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NFL Fantasy Week 3: Start ‘em, sit ‘em – wide receivers

It’s all about matchups in Week 3 as we sort through the dozens of wide receivers who already have a ten-plus NFL Fantasy point game under their belt and decide who steps up and who drops the ball, so to speak, in Week 3.

We looked for some less obvious options in the hope you might discover something you haven’t thought of before setting your NFL Fantasy roster.

After careful analysis that only required one coin flip, here’s our best shot at NFL Fantasy Week 3 start ‘em and sit ‘em for wide receivers:

Start this guy: Pierre Garcon, 49ers at Kansas City

Okay, so we looked at receivers who haven’t had a ten-point game yet, too. We discovered at least one who will top that number for the first time in Week 3.

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t wow the NFL Fantasy world last season by dumping balls off to his tight end and running backs all day. Eventually, he will rediscover his wide receivers. Facing the offensive juggernaut of Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs seems like as good a time as any.

Garcon led the team with 4 targets in Week 2. Expect that to at least double as Garoppolo becomes the latest quarterback to pick on the Chiefs’ secondary. What about the rookie Dante Pettis? He only saw two targets against Detroit. Expect to see his name among the sleeper picks of Week 3.

Sit this guy: Allen Robinson, Bears at Cardinals

Speaking of targets, Allen Robinson saw a bundle of them Monday night against Seattle. He has emerged as Mitchell Trubisky’s favorite target, which makes him a risk to sit. But even with 14 targets and 10 catches, Robinson couldn’t top 100 yards or score against the Seahawks.

The Cardinals are having a tough time of things down south, but they still have Patrick Peterson. Forcing the ball to Robinson could have dire circumstances in the desert. If the Cardinals offense remains as inept as we’ve seen so far, Trubisky might also find himself abandoning the passing game in the second half.

Start this guy: (insert Lion of choice here) vs. Patriots

Tom Brady wilted in the heat of Florida, as he is prone to do. (Brady is 1-6 career when it is 90-degrees or higher at game time.) In the temperature-controlled climes of Ford Field, the Patriots’ passer will seek to correct his stat line at the expense of the Lions.

That might make Stafford the second-best quarterback in the game, but we know the Detroit passer can light up the scoreboard himself when challenged. We expect a high-scoring battle Sunday, which bodes well for all three Detroit wide receivers.

Other than Theo Riddick, there is not a plethora of non-wide receiver targets in Stafford’s arsenal. Kenny Golladay and Golden Tate are likely to continue their WR-11 and WR-13 pace another week, and Marvin Jones has a good chance to get back into the flow. That is my preferred order.

Sit this guy: Corey Davis, Titans at Jaguars

Corey Davis was a popular draft sleeper as the Titans’ expected number one wide receiver. His WR-26 ADP was ahead of Will Fuller, Michael Crabtree, and Emmanuel Sanders. He is still being touted as a potential buy-low steal based on an improved situation when Marcus Mariota gets healthy.

Davis has looked ok, but he hasn’t put up many yards. He won’t this week, either. A fully-prepared, completely healthy Mariota would be hard pressed to get many passes off against the Jaguars defense. A damaged Mariota or Blaine Gabbert is impossible to trust.

Davis is destined for a handful of short catches again in Week 3.

Start this guy: Chris Hogan, Patriots at Lions

Chris Hogan caught four passes and scored two touchdowns in the loss to the Jaguars. That is exactly the type of stat line that made Hogan a top-ten NFL Fantasy wide receiver before he was injured last season.

Hogan is being written off with the arrival of Josh Gordon and pending return of Julian Edelman. People seem concerned about targets. But it didn’t take many targets to make Hogan a top scorer last year. Hogan in is as dangerous in the third receiver slot as he is as the WR-1.

None of that affects this week in Detroit. Brady wants to throw ten touchdowns at Ford Field. At least one of them will be scored by Hogan.

Sit this guy: Keenan Allen, Chargers at Rams

My sensible side told me to hedge my bets and make Mike Williams the last “Sit ‘im” of Week 3. But since I went out there and suggested you sit Philip Rivers, I figured I’d go all in and sit the perennial top-20 NFL Fantasy wide receiver instead.

This week’s game against the Rams has the makings of a good one. It will either be a 49-42 barn burner or a 16-14 defensive slugfest. I’m betting on the latter. If it does turn into a one-sided affair, it will tilt the Rams’ way. That is why I’ll sit every Chargers receiver.

…and other considerations

There shouldn’t be any questions about starting Will Fuller, but if the Giants’ Eli Apple is slowed or out because of his groin injury, Fuller could single-handedly wipe away all the fears of Deshaun Watson’s NFL Fantasy owners.

I can’t put my finger on why, but I just don’t like starting Randall Cobb. Geronimo Allison is a better start against the Redskins.

Miami doesn’t pass much, and there shouldn’t be a need to if the Raiders’ defense continues it early-season aversion to run-stopping. But Kenny Stills… I think I need to start him at home.

Full disclosure: At least I came out ahead

Last week’s start ‘em gave me a mixed bag. Nelson Agholor and Tyler Lockett came through. Quincy Enunwa managed 9.2 standard NFL Fantasy points, but his 7 receptions put him across the 15-point PPR threshold, so I’ll call that a split result.

In my defense, I said, “If Andrew Luck keeps throwing 53 times a game…” He didn’t. And Corey Grant didn’t catch enough passes to save me.

Amari Cooper will never have my full trust. Even though I said, “I can see him catching ten passes”, I sat him down and paid the price. (I’m sitting him again this week, but that’s not an official pick.)

Randall Cobb, Larry Fitzgerald, and Josh Gordon were inept enough to give me 11 points out of 16 possible.

I’ll take it, but Week 3 will be better.