Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 3: Wide receivers


Start 'Em & Sit 'Em is the ultimate look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team. All starts and sits are based on standard scoring leagues. Obvious fantasy starters like Cam Newton and Antonio Brown will not be featured. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.


Start 'Em

Larry Fitzgerald at BUF: Regardless of age or the talent around him, Fitzgerald continues to produce both on the field and for fantasy owners. He's already scored three touchdowns this season, and he could build on that total in what is a plus matchup against a Bills defense that looked overmatched in a loss to the Jets. Make sure to keep Fitzgerald in there.

Jarvis Landry vs CLE: The top start 'em wideout a week ago, Landry went off for 10 catches and 137 yards in a loss to the Patriots. He should continue to rack up the targets against the Browns, who have allowed an average of almost 30 fantasy points per game to wideouts in the first two weekends. Owners should also consider Landry's teammate, DeVante Parker.

Jeremy Maclin vs NYJ: In seasons past, wide receivers who went up against the Jets pass defense and CB Darrelle Revis were considered bad fantasy options. Well, Revis Island has become more of a delightful statistical destination for the position since 2015. As a result, those owners who have Maclin shouldn't be afraid to keep him in their active lineups.

Mike Wallace at JAX: Wallace appears to have become one of Joe Flacco's favorite targets in the Baltimore pass attack after two weeks. A speedster who can stretch defenses, the veteran is a perfect fit for the offense of OC Marc Trestman. He's also a nice option this week against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to wideouts.

Sterling Shepard vs WAS: After two weeks, Shepard ranks 19th in fantasy points among wide receivers ... and he's scored more points than Odell Beckham Jr. While that's not a trend that's likely to continue, the rookie out of Oklahoma is still a viable No. 3 fantasy wideout or flex starter in a plus matchup against a Redskins defense that's struggled this year.

Travis Benjamin at Colts, Willie Snead vs. Falcons (MNF)

Sit 'Em

Randall Cobb vs DET: Cobb was last week's featured sit 'em in this column, and he produced a miniscule 4.3 fantasy points in a loss to the Vikings. Next on the schedule is a date with the Lions, who have held Cobb to fewer than 60 receiving yards in five of eight career meetings. Cobb has also scored touchdowns (3) in just two of those eight contests.

Julian Edelman vs HOU (Thur.): Fantasy fans in PPR leagues might want to consider Edelman as a third wide receiver this week, but his statistical prospects take a major hit with Jacoby Brissett under center against a stout Texans defense. Even with coach Bill Belichick pulling the strings, I just can't project Edelman seeing a whole lot of targets in this offense.

Sammy Watkins vs ARI: Watkins has been one of the biggest disappointments in fantasy football after two weeks, during which time he's been outscored by teammates Marquise Goodwin and Greg Salas (not a misprint). Next up on the schedule is a date with the Cardinals, who are loaded on defense. Until Watkins shows signs of life, keep him on the sidelines.

Emmanuel Sanders at CIN: Sanders has had a slow start to the season, posting 8.8 fantasy points in wins over the Panthers and Colts. Next on the schedule is a date with the Bengals, who have allowed an average of just 20.05 fantasy points per game to wideouts this season. A former superstar, Sanders is now a serious risk with Trevor Siemian under center.

Golden Tate at GB: Tate has not had what you would call a promising start to the season, posting a mere nine catches (16 targets) for 54 yards and no touchdowns. He also seems to have fallen to second in the pecking order behind Marvin Jones, and Anquan Boldin and Eric Ebron have been more involved as well. I'd keep Tate benched against the Packers.

Doug Baldwin vs. 49ers, Corey Coleman at Dolphins

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!