa: I have put a lot of criticism on Tua’s name in the first two weeks and he has done well to prove me wrong. He had a huge game last week and that is going to bait a lot of people into starting him in Week 3, but I would hold off just a bit longer, as their opponents, the Bills, have a solid pass defense that has been looking great so far this year.

Chargers Receivers: This is tentative on whether or not Justin Herbert is able to play this week. With his rib fractures looming ominously over the new week of play, I’d at least prepare backup options to your Chargers receivers just in case he’s out or looking bad going into Week 3 versus Jacksonville.

Dalton Schultz: Schultz is a good tight end, but with Cooper Rush under center, he doesn’t seem to get many targets. There are better options at the position that are more consistent this season, at least until Dak is back.

Jared Goff: Goff has been playing pretty well through two weeks with 6 touchdowns to 1 interception. That being said, the Vikings defense is no joke this season, we saw what they did to Aaron Rodgers. Let Goff sit and start him Week 4 against the Seahawks.

Najee Harris: Divisional games always find a way to stay close, especially in the AFC North. This one is going to be one of those “hard to move the ball either way” kind of games and Harris’ numbers will suffer for it.


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