Fantasy football Week 3: start em', sit em'

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After a consequential Week 2, here are some tips to edit your lineup this week.

Start ‘Em

QB: Jameis Winston vs. New York Giants

After a nightmarish debut, Jameis Winston played a lot Week 2 against a stout Panthers defense. The numbers may not jump off the page, but the former No. 1 pick has looked a lot more comfortable in Bruce Arians’ system as time has gone on. Winston is in a true blow-up spot against a porous New York Giants defense that’s given up the third-most points to QBs this season.

RB: Marlon Mack vs. Atlanta Falcons

Death, taxes and RBs exploding against the Atlanta Falcons. While the trio of Philly running backs struggled to get it going against Atlanta last week, Dalvin Cook ripped off chunk gain after chunk gain on this weak Falcons front. Now the always exciting Marlon Mack gets his chance to test this Atlanta run D. Mack will be running behind a top-5 O-line on a Colts team that clearly wants the establish the run.

WR: Marquise Brown vs. Kansas City Chiefs

“Hollywood” Brown has certainly lived up to his nickname. The first-round pick has been electric as a field stretcher, but he’s been peppered in the short pass game as well. Brown saw 13 targets in Week 2 after he had only five in his season debut. It’s not a surprise considering Brown’s snaps also skyrocketed from 14 to 51. The Ravens clearly want to feature their most talented receiver. The dynamo deep threat gets a cake matchup with the Chiefs’ horrendous secondary.

TE: Greg Olsen vs. Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals are bleeding points to tight ends this season. They’ve given up a whopping 62.3 points, easily most in the NFL. After Greg Olsen just dropped 110 yards last week, you can be sure he’s ready to feast on this embarrassing Cardinals TE defense. Even if Cam Newton misses Week 3, Olsen should operate as the safety blanket for backup QB Kyle Allen. But no matter who’s under center, this matchup is too enticing to pass up.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Derek Carr vs. Minnesota Vikings

While Carr has shown some flashes of climbing back to stardom this season, he should be ignored in a Week 3 matchup with the ferocious Vikings defense. Minnesota has made life tough for both Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan, two fantasy studs. Derek Carr is nowhere near that level. Place him on your bench.

RB: Tarik Cohen vs. Washington Redskins

Matt Nagy had Tarik Cohen owners excited with Cohen’s Week 1 usage. Cohen played 70% of snaps, essentially operating as Chicago’s slot receiver. Week 2 was a different story, however. Cohen played only 38% of snaps as ascending rookie back David Montgomery continued to work his way to workhorse status, leading the Bears in both snaps and touches. With such volatile usage, it’s best to take a wait-and-see approach with Cohen.

WR: Terry McLaurin vs. Chicago Bears

“Scary” Terry is without question Washington’s no. 1 WR. The 6-foot 210-pound speedster has been a fantasy stud through two weeks, but it’s going to be tough sledding against this vaunted Bears defense. Chicago’s cornerback duo of Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara is one of the best in the NFL. Temper your expectations for Mclaurin this week, it’s going to be a struggle.

TE: Jared Cook vs. Seattle Seahawks

Drew Brees out. Teddy Bridgewater in. That and that alone should spell the doom of what we all hoped would be a career season for Jared Cook in New Orleans. Cook has struggled to find his footing with only four receptions and 62 yards through these first two weeks. Even in such a shallow tight end pool, it’s almost impossible to trust Jared Cook as long as Brees is out.

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