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

Max Staley
Minnesota Vikings v New Orleans Saints
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The first game of Week 3 hasn't even kicked off yet, and we've already seen five starting quarterbacks get hurt. Clearly, fantasy owners have a lot of news that they'll have to adjust to going forward.

If you need some help with your Week 3 lineup, here's some start 'em, st 'em advice.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em, Week 3 Quarterbacks

Start Matthew Stafford (DET at PHI): Through two weeks, Matthew Stafford has quietly been fantasy's QB5. While a matchup against Philadelphia may not seem particularly enticing at first, the Eagles' secondary has been pretty vulnerable thus far. The Eagles have allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL (680) through two weeks, and they've lost key defensive lineman, Malik Jackson and Timmy Jernigan to injury already. That banged up defense could have a hard time containing Stafford, who is fifth in the NFL in passing yards (630) and has thrown the second-most passing TDs in the NFL (5).

Sit Kyler Murray (ARI vs. CAR): Kyler Murray has looked really impressive to start his career, but he'll get another stiff test against the Carolina Panthers. Carolina has faced two top-five passing offenses from 2018 (the Buccaneers and Rams), but the Panthers have held them to 186.0 passing yards per game, which is the third-lowest mark in the NFL.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3 Running Backs

Start Devin Singletary* or Frank Gore (BUF vs. CIN): The Cincinnati Bengals have gotten torn apart on the ground this season, surrendering 331 rushing yards yards (No. 30 in the NFL). Opponents have also averaged 4.9 yards per carry against Cincinnati thus far (No. 23 in the NFL). If Devin Singletary is active, he's likely the man you want to start, as he's only needed 10 carries to rack up 127 rushing yards this season. If he's inactive due to a hamstring injury, Frank Gore, who has 83 total yards and a TD on 21 touches, should fill in just fine.

Sit Alvin Kamara (NO at SEA): If your bench is deep enough, you might want to think about sitting Alvin Kamara this week. Kamara was pretty ineffective once Teddy Bridgewater replaced Drew Brees. With Bridgewater at the helm, Kamara only racked up 58 total yards and only saw three targets (compared to eight in Week 1). Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks have only surrendered 115 rushing yards, which is the fourth-best mark in the league, and opponents are averaging a paltry 3.8 yards per carry against them.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3 Wide Receivers

Start Chris Godwin and Mike Evans (TB vs NYG): The New York Giants have gotten absolutely torched through the air thus far, surrendering 642 passing yards, which is the third-highest mark in the NFL. Opponents are posting a 132.3 passer rating against the G Men, which is also the third-highest mark in the NFL. While Mike Evans has gotten off to a slow start, this looks like a great bounce-back spot for him, and there's no reason to believe Chris Godwin will slow down against this defense.

Sit Jarvis Landry (CLE vs. LAR): Jarvis Landry has not gotten out to a strong start (seven receptions for 99 yards) and his struggles could continue against a stout Los Angeles Rams' secondary. Opposing QBs have posted a passer rating of 67.3 thus far, which is the third-best mark in the NFL (for a defense), and no WR has reached 90 yards against the team yet. It's going to be a tall task for Landry to turn it around this week.

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