Sport Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Fantasy Football Week 3: Quarterbacks - Fades, Sleepers, Matchups, DFS Bargains
Should I draft Michael Thomas in 2021 fantasy football leagues?
Is Michael Thomas worth drafting in your fantasy football league this year? We break down his fantasy outlook, from the injury concerns to the trade worries.This year, Thomas has multiple issues already working against him. First, he'll be sidelined again because of the ankle after electing to get surgery very late in the offseason. His decision was reportedly the result of a rift with the team. While Thomas hasn't been public about his frustration, aside from a cryptic tweet, he has liked a few tweets on Twitter that seem to indicate he was upset with the Saints medical staff.
Justin Herbert headlines as the quarterback start 'em of the week against a poor-performing Chiefs defense
Start ‘Em, Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Patrick Mahomes, Christian McCaffrey, Davante Adams, or Travis Kelce. Instead, I'll look at the players you have the most questions about to help you set the most effective starting lineup possible. For all of your final fantasy lineup decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player rankings which will be updated daily throughout the 2021 NFL season.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 2 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks
It's only Week 2, but in another unpredictable season, you can bet fantasy football owners have plenty of start 'em, sit 'em questions. Vinnie Iyer has lineup advice and NFL DFS picks to help you keep winning or rebound after losing your season-opening matchup.The good news (or bad, depending how you look at it) is ever team is in action, and aside from Raheem Mostert (knee), Jerry Jeudy (ankle), Michael Gallup (calf), and Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip), there weren't too many notable injuries last week (that we know of). Most fantasy squad will have their full complement of players at their disposals, so it's important to evaluate usage and matchups.
Week 3 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Start of the Week
Justin Herbert at Chiefs (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Herbert has averaged a brutal 14.1 points in his first two games of the season, which ranks him outside of the top 20 among all quarterbacks. I’d keep the faith though, as penalties and drops have been to blame in part for his slow statistical start. Herbert should put up a great line against the Chiefs, who surrendered six total touchdowns and 55.2 points to him in two 2020 contests.
Week 3 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em
Jalen Hurts at Cowboys (Mon., 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Hurts has had an impressive start to the season for fantasy managers, averaging more than 25 fantasy points in his first two games. He should find success against a Cowboys defense that has allowed an average of nearly 19 fantasy points a game to enemy quarterbacks in their last nine contests. They’ve also allowed the 10th-most rushing yards to the position in that time.
Who to start in fantasy football: Week 2 rankings, start-sit advice for PPR, standard, superflex scoring
It's Week 2, and your fantasy start 'em, sit 'em decisions are coming down to the wire. We've compiled all of our Week 2 rankings for PPR, standard, and superflex leagues in one place to help you decide who to start.If you're looking for more analysis, click the links located throughout the article, which include DFS advice and injury updates (directly below).
Matthew Stafford vs. Buccaneers (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX): Stafford had a mediocre stat line a week ago, scoring just 17.2 points in a win over the Colts. I'd keep him in lineups this week, as his next matchup against the Buccaneers could be a shootout. The over/under opened at 54.5, and Tampa Bay has allowed five touchdown passes and nearly 22 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in their first two contests of 2021.
Daniel Jones vs. Falcons (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Was I one season too soon on calling Jones a sleeper in 2020? It’s possible, as he ranks in the top five in fantasy points at quarterback after two weeks. He’d be ranked even higher if not for penalties and drops too. Next on the schedule is a date with the Falcons, who have allowed an average of more than 29 fantasy points a game to enemy signal-callers in their first two games.
Teddy Bridgewater vs. Jets (4:05 p.m. ET, CBS): Teddy Two Gloves has looked great in his first two games with the Broncos, throwing four touchdowns with no picks while averaging nearly 21 points a game. He’ll be a must-start in two-quarterback leagues against the Jets, who have surrendered 18 touchdown passes and an average of more than 21 points to field generals over their last nine games dating back to 2020.
NFL DFS Picks Week 2: Best sleepers, value players for DraftKings, FanDuel daily fantasy football lineups
Daily fantasy football expert Sloan Piva breaks down the top sleepers and value picks for your Week 2 FanDuel and DraftKings lineups. Get strategy advice and tips to help you cash in your NFL DFS contests.If you’re a fan of DFS or you just like to find an edge or angle with all your football-related bets, this column will be up your alley all season. Each week, I scour the player pools on the two biggest DFS sites and compile a list of values to help you win some cold, hard cash. The more value players you add, the more money you will have to spend on proven weekly studs at other position spots.
