Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Ravens vs Lions

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Ravens vs Lions Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Ravens vs Lions Week 3 matchup. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions will look to avoid an 0-3 start to the season when they host the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Ravens slated as 7.5-point road favorites, which means this one could get out of reach after halftime.

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

Ty'Son Williams Fantasy

Start Ty'Son Williams, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Talk about a perfect matchup for the run-heavy Ravens' offense. Detroit has posted the third-worst rush defense DVOA rating in 2021 and has also allowed the most fantasy points to opposing running backs. This is a great opportunity for Ty'Son Williams to prove that he is the best ball-carrier on the roster. The 25-year-old has played 50% of the offensive snaps on the season and seen at least 9 carries in each game so far. With that volume, he should have no trouble posting FLEX-worthy numbers and approaching fringe RB2 status in the best case scenario.

Jared Goff Fantasy

Start Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions: As long as the Lions have to keep playing from behind, quarterback Jared Goff is going to be a reliable fantasy player. He is currently the No. 8 QB through two weeks of action and has thrown for 584 yards to go along with 5 touchdowns. With a spread set at over a touchdown, the Ravens are expected to get ahead early in this game. That should allow Goff to keep racking up passing yards and scoring garbage time touchdowns. It's notable to point out that the Ravens have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing QBs. Look for Goff to put together another big fantasy game.

Latavius Murray Fantasy

Sit Latavius Murray, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Veteran Latavius Murray wouldn't even be in the starter conversation if it wasn't for the 2 touchdowns he has scored through two games played. Take those away and he is simply another player stuck on the waiver wire. Murray is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry and has not seen a single target in the passing game. While this is a great matchup, look for the Ravens to lean on the rushing abilities of Williams and quarterback Lamar Jackson. Murray is a top-tier handcuff to stash on the bench, but he isn't worth starting unless his role increases.

Amon-Ra St. Brown Fantasy

Start Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions: There was an expectation that rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown would see increased reps in Week 2 thanks to the absence of veteran Tyrell Williams. However, he played in just 60% of the offensive snaps, which was less than his Week 1 rate (64%). St. Brown has failed to surpass 23 yards in either of the first two weeks and isn't seeing enough work to slide into a starting spot in fantasy football. Quintez Cephus seems to be the WR to target on Detroit's offense after he racked up 63 yards and 1 touchdown on 4 catches against the Green Bay Packers.

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