Week 3 Fantasy Starts

My Thoughts for Fantasy Start Players

I like the matchups of Jacksonville @ N.E., S.F. 49ers @ Arizona, Oakland @ Cleveland, and Indianapolis @ Tennessee.

Yes, I have always been a die-hard Browns fan, but, that notwithstanding, I do try to be realistic when it comes to their games and, of course, I am much more analytical about any other team in the league.  That said, here is who I like for this week:

QB

On my fantasy teams I own:

NFL league (2 teams):

Tom Brady & Carson Palmer – going with Tom Brady

Aaron Rodgers & Derek Carr – going with Aaron Rodgers

Fox leagues (2 teams):

Aaron Rodgers & Peyton Manning – going with Aaron Rodgers

Peyton Manning & Josh McCown – going with Peyton Manning

Yahoo League:

Aaron Rodgers & Peyton Manning – going with Aaron Rodgers

ESPN family league:

Tom Brady & Tyrod Talor – going with Tom Brady

In terms of my FanDuel & Draft Kings one week leagues, I am going with:

Ben Rothlisberger(2), Tom Brady(11), Marcus Mariota(1) and Carson Palmer(3) in various lineups

RB

Isaiah Crowell, Dion Lewis, A. Peterson, James Starks, DeAngelo Williams, Latavius Murray, Joseph Randle, M. Lynch, C. Hyde, and G. Bernard

WR

T. Benjamin (Cleve), S. Johnson (SD), E. Sanders (Den), A. Brown (Pitt), K. Wright (Tenn), J. Edelman (N.E.), L. Fitzgerald (Ariz), J. Brown (Ariz), D. Baldwin (Sea), M. Floyd (Ariz), C. Johnson (Det), and J. Landry (Mia)

TE

R. Gronkowski (N.E.), J. Graham (Sea), C. Gillmore (Bal), T. Eifert (Cin), E. Ebron (Det)

K

B. McManus (Den), J. Tucker (Bal), R. Gould (Chi), D. Bailey (Dal), C. Parkey (Phil),

DST

Cleveland, Denver, Seattle, Arizona,

Additional Thoughts:

I think that Mariota can put up some decent numbers at home against a Colts team with zero defense and that Carson Palmer, with his receivers, can put up some very good fantasy numbers.

I like the following matchups for good offense numbers on either one, or both, sides:

Oakland @ Cleveland

Jacksonville @ New England

Chicago @ Seattle

Indianapolis @ Tennessee

Atlanta @ Dallas is a tough one to call as both are good offensively but Dallas is really improved on the defensive side.

From NFL Fantasy Site

QB

Start of the Week – DeAndre Hopkins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jarvis Landry vs. Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins vs. Miami Dolphins
Allen Robinson vs. New England Patriots
Steve Smith vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Good matchups: Brandon Marshall vs. Eagles, Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers, Donte Moncrief at Titans

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Matthew Stafford vs. Denver Broncos
Colin Kaepernick vs. Arizona Cardinals
Sam Bradford vs. New York Jets
Andy Dalton vs. Baltimore Ravens
Alex Smith vs. Green Bay Packers

Bad matchups: Philip Rivers at Vikings, Derek Carr at Browns, Brandon Weeden vs. Falcons

RB
Start of the Week – Jonathan Stewart vs. New Orleans Saints
Latavius Murray vs. Cleveland Browns
Isaiah Crowell vs. Oakland Raiders
Joseph Randle vs. Atlanta Falcons
Danny Woodhead vs. Minnesota Vikings

Good matchups: C.J. Anderson at Lions, Justin Forsett vs. Bengals, Devonta Freeman at Cowboys

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Lamar Miller vs. Buffalo Bills
Doug Martin vs. Houston Texans
Giovani Bernard vs. Baltimore Ravens
Joique Bell vs. Denver Broncos
Rashad Jennings vs. Washington Redskins

Bad matchups: Alfred Morris at Giants (TNF), Chris Johnson vs. 49ers, Tre Mason vs. Steelers

WR

Start of the Week – DeAndre Hopkins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jarvis Landry vs. Buffalo Bills
Sammy Watkins vs. Miami Dolphins
Allen Robinson vs. New England Patriots
Steve Smith vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Good matchups: Brandon Marshall vs. Eagles, Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers, Donte Moncrief at Titans

