Week 3 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Saints vs Patriots

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Saints vs Patriots Week 3 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Saints vs Patriots Week 3 matchup. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Two teams looking to get over the .500 mark meet head-to-head in Week 3 as the New England Patriots welcome the New Orleans Saints to town. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Patriots as narrow 3-point favorites, which means this one is expected to 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 clash.

Alvin Kamara Fantasy

Start Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Running back Alvin Kamara gets the nod here simply because no one else on the Saints' offense is worth starting this week. At least Kamara sees enough volume to be fantasy relevant week in and week out. The 26-year-old has seen 35 touches across the first two games of the season and turned them into 121 yards from scrimmage. He now faces a Patriots' defense that has posted the 10th-worst rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL this season. Everything lines up for Kamara to put together a solid performance.

Damien Harris Fantasy

Start Damien Harris, RB, New England Patriots: One of the biggest surprises in fantasy football has been the dominance of Patriots' running back Damien Harris. The third-year pro has taken on a workhorse role under head coach Bill Belichick, rushing for 162 on 39 carries (4.2 average) through the first two weeks. He has also acted as the goal-line back and leads the entire offense with 7 red zone looks. New Orleans is not an easy matchup for a running back, but Harris seems to be a lock for 15-plus carries. That volume alone makes him worth a starting spot in Week 3.

Juwan Johnson & Adam Trautman Fantasy

Sit Juwan Johnson/Adam Trautman, TE, New Orleans Saints: The tight end position is going to be a toss-up all season for the Saints. Both Adam Trautman and Juwan Johnson enjoyed solid Week 1 performances before failing to produce in Week 2. It doesn't get any easier in Week 3 as the Patriots have given up just 4 receptions for 27 yards to opposing tight ends all season. Both of those marks rank as the second-lowest in the NFL. Johnson makes for an interesting bench stash as he seems to be a red zone target for quarterback Jameis Winston. Otherwise, it would be best to avoid these two players altogether this week.

Mac Jones Fantasy

Sit Mac Jones, QB, New England Patriots: Mac Jones has not been getting the job done from a fantasy football perspective. The rookie currently ranks as QB30 in fantasy scoring and now must face a Saints' defense that has posted the fifth-best DVOA rating in the NFL through two weeks of action. In fact, New Orleans has allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs. Jones has also tossed just 1 touchdown and that is not going to cut it from a weekly standpoint. He is a fringe QB2 right now and someone that shouldn't sniff the starting lineup until he improves.

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