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College Fantasy Football Week 3 Start or Sit

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We are entering Week 3 of the college fantasy football season where it was surprisingly difficult filling up the Sit portion of this article, meaning plenty of mouth-watering matchups are on tap this weekend.

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Note: Obvious choices will not be given such as Deshaun Watson or Leonard Fournette as those players are typically starters regardless of the matchup.

Also below are the top 10 rankings for each position for the given week.

Quarterbacks

Start ’Em

Kent Myers, Utah State vs. Arkansas State
This is set up to be the perfect week for a breakout performance from Myers. From reports earlier in the week, it sounds as if star running back Devante Mays will be a game-time decision, which likely means we could see Myers getting more carries. His opponent this week, Arkansas State, has played very little defense the first two weeks of the season. The Red Wolves currently rank 127th out of 128 FBS teams in rush defense while also ranking in the bottom third in defending the pass. Myers’ dual-threat abilities should give the Red Wolves’ D all sorts of problems this week.

Chase Litton, Marshall vs. Akron
Marshall was near perfect on offense in its season opener last week against Morgan State, racking up 62 points and 530 yards of total offense. Litton, a sophomore completed 81 percent of his passes for 309 yards and six touchdowns and zero turnovers. This week, Litton faces an Akron pass defense that has surrendered 290-plus passing yards in each of its first two outings. And those games were not against the Texas Techs of the world either. It was VMI (who?) and Wisconsin.

Sit ’Em

Wilton Speight, Michigan vs. Colorado
What quarterback competition? Speight has played exceptional football outside of one errant throw on his first pass attempt of the season. The junior QB has completed 70 percent of his passes with seven touchdowns and just one interception through the first two weeks, but will face his toughest test to date against Colorado. Yes, it is still extremely early, but the Buffaloes have given up the second-fewest passing yards in the entire country through the first two games with three interceptions. Adding in possible storms that are in the forecast and it may be wise to sit Speight this week to be safe.

Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State vs. LSU
After rotating quarterbacks in Week 1, Fitzgerald took the reins in Week 2 against South Carolina and did not look back, combining for more than 370 total yards with 195 of those coming on the ground. After a performance like that, it is oh so tempting to insert him in your lineup right away, but I strongly suggest otherwise. Going on the road at night to Tiger Stadium to face LSU is a different animal and most teams don’t enjoy their visit to Death Valley. Fitzgerald is still an option for your team in the long-term, just not this week.

Top 10 Quarterbacks for Week 3:

Luke Falk, Washington State vs. Idaho

Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech vs. Louisiana Tech

Quinton Flowers, South Florida vs. Syracuse

Lamar Jackson, Louisville vs. Florida State

Kenny Hill, TCU vs. Iowa State

Seth Russell, Baylor vs. Rice

Greg Ward, Houston vs. Cincinnati

Deshaun Watson, Clemson vs. South Carolina State

Davis Webb, California vs. Texas

Chase Litton, Marshall vs. Akron

Running Backs

Start ’Em

Troy McCormick/Zack Moss, Utah vs. San Jose State
It was announced earlier this week that Utah will be without the services of starting running back Joe Williams, as he elected to end his playing career. That decision opens the door for McCormick and Moss, who carried the majority of the load last week against BYU. As for who starts against San Jose State this week, it sounds as if both will receive playing time but it was telling that Moss received a chunk of his carries late in a close game. The Spartans allowed 300-plus rushing yards against Tulsa in Week 1, and were gashed yet again last week against Portland State (202 yards), so both running backs should have productive weeks.

Nick Wilson, Arizona vs. Hawaii
Wilson is looking like his old self through two weeks after an injury-riddled season last year, topping 100 yards rushing in each game. Even more promising is the workload as Wilson has 17 or more carries in both games to give him 41 total, with quarterback Brandon Dawkins a distant second with 16. In each of its first three games, Hawaii has given up at least 90 yards to the opposing team’s leading rusher and is allowing more than six yards per carry on the season. Wilson will hit 100 yards with at least one touchdown this week against the Rainbow Warriors.

