Welcome to Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season’s Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Wide Receivers. In this week’s column, we look at an Arizona-based electric rookie. Plus, in Las Vegas, a former top-15 pick looking to build on a 100-yard performance.
* Reminder: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is designed to provide you with non-obvious fantasy lineup options. To best assist you with your fantasy decisions, we dig deep into player matchups, scoring trends, and other factors. This column does not include superstars like Tyreek Hill.
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Rondale Moore at JAC
Moore’s snap percentage increased from 29% to 46% in Week 2. Expect that number to rise further as the rookie emerges as one of the league’s most dynamic playmakers. Moore may be the WR4 in Arizona, but he has the most targets on the team — including DeAndre Hopkins — with 13 through two weeks. Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals is third in the NFL in average yards per completion (10.1). The Jaguars’ defense has given up eight points. 8 yards per attempt, fifth most in the NFL, and just gave up 159 yards to Courtland Sutton, a “possession receiver.” In Week 3, things are looking good for Moore owners. JuJu Smith-Schuster vs.
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Mike Tomlin said Diontae Johnson (knee) is “looking better, but not great.” We’ll go out on a limb and say Johnson will be out for at least a week as a result of the injury. In that case, Smith-Schuster should get the lion’s share of Johnson’s 11 targets per game average. Owners of JuJu Smith-Schuster have already seen the Steelers wideout rack up 15 total targets in the first two weeks, which is fantastic news. This season, four opposing receivers have received at least eight targets against the Bengals. Courtland Sutton vs.
Last week, New York Jets
Sutton ate up 35% of Denver’s targets in Jerry Jeudy’s offense. In fact, he had the most targets of his NFL career with 12 on the day. The Jets haven’t given up much in the passing game this season, largely because their opponents haven’t needed to do so. While Sutton may not go for 160 yards like he did last week, PPR leagues should expect plenty of volume from him.
Robby Anderson at Houston
Anderson has yet to make an impact this season, but a matchup against. Houston should be able to pull it off. Only one game ago, the Texans allowed three opposing receivers to score double-digit points, two of which came in the endzone. Anderson had the second-most targets among Panthers receivers in Week 2. A Technicality: Cordarrelle Patterson vs.
Patterson is a Swiss-army knife running back in Atlanta’s offense. NYG
Patterson is a Swiss-army knife running back in Atlanta’s offense. However, depending on your fantasy platform, the former first-round pick may be eligible to play wide receiver. Patterson is the WR7 and RB10 in fantasy football right now. Will he be able to keep up that pace? Probably not. However, he could easily maintain his enchantment for at least another week vs. The New York Giants. In back-to-back weeks, Big Blue’s defense has allowed an opposing running back to gain more than 100 yards from scrimmage, including JD McKissic’s 101-yard (83 receiving) and one touchdown performance last week. WR: Sit ‘Em
Marquez Callaway at NE
Callaway had a fantastic preseason. Unfortunately, his outstanding performance has not — and is unlikely to — carry over into the regular season. Not with Jameis Winston averaging 12 yards per carry. There were 5 completions and a total of 129. Each game is worth 5 yards. The Tennessee product isn’t a high-volume player and shouldn’t be started against a Patriots defense that gives up the seventh-most points to wideouts. With Michael Thomas still out, he’s worth keeping for another game or two, but don’t let Callaway’s preseason hype overshadow a potential addition who can help your roster now. Henry Ruggs vs.
Ruggs’ 61-yard touchdown in Week 2 helped the second-year pro finish in the top-10 among fantasy receivers. If you take that reception out of the equation, Ruggs has only three receptions and 49 yards receiving per game. He’s always a danger to the secondary, but the notion that the former Alabama star has arrived is a little premature. Furthermore, Miami has allowed only two receiving touchdowns and the 12th-fewest passing yards to receivers this season. Buyers Beware: Brandin Cooks
The No. 1 receiver in Houston has been outstanding thus far, ranking among the top-five receivers in the league in receiving yards (210). On the other hand, catching passes from rookie Davis Mills on a short week against a Panthers defense that has allowed the fewest fantasy points to receivers this season sounds like a recipe for disaster. His target market share (averaging ten percent) was set at ten percent. He has a chance (5 targets per game), but he’ll be a risky flex play in Week 3.
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