After the grim reaper known as the NFL injury bug wreaked havoc in Week 2, fantasy football managers are picking up the pieces and looking on how to adjust in Week 3. Find out from our Chief Fantasy Analyst Anita Marks on who to start/sit, and which picks are going to help you score another victory in Week 3.
Fantasy Football Week 3 Picks: Start these Quarterbacks
Atlanta has been involved in high-scoring affairs thus far, will that trend continue? Will the usually-reliable Minnesota Vikings defense continue to allow fantasy points at an alarming rate?
Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears (at Atlanta Falcons)
Somebody pinch me! Am I seriously listing Trubisky as a starter!? It is 2020…right? Trubisky has two multi-TD games and a great matchup against a Falcons defense that is a quarterback delight! Atlanta has allowed the most fantasy points to gunslingers the first two weeks of the season.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans (at Minnesota Vikings)
Nine straight games with two or more TDs, and already has six this season. Tannehill has already delivered over 50 fantasy points in two weeks, and has a favorable matchup against a horrible Vikings defense in Week 3.
Quarterback Sleepers in Week 3
- Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Carolina Panthers)
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Houston Texans)
Fantasy Football Week 3 Busts: Quarterbacks
Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
The Steelers defense is just sick, and are sporting the best pressure rate in the NFL. They will make Watson’s Sunday miserable, so why make yours as well!? The Texans offensive line will get destroyed on Sunday. Ugh!
Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders (at New England Patriots)
Short work week, after a big win at his home opener, and now Carr has to travel cross country to take on the Patriots? Good luck with that!
Fantasy Football Week 3 Picks: Start these Running Backs
Spoiler alert: the Jets aren’t good and neither are the Bengals.
Jonathan Taylor, Indianapolis Colts (vs. New York Jets)
Taylor was huge last week in the Colts win against the Minnesota Vikings, rushing over 100 yards and a score. I expect the same volume in Week 3 against a Jets defense that gave up 182 rushing yards to the 49ers in Week 2. Tee this bad boy UP!
Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
This is a must-win game for the Eagles, and in order to do so, Sanders will need to be a large part of their game plan, because Carson Wentz is stinking up the joint! Great matchup against a Bengals rushing defense that is allowing more than five yards per carry, and Sanders is playing over 75% of the offensive snaps.
Running Back Sleepers in Week 3
- Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers (vs. Carolina Panthers)
- Kenyan Drake, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Detroit Lions)
Fantasy Football Week 3 Busts: Running Backs
David Johnson, Houston Texans (at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Not only is this a horrible matchup for Johnson, but he is having to share the load in the backfield with Duke Johnson. Lack of volume and facing the 2020 version of the steel curtain defense — that isn’t allowing more than 50 rushing yards per game this season? No bueno!
Wide Receivers to start in your Week 3 fantasy lineups
Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears (at Atlanta Falcons)
Numbers haven’t been outstanding, but the target share is there for ARob…18 in two games, and this week he goes off! The Falcons pass defense is giving up a ton of receiving yards to opposing wide receivers and this game will be a shootout. The Trubisky/Robinson stack — yes, I dig it.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans (at Minnesota Vikings)
Did I say stack? Let’s double down and recommend a Tannehill/Davis stack as well. AJ Brown is dealing with a knee injury, and I see Davis stepping up again this week. He faces a Vikings defense that has allowed the most touchdowns to opposing WRs this season (ohhh…and that would be five).
Wide Receiver Sleepers in Week 3
- Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Houston Texans)
- DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
Sit AJ Green (at Philadelphia Eagles) in Week 3
Something is just off with AJ this season, maybe too much time off? He is not delivering on any fantasy roster. This week he faces Darius Slay and an Eagles defense that knows their season is on the line. There are better options out there!
Tight End Starters in Week 3
Logan Thomas, Washington Redskins (at Cleveland Browns)
Great matchup for Logan this week against a Browns defense that has been extremely kind to opposing TEs in 2020. Logan has developed great chemistry with Dwayne Haskins, getting 17 targets in 2 games.
Jonnu Smith, Tennessee Titans (at Minnesota Vikings)
Smith is a BALLER, and has three scores so far for the Titans. WR AJ Brown is dealing with a knee injury, so I anticipate more volume for Smith. His matchup is juicy considering the Vikings allowed over 100 receiving yards to Mo Alie-Cox last week.
Tight End Sleepers in Week 3
- Mo Alie-Cox, Indianapolis Colts (vs. New York Jets)
Defense/Special Teams Starters in Week 3
Related | Defense/special teams rankings
Indianapolis Colts (vs. New York Jets)
Colts at home against a Jets offense that is a complete mess? Yes. Colts have seven sacks this season, and the Jets, who have only scored 30 points in their first 2 games, took another hit to their offensive line.
Anita Marks is the Chief Fantasy Analyst at Pro Football Network. Marks is also a gambling analyst for ESPN and appears on Daily Wager, which airs from 6-7 PM ET on ESPN 2. Her radio show – Weekend Wager – airs on ESPN New York (98.7) FM every Friday at 10 PM ET. Follow her on Twitter: @AnitaMarks.