The NFL season rolls along and with it, the tough start or sit decisions that we’ll be faced with all year. If you would like to know how I do in these start/sit columns then be sure to follow me on twitter @TheFF_Taters. Every Tuesday I will post the names of my starts and sits then put a check or an X to signify whether it was a good call because it is important to be accountable in fantasy football. It is never my intention to lead those that read these articles astray and I try to be as accurate as possible.
With that said, let’s move on to Week 3 of the NFL season.
Josh Allen VS CIN
Allen has rushing upside, looked sharp against the abysmal Giants defense and now gets to feast on a Bengals defense that let up 41 points to the 49ers at home last week. The Bills have started the season off on the right foot and should handle the Bengals at home. I expect Allen to continue forward with his solid season.
Kyler Murray VS CAR
Very quietly Murray has put together a solid 5 quarters of football, 4 against a defense as good as Baltimore IN Baltimore. He now gets the Panthers at home who have struggled out of the gate losing 2 straight at home. I believe this is the coming out party for Kyler. After this game he will be a viable fantasy QB from here on out.
Matt Breida VS PIT
Going against the grain here because Pittsburgh has a daunting front 7 that can shut down any run game. However, the 49ers and coach Shanahan do a great job of keeping opposing defenses on their toes and off balance. Matt Breida could very well be enjoying the beginning of a breakout season. I think that’ll continue on Sunday. If he stays hot here then it doesn’t matter who is healthy for San Fran, Breida will be the guy.
Aaron Jones VS DEN
Listen here LaFleur, Jamaal Williams is NOT the answer and Aaron Jones has been freed. YOU CAN’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM US IN THE FANTASY COMMUNITY. I am calling BS on LaFleur saying they need to even out the touches between Williams and Jones. No, Matthew, you do not or else you will suck failure and bleed your own blood. (If you’ve never seen dodgeball then this was an odd read but you’re wrong and I hate you)
Hollywood Brown @ KC
For the 50,000th time, the KC defense is very mediocre and they have not fixed their woes from a season ago. This article is being written on Thursday morning so by Friday they could have added a certain disgruntled Jacksonville corner but he won’t be eligible to play on Sunday. Hollywood Brown has enjoyed a very successful start to his career and I expect him to get a good share of targets in what should be a shootout.
JJ Arcega-Whiteside VS DET
Time to double up on the rookies and JJAW is one I have been eagerly anticipating. With DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Dallas Goedert all banged up and possibly missing the game, JJAW has been thrust into the first team offense. The opportunity has presented itself and I think Whiteside has what it takes to capitalize. If you want to get risky and roll the dice, roll the dice on JJ.
Jason Witten VS DAL
OK…I know he’s old, I get that but the Dolphins are just awful. Witten has scored in both weeks so far and if he finds pay dirt again in this one then he’s in TE1 territory for the 3rd straight week. You can do way worse than Witten this week.
Greg Olsen @ ARI
The Cardinals have been victimized by tight ends the first two weeks of the season. I know this is a risky pick with Cam Newton possibly missing this game but the matchup is too good. Hopefully Will Grier/Kyle Allen targets Olsen if Cam isn’t ready to go because this is a plus matchup for Olsen.
Whoever the Saints QB is @ Seattle
The Saints offense has been a juggernaut under Payton and Brees. The key ingredient, Brees, is now injured. Payton said Taysom Hill might not actually be the 2 and wouldn’t commit to Teddy Bridgewater as the starter but let me save you the trouble. Don’t start either of them. I expect the Saints to take a decent step back and this is a tough road environment where it can get VERY loud. The increased volume will make it difficult for the new starter to communicate with the offense.
Daniel Jones @ Tampa Bay
Look I love what Jones did in the preseason but the reality is that the Giants have an awful group of pass catchers outside of Engram. Even if he gets Sterling Shepard back, it’s just not going to be easy sledding for Jones early on. I expect growing pains and he should be nothing more than a deep league stash for now.
Le’Veon Bell @ NE
3rd string QB against the most elite defense that just so happens to be on a roll to begin the season? That very defense has given up 3 total points through 2 games? They also have allowed just one first half touchdown in their last 7 games? Big ol’ yikes for Bell owners this week. You have to sit him, ESPECIALLY in standard leagues.
Miles Sanders VS DET
The start to Sanders’ career has been a rough one. The Eagles are in a full-blown committee approach and Sanders doesn’t seem to be pulling away from his running mates. The Eagles get the Lions this weekend and they have a stout run defense plus with the Eagles currently banged up on offense, they don’t pose as much of a threat to opposing defenses as they normally do.
Tyrell Williams @ MIN
The Vikings in Minnesota isn’t fun for opposing offenses. It’s loud, they have a big and fast defense and they just don’t play around in that dome. Williams has been solid through his first 2 games in Oakland but this is a week to avoid him.
Terry McLaurin VS CHI
This is more of a challenge than a sit recommendation. McLaurin has stormed out of the gates in his first NFL season and has firmly entrenched himself as an offensive rookie of the year candidate. He gets the Bears this week and while the Eagles and Cowboys have solid defenses, they aren’t the Chicago Bears. If McLaurin does it again this week then we can consider him practically matchup proof.
Tyler Eifert @ BUF
I’m happy for Eifert and it’s good to see him healthy and making plays. With that said, this isn’t the week for him. I have a bad feeling about poor teams that go up to Orchard Parl to play the Bills and that daunting defense. If you aren’t prepared for that Bills atmosphere then you can get clamped. I would avoid Eifert this week.
Darren Waller @ MIN
See above about why I don’t like the Raiders this week. Waller has been a nice breakout player for the Raiders and the offense is running better than I expected but that doesn’t mean I’m ready to buy in. Avoid Waller and the Raiders this week.