Fantasy Football: Start Em, Sit Em options for Week 3

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Week 3 of the fantasy football season has arrived and whether you're 2-0, 1-1 or 0-2, you're season still has a lot more good, and a lot more bad that can come.

For those owners of Nick Chubb, I'm sorry. One of the toughest things about fantasy football is having to replace your stud players when they go down and Chubb is certainly that. If you had him, hopefully, you had a good contingency plan. If not, let's hope you acquired either Jerome Ford or Kareem Hunt on this week's waiver wire.

Let's go position by position and see which players you should have in your lineup this week and those who you shouldn't. As always, here's a look at my advice from one week ago.

Kirk Cousins
Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) / Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Start: Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings (vs. Los Angeles Chargers): There's been some bad QB play so far this season and many of the guys we thought would be big have been pedestrian at best. Kirk Cousins might not be the best QB in terms of getting his team wins, but he is exactly what you want in a fantasy QB. He is going to throw the ball around a lot and the defense figures to give up a lot of points this season, which should keep him throwing.

The Vikings did trade for running back Cam Akers on Wednesday, so we'll see how that changes the Minnesota offense.

Start: Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphins (vs. Denver): I think Tua is close to becoming a week-in, week-out starter. He plays on the fastest offense in the league and he has great weapons to get the ball to. Last week I gave the Denver defense far too much credit in my start/sit column and the Washington Commanders moved the ball up and down the field on them with ease.

Tua and the Dolphins could put up huge numbers on this game.

Bench: Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (at Kansas City): You almost have to sit Fields at this point as his season is off to a horrendous start and he is slowly making things worse. Fields owners are going to want to see a big game soon, but until he has one, you have to find a better option.

Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns (vs. Tennessee): Much like Fields, Watson just can't be trusted to be in your fantasy lineup unless you have no other choices. If you are in a Superflex league, I could see using Watson as your QB2 and hoping for the best against the Titans, but in a one-QB format he should be on the bench until further notice.

Sleeper Alert: Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos (at Miami): You would have to have limited options, but Wilson could be forced to air it out in this one to keep up with the high-octane Dolphins. It would be one of those games where you're chasing a big stat line in what could be an ugly game.

Bust Alert: Baker Mayfield, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. Philadelphia): Baker Mayfield has gotten off to a good start and is coming off a 300-yard performance last week. But reality is going to eventually set in, right?