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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Carson Wentz and Other QB/DST Start/Sit Fantasy Advice

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Carson Wentz

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Carson Wentz

If you went with the late-round quarterback strategy in your fantasy football drafts this year, or love to stream quarterbacks, picking the right one based on matchups is vital to your success.

This week there are some stud quarterbacks that are in tough matchups like Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers, but are they still worth starting?

Before we break down Week 3 start/sit suggestions for QB and defense/special teams (DST) too, let's take a quick look to see how the Week 2 advice panned out.

Good Calls for Week 2...

Patrick Mahomes (38.84 fantasy points) – Say hello to the new No. 1 quarterback in fantasy football. Mahomes is making it look easy.

Start Ben Roethlisberger (38.98 FP) – Home Ben against the Chiefs' defense went about as expected.

Sit Andrew Luck (11.36 FP) – The Colts beat the Redskins and it was thanks to their defense, not their offense.

Bad Calls for Week 2...

Sit Ryan Fitzpatrick (29.98 FP) – The Bucs are going to have a really interesting decision to make in Week 4 when Jameis Winston is back from suspension.

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



Jimmy Garoppolo, SF (at KC)

The 49ers are playing an explosive Chiefs team that has been led solely by their offense. Kansas City ranks last in the NFL in passing defense (430 ypg) and is tied for 31st with seven TD passes allowed. The Chiefs' secondary has also allowed 14 passing plays of 20 or more yards, which is last in the league. Matchup-wise, this game is a gem.

Blake Bortles, JAC (vs. TEN)

Bortles didn’t miss Leonard Fournette on Sunday, as he toasted the Patriots for 377 yards and four touchdowns while adding 35 on the ground. The Titans have yielded a pair of TD passes to both Ryan Tannehill and Deshaun Watson in the first two weeks, although Bortles may not need to throw that much in this one. Still, follow the favorites and don’t be surprised if Bortles provides fantasy dividends even if he doesn't play the entire game.

Matt Ryan, ATL (vs. NO)

Ryan boosted his numbers with a pair of rushing touchdowns last week, but he should have no trouble doing damage with his arm against the Saints at home. Consider that New Orleans has already allowed 663 passing yards to Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyrod Taylor combined and has surrendered the third-most fantasy points to QBs thus far.


Matthew Stafford, DET (vs. NE)

He will rack up some Motor City garbage time on a team that has good three-wide sets and will be throwing a ton with no running game and no defense while trying to play catch-up to Tom Brady and company.

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Matthew Stafford


Philip Rivers, LAC (at LAR)

Even though it's a pairing of the two Los Angeles-based teams, this could be the toughest road matchup for Rivers and company all season. The Rams are not getting enough credit for their defensive domination early in 2018. They are the only team in the NFL that has yet to allow a touchdown pass. They also have held opponents to fewer than 200 passing yards while giving up just 6.5 per game. The Chargers should offer more of a challenge than the Raiders or Cardinals did, but that doesn't mean you should rely on Rivers to lead your fantasy team this week.

Carson Wentz, PHI (vs. IND)

Wentz has been cleared for contact and will make his 2018 debut this week against the Colts. The matchup looks good on paper, but Wentz is coming off a very long layoff with no game reps under his belt since getting tearing his ACL late last year. The Eagles’ supporting cast also has been gutted by injuries. Top RBs Jay Ajayi (back) and Darren Sproles (hamstring) are both questionable for this game and Alshon Jeffery is still making his way back from offseason shoulder surgery. Indianapolis has been pretty good on defense through the first two weeks, limiting the Redskins to just nine points on their own home turf. The Colts have given up just two touchdown passes and are surrendering the 10th-fewest fantasy points to QBs. It's great to have Wentz back, but make sure you have no other option before putting him in your starting lineup.

Andy Dalton, CIN (at CAR)

Dalton had a great performance last week, throwing for 265 yards and four touchdowns, but this week he's on the road against a Panthers defense that has given up the sixth-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks.


Russell Wilson, SEA (vs. DAL)

He still is finding a way to produce something in a horrible offense, but the bar has been raised with the overall QB scoring boom and he’s not a top-12 option this week.

Defense/Special Teams (DSTs)


Houston Texans (vs. NYG)

The 0-2 Texans are playing at home in a must-win game. The Giants have had issues with their offensive line and the Texans' defense should make life difficult sending pressure early and often. Look for at least one Eli Manning fumble and interception in this contest.

Dallas Cowboys (at SEA)

Their defensive front is for real and the secondary isn’t bad either. The Cowboys are primed to take advantage of weak pass protection and a high takeaway rate for the Seahawks.


Denver Broncos (at BAL)

The Broncos' defense has been okay but hasn't really been challenged in the first two weeks. Denver could be caught looking ahead to Week 4's divisional showdown with Kansas City, and it would be a mistake to underestimate the Ravens. Joe Flacco and company are at home and have had extra time off from playing last Thursday night.

Los Angeles Chargers (at LAR)

The Chargers are still without Joey Bosa and just aren't a good idea employing against a Rams offense that has shown both balance and big-play ability early on.

— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.