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Why You Must Start Jarvis Landry and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice for Week 3

Jarvis Landry

Jarvis Landry

Before we turn our focus to the fantasy wide receiver and tight end landscape in Week 3, let’s take a quick look to see how my start/sit advice for Week turned out.

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Good Calls...

Start Travis Benjamin (23.4 fantasy points) – Hopefully you picked up Benjamin off the waiver wire last week because he is going to produce moving forward.

Sit T.Y. Hilton (4.10 FP) – The entire Colts offense couldn’t really get anything going against the vaunted Broncos defense.

I said it might be worth the risk to start Sterling Shepard (11.7 FP) and he had his first career 100-yard game in the NFL.

Bad Calls...

Start Desean Jackson (4 FP) – It looks like it is going to be hard to trust any receiver on the Redskins right now.

Start Coby Fleener (2.9 FP) – Drew Brees needs to stop wasting targets on Fleener.

Sit Martellus Bennett (17.4 FP) – Bennett had his biggest game in two years last week, but can he keep it up when Rob Gronkowski returns?

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

Wide Receivers

START THESE WRs...

Stefon Diggs, MIN (at CAR)

Diggs is the real deal and what he did in Week 2 against the Packers (10-182-1) shouldn't be considered a fluke. Don’t forget he had seven catches for 103 yards on nine targets in Week 1 at Tennessee. He should continue to see a hefty number of targets, especially with Adrian Peterson sidelined indefinitely, and Diggs showed an instant rapport with new quarterback Sam Bradford. The Panthers’ revamped secondary has yet to be tested, as neither Trevor Siemian nor Blaine Gabbert is considered an elite QB, but Diggs should be able to make plays on this defense, even on the road. He's a breakout star on the rise and a solid WR2 this week.

Marvin Jones, DET (at GB)

Jones has been as good as advertised so far this season and the only thing missing is a touchdown. Jones had four catches for 85 yards on 10 targets in Week 1 at Indianapolis, and he followed that up with eight catches for 118 yards on 11 targets against Tennessee. The Packers just got lit up by Stefon Diggs as Sam Shields (concussion) was clearly missed. Jones likewise would benefit should Shields miss another game. But with the way Matthew Stafford is targeting Jones he should continue to have quality production, and he's a solid WR2 in the majority of leagues.

Jarvis Landry, MIA (vs. CLE)

Landry is a target monster coming off of a monster game (10 rec., 137 yards) last week against the Patriots. He should continue to rack up the targets against the Browns, which have allowed an average of almost 30 fantasy points per game to WRs through the first two weeks.

MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

Mike Wallace, BAL (at JAC)

Wallace appears to have become one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets after just two weeks. A speedster who can stretch defenses, the veteran is a perfect fit for offensive coordinator Marc Trestman's system. Wallace is a nice option this week against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to WRs.

SIT THESE WRs...

Randall Cobb, GB (vs. DET)

So far this season it looks like we are going to see the disappointing 2015 version of Cobb instead of the productive Cobb of ‘14. He produced a minuscule 4.3 fantasy points last week in a loss to the Vikings. Next on the schedule is a date with the Lions, which have held Cobb to fewer than 60 receiving yards in five of eight career meetings. Cobb also has scored touchdowns (three total) in just two of those eight games.

Golden Tate, DET (at GB)

I’m not sure what’s going on with Tate. I don’t know if anyone knows what’s going on with Tate, including his offensive coordinator, Jim Bob Cooter. Tate saw nine targets against the Titans on Sunday, but only hauled in two for 13 yards. He’s being used around the line of scrimmage and the whole situation kind of sucks. He looks like Percy Harvin in Seattle (after the injury). Maybe the ankle is still bothering Tate, but he’s currently YAC-less and that’s what he needs to be great. He has a real chance of falling not only farther behind Marvin Jones in targets, but Eric Ebron as well.

