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Flexy and I Know It: Start/Sit Week 3

Week 3 is here and @ethanAwyatt has come to bring you some players you should consider starting in your flex names you should or leave on the bench.

Hey Nerds! The Dynasty Nerds writers are here to provide you with weekly starts and sits. We will be making our recommendations based on weekly consensus PPR rankings from FantasyPros. Here is our squad and the position groups they will be covering to help you each week. Follow us, friend us, tweet us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

NOTE: Rankings are based on a 12-team PPR league. So, saying WR2 means top 24, or TE1 means top 12, etc. and are pulled from Fantasy Pros consensus expert rankings.

Week 2 Recap

My two start suggestions couldn’t have finished the week off more different than each other than they did.

While people were rightfully wary of starting Denver Broncos WR Courtland Sutton, the matchup and situation were too good to pass up. He posted over 150 receiving yards while commanding 12 targets.

On the other hand, San Francisco 49ers RB Elijah Mitchell struggled in his second game. The Philadelphia shut him, and the 49ers’ offense down as Mitchell averaged under three yards per carry on 17 totes and only had two receptions for 11 receiving yards. Granted, he did miss a few drives due to a shoulder injury and had TD called back.

My two sit suggestions of Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs and Houston Texans RB Mark Ingram were good ones, had you listened. Jacobs was ruled out shortly after the article had been posted (I won’t take credit for that because he didn’t suit up).

However, Ingram played and disappointed. He had under 50 total yards and finished with just one reception.

Starts

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Michael Pittman Jr. (WR37)

The headliner for my start/sit article this week comes with a rather large asterisk next to his name. Indianapolis Colts WR Michael Pittman Jr needs to be started in week 3, if and only if Carson Wentz starts at quarterback.

With Wentz last week, Pittman received 12 targets and reached over 120 receiving yards. Oh, and let’s not forget that the pair have a cake matchup with the Tennessee Titans in week three.

The Titans’ defense currently ranks as the fifth-worst passing defense. That means yards and opportunity will be aplenty for Pittman.

I expect Pittman to finish with over 100 receiving yards with a TD in this contest as long as Wentz plays.

Credit: Mile High Sports

Tim Patrick (WR44)

With Teddy Bridgewater under center for the Broncos, WR Tim Patrick will find ways to be fantasy-relevant more often than not. Especially while WR Jerry Jeudy nurses his injury.

So far, Patrick has two TDs on eight targets, and he’s finished with less than 40 receiving yards in the opening two games. He’s a volatile option for fantasy but is a safe play in week three.

The Broncos are scheduled to play the New York Jets, whose passing defense looks good statistically. However, in weeks one and two, they’ve gotten down early and never recovered.

Not to mention, the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers don’t have as strong of an air attack as the Broncos.

With Denver’s inability to run the football, I’d start Patrick in my flex spots where I can. He won’t have an explosive game-winning week, but he’ll be a lovely floor play in PPR leagues.

Sits

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Darrell Henderson (RB29)

There’s no way in hell that you should even consider playing Los Angeles Rams RB Darrell Henderson against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Henderson is coming off an injury he suffered in week two to his ribs, and RB Sony Michel filled in admirably in his absence.

Oh, and add in that he’s playing the second-best run defense in the NFL. It’s such an easy decision to leave Henderson on your bench this week that I’m moving on.

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Jaylen Waddle (WR42)

I know how tempting it can be to want to play your first-round rook pick week-in, week-out. However, you can’t do that with Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle this week.

QB Tua Tagovailoa has already been ruled out of the Dolphins contest with the Raiders, and Jacoby Brissett’s been deemed the team’s starter in week three.

Brissett was the one that captained the Dolphins’ offense to the goose egg left on the scoreboard against the Buffalo Bills in week two. While the Raiders’ defense might not be as good as the Bills’ defense, they can still pressure the opposing quarterback.

With that horrendous offensive line and a backup quarterback taking snaps, it spells bad news bears for Waddle and company. Sit him this week and move on with your life.

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