With week 3 quickly approaching, we’ll break down which running backs you should have in your starting lineup and which would be better left on your bench. We intentionally exclude players such as Travis Kelce and Darren Waller as they should be locked in your starting lineup every week.
Tight Ends to Start:
George Kittle – San Francisco 49ers
George Kittle is in luck as the Packers have been awful against tight ends this season allowing 3 touchdowns combined between Juwan Johnson and TJ Hockenson. George Kittle had a quiet week 2 against a better defense in the Eagles and is looking forward to bouncing back in a high scoring matchup against the Packers. Kittle should end up being a lock most weeks, but after his quiet first 2 weeks and the QB situation, we all have had our doubts.
Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta is worse than we all thought they were going to be. We knew they were going to miss Todd Gurley and Julio Jones, but we didn’t expect this much. Atlanta has their first matchup of the season where they have a shot at being somewhat competitive as they played the defending Super Bowl Champions and a rising team in the Eagles. This should allow for more opportunities to pass strategically rather than just to get back in the game when they are down. This is what will be most impactful for Kyle Pitts to have success.
Noah Fant – Denver Broncos
The Broncos have a nice draw of luck as they have a very high chance of starting 3-0 with another easy matchup against the New York Jets. The easy start has allowed Bridgewater to get in the swing of things and start meshing with the receiving corps in Denver. Fant is one of Bridgewater’s favorite targets along with Sutton and we expect both to have good games this upcoming Sunday.
Tight Ends to Sit:
Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams
Higbee is a fantasy rollercoaster of a player with plenty of upside but the negatives outweigh the good. Higbee is coming off one of his better games which means it’s time to sit him. We know the Bucs defense is a tough one to face, despite allowing more points than the average team. With the connection that Stafford and Kupp have built along with Robert Woods, we don’t expect Higbee to be seeing as many targets in this one.
Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Jalen Hurts is looking like a potential top 10 fantasy quarterback on the season. He’s been good, but a little bit too good for Goedert’s liking. Hurts has done an excellent job of spreading the ball around and everyone is getting a slice of the pie. This isn’t great if you are a fantasy owner of Goedert or even DeVonta Smith, but it’s allowed Hurts to develop and the Eagles to actually look like a potential playoff team.
Robert Tonyan – Green Bay Packers
The Packers bounced back last week against the Lions after an awful 38-3 blowout to start the season against the Saints. Tonyan saw his first touchdown of the year come last week against the Lions but he only managed 3 receptions. Tonyan wasn’t targeted very often as Davante Adams and Aaron Jones dominated the touches. Tonyan was a minimal factor without the touchdown and if Tonyan can’t score, we don’t see him producing much in this upcoming matchup.