Start 'Em and Sit 'Em - Week 3 (2017)

By Stephen Kurucz, September 21, 2017
Jay Cutler Miami Dolphins


1. Jay Cutler, QB (Miami Dolphins)

Jay Cutler had a lackluster first start as a Dolphin this past week, finishing as the 18th quarterback in fantasy points scored. This week, look for Cutler to rebound against the atrocious New York Jets defense that has given up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks through the first two weeks of the season.

2. Christian McCaffrey, RB (Carolina Panthers)

Speaking of atrocious defenses, Christian McCaffrey faces the New Orleans Saints defense this week, which has given up an average of 36.5 fantasy points (full-point PPR) to running backs so far, including the most receptions to running backs (19) and the most yards (185). While his start to the season has been slow, make sure McCaffrey is in your lineup on Sunday.

3. DeVante Parker, WR (Miami Dolphins)

Dolphins’ wide receiver DeVante Parker is coming off a 12.50 performance in PPR leagues and gets to face the aforementioned New York Jets defense that has given up the most touchdowns to wide receivers (4) through two weeks. Look for Parker to continue to receive his shots downfield, and additional opportunities may come his way if the Jets make stopping Jay Ajayi a focal point of their game plan.

4. Jack Doyle, TE (Indianapolis Colts)

The Cleveland Browns defense gave up 22.1 and 17.1 PPR fantasy points to Jesse James and Benjamin Watson, respectively this season, making Jack Doyle a fantastic option in Week 3. Doyle himself is coming off a 15.90-point game in which he had 8 receptions for 79 yards, and has a chance to surpass that this week, playing against a bottom-three team guarding the position.

5. Nick Folk, K (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Nick Folk is coming off the first game of his season in which he scored 14.00 fantasy points, booting 3 field goals and making 2 extra points. This week the Bucs play a Vikings team that has given up an average of 15.00 fantasy points to kickers so far and sets up Folk for another chance to contribute over double-digit fantasy points.

6. Pittsburgh Steelers, DEF

The Steelers play the Bears this week, which sets up a very favorable matchup. Through 2 weeks, the Steelers have 9 sacks and 1 interception, while the Bears have given up 4 sacks, 2 interceptions and a pick-six. The Bears currently give up the 7th most points to defenses and the Steelers will surely be able to pressure Mike Glennon into a turnover or two on Sunday.


1. Marcus Mariota, QB (Miami Dolphins)

Marcus Mariota is coming off a somewhat disappointing 13.00-point performance in 4-point per touchdown leagues and now has to face the Seahawks defense, which has given up an average of 9.30 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Seahawks have allowed only 1 thrown touchdown pass while having 2 interceptions, and have limited Aaron Rodgers and Brian Hoyer to a combined 21 yards rushing on 7 attempts.

2. Mark Ingram, RB (New Orleans Saints)

Last week, Mark Ingram had an efficient outing, running for 52 yards on eight carries while adding 24 yards on four receptions. Ingram’s downfall over the past two weeks has been the splitting of carries with Adrian Peterson and Alvin Kamara, which ultimately limits his overall upside each week. On top of that, the Saints play the Panthers defense in Week 3 that limited the Bills’ LeSean McCoy to 9 yards on 12 carries in Week 2.

3. Brandon Marshall, WR (New York Giants)

The Eagles defense is currently giving up the 9th lowest fantasy points per week to opposing wide receivers, and Brandon Marshall has not showed any reason to start him moving forward. Marshall has 27 total yards through two games, and while some of this may be due to the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. is not 100% healthy, Marshall cannot be started with any confidence until he proves himself on consistent basis.

4. Martellus Bennett, TE (Green Bay Packers)

Martellus Bennett is up against the Cincinnati Bengals defense this week that has given up the least amount of fantasy points to the tight end position, allowing a mere 2 receptions for 18 yards and 0 touchdowns total through 2 games. As Bennett has failed to cross the 50-yard receiving yard total in a single game or score a touchdown, he is better left on the bench this week.

5. Steven Hauschka, K (Buffalo Bills)

Last week Buffalo Bills’ kicker Steven Hauschka converted a 45-yard field goal attempt and was only able to put up 4.00 fantasy points. The week prior, he missed his only field goal attempt and scored a total of 2.00 fantasy points. The Bills have a current team total set at 18.5, which is the 6th lowest this week while their opponent, the Broncos, allow the 9th least fantasy points to kickers on a per game basis.

6. Houston Texans, DEF

The Texans play the Patriots in Foxborough this week, with quarterback Tom Brady coming off a 30.78 point performance, throwing for 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. Brady has not thrown an interception yet this season, while Houston’s defense only has 3 sacks through 2 games. Even when the Patriots lost in Week 1, the Chiefs defense was only able to score 3.00 fantasy points due to the fact that the Pats can put points up on the board. In Week 2, the Saints’ scored -2.00 fantasy points. While the Texans D can put up points throughout the season, this is one of the games where they should not be in your starting lineup.


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