week 3: game by game starts/flexes/sits

Game by Game Starts/flexes/sits

Start= Solid start.

Flex= Be wary, try to replace but isn’t the worst start.

Sit= Do not start.

Game 1: Dolphins VS Jaguars

  • Gardner Minshew: Start
  • D.J. Chark: Start
  • James Robinson: Start
  • Keela Cole: Flex 
  • Lavishka Shelnut Jr.: Flex
  • Devante Parker: Start
  • Preston Williams: Flex
  • Mike Gesicki: Start
  • Myles Gaskins: Flex
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick: Flex 

Game 2: Browns VS Washington

  • Baker Mayfield: Sit 
  • Odell Beckham Jr.: Start
  • Jarvis Landry: Flex
  • Nick Chubb: Start
  • Austin Hooper: Sit
  • Kareem Hunt: Flex
  • Terry McLaurin: Start
  • Dwayne Haskins: Sit
  • Antonio Gibson: Flex 
  • Logan Thomas: Start (Browns have been exposed be TEs, same with last year)

Game 3: Raiders VS Patriots 

  • Josh Jacobs: Start
  • Henry Ruggs: Flex 
  • Bryan Edwards: Sit
  • Darren Waller: Start
  • Cam Newton: Start 
  • Julian Edelman: Start
  • Sony Michel : Sit
  • Kneal Harry: Flex 

Game 4: Titans VS Vikings

  • Ryan Tannehill: Flex
  • AJ Brown: Flex
  • Corey Davis: Flex  
  • Jonnu Smith: Start
  • Derrick Henry: Start 
  • Adam Thielen: Start 
  • Justin Jefferson: Sit
  • Dalvin Cook: Start
  • Kirk Cousins: Sit
  • Kyle Rudolph: Sit

Game 5: Niners VS Giants

  • Jimmy Garoppolo/Nick Mullens: Start/ Sit
  • Jerrick Mckinnon: Start
  • George Kittle/ Jordan Reed: Start/ Start
  • Niners WRs: Sit
  • Daniel Jones: Start
  • Golden Tate III: Sit
  • Sterling Shepard: Flex
  • Giants RBs: Sit
  • Darius Slayton: Start (Start now that shepard is hurt)
  • Evan Engram : Start

Game 6: Bengals VS Eagles

  • Joe Burrow: Start
  • Joe Mixon: Start
  • Sample: Start (Flex, wait for further usage unless absolutely needed)
  • AJ Green: Flex
  • Tyler Boyd: Start
  • Desean Jackson: Start
  • Miles Sanders: Start
  • Zach Ertz: Start
  • Dallas Goedert: Flex
  • Carson Wentz: Start
  • Jalen Raegor: Flex

Game 7: Bears VS Falcons 

  • Matt Ryan: Start
  • Todd Gurley: Flex
  • Julio Jones: Start
  • Calvin Ridley: Start
  • Russell Gage: Flex
  • Hayden Hurst: Flex
  • Allen Robinson: Start
  • Anthony Miller: Flex
  • Mitchell Trubisky: Start
  • David Montgomery: Start
  • Tarik Cohen: Sit

Game 8: Rams VS Bills

  • Jared Goff: Start
  • Malcolm Brown/ Darrell Henderson: Start 
  • Robert Woods: Start
  • Cooper Kupp: Start
  • Tyler Higbee: Start
  • Josh Allen: Start 
  • John Brown: Start
  • Bill’s Backfield: Flex
  • Stefon Diggs: Flex

Game 9: Texans VS Steelers

  • Ben Roethlisberger: Start
  • James Connor: Start
  • Benny Snell Jr.: Sit
  • Juju Smith-Schuster: Start
  • Dionte Johnson: Start
  • Eric Ebron: Sit
  • David Johnson: Flex
  • Brandin Cooks: Flex (Start if Will Fuller is inactive)
  • Deshaun Watson: Start
  • Will Fuller V: Flex
  • Duke Johnson: Sit

Game 10: Panthers VS Chargers

  • Austin Ekeler: Start
  • Joshua Kelley: Flex
  • Keenan Allen: Start
  • Hunter Henry: Start 
  • Tyrod Taylor: Flex
  • Mike Davis: Flex
  • D.J. Moore: Flex
  • Curtis Samuel: Sit
  • Robby Anderson: Flex

Game 11: Cowboys VS Seahawks

  • Dak Prescott: Start
  • Amari Cooper: Start
  • Michael Gallup: Start
  • CeeDee Lamb: Start
  • Ezekiel Elliot: Start
  • Dalton Shultz: Start
  • Chris Carson: Flex 
  • Russell Wilson: Start
  • D.K. Metcalf: Start
  • Tyler Lockett : Start