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Sammy Watkins, BUF (vs. ARI)

This kind of goes without saying, but I feel like it’s a good reminder to just sit Watkins for now, even if you’re seeing Buffalo putting up 30 points on the Jets. Watkins saw five targets last week while playing with a sore foot. The volume (16.7 percent of team targets) is still there, but not the production, as he would up with just two catches for 20 yards in the loss. It’s clear he’s not right and it doesn’t help that this week the Bills host the Cardinals, which have one of the best defenses in the league.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

A.J. Green, CIN (vs. DEN)

You’re probably not going to sit Green, even against the best defense in the NFL, but you should consider it. Nobody knows the extent of Andy Dalton’s mystery injury (he was limping after last week’s game) and the Broncos know that all they need to do is double-cover Green. The Steelers did that last week, limiting him to just two catches for 38 yards. Things will get better for Green as the season progresses, but another game of fewer than 10 fantasy points is highly probable.

Tight Ends

START THESE TEs...

Dennis Pitta, BAL (at JAC)

For the first time in more than two years, Pitta looks healthy as does his stat line – 12 targets, nine catches, 102 yards. And that was just last week against Cleveland. It sure looks as if Pitta is back after dealing with all those hip injuries that wiped out the past two seasons. And if that’s the case, Joe Flacco is going to lean heavily on his favorite tight end. Even though his playing time is still somewhat limited (46 of 75 snaps vs. Browns) he was the only tight end that got more than 10 targets in Week 2.


Jacob Tamme, ATL (at NO, Mon.)

This might sound crazy, but I swear it’s true. Somehow, despite being in an offense with Julio Jones and the suddenly relevant Mohamed Sanu, Tamme leads the Falcons in targets. It’s time we all pay attention to Tamme as he’s averaged eight targets in each of his first two games and this week the Falcons are going to be in a shootout down in New Orleans on “Monday Night Football.” Look for Tamme to once again be a focal point of the offense and score another touchdown.

Delanie Walker, TEN (vs. OAK)

Another week, another tight end that must be started against the Raiders and this week it’s one of the better ones in the game. Walker rebounded from a mediocre Week 1 to finish with 83 yards, a touchdown and 14.3 fantasy points in a win over the Lions. He should put up a similar stat line against Oakland, which has surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season. Walker is a must-start in all formats.

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MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...

Eric Ebron, DET (at GB)

Ebron should have scored a touchdown last week against the Titans, which would have given him two weeks in a row with a score, but it was called back due to a penalty. Even without the touchdown it's good to see that the Lions are leaning on Ebron – 12 targets, nine receptions, 99 yards, and a TD in two games.  The Packers have allowed a tight end to score in each game this season (Julius Thomas, Kyle Rudolph), and both finished with at least nine fantasy points (standard league). Ebron should continue to be a vital part of Detroit’s passing game, and he is a clear-cut TE1 this week.

SIT THESE TEs...

Gary Barnidge, CLE (at MIA)

Barnidge came out of nowhere last year to be one of the best tight ends in fantasy football, but that sure seems like a long time ago. His targets have been down in the first two weeks, and his production has left a lot for fantasy fans to be desired. Couple that with the fact that rookie QB Cody Kessler is starting and Barnidge becomes a big-time gamble.

Jimmy Graham, SEA (vs. SF)

Graham is looking healthier (played 54 snaps up last week, up from 17 in Week 1), but quarterback Russell Wilson's poor decision-making near the goal line suggests the terrific red zone threat will once again be underused Sunday against a 49ers team that gave up 122 yards and a touchdown to the Panthers’ Greg Olsen last week.

Vance MacDonald, SF (at SEA)

Disregard the big plays and the high efficiency ratings, you want nothing to do with a Blaine Gabbert offense. Last week, McDonald had one catch for 75 yards and a touchdown. In Week 1, he had two catches for 14 yards and a score. This atypical penchant for touchdowns cannot continue.

YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...

Travis Kelce, KC (vs. NYJ)

Kelce has always had the potential to be one of the best tight ends in fantasy, but he continues to disappoint most weeks, which has become frustrating. He had seven fantasy points in a standard league in Week 1 against San Diego and just three points at Houston in Week 2. He’s now posted seven fantasy points or fewer in 11 of his past 15 games. This week he has a really tough matchup against the Jets. IN the past 18 games, only two tight ends have scored against the J-E-T-S. Kelce can easily hit seven fantasy points this week, but he isn't likely to have a big game given his track record and the matchup.

— 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.