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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 3: Quarterbacks

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Which quarterbacks are must start this week, and which ones should be avoided? We take a look.

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After a strange week of under-performances across the board, fantasy owners should probably sit tight with their elite quarterbacks. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have better games ahead of them, while Cam Newton is right back on top after surviving the Denver Broncos in Week 1. We still don't know what's going on with Aaron Rodgers, but you have to figure he'll break out of his slump soon.

If you don't have any of those guys, you're probably trying to figure out which mid-level option to start this week. We'll help you out with three recommended starting options and three players who should be sitting on benches.


Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (@ Green Bay Packers)

Stafford struggled to do much against the Tennessee Titans, but he still has 600 yards and four touchdowns in two games. The Lions will have to air out the ball more with Ameer Abdullah on injured reserve, which means Stafford should continue piling up the attempts and yards. He has a good matchup with a Packers defense missing Clay Matthews, Sam Shields, and Morgan Burnett.

Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (@ Jacksonville Jaguars)

The Jaguars' defense got lit up by Philip Rivers last week, and Prince Amukamara is questionable with a hamstring injury. This is as good a spot as any for Flacco to have one of his occasional QB1 weeks. He's been a heavy-volume passer with Baltimore's run game sputtering, and that should continue in Week 3.

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Chicago Bears)

Prescott looked poised and ready to play in the NFL throughout the first two weeks, but he's still looking for his first touchdown pass and is averaging just 6.9 yards per attempt. However, he'll have one of his best matchups this season with the Cowboys hosting an injury-depleted Bears defense. Look for Prescott to keep playing efficient football, with borderline QB1 upside if he manages to find the end zone.


Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Los Angeles Rams)

Winston looked like he was heading for fantasy stardom after an explosive Week 1, but last week's performance was a reminder of how volatile he still is. Winston threw four interceptions against the Arizona Cardinals and now gets a Rams defense that shut down Russell Wilson. Winston will have his big fantasy days in 2016, but this is the week to leave him on the bench.

Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings (@ Carolina Panthers)

Yeah, Bradford looked surprisingly good against the Packers on short notice last week. Let's see if he can do it against a Panthers defense that doesn't have to gameplan for Adrian Peterson before you put him in your fantasy lineup.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (vs. Arizona Cardinals)

The Bills are a mess and fired their offensive coordinator last week. They're facing a stingy Cardinals defense this week. Oh, and Sammy Watkins might not be playing. Taylor should be avoided in all fantasy formats until the Bills show some signs of life.