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Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 3 WRs

Two weeks down and we have another week of games in the books with more analysis and data to help us identify new trends. If you have a Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins or Tyreek Hill on your roster, you already 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 or sit decisions in PPR leagues.

Welcome to our weekly fantasy football WR start or sit, and back by popular demand is a team name suggestion with each player as well. Good luck this week!

Sterling Shepard fantasy football start or sit
Credit: Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 3 WRs

Start: Sterling Shepard vs. Falcons

Team Name: Shepard’s Pie

With 19 targets through two games and a 28% target rate, Sterling Shepard has emerged as the go-to WR in the Giants offense and is the WR9 in PPR leagues, with 24.3 and 17.5 fantasy points. This week, in a matchup with the Falcons, who are giving up 43.8 fppg to opposing WRs, he is in a great spot to keep it going. Daniel Jones is listed as a start in the QB Start/Sit article and this is an excellent spot for the Giants to pick up a win at home. Start Shepard this week confidently as a WR2.

Start: Mike Williams at Chiefs

Team Name: Magic Mike

Going back to last season, over his last three games, Mike Williams has put up 22.8, 22.2 and 22.1 fantasy points. That includes the final regular-season game last season against the Chiefs, when he had six catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. This season, Williams is first on the team in targets, with 22 and a 25.3% target share and is the WR5 in PPR leagues. In what has the potential to be a shootout between the Chargers and Chiefs, with a projected total of 55, Williams is a solid WR2 with the potential for more.


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Sit: Brandin Cooks vs. Panthers

Team Name: Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

The WR11 through two weeks, Brandin Cooks is receiving an elite 35% target share. This week, without Tyrod Taylor playing, he will be relying on rookie Davis Mills to get him the ball in a matchup with the Panthers, who are allowing only 26.8 fppg to opposing WRs. While the volume will be there, the upside to finish as a WR2 is simply not there. This feels like a 6-60 type of game, with the Texans attempting to run and play a vanilla offense. Move along to other options.

Sit: D.J. Chark vs. Cardinals

Team Name: Oops I Sharked My Pants

After catching only three of his 12 targets in Week 1, last week in another game the Jaguars trailed D.J. Chark fell behind both Marvin Jones Jr. and Laviska Shenault in the pecking order and only saw four targets. With an average depth of target (aDOT) of 16.3 and Trevor Lawrence struggling with his accuracy, you are hoping for a touchdown to return WR2 value this week. At WR2, you need more consistency, and until the Jaguars’ offense can get things together, Chark will be too inconsistent to trust on a week-in-week-out basis. Leave him on the bench if you have a better fantasy football option this week.


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