Hi, it’s Aaron Truesdale and I’m back and ready to give you the fantasy advice you need for the upcoming NFL season. Also, I answer any fantasy questions you may have every Thursday morning through Sunday on Facebook under various fantasy football groups. Be sure to follow me on Twitter.
Now, let me tell you a little bit about my start/sit column. Each week I will be giving my top 3 starts & my top 3 sits at each position. There will be a start & sit of the week at each position with projections. My column will not include the automatic starters. Automatic starters are guys you don’t bench unless they’re injured or on a bye week. I am going to give 2 examples of automatic starters at each position. QB: Josh Allen & Patrick Mahomes, RB: Christian McCaffery & Dalvin Cook, WR: Tyreke Hill & Stefon Diggs, TE: Travis Kelce & George Kittle, K: Justin Tucker & Harrison Butker. For defenses, Pittsburgh Steelers & Los Angeles Rams. Now, I’ve added a twist to my article that will mention a sleeper of the week at each position who did not make my top 3 starters list. Also, a player that is most likely on the waiver wire that you can stream if you’re in a jam at a position. Let’s keep things rolling into Week 3.
Sam Darnold vs. HOU
Projection: 19/24 | 335 YDS | 3 TD
Darnold has looked good as the Panthers quarterback this season. This week against the Texans, he will have his biggest game yet. If you don’t have one of those must-start quarterbacks in fantasy football, then go with Darnold and you won’t be disappointed with his performance.
Daniel Jones vs ATL
Jones had the best game of his career last week against a tough Washington defense. This week, they get a horrible Falcons defense so he can build on that performance. So I believe he is fantasy football gold in Week 3.
Derek Carr vs. MIA
Carr has blown up two of the top defenses in the NFL in the last two weeks. This week, he’s got a good Miami defense which he will tear up their defense as well. So it is time to pick him up in fantasy football because he could be that pick-up that leads your fantasy team to a championship.
Justin Fields vs. CLE
Projection: 10/28 | 116 YDS | 4 INT | 1 FL | 10 CAR | 55 YDS
Dalton is hurt – enter Fields. Now I believe there will be few fantasy owners who will get over-excited about this and pick him up and start him right away. This is where I say pump the breaks for a minute. Fields will make his first official NFL start against one of the best pass rush defenses in the NFL in the Browns. That is just bad news for Fields. Now I’m not saying Fields won’t be a good quarterback because I believe he will be. Fields will be introduced to the NFL in a very hard and rude way.
Joe Burrow vs. PIT
Burrow has had his struggles early on this season and things are about to get harder for him against an aggressive Steelers defense. Even worse, against a division rival. So expect him to be on the ground a lot in this game and because of that, will result in turnovers.
Matt Ryan vs NYG
Ryan looked better last week. What concerns me is that the Giants secondary is really good. So this. I believe, will be another dud game for him. So avoid him this week and most of the season.
Teddy Bridgewater vs. NYJ
Bridgewater has the weapons and this week is a great matchup against the Jets. Bridgewater is on almost all waiver wires. If you play matchups at quarterback, pick him up and start him.
Jonathan Taylor vs. TEN
Projection: 18 CAR | 125 YDS | 2 TD | 3 REC | 20 YDS | 1 TD
Taylor had a decent game last week and he looks to be the bell cow for the Colts. Now with Wentz getting hurt (no surprise there), he will be relied upon even more now than ever. So with his snaps going on the rise, look for his production to be even better than it has been already. Start him with confidence for the rest of the season.
Miles Sanders vs. DAL
Sanders will ball out this week against a horrid Cowboys defense. Now I know people may expect them to have to throw more due to the Cowboys’ explosive offense, but I believe they will run the ball more to try and keep Dak off the field and play the time of possession game. The Eagles’ defense is better than people give it credit for this season. So I believe they can make a few stops and keep the game close so they continue to run the ball. Look for a big day out of Sanders.
Chase Edmonds vs. JAX
The Cardinals are a big passing team and Edmonds is a big part of that passing game as well. So don’t look for great numbers on the ground but he will have a big passing game. Start him if you have him.
Joe Mixon vs PIT
Projection: 16 CAR | 38 YDS | 1 FUM | 1 FL | 2 REC | 8 YDS
Mixon looked like the same old fantasy football back last week as he has in the past. He has always been overrated in fantasy football. This week won’t be any better against the stout Steelers’ run defenses. Mixon is also very injury-prone. Is this the week he gets injured? Avoid Mixon this week and in my opinion most of the season.
DeAndre Swift vs. BAL
Swift had an off-week against a not-so-good Packers defense. This week he is up against a terrifying Ravens defense so things will be even worse. He’s a guy I would leave on your bench this week if possible.
Darrell Henderson vs. TB
Henderson has been amazing this season for the Rams but this week the Rams will pass more than run because of the Buccaneer’s top-notch running defense. So for that reason, I would avoid Henderson if possible.
Latavius Murray vs. DET
The Lions have been running a 2-deep safety defense because of their young cornerbacks. If they do that against a team that is run-based, like the Ravens offense, their defense will get ripped apart. Look at what Aaron Jones did to them. Now just imagine what the Ravens will do to them. So this, I believe, will be Murray’s breakout game for the Ravens. Murray is still on some waiver wires so I suggest picking him up and starting him.
