Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Keelan Cole and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice

Plus, which Rams receiver should score the most fantasy points this week (it's not who you think)

So it's Week 3 of the fantasy football season and I'm sure you are asking yourself  "who should I start at wide receiver?" Is Keelan Cole really a WR1? Which Broncos receiver should you sit this week?

 

And what about at tight end? Can you trust George Kittle to rebound or is Jesse James a better option this week?

 

For the answer to those questions and more, keep reading. But before we zero in on this week, let's see who the Week 2 wide receiver/tight end start/sit advice turned out.

 

Good Calls for Week 2...

Sit Randall Cobb (3 fantasy points) – Cobb actually took a step back in fantasy value in Week 2 despite the Packers relying on a quick passing game that should have suited him well.

 

Sit Jack Doyle (2 FP) – Doyle isn't droppable yet, but if he continues to take a back seat to Eric Ebron in the red zone, he may get there. It doesn't help that's he a little banged up too.

 

Bad Calls for Week 2...

Sit Sammy Watkins (13.1 FP) – Welcome back to fantasy prominence Mr. Watkins! He was getting the ball in wide-open spaces and ran well after the catch.

 

Sit Chris Hogan (16.2 FP) – Hogan wasn't a big part of the passing attack against the Jaguars in terms of volume but he got two scores, which salvaged what otherwise was a tough afternoon for the Patriots.

 

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

 

Wide Receivers

 

START THESE WRs...

 

Keelan Cole, JAC (vs. TEN)

Did you see Cole’s one-handed Odell Beckham Jr.-style catch last week? That was amazing and really helped Cole’s stat line. The Jaguars weren’t able to feature him with the Giants using Janoris Jenkins against him, but he shone through in a game plan set to attack the Patriots through the air. The Jags might not need to throw the ball as much as they did against the Patriots to get the win this week, but Cole has big-play ability and can easily get his fantasy points in the first half against the Titans.

 

Devin Funchess, CAR (vs. CIN)

In five games without Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin last season, Funchess averaged 7.8 targets for 81 yards with four total touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey has been the go-to option in the passing game so far with a team-high 24 targets, but Funchess is second with 14. The Bengals have surrendered respectable games to T.Y. Hilton (5-46-1), Ryan Grant (8-59), John Brown (4-92-1), and Michael Crabtree (5-56) through two games. Funchess is a high-floor WR2/3 play at home this week.

 

Marvin Jones, DET (vs. NE)

Jones is tied for fourth in the league with five red-zone targets, and the Patriots just got abused in the red zone by the Jaguars last week. Donte Moncrief and Keelan Cole scored from four and 24 yards out, respectively, in the first quarter. New England has given up the 12th-most fantasy points to receivers, and CB Eric Rowe has been getting lit up. His 147.9 passer rating allowed in coverage is ninth worst among 103 qualified corners, according to Pro Football Focus. This game’s 52-point total is the third highest of the week. As sizable underdogs, the Lions could be playing catch-up.

 

MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

 

Robert Woods, LAR (vs. LAC)

Woods currently has the lowest fantasy totals of the Rams WR trio at 9-118-0, but he leads them with 18 targets and 268 air yards. That air yard tally is tied for ninth best in the NFL through two weeks. Brandin Cooks has 222 and Cooper Kupp has 89. The Chargers have a formidable secondary, but Woods is poised to strike in a big way given the routes he’s running.

 

SIT THESE WRs...

 

Corey Davis, TEN (at JAC)

Davis is the focal point of the Tennessee passing attack, as evidenced by his 20 targets. Dion Lewis is next with nine and no other WR has more than five. With tight end Delanie Walker out, Davis has to be the man. But the Titans are going into Jacksonville with either a gimpy Marcus Mariota or Blaine Gabbert at QB. Star CB Jalen Ramsey should be able to shut things down here, so leaving Davis on your bench this week is a smart thing to do.

 

Randall Cobb, GB (at WAS)

Cobb is very much a boom-or-bust fantasy option. He had a 75-yard quick slant-and-go touchdown against the Bears in Week 1, but didn't do much of anything last Sunday. The Redskins are currently No. 1 in the NFL in passing defense (161 ypg) and have only allowed 13.5 points per game as well. This isn’t a great matchup, and with Geronimo Allison getting more and more involved in the offense, Cobb is too much of a gamble.

 

Michael Crabtree, BAL (vs. DEN)

Crabtree leads the Ravens wideouts in snaps (76 percent) and targets (16), but he's third in fantasy scoring behind both John Brown and Willie Snead after two weeks. He'll face a tough matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed just one touchdown to receivers who line up wide after two weeks. With no bye weeks in play you should have better options than Crabtree this week.

