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Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Start Justin Herbert and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

As long as Herbert is able to give it a go with the rib injury, start him in Week 3.
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When it comes to setting a lineup, fantasy managers often struggle when they look at how a player has done in previous weeks. Sometimes it is hard to trust guys who just haven’t proven themselves yet this season. Look at who you drafted. By Week 3, you no longer have to feel obligated to start the players you drafted in the order in which you drafted them. If you grabbed someone in the late rounds and they have been performing, start them. Scour the waiver wire and start your best option.

Week 3 Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

START This Quarterback

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

When Herbert went down on Thursday night, fantasy managers took a collective gasp. It appeared at the time that it was a rib injury, and reports after the game confirmed the diagnosis. Herbert has fractured rib cartilage, which just sounds painful. Late in the game Thursday, it seemed he was in pain and had trouble throwing or moving around. It seems that the extra time off has helped him and he was able to practice in a limited fashion. He's listed as questionable so there's always a chance he won't play. But if he does get the start, you should probably start Herbert as you normally would.

SIT This Quarterback

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers

To be fair: Winston is playing with four fractures in his back. If I had four fractures in my back, I would be in bed, not playing a game where I am regularly thrown to the ground by men larger than me. However, Winston is clearly playing in pain. In Week 2, he had 236 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions (as well as a fumble). It’s a far cry from his Week 1 stats, where he didn't throw a pick. Winston faces the Panthers in Week 3 and it will be tough for him. Keep him on the bench if possible.

Related: Week 3 Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for RB/WR

START This Tight End

Tyler Higbee, Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals

In the shadow of Cooper Kupp are the rest of the Rams' pass catchers, including Higbee. In two weeks he has 20 targets. He has caught 12 of those for 110 yards, but he has not found the end zone yet this season. That’s coming. The Rams face the Cardinals in Week 3, which should be a good matchup for Higbee. Matthew Stafford is looking for him, and the targets alone are enough to vault him into your starting lineup.

SIT This Tight End

Cole Kmet, Chicago Bears vs. Houston Texans

At this point, Kmet has as many fantasy points as you or I. Heading into the season, we thought that he could be flirting with TE1 potential. At some point, he will be getting targets. The Bears are not going to keep Kmet out of the game plan, but he has to be able to catch the ball. Fantasy managers are going to have a hard time putting Kmet into a lineup, and he is currently at the point where he should be on benches until proven otherwise.

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets

The Bengals face the Jets, which is a good matchup for opposing defenses. The Bengals haven’t looked great this year (Week 1 against Pittsburgh, it wasn’t clear if anyone wanted to play defense or win the game), but the Jets are usually a get-right matchup. Even in the two games they played, the Bengals were able to get a sack in each. That should continue against the Jets.

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers (SNF)

The Broncos DST was a popular choice on draft day. However, after losing to Seattle in Week 1, it has been tough to trust this unit. The Broncos host the 49ers in Week 3, and while it may be tempting to start the Denver DST against Jimmy Garoppolo, don’t do it if you don’t have to. The 49ers, despite their injuries, are capable of putting up solid numbers. Their offense is solid and this seems like a trap to start the Broncos DST in Week 3.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.