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BucDad's Start 'Em/Sit 'Em for Week 3

Week 2 is in the books and count your lucky stars if your team survived the injury surge that witnessed big-time players such as Christan McCaffery, Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton to name a few that went down with some type of lower-body injuries. If you read the article on Tuesday in regards to the Waiver Wire, then hopefully, you were able to fill some of the voids left by those injured players. This week I am giving you a new list of players you should start and those who should ride the pine for one reason or another.



1. Josh Allen, BUF (Proj 20.2 pts) Week 3 vs LAR

Allen is the first Bills quarterback since Jim Kelly to open a season with consecutive 300-yard outings. Even as the Rams have proven solid on defense, Allen's dual-threat skill set earns him another big projection this week against the LA Rams as he is the only starting QB yet to throw an interception. (Avg. 31.3 pts)

2. Kyler Murray, ARI (Proj 22 pts) Week 3 vs DET

Murray offers so much upside thanks to his running ability (158 yards and three scores through two games) and is easily one of the top overall choices at the QB position in Week 3. Start him with confidence. (Avg. 29.2 pts)

3. Cam Newton, NE (Proj 20.8) Week 3 vs LV

Favorable matchup vs Las Vegas whether through the air or on the ground. (Avg. 30.1 pts)


1. Jonathan Taylor, IND (Proj 17.6 pts) Week 3 vs NYJ

Joining Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes, James Mungro, and Joseph Addai as the only rookies in franchise history with at least 25 carries, 100 yards and a score in a game, Taylor is now the unquestioned leader of the Colts' ground game. The Jets have surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to backs this year, with Taylor primed for a big outing. (Avg 17 pts)

2. Dion Lewis, NYG (Proj 9.5 pts) Week 3 vs SF

With Barkley out for the season, the Giants have signed former Falcons RB Davontae Freeman and have Wayne Gallman in rotation, look to Lewis to carry the workload especially during short-pass and goal-line situations. (Avg 7.9 pts)

3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire, KC (Proj 14.7 pts) Week 3 vs BAL

If Kansas City's offense can exploit a weakness in Baltimore's defense, you could see Edwards-Helaire having good performance regardless if it's on the ground or in passing situations. (Avg 16.4 pts)


1. Ceedee Lamb, DAL (Proj 12.4 pts) Week 3 @SEA

After a mediocre rookie debut in Week 1, Lamb had a breakout performance to the tone of receptions for yards against the Falcons during a Week 2 40-39. "Atlanta Choke Job 2.0". Lamb looks to replicate that performance against the Seahawks. (Avg 14.2 pts)

2. Calvin Ridley, ATL (Proj 15.6 pts) Week 3 vs CHI

Ridley could have another productive day against in Week 3. If fostered, Ridley is always worth at least the WR2 option. (Avg 31.9 pts)

3. Marquise Brown, BAL (Proj 14.1 pts) Week 3 vs KC

The same things that are written about Kansas City's weapons on offense, you can make the same claims for Baltimore's weapons. One FLEX option is Marquise Brown, who could see plenty of targets if this week's game becomes a shootout. (Avg 12.2 pts)


1. OJ Howard, TB (Proj 6.6 pts) Week 3 @DEN

With TE Rob Gronkowski being used to block, expect OJ Howard to have a big day in Week 3 against Denver, whose defense is without their leader, Von Miller for the season. (Avg 9.4 pts)

2. Evan Engram, NYG (Proj 11.2 pts) Week 3 vs SF

Engram could see plenty of targets against the 49ers with, WR Sterling Sheppard, and RB Saquon Barkley, on IR and WRs, Darrius Slayton and Golden Tate, working their way back from injury. (Avg 9.4 pts)

3. Darren Waller, LV (Proj 14.3 pts) Week 3 @NE

An awesomely productive Week 2 was fueled by a career-best 16 targets. I wouldn't expect such amazing opportunity rates for this matchup with the Patriots, but it does help Waller's case that double-digit target shares are always within reach. (Avg 19.4 pts)

Sit 'Em


1. Baker Mayfield, CLE (Proj 14.7 pts) Week 3 vs WAS

Has been extremely overrated in regards to production and fantasy owners who have Mayfield rostered, should not buy into the hype over Week 2's performance against the Bengals. He still needs to show consistency in order to change the tune. He is nothing more than a QB2 option. (Avg 12.6 pts)