Sit ’Em

Devante Mays, Utah State vs. Arkansas State
As mentioned above, it sounds like Mays could be a game-time decision. Monitoring the news wire before the game will be critical if Mays is on your roster, but if you have the depth, you may want to sit him this week despite the favorable matchup. Utah State is deep at the running back position and quarterback Kent Myers can also assist in the running game as a dual-threat option. Even if Mays is available, who is to say he will be at 100 percent? Play it safe and sit him.

Shock Linwood, Baylor vs. Rice
In any previous year, Linwood would be a must-have in your lineup this week. Rice is a terrible football team that is having major struggles yet again in stopping the run, and Baylor will likely be up by four or more touchdowns once halftime rolls around. And while Linwood is all but assured of breaking the school’s all-time rushing record this week, the senior running back has put up mildly pedestrian numbers the past two games. In fact, Linwood was third behind Terence Williams and JaMycal Hasty in rushing yards last week with just 56 on 18 attempts. With both of the younger backs pushing for more playing time, this has the looks of an RBBC moving forward.

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Top 10 Running Backs for Week 3:

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Christian McCaffrey, Stanford vs. USC

Donnel Pumphrey, San Diego State vs. Northern Illinois

Royce Freeman, Oregon vs. Nebraska

Corey Clement, Wisconsin vs. Georgia State

Brian Hill, Wyoming vs. UC Davis

Dalvin Cook, Florida State vs. Louisville

Ito Smith, Southern Miss vs. Troy

Elijah McGuire, Louisiana-Lafayette vs. South Alabama

Nick Wilson, Arizona vs. Hawaii

Nick Chubb, Georgia vs. Missouri

Wide Receivers

Start ’Em

Noel Thomas, Connecticut vs. Virginia
Considering Connecticut was 103rd in the country last season in passing offense, it is surprising to see Thomas now tied for third in the FBS with 20 receptions just two weeks into the year. Sure the competition level hasn’t been overwhelming (Maine, Navy), but it is promising to see improvement thus far from a Huskies’ passing game that averaged just 185 yards last year. This Week UConn gets Virginia, which is giving up 334 passing yards per game through two weeks.

Brandon Powell, Florida vs. North Texas
Powell has had a solid start to the 2016 season with a touchdown catch in each of the first two games and is second on the team in catches with 11. The Gators’ No. 1 receiver, Antonio Callaway, is looking more and more like he will not play Saturday against North Texas due to a quad injury that has kept him out of practice for much of the week. With Callaway unlikely to be in the lineup, and very little proven options beyond that, plenty of targets should be coming in Powell’s direction.

Sit ‘Em

KeeSean Johnson, Fresno State vs. Toledo
Just two games into his sophomore season, Johnson is nearly half way towards reaching his freshman year totals with 15 receptions. This could be a tough matchup, though, against a Toledo pass defense that has given up just 189 yards in the first two weeks combined, and 83 of those came on just one play in the opening game. Don’t expect Fresno State to have much success throwing the football against the Rockets.

Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois vs. San Diego State
When Drew Hare has been under center for the Huskies, Golladay has been a top-10 fantasy wide receiver. Trouble is, that hasn’t been often in the past calendar year. Hare was carted off during the third quarter of last week’s loss to South Florida with a leg injury that is now being reported as possibly season-ending. Since the beginning of last season, when Hare was not in the starting lineup, Golladay’s catches drop by almost three per game. Golladay is a tough sit, but he may have a difficult time matching his normal production with a backup quarterback and against a quality opposing defense in San Diego State.

Top 10 Wide Receivers for Week 3:

Gabe Marks, Washington State vs. Idaho

Richie James, Middle Tennessee vs. Bowling Green

Chase Hansen, California vs. Texas

Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky vs. Miami (Ohio)

Trent Taylor, Louisiana Tech vs. Texas Tech

Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse vs. South Florida

Courtland Sutton, SMU vs. Liberty

Corey Davis, Western Michigan vs. Illinois

KD Cannon, Baylor vs. Rice

Allen Lazard, Iowa State vs. TCU

— Written by Mike Bainbridge, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Bainbridge is a graduate of Northern Illinois University. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeBainbridge2.