CeeDee Lamb vs. PHI
Projection: 12 REC | 145 YDS | 2 TD | 2 CAR | 24 YDS
The Cowboys are starting to establish a run game which makes them even scarier because it will open the play-action pass game. Lamb will hugely benefit from this. So if you have Lamb, start him now and for the rest of the season.
Devonta Smith vs. DAL
Now I know I said the Eagles will focus on running the ball to play a time-possession football game. That will also mean they will use the play-action pass which I believe will mean Smith will make a couple of big plays for touchdowns. Start Smith without a second thought.
Sterling Shepard vs. ATL
Shepard is the go-to guy for Jones and he will continue to be that guy. He will have a big day this week against that trashy Falcons defense. Don’t miss out on him like most owners have done the last 2 weeks and start Shepard.
Brandin Cooks vs. CAR
Projection: 4 REC | 48 YDS
Cooks is a great receiver in fantasy football but he is playing a very underrated Carolina defense. Also, now that starting quarterback Taylor is out for a while, he is even less enticing because he now has rookie quarterback in Davis Mills throwing to him. It is time to play wait-and-see with this situation to see how it works out for Cooks for fantasy football purposes.
Corey Davis vs. DEN
Davis is on the sit side of the list again because the Jets are up against another very tough defense in Denver. So look for Wilson to be running for his life and making more miscues this week. This means no production from Davis again.
Mike Evans vs. LAR
There is one reason Evans is on the sit side of the list. His name is Ramsey. With that being said, don’t trust Evans this week.
Rondale Moore vs. JAX
Moore had a breakout game last week. This week he will build on that success against the horrible Jaguars defense. If you are looking for a receiver to plug and play, pick up Moore without hesitation.
Noah Fant vs. NYJ
Projection: 8 REC | 96 YDS | 2 TD
Fant had more targets last week plus he had a decent fantasy football day last week. This week, he will be a fantasy stud. He will have the best game of his career against a bad Jets defense.
Kyle Pitts vs. NYG
Pitts will have his breakout game this week against a Giants defense that tends to struggle against tight ends. Pitts will finally make many fantasy owners that drafted him happy.
Logan Thomas vs. BUF
Thomas will finally have a good game in fantasy football. Now I know Thomas has been a disappointment so far this season, but that will end this week against a mediocre Bills defense. So don’t give up on Thomas yet, he has plenty of great fantasy football days ahead.
Robert Tonyan vs. SF
Projection: 4 REC | 45 YDS
Tonyan had a good game last week but I believe he will be hit or miss from week to week. This week he will be a miss against a solid 49ers defense. Rodgers will focus more on his receivers and running backs in this contest.
TJ Hockenson vs. BAL
Hockenson is a hard guy to put on the bench in fantasy football, but if you have a better option this week, start that tight end. Goff doesn’t do well when he is under pressure and he will be most of the game against a powerful Ravens defense.
Mike Gesicki vs. LV
Gesicki had a few more targets last week. With Tua injured, he may see more targets but not enough to make him fantasy football relevant. Just continue to avoid him.
Pat Freiermuth vs. CIN
If you play matchup at the tight end position in fantasy football, I suggest Freiermuth this week as he has a good matchup against a weak Bengals defense. Just like fellow rookie Pitts, this will be Freiermuth’s breakout fantasy football game.
For Kickers and Defense. I’m only going to give a projection and an Explanation for the starts/sits of the week. The rest of the top 3 will just be listed with no explanation.
Chris Boswell vs. CIN
Projection: 3 FGS | 3 XPS
The Steelers will put up their most offensive points of the year against the Bengals this week. Which means plenty of field goals and extra points. This makes him one of the top-scoring kickers this week.
Graham Gano vs. ATL
Mason Crosby vs. SF
Evan McPherson vs. PIT
Projection: 1 XP | 3 MFGS
McPherson will have the worst game of his rookie season this week against the Steelers. Heinz Field is one hardest places for a kicker to kick in and it will be even tougher on a rookie who has never kicked at Heinz Field before. So that is why you should shy away from McPherson this week.
Matt Prater vs. JAX
Robbie Gould vs. GB
Joey Syle vs. CAR
Syle is facing his former team so I am sure he would want to kick it to them. He has also done well this year and is underrated as a kicker. So if you need a plug and play this week, I would go with Syle.
Cleveland vs. Chicago
Projection: 0 PTS | 210 YDS | 8 SKS | 4 INT | 1 FF | 1 FR | 1 TD
This Browns defense is one of the best, if not the best, pass-rushing defense in the NFL. This week, they get a rookie quarterback who is making his first career NFL start. The Browns are salivating over this and they won’t disappoint. If you own Cleveland defense, start them or if they’re on the waiver wire pick them up and start them.
Denver vs. New York Jets
Baltimore vs. Detroit
Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Projection: 33 PTS | 490 YDS | 4 SKS | 1 FF | 1 FR
The Chief versus Chargers game will be a shootout. So the Chiefs defense should be avoided at all costs this week. The same can be said for the Chargers defense as well.
Miami vs. Las Vegas
San Francisco vs. Green Bay
Carolina vs. Houston
If you play matchup at defense, pick up and start Carolina’s defense. Which is a defense that has gone under the radar great this season. The Panthers’ defense could be a good defense to run with the rest of the season.
I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope all of my week 3 start/sit advice helps everyone. I’ll be back next week with more fantasy start/sit advice.