• Week 3 of the NFL season is here, and it is time to set fantasy football lineups.
  • In our Week 2 start/sit column, we correctly picked 11 of 14 players to start to sit.
  • Here is our list of start/sit picks for Week 3.
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Week 3 of the NFL season is here, and it's time to set fantasy football lineups.

Last week in our start/sit column, we nailed 11 of 14 picks. Our bar for success is a top-30 finish for running backs and wide receivers and a top-15 finish for quarterbacks and tight ends. All seven of our "sit" picks finished outside the top 30 and top 15.

And while three of our "start" picks finished outside the top 30 and top 15, Tom Brady had two touchdown passes dropped, Parris Campbell left the game with an injury, and Jared Cook was TE16 on the week. In other words, we're off to a good start.

Here are 18 players to start or sit in fantasy for Week 3:

Start Gardner Minshew in fantasy this week.
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START: Gardner Minshew, QB

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Week 3 opponent: vs. Miami Heat

Why you should start him: Minshew is the QB9 in fantasy through two games and has done it on fairly limited volume. That may or may not change in Week 3 against the Dolphins — though Miami's Week 2 game against the Bills turned into somewhat of a shootout — but the Dolphins rank 32nd in defensive DVOA. Minshew has a chance at another efficient, multi-touchdown game.

SIT: Drew Brees, QB

Team: New Orleans Saints

Opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers

Drew Brees has struggled to move the ball through two games.
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Why you should sit him: Brees is averaging 4.8 air yards, the lowest in the NFL (though he scoffed at the importance of the number after Week 2). Through two games, Brees hasn't looked like himself, raising concerns that age has finally hit him. With Michael Thomas still possibly sidelined (or at least unlikely to be 100%) for Week 3, it's better to bench Brees and see if he rebounds instead of risking another dud.

START: Mitch Trubisky, QB

Team: Chicago Bears

Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons

Why you should start him: Trubisky has more fantasy points than Deshaun Watson, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford, and Tom Brady so far. This week he gets a Falcons defense that has let Russell Wilson and Dak Prescott post No. 1 fantasy finishes in back-to-back weeks. Trubisky may not have that type of ceiling, but he could certainly turn in a top-15 finish.

SIT: Philip Rivers, QB

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Opponent: vs. New York Jets

Why you should sit him: The Colts seemed to find an offensive formula in Week 2, with 40 rushing attempts and 25 passes vs. almost the inverse in a Week 1 loss. The Colts might lean on the run even more this week against the Jets, who allowed an 80-yard run from Raheem Mostert to open the game last week. The volume may not be there for Rivers this week.

Jerick McKinnon looks like the 49ers starting running back this week.
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START: Jerick McKinnon, RB

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Opponent: at New York Giants

Why you should start him: McKinnon has been a borderline fantasy contributor this season, but now has a big opportunity with Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman likely missing Week 3. The Giants have been shredded by Benny Snell and David Montgomery this season. McKinnon seems worthy of a flex spot, at least.

SIT: Frank Gore, RB

Team: New York Jets

Opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

Why you should sit him: Gore got a massive 21 carries in Week 2 but turned it into just 63 yards. If he gets that kind of massive workload again, he has a chance to punch it into the end zone, but starting him carries risk: the Colts have allowed just one 100-yard rusher (Derrick Henry) since 2018. Adam Gase said the Jets need to kick their offense into "hyperdrive," and it's tough to imagine that means giving Gore 20 more touches.

James Robinson.
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START: James Robinson, RB

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Opponent: vs. Miami Heat

Why you should start him: Robinson has gotten 16 carries in each game this season and produced with 210 total yards and one touchdown. He gets Miami's defense this week in a game that could allow him more volume if the Jaguars take a big lead.

SIT: Antonio Gibson, RB

Team: Washington Football Team

Opponent: at Cleveland Browns

Why you should sit him: Gibson has been sharing touches with Peyton Barber and J.D. McKissic so far and hasn't done a ton with them, racking up 91 yards on 22 carries. The Browns have held two starting running backs in check (relatively speaking) in Mark Ingram (RB42) and Joe Mixon (RB28), though J.K. Dobbins had a big game against Cleveland in Week 1. Cleveland's run defense ranks fourth in DVOA, and they're home favorites.

START: Joshua Kelley, RB

Team: Los Angeles Chargers

Opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers

Why you should start him: Through two weeks, the Chargers' run-heavy game has been enough to support two viable fantasy backs in Austin Ekeler and Kelley, who are RB19 and 20, respectively. While Kelley hasn't been terribly efficient (3.5 ypc), he's getting plenty of touches, and this week gets a weak Panthers defense that's been shredded by Josh Jacobs and Leonard Fournette.

