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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Starts And Sits 2021

By Pat Pitts


Week 3 Start/Sit


Last Sunday gave fans a lot to think about heading into this upcoming week. The injury bug brought problems to many organizations and fantasy lineups, but the waiver wire helped with that. Another issue causing fantasy managers more stress than usual was the star players on their rosters that have not lived up to their ADPs through these first two weeks. Derek Carr ranks as the best quarterback so far with more points than Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady.


Have no fear because Pitts is here to help you set your lineup this week. Everyone has their methods, why not try mine? Here are the players in my lineup and those I’m keeping on the sidelines.


START


Quarterbacks


Kyler Murray @ JAX

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The Jaguars have allowed the fifth-most passing yards in their first two games. Kyler Murray ranks as the number one QB across all fantasy platforms. No brainer.


Jalen Hurts @ DAL (Monday Night Football)


Jalen Hurts has averaged 20.5 fantasy points in his first two games. He squares up against division rival, the Cowboys on Monday night. The Cowboys have allowed the most passing yards in the NFC. Hurts slots in as a must start in Week 3.


Teddy Bridgewater @ NYJ


Von Miller compared Bridgewater to Peyton Manning a few weeks ago; he will have a Manning-esque performance on Sunday facing the Jets. Rookie Mac Jones picked apart the Jets’ defense last week. He finished last week as QB11, but should be a QB1 in your lineup this week.


Running Backs


Austin Ekeler @ KC


Ekeler ended Week 2 with over 20 points for the first time all season, but only rushed for 54 yards. He did his damage on the receiving end, catching all six of his targets for 61 yards.

The Chiefs have allowed the most rushing yards (404) and touchdowns (7) in the NFL, which leads me to believe Ekeler may crack 90 yards on the ground while scoring a touchdown or two. This is going to be an exciting game with Ekeler being a focal point for the Chargers and your fantasy lineups.


Damien Harris vs NO


Harris has ranked as an RB2 in both weeks. He steamrolled over the Dolphins rushing for 100 yards, then going “Beast Mode” against the Jets. The Saints have been decent stopping the run, but Harris still is a must start this week.


Cordarrelle Patterson @ NYG


Patterson ranked as RB5 last week against the Buccaneers, who shut down Ezekiel Elliot a week prior.


Patterson seems to be a focal part of the offense along with Pitts and Ridley. Keep riding Patterson’s wave into Week 3 as there are not a lot of options left.


Wide Receivers


Quintez Cephus vs BAL


Cephus caught a touchdown and saw seven targets in both games this season. He’s become Goff’s go-to WR behind D’Andre Swift & TJ Hockenson in receiving yards.


The Ravens have allowed the most receiving yards in the league. Goff proved he can handle QB1 duties and Cephus has benefited immensely from it.


Brandin Cooks vs MIN


If you throw it, he will catch it. Cooks has proved it does not matter who throws him the ball, he is going to produce. He finished both of his games this year as a top 24 WR, even with Davis Mills filling in the last game for Taylor.


Minnesota’s pass coverage still has holes that need to be filled. Cooks ranks as a solid WR1 start this week.


Marvin Jones Jr. vs ARI


Marvin Jones averages 10 targets, 5.5 catches for 61 yards and a touchdown. He leads the team in all receiving stats. The Cardinals defense has improved in 2021, but Jones guarantees fantasy managers a WR1 workload. Start him with confidence.


Tight Ends


Rob Gronkowski @ LAR

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Rob Gronkowski sits as TE2 across all fantasy platforms simply by running by defenders. Start Gronk and reap the benefits.


Jack Doyle @ TEN


Jacob Eason seems to be the QB1 this week, which will mean a lot of checkdowns and short passes. The backfield will be busy, but they will need a break. Doyle has been a solid safety blanket catching five passes for 64 yards last week. Doyle is a boom or bust start, but has more of an upside than most.


Jared Cook vs KC


Cook had a down week against the Cowboys, finishing as TE25. The Chargers face the Chiefs this week, giving Cook a great matchup to line up against. Herbert will need to utilize him in the red zone, making him someone to plug in to your lineup.


SIT


Quarterbacks


Jameis Winston @ NE


Zach Wilson threw four picks against this defense last week. Imagine what Mr. 30 for 30 is going to do. Not a chance I start him this week.


Josh Allen vs WFT

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Josh Allen has started the season on the wrong foot. He has yet to finish as a top 15 QB. He has an even tougher matchup this week. The Washington defense forces QBs to make mistakes with their front-seven, led by Chase Young. I am not starting Allen until he shakes off the slump.


Baker Mayfield vs CHI


The Browns are a team full of fantasy stars, except for Baker. Mayfield ranks last in nearly every passing stat due to the team’s aggressive rushing attack. The Bears forced Burrow to throw three consecutive interceptions. Stefanksi will be taking the ball out of his hands for most of this contest. Take him out of your lineup.


Running Backs


David Montgomery @ CLE


David Montgomery has performed well in these first two weeks, but he lines up against a very good Browns defense. There are a lot of RBs with better matchups that would be a better start. RBs who are not rushing against Myles Garrett and Jadaveon Clowney are better choices.


Antonio Gibson @ BUF


Gibson seems to be an early candidate for Bust of 2021 with J.D. McKissic vulturing his carries and goal-line opportunities. He sits outside of the top 20 RBs forcing him out of your starting lineups.


Phillip Lindsay @ CAR


The Panthers have yet to allow 100 yards of rushing this season. Lindsay and the rest of the Texans’ backfield will struggle to run against these behemoths. Find another player.


Wide Receivers


Chris Godwin @ LAR

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Jalen Ramsey will most likely cover Godwin throughout this contest. He has caused problems for receivers dating back to last season. He is not worth the headache in your lineup.



Zach Pascal @ TEN


Pascal caught three touchdowns in two games; Wentz threw each one. There is a possibility of Wentz sitting out of Sunday’s divisional matchup against the Titans. Pascal becomes a big boom or bust player this week with the potential QB switch.


Corey Davis vs DEN


The Patriots made Davis invisible on Sunday. He finished as WR96, with one fantasy point for the day. He has another problematic matchup against the Broncos this week. Davis may not see a pass if the Broncos’ secondary watches the game from last week.


Tight Ends


Anthony Firkser vs IND


Firkser receives the Maniac Matchup of the week honor this week, as he has to deal with Darius Leonard for sixty minutes which will surely cause him problems.


Leonard makes a nightmare matchup for opposing TEs and Firkser is no different. The Titans will need to rely more on King Henry than the air attack. Firkser will suffer.


Tyler Higbee vs TB


The Buccaneers’ defense will give the Rams a wake-up call on Sunday. Higbee will be cast off as Stafford and company struggle to make the game competitive.


Juwan Johnson @ NE


Managers need to put Johnson on their watch list, however, this is not the week to start him. Winston may throw six interceptions against the Jackson 4. Plug in another player.

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