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Brandin Cooks vs. Carolina Panthers
Vincent Jackson vs. Houston Texans
Golden Tate vs. Denver Broncos
Mike Wallace vs. San Diego Chargers
Roddy White vs. Dallas Cowboys

Bad matchups: Steve Johnson at Vikings, Andre Johnson at Titans, Anquan Boldin at Cardinals

TE

Start of the Week – Martellus Bennett vs. Seattle Seahawks
Ladarius Green vs. Minnesota Vikings
Heath Miller vs. St. Louis Rams
Jordan Reed vs. New York Giants
Tyler Eifert vs. Baltimore Ravens

Good matchups: Eric Ebron vs. Broncos, Kyle Rudolph vs. Chargers, Jason Witten vs. Falcons

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Zach Ertz vs. New York Jets
Owen Daniels vs. Detroit Lions
Vernon Davis vs. Arizona Cardinals
Jordan Cameron vs. Buffalo Bills
Coby Fleener vs. Tennessee Titans

Bad matchups: Crockett Gillmore vs. Bengals, Jacob Tamme at Cowboys, Charles Clay atDolphins

K

Steven Hauschka vs. Chicago Bears
Brandon McManus vs. Detroit Lions
Josh Brown vs. Washington Redskins
Matt Bryant vs. Dallas Cowboys

Good matchups: Adam Vinatieri at Titans, Chandler Catanzaro vs. 49ers, Graham Gano vs. Saints

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Cody Parkey vs. New York Jets
Robbie Gould vs. Seattle Seahawks
Randy Bullock vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Blair Walsh vs. San Diego Chargers

Bad matchups: Dan Carpenter at Dolphins, Kyle Brindza at Texans, Sebastian Janikowski atBrowns

DST

Start of the Week – Seattle Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears
Houston Texans vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New England Patriots vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints

Good matchups: Packers defense vs. Chiefs (MNF), Jets defense vs. Eagles, Browns defense vs.Raiders

Sits:

Sit of the Week – Detroit Lions vs. Denver Broncos
Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons
St. Louis Rams vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
San Francisco 49ers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Bad matchups: Saints defense at Panthers, Chargers defense at Vikings, Chiefs defense at Packers(MNF)

Link to NFL

From Fox Network

QB – Cam Newton, CAR
Other notables: Nick Foles (STL), Russell Wilson (SEA), and Andrew Luck (IND)

RB

RB – Devonta Freeman, ATL
Other notables: LeGarrette Blount (NE), Giovani Bernard (CIN), and Melvin Gordon (SD)

WR

WR – Allen Robinson, JAC
Other notables: Davante Adams (GB), Rishard Mattews (MIA), and Tyler Lockett (SEA)

TE

WR – Allen Robinson, JAC
Other notables: Davante Adams (GB), Rishard Mattews (MIA), and Tyler Lockett (SEA)

DST

D/ST – Houston Texans
Other notables: Jets, Raiders, and Browns

Notable Sits:

QB
QB – Sam Bradford, PHI
Others include: Matthew Stafford (DET), Eli Manning (NYG), and Colin Kaepernick (SF)

RB
RB – Todd Gurley, STL
Others include: C.J. Spiller (NO), Ryan Mathews (PHI), and Doug Martin (TB)

WR
WR – Amari Cooper, OAK
Others include: Golden Tate (DET), Eddie Royal (CHI), and Charles Johnson (MIN)

TE
TE – Delanie Walker, TEN
Others include: Jacob Tamme (ATL), Vernon Davis (SF), and Zach Ertz (PHI)

DST
D/ST – Arizona Cardinals
Others include: Rams, 49ers, and Chiefs

Link to Fox Sports

From ESPN

qb
Daube’s Play: Russell Wilson
McCormick’s Play: Cam Newton
Daube’s Play: Isaiah Crowell
McCormick’s Play: T.J. Yeldon ($4,400)
Daube’s Play: James Jones
McCormick’s Play: Donte Moncrief
Flex
Daube’s Play: Joseph Randle
McCormick’s Play: John Brown

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