2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

by Dennis Sosic
2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit.

Hopefully, you survived the brutal injuries in Week 2 and are ready for Week 3. My Start-Sit recommendations last week were not as brutal but I am striving harder to provide Fantasy managers with the assistance they need to get the W in their leagues.

Week 3 brings plenty of Fantasy jackpots to discover. Will Ryan Tannehill continue his career resurrection? Should Joshua Kelley be mentioned with the other elite rookie backs this season? Have we seen the demise of Drew Brees? Is there a better Week 3 matchup than the Monday Night affair between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens?

Find out the answers to all of those questions and a whole lot more in the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit.

2020 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start-Sit

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START

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings

Through the first two weeks of the 2020 season, Ryan Tannehill proved that his 2019 electric performance was not a fluke. Tannehill, last season's NFL Comeback Player of the Year, was impressive in the Titans 33-30 win against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The former Dolphin threw four touchdowns and zero interceptions on 18 completions in 24 attempts.

Tannehill is 11-4 since taking over as the Titans starting quarterback last season. He has thrown at least two touchdown passes in 11 of those games.

His Week 3 matchup against the struggling Minnesota Vikings should allow Tannehill to continue proving the doubters wrong. The Vikings defense allows the seventh-most yards per attempt (8.38), and I project Tannehill will maintain his elite efficiency on his way to being a QB1 in Week 3.

Joshua Kelley, RB, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers

Suppose you were one of the unlucky souls that suffered a brutal loss at running back last week. I feel for you, but you can't quit on your team or your league-mates. Therefore, you need to take advantage of the matchups and ride the hot hand. The value and volume for Joshua Kelley continue to rise, and I foresee a breakout coming in his matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

Kelley has exhibited his potential even with his sharing of backfield duties with Austin Ekeler as an early-down complement and in short-yardage situations. He saw 25 touches for 113 yards from scrimmage in their 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2.

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has been announced as the starter for their Week 3 matchup against the Panthers. This should open up the Chargers offense and provide more Fantasy production beginning in Sunday's matchup against Carolina. They have given up the most rushing touchdowns to running backs while also getting gashed for the most fantasy points to running backs per game (36.5 points per game). Kelley, who is seeing 17.5 rushing attempts per game, should see plenty of work in the potential blowout and will emerge as an RB2 this week for Fantasy managers.

Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans vs. Minnesota Vikings

Corey Davis has stepped up with the absence of wide receiver A.J. Brown due to his knee injury, and it seems that injury will continue to sideline Brown in Week 3.  The former first-rounder looks to continue to prove himself in what happens to be in his contract season.

His production has increased to the tune of seven receptions for 101 receiving yards in Week 1, and contributed on a touchdown last week vs. Jacksonville Jaguars.

Davis has caught 10 of his 13 targeted passes while temporarily taking over the WR1 role for the Tennessee Titans. Fantasy managers should feel comfortable trusting Davis in their Week 3 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, who have given up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers through the first two weeks. Davis will be in all of my lineups this week and makes a sneaky DFS play.

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team vs. Cleveland Browns

Logan Thomas makes a repeat performance in my Start recommendations after being recommended in Week 2 Start-Sit. Unfortunately, that advice did not pay off with Thomas grabbing four catches for 26 yards against the Arizona Cardinals last week.

Thomas continues to achieve high-volume looks from Dwayne Haskins at 26.5 percent target share, which ranks second among NFL tight ends, ranking only Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Washington heads to FirstEnergy Stadium to take on the Cleveland Browns in Week 3. Thomas should find success against a Browns defense that allowed seven catches and 45 yards to Drew Sample last week. The Browns have allowed the second-most fantasy points per game opposing tight ends, making Logan Thomas a tight end that I need to make sure he is in my Week 3 lineup.

SIT

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers

I have to preface this analysis by saying that I am a huge Drew Brees fan. Brees is a sure-fire Hall-of-Famer and one of the best quarterbacks ever, BUT I think his arm is shot. Watching Brees now is painful, especially without Michael Thomas on the field. The short and then even shorter throws are exhausting to watch.

Brees plays on the Sunday primetime matchup against the Green Bay Packers at home. While typically, Brees explodes in this type of game situation, I am very hesitant to trust in my Fantasy lineup. The Packers' defense is not outstanding, but they won't have to be against the Saints offense sans Thomas.

I would hate to see Brees go down the same road Peyton Manning went down at the end of his career, but this looks eerily familiar.

David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Coming into the 2020 season, I was not a believer in David Johnson. Regardless of his stats, what I saw was a player that was done. It looks like all of his injuries have got the best of him.

In Week 1, David Johnson looked like the 2016 version. He averaged seven yards a carry, ten yards a catch on his way to scoring two touchdowns against the Kanas City Chiefs in the season opener. I had to eat some humble pie after that performance. However, last week, he faced the stout Baltimore Ravens defense. He was shut down to 50 scrimmage yards and looked like the repeat of last season.

Johnson has another problematic task in Week 3 when the Texans take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are always near the top of the run defenses in the league and are holding runners to 2.9 yards per carry through the first two games of the season. I can't see a reason to have David Johnson in my Week 3 lineup.

John Brown, WR, Buffalo Bills vs. Los Angeles Rams

Josh Allen is looking like an MVP through the first two games this season, while John Brown has also enjoyed a strong start to the season. Brown has scored touchdowns in each contest this season and has benefited with the arrival of Stefon Diggs on the opposite side.

However, both of his first two matchups were among the worst pass defenses in the league in the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. In Week 3, Brown and the Buffalo Bills welcome the Los Angeles Rams to Bills Stadium.

The Rams defense is not elite, but they will be a great litmus test for Allen and this offense. I think the offense takes a step back, and Brown's numbers suffer in Week 3.

Rob Gronkowski, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Denver Broncos

I reviewed options to sit at the tight end position, and I came across a familiar name, Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is still owned in over 70 percent of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, and there is no reason for this whatsoever. While this mini-rant should probably be on our weekly Drop List article, I pray that Gronk is not even on anyone's Fantasy radar to start. He is a glorified blocker who should have stayed retired and not sitting on Fantasy benches in 2020.


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