Week 3 Start/Sit
And just like that, Week 3 is upon us! Whether you’re 2-0 or 0-2, you probably have some questions about who to start this week. Need help deciding which lower ranked running back to start in your flex this week? Or maybe which quarterback you should bench this week? Well, let’s take a look at some options then!
Start: Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger has struggled the on the road the last few years and he’s on the road again this week. But he is facing the Bears who aren’t exactly known for their defense. Roethlisberger looked good the last time he faced a poor pass defense on the road and that should be the case again this week. And with AB yet to find the end-zone this week, he is as good a bet as any WR is to score multiple time this week. At the very least, Roethlisberger should throw a couple of TDs this week, which would make him fantasy relevant on the road for the second time this year in as many road games.
Sit: Kirk Cousins
Cousins has struggled so far this year in a new offense. He has yet to get on the same page as Terrelle Pryor and could be without TE Jordan Reed who is dealing with a rib/sternum injury. Oakland doesn’t have the best pass defense around, but their rush defense is worse and with Washington’s success running the ball last week, expect the Redskins to continue to run the ball more.
Start: Chris Carson
After only one week, Carson has already become to go-to back in Seattle. Eddie Lacy was a healthy scratch last week and Rawls only got five rushes to Carson’s 20. And with Prosise almost only being used as a pass-catcher in the backfield, Carson is lined up to get nearly all of the carries for Seattle. And with the Wilson struggling so far this year, Seattle could lean on Carson more this week than you’d expect.
Sit: Christian McCaffrey
After being raved about in the preseason, the rookie has yet to live up to the hype. While he is being used in the passing game a little bit (albeit not as much as I thought he would), Jonathan Stewart is taking away too many carries to start this year (33 rushes to McCaffrey’s 21). Yes, Carolina does play New Orleans this week, but as long as Jonathan Stewart is getting more work than McCaffrey in the rushing game, the only way McCaffrey will be fantasy relevant is if he finds his way into the end-zone.
Start: Randall Cobb*
If you do plan on starting Cobb this week, plan on having a backup option just incase Cobb doesn’t play this week. But if he does, start him. He already has 15 receptions this year and has shown why Green Bay gave him $40 million a few years back. While Cincinnati does have the #1 ranked pass defense this year, but they have faced Baltimore and Houston both at home. Now on the road and facing Aaron Rodgers coming off a loss, they could be in for a long afternoon. And Cobb could be a big reason why.
Sit: Brandin Cooks
The bright, shiny toy New England has brought in this offseason hasn’t produced yet this year. Him and Tom Brady still haven’t gotten on the same page yet this year, as he has only 11 receptions through the first two games this year. And on those 11 receptions, he’s only caught five of those passes for 125 yards. Facing a top 10 pass defense that has only allowed one passing TD this year, I’d bench Cooks.
Start: Hunter Henry
After not getting a single target in week one, Henry bounced back nicely and caught all seven of his targets for 80 yards. Despite only being two games into his second season, Henry already has Rivers’ full trust. Gordon has yet to get it going this year like he did last year and considering that the Chiefs just got torn apart by Zach Ertz, Los Angeles should plan on getting Henry involved in the passing game again this week.
Sit: Jimmy Graham
This call feels like an easy one, considering Graham injured his ankle in Week 2 and might not play this week. But let’s say hypothetically that he was healthy, I still wouldn’t feel comfortable starting Graham this week. He’s only caught four of his 10 targets this year and Tennessee has been good against TE’s this year. And with Russell Wilson off to another slow start this year, this seems like an easy bench call.
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