Can you believe Week 3 of the NFL Season is already here? It’s been a crazy start to the season so far with surprising 2-0 teams and many players who unfortunately suffered injuries. Week 2 saw plenty of devastating injuries to top-tier players such as Christian McCaffery, Saquon Barkley, and Courtland Sutton. With many of these players out, we’ve had to look towards the waiver wire and our remaining roster to fill our top spots. In this article, we’ll break down players you should turn to and players that will be better to keep on your bench. We intentionally leave top players such as Lamar Jackson and Pat Mahomes off of this list due to them being must-starts in your lineup every week.
Quarterbacks to start:
Ryan Tannehill – Ryan Tannehill has shown in consecutive weeks that he is a reliable fantasy quarterback. Since joining the Tennessee Titans, Ryan Tannehill has turned his career around leading the Titans to the playoffs and off to a 2-0 start this season. Tannehill has proven himself this year as being a quality starting quarterback in the NFL and shown the Dolphins what they are missing out on. With a struggling Vikings team which has allowed consecutive big games from the Green Bay Offense and Indianapolis Offense, Tannehill should continue his strong start to the season with a solid performance against the Vikings.
Gardner Minshew – Minshew Mania is running crazy in the city of Jacksonville as Gardner Minshew is looking to bring life into a surprisingly competitive Jaguars team. With everyone writing off the Jaguars at the beginning of the season, Minshew is playing football at his highest level right now. Minshew is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon and should be a must start in all leagues.
Josh Allen – The young Bills Quarterback is performing at a top 5 level this season. In 2 games, Josh Allen has thrown over 700 yards, rushed for 75 and scored 7 total touchdowns without a single interception. Allen is seeking his first pro bowl this season and is making a strong case for it. With facing a tougher competition in the Rams this week will be the first test that the quarterback has faced this season, but we don’t expect that to slow Allen from performing at a high level. With Stefon Diggs playing his first season in Buffalo, this has allowed for Allen to put up strong numbers and look for the Allen-Diggs tandem to find each on many connections in week 3.
Quarterbacks to sit:
Drew Brees – The Saints Veteran is in his Age 41 season and is finally starting to show signs of his age for the first time in his career. Brees has one of the lowest yardage per pass attempt in his entire career this season and without top wideout, Michael Thomas who is the master of the deep ball, we don’t expect that to change in week 3. Thomas is expected to sit out week 3, but even with Thomas in, he won’t be his full self and Brees will be missing his favorite target. Brees has struggled without Thomas, which has allowed for Alvin Kamara to step into a bigger role for the Saints offense. Brees would be better left on your fantasy bench until Michael Thomas is back in the Saints starting lineup.
Mitch Trubisky – The Bears have started the season 2-0, but Trubisky is not a primary influencer in their undefeated record. The Bears have barely skated by two weak opponents in the Lions and Giants in back to back games, but with the Falcons in store for week 3, despite being winless, will be a much tougher opponent for the Bears. The Falcons are a quarterback friendly team to face with their high-scoring games, but with the Falcons Offense having a steady time of possession, the Bears offense will see less playing time than Trubisky is used to forcing and will not adapt well to the new situation. The Bears will be playing behind the whole game and any stats that Trubisky does get for your fantasy team will come in garbage time while the Bears are trying to catch up. Trubisky would be better left on your bench this week and the remainder of the season, only being used in emergency situations or bye weeks.
Deshaun Watson – The Texans have one of the toughest 3 game stretches of any team in the NFL with battles against the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers in consecutive weeks to start the 2020 NFL Season. If the Texans ultimately lose to the Steelers, they will be one of the best 0-3 teams in recent years. Without Deandre Hopkins this year, it’s apparent that the Texans are missing the Pro Bowl receiver. Watson has been off to a rougher start with the tough matchups and without Hopkins, but is still playing the best he can given the situation at hand. Watson has not produced the fantasy value that owners are used to Watson producing but with more favorable matchups to come after this week, Watson would be one we’d look into replacing this week against the Steelers if possible. Watson is a lower end QB1 for your team entering Week 3.