The start to the 2020 NFL season may have put more pressure on fantasy football fans than ever before. With the ridiculous amount of injuries, fans haven’t had much of a safe route in ensuring that their rosters can sustain success throughout the season. Many first-round picks for fans are out indefinitely or even for the season.
Health will once again be at the forefront of decision-making for most fantasy football owners, as many will lean towards a bona fide receiver with minor nagging injuries versus an unproven wideout that could ruin their roster.
With that, we’re back with a guide to help with the upcoming bouts in Week 3 for fantasy football fans to have the best chance of winning with our third dive into the wide receivers edition of start ’em sit ’em.
WRs to Start in Week 3
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers
The Packers enjoyed a fairly simple win over the Detroit Lions in Week 2 with a final score of 42-21 with help from half back Aaron Jones in the absence of Davante Adams. Aside from Jones, most of the catching was tasked upon wideout Marquez Valdes-Scantling with three receptions on seven targets for 64 yards.
Moreover, fantasy football owners and Packers fans can breathe a sigh of relief at the the thought of life without Adams in the lineup. Head coach Matt LaFleur made it known that if needed against the Lions, Adams could’ve re-entered the game after suffering a hamstring injury. Going forward however, Adams should be available for action against the New Orleans Saints where his skills will be heavily required.
The Saints haven’t been in normal rhythm yet on offense, which could show opportunity for the Packers to steal the show early in hopes of improving to a 3-0 record. The Saints’ defense, however, has been paramount with defensive end Cam Jordan still on the prowl, which is where having Adams could prove to be critical in the long game.
Diontae Johnson, Pittsburgh Steelers
This may be second-year Diontae Johnson’s time to shine in Week 3. After having Ben Roethlisberger admit that he may need to trust the University of Toledo product a little more going forward, Johnson can prove his skills even more.
In his previous outing against the Denver Broncos, he responded better than in Week 1 with 92 yards on eight catches from a career-high 13 targets while also scoring a touchdown.
If Roethlisberger aims to make Johnson a larger focal point for the Steelers’ offense, that could spell trouble for many teams on the opposite line of scrimmage. The Steelers will face off against the Houston Texans in Week 3, a club that hasn’t had the finest defense thus far into the season. The Steelers, and Johnson, could capitalize on this moment going against an 0-2 team coming off a devastating loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans
If he’s on your roster, wideout Corey Davis was more than likely brought in for a low-risk, high-reward tactic. So far, he’s been producing in the rewards department. Through Week 2, Davis has caught 10 receptions out of 13 targeted passes. He’s scored one touchdown as well. Where fantasy owners may feel a bit more comfortable is knowing that Davis is in a contract season and fixated on proving himself and his worth.
With go-to option A.J. Brown sidelined from a bone bruise in his knee, Davis will more than likely watch his production increase. Davis’ time in that role may be limited upon Brown’s return, as Brown proved his capabilities in his rookie season and became an integral part of the Titans’ offense. Still, for a fantasy owner, having a low-risk option that has shown promise in the first two games with a bout scheduled against the Vikings next should make Davis a buyer rather than a seller for fantasy football owners.
WRs to Sit in Week 3
Marquise Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Make no mistake, Marquise Brown is bound to have a stellar year as the season progresses. For this particular matchup in Week 3, however, his talents may need to be put on hold. Brown did well in Week 2 for the Ravens, touting the most receiving yards on the team for 42 yards against a moderate-level defense in the Texans.
Brown blossomed in his rookie year with the Ravens, catching 46 of 71 targeted passes. Yet many assumed with an increased role, his stats would skyrocket right out of the gate.
But the Ravens will have their hands full against the defending champions in the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, which could render Brown even further than his minor amount of pass-catching yards against the Texans. The Chiefs are notorious for their defense on wideouts, and with Brown not necessarily breaking out of his shell again as many had hoped, this could be another “well” game for the second-year receiver.
A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green has left some fantasy owners dumbfounded after Week 2 so far. Blame it on lack of preparation from no preseason if you will. Or even blame it on the possibility of him dealing with an ailing hamstring injury perhaps. Either way, the result has been a hefty loss on Green’s end along with anyone that’s inserted him into their lineup up to this point.
Green’s hands and the cowhide material of a football just haven’t coexisted. Through two games, he’s caught 8 of 22 targeted passes, giving him a 36.4 percent catching rate, his lowest of any season in his career. In his latest outing against the Cleveland Browns, he only managed to pull in a mere three passes on 13 targets.
Can Green turn the season around for himself along with the Bengals? More than likely. They may be sitting at a 1-1 record now with an improved performance from Green against the Browns. Now, Green must figure a way to get in sync with rookie quarterback Joe Burrow against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3.
DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jackson has become somewhat of a sole threat in the passing game for the Eagles due to injuries. And to his credit, he dramatically improved his performance in Week 2 compared to that of Week 1 where he finished with a 28.6 percent catching rate. Jackson has yet to score a touchdown so far in the season as well, a feat that must change for the shorthanded Eagles to inhale any kind of a success.
How far Jackson can go may also depend on how far quarterback Carson Wentz can take him. Wentz has drastically underperformed this season, throwing four interceptions through Week 2, giving him a 64.4 quarterback rating.
Jackson may catch a break this Sunday against the Bengals, who have had their fair share of troubles so far going into Week 3 as well. Still, it shouldn’t be a vintage Jackson that we’ll more than likely see in the Eagles’ next matchup.