Brown has gotten off to a nice start in Buffalo
Before I get into my Week 3 fantasy start/sit advice for wide receivers, is it too late for a do-over? Better yet, if given the option, would I want the do-over? Because the truth is I've done pretty well to this point with my suggestions regarding running backs and quarterbacks. Wide receiver, however, has been a different story. Some of my preseason choices there, well... what in the world can that be? Did you see that?!?!? I coulda have sworn I saw something. Whatever, let's get to the Week 3 start/sit wide receiver suggestions. You drink from your glass and me from mine.
Of course, if you didn't open that link this will not make sense. Then again, very little is making sense so far this season. We won't even dip into the cesspool that is the Antonio Brown story. But how is this for proof: John Ross has more receiving yards than Mike Evans, Stefon Diggs, A.J. Green, and Brandin Cooks combined. OK, throwing Green in there is cheating since he's hurt and hasn't played yet. So take Green out. That's still crazy.
We need some order. Might as well bring in a sheriff!
Start John Brown, Bills vs. Bengals
How cool is it to have a nickname taken from a Bob Dylan/Eric Clapton/Bob Marley song? Yet Brown has been making sweet music of his own so far this season with 14 catches for 195 yards. And he now gets to take on the Cincinnati Bengals, whose secondary can't seem to tackle? Expect Brown to leave a ringing in the Bengals' ears as he scampers into the end zone.
Sit Tyler Boyd, Bengals at Bills
So if I'm starting Brown, might as well sit a player in the same game. And Boyd seems to have a similar weekly rank to Brown, which is a mistake. As previously mentioned, John Ross is piling up the yardage this year. Well if Ross is piling it up and A.J. Green is on the sideline, who do you think is NOT getting enough receiving yardage on the Bengals this year? I'll give you a hint, it's not Cris Collinsworth. And here's a fun little fact: The Bills are one of only six teams to allow less than 200 total receiving yards this season.
Of course I love when two receivers on the same team are grouped very closely, yet I couldn't have more disparate takes on which one to start and which to sit. So from one game, I go down to one team.
Start Diontae Johnson Pittsburgh, Sit Donte Moncrief Pittsburgh vs. 49ers
So how many of you actually know who Diontae Johnson is? Well, after this weekend I bet you will know the name. You probably heard about James Washington being a teammate of Mason Rudolph blah blah blah. And yes, it sounds like Moncrief has been demoted. But don't assume it's going to be just JuJu and Washington getting the action.
Start Stefon Diggs, Vikings vs. Raiders
I mentioned earlier how Diggs has not exactly rung up the yardage so far this year. Well, nothing like the Raiders coming to town for what ails you. Yes, it has been the Dalvin Cook show in Minnesota. However, something tells me the Vikes might pass just a little more this weekend.
Jon Gruden's boys have allowed the most receiving yards, the most touchdowns on deep passes, and the second-most deep receptions. Diggs is averaging 18.9 air yards per target. Additionally, you should know that Diggs had a touchdown called back last week. Add it all up and I've got Diggs locked and loaded everywhere where I can.
So who in the Diggs range should you sit?
Sit All Rams WRs at Browns
Don't get all stupid on me and start a WR3 over any of these guys. But I'd sit any one of them versus the aforementioned Diggs, Kenny Golladay, or Calvin Ridley to name a few of the wide receivers I'm seeing in their range. First off, Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp might be the best trio of receivers in the league, but when was the last time you saw three wide receivers on the same team all have great days? And if you can tell me which one is going to disappoint and which one is going to rock the Cleveland defense, let me know. No joke, please let me know because I have no idea.
And that assumes that any of them do well. The Cleveland Browns are No. 1 right now in terms of fewest fantasy points allowed to wide receivers at 18.58 per game. The next closest is ironically the Rams at 25.08 fantasy points allowed. (Which brings up another point--do you really think this game will be a shootout?). The distance between Cleveland and the Rams is nearly the same as the Rams to the 10th-stingiest team! I think the Rams receivers will have some big weeks this year. However, Week 3 is not the week to expect it.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.
(Top photo by Bill Wippert, courtesy of buffalobills.com)