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  • The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 3 Start/Sit List: Offense

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    Find success in Week 3 with these start/sit decisions for the offensive side of the ball!


    The second week of NFL action was all over the place. More unfortunate injuries plagued the week 2 slate: Jarvis Landry, Tua Tagovailoa, Tyrod Taylor, and the 49ers’ RBs amongst others. Some players were able to bounce back from down week 1 performances like Mike Evans, Julio Jones, Courtland Sutton, and Aaron Rodgers. While some fell back down to earth after big week 1 performances such as Antonio Brown, Melvin Gordon, and Corey Davis.

    There were also a few players who left fantasy GMs wanting more such as Antonio Gibson, Joe Mixon, and A.J. Brown. We loved to see the studly performances from Derrick Henry and Aaron Jones but hated to see the mega-dud performances from Alvin Kamara and Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

    Week 3 is here whether we are ready for it or not. Below are some helpful weekly reminders for what to consider for lineup optimization!

    Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

    Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter! For this week especially; keep an eye on Rams RB Darrell Henderson‘s availability as he suffered a rib injury during his week 2 matchup, if he is unlikely to play RB Sony Michel gets a big boost!

    Always have a backup plan in mind for the mid-afternoon, Sunday, and Monday night game players who hold the questionable tag throughout the week!

    Be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players! Now let’s review the start/sit system that will be used in this article series all season long!

    The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

    Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

    If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

    If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

    Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
    2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
    3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
    4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

    Week 3 Slate:

    Thursday Night Football

    Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
    Panthers

    Trust – RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore, WR Robby Anderson

    If You Must – QB Sam Darnold

    Bust – WR Terrace Marshall

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    Texans

    Trust – WR Brandin Cooks

    Bust – RB David Johnson, RB Phillip Lindsay, RB Mark Ingram, QB Davis Mills

     

    Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

    Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills
    Football Team

    Trust – RB Antonio Gibson, WR Terry McLaurin, TE Logan Thomas

    If You Must – QB Taylor Heinicke, RB J.D. McKissic

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    Bills

    Trust – QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs

    If You Must – RB Devin Singletary, WR Cole Beasley, WR Emmanuel Sanders

    Bust – TE Dawson Knox, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis

     

    Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns
    Bears

    Trust – RB David Montgomery, WR Allen Robinson

    If You Must – QB Justin Fields, WR Darnell Mooney

    Bust – TE Cole Kmet

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    Browns

    Trust – RB Nick Chubb, RB Kareem Hunt

    If You Must – QB Baker Mayfield, TE Austin Hooper, WR Odell Beckham Jr.

    Bust – WR Rashard Higgins, WR Donovan Peoples-Jones, TE Harrison Bryant

     

    Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions
    Ravens

    Trust – QB Lamar Jackson, RB Ty’Son Williams, TE Mark Andrews, WR Marquise Brown

    If You Must – WR Sammy Watkins, RB Latavius Murray

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    Lions

    Trust – RB D’Andre Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson

    If You Must – RB Jamaal Williams

    Bust – WR Quintez Cephus, QB Jared Goff

     

    Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans
    Colts

    Trust – RB Jonathan Taylor

    If You Must – WR Michael Pittman, RB Nyheim Hines, WR Zach Pascal

    Bust – TE Jack Doyle

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    Titans

    Trust – RB Derrick Henry, WR A.J. Brown, WR Julio Jones, QB Ryan Tannehill

     

    Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs
    Chargers

    Trust – QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Keenan Allen, WR Mike Williams

    If You Must – TE Jared Cook

    Bust – RB Justin Jackson, RB Larry Rountree

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    Chiefs

    Trust – QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce

    If You Must – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

    Bust – WR Mecole Hardman

     

    New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots
    Saints

    Trust – RB Alvin Kamara

    If You Must – QB Jameis Winston

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    Patriots

    Trust – RB Damien Harris

    If You Must – RB James White, WR Jakobi Meyers, TE Jonnu Smith

    Bust – QB Mac Jones, TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor

     

    Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants
    Falcons

    Trust – WR Calvin Ridley, TE Kyle Pitts

    If You Must – QB Matt Ryan, RB Mike Davis, RB Cordarrelle Patterson

     

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    Giants

    Trust – RB Saquon Barkley, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Kenny Golladay, QB Daniel Jones

     

    Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers
    Bengals

    Trust – QB Joe Burrow, RB Joe Mixon, WR Ja’Marr Chase, WR Tyler Boyd

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    Steelers

    Trust – RB Najee Harris, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR Chase Claypool, QB Ben Roethlisberger

    Bust – TE Pat Freiermuth

    Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars
    Cardinals

    Trust – QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB Chase Edmonds

    If You Must – RB James Conner, WR Christian Kirk, WR Rondale Moore

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    Jaguars

    Trust – WR Marvin Jones

    If You Must – QB Trevor Lawrence, WR DJ Chark, RB James Robinson

    Bust – WR Laviska Shenault

     

    Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

    New York Jets at Denver Broncos
    Jets

    Trust – WR Corey Davis

    Bust – QB Zach Wilson, WR Elijah Moore, RB Michael Carter, RB Ty Johnson

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    Broncos

    Trust – RB Melvin Gordon, WR Courtland Sutton, TE Noah Fant

    If You Must – QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Javonte Williams, WR Tim Patrick

    Bust – WR KJ Hamler

     

    Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders
    Dolphins

    If You Must – QB Jacoby Brissett, RB Myles Gaskin, WR Jaylen Waddle, WR DeVante Parker, WR Will Fuller, TE Mike Gesicki

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    Raiders

    Trust – TE Darren Waller

    If You Must – QB Derek Carr, WR Henry Ruggs

    Bust – RB Kenyan Drake, WR Bryan Edwards, WR Hunter Renfrow,

     

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams
    Buccaneers

    Trust – QB Tom Brady, WR Mike Evans, WR Chris Godwin, TE Rob Gronkowski

    Bust – RB Ronald Jones, RB Leonard Fournette

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    Rams

    Trust – QB Matthew Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Robert Woods, TE Tyler Higbee

    If You Must – RB Sony Michel, RB Darrell Henderson

    Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings
    Seahawks

    Trust – QB Russell Wilson, WR D.K. Metcalf, WR Tyler Lockett, RB Chris Carson

    If You Must – TE Gerald Everett

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    Vikings

    Trust – QB Kirk Cousins, RB Dalvin Cook, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Adam Thielen

    If You Must – WR K.J. Osborn

     

    Sunday Night Football

    Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
    Packers

    Trust – QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, RB Aaron Jones, TE Robert Tonyan

    Bust – RB AJ Dillon, WRs not named Davante Adams

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    49ers

    Trust – TE George Kittle, WR Deebo Samuel

    If You Must – RB Trey Sermon, QB Jimmy Garoppolo

    Bust – WR Brandon Aiyuk

     

    Monday Night Football

    Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
    Eagles

    Trust – QB Jalen Hurts, RB Miles Sanders, WR DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert

    If You Must – WR Jalen Reagor, RB Kenneth Gainwell

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    Cowboys

    Trust – QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, WR CeeDee Lamb

    If You Must – RB Tony Pollard

    Bust – TE Blake Jarwin, TE Dalton Schultz, WR Cedrick Wilson

     

    Good luck and enjoy the games!


    Thank you for reading! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me.
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