Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, what should you do with the borderline starters, maybe your flex position, or your 12 team leagues where the WR2 is always a gamble. We’ll run through a few players that you should start if you are thinking of picking them up, or if you already have them. And we’ll be looking at who should be on your bench this week. We’ll avoid the obvious start players like, Hill, McCaffrey etc.
Start ‘Em – Matthew Stafford – LA Rams
Stafford has had a great start to the season, 599 yards, 5 touchdowns and 1 interception. Coming up this week the Rams face Super Bowl champions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This will be one of the hardest defence’s Stafford has to face this season, but with the help of Kupp and Woods he’ll do just fine. The Buccs have given up 703 yards and 7 TD’s so far this season but have 4 interceptions. Stafford will have to be on his A game to avoid throwing an interception, but a 300 yard game and 2 TD’s is the minimum I would expect him to get. Sure Stafford will have a lot easier games down the road, but if you’re in a dilemma whether to start him or not, he’s got to be in your team.
Start ‘Em – James Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars
James Robinson, the surprise of last season has got off to an awful start. Week 1 he was RB2 for the Jags, with Carlos Hyde seeing more attempts than him. Week 2 they faced one of the best run defences in Denver. This week they come up against Arizona Cardinals who gave up 176 yards off just 25 attempts last week. The Vikings offensive line seemed to part the red sea for a large amount of the game, creating canyons for Cook to run through. Robinson has gone under the radar with an average of 4.5 yards per attempt, while the focus has been on the first pick of the draft Trevor Lawrence. If they’re going to start winning then the Jags are going to have to start running more, and this won’t be an exception vs the Cardinals. Robinson will show fantasy managers who have rejected trades with him in, why they should’ve accepted them.
Start ‘Em – Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Kansas City Chiefs
Maybe the worst performance of the week in week 2, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (CEH) essentially cost the Chiefs a 2-0 start. With 1 minute left on the clock and in field goal range, CEH fumbled the ball to top off an already dismal fantasy outing. I’d rather not reflect too much on his performance vs Ravens, a team which also kept the Raiders to 82 yards, 31 of them coming from a Marcus Mariota run. The Chiefs matchup vs the Chargers in week 3, which is a lot better matchup for CEH to make his mark. The Chargers gave up 198 yards off 31 attempts vs the Cowboys and I can easily see CEH redeeming himself. It’s not a perfect matchup, but I reckon Mahomes will want all of his offence on the same page, as they look to bring the Lombardi trophy back to Kansas.
Sit ‘Em – Antonio Gibson – Washington Football Team
Coming off a poor display vs the Giants, Gibson now faces the Bills who have only given up 146 yards since the season started. Gibson hasn’t started the season quite how fantasy managers would hope, fumbling more times than he’s found the end zone. Granted his yards are still there but the explosive Gibson of last year seems to be missing. This week vs the Bills I expect more of the same for Gibson. He won’t reach the 100 yard mark and won’t score a touchdown, and for that reason he’ll be sat on my bench.
Sit ‘Em – Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans
The re-energized Brandin Cooks has absolutely flown out of the gates this season, 210 yards and a touchdown so far this season in a team everyone had down for the first pick of the 2022 draft. He’s seriously impressed me so far and will undoubtedly be one of the top WR’s over the course of the season, unfortunately for him he faces one of the up and coming defences in the NFL, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers roster is the second youngest average age in the league and their defence is slowly becoming stacked. Horn, Chinn and Burns to name but a few. The Panthers held Sean Payton’s offence to 128 yards, the lowest Payton has ever had. The lowest to this previously was 174 yards back in 1996!! And that is the reason why Cooks is a sit this week.
Sit ‘Em – Jameis Winston – New Orleans Saints
After taking the Saints to a 1-0 start, beating the Packers, everyone thought Winston had finally started to reach his potential. After throwing 5 touchdowns in the opening game, the old Winston came crawling back, throwing 2 interceptions and an uninspiring 111 yards. This week he faces a New England defence that are coming off a 4 interception game, welcoming Zach Wilson to the AFC East. This week they’ll be licking their lips at the thought of Winston coming to town. If you’ve got Winston as your QB, Sit him out and pick up Carr off the Waivers. There’s always next week for Jameis to show his potential again.