SIT: David Johnson, RB

Team: Houston Texans

Opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Why you should sit him: After starting the year against the Chiefs and Ravens, the Texans now face the Steelers, the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL this season. Johnson has 22 carries this year and is averaging 5 yards per carry this season. The Steelers did allow Melvin Gordon to go for 84 yards and a touchdown last week, but betting on Johnson to maintain that efficiency while getting such a low volume of carries is worrisome.

Diontae Johnson looks like a breakout fantasy stud.
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START: Diontae Johnson, WR

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Opponent: vs. Houston Texans

Why you should start him: Johnson has 23 targets this season. Ben Roethlisberger has thrown the ball 73 times this season. That's a 31.5% target share. While the Texans generally held the Ravens pass attack in check in Week 2, they allowed a WR12 performance to Sammy Watkins in Week 1. With Johnson's volume, he has a chance to explode this week and likely every week.

SIT: Marvin Jones Jr.

Team: Detroit Lions

Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals

Why you should sit him: Kenny Golladay looks likely to return this week, potentially eating into Johnson's workload, which hasn't been all that big this season — 14 targets, 8 catches, 78 yards, 1 touchdown. Now, Golladay's return could potentially free up Jones from some defensive attention, but Jones also hasn't topped 60 yards in his last six games. Perhaps this is the week he breaks out, but the Cardinals' pass defense has improved this season, so it's not a super enticing matchup.

START: A.J. Green, WR

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles

Why you should start him: Many people are down on Green for posting just 80 total yards on 21 targets through two games. That's one way to look at it. The other is to be encouraged by a rookie quarterback in Joe Burrow looking Green's way often, particularly after a limited training camp and offseason. Green has hardly played the last two years and is working his way back. He and Burrow are still getting on the same page. If Green's volume holds up, he's going to explode eventually. The Eagles defense hasn't given up a big week to a wide receiver yet, but they've allowed 27 and 37 points so far, so it's not like it's impossible for a receiver to breakthrough. Green could be a good "contrarian" play this week.

A.J. Green is going to break out eventually
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SIT: Will Fuller, WR

Team: Houston Texans

Opponent: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Why you should sit him: Fuller had no targets last week while sitting out some snaps with a hamstring issue. He's not on the injury report this week, but knowing Fuller's history with injuries, it's worrisome, particularly going into a matchup with the Steelers defense. Fuller is a deep threat, so he's always liable for a big game, something that can drive fantasy managers nuts. But with Deshaun Watson likely to be under pressure this week, it's hard to trust that the big plays Fuller needs to succeed will develop.

START: DeSean Jackson, WR

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Opponent: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Why you should start him: Given Carson Wentz's struggles this season, it's somewhat encouraging that Jackson has 16 targets, 9 catches, and 110 yards this season. Jackson is always capable of a big play, and now he gets a Bengals defense that Odell Beckham Jr. got behind for a long touchdown in Week 2. The Bengals haven't allowed more than four catches to a receiver yet, mainly because teams have crushed them on the ground, but Jackson doesn't need a ton of catches to go off.

SIT: Emmanuel Sanders, WR

Team: New Orleans Saints

Opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers

Why you should sit him: Sanders has been a huge disappointment to begin 2020, with just 4 catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. As mentioned, Brees is struggling to move the ball, and while that could change in Week 3, it's better to play it safe with Sanders, who still didn't see huge volume in Michael Thomas' absence in Week 2.

Jonnu Smith has 3 touchdowns in 2 games.
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START: Jonnu Smith, TE

Team: Tennessee Titans

Opponent: at Minnesota Vikings

Why you should start him: Smith has been a breakout through two games, posting 8 catches for 120 yards and 3 touchdowns. Interestingly, almost all of his yardage has come after the catch. The Vikings defense has been a mess through two games, and have allowed the 11th most yards after the catch. With A.J. Brown sidelined or limited this week, Smith has a chance to take on more volume against a team that allowed 5 catches and 111 yards to Colts tight end Mo Allie-Cox in Week 2.

SIT: Chris Herndon, TE

Team: New York Jets

Opponent: at Indianapolis Colts

Why you should sit him: It's safe to question if the Herndon breakout is ever coming. The Jets were without Jamison Crowder, Le'Veon Bell, and Breshad Perriman last week, and Herndon still only had one catch for 5 yards while spending much of his time blocking. Perhaps Adam Gase changes that with his newfound urgency for the offense, but the Colts have allowed just 11 total yards to tight ends this season, and are one of the best teams in yards allowed after the catch. Sit him, and if Herndon does break out this week, find solace in not getting burned by him again.

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