Each week we’ll break down one player that should start in your fantasy lineup and one that would be better left on the bench per position. There are players like Josh Allen & Cooper Kupp who are matchup proof and should be in your starting lineups every week barring a major circumstance. Through 3 weeks, we’ve been correct on 17 of our 24 start/sit picks. An injury to David Montgomery last week derailed our weekly 75% correct rate that we hope to return to this week.
QB Start of the Week: Marcus Mariota – Atlanta Falcons
After backing up Derek Carr for the Raiders for the last 2 years, Mariota found himself the starting job for the meantime in Atlanta. Mariota has done a serviceable job as a starter with Atlanta, but has room to improve. The Browns defense is in a tough spot with Myles Garrett & Jadeveon Clowney set to miss this weekend which we expect a higher scoring game as a result. Mariota should have his best game of the season as he connects with Kyle Pitts to get Pitts his first touchdown of the year and Mariota finds the end zone himself a couple more times. Mariota is start worthy if your main QB has a tough matchup or stream quarterbacks.
QB Sit of the Week: Kyler Murray
Since Kyler Murray signed a contract extension with the Cardinals, his run volume has been almost cut in half. Kyler is being more conservative with the ball which hasn’t helped their offense with James Conner hurt & DeAndre Hopkins suspended. The Cardinals have a matchup against a bottom tier team in Carolina but without the guarantee of Kyler going video game mode, we don’t trust his fantasy output. He still can make great plays but it’s more passing and less on the ground which doesn’t produce as much points.
RB Start of the Week: Jamaal Williams – Detroit Lions
Jamaal Williams has seen his fair share of touches as the RB #2 on the Lions offense and has been relevant for fantasy owners still with that position. D’Andre Swift is missing this game and the Lions play a bottom 10 defense in Seattle, Williams is a must start this weekend.
RB Sit of the Week: Miles Sanders – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles are 3-0 and their offense has been steaming hot. The Eagles surprisingly enough will have their work cut out for them against Jacksonville. The Jaguars have one of the better run defenses in the NFL holding Jonathan Taylor, Antonio Gibson, & Austin Ekeler to less than 120 yards combined on the ground. They’ve been tough to get things moving on the ground, but Ekeler & Gibson did see fantasy relevance in PPR formats due to their reception count and yardage. For the Eagles, Miles Sanders is seldom used in this format due to the amount of weapons that Hurts has and his ability to rush on the ground himself when in trouble causing us to not see Sanders be a trustworthy fantasy option against Jacksonville.
WR Start of the Week: Amari Cooper – Cleveland Browns
After an underwhelming week 1, Cooper has put up back to back 101 yard performances with a touchdown. Cooper was a massive steal for the Browns as he is their #1 receiver and is going to continue to be for the rest of the season. Cooper is one of our biggest risers in fantasy value for the season and we’re loving his matchup against Atlanta this weekend. Njoku is dealing with a knee injury which will give Cooper even more targets on top of an already great matchup.
WR Sit of the Week: Josh Palmer – Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert is still without star receiver Keenan Allen and Josh Palmer has put up double digit fantasy points in back to back matchup but that doesn’t mean we’re trusting him yet to start. In the last 2 games, Palmer had big 2nd halves that made up for the rest of the game to give him some fantasy relevance. We expect better showings from Mike Williams & Gerald Everett.
TE Start of the Week: Kyle Pitts – Atlanta Falcons
Another Atlanta Falcons player joining the start category is Kyle Pitts. After a disappointing first 2 weeks, Pitts saw more targets in week 3 on his way to 87 yards. This was his best showing of the season, but many fantasy owners are still skeptical of the 2nd year tight end as the Falcons are not a great team. The team they are facing this week isn’t great either and is going to be without some key defensive players which will allow more opportunities for Mariota to throw and Pitts being a key benefactor. We expect Pitts to find the end zone for the first time this season on Sunday.
TE Sit of the Week: David Njoku – Cleveland Browns
Staying in the same game on the opposing side, we’re not loving David Njoku. Njoku has been one of the favorites of Jacoby Brissett as he likes to play it safe. Njoku is dealing with a knee injury and has been limited in practice this week. With the Browns fierce duo of running backs, we expect the Browns to go to them on shorter plays vs. slant routes to Njoku.