2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

by Dennis Sosic
2019 Fantasy Football

Welcome fantasy friends and foes to your weekly Fantasy Six Pack start-sit advice.

Week 2 was dreadful for quarterbacks and fantasy owners everywhere. Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is lost for the season, and Drew Brees (thumb) is out for a minimum of six weeks. Ouch! That devalues many significant fantasy players. Find out how this affects every fantasy player by taking a look at our rest of the season rankings. 

Please view below so that we can hopefully move on to Week 3 and help Fantasy owners with their lineup decisions in the 2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit.

2019 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

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Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants

Admittedly, I am nervous about this selection. In the first games, Jameis Winston has completed 59.1 percent of his passes and has more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2). He looked horrible in Week 1 but rebounded (a little) in Week 2. So why am I suggesting to start him?

The matchup. In Week 3, Winston faces off against a New York Giants who have allowed 30 points per game to Dak Prescott and Josh Allen. Winston will build upon his success in Week 2 as he continues to learn Bruce Arians' offense. Winston has elite weapons in this offense with Mike Evans and breakout wide receiver Chris Godwin at wide receiver.

He has immense talent around him, and he is still learning the new offense. The Giants have one of the worst defenses in football. They have given up the third-most passing yards per game (321) in the league this season. If you drafted Winston hoping for the breakout with Arians, this is the week Fantasy owners were waiting to see.

Frank Gore, RB, Buffalo Bills vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, the ageless Frank Gore is still Fantasy relevant. In Week 2, Gore had 19 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown. The majority of those yards were produced after rookie Devin Singletary left the game against the New York Giants with a hamstring injury.

Singletary has yet to practice this week, so the projection is that Gore will get the bulk of the team's workload against their Week 3 opponent, the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals were gashed for 259 rushing yards by the San Francisco 49ers last Sunday.

Check the available players in your league for Gore; he should be started against a Bengals defense that has allowed 40.8 fantasy points per game through two weeks, which is most in the NFL.

David Montgomery, RB, Chicago Bears vs. Washington Redskins

It looks like we have our featured back in Chicago with rookie David Montgomery rushing 18 times for 62 yards and one touchdown in their Week 2 matchup against the Denver Broncos.

With the poor play of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, the Bears best chance of winning is to pound the ball and let their elite defense take over games. The Bears should be successful with that formula in their Week 3 contest against the Washington Redskins. The Redskins defense has given up an average of 168 rushing yards in the first two games.

The Bears should feed the rock to the rookie with a heavy workload to give themselves the best chance to win and give Fantasy owners validation for drafting the rookie early in their drafts.

Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints

Tyler Lockett had an excellent fantasy game in Week 2 while catching ten passes on 12 targets for 79 yards. Lockett went back into his familiar slot role where he operated about 67 percent of snaps.

The Seahawks opponent in Week 3, the New Orleans Saints have given up big games to slot receivers in Cooper Kupp, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills. Look for that to continue with Russell Wilson loving to throw the ball to the reliable Lockett against a Saints defense that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to wide receivers this season.

Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Detroit Lions

Despite dropping a potential game-winning 40-yard touchdown pass in the Sunday Night matchup against the Atlanta Falcons, Nelson Agholor will the Eagles WR1 in their Week 3 matchup against the Detroit Lions.

The Philadelphia Eagles lost wide receivers, DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, last week and both are likely out for Week 3. This leaves Agholor who caught eight of 11 targets for 107 receiving yards and a touchdown last Sunday.

The Lions defense has allowed the 10th most fantasy points to wide receivers so Agholor should get peppered with targets along with tight end Zach Ertz. Look for Agholor to be a top-30 wide receiver in Week 3 and someone that Fantasy owners should have in their lineups.

Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals

Greg Olsen was contemplating retiring after last season, but he is healthy and off to a productive start in 2019.

Olsen has seen nine targets in each game this season. However, it looks like he won't be catching passes from Cam Newton this week. Newton (foot) has yet to practice this week,  and unlikely to play, so we will see second-year quarterback Kyle Allen start against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Having Allen start at quarterback is not a deterrent in starting Olsen. The Cardinals have surrendered an NFL-worst 31.1 points per game to tight ends this season. Look for that number to increase with Allen finding his safety valve in Olsen a ton in a conservative game plan.


