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Start 'em, Sit 'em Week 3: Matthew Stafford and Other QB/TE/DST Fantasy Advice

Stafford's slow start to the season could continue Sunday on the road against Arizona

It’s no secret that Week 2 was brutal for fantasy owners when it came to injuries. It’s impossible to predict injury, and those are the kinds of things that can derail a fantasy season. However, it is still early and you can’t give up hope just yet.

 

Making start and sit decisions is just as important now as it was before you got to use the IR spot on your roster. Perhaps you picked up some possible talent off the waiver wire? Perhaps you had bench depth to save your team? Either way, take a good look at your roster and make solid start/sit decisions. The season has only begun.

 

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

 

START These Quarterbacks

 

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Cowboys

After Prescott did nothing but score touchdowns (one through the air, three on the ground) in Week 2’s comeback win, fantasy owners are likely putting him in their lineup without hesitation. It helps that he faces the Seahawks, who have allowed opposing quarterbacks to throw 450 and 397 yards respectively in the past two weeks. Prescott threw for 450 yards himself in Week 2 and fantasy owners shouldn’t be surprised if he comes near the 400-yard mark again in Week 3.

 

Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers

Tyrod Taylor is out indefinitely with a punctured lung, but based on the way Herbert played in Week 2, the job could be his even after Taylor returns. The first-round pick had 311 yards, one touchdown, one interception and a touchdown on the ground. The offense looked good with him under center. The Chargers face the Panthers in Week 3. While the Carolina has allowed just one touchdown pass to each of the quarterbacks faced so far (Derek Carr, Tom Brady), this seems to be the week that Herbert gets the Panthers for multiple scores. He’s not a must-start QB1, but he’s a high QB2.

 

START These Tight Ends

 

Logan Thomas, Washington Football Team vs. Cleveland Browns

This is a name that may not be on many fantasy rosters, but through two games, the Browns have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Thomas is being targeted (17 targets in two games) and already has a touchdown. He has seven receptions for 63 yards on the season and is a low-end TE1 for Week 2.

 

Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Nearly all fantasy owners are going to start Zach Ertz, but those with Goedert may have a little hesitation, especially after Week 2. He had four receptions for 30 yards, but he did still have eight targets. Carson Wentz is losing his receivers left and right (Jalen Reagor the latest) and he’s going to look to his tight ends to pick up the slack. Ertz is a clear TE1, but Goedert isn’t far behind.

 

START This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

Cleveland Browns vs. Washington Football Team

When it comes to starting (or streaming) DSTs, it’s all about the matchup. However, you also have to take a look at injuries to the defense which may cause them to not perform as well as they had in the previous weeks. The Browns face the Washington Football Team, who have allowed seven sacks so far this year. The most yards they have in a game is 317 and the most points so far are 27. While Washington hasn’t been as decimated with injuries as other teams, it’s a good bet that the Browns DST, with at least two sacks and a defensive fumble recovery in both games so far this year, will put up solid fantasy numbers in Week 3.

 

SIT These Quarterbacks

 

Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Denver Broncos

Brady is still being started in fantasy leagues because of his name. Pop quiz: would you rather start the guy that had 217 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 2 or the guy that had 223 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions? You’d probably shrug and say you weren’t interested in either. Yet the first one is Brady (owned in 95 percent of leagues) and the second is Dwayne Haskins (owned in five percent). Neither should be fantasy starters.

 

Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals

In two games, Stafford hasn’t thrown for more than 300 yards he's tossed an interception in each game. He is missing Kenny Golladay (who possibly may return this week) but he hasn’t been throwing as much as he used to. The Cardinals DST is tough, and this isn’t an easy game for Stafford. If he does get Golladay back, his ranking would rise a bit, but it’s still going to be tough to trust him as a QB1.

 

SIT These Tight Ends

 

Chris Herndon, New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts

While the best advice would probably be to sit all Jets, with the injuries piling up to their wide receivers, it may be tempting to want to start the tight end. However, he’s done nothing in two weeks, and this past Sunday was the chance for him to prove himself. He had one reception for five yards on four targets. While it is early in the season, the Colts have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends (however, they haven’t faced an elite one yet). It’s hard to imagine Herndon breaking that trend.

 

Greg Olsen, Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys

Over the past couple years there have been rumors that Olsen was going to retire and start a career in broadcasting. It seems that after this season, those rumors might come to fruition. Olsen had one target in Week 2, which is the only thing that allowed him to be part of the box score. In Week 1, he had four targets and he caught them all for 24 yards and a touchdown. He’s going to be someone that is hard to trust on a weekly basis, even in leagues that have to start two tight ends.

 

SIT This Defense/Special Teams (DST)

 

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

The Saints DST surprised fantasy owners in Week 1 by putting up a lot of points (thanks to a defensive touchdown). However, in Week 2, they came back down to earth with only three sacks and not much else. They face the Packers in Week 3, who have been lighting up opposing defenses. Aaron Rodgers has been on fire, and when he's not doing the damage, Aaron Jones has stepped up. Even with Davante Adams banged up, this is going to be a tough game with plenty of yards and points. Sit the Saints DST if possible.

 

— 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.

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