Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they’ll affect your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars such as Patrick Mahomes and Saquon Barkley will not be featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system. For your final starting lineup decisions, check my weekly fantasy football lineup rankings.
Start of the Week – Dak Prescott vs. Miami Dolphins
Prescott has opened the season on absolute fire, throwing for seven scores while ranking second in fantasy points at the position. He should continue to roll at home against the Dolphins, who have surrendered eight touchdown passes and an average of more than 32 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.
Russell Wilson vs. New Orleans Saints
Wilson is coming off a huge, three-touchdown performance in a road win over the Steelers, and an upcoming matchup against the Saints makes him a solid option. Over the first two weeks, New Orleans has allowed over 275 passing yards and almost 25 fantasy points per game to opposing signal-callers.
Matt Ryan vs. Indianapolis Colts
Ryan hasn’t looked all the great to start the 2019 season, throwing five interceptions over his first two games (he had seven all last season). Still, an upcoming roadie against a Colts defense that’s given up almost 19 points a game to quarterbacks makes Ryan a top-10 option in most fantasy leagues.
Josh Allen vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Listed a start ’em last week, Allen produced over 22 fantasy points in a win over the Giants. He has another solid matchup next on the slate, as the Bills host a Bengals defense that has allowed five touchdown passes and an average of almost 20 fantasy points per game to opposing field generals.
Jameis Winston vs. New York Giants
I get it … you don’t trust Winston. I don’t either. However, he is at home against a Giants defense that has allowed an average of 291 passing yards and almost 28 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. So if you’re the type to forgive and forget, Winston is worth a look in a plus matchup.
Sit of the Week – Jared Goff vs. Cleveland Browns
Goff hasn’t been very productive as a passer after two weeks, scoring just 22.56 combined fantasy points with his arm in wins over the Panthers and Saints. Next up is a roadie against the Browns, who will have something to prove on the defensive side of the ball against the defending NFC champions.
Andy Dalton vs. Buffalo Bills
Dalton has had a nice start to the season under new coach Zac Taylor, as he’s second in passing yards and is averaging almost 20 fantasy points per game. However, I’d still fade him in a brutal road matchup against the Bills. Their defense has allowed just 11.6 points a game to quarterbacks in 2019.
Derek Carr vs. Minnesota Vikings
Carr turned in a disappointing fantasy performance a week ago, producing 9.72 points in a loss to the Chiefs. I’d keep him parked for Week 3, as the Raiders head to Minnesota to face the Vikings. Their defense has allowed an average of fewer than 16.5 points pr game to opposing signal-callers.
Mitchell Trubisky vs. Washington Redskins
Trubisky’s matchup is a favorable one on Monday night, as the Redskins have allowed over 26 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks thus far. However, it’s tough to start a field general who is completing just 59.2 percent of his passes in an offense that will lean on the run. I’d keep Trubisky benched.
Jacoby Brissett vs. Atlanta Falcons
Brissett is coming off a three-touchdown performance against the Titans, but he threw for just 146 yards and was held under 17 fantasy points for the second straight week. I’d fade him again, this time against the Falcons. Their defense has surrendered an average of just 176.5 passing yards after two weeks.
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