It's past time to start believing in Sterling Shepard, and you could surely say the same for the Chargers' Mike Williams and the Ravens' Marquise Brown. But after a slow start, what about Robert Woods as he and the Rams take on the Buccaneers?
Jamey Eisenberg's Start 'Em & Sit 'Em calls are here help make tough lineup decisions easier. And once you're done here, check out Jamey's running back and quarterback picks, and don't miss Heath Cummings' wide receiver preview for Week 3 with key matchup notes, projections, and more.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #3
Age: 28 • Experience: 6 yrs.
I like Shepard and Kenny Golladay this week with their matchup against the Falcons. For Shepard, it's easy to see why he should be started in all Fantasy leagues based on his production to start the season with 16 catches for 207 yards and a touchdown on 19 targets in two games. But if you go back to last season, this is now four games in a row with at least 18 PPR points, and hopefully he keeps rolling with Daniel Jones. Golladay is tougher to trust since he's combined for just 16 PPR points in two outings, but this should be a squeaky wheel game for him after he was yelling on the sidelines in Week 2 at Washington. Atlanta has allowed five touchdowns to receivers in two games.
BAL Baltimore • #5
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Brown has scored at least 12 PPR points in eight games in a row dating back to last season, with 15-plus PPR points in five of those contests, including two this year. It's great to see him averaging eight targets per game, and he has six catches in each outing this season. He should have another opportunity for a big game this week against the Lions, who have struggled with Deebo Samuel (33 PPR points) and Davante Adams (20 PPR points) in each of the past two weeks.
DEN Denver • #14
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Sutton took advantage of Jerry Jeudy (ankle) being out in Week 2 with a monster performance against the Jaguars with nine catches for 159 yards on 12 targets. He had a whopping 309 air yards in that game, and Teddy Bridgewater should continue to lean on Sutton again this week against the Jets at home. Tim Patrick is worth using as a sleeper this week, but Sutton has top-15 upside in his first home game since Week 17 in 2019.
LAC L.A. Chargers • #81
Age: 27 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Williams appears to be the real deal this season and should be started in all leagues in Week 3 at the Chiefs. Through two games, Williams has 15 catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns on 22 targets against Washington and Dallas. This game figures to be high scoring, and Williams went for six catches, 108 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in his last game at Kansas City in Week 17 last year. A repeat performance is definitely possible this week.
Robert Woods WR
LAR L.A. Rams • #2
Age: 29 • Experience: 9 yrs.
Sometimes you have to remind Fantasy managers that great players are capable of great things when they are struggling. And some of you are concerned about Woods heading into Week 3 since he has just eight catches for 91 yards and one touchdown on 13 targets in two games. He hasn't been awful with 11 PPR points in each outing, but when compared to Cooper Kupp, who is the No. 1 Fantasy receiver with 60 PPR points, it's a little frustrating. Both receivers should do well this week against the Buccaneers, who are No. 1 in Fantasy points allowed to receivers. This game should be an aerial attack in Los Angeles this week.
Marvin Jones WR
JAC Jacksonville • #11
Age: 31 • Experience: 10 yrs.
Jones has easily been the best receiver in Jacksonville this season and should be a solid No. 3 Fantasy option this week against Arizona. Jones has at least 17 PPR points in each game against the Texans and Broncos and should get garbage-time stats in Week 3 against the Cardinals, who have allowed four touchdowns to receivers in the first two games.
CHI Chicago • #11
Age: 23 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Mooney had a quality game in Week 2 against Cincinnati with six catches for 66 yards on eight targets. He now has 15 targets in two games, and I'm hopeful Justin Fields will lean on him again in Week 3 against the Browns. Allen Robinson is a must-start Fantasy receiver this week with Fields under center, but I like Mooney as a No. 3 Fantasy option in all leagues as well.
K.J. Osborn WR
MIN Minnesota • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Osborn has looked great in two games as the third receiving option for the Vikings behind Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen. He has 15 targets in two games and has finished with 12 catches, 167 yards and one touchdown. It's hard to expect consistent production with Jefferson and Thielen healthy, but he's worth using as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in deeper leagues in Week 3 against Seattle. This game should be high-scoring, and Kirk Cousins should continue to lean on Osborn in this matchup.
Tyler Boyd WR
CIN Cincinnati • #83
Age: 26 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Boyd got going last week at Chicago with seven catches for 73 yards on nine targets, and he's worth using again this week as a high-end No. 3 PPR receiver against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is banged up on defense with T.J. Watt, Joe Haden and Devin Bush all battling groin injuries, and that could allow for Boyd, Ja'Marr Chase and Tee Higgins to make plays. The Steelers also struggled against slot receivers in each of their first two games, with Cole Beasley catching eight passes for 60 yards in Week 1 and Hunter Renfrow having five catches for 57 yards on seven targets in Week 2.
IND Indianapolis • #11
Age: 24 • Experience: Rookie
Carson Wentz (ankle) might not play this week, which is a downgrade for Pittman if Jacob Eason is under center. The upgrade is the matchup against the Titans, who have allowed the most receiving yards (572) and receiving touchdowns (six) to opposing receivers this year. Pittman just had eight catches for 123 yards on 12 targets against the Rams in Week 2, and he also had seven catches for 101 yards at Tennessee in Week 10 last year. Eason should lean on Pittman this week if Wentz is out.
Corey Davis WR
NYJ N.Y. Jets • #84
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
I expected Davis to struggle in Week 2 against New England, and he was limited to two catches for 8 yards on five targets. He'll be better than that this week, but I wouldn't start him at Denver. The Broncos have a fantastic secondary, and Zach Wilson won't have much time to connect with Davis down the field.
MIA Miami • #17
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Waddle has two potential negatives this week. The first is Jacoby Brissett starting for the injured Tua Tagovailoa (ribs), and that could be a problem for Waddle with the quarterback downgrade. The second issue is the expected return of Will Fuller. Now, Waddle is competing for targets, which is also a problem for DeVante Parker. I would sit all three Dolphins receivers this week if you can with Tagovailoa's absence, as well as trying to see how all three of them work together.
CLE Cleveland • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Beckham is expected to make his 2021 debut in Week 3 against the Bears after being out for the first two weeks of the season in his comeback from last year's torn ACL. There could be some rust, and he could also have his playing time limited. The good thing is his target share should be decent with Jarvis Landry (knee) out, but the Bears know to key in on Beckham as well. I would only use him as a low-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in most leagues this week.
LV Las Vegas • #11
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Ruggs was great in Week 2 at the Steelers with five catches for 113 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. He should be added in all leagues, and it was nice to see him finally get more than five targets in a game for the first time in his career. But this is not the defense to start Ruggs against in most Fantasy leagues. He might make a play or two down the field, but Xavien Howard and Miami's secondary should be able to keep Ruggs in check.
HOU Houston • #13
Age: 28 • Experience: 7 yrs.
I wouldn't be shocked if Cooks makes a big play or two Thursday night against the Panthers. He caught a touchdown from Davis Mills in Week 2 against the Browns after Mills took over for the injured Tyrod Taylor (hamstring), and Cooks should see plenty of targets, especially with Nico Collins (shoulder) and Danny Amendola (thigh) out. But the Panthers will likely focus on stopping Cooks, who has 14 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown on 21 targets in two games. Cooks is worth starting as a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, but I would lower expectations for him this week given the quarterback change, as well as facing a solid defense.
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