Published: Sept. 20, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.
Updated: Sept. 23, 2017 at 11:11 a.m.

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


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 Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown will not be featured. NFL researcher Careen Falcone and former #2 FF World Player Rank and NFFC Platinum and Ultimate Champion Derek Pierson have contributed to the column. For your final lineup decisions, check our lineup rankings.

Start 'Em

Start of the Week - Keenan Allen vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Allen has looked no worse for wear after a major knee reconstruction, ranking sixth in PPR points among wideouts while playing on 87 percent of the Chargers offensive snaps this season. His success should continue versus the Chiefs, who have allowed an average of 39.1 PPR points to receivers and the third-most points to No. 1s.

Doug Baldwin vs. Tennessee Titans

Are you angry about Doug? Me too, but damn it I'm going to start him until he puts up a decent stat line! Could that be this week? Well, the Titans have allowed three touchdowns and the fifth-most PPR points (40.1 PPG) to wideouts this season. Their defense has also surrendered an average of 15.9 points to opposing No. 1 receivers.

Brandin Cooks vs. Houston Texans

Cooks has been a massive disappointment so far this season, posting five catches for 125 yards in his first two games. He should rebound this week against what is a banged-up Texans defense, however, as former Browns cast off CB Marcus Burley could be given the task of covering him. Be sure to stick with Cooks in this AFC contest.

Kelvin Benjamin vs. New Orleans Saints

Benjamin and the Panthers offense has floundered to start the season, but I'm still starting him against the Saints. No team has allowed more PPR points (46.4 PPG) to wideouts, and only the Colts have given up more yards to the position. Furthermore, their defense has surrendered the third-most PPR points to No. 1 receivers.

Terrelle Pryor vs. Oakland Raiders

Pryor leads the Redskins wideouts in both snap percentage (78) and targets (15), so a breakout performance is coming in the near future. It could be this week against the Raiders, who surrendered a pair of touchdown catches to Jermaine Kearse last week. I know Pryor has disappointed to this point, but this is a definite start 'em matchup.

Sleepers: Rashard Higgins at Colts, Mohamed Sanu at Lions
Deep sleepers: Geronimo Allison vs. Bengals, Jaron Brown vs. Cowboys

Sit 'Em

Sit of the Week - T.Y. Hilton vs. Cleveland Browns

Sit Hilton against the Browns? Yes, this is what it's come down to unfortunately. He's tied for 27th in targets among wide receivers, and his 0.14 PPR fantasy points per snap percentage leaves a lot to be desired. Until (and if) Andrew Luck returns to action for the Colts, Hilton is going to be difficult to trust in all fantasy formats.

DeAndre Hopkins vs. New England Patriots

Hopkins is a tough wideout to sit, and you shouldn't do it unless you have a legitimate replacement. However, fantasy fans need to remember that Patriots coach Bill Belichick is going to do everything he can to take Hopkins out of the offensive equation for the Texans. Don't be surprised if he has fewer than 10 (standard) points.

Dez Bryant vs. Arizona Cardinals

Bryant has just nine catches on the season, and his streak of brutal cornerback matchups continues with a date against Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals. While he's hard to sit in most formats, just keep in mind that Dak Prescott could be looking to Cole Beasley and Jason Witten more when the Boys throw the ball on Monday night.

Jeremy Maclin vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Maclin has scored a touchdown in each of his first two games with the Ravens, but I still find it tough to trust him in an overseas matchup against the Jaguars and talented CB Jalen Ramsey. Last week, Jacksonville's defense didn't allow a single Titans wide receiver to finish in the top 50 in PPR scoring at the position. That's telling.

Marvin Jones vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jones leads all Lions wideouts in snaps (124), and he's scored a touchdown in each of his first two games ... so how can he be a sit 'em? Well, he has also averaged just 32 yards a game and his seven combined targets leaves a lot to be desired. The same can be said about a tough projected matchup against CB Desmond Trufant.

Busts: Allen Hurns vs. Ravens (London), Jordan Matthews vs. Broncos
Bust bewares: Amari Cooper at Redskins, Alshon Jeffery vs. Giants

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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. Do you want the most up-to-date fantasy football news, updates and analysis? Follow Michael on both Twitter @Michael_Fabiano or Facebook!


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