Game 12: Jets VS Colts

  • Sam Darnold: Sit
  • Jets Rbs: Sit
  • Jamison Crowder: Start 
  • Chris Herndon: Flex
  • Chris Hogan: Start if Crowder is out otherwise Siit (Flex not start)
  • Johnathan Taylor: Start
  • Nyheim Hines: Flex
  • Philip Rivers: Start
  • T.Y. Hilton: Start
  • Michael Pittman Jr.: Flex

Game 13: Lions VS Cardinals

  • Matthew Stafford: Start
  • Kenny Golladay: Start
  • Marvin Jones: Flex
  • D’andre Swift: Start
  • Adrian Peterson/ Kerryon Johnson: Sit
  • Kenyan Drake: Start (RB2-RB3 fringe)
  • Kyler Murray: Start
  • DeAndre Hopkins: Start
  • Christian Kirk: Flex

Game 14: Buccaneers VS Broncos

  • Tom Brady: Start
  • Chris Godwin: Start
  • Mike Evans: Start
  • Leonard Fournette: Start
  • Bucs TEs: Sit
  • Jeff Driskell: Sit
  • Melvin Gordon: Flex
  • Phillip Lindsey: Flex (Watch Injury Report)
  • Jerry Jeudy: Flex
  • Noah Fant: Start

Game 15: Packers VS Saints

  • Aaron Jones: Start
  • Aaron Rodgers: Start 
  • Allen Lazard: Flex
  • Davante Adams: Start
  • MVS: (Flex for deeper leagues)
  • Drew Brees: Start
  • Trequon Smith: flex
  • Emmanuel Sanders: Sit
  • Alvin Kamara: Start
  • Jared Cook: Start

Game 16: Chiefs VS Ravens 

  • Patrick Mahomes: Start
  • Tyreek Hill: Start
  • CEH: Start
  • Travis Kelce: Start
  • Sammy Watkins: Flex
  • Mecole Hardman: Sit
  • Lamar Jackson: Start
  • Marquise Brown: Start
  • JK Dobbins: Flex
  • Mark Ingram: Flex 
  • Mark Andrews: Start

Week 2 Waiver Wire Adds

Week 2 was plagued by injuries in one of the most painful Sundays I’ve seen. I personally lost Saquon Barkley, Courtland Sutton and Sterling Shepherd this week. These injuries make this weeks waiver wire picks even more important. Here is our list of waiver wire targets for week 2:

  1. Mike Davis (CAR Panthers): Christian Mccaffrey was one of the few first round picks that got hurt this week. He is likely to be out 4-6 weeks, but he did say he would work hard and be back sooner than expected. So at least for the next three to four weeks expect Mike Davis to take the workhorse role. The next three games for the Panthers are the Chargers, the Cardinals and the Falcons. Other than the Chargers, the Cardinals and the Falcons both struggle against the run and Davis should have big games. Mike Davis should be the first player targeted this week.
  2. Dion Lewis/ Wayne Gallman (NY Giants): Saquon Barkley was the other top pick to suffer an injury this week and sadly, he will be out all year. The next running back in the depth chart is Dion Lewis and then Wayne Gallman. I would expect a committee in the Giants backfield moving forward with Lewis handling third down work along with some early down work and Gallman to handle redzone work. I believe both should be rostered with Dion Lewis having a higher priority and Wayne Gallman being targeted right after.
  3. Jordan Reed (SF 49ers): The Niners got the worst of the bunch this past Sunday, losing Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas. The Niners are also missing George Kittle and Deebo Samuel the top two receiving threats for the Niners in 2019. In week two’s matchup against the Jets, Jordan Reed had 8 targets from which he caught 7 passes for 50 yards and 2 TDs. If Kittle misses more time which is probable, Reed should be in for an expanded role in the depleted Niners receiver core.
  4. Dalton Shultz (DAL Cowboys): Blake Jarwin went down in week one’s matchup against the Rams and he is expected to be out for the season. Backup tight end, Dalton Shultz, stepped up big in the Cowboys week 2 matchup. Dak Prescott has also already developed a connection with Shultz. Dak targeted Shultz 10 times from which Shultz caught 9 for 88 yards and 1 TD. Week 3, the Cowboys are up against a depleted Seahawks defense that lost another two starters this past Sunday. Dalton Shultz should be in for a big game along with Dak Prescott as Seahawks have allowed two 395+ yard QBs in both their matchups.
  5. K’Neal Harry (NE Patriots): Cam Newton is looking better than his MVP season and we saw just a glimpse of that on Sunday night. The Patriots receiver core is very depleted as well, having no one outside of Julian Edelman. The only target Cam Newton has is second year WR, K’Neal Harry. After an underwhelming rookie season due to injuries, Harry cam out Sunday night with a mission. Harry had 12 targets from which he caught 8 passes for 72 yards and was inches away from a game winning TD. Edelman had 11 targets so it is promising to see that Harry had more targets and has a real connection with Cam Newton.
  6. Other additions: Devonta Freeman (FA), Justin Herbert (LA Chargers), Drew Sample (CIN Bengals), Gardner Minshew (JAC Jaguars), Van Jefferson (LA Rams), Justin Jefferson (Min Vikings), Kendrick Bourne (SF 49ers)

