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Fantasy Football Start'Em, Sit'Em: Week 3

Updated: Saturday, September 25th

The decision on which player to start, or sit, largely comes down to the options on your roster (and/or possibly the players available on your league's waiver wire).

As an example, Jalen Hurts is listed below as a "start" for Week 16. And I'd certainly be comfortable going into Week 3 with him as my starting quarterback.

Then again, Hurts may be a "sit" for your team.

In other words, if you own both Patrick Mahomes and Hurts, you should start Mahomes and, in turn, bench Hurts.

For a more direct answer on whether we would start Player X over Player Y, check our Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings. Instead of making those direct comparisons, the goal here is to highlight players that we like, or dislike, for the week.

Week 3 Fantasy Football QB Start'em, Sit'em

Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (at DAL)

Given his dual-threat abilities, Hurts is able to overcome modest passing numbers to have a productive fantasy outing. For example, Hurts threw for 190 yards and no touchdowns on Sunday, but he still scored 21.8 fantasy points to finish as the week's QB10 by rushing 10 times for 82 yards and a score.

Since becoming a starter in Week 14 last year, Hurts has rushed a minimum of seven times in every game and has exceeded 60 rushing yards in five of six games. During that span, he has a rushing line of 63/416/4. That is an average of 10.93 fantasy points based on his rushing production alone.

With a matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, who have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Hurts will look to start three-for-three in top-10 fantasy outings to start the 2021 season.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football RB Start'em, Sit'em

Ty'Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens (at DET)

More than a TD favorite on the road, the Ravens have the third-highest implied total this week. While Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman will rotate as a part of a committee, Williams should lead the rotation as he's done through the first two weeks. In two games, Williams has 22 carries for 142 yards (6.5 YPC) and a touchdown in addition to to five receptions for 45 yards.

No team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing running backs this season than the Detroit Lions. Not only did Aaron Jones score four touchdowns against them last week, but Elijah Mitchell ran for 104 yards against them in Week 1.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football WR Start'em, Sit'em

Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers (at KC)

Quick question: Who leads the Chargers in targets this season?

If you didn't already know (or didn't look it up), your first guess would have likely been Keenan Allen. Through two weeks, however, Williams (22) has more targets than Allen (21). While nobody should expect that to be true at season's end (assuming good health for both players), this illustrates how involved Williams has been and should continue to be.

Williams was on my preseason list (early August) of undervalued players in fantasy football in part due to comments from Joe Lombardi saying that if he were a "betting man," he'd "bet on nice numbers" from Williams.

Williams had some moderately successful seasons -- double-digit scores in 2018 and a league-best 20.4 Y/R in 2019. With 15/173/2 through two games, Williams is in the WR2 mix the rest of the way with the potential to put together his best season yet.

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Week 3 Fantasy Football TE Start'em, Sit'em

Rob Gronkowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at LAR)

With an ADP outside the top-12 fantasy tight ends, Gronk has vastly outperformed expectations early in the season as only Travis Kelce has scored more fantasy points. (In non-PPR formats, Gronk is TE1 through two weeks.)

While fantasy managers shouldn't expect Gronkowski to continue to score two touchdowns every week, few tight ends have a higher TD equity given Tampa's elite offense and how often Tom Brady will look his way in the red zone.

In addition, Gronk has 12 receptions (fourth-most among TEs), 13 targets (tied for sixth-most) and 129 yards (fourth-most), so it's not just the scores that have led to his fantasy production. He doesn't have a great matchup this week, but with Antonio Brown (COVID-19) likely out and Jalen Ramsey likely to shadow Mike Evans, Gronk should be as involved this week as he's been the first two weeks of the season.

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