SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports fantasy expert Steve Gardner shares his advice on who you should start, and sit, in your lineup this weekend. USA TODAY Sports
Week 3 of the NFL season gets off to an early start on Sunday with the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Baltimore Ravens in London (9:30 a.m. ET).
Fantasy owners will need to break from their usual routines to make sure the players from those two teams are properly placed in (or out) of their active lineups. That shouldn’t be too big a deal with running backs Leonard Fournette and Javorius Allen the only players who are likely being started in more than 50% of leagues. But then again, there could be some deep sleepers in this game who are ready to break out …
To help you sort this and everything else out, as well as build your optimal daily fantasy lineup, we have assembled all our best offerings of the week into one location.
Let’s start with the one thing most fantasy owners want to know …
Who should I start?
The most basic question of them all. The best thing to do is check our updated Week 3 rankings, courtesy of FantasySharks.com.
Fantasy football rankings:Week 3
— Danny Amendola. The New England Patriots wide receiver, who had 10 catches in Week 1 but missed last week’s game with a concussion, is on track to return to the lineup on Sunday vs. Houston. That’s a good sign for the Pats offense, which will be without pass-catching running back Rex Burkhead (ribs).
— Jordy Nelson. After practicing in full all week, the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 receiver will be ready for action against Cincinnati. Nelson exited early in the first quarter last week with a quadriceps injury and did not return, so the extended rest appears to have done him good. He should see plenty of targets with fellow wideout Randall Cobb doubtful with a chest injury.
— Ezekiel Elliott. The court battle over his six-game suspension won’t be resolved for at least another couple weeks, so the Dallas Cowboys running back will be in uniform for Monday night’s game at Arizona. With Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson locked up on Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Elliott could have a big game.
— Sam Bradford. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback will once again give way to backup Case Keenum. His knee still hasn’t fully recovered, so he’ll miss a second consecutive game. Keenum completed 20 of 37 passes for just 167 yards at Pittsburgh, so don’t expect much from the receiving corps Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.
– Tyler Eifert. The Cincinnati Bengals tight end hasn’t practiced all week because of knee and back injuries. His absence will be missed, especially in the red zone, since the Bengals have yet to score a touchdown this season. WR A.J. Green and rookie RB Joe Mixon need to step up.
– DeMarco Murray. The Tennessee Titans running back had just nine carries in Week 2 due to a hamstring injury that hasn’t responded as quickly as he would have liked. Murray has been limited all week and will likely cede the bulk of the work to Derrick Henry, who carried 14 times for 92 yards and a touchdown last week.
— Jordan Reed. The toughest call of the week may be with the Washington Redskins tight end, who is batting a painful rib injury. The Redskins play in the Sunday night game, when most other options at the position will be unavailable. Outside of maybe Jason Witten on Monday night, the best option for those owners who want to wait until game time to make a decision is Reed’s backup, veteran Vernon Davis.
Every week, we highlight the top injury concerns fantasy owners are facing. But remember, everything is subject to change, so be sure to make one final check before kickoff.
Injury report: Top players with health concerns in Week 3
The best thing to do is keep an eye on USA TODAY Sports’ NFL home page and follow our USA TODAY Fantasy Sports on Twitter.
Where’s the extra edge?
– Still torn over which borderline players to sit or start? Marc Caviglia of Bruno Boys Fantasy Football examines some of this week’s tough calls.
Start or sit: Jay Cutler looks to smoke Jets
– Meanwhile, For The Win‘s Charles Curtis has a look at this week’s best, worst and sneaky good fantasy plays.
Studs, duds, sleepers: Matthew Stafford now a consistent QB1?
— If you’re looking for some players who could emerge unexpectedly this week and be worth starting in deep leagues … or who could put you over the top in daily fantasy, check out these deep sleepers from Jamal Murphy of Ourlads.com.
Week 3 deep sleepers: Duke Johnson will bedevil the Blue Horseshoe
— We’ll also answer your questions on Sunday morning before the games start on Facebook Live and in our weekly chat. Keep an eye out for the chat link, which will be posted on the fantasy sports home page on Saturday night.
How’s the weather?
The conditions can have a major impact on how each game unfolds, especially later in the season. Keep up-to-date in real time with NFLWeather.com.
Source : https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/fantasy/2017/09/22/fantasy-football-guide-week-3/694323001/