The word of the week is “clarity”. We are entering Week 3 and we have seen enough from certain players to realize that they’re not “What’s Up” this season. LeGarrette Blount got Demarco Murray-ed in Philadelphia as they brought in another big running back that doesn’t fit their offense. Adrian Peterson needs to slap himself for signing with a Saints team that doesn’t like to run the football. I would be surprised if Paul Perkins keeps his starting job after Week 3. Eddie Lacy is no longer rosterable. Former Jets teammates Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker’s best days are behind them. Russell Wilson, Eli Manning and Carson Palmer’s offensive lines will more than likely keep them from hitting their fantasy projections week in and week out.
Now that we are clear on who not to trust let’s get to who to start/sit in Week 3. Check out more content at couchpotatogm.com, follow me on Twitter @CPGMHeadley and don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel (search Couch Potato GM).
Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 3
Start – Matthew Stafford vs Falcons
In what figures to be a shoot-out in Detroit this week, Matthew Stafford and the Lions faces off against the Atlanta Falcons. The Lions are looking to become a legitimate contender in the NFC and needs Stafford to play up to his maximum potential in order to outduel Matt Ryan and the explosive Falcons offense. The Falcons are coming off holding Aaron Rodgers in “check” for most of the game last week as the former MVP padded his stats with a fourth quarter comeback effort. This game will be much different for the Falcons defense as they will be without NFL 2016 sack leader Vic Beasley on the road. Look for Stafford to attack the Falcons zone defense with a lot of Theo Riddick and Golden Tate in the middle of the field as their defense has been susceptible to backs and slot receivers. I can foresee Stafford adding to his NFL leading 6 touchdown passes with another 3 this week in this high scoring affair.
- Derek Carr vs Redskins
- Cam Newton vs Saints
- Kirk Cousins vs Raiders
- Jay Cutler vs Jets
Sit – Marcus Mariota vs Seahawks
Marcus #TheyLoveHim Mariota came into the 2017 season with an abundance of hype and thus far he hasn’t lived up to those expectations. It’s still early and we shouldn’t judge him on just 2 games but this week against the Seahawks is not the opponent you should start him against. The Seahawks allowed a meager 99 yards passing last week against the 49ers so look for them to continue that momentum against the Titans this week. Mariota will be running for his life in this matchup as Michael Bennett and company will be licking their chops. The best gameplan will be for the Titans to run the football and play defense against a Seahawks defense that has uncharacteristically given up 5.2 yards per carry. Sit Mariota this week.
Start – Christian McCaffrey vs Saints
The first round pick for the Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey has been relatively quiet to start his career averaging a mere 2.7 yards per carry. You know what’s the perfect remedy for struggling players? The Saints defense! I can write a book about how bad the Saints defense has been over the last half of decade but you probably already know that if you’ve been paying attention. Start all your Panthers as Alex Anzalone and them will not be able to contain a struggling Panthers offense. McCaffrey will see holes he hasn’t seen since his days at Stanford and will put up close to 150 total yards and a TD. Start McCaffrey with confidence as this should be his breakout game that will produce many highlight reel runs.
- Ty Montgomery vs Bengals
- Jonathan Stewart vs Saints
- Theo Riddick vs Falcons
- Chris Thompson vs Raiders
Leonard Fournette vs Ravens
I was burned by recommending sitting Leonard Fournette in Week 1 against the Texans. He went out there and got 100 yards and a touchdown but I’m steadfast in my belief that the Blake Bortles effect will torpedo Fournette’s yards per carry which makes him touchdown dependant. Based on his numbers Fournette’s 3.5 yards per carry and a touchdown in each game has made me correct but it has also made him a fantasy success thus far. I just can’t trust Fournette each week to get a rushing touchdown and the only touchdown dependant back I’m feeling is Mike Gillislee. The rookie goes up against the Ravens defense in Week 3 which will be his stiffest competition to date. The Ravens have given up 10 total points in two games while forcing 10 turnovers. I will be surprised if Fournette and the Jaguars offense has success moving the football in London this week against the Ravens.
Start – DeSean Jackson vs Vikings
Ok I am going to give you all a little secret, starting the 2nd receiver against the Minnesota Vikings when you have a beast receiver like Mike Evans on the other side is a great formula in fantasy football. The reason being that the cornerback mutant Xavier Rhodes will more than likely shadow the number 1 receiver leaving DeSean Jackson to eat all day against Trae Waynes. The third year corner hasn’t lived up to his first round billing and has lost confidence on his island making him a liability for the Vikings defense. Enter D Jax who is known for destroying man coverage with a blink of the eye as his speed on the outside is special. Jameis Winston just missed him last week for a long touchdown and has been working on building a connection with the speedy receiver. I have a sneaky suspicion everything clicks this week for Jackson and Winston as they hit on a couple deep balls against Waynes in coverage.
- DeVante Parker vs Jets
- Michael Crabtree vs Redskins
- Davante Adams vs Bengals
- Golden Tate vs Falcons
- Jamison Crowder vs Raiders
- Rashard Higgins vs Colts
Dez Bryant vs Cardinals
I spoke to you all before about the “Pat P.” treatment and it will be Dez Bryant’s turn to experience it this week. Patrick Peterson will battle all game long with Bryant who hasn’t done a good job of separating from corners in recent memory. Last week against the Broncos quarterback Dak Prescott struggled and was inefficient when targeting Bryant. He only completed 7 of his 15 targets for 59 yards but Dez’s fantasy day was salvaged with the patented Bryant back shoulder fade for a touchdown. Do you really think Peterson a student of the game will fall for that back shoulder move? I say no and I say he keeps Bryant out of the end zone. Dez is a risky play this week that I don’t have the heart to start.
Start – Jack Doyle vs Browns
The Indianapolis Colts offensive weapons has taken a huge hit with the absence of starting quarterback Andrew Luck. However each skill position player got a bit of a boost last week with newly acquired Jacoby Brissett starting over their week 1 option Scott Tolzien. Brissett was able to get Jack Doyle involved for 8 catches for 79 yards and you should fully expect the young quarterback to pepper his tight end with targets. The Colts, especially Doyle gets a favorable matchup this week against the Cleveland Browns who has given up 19 catches to tight ends in their first 2 games. The tight end position is hammered with injuries as Greg Olsen is out while Tyler Eifert, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed are battling ailments of their own. Get a guy like Doyle in your lineup who has a safe floor to catch 6-8 balls with a possible touchdown.
- Evan Engram vs Eagles
- Kyle Rudolph vs Buccaneers
- Ed Dickson vs Saints
Antonio Gates vs Chiefs
Old man Antonio Gates the future hall of famer is now the sole leader of the most touchdown receptions for a tight end in NFL history passing Tony Gonzalez last week. 112 TD receptions makes him the most successful touchdown catching tight end however his tenure is just about up and it’s time for second year pro Hunter Henry to take over. With that accomplishment out of the way for Gates, Philip Rivers and the Chargers can get last year’s fantasy sensation Henry more targets. After inexplicably not throwing the ball once to Henry in Week 1 he out-targeted Gates 7 to 4 in Week 2. I believe this trend will continue as Gates is a shell of his former self in between the twenties. Gates is a touchdown dependant tight end that can’t be trusted in your fantasy lineups.
Defense to stream
Miami Dolphins vs Jets
It’s Josh McCown and the New York Jets, stream the Dolphins defense and don’t even think about it.
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