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Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Giants

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Falcons vs Giants Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Falcons vs Giants Week 3 matchup. / Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Two teams in search of their first win of the season meet head-to-head in Week 3 as the Atlanta Falcons travel to take on the New York Giants. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Giants slated as small 3-point favorites in a game that could come down to the wire.

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

Cordarrelle Patterson Fantasy

Start Cordarrelle Patterson, WR/RB, Atlanta Falcons: One of the most popular waiver wire adds of the week has been Falcons' weapon Cordarrelle Patterson and for good reason. The veteran playmaker has racked up 136 yards from scrimmage and 2 touchdowns through the first two weeks. Patterson is making the most out of his opportunity by averaging 6.5 yards per touch. He draws a great matchup in Week 3 as the Giants have posted the sixth-worst DVOA rating in the NFL so far. The Falcons should have no trouble moving the ball down the field. Patterson is a worthy FLEX start this week, especially in PPR scoring leagues.

Daniel Jones Fantasy

Start Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants: Daniel Jones has played surprisingly well in 2021 and currently ranks as the No. 5 quarterback in fantasy scoring. He has 2 passing touchdowns on the season to go along with 2 rushing touchdowns as well. Jones beat up on the Washington Football Team in Week 2 and now gets to face a Falcons' defense that has allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QBs this year. Atlanta is giving up a league-high 40.0 points per game in 2021, which means the Giants should be in for a big offensive day. Jones is a high-quality streaming option in Week 3.

Russell Gage Fantasy

Sit Russell Gage, WR, Atlanta Falcons: It is clear that Russell Gage could be as low as the No. 4 option in this passing attack thanks to the emergence of Patterson and rookie tight end Kyle Pitts. The veteran wideout has seen just 9 targets on the season and played in 53% of the offensive snaps in Week 2. That is a low number given how much the Falcons were passing the ball. Gage came into the season with some FLEX upside, but he hasn't shown fantasy managers any reason to trust him right now. Notably, Gage is also injured and is not a lock to play this week. Unless you're in an extremely deep league, Gage looks safe to drop.

Evan Engram Fantasy

Sit Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants: The Giants could get tight end Evan Engram back from injury this week, but fantasy managers need to proceed with caution here. It's possible the coaching staff decides to ease the 27-year-old back into action in order to avoid any unnecessary risk. Tight end Kyle Rudolph has only seen 7 targets taking over the top spot, which shows how much Jones has favored his WRs to start the season. Engram could sneak back into the TE1 conversation with a good showing, but it's a risk. Taking a wait-and-see approach here is the safest option.

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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.