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Week 3 Start/Sit – Fantasy Football

First thing’s first, The Fantasy Authority is nothing but transparent. We like taking victory laps, but also have the cajones to admit when we were wrong. Here is full disclosure from our Week 2 Start/Sits. The points are from the Sit or Start Fantasy app created by our talented and good friend, @JasonLowndes using PPR scoring. Projected points in parentheses.

Start: Devin Singletary 10 pts (13 pts) , Michael Gallup 8 pts (14 pts), Allen Lazard 8 pts (11 pts)

Sit: Antonio Gibson 12 pts (11 pts), Kirk Cousins -1 pt (16 pts), Rob Gronkowski 0 pts (8 pts)

2020 Overall TFA Start/Sit Season record: 6-6-2

 

Week 3 Start/Sit

Well, Week 2 sucked. If you are reading this I guarantee that you had a lineup that was affected by the inactives prior to Sunday and/or the injuries suffered in Week 2. There were too many players injured to list, but if by some miracle you did not have a lineup affected then you need to go to the nearest gas station right now and buy a Powerball ticket! Let’s all hope that this week goes a little bit more swimmingly for our squads. Let’s dig into our Week 3 Start/Sits!!!

STARTS

Carson Wentz – QB – Philadelphia Eagles vs. CIN

Carson Wentz has not had a great start to this season. He was 4for4‘s QB11 to start the season and so far Wentz has 2 TD’s, 4 INT’s, and a 55% completion percentage. Woof!  The Eagles blew a 17-0 lead against Washington in Week 1 and were never in the game last week vs the Rams as they turned the ball over 4 times. This is a week where the Eagles can get back on track as they welcome in the 0-2 Bengals to the Linc. The Bengals defense has so far given up the 5th most air yards and have the 23rd ranked defense in the league. The Bengals allowed Baker Mayfield to complete almost 70% of his passes and throw for 2 TD’s last week. Wentz has the talent to turn this around and now that he has a healthy Miles Sanders, who was out Week 1, this offense should look more like the one in 2019 where Wentz had a 27:7 TD/INT ratio. Don’t hesitate to put Wentz in your lineups. (Projected: 19 pts)

Allen Robinson – WR – Chicago Bears @ ATL

A-Rob doesn’t seem too happy to be putting on a Bears uniform these days, but it doesn’t look like it has affected his target share. He leads the Bears with a 25.8% target share and has averaged 8 targets per game early on in this season. This week the Bears travel to Hot-lanta to take on the Falcons. The Falcons are coming off another epic collapse last week blowing a 19 point lead to the Cowboys late in the second half. Here are some notable numbers for the Falcons secondary so far…They have given up: the highest completion percentage to QB’s, the most plays of 20+ yards, the 2nd most completions, and the 2nd most passing yards. You can say that the Falcons secondary looks a bit discombobulated. Now they did have to play agaisnt against Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott in the first two weeks and Mitch ain’t them! But the facts remain that they are prone to giving up big plays and a lot of passing completions and yards. You should be able to safely start A-Rob on all your teams this week. (Projected: 16 pts)

Jerick McKinnon – RB – San Francisco 49ers @ NYG

The 49ers are a run-heavy team. Well… 2 of their 3 running backs look to be out this week with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman going down with a knee injuries. Insert McKinnon, who last week started to get a bit more looks in the offense as he had 6 touches for 44 yards and a TD. The 49ers travel to Jersey to take on the G-Men who have not been anything special against the run, allowing the 8th most fantasy points to RB’s and the 2nd most runs of over 20+ yards. They allowed the Bears to gain 135 yards on the ground last week and Bears RB’s had over 50 receiving yards as well. We all know Shanahan likes to use the RB’s and with the 49ers using Jeff Wilson and possibly practice squad call-up JaMycal Hasty, I see McKinnon getting a heavy workload.  This week, I think we see the 2017 Minnesota Vikings version of McKinnon who had almost 1,000 scrimmage yards, which led to a $30 million contract to the 49ers. (Projected: 17 pts)

 

SITS

Darrell Henderson – RB – Los Angeles Rams @ BUF

The Rams, like the 49ers, also have 2 running backs down with injuries. Malcom Brown injured his finger and is a game-time decision to play and rookie Cam Akers is day-to-day with a rib injury. The Rams travel to Buffalo to take on the 2-0 Bills and that stout rush defense. The Bills have allowed the 3rd fewest rushing yards this season and the defense as a whole currently ranks 5th best in the league. Even though Henderson did have a decent stat line last week with 12 carries, 81 yards, and a TD, I would not expect a repeat of that performance against this defense. Especially considering the fact that the Bills offense is also ranked in the top 5 of the NFL, so the game script may move away from the run game sooner rather than later. Henderson should get some decent volume, but this looks like a good matchup to sit all Rams RB’s. (Projected: 7 pts)

Deshaun Watson – QB – Houston Texans @ PIT

The NFL did not do the Texans any favors when making their 2020 schedule. They started off with games against the defending Super Bowl Champion, Kansas City Chiefs, then brought the Baltimore Ravens into Houston. Now the Texans get to travel to Pittsburgh. Ugh. The Steelers this season have the 3rd best defense in the league and are 10th best against the pass, allowing just under 240 yards per game. Watson simply just does not have an alpha WR to throw to. The loss of Deandre Hopkins has really affected this team and defenses are figuring them out pretty quick. The Texans have been outscored by their opponents 67-36 so far and the only 2 TD’s that Watson has thrown this year were both to his tight ends. The Steelers have a strong defensive front and if they stop RB David Johnson, like the Ravens did, then they will make Watson and his WR’s beat them and I just don’t see that happening. (Projected: 17 pts)

Stefon Diggs – WR – Buffalo Bills vs. LAR

Diggs had a great game last week against the Dolphins, catching 8 of his 13 targets for 153 yards and a TD. He leads the Bills in targets, receptions, and receiving yards so far, but this week will be no cakewalk like it was against the porous Dolphins secondary. Diggs will be matched up against All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey and I would not be surprised if these two have a very physical matchup. I’m sure Josh Allen hasn’t forgotten when Jalen Ramsey called him “trash” when Ramsey was with the Jaguars, so I predict that Allen may try to force the ball to Diggs and Ramsey will want to be at the top of his game to stop a big game against him. This season the Rams have only allowed one passing TD and with Aaron Donald, on that defensive front I would anticipate Allen scrambling a lot for his life, which can lead to a lot of inaccurate throws. I know it will be tough to bench Diggs after a game like he had last week, but this is one you should definitely consider it. (Projected: 15 pts)

CJ was born and raised in New England. He has been active duty Air Force for the past 18 years and is an avid fantasy football fanatic. He has a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Louisville and is pursuing a Master's degree in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University. When he is not spending time with his beautiful wife & daughter, he is immersed in dynasty and devy leagues. You can find him on Twitter @Clubber_Lang83 and Facebook/Instagram @CJ Lang.

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