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Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Dolphins vs Raiders

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for theDolphins vs Raiders Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for theDolphins vs Raiders Week 3 matchup. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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The Las Vegas Raiders will look to keep their impressive start to the season rolling when they host the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Raiders slated as 3.5-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications.

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

Myles Gaskin Fantasy

Start Myles Gaskin, RB, Miami Dolphins: Tua Tagovailoa is out in Week 3. That leaves every player on the Dolphin's offense at risk of putting up a dud on Sunday. But running back Myles Gaskin may be in the best spot to put together a solid performance. The Raiders posted the fifth-worst run defense DVOA rating in 2020 and are already allowing 4.8 yards per carry this season (T-No. 25 in NFL). Gaskin should also see more carries than usual with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. He is a viable FLEX option this week.

Josh Jacobs / Kenyan Drake Fantasy

Start Josh Jacobs/Kenyan Drake, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: No matter who starts at running back for the Raiders, they are worth a start this week. Miami is giving up the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing RBs this season and is also allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game (134.0). Josh Jacobs is dealing with a toe injury that may force him to sit out on Sunday. If so, backup Kenyan Drake immediately turns into a fringe RB2. With a spread of just 3.5 points, this game could be close in the fourth quarter. That would allow Raiders' ball-carriers to see carries throughout the entire game.

Mike Gesicki Fantasy

Sit Mike Gesicki, TE, Miami Dolphins: Mike Gesicki has been one of the early season disappointments at the tight end position racking up just 41 yards on 3 catches through the first two weeks. He draws a tough matchup in Week 3 as Las Vegas has given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing TEs and just 56 yards to the position overall. The murky quarterback situation doesn't help the Gesicki out, either. Fantasy managers may have drafted Gesicki to be their starter, but this feels like an opportunity to stream a high-upside tight end instead this week.

Hunter Renfrow Fantasy

Sit Hunter Renfrow, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: While Hunter Renfrow remains the starting slot receiver for the Raiders, that doesn't mean he is an automatic start in fantasy football. The volume is certainly there (16 targets), but the 25-year-old is averaging a career-low 11.5 yards per catch. The Dolphins present as a tough matchup for Las Vegas WRs, giving up the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the position in 2021. Miami has also posted the seventh-best pass defense DVOA rating. It isn't time to upgrade Renfrow from a bench spot to a starting role just yet.


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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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