Week 3 Fantasy Football Wide Receivers: Start/Sit

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 Julio Jones and Deandre Hopkins off these lists as they should be must-starts in your lineup every week.

Wide Receivers to Start:

Adam Thielen – Adam Thielen would be a top 3 fantasy receiver in the NFL he had a quarterback other than Kirk Cousins. Don’t let Thielen’s disappointing week 2 statline fool you, Kirk Cousins was absolutely atrocious in the game. The Vikings barely had the ball during the game which didn’t give Thielen the opportunity to be on the field much to see many targets. DEspite the Titans being a better team than the Colts, it’d be surprising to see Kirk Cousins flop so poorly in consecutive weeks. Cousins should have some sort of a bounce back game which will allow him to look for his #1 go to option in Adam Thielen. Thielen will not have as high of a scoring game as he did in week 1, but he should be a respectable start in all leagues.

Diontae Johnson – The 2nd best wide receiver on the Steelers has surprisingly been the #1 receiver in targets for Roethlisberger this season. The second year receiver has been looking like a #1 option for the Steelers with an impressive statline of 14 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown through 2 weeks. The Steelers are in good shape for the future with Juju, Johnson, and Conner leading the charge. The Texans have an average pass defense but with the pressure being on Juju and Conner, Diontae Johnson will fit right in to pick up the additional targets and do well in your PPR leagues. 

Darius Slayton – Similar to Thielen, after his monstrous week 1 performance, Slayton returned down to earth with a mediocre performance in week 2. Slayton also has an inexperienced quarterback in Daniel Jones holding him back from his full potential. However, with Sterling Shephard out for the foreseeable future and Golden Tate battling an injury, Slayton steps in as the #1 option for Daniel Jones. With the strong performance Slayton had in week 1 against a good Pittsburgh defense and playing a battered 49ers defense, Slayton should be in for a solid performance in week 3.

Wide Receivers to Sit: 

Will Fuller – Will Fuller has been killing me with my fantasy team for years. He is a very inconsistent player for the Texans with consecutive weeks of 100 yard performances, weeks with less than 2 catches and weeks of injury, Fuller just is an up and down player. Fuller started off this season with a 100+ yard performance in week 2 which means in week 3, who knows what will happen. The Texans also are seeking to utilize Brandin Cooks in a larger role as he hasn’t seen the production that many would have hoped for. With the inconsistency and a tough matchup against Pittsburgh this week, Fuller would be better left on your bench.

Russell Gage – Russell Gage has started off the season strong for the Atlanta Falcons. The trio of Atlanta receivers have been nothing but high performers this season allowing for Matt Ryan to continue to put up high passing yard games. Gage has been a nice surprise for the Falcons in replacing Mohammed Sanu in the lineup last season and with the loss of Austin Hooper, the Falcons have been able to count on Gage for the 3rd pass catcher in the lineup. With facing an easier Chicago team, you’d think we wouldn’t have Gage on this list. However, with the Ridley and Julio tandem, there’s a lot of uncertainty around how long Gage can continue performing at this level. With the experience and reliability of Ridley and Jones, we’d ensure they are in your starting lineup, but Gage would be better left on your bench or a flex option in deeper leagues.

Emmanuel Sanders – Sanders was an absolute flop in his first game as the supposed #1 receiver for the Saints with star receiver Michael Thomas out with an injury. Sanders saw limited targets from an aging Drew Brees and was surpassed by fellow receiver Tre’Quan Smith for targets and production. Smith should be a safer option this week than Sanders who has underperformed this season for the Saints. The Saints also have go-to back Alvin Kamara who is an absolute work horse to rely on for any situation. Kamara is a reliable safety net for the Saints even when facing the toughest of opponents and Sanders has not proven to be that for the Saints. Green Bay will be a tougher matchup for the Saints offense and we expect this to be a high scoring battle, but those scores will not come from Emmanuel Sanders this week. Sanders should be left on your bench until we can see significant improvement in his performance.

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