Fantasy Football: Start or Sit week three


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Gardner Minshew II (15) of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass in the first half of a game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

As we roll into week three of this year’s NFL season, managing your fantasy team will be painful after the amount of injuries from the previous week. Don’t worry though, I’ve got your back.

With so many injuries, you may have to scan your league’s waiver wire to see who you can fill these positions with.

This is a list of the injuries of the players.

The most notable injuries from week two that will be affecting NFL fantasy week three. (Michael Lolley)

I’ll be here to tell you who should be starting and who should be sitting on your fantasy team every week. I will be covering the superstars and breakout players as well as every player who you could have possibly drafted, and why they should be in or out this week.


Thursday night we have a young quarterback duel between Tua Tagovailoa and Gardner Minshew. Just 7.4% of leagues drafted Tagovailoa and 42% of leagues drafted Minshew, so I recommend if you need a new quarterback and you want to get up some good points, you should pick up these guys in free agency. Both of them will be putting up career numbers against the defenses that they’re playing Thursday night, after both Miami and Jacksonville got scorched by receivers in weeks one and two. I see them both putting up 20 points on your team.

One quarterback who has really caught my eye this year is Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons. With Julio Jones, being listed as questionable this week with a high ankle sprain, I’d say starting him could be a small risk but after the first two weeks of the season, putting up 24 and 28 fantasy points, I think he will put up great numbers once again.

On Monday, we have another great quarterback matchup between reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes and regular season MVP Lamar Jackson. This game is most likely going to be an offensive onslaught between the Chiefs and Ravens and just like any other week, these guys need to be started.

Running Backs:

If you are in need of a new running back after week two’s injuries, I like Jacksonville’s James Robinson. From Illinois State University, he gets the chance to run all over Miami’s mediocre defense. I see Robinson putting up anywhere from 15 to 20 points this week.

Josh Jacobs of Las Vegas was able to have a stellar week one, but New Orleans found a way to hold him to just 88 yards and no touchdowns. However, I don’t see Atlanta doing the same, given that their defensive line is nowhere near up to par with New Orleans. Jacobs has the skill to single handedly beat this defense and put up huge numbers on Sunday.

On Monday night, Chiefs’ rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire gets the opportunity to run against the third best run defense (according to ESPN Fantasy rankings) in the Baltimore Ravens. I don’t recommend you start him unless you have no other choice. I only can see him getting eight to 12 points in week three.

Start or Sit for your fantasy team during week three of this NFL season. (Michael Lolley)

Wide Receiver and Tight End:

Thursday night there’s really only two guys that I would start if I had them on my team: the tight end from Miami, Mike Gesicki, or the wide receiver from Jacksonville, DJ Chark Jr. Other than them, there are no real good options. Miami doesn’t have any deep threat receivers, and other than Chark, Jacksonville doesn’t have any strong fantasy options on their team.

On Sunday, I really like the Arizona Cardinals’ Kyler Murray to Deandre Hopkins duo, especially against the Lions, who will probably match up Hopkins with their rookie cornerback, Jeff Okudah. If you have Hopkinks on your team, he is a must start.

Monday night has Pro Bowl wide receivers and tight ends all over the place. Starting Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce or Marquise Brown are all no-brainers every week. After weeks one and two being very mediocre however, I say you should sit Mecole Hardman, who had 5.9 total points,  Sammy Watkins, putting up 15.6 total points, and Mark Andrews, with only 20.7 total points.