The Fantasy Footballers’ Starts of the Week for Week 3
Hello Footclan! Welcome to another week of The Fantasy Footballers’ Starts of the Week. Here is a quick rundown of their decisions with the reasoning behind the choices. You can find the newest episode here.
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Andy’s Starts of the Week
QB – Matthew Stafford vs. TB
Stafford and company take on a Buccaneers secondary that has allowed 300+ yards in both games this season. Tom Brady is set up perfectly against a Rams defense that gives up points. This game looks to be one where air yards will be abundant. Stafford has had five touchdowns over two games and looks to take it through the air as Tampa Bay is hard to rush on.
RB – Ty’Son Williams @ DET
Start Williams. Andy wants to pat you on the butt to start Williams. Thirty or more points have been conceded to the running back position by the Lions over the last two weeks. Andy believes that Williams will earn you 15 or more points in this contest. Latavius Murray may have scored last week, but Williams was still active around the goal line. His carries went from nine to 13, and he has the juice to continue on an upward trajectory.
WR – Julio Jones vs. IND
Last game, Jones impressed Andy. In this match-up, Jones finds himself facing an Indianapolis defense that has allowed 44 fantasy points to opposing wideouts in back-to-back contests. Look for quarterback Ryan Tannehill to get back on track with this game. In last week’s comeback win versus Seattle, Jones had eight targets for 128 yards.
TE – George Kittle vs. GB
Time for Kittle to shine. Juwon Johnson torched the Packers, followed by another torching by TJ Hockenson. George Kittle will be the next name added to the list. Andy says it is time to calm the people’s fears. He backs Kittle as the #1 tight end for Week 3.
Jason’s Starts of the Week
QB – Jalen Hurts @ DAL
Who finished as QB10 last week while throwing zero touchdowns? That would be Jason’s QB Start of the Week, the Eagles’ Hurts. Last week, Hurts rushed for 80 yards, and Jason believes he could have run for another 150 yards if put in the position to do so. Philadelphia has what looks to be a good defense on the ground, but Jason doesn’t think that defense can quiet Dak Prescott’s passing attack. Hurts will be forced to use his legs and get you coveted rushing yards which equal fantasy points.
RB – Saquon Barkley vs. ATL
For the first week of the season, Barkley saw 48% of the Giants’ snaps. The second week found him on a short week of rest, seeing 84% of snaps. In that Week 2 game, he broke away for a 41-yard run as well. Theoretically, the Washington defense he was facing is good, and he could still find productivity. Barkley has extra rest for the Week 3 contest due to Week 2’s Thursday Night Football game. In this contest, the Giants are favored at home and take on Atlanta. The situation is a recipe for success.
WR – Courtland Sutton vs. NYJ
Sutton had his second breakout last week and was one of Jason’s favorite players early in the offseason. His comeback from the ACL injury he suffered looked pessimistic in both training camp and preseason action. Still, Sutton proved in Week 2 that he is back. The Broncos’ wide receiver was WR6 last week, and this was without a touchdown. In this contest, Sutton saw 12 targets and tallied 159 yards. Jason acknowledges this was against Jacksonville, but he also points out that Sutton takes on the Jets this week. He will have the opportunity to go with his talent this weekend, so start Sutton with confidence.
TE – Jared Cook @ KC
You more than likely picked Cook up off of waivers in Week 2. He may not have had the results last week that you were looking to get, but Jason states the worst thing you can do in fantasy is be completely results-oriented. You’ll always be chasing last week, and you won’t get the good games. He spent enough time on the field last week, along with seeing plenty of targets throughout the game. Cook saw plenty of red-zone targets as well. Cook would have had a score through the air, but it was called back due to penalty. In Jason’s opinion, he’s not dropping Cook to pick up someone off of waivers.
Mike’s Starts of the Week
QB – Daniel Jones vs. ATL
Jones is currently a top-5 quarterback. This week, he finds himself in a plus match-up against Atlanta. The Giants will be taking Atlanta on at home, another advantage in Jones’ favor. The Falcons have an atrocious secondary, and Jones looks to capitalize on this in Week 3.
RB – Chase Edmonds @ JAX
Edmonds has seen half of the carries and four targets a game this year. He has been a top-20 RB each week, even though he doesn’t have a touchdown. The Cardinals are 7-point favorites, and there is a team total of 29 implied points for this game. Edmonds is worth a start.
WR – Marquise Brown vs. DET
Mike says start Hollywood this week. He has averaged 14 points per game to close the final six games of 2020. This season, he is averaging 18 points a contest. Brown has seen a 30-percent target share. He is facing a bad Lions secondary, so the double-digit point-fest should continue in this match-up.
TE – Gerald Everett @ MIN
Last week, Everett was tied for the ninth most routes. He additionally was on the field for 80-percent of his team’s snaps. This contest has the largest over/under for the week. Mike is saying to keep an eye on Everett. He is a streamer for this week, but the potential for touchdowns is there. Russell Wilson loves to throw the ball, and Everett should benefit from that. Wilson to Tyler Lockett is working right now, but that won’t be the case all season long.
Payoff will be the proof