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Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Dolphins vs Jaguars

Jason Schandl
Thursday Night Football fantasy picks for Jaguars vs Dolphins, including Gardner Minshew.
Thursday Night Football fantasy picks for Jaguars vs Dolphins, including Gardner Minshew. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

The first action of Week 3 will bring us a matchup between two teams that were bottom-dwellers in 2019. The Miami Dolphins are 3-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook as they make the short trip to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars for Thursday Night Football.

If you're looking for some fantasy help in this matchup, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 3 clash.

Who Should I Start Fantasy Football

Start Gardner Minshew, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Gardner Minshew has been outstanding in 2020, tossing 3 TDs in each of his first two games, and he ranks 11th among all QBs with 44.3 fantasy points through Week 2. Don't expect him to cool off too much against the Dolphins, who have allowed 275.5 passing yards per game (seventh most in the NFL) and who will also be missing top CB Byron Jones due to a groin injury tonight.

Start Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Keelan Cole's fantasy outlook will get a nice boost if DJ Chark (chest) can't play, but he should offer value tonight regardless of Chark's status. Despite being No. 2 in snaps among Jags wideouts (behind Chark), Cole leads the team in both targets (12) and receptions (11) through two games. With Minshew likely to shred Miami, we can expect a big day from his favorite target of the young 2020 season.

Sit Jordan Howard, Myles Gaskin and Matt Breida, RBs, Miami Dolphins: The Miami backfield is an absolute mess for fantasy football purposes. Dark horse Myles Gaskin has emerged as the team's lead back, but he's also only run the ball 16 times through two games. His receiving volume (10 receptions) has kept him relevant in PPR leagues, but his upside is too low to get excited about. Playing behind Gaskin, Jordan Howard and Matt Breida are both easy choices to bench as well.

Sit Laviska Shenault, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Laviska Shenault is showing plenty of promise as a rookie, and his usage (8 targets plus 7 rush attempts) has been very interesting. Even in a soft matchup, it's still too early to feel good about firing him up in fantasy football, however. The rushing volume is a nice touch, but 5 carries just aren't enough to put a WR in play when they're not even seeing 5 targets.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.