by Wanda Wiedman & Cleveland Kate // @WandaW63 & @ClvlndK8
While the NFL shook up the world with its #TakeAKnee, we have survived week 3 with quite a few upsets but managed to stay true to our picks.
Last week Kate suggested that sitting the Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Chicago Bears offense would be ideal and boy, was she right! But if you took heed to our suggestions when we said to start Chris Thompson and sit Jeremy Maclin.…you’re welcome.
So let’s get started with this week’s fantasy Starts!
At quarterback, Kate suggests you start Drew Brees against the Miami Dolphins. It should be a shootout on both sides and they should score well. And yes, that would be starting Jay Cutler as well, if you have him. Even though Carson Palmer struggled last week against the Cowboys, he will be a lot better against a weak 49ers defense. You can also start Blake Bortles versus a weak New York Jets defense, as the Jaguars are hitting a groove right now after blowing out the Baltimore Ravens in London. Wanda also suggests starting DeShaun Watson against the Tennessee Titans. He should be a free agent in most leagues.
With that being said, it would be wise to sit Derek Carr versus the Denver Broncos. Last week Wanda suggested starting Carr but he uncharacteristically played a bad game. However, against a tough Broncos defense, they will have to run the ball, which means fewer points. Also, sit Cam Newton versus the New England Patriots. Not sure what has rattled that young man, but he just seems a little lost. Also sit Joe Flacco against an angry Steelers defense, and Carson Wentz against the Los Angeles Chargers, who have done very well pressuring QBs.
We like Christian McCaffrey going up against the Patriots. Last week he had 9 catches and 20.20 PPR points against the New Orleans Saints. The Patriots have surrendered the second most receiving yards to opposing RBs. It is also a good week to start Joe Mixon against the Cleveland Browns. He should be seen as a No. 2 back or a flex against the Browns who have allowed an average of 24.26 points to RBs. And don’t forget to start Chris Carson or Chris Thompson if you have them. (That includes you, Kate.)
You are going to want to sit Ameer Abdullah against the Minnesota Vikings. He has failed to meet expectations so far and is going against a tough Vikings defense who has surrendered less than 15 points to RBs this season. Frank Gore is another player to sit this week, against an angry Seattle Seahawks defense. Gore has done very well for the Indianapolis Colts with double digits in each of his last two games, but on the road in Seattle… it ain’t happenin’. Consider sitting Marshawn Lynch and Isaiah Crowell as well.
Right now Tyreek Hill is a weekly starter and should be a go against the Washington Redskins. Another good starter is Odell Beckham Jr against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Eli Manning has been having a lot of control issues and he will have to rely on Beckham’s athleticism to get any points against the Bucs. Also, JJ Nelson of the Arizona Cardinals is a solid start. He should see a lot of targets from Palmer this week versus the 49ers. As a deep sleeper, Paul Richardson of the Seahawks against the Colts could get you some points.
Sit Kelvin Benjamin of the Carolina Panthers against the Patriots defense. Also Doug Baldwin of the Seahawks, Michael Crabtree and/or Amari Cooper, for that matter, on the Raiders and John Brown of the Cardinals.
Let’s start Charles Clay of the Buffalo Bills versus the Atlanta Falcons. Even though it is a tough matchup against a strong Atlanta defense, the Falcons will have a difficult time covering him. Another couple of TE’s to start are Cameron Brate of the Buccaneers against the New York Giants, and Kyle Rudolph of the Vikings against the Detroit Lions. The Lion’s defense allowed eight touchdowns and an average of 17.76 PPR points to tight ends on the road.
On the flipside, you will have to sit Evan Engram of the Giants against the Buccaneers. He has been doing pretty well for QB Eli Manning, but the Bucs have allowed the 7th fewest points to TEs at home. Coby Fleener is another one to consider sitting against the Miami Dolphins. Willie Snead is back from suspension and will likely get most of the targets.
Start the Seahawks against the Colts. The Hawks will rebound this week, as will the Cincinnati Bengals, as defenses have an average of 13 points against the Browns offense.
Sit the Titans Defense against a red red-hot DeShaun Watson of the Houston Texans. While you’re at it, sit the Dolphins against the Saints, as opposing defenses average a mere 1.33 fantasy points per game against them!
Start Mason Crosby versus the Bears who have allowed two of the last three kickers to finish in the top seven at their position. Gee wiz Bears you need to stop that nonsense! Also, start Phil Dawson versus the San Francisco 49ers and Cody Parkey versus the Saints.
Last but not least you will need to sit Chris Boswell of the Steelers versus the Baltimore Ravens. These are division rivals and the Ravens have held two kickers to four or fewer fantasy points. Also, sit Jason Myers of the Jaguars versus the Jets as the Jets have not allowed a kicker to finish higher than 13th overall in fantasy points.
And there you have it! Remember to lock in your lineup before the game starts! Good luck and may the points be ever in your favor!