Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em is the best look at the best and worst matches based on the PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover elite NFL players like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Cope. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who can exceed or fail to meet expectations at each position. For all your final fantasy squad decisions, be sure to check out my weekly player ratings which will be updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Top 10 Wide Receivers From Fabs
1. Cooper’s Cup in Cardinals
2. Justin Jefferson vs. Black
3. Stefon Diggs at Dolphins
4. Ja’Marr Chase in the Jets
5. Davant Adams in Titans
6. Tyrick Hill vs. The Bells
7. Amon Ra Saint Brown in the Vikings
8. AJ Brown in Lions
9. Debo Samuel in Bronco
10. Michael Bateman Jr. vs. Presidents
WEEK 3, START, SIT: QUARTERBACKS | Running from behind | wide receivers | narrow ends | Kickers and team defenses
Beginning of the third week: wide receivers
Beginning of the week
Cortland Sutton Against the 49ers (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Sutton is coming off a big game against Texas, scoring seven catch points and 19.7 fantasy points. He should continue to see a lot of goals, especially with Jerry Jody hitting, and I love the game against 49 players. Their defense succumbed to nine touchdown points and about 23 points per game to the wide receivers lined up since Week 13, 2021.
Marquis Brown Opposite the Rams (4:25PM ET, Fox): Brown scored a fantastic 27.1 points in his first two games for Arizona, and I’ll keep him active in what could be a Barnburner against the Rams. SI Sportsbook has an O/U at 50, and Los Angeles’ pass-through defense has allowed it the third-most fantasy points for its wide receivers in its last eight games. Brown operated nearly 80% of its wide-ranging roads in 2022.
DJ More Against the Saints (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Moore has a tough game on paper this week, as he faces a Saints defense that has allowed him the fifth lowest number of points since Week 13, 2021. However, he has also scored more than 15 points in four of his last five games against them, including Three games with more than 20 points. He should remain in the ranks of Fantasia as the No. 2 player on a large scale or a flexible starter.
Allen Robinson II On the Cardinals (4:25 p.m. ET, CBS): Robinson bounced back from his foul run in the first week, scoring a fantastic 15.3 points in the win over the Falcons. He’ll be on the flex start radar again this week, as he faces a questionable Cardinals side that allowed nine touchdowns and seventh-biggest fantasy points for receivers wide-lined in the last eight games dating back to last season.
DK Metcalfe Against the Hawks (4:25PM ET, Fox): Metcalfe had a slow start to the 2022 campaign with Jenno Smith under center, scoring just 16.1 points in his first two games. I will keep faith in the veteran, even though he faces a positive game against Atalanta in the future. Their defense conceded more than 30 fantasy points per game to the widespread receivers in their first two games of the season.
• Christian Kirk on the Chargers (4:05 PM ET, CBS)
• Mike Williams vs. Jaguar (4:05pm ET, CBS)
• Jacoby Myers vs. the Ravens (1 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Allen Robinson in Cardinals ($5,700)
• Curtis Samuel vs. Eagles ($5,100)
• Jakobi Meyers vs. Ravens ($5,000)
Week 3 Sitting: Wide Receivers
jojo smith schuster In the Colts (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Smith-Schuster saw 11 goals in his first two games with the Chiefs, splitting time between runs wide and out of the hole. This week’s game against the Colts isn’t great either, because their defense allowed ten of the few points in the position. Bosses are also hard to predict on a large scale, so I’d consider Smith Schuster to be risk-reward flexible.
Elijah Mor Opposite the Bengals (1 p.m. ET, CBS): Moore saw plenty of shots in his first two games, but was targeted by Garrett Wilson and is linked to Corey Davis. It also ranks third in fantasy points in this trio. I’m concerned about Moore this week, as the Bengals allowed the fewest points for wide-lined receivers after two weeks. This is where Moore runs most of his traffic routes.
Darnell Money vs. Texas (1 p.m. ET, CBS): This week’s game against the Texans is a pretty good one on paper, with their defense giving up nearly 40 fantasy points on average in their first two games. The problem was usage, as Mooney saw five targets (two hunts) in his first 89 offensive shots. At best, I would consider it a flexible risk-reward option in most PPR tournaments.
Brandon Ayuk In the Broncos (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC): Aiyuk produced a respectable 11.3 fantasy points in last week’s win over the Seahawks, but I’ll be wary of him when the Niners visit the Broncos. Their defense has been tough on wide receivers, allowing for the third lowest points this season and the fourth lowest since Week 13, 2021. I will keep AYUK on the sidelines of fantasy football.
Robert Woods Opposite the Raiders (1 p.m. ET, Fox): Woods was widely considered the No. 1 receiver in Tennessee as the regular season approached, but that wasn’t the case. While he’s played more shots than any other game wide, the veteran ranks third in goals and averages 5.1 fantasy points. At this point, Treylon Burks looks like the only wide receiver in Tennessee that is worthy of a pilot in fantasy formations.
• Chase Claypool at Browns (Thursday 8:20 PM ET, Prime Video)
• Jarvis Landry at the Panthers (1pm ET, Fox)
• Allen Lazard at the Buccaneers (4:25pm ET, Fox)
• Allen Lazard in Buccaneers ($6000)
• JuJu Smith-Schuster at Colts ($5,500)
• Darnell Money for Texas ($5,300)
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