2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2022 Fantasy Football Start Sit

Welcome Fantasy nerds! It is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit article.

In the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week, but whom I disagree with.

Last week we had a crazy week in which running backs did not have a good week as a whole. It was the quarterback position that carried your fantasy team, especially Tua Tagovailoa and Lamar Jackson.

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 3 Start/Sit

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Start

Jared Goff, QB, Detroit Lions (ECR QB17)

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Jared Goff has started out the season better than anybody would have thought. Through two games Goff is QB9 averaging just over 21 fantasy points per game. The volume has been there for Goff as well, throwing the ball at least 34 times in each of the first two games.

The Lions offense has been better than advertised as well scoring 30 plus points in each of their first two games. I guess we should of saw that coming with all the weapons on that offense? The Line is good, two good running backs in DeAndre Swift, and the emergence of Amon Ra St. Brown who looks like a bonafide WR1 in an offense.

The Matchup

The Lions are traveling to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in a divisional game. The Vikings defense is coming off a game in which they were picked apart by Jalen Hurts and the Eagles. With the Lions offense rolling, I expect them to have a good game against this suspect Vikings defense. Goff should finish as a QB1 in back-to-back weeks.

Dameon Pierce, RB, Houston Texans (ECR RB30)

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Dameon Pierce really disappointed fantasy owners the first week of the season after he got a ton of late off-season hype, as he was named the starting running back. The first week told a different story as he was out-snapped by Rex Burkhead 50-20. This week was much different, the script flipped. Pierce played 39 snaps compared to Burkhead's 23.

Last week, with Pierce getting 61% of the snaps he ran the ball 15 times for 69 yards but only one catch for 9 yards, so he finished with only 8.7 fantasy points. It was great to see him be efficient with the touches he saw, which you'd like to think will give him more touches moving forward.

The Matchup

The Texans are traveling to Chicago to take on the Bears. Both of these teams are in similar situations, and eager for a win, The Bears defense is coming off a game against the Packers in which they allowed Aaron Jones to just go bananas. The Packers running backs ran the ball 33 times for 193 yards and a touchdown.

I fully expect the Texans to come into Chicago and have their way with the ground game. Pierce should produce at least RB2 numbers this week.

DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagle (ECR WR40)

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DeVonta Smith struggled the first week and had his Fantasy Football owners in a panic. Smith saw just four targets in Week 1 and gave you a goose egg. This past week was much better. Smith saw seven targets catching all of them for 80 yards which was a 22% target share only behind A.J. Brown.

According to fantasydata.com, he has an 18.3% target share through two games which is 45th in the NFL. The thing that scares me the most is he has yet to see a red zone target through two games, but that's not really his game. Smith is extremely talented, but the worry coming into this season was the passing volume in the offense.

But through two games the Eagles rank 20th in the league with 31 pass attempts per game which ranks 20th. That will go up, the Eagles completely shut down the Vikings last week and didn't need to be aggressive in the second half.

The Matchup

The matchup for Smith and the Eagles is a divisional one against the Washington Commanders. The Commanders have given up the fourth most fantasy points to the wide receiver position, and the second most touchdowns. Smith should find his way into your lineup this week, at least as a flex.

Gerald Everett, TE, Los Angeles Chargers (ECR TE11)

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Gerald Everett has started the season about as good as you could have hoped if you drafted him. Through two games Everett has seen 14 targets which ranks eighth amongst tight ends. He also has two red zone targets which ranks fifth in the position as well according to playerprofiler.com.

I'm not sure if this level of production will continue because Keenan Allen will be coming back soon from the Hamstring injury he suffered in Week 1. But I do believe with Everett in this offense he can put up low-end TE1 numbers week in and week out. That should not change this week.

The Matchup

The Chargers are welcoming the Jacksonville Jaguars to the beautiful So-FI stadium. The Jaguars have been stingy against the tight end position so far against tight ends. They have only allowed seven catches on 13 targets to the position for 91 yards and no touchdowns. I think this week will be the week they give up a touchdown to that position, and it will be by Gerald Everett.

