week 3 qb rankings

Don Phelps Start/Sit for Week 3

Week 3 is already upon us of the fantasy football 2017 season.  We are now beginning to see trends in stats throughout the first two games.  Snap counts, targets, etc. can now be looked at and scrutinized to determine our Start/Sit articles even though we still use a little bit of our gut feeling in the decisions.  Without further delay, here is Don Phelps Start/Sit for week 3 for your reading pleasure and of course information you need to dominate your league.



Jay Cutler (MIA at NYJ):

If we have learned one thing so far in the 2017 football season it tis that the N.Y. Jets are horrible on both sides of the ball. The Jets defense has allowed an average of 20 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in their two games this year.  Tyrod Taylor and the mighty Buffalo Bills offense (not!) looked like a young Tom Brady against this Jets defense.

Yes, I know, it’s Jay Cutler.  One thing about Cutler, he can throw, the ball may not always go to the offensive player but he can chunk it with the best of them.  This Jets defense couldn’t cover my grandmother.  Adam Gase so far has managed Cutler to not throw into coverage and use his check-down options.  Jarvis Landry caught 13 passes last week.  He may catch 20 this week. Cutler is a solid starter if you’re in bind this week.

Jarod Goff (LAR at SF):

Last week Goff throws a game-clinching interception in a loss to the Washington Redskins.  However, even in defeat you can see how much Goff has matured as an NFL QB.  With weapons, all around him now in Gurley, Watkins, Woods, and Kupp this may just be his year to show everyone he was worthy of his draft status.  I would rather gamble on Thursday night against a decent 49er defense then let’s say, Marcus Mariota against the Seahawks.  I’m all in on the Goffwagon this week.


Jameis Winston (TB at MIN):

 The new look Tampa bay offense hasn’t really had a chance to to show us what it’s all about with the hurricane forcing them and the Dolphins to cancel the opening day game.  While this offense appears to have the ability to put it all together they just haven’t enough time and now they face a formidable Minnesota Viking pass defense.  Coupled with a strong pass rush in his face, Winston will be hard pressed to put up good fantasy numbers and with his history of turnovers, this may not be the game to expect much from him.  This is the same Viking defense which held both Drew Brees and Big ben in check throughout its first two games.  Winston is a risky play this week.

Marcus Mariota (TEN v. SEA):

Mariota will be facing a swarming Seahawk’s defense which is currently ranked 10th against the pass. He has started off slow this year after recovering from his injury from last year.  While his rushing ability gives him an opportunity to produce fantasy numbers be prepared for rather lackluster performance against this defense.  If you have other options, I would certainly entertain them.

Running Back


Chris Thompson (WAS at OAK) 

This little Darren Sproles sized juggernaut gets the most out of his 6.5 touches per game,  Playin gin Oakland against a hot Raider offense, Thompson should see more like 10-12 touches in this game.  Rob Kelly may try to play through his rib injury but my money is on Thompson in this backfield.  Defintely flex consideration or even low-end RB2 if you need one in PPR scoring leagues.

Javoris Allen (BAL at JAC)

This game will be played in London on Sunday morning.  Allen finished with 101 total yards, 5 receptions and a touchdown.  Reports are that Terrence West should play but the dual-threat threat of Allen isn’t going anywhere (at least not until Woodhead comes back) and should get enough touches to warrant a spot in your PPR lineup.


Joe Mixon (CIN at GB):

Joe Mixon will eventually unseat Jeremy Hill as the main back on this sputtering offense.  Gio Bernard isn’t going anywhere and is the preferred receiving back in passing situations and with the showdown with the packers on Sunday, Bernard should get plenty of passing opportunities.  Bernard has played 64 snaps which is the combined snap count of Hill and Mixon.  There I sni doubt Mixon is the most talented back on the Bengal roster but his time isn’t here just yet.  Risky start this week due to the Bengals probably playing from behind all day.

 LeSean McCoy (DEN v. BUF):

I’m typically a believer that you play your studs without question.  99.9999% of the time I always do no matter the match-up.  In Shady’s case, he is dealing with a nagging groin and wrist injuries and just came off a 9-yard performance against Carolina.  On the other side of the ball awaits a swarming Bronco defense which held Ezekiel Elliott to just 8 rushing yards last week.  This is the 0.000001% that you set your stud especially one dealing with injuries.

 Wide Receiver


Sammy Watkins (LAR at SF):

Ok, hear me out here.  Sammy Watkins has only been targeted seven times and has 88 yards to his credit.  Not exactly jaw breaking stats but let’s keep in mind he was traded late in preseason.  By all accounts Watkins is healthy and is learning the playbook.  This is all I need to know to make my decision to play Watkins against a so far efficient 49er defense.  Watkins has too much talent when healthy for the likes of Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson, both of whom he should be able to beat. Play Watkins with confidence this week.

Adam Thielan (TB v. MIN):

Even without Sam Bradford last week, Thielan showed good chemistry with Case Keenum.  Through 2 games, Thielan has 14 receptions and 201 yards receiving and should have Bradford back this week.  The Buccaneers allowed 290 passing yards against the Bears last week.  Thielan will get his share this week.


Allen Hurns (BAL v. JAC):

Hurns filled in admirably last week with six receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown against the Titans.  While he should be a good play most weeks this week isn’t one of them.

Tight End


Evan Engram (NYG at PHI):

The rookie has done well in his first two games.  Engram has the size, talent and game-breaking ability. 8 receptions and a touchdown so far isn’t bad especially in this offense. He really is more like a WR then a TE until he learns how to block in the NFL.  The Eagles have allowed 13 receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown to opposing TE’s through two games.  Engram is a solid start in a game which should be a passing frenzy for both teams.
Jared Cook (OAK v. WAS):

The Redskins historically have not fared well against TE’s.  Jared Cook has been surviving in an offense with Amari Cooper, Marshawn Lynch and Michael Crabtree.  Cook’s 9 receptions is tied with Cooper for second on the team.  Cook has an excellent opportunity to add to his numbers this weekend against Washington.


Jimmy Graham (SEA at TEN):

Four catches for nine yards tells you all you need to know.  To me, Graham looks like he is still hurt or he is thinking about where he wants to play next year because he certainly isn’t playing in Seattle.

Hunter Henry (KC at LAC):

The Chiefs shut down New England Patriots TE Rob “Da Gronk” Gronkowski.  Hunter Henry had a good game last when he caught all seven targets thrown his way.  Based on how well the Chiefs are playing, Henry will have a tough time of it on Sunday.


Don Phelps is Senior Fantasy Analyst/Writer/Editor for FantasyGuruNation.com and a man who wants to welcome beginners of all stripes to fantasy football. He remembers making RGIII his QB pick in fantasy football in round 13 during RGIII’s rookie campaign in the highly competitive Pluckers Expert Draft League. He was scorned and ridiculed all the way up to week 1 of the season. However, he was reaping the rewards as RGIII led his highly vaulted Red Zone Hooligans to fantasy glory. Send him your fantasy football questions on Twitter/Facebook @DonPhelpsFGN. If you read all of that, you are destined for fantasy fame. He also dishes out fantasy advice -- Facebook page @FantasyGuruNation, Instagram and can be heard on various fantasy podcasts. In his spare time, he is the Digital Marketing/SEO Strategist for a local Austin, TX area business.

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