- Sam Darnold at Texans (Thur., 8:20 p.m. ET, NFL)
- Ryan Tannehill vs. Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS)
- Kirk Cousins vs. Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Ryan Tannehill vs. Colts
- Daniel Jones vs. Falcons
- Teddy Bridgewater vs. Jets
Week 3 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Sit of the Week
Joe Burrow at Steelers (1 p.m. ET, CBS): The Steelers gave it up to Derek Carr in a big way last week, but their defense was also down three important defensive players. I'd still beware of the matchup for Burrow, who threw three interceptions in last week's loss to the Bears. What's more, just two quarterbacks have scored more than 18 points against the Steelers in their last nine games at Heinz Field dating back to last season.
Fantasy Defense Rankings Week 3: Who to start, sit at D/ST in fantasy football
There aren't many "safe" D/ST streamers or sleepers our Week 3 fantasy defense rankings, so it's likely more than a few owners will be facing tough start 'em, sit 'em decisions this week.That's partly because of the schedule makers, and it's also partly because there have some disappointments among some popular preseason D/STs. Washington has looked positively mediocre despite having a favorable, short-week home matchup in Week 2 (29 points allowed, no takeaways against the Giants). The Giants, who we also projected to be a decent streamer, struggled last week against Taylor Heinicke (30 points allowed, one INT, two sacks).
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS): I’m not sure about you folks, but Big Ben has looked, well, unimpressive in his first two starts. It'll be tough to trust him against the Bengals, who have been sneakily formidable against quarterbacks. Their defense has surrendered an average of just 219.2 passing yards and 16.1 fantasy points to opposing signal-callers in their last nine games dating back to last season.
Updated 2021 Fantasy Football TE Auction Values: Dollar projections, rankings for standard & PPR tight ends
Travis Kelce will command a large chunk of your auction budget, at least relative to other tight ends. Is he worth paying for? We break down FantasyPros' projected TE dollar values for standard and PPR leagues ahead of your 2021 fantasy football auction.Most fantasy owners can't stomach the hit of paying upwards of $40 for Kelce -- not when they can get someone like Dallas Goedert for over $30 cheaper. But, as we pointed out in our standard-league TE rankings, Kelce outscored Waller by 36.2 fantasy points last year, and Waller outscored No. 3 TE, Robert Tonyan, by 47 points. After that, Nos. 3-19 were closer in points than Tonyan was to Waller.
Matt Ryan at Giants (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Ryan and the Falcons' offense looked terrible for the second straight week and has averaged a pathetic 15.5 points thus far. This week’s matchup against the Giants isn’t great either, as their defense has allowed an average of fewer than 17 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in their last nine contests. Unless you’re in a two-quarterback league, Ryan needs to be on the bench.
Jameis Winston at Patriots (1 p.m. ET, FOX): Fool me once, shame on you, Fool me twice, shame on me. I won’t let Winston fool me again, as he looked great in Week 1 only to post a huge stinker in his next game. That’s vintage Winston. I’d keep him on the sidelines against the Patriots, who have allowed just nine touchdown passes and an average of 15.5 fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks over their last nine contests.
Jared Goff vs. Ravens (1 p.m. ET, CBS): The decision to sit Goff might look odd on paper, as the Ravens have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks in two games. However, their defense faced a red-hot Derek Carr in a shootout and superstar Patrick Mahomes in its first two games, so you can understand the high stat totals. Goff is clearly not on that same level and should be on the sidelines this week.
Fantasy Football Start 'Em Sit 'Em: Week 4 lineup advice, best matchups, DFS picks
Did you expect Chuba Hubbard (among many others) to be causing start 'em, sit 'em headaches already? Probably not, but Vinnie Iyer is here to help with Week 4 fantasy lineup advice and DFS picks.As always, SN's Vinnie Iyer, aka "The Decider," is here to help. And just in case you're already sick of your season-long teams and switched to DFS mode, we have some daily picks to click, too.
- Trevor Lawrence vs. Cardinals (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Taylor Heinicke at Bills (1 p.m. ET, FOX)
- Jimmy Garoppolo vs. Packers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC)
- Tom Brady at Rams
- Ben Roethlisberger vs. Bengals
- Taylor Heinicke at Bills
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Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Latest news on Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, more affecting Week 4 WR rankings .
Julio Jones, A.J. Brown, Diontae Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Sterling Shepard, and Darius Slayton are all in danger of not playing in Week 4. Get the latest injury updates ahead of your fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em decisions.For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. For updates on banged-up RBs Dalvin Cook, Josh Jacobs, Darrell Henderson, and Elijah Mitchell, click here; for the latest on Lamar Jackson, go here; for more on ailing pass-catchers Rob Gronkowski, George Kittle, DeAndre Hopkins, and Antonio Brown, go here.