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Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Bears vs Browns

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Bears vs Browns Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Bears vs Browns Week 3 matchup. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns will be looking to earn two consecutive home victories when they host the Chicago Bears in Week 3 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Browns slated as 7.5-point favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications as well.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 3 showdown.

Darnell Mooney Fantasy

Start Darnell Mooney, WR, Chicago Bears: Wide receiver Allen Robinson remains the go-to target for Chicago quarterbacks, but Darnell Mooney has flown under the radar so far. He is tied for the team lead in targets (15) and has hauled in at least 5 receptions in each of the first two weeks. Mooney draws a great matchup in Week 3 facing a Browns' defense that has given up the 10th-most passing yards per game in 2021. Look for head coach Matt Nagy to lean on the passing attack early on. Mooney should be able to see 5-plus targets once again and that is enough to be worthy of a FLEX start.

Odell Beckham Jr. Fantasy

Start Odell Beckham Jr, WR, Cleveland Browns: This start all comes down to health. Odell Beckham Jr. has missed each of the first two weeks while recovering from his 2020 ACL injury, but may be able to suit up on Sunday. If that is the case, he immediately becomes the Brown's best receiver. Jarvis Landry is expected to miss at least a few weeks, which leaves the door open for Beckham to take on a major role on this offense. Keep in mind that the Bears have given up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season. This is a matchup Beckham can exploit for a huge performance.

Cole Kmet Fantasy

Sit Cole Kmet, TE, Chicago Bears: Cole Kmet was virtually nonexistent in the Bears' Week 2 win hauling in his lone target for 0 yards. It was a shocking result after he looked like a viable receiver in Week 1 (5 receptions, 42 yards). It's possible that the Cincinnati Bengals simply shut Kmet down, but it is not a good sign for fantasy managers. Cleveland has given up just 96 yards to opposing tight ends through the first two weeks of the season, which doesn't make this a likely bounce-back matchup for the young TE. It would be smart to bench Kmet until he shows some consistency.

David Njoku Fantasy

Sit David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns: While the Browns are running a lot of two-TE sets on offense, that doesn't mean David Njoku is worth starting in fantasy football. After a surprising Week 1 performance (76 yards), Njoku came back down to earth hauling in 2 catches for 18 yards in Week 2. He is being outsnapped by Austin Hooper and now goes up against a Bears' defense that has covered the TE position well. In fact, the Bears have given up the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing TEs. Njoku is a solid TE2 to roster, but he doesn't have TE1 upside this week.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. 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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.