Sit

Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ECR QB11)

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I'm going back to the well once more with Tom Brady as my sit quarterback. I had him in this article last week as well and if you sat him, It paid off. Brady was held in check by the Saints only scoring 9.4 fantasy points and finishing as QB28 on the week. That was one spot lower than Justin Fields who threw the ball only 11 times last week.

Brady has struggled to start the season, and it is getting worse. His weapons are all dealing with something. Mike Evans is suspended for this one game, Chris Godwin is also dealing with a hamstring injury, and Julio Jones is also dealing with a knee injury. With Brady throwing to the likes of Breshad Perriman Scotty Miller, and newly acquired Cole Beasley, I don't know how you start him this week.

The Matchup

Tom Brady and the Bucs welcome Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packer to Tampa Bay. The Packers defense got beat up by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense in Week 1 but bounced back against the Bears last week. All in all, you have to believe the Packers defense led by Jaire Alexander will be a solid group the rest of the year starting this week. I would start Carson Wentz and Jared Goff over Brady this week.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Washington Commanders (ECR RB15)

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Through two weeks of the NFL season, Antonio Gibson is RB11 averaging 13.8 half-point PPR fantasy points per game. Man has it been a wild ride with Gibson starting this off-season. Gibson went from an RB1 to an RB3 during the draft season due to the emergence of Brian Robinson. Then after the news of Robinson missing a few weeks, Gibson shot right back up to high-end RB2 territory.

Here we are, in Week 3 and consensus has him as a high-end running back this week. I just do not buy it. Gibson saw eight targets in week one, to just four last week, with McKissic seeing seven targets last week When they were down early in the game to the Lions. Gibson was saved by a touchdown last week, and you are going to hope the same thing happens this week.

The Matchup

Washington welcomes division foe the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have been beaten up on the ground thus far allowing the seventh most yards to running backs and the second most touchdowns on the ground. That has to change, and it should this week. The Eagles defensive line is far too talented to keep allowing that to happen. Plus the Eagles should be leading in this game, so expect to see a decent amount of J.D. McKissic.

D.J. Moore, WR, Carolina Panthers (ECR WR18)

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DJ Moore is coming off a week where he finished with a solid week in half-point PPR formats finishing with 11.8 fantasy points. He caught three of six targets for 43 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown obviously saved his day because he had the same stat line the previous week just without a touchdown, and he killed your lineups.

D.J. Moore has been stuck with bad quarterback play his whole career, and so far this season that has not changed with the way Baker Mayfield has played. Plus, Robbie Anderson has a higher target share through two games 24% to 22% than Moore has commanded. That's not great.

The Matchup

The Panther will be taking on the New Orleans Saints this weekend. The Saints defense has allowed the eighth fewest fantasy points to the wide receiver position so far this season. The last time Moore played the Saints he struggled, only scoring 4.4 half-point PPR fantasy points. If you can find a way to not have to play Moore this week, I'd advise it. I would even start Devonta Smith and Drake London over him this week.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (ECR TE11)

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For the second week in a row, Dawson Knox is in the sit portion of this article. I get it, he is a part of the Buffalo Bills offense which is by far the best in the league. But through the first two weeks, he is currently TE28 and has averaged 3.8 fantasy points.

Touchdown Regression has finally caught up to Dawson Knox. Last year he caught nine touchdowns. Last year he saw the fourth most RedZone targets at the tight end position. This season according to playerprofiler.com he has only seen one in two games, which is 19th at the position.  I want no part of Knox this week or the rest of the season.

The Matchup

The Bills and Dolphins are meeting up against one another this week and they're both 2-0. The last time Knox played the Dolphins he caught two of three targets for 17 yards and one touchdown. A touchdown could come his way once again this week, but I am not counting on it. Gerald Everett is currently behind him in ECR and I would definitely start him over Knox this week.


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