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Fantasy Football Start ’em, Sit ’em: Week 3 RBs Include Miles Sanders

Fantasy football Week 3 is upon us, so let’s set our sights on setting the best possible lineup. If you have Christian McCaffrey, Saquon Barkley or Austin Ekeler, you know what to do. If you don’t and have to make a tough choice, this is the place to be for those tough fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em decisions.

Welcome to our weekly fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em article for RBs!

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Fantasy Football Start ’em, Sit ’em: Week 3 RBs

Start: Miles Sanders vs. Commanders

In the first game of the season, Miles Sanders had 13 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown. He added a couple of receptions for nine yards, totaling 18.5 fantasy points. Sanders followed this up with 17 carries for 80 yards and three receptions for six yards. With this level of usage, Sanders makes for a solid RB2 against the Washington Commanders, who are giving up 26.3 fantasy points per game (fppg) to opposing RBs.

While the Miles Sanders fantasy football ceiling is capped by Jalen Hurts taking carries, including near the goal line, his early season workload gives him a solid floor. This fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em article views Sanders as a safe RB2 play this week.

Start: James Robinson vs. Chargers

Coming off a torn Achilles suffered late last season, many thought the Jaguars would ease James Robinson slowly back into the lineup and rely on Travis Etienne to carry the workload. Robinson began the season with 11 carries and a reception, which he turned into 69 yards and two touchdowns for 19.9 fantasy points(RB11). Last week, he had 23 carries and two receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown (15.8 fantasy points, RB9). Robinson has been the leading back when the Jaguars were down in Week 1 and again when they had the lead in Week 2. It looks like he is the RB to own in Jacksonville.

If you drafted him late or picked him up as a free agent, get him in your lineup again this week.

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Sit: Ezekiel Elliott vs. Giants

Through the first two games of the season, Tony Pollard has out-touched Ezekiel Elliott 34 to 33. Elliott holds the edge in rushing attempts, 31 to 24, but has seen only five targets to Pollard’s 15. He has turned these touches into 5.9 fantasy points each week while Pollard has put up 24 fantasy points on the season.

This is a committee backfield and Elliott, who has been a volume-based player in the past, no longer is an every-week starter as an RB2. If you have another option who will get touches, this fantasy football start ’em, sit ’em article suggests you leave Ezekiel Elliott on your bench this week.

Sit: Jeff Wilson Jr. vs. Broncos

With Elijah Mitchell going down in Week 1 and Trey Lance going down in Week 2, you may want to stay away from the 49ers backfield because it apparently is cursed. However, the real reason Jeff Wilson Jr. is a sit this week is that last week he and Tyrion Davis-Price split the carries 18 to 14, in favor of Wilson. However, when they got to the goal line, it was Kyle Juszczyk and Jimmy Garoppolo who scored the touchdowns. He has a matchup against the Broncos, who have given up only 9.0 fppg to opposing RBs, this week. You are better off with other options.

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