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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

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Week 2 is in the books and now people are starting to get an idea of how things are going to shake out this year. Kareem Hunt is the G.O.A.T., the Falcons like to get an early lead and then let teams try and make a comeback (sometimes successfully, it’s okay for me to tease, I am a Falcons fan), and Ezekiel Elliott looks to have started serving his suspension as the Broncos took it upon themselves to initiate the suspension. Okay, now in all reality it was a pretty interesting week and with more of a sample size, start and sit decisions are becoming easier and more difficult at the same time. So, like always, to help you out, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit preview.

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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

Starts

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

Who is the weekly choice to pick on the Saints’ defense? Looks like Cam Newton is the easy pick. The Saints have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, as is tradition for them over the past several years. Tom Brady just threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns (29 Fantasy points) in week 2. And, Sam Bradford threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns (25 Fantasy points) in week 1. Cam Newton has started this year off slow, but with a favorable match-up against a divisional opponent, Newton should be started against a terrible Saints’ defense. Newton’s health is worth monitoring after aggravating his shoulder against the Bills, but if healthy expect a solid outing from the Panther’s QB.

Start of the Week: Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets

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The Jets have been horrible against the run this season, with the 27th worst DVOA against the rush. The Jets have also allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year. Now the Jets face Ajayi and the Dolphins. Ajayi ran for 162 yards in the two match-ups against the Jets last season, and the Jets have since become a much weaker run defense. They have allowed 180 or more rushing yards in back to back games.

Ajayi is coming off of a 122 yard rushing outing against an above average Chargers’ defense, and those of you pegging Ajayi as a candidate to bust this year, now is not the time to get cute with your lineup. Start Ajayi with confidence this week against the Jets.

Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs Las Angeles Rams

I was wrong in listing Hyde as a must sit last week against the Seahawks. He ran all over their stout defense for 124 yards and 8.3 yards per carry. Now he faces the Rams who allow the 28th most Fantasy points to opposing running backs. In fact, the Rams just allowed 229 rushing yards to the Redskins. This should be a cake match-up for Hyde, as both teams look to run the ball heavily come Thursday night.

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints

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Benjamin and Newton seemed to get back on the same page Sunday as Benjamin caught six of eight targets for 77 yards. He now gets a match-up against the Saints who have allowed the most Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and as mentioned above, are a terrible defense against the pass. Benjamin look primed to score his first touchdown of the season this week against the Saints.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins

Who? “You are telling me to start who, especially a member of the Jets”? I know, it feels weird recommending for you to start a player who hasn’t played at all this year. But, the tight end position hasn’t looked great this year and with key TE injuries, some of you might have to look to the waiver wire to find someone to start. Let Seferian-Jenkins be your guy. He is coming off of a two game suspension and so he is probably an afterthought in most leagues.

Seferian-Jenkins, riddled with personal and off the field issues, is a very talented player. Now sober, Seferian-Jenkins is looking to have his breakout year. It would not surprise me if he is the number one option on the Jets and after posting 55 yards on 4 receptions and a touchdown in the preseason, Seferian-Jenkins should be a major part of the Jets’ attack as they face the Dolphins, a team that allows the most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends.

*Reports from the Jets suggest that Seferian-Jenkins is not quite in game-level shape. If he is going to be limited in any way this week, look at Jack Doyle, Charles Clay, or Benjamin Watson as additional tight end options. 

Honorable Mention: Jay Cutler vs NYJ; Lamar Miller vs NE; DeVante Parker vs NYJ; Jack Doyle vs CLE

Sits

Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans vs Seattle Seahawks

After struggling against a strong Jaguars’ defense, Mariota now goes up against an even stronger Seattle defense that allows the sixth fewest Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, even after playing Aaron Rodgers in week 1. The Titans offense hasn’t been as prolific as it was a year ago, and with some early season struggles, a match-up against the Seahawks is a match-up worth benching Mariota.

Saints RBs, New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers

The Saints, as a team, haven’t rushed for more than 81 yards this season. It seems to be a nightmare running back situation in New Orleans, possibly worse than a Belichick situation? Ingram and Peterson both have 14 carries through two games and Kamara has eight. Now they face a Panthers’ defense that allows the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs and just held all Bills running backs (one of the most prolific rushing attacks in the NFL) to under 10 rushing yards.

A mind-boggling running back conundrum and a tough match-up equal an easy decision to sit your Saints’ running backs.

Samaje Perine, RB, Washington Redskins vs Oakland Raiders

Robert Kelley was hurt in the Redskins’ week 2 matchup against the Rams. Perine was the next man up and ran the ball 21 times for 67 yards. Likely a popular pickup off of waivers this week, Perine will disappoint those of you looking to insert him into your lineups this week. Perine takes on the Raiders, a defense that allows the 5th fewest Fantasy points to opposing running backs. With the Redskins offense still looking sluggish and a tough matchup, leave Perine on the bench. If Rob Kelley is healthy, the same analysis applies to him.

Sit of the Week: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars

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Back the back weeks with a touchdown, owners are likely ecstatic with Maclin’s production. Don’t let this fool you into starting him against a Jaguars’ defense that allows the seventh fewest Fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. Maclin’s production has been somewhat fluky, as he has had ridiculous touchdown efficiency by catching two touchdowns on only nine targets through two weeks. Bench Maclin with confidence and avoid the match-up against the Jaguars.

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals vs Green Bay Packers

Tyler Eifert and the entire Bengals offense have been terrible through two weeks. This has led to the firing of the Bengals’ offensive coordinator. Those of you hoping the change in play calling will spark Eifert, should temper your expectations. Green Bay has allowed the second fewest Fantasy points to opposing tight ends. What’s more is Tyler Eifert is dealing with some nagging injuries and arthritis and is currently questionable for this match-up. Save yourself the headache and frustration and find an alternative tight end to start.

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Honorable Mention: Tyrod Taylor vs DEN; Jacquizz Rodgers vs MIN; Brandin Cooks vs HOU; Martellus Bennett vs CIN


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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