Week 3 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Start 'em, sit 'em Week 3 for fantasy football, including Jalen Hurts, Mike Davis, Brandin Cooks and Justin Fields.
Start 'em, sit 'em Week 3 for fantasy football, including Jalen Hurts, Mike Davis, Brandin Cooks and Justin Fields. / Michael Zagaris/Getty Images

Week 2 brought some serious chaos into the fantasy football landscape, with plenty of injuries popping up at multiple positions.

Two games also isn't enough time to really establish just how good most NFL teams really are, making things tricky when trying to find the best matchups for your fantasy squad. That can make setting your Week 3 lineup difficult.

The Duel is here to help, with our Week 3 start 'em, sit 'em picks for fantasy football.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week3 Quarterbacks

Start Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles: Our "start" pick at quarterback in Week 2, Jalen Hurts eclipsed 20 fantasy points again, with 21.8 against the San Francisco 49ers. Fantasy football's QB5 on the season gets an even easier matchup on Monday Night Football, taking on the Dallas Cowboys defense that has given up over 300 passing yards in each of its first two games. Hurts is looking like a legit every-week starter at this point, and getting him against Dallas is just gravy.

Sit Justin Fields, QB, Chicago Bears: Justin Fields is starting this week. That's exciting, and it's easy to see why fantasy managers would want to slot him into their lineups. You'd be better served taking a wait-and-see approach, however. For all the excitement around him, he went 6-of-13 with 1 interception and 2 sacks against the Cincinnati Bengals, adding just 31 yards on 10 carries. He'll have a full week of practice with the ones this week, which should help, but we're going to want him to prove he's a better NFL quarterback than Andy Dalton for at least one full game before we start him in fantasy.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3 Running Backs

Start Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons: Cordarrelle Patterson may be a buzzy waiver pickup this week, but Mike Davis is still the guy in the Falcons' backfield for now. And that means you definitely want to start him against the New York Giants. The G-Men have allowed just the 12th most rushing yards in the NFL, but they've given those 252 yards up on just 50 rush attempts, and they check in at No. 30 in Football Outsiders' run defense DVOA rankings. As just 3-point underdogs the Falcons should finally be playing in a somewhat competitive game, and that should translate to increased rushing volume as well.

Sit Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Despite facing Dalvin Cook and David Montgomery to start the year, the Cincinnati Bengals rank No. 2 in run defense DVOA and have allowed the NFL's sixth-fewest rushing yards per attempt. Najee Harris is seeing enough volume to have an exciting long-term fantasy outlook, but for a guy whose issue has been efficiency (3.2 yards per attempt) behind a poor offensive line, this matchup could be brutal.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3 Wide Receivers

Start Brandin Cooks, WR, Houston Texans: It's hard to get too excited about the Davis Mills-led Houston Texans, but you should make an exception for Brandin Cooks. Mills targeted Cooks on a ridiculous 11 of his 18 pass attempts in Week 2. Even in a rough matchup against the Carolina Panthers, Cooks should see more than enough volume to be the lone bright spot in this offense from a fantasy standpoint.

Sit Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants: Another repeat from Week 2, Kenny Golladay remains a sit after catching just 3 passes for 38 yards. He did see a slight uptick with 8 targets, but that still trailed Sterling Shepard (9) and wasn't far ahead of Darius Slayton (6). Now we have Evan Engram likely returning after seeing a team-high 21.8% of the Giants' targets in 2020, and there's just not enough volume to go around for Golladay to be an exciting option.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.