 

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

 

Demaryius Thomas, DEN (at BAL)

TStart 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Demaryius Thomashomas had one of the ugliest games for a WR in Week 2 as he was targeted 11 times but turned those into five catches for a total of 18 yards. There were several drops involved too. Case Keenum has played worse than his numbers would suggest, and the Broncos head out on the road for the first time after back-to-back home games. Baltimore is seventh in pass-defense DVOA and have allowed the fifth-fewest catches to opposing receivers. A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd had big games for the Bengals last week, but this defense is different at home. Denver’s implied team total of 19.5 points is the fifth lowest of Week 3.

 

Tight Ends

 

START THESE TEs...

 

Austin Hooper, ATL (vs. NO)

Hooper is a TD-dependent TE, but at least now we’ve seen that the 2018 Falcons know that as well. There’s zero doubt that Julio Jones is the focal point of this offense, but Hooper’s nine targets are actually second on the team. With Atlanta at home as three-point favorites in a game with a 53-point Vegas total already, follow the money and bet on Hooper finding the end zone.

 

George Kittle, SF (at KC)

After being all the talk at tight end following his 5-90-0 Week 1 against the Vikings, Kittle flopped with a 2-22-0 day against the Lions last Sunday. Kittle is tied for sixth among all tight ends with 13 targets and gets a Chiefs defense that was just throttled by Jesse James for 138 yards and a touchdown on five catches. Eric Berry (heel) still isn’t healthy, and the Chiefs have shown zero ability to cover the middle of the field. This game also has the highest total of the week at 56.5 points.

 

Jared Cook, OAK (at MIA)

We expected a lot more coming off that huge game against the Rams, but that was typical Cook. The Dolphins struggled to cover Delanie Walker in Week 1, so Cook figures to bounce back.

 

MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

 

Will Dissly, SEA (vs. DAL)

Dissly looks to be a trusted target for Russel Wilson this season. He only has six catches, but two of them have resulted in touchdowns. The tight end position has been very bleak early in the season, but Dissly should finish as a top-10 tight end for Week 3. The Cowboys allowed Evan Engram to post seven catches for 67 yards and a score last week, so the matchup is favorable.

 

SIT THESE TEs...

 

Tyler Eifert, CIN (at CAR)

Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Tyler EifertEifert isn’t playing enough right now or seeing enough red-zone usage to warrant starting him in fantasy. All three Bengals tight ends are getting consistent run, with Eifert having seven targets to C.J. Uzomah’s five and Tyler Kroft’s three. Eifert has drawn just one red-zone target, trailing both A.J. Green (four) and John Ross (three) in that department on the Bengals. Eifert has been in on just 54.5 percent of the offensive snaps through two weeks. When streaming tight ends, we need to be picking the guys who are on the field and running the most routes.

 

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, JAC (vs. TEN)

ASJ has yet to make his mark in 2018, putting up nearly identical 3-25-0 and 3-23-1 lines in the first two weeks on five targets apiece. The Week 2 TD is the only difference and his size in the red zone is what matters, but Jacksonville should roll the Titans and probably won't be throwing the ball a lot. Not to mention how the Titans have limited Miami and Houston to nearly zero TE output in the first two weeks.

 

Jesse James, PIT (at TB, Mon.)

James had a great game in Week 2, snagging five passes for 138 yards and a score. While you may think this will be a new regular outlet for the Steelers' passing game, his fantasy value will be too streaky to rely on. The Steelers abandoned their run game last week as they found themselves trailing the Chiefs the entire game. This week watch for the Steelers get back to basics and try to run the ball more effectively.

 

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

 

Trey Burton, CHI (at ARI)

It’s been a tough go for Burton through two games with his new team. The talk all summer was about how Burton could lead the Bears in receiving and was fitting in perfectly in new head coach Matt Nagy’s offense. The problem so far is his quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, has been a dumpster fire. Trubisky’s 5.4 yards per attempt is second worst in the league, and he’s been more of a one-read-and-run passer, latching onto Allen Robinson and taking off as a runner if he isn’t open. Burton did secure a three-yard touchdown on a shovel pass last week, but that’s been the extent of his damage. He’s real hard to trust, even in a perceived cushy spot against the Cardinals. Chicago-Arizona has the lowest total on the board right now at 38 points.

 

— 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.

 

(Top photo courtesy of www.jaguars.com)

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