The NFL season is already in week 3 and time is flying by. Week 3 in fantasy football marks a pivotal week for many people. Teams that are 0-2 can’t fall to 0-3 and teams that are 1-1 are fighting to stay above .500. Also, fantasy owners have to not panic on players like Brandon Aiyuk just yet. Yes, he has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy so far.
However, so did players like Justin Jefferson, who struggled in 2020 in the first two weeks. Many fantasy owners panicked on Jefferson last season and dropped him after his week two matchup. Nonetheless, the former LSU star went off in week 3 of the 2020 season. He finished the game with seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown. As a result, don’t panic on players like him or even rookies.
With another week comes plenty of start/sit decisions. Here are three starts/sits in week 3.
QB- Daniel Jones vs. Atlanta
Quarterback Daniel Jones has been one of the many surprises in fantasy football so far. The third-year starter has been drawing some attention from a fantasy perspective. A major reason for his success in the first two weeks is because of his legs. He has a rush touchdown in each of the first two games and has run 15 times for 122 yards.
Now, he draws a matchup against the Atlanta Falcons who have been quarterback-friendly over the past couple of seasons. Last week, the Falcons gave up five passing touchdowns to Tom Brady and three passing touchdowns to Jalen Hurts in week one. Jones makes for a great streaming option this week.
RB- Chase Edmonds @ Jacksonville
Running back Chase Edmonds makes for a solid start as your RB2 this week or even in the flex. He has been heavily involved in the passing game so far with nine catches for 72 yards, which is a boost for PPR formats. Without Edmonds getting in the endzone yet, he has still been a solid option for fantasy owners.
The matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars is an even bigger boost for the 25-year-old running back. The Jaguars’ defense has arguably one of the worst defenses in the league and stopping fantasy running backs. With Edmonds’ upside in the receiving game, he is a solid flex option.
WR- Mike Williams @ Kansas City
In what should be a shootout, wide receiver Mike Williams makes for a solid start in fantasy football. Not only has Williams surprised everyone this season so far, but this is the first time in his career that he has had at least 15 fantasy points in back-to-back games. Now, the former Clemson product will try to make it three straight.
Williams has been the most targeted Chargers wide receiver this season (22). He has also had recent success against the Kansas City Chiefs in his career. In week 17, the 6-foot-4 star had six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Now, he seems to be more involved in the offense in a different role, not just a deep field threat.
QB- Tom Brady @ Los Angeles
Sitting quarterback Tom Brady (aka the GOAT) could be one of the biggest moves of the week. Nothing against Brady as he has looked solid in the first two weeks, but this is a tough matchup for the former Michigan star.
Last year when Brady went against this defense, he didn’t put up his normal numbers. He threw for only 216 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, very unlike him. Now, with the Los Angeles Rams home, this could play a factor in this game. Brady is Brady, but there are other quarterbacks that could be better plays this week.
RB- David Montgomery @ Cleveland
Running back David Montgomery is a sit for this week. If fantasy owners don’t have better options than Montgomery then probably playing him is the best move. However, the situation around him is not the best. Quarterback Justin Fields is surely going to take some of the carries away from him and his offensive line is banged up.
Not only that, but he has to face a Browns’ defense that is considered to be top 10 in the league. Last week, Montgomery struggled against the Cincinnati Bengals’ front seven, who is considered to be bottom 10. Don’t expect a big game from the former Iowa State product.
WR- Mike Evans @ Los Angeles
Wide receiver Mike Evans is on this list because of the matchup. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey is almost certainly going to guard him, which isn’t great news. Last year, Evans had a mediocre game against the Rams catching five passes for 49 yards and a touchdown.
However, staying away from Evans this week could be pivotal. The matchup isn’t there and the Buccaneers might struggle to move the ball in this game.
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