Defense/ST Fantasy OUTLOOK for 2020:

Every year there is that one defense that surprises everyone and ends up being a league winner. In 2019, that was the Patriots D/ST who averaged 11.8 Fantasy ppg. It’s unlikely that another team in 2020 will do that well because the Patriots had an absurdly easy schedule last year that helped their already-strong defense succeed. In this article our analysts will list teams that are the most likely and the teams that are least likely along with some sleeper defenses to target late in the draft. 

This is list is based on:

  • Strength of schedule 
  • Division 
  • Last year rankings
  • FA and post draft additions 

As always if there are any questions about our decisions leave a comment!

Defenses primed for regression:

Hamza + Eric + Javier (same consensus by all analysts)
1. Niners D/ST: Loss of Buckner.Dee Ford, Nick Bosa, K’Wuan Williams dealing with soft tissue injuries.Had a superbowl run so the team has had less rest time. There is a trend that the best defense from the previous always experiences a slight regression. (Ex: Bears 2018-2019). Also is in one of the toughest divisions in football (NFC west). 
2. Patriots D/ST: Many key defensive players opted out due to COVID. Dolphins and Bills got stronger offensively (divisional teams). Also one of the toughest schedules for 2020. 

Defenses to avoid:

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1. Bears D/ST: A struggling offense combined with a tough division puts the Bears defense in a bad position. Lost HaHa Clinton-Dix in the offseason.NE D/ST: Being drafted at number 6 amongst all defenses is way too high for the reasons stated above. Rams D/ST: The Rams have two of the best defensive players in football with Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey. These two helped them finish top 5 last year with 146 points an average of 9.1 points. However, their week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys will prove to be tough after the great additions the Cowboys have made this offseason. You are better off looking elsewhere.
2. Broncos D/ST: 12th hardest schedule for 2020 according to NFL.com. Offense hasn’t found their groove yet. Same division as Chiefs and chargers. Loss of Chris Harris Jr. and Derek Wolfe. Texans D/ST: Loss of DJ Reader, Jonathan Joseph, Mingo and Tashaun Gibson. In 2019 they ranked 19th overall as a defense after ranking 11th in 2018.Play the Chiefs week 1.Same division as Colts and Titans.Tampa Bay D/ST: The Buccaneers were able to finish in the top 10 last season by having the 5th highest turnovers in the league. Tom Brady’s arrival will also put the defense in better game scripts. However, they get a nightmare week 1 matchup against the New Orleans Saints. They are not worth drafting and will be better off as a waiver wire pickup if available. 

Defenses to target:

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1. Vikings D/ST: Free agency additions- Michael Pierce, Trae Waynes, Anthony Zettel. Also drafted CB Jeff Gladney at pick 31 in the first round. Cowboys D/ST: The Cowboys have relatively easy matchups against the NFC East opponents. Finishing last year at 17, the Cowboys have added Dontari Poe, Everson Griffen, and Aldon Smith. Their front seven is greatly improved and should be able to force turnovers with ease.Bills D/ST: Talented defense and mediocre division. Offense will put them in favorable game scripts leading to opposing teams having to air it out. AFC east QBs they will face six times a year: Newton/Stidham, Darnold, Fitzpatrick/ Tua.
2. Colts D/ST: Added Deforest Buckner, Sheldon Day, Xavier Rhodes in free agency with Juston Houston, Darius Leonord, Malik Hooker and Kenny MooreChargers D/ST: Finishing last season at 7, the Chargers added top CB Chris Harris Jr. and DT Linval Joseph. While they do face the Chiefs twice a year, they should be considered otherwise weekly starters.Colts D/ST: Easy schedule and great front seven for those sack points.
3. Saints D/ST: 9th easiest schedule. Ended 9th in 2019 in fantasy football at 8.4fppg and managed to keep most of the defense. Ravens D/ST: Safe pick as the Ravens have been the second best in the league since 2018. They have added rookie Patrick Queen, Malik Harrison and Justin Madubuike. Chargers D/ST: Formidable defense that added Chris Harris and Linval Joseph in free agency, then drafted Kenneth Murray.