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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 3

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We're breaking down some of the lesser known matchups you should exploit and the ones you want to avoid in your lineup for Week 3.

Last week's start/sit list was useful for the most part. LeGarrette Blount got the job done, Delanie Walker went off, and Carlos Hyde was quiet. Of course a few of the options on the list could've been better, but there aren't many complaints here ... yet.

Let's dive right in. Here are some of your best options to start and sit for Week 3.


QB Matt Ryan at Saints
Do you know who leads all quarterbacks in scoring through the first two weeks of the season? OK, well you probably guessed now, but Ryan has been a monster for fantasy owners in 2016. With 730 passing yards and five touchdowns, Ryan now faces a Saints defense that performed surprisingly well against Eli Manning. Don't let that scare you off. This matchup has the highest over/under of any game in Week 3.

QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Browns
The Dolphins are playing their first home game. Joe Flacco and Carson Wentz have both put up solid numbers against Cleveland. The Browns have two sacks in two games. Do I need to keep going? It's time to put some faith in Tannehill, as the Miami offense will rely on him with Arian Foster injured.

RB Theo Riddick at Packers
Riddick played 65 percent of the Lions' snaps last week with Ameer Abdullah sidelined. The Lions are big underdogs heading to Lambeau. That means we're going to see Matthew Stafford going to the air more often. Riddick is the top option in the backfield for the passing game. Dwayne Washington will be involved on the ground, but I'm turning to Riddick for PPR leagues.

RB Frank Gore vs. Chargers
San Diego is giving up 5.1 yards per carry, and opposing running backs have caught 23 passes against this defense, the most in the NFL. Gore is coming off back-to-back games with 15+ touches. He found the end zone on a 7-yard reception in Week 2. With Donte Moncrief out, there might be more targets coming Gore's way.

WR DeVante Parker, vs. Browns
If I'm confident in Tannehill, I'm going to trust his top targets as well. Parker saw 13 targets last week and finished with 106 yards in his 2016 debut. While he benefited from garbage time, he proved once again that he can be a big weapon for the Dolphins passing game. Now facing a Browns secondary that gave up two touchdowns to Mike Wallace last week, Parker should be in for another solid afternoon.

WR Tajae Sharpe vs. Oakland
Sharpe was on the start list last week. I'm sticking with him again. Oakland has allowed 808 yard and seven touchdowns to opposing passers in two games. Two. Sharpe once again led the Titans receivers in snaps in Week 2. He played every offensive snap against the Lions. If he can't produce against this defense, I'll start to reconsider his value going forward.

TE Jared Cook vs. Lions
Detroit allowed 12 touchdowns to tight ends in 2015. Picking up right where things left off, the Lions have already given up four touchdowns to the position. Cook saw an uptick in playing time and targets in Week 2. The Packers offense is struggling, and this feels like a breakout game for their new tight end.

TE Jacob Tamme at Saints
Another pairing I like with a start QB (Ryan), Tamme is the TE2 in PPR leagues so far. Did people forget how bad the Saints were against tight ends in 2015? Because they were the worst. They allowed the most points to tight ends last year. The Falcons are going to throw a lot, again, which means more points for Tamme.


QB Andy Dalton vs. Broncos
Dalton was on the sit list last week, and despite throwing for 366 yards, he was still the QB12. This comes down to his matchup again. Denver is allowing the second fewest passing yards in the league, and they're No. 2 in sacks. You can find a better option, again.

QB Kirk Cousins at Giants
Drew Brees finished as the QB21 last week against New York. Cousins is tied with Blake Bortles for the most pass attempts in 2016, but he's currently the QB24 in standard leagues. Until we see more from Cousins, or a better matchup, I'm staying away.

RB Jeremy Langford at Cowboys
Langford is averaging a whopping 3.0 yards per carry in 2016. While he's managed to score a touchdown in each of his first two games, he's been inefficient, and now he's working with Brian Hoyer in the Bears offense. A low over/under means even less potential for Langford breaking out. Avoiding the Bears offense altogether might be a good idea.

RB Latavius Murray at Titans
In Week 2, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard combined for 13 carries. Murray led the team with eight, but his share of the workload is down from last season's average. The Titans have given up only five receptions to running backs in 2016, and their defense is giving up a modest 4.0 yards per carry. Murray's value takes a hit for Week 3.

WR Golden Tate at Packers
As someone who expected a big year from Tate, this is painful to write. He has been incredibly inefficient through two games, catching nine passes for 54 yards on 16 targets. Marvin Jones took over in Week 2. He appears to be locked in as the main downfield threat. Tate is seeing only short passes. It's not time to abandon ship on Tate, but I'm benching him until he faces a better matchup/finally shows up.

WR Demaryius Thomas at Bengals
Yeah, it's a bolder call. Trevor Siemian makes his first road start, and he wasn't exactly stellar at home over the last two games. The Bengals kept Antonio Brown in check last week. Cincinnati also allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks last year. It's a gutsy move to sit Thomas, but if you have better options, especially in standard leagues, they're worth a look.

TE Jesse James at Eagles
He made the start list last week and came up with a touchdown. Now his upside takes a hit as he gets ready to face a defense that has been stingy against tight ends for a while. The Eagles lead the league in fewest points allowed to tight ends through two games. Last year they ranked No. 10 in points allowed to the position. James hasn't done much with his eight receptions, averaging 7.5 yards per catch.

TE Zach Miller at Cowboys
Did I mention I'm not high on the Bears? Miller has seen only nine targets through two games. He's playing with Brian Hoyer. He's facing a Cowboys team that loves to milk the clock, leaving fewer opportunities for the Bears offense. Oh, also, he's playing with Brian Hoyer.