2. Carson Wentz, PHI (Proj 17.4 pts) Week 3 vs CIN

Wentz has shown his true potential at this point. Much like his fantasy stock, he is nothing more than a QB2 option whose time could be coming to a close especially with rookie QB Jalen Hurts awaiting his turn. (Avg 12.7)

3. Drew Brees, NO (Proj 17.8 pts) Week 3 vs GB

Despite finishing with 312 yards and a touchdown, Brees' performance on Monday night appeared to be lackluster, as it was obvious he missed top wideout Michael Thomas. Next up is a Packers defense ranking, um, mid-pack in terms of yards through the air, although they have surrendered four passing touchdowns. With a healthy Thomas, Brees is a low-end QB1. Without him, it's best to find someone with a more favorable matchup. (Avg 14.4 pts)


1. Ronald Jones II, TB (Proj 8.4 pts) Week 3 @DEN

Week 2 looked to be favorable for Jones and he came through early with a first-quarter touchdown. However, as the game progressed, it was Leonard Fournette who received the bulk of the playing time. With both backs healthy, Bruce Arians is probably going to ride the hot hand. With Fournette looking like he may overtake Jones on the depth chart. The reduced workload drops Jones to no more than a Week 3 fantasy flex in deep formats. (Avg 10.5 pts)

2. Melvin Gordon, DEN (Proj 14.2 pts) Week 3 vs TB

With Phillip Lindsay sidelined for several weeks, Gordon consolidates strong rushing and receiving workloads. The Bucs have allowed the fewest yards per carry to backs thus far, but Gordon's busy role supports RB2 expectations. (Avg 16 pts)

3. Mike Davis, CAR (Proj 12.6 pts) Week 3 vs LAC

Davis goes from being Christian McCaffrey's backup to the No. 1 target in free agency this week. He'll be the Panthers' primary running back for the next several weeks. (Avg 7.8)


1. Michael Thomas, NO (Proj 19.3 pts) Week 3 vs GB

Thomas missed the Monday night affair with a high-ankle sprain. The initial diagnosis was for Thomas to be out 2-to-4 weeks, but he's recovering faster than expected, to the point that he actually heads into Week 3 as only questionable. Monitor the practice reports as it's unlikely the Saints will ask Thomas to be a decoy or to risk further injury. If he's active for New Orleans, he should be active for you. (Avg 4.7 pts)

2. Steffon Diggs, BUF (Proj 13.8 pts) Week 3 vs LAR

Diggs next faces a challenging matchup with a solid Rams secondary. Given the awesome workload thus far with Josh Allen, Diggs is a solid WR2 candidate (Avg 23 pts)

3. Odell Beckham Jr, CLE (Proj 13.1 pts) Week 3 vs WSH

Extremely dependant on big-time plays but is finding no success with the inconsistency from QB Baker Mayfield. Even against a lackluster Washington secondary, I still wouldn't trust a big game from OBJ in Week 3. (Avg 11.3 pts)


1. Rob Gronkowski, TB (Proj 5.3 pts) Week 3 @DEN

In Week 2, he was targeted just once, resulting in Brady's third interception of the season. It's time to cut bait on the name brand. Even if the former Patriots teammates get on the same page, the results pale in comparison to their championship days. (Avg 1.6 pts)

2. Zach Ertz, PHI (Proj 11.8 pts) Week 3 vs CIN

Those expending an early pick on Ertz typically expect around eight catches for 60 yards and a touchdown per game. Unfortunately, that's his current stat line through the first two contests. Ertz's woes are more than just facing good TE defenses. After all, teammate Dallas Goedert has excelled in the early going. Regardless, Ertz has a strong chance of getting back on track against the Bengals, who are the league's most generous pass defense. (Avg 10 pts)

3. Noah Fant, DEN (Proj 9.4 pts) Week 3 vs TB

With Denver's receiving corps ravaged by injuries, Fant could serve a big role in the team's passing offense going forward. The Buccaneers have been solid against tight ends this season, but Fant's blend of athleticism and usage makes for a fun streaming option. (Avg 18.4 pts)


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