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Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Buccaneers vs Rams

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Buccaneers vs Rams Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Buccaneers vs Rams Week 3 matchup. / Andy Lyons/Getty Images
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A battle between two undefeated teams will take place in Week 3 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head west to take on the Los Angeles Rams. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Buccaneers slated as narrow 1.5-point favorites in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games on the schedule.

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

Rob Gronkowski Fantasy

Start Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: No one expected tight end Rob Gronkowski to have 4 touchdowns through the first two weeks, but that is exactly what happened. The veteran pass-catcher's chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady is at an all-time high. Gronkowski currently ranks as the No. 2 fantasy scoring TE in PPR leagues and should be started until he proves to be anything other than a reception machine. The Rams' defense is no easy matchup. However, it has given up 135 yards to opposing tight ends so far, which is the eighth-highest mark in the NFL. There is room for Gronkowski to post TE1 numbers once again – especially with Antonio Brown potentially out in Week 3.

Robert Woods Fantasy

Start Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams: Roberts Wood is flying a bit under the radar since his teammate Cooper Kupp put together another monster performance in Week 2. Woods has seen 13 targets across the first two games and caught a touchdown pass in Week 1. He now gets to face a Buccaneers' defense that has failed to shut down the passing attack so far. In fact, Tampa Bay has given up the second-most fantasy points to opposing WRs as well as 4 touchdowns to the position (T-No. 26 in NFL). Head coach Sean McVay will have to lean on the air game in this one and Woods should have a solid performance because of that.

Ronald Jones Fantasy

Sit Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones looked miserable in Week 1 and his performance in Week 2 was not much better. The 24-year-old has now seen just 10 carries through two games played and has been on the field for 25% of the offensive snaps. Leonard Fournette seems to have a grip on the starting role and that leaves Jones without a reliable role on this team. The Rams have also posted the fourth-best defensive DVOA rating in the NFL this year. That doesn't align with Jones having a bounce-back game in Week 3. Keep him on the bench for now.

Darrell Henderson Jr. Fantasy

Sit Darrell Henderson Jr., RB, Los Angeles Rams: A couple of things lead to Darrell Henderson Jr. being a risky start his week. Keep in mind he is dealing with a rib injury that leaves him questionable to even suit up on Sunday. Assuming he is able to play, Henderson goes up against a Tampa Bay defense that has posted the fifth-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL this season. The Buccaneers are allowing just 3.0 yards per carry, which ties as the third-lowest mark in the league. Fantasy managers who roster Henderson need to be careful here and have a backup option ready to go.


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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. 

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