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After starting your studs (typically players ranked after week 5 in the top ~15 RBs, top ~ 10 WRs, top ~ 10 QBs, top ~3 TEs, top ~5 Defenses, and top...wait, no kicker is a fantasy football stud), the Docs will help you decide who to start and sit as we recommend players in our fantasy football start sit column that are not clear studs and can step in with a big game for your team this week. Consequently, we will not recommend who to start and sit with the top few players at each position in our weekly fantasy football start sit advice (given starts every week); however, we may occasionally recommend players ranked 15 - 25 overall due to some teams out there that will have multiple players at one position in this range but can only start one.  If we recommend such a player it does not mean we think they are not a stud, we are just trying to help those folks out there that may be in such a situation. We also recommend players to bench, so our fantasy football start sit column is sometimes referred to as fantasy football start bench column. Additionally, we offer Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings to help even further with some of those more difficult start sit decisions. Last, be sure to check us out every Tuesday as we do a Wrap-up on our advice - both good and bad.  In fact, every wrap-up is kept and posted as a permanent, public record of what we called and how good or bad the calls were. Why?

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FREE Fantasy Football Start Sit Advice
NFL Week 3

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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It's been a wild ride to the season, and this fun train keeps rolling right into Week 3! We've got a lot of tasty match-ups on tap with loads of fantasy points waiting to be unleashed on your unsuspecting opponent. Without further ado, here is our fantasy football start sit column for Week 3. Good luck to all and enjoy!

Give 'em the rock (a.k.a. Start)

Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN - The Raiders have been lit up in both of the first two weeks by opposing QBs. Mariota has the weapons and the skills to make it 3 weeks in a row of fantasy goodness at the expense of the Raiders.

Joe Flacco, QB, BAL - Flacco has a great matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. The Jags have been picked apart by Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers already. Flacco has started to generate some chemistry with Mike Wallace. The return of Dennis Pitta only helps add to the weapons available to Flacco.

Theo Riddick, RB, DET - With Ameer Abdullah banged up, Riddick makes a great choice to start in Week 3. The Packers have an aggressive defense, but Riddick's ability to catch the ball out of backfield should allow him to have a big week.

Dovonta Freeman, RB, ATL - For those that paid a higher draft price for Freeman and frustrated with his lack of production in the first two weeks, things get better with the Saints on the schedule. The Saints front seven has been vulnerable to inside runs, and Freeman should find the end zone as the between the tackles RB for Atlanta in Week 3.

Melvin Gordon, RB, SDG - Now do you believe? No red or blue pill choices here. Gordon was a TD machine in college, and now reunited with his lead blocking FB from college, Gordon is a TD machine once again. Opportunity knocks even louder with Danny Woodhead out and a very suspect Indianapolis run defense on tap. Unleash Gordon on your helpless fantasy opponent.

Todd Gurley, RB, LA - There are a lot of mutterings in the fantasy community about Gurley's lack of production thus far, but things get better this week with the wet tissue paper defense of the Bucs on the slate. The Bucs have been vulnerable to dual run/catch RBs, and Gurley has all the skills to help exploit that vulnerability. The Rams will also want to feature safe dump off passes to Gurley to help build the confidence in their anemic passing attack.

Travis Benjamin, WR, SD - Benjamin is not a fluke. The Chargers need players to step up with Danny Woodhead and Keenan Allen out. Benjamin can do that. He had a huge Week 2, but his Week 3 should also be a good fantasy performance.

Mike Wallace, WR, BAL - At least one of the Baltimore WRs are going to post a nice game, and overwhelming odds say that WR will be Wallace, who has developed a very nice rapport with Joe Flacco. The Jacksonville secondary is waiting to get burned, and Wallace's deep ball specialty is happy to oblige. Flame on!

Jordy Nelson, WR, GRB - While Nelson's yardage numbers have been very meh, he has been a TD machine going 2 for 2 with a TD in his first two starts. He will go 3 for 3 after Week 3 with a great match-up at home against a very suspect Lions secondary.

Willie Snead, WR, NO - There will be some doubters that believe Snead can't do it again. However, Snead is not a one hit wonder. He is a reliable weapon in a high-powered offense led by Drew Brees. This week the Saints will be playing at home against the Falcons. These are always heated division rivalry games, and Snead is sure to get his targets.

Phillip Dorsett, WR, IND - Here is a sneaky play for those hurting at WR. Donte Moncrief has a banged up shoulder, and the Chargers secondary has been suspect. The Colts passing attack was humbled last week by the Broncos, so this week they will be looking to recover their pride. Flying low under the radar, the table is set for Dorsett to post a nice Week 3.

Jacob Tamme, TE, ATL - Tamme has suddenly become a reliable target for Matt Ryan. Tamme gets to face off against the Saints in Week 3. He should be able to post another top 10 TE week.

Miami Dolphins Defense - The "vs. Cleveland" defense is looking like a sweet target this year, and the Dolphins get the Browns at home this week. Look for a nice bounce back showing from this defense after a disappointing Week 2.

Let 'em warm up the pine (a.k.a. Sit)

Jimmy Garoppolo / Jacoby Brissett, QB, NE - Whether the Pats trot out a banged up Garoppolo or their 3rd string QB, the situation looks bleak facing a very tough Texans defense. Best to avoid this situation all together.

Jeremy Hill, RB, CIN - You hate to try and bench a guy that can get 3 carries for 2 yards and 2 TDs, but that is what you need to do in Week 3. Make sure you avoid Hill in most leagues. He is facing a tough Broncos defense.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, CAR - Jonathan Stewart will likely miss this week's game, and Whittaker will be looking to repeat his 100+ yards and 1 TD performance. Fantasy owners would be wise to leave Whittaker on the bench. He will likely have to split touches with Cameron Artis-Payne , and he will have to deal with Cam Newton as the Panthers goal line back. Combine all this with a very stout Vikings defensive front, and you have plenty of reasons to avoid Whittaker this week.

Torrey Smith, WR, SF - Smith had a whopping 10 targets last week and nailed a TD, but this week he will get nailed by the Seahawks Legion of Boom, who will bring the high flying 49ers offense back down to earth.

Sammie Coates, WR, PIT - Coates led the Steelers in receiving yards last week, but he will get shutdown this week by Philadelphia's tough secondary of not so brotherly love.

Coby Fleener, TE, IND - You just can't trust Fleener. He should pick up steam at some point this season, but you can't keep starting him. He is just about the only Saints receiver that doesn't have the right chemistry with Brees. He is also struggling with catching the ball.

For an expanded list of players to help with weekly fantasy football start sit line-up decisions, be sure to check our our Fantasy Football Weekly Rankings, which are released every Thursday during the regular season.

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