Kirk Cousins, QB, Minnesota Vikings vs. Oakland Raiders

Kirk Cousins is having an ugly start of the 2019 season. Cousins is ranked 31st in ESPN QBR rating at 15.8. The only quarterback that is currently lower than Cousins is the recently benched Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer loves to run the ball as evidenced by Cousins only throwing ten passes in their Week 1 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Last Sunday, Cousins posted a passer rating of 52.9 against the Green Bay Packers, while completing only 44 percent of his passes. The Vikings quarterback even admitted:

"I'm not going to be playing quarterback here much longer if I play like I did on Sunday."

In Week 3, Cousins and the Vikings take on the Oakland Raiders who have allowed a passer rating of 103.6, second-worst in the league. Typically, this would be a matchup advantage to highlight. However, his recent play and the fact that the Vikings will pound the ball after they get off to a considerable lead forces me to look elsewhere for my starting quarterback in Week 3.

Le'Veon Bell, RB, New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Le'Veon Bell was a workhorse in the Jets Monday Night matchup against the Cleveland Browns. He touched the ball 31 times and had 129 scrimmage yards and was a one-man show for the Jets offense.

The Jets will have Luke Falk as their signal-caller as they take on a New England Patriots defense that has allowed the fewest total yards (492) and zero touchdowns in the first two weeks.

The Patriots always game plan the thing that you do best. Giving the ball to Bell is the only thing that your offense can do. I see the Patriots limiting Bell in usage and production based upon another blowout win for the defending champions.

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills

The Cincinnati Bengals offensive line is a mess, and that has turned Joe Mixon into a Fantasy bust after two weeks. Mixon has only 27 rushing yards on 17 carries so far this season. He has been dealing with an ankle injury, but it's challenging to trust Mixon in your Fantasy lineups.

This week, the Bengals take on the ferocious front seven of the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are a top ten rushing defense as we head into Week 3, however, look for them to climb into the top five after they stifle Mixon and the rest of the Bengals. While it's hard to bench one of your top draft selections, it's highly suggested to swap out Mixon this week.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns vs. Los Angeles Rams

Jarvis Landry and the entire Cleveland Browns have not gotten off to a strong start this season. Landry has seven receptions for 99 yards after two games while the Browns offense ranks in the bottom third in the league by averaging just 18 points per game.

Baker Mayfield is not playing well right now. His offensive line is allowing too many hits on their franchise quarterback. Mayfield has thrown four interceptions to just two touchdowns after the first two weeks in an offense that as excited in the preseason to be explosive after the addition of Odell Beckham Jr.

It's too risky to start Landry on a struggling offense going up against a stout Los Angeles Rams defense. No wide receivers have reached 90 yards against the Rams this season. Landry has always been a volume-based receiver, but we haven't seen the chemistry with Mayfield yet this season. I don't see it starting this week against the Rams.

Terry McLaurin, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears

The rookie wideout out of Ohio State has been one of the surprising performers so far this season. Terry McLaurin has caught ten passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns in the first two weeks.

McLaurin is the No.1 option in the Washington Redskins passing game. He has developed quite a chemistry with quarterback Case Keenum, especially on the deep ball.

In Week 3, McLaurin and Keenum will take on a Chicago Bears defense that has allowed just 30.4 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season, which is the ninth-least in the NFL. The Bears defense have allowed only 12 points per game this season, and I don't see Keenum having much success against a top defense like the Bears. I can't trust Keenum, leaving McLaurin on my bench for Week 3.

Jared Cook, TE, New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks

Every player with the Saints outside of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas saw their Fantasy relevancy take a massive hit with Drew Bress expected to miss approximately six weeks after undergoing thumb surgery.

Cook is an unreliable target with a 57.1 true catch rate. After a career season in 2018, there were lofty expectations for Cook in this Saints offense. However, Cook was unable to produce with Drew Brees behind center.  The likelihood his production increases with Teddy Bridgewater now the signal-caller is negligible. There is zero reason to insert Cook in your lineup this week or the upcoming weeks either.

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