Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is the ultimate take on the best and worst matchups based on a PPR scoring system in fantasy football. This column will not cover the elite players in the NFL like Josh Allen, Jonathan Taylor or Cooper Kupp. Instead, I’ll look at the players you have questions about who could exceed or fail in each position. For all your final fantasy lineup decisions, check out my weekly player rankings, which are updated daily throughout the NFL season.
Fabs Top 10 Running Backs
1. Jonathan Taylor vs Chiefs
2. Christian McCaffrey vs Saints
3. Saquon Barkley vs. Cowboys (MNF)
4. Austin Ekeler at Jaguars
5. D’Andre Swift at Vikings
6. Joe Mixon at Jets
7. Derrick Henry vs Raiders
8. Dalvin Cook vs Lions
9. Leonard Fournette vs. Packers
10. Nick Chubb vs. Steelers (TNF)
Full positional rankings: QB | RB | WR | AT | BOW | k | Summer timeRead:Chiefs’ Andy Reid says he made the call vs. Colts bleed clock into halftime
Week 3 Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em: QUARTERBACKS | RUNNING BACK | WIDE RECEIVERS | TIGHT ENDS | KICKERS & TEAM DEFENSE
Week 3 Start ‘Em: Running Backs
Beginning of the week
David Montgomery vs. Texans (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS): Montgomery looked great in Green Bay last week, hitting 122 yards and averaging over eight yards per rush. He also saw 50% of the backfield touches, so there was no commission with Khalil Herbert. Next on the schedule is a date with the Texans, who have averaged more than 28 points per game to running backs since Week 13, 2021.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Montgomery over 67.5 riveting yards
Antonio Gibson vs. Eagles (1pm ET, Fox): Gibson didn’t post a huge stat line last week, but he did score a touchdown and 12.1 fantasy points in a loss to the Lions. Next up is a date with the Eagles, who have awarded the sixth most points to running backs as of Week 13 2021. During that time, which spans a total of seven games, their defense has allowed 16 or more points for a back five times.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire at Colts (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS): CEH has had a very good start to the 2022 campaign, scoring a combined 38.2 points in its first two games. He’s in the RB2 or flex call this week as he faces a Colts defense that sucked against the run without LB Shaquille Leonard. If his injured back keeps him out of the game again, Edwards-Helaire will be in a prime position to achieve success.
James Robinson at Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET, Fox): Which Achilles tendon surgery? How so? Forget it! Robinson was a star in the first two weeks, scoring a combined 35.7 fantasy points while seeing 35.6% of the Jaguars backfield touches. While the Travis Etienne truthrs won’t like it, Robinson is still the best runner in this offense and should be considered a solid flex option against the Chargers.
Dameon Pierce at Bears (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS): Pierce scored just 8.7 fantasy points last week, but saw 43.2% of backfield touches in a loss to the Broncos. That was more than the 23.5% share he had in the opener. The rookie also averaged a solid 4.6 yards per rush in the game. He will be on the radar against the Bears, who were smoked for 193 rushing yards by Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Pierce over 58.5 rush yards
• Kareem Hunt vs. Steelers (Thurs 8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video)
• Miles Sanders at Commanders (1pm ET, Fox)
• Michael Carter vs. Bengals (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS)
• James Robinson at Chargers ($6,100)
• David Montgomery vs. Texans ($5,900)
• Michael Carter vs Bengal ($5,200)
Week 3 Sit ‘Em: Running Backs
Seat of the week
Ezekiel Elliott at Giants (8:15 p.m. Mon., ESPN): If Cowboys honk, I hope having Zeke as Sit of the Week evokes some sort of reverse jinx. His production level was minimal in the first two games, and only 4% of his carry is with more than eight men in the box this season. He also averaged just 13.9 points in four road games against the Giants, and those were in his prime number.
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AJ Dillon at Buccaneers (4:25 PM ET, Fox): Dillon will be in many fantasy lineups this weekend, so consider this more of a warning than a hard sit ’em. The Buccaneers’ defense has struggled with running backs, averaging just 11.7 points in their first two games. Tampa Bay also has the seventh fewest points in the position since Week 13, 2021, with Dillon splitting the job with Aaron Jones.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Dillon over 14.5 receiving yards
Cam Akers vs. Cardinals (4:25 PM ET, Fox): Anyone who tells you they know what to expect from the Rams backfield is lying. Akers started and saw more touches than Darrell Henderson last week, but he came second in snaps (35-27) in what is now a commission. Akers also averaged a meager 2.9 yards per rush compared to Henderson’s 4.7. Starting any of these backs is a risk regardless of the matchup, so I wouldn’t trust Akers that much more than a low end flex starter.
Chase Edmonds vs. Bills (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS): Edmonds burned a lot of fantasy fans last week as he saw just 11.1% of the stake in a win over the Ravens. That was less than the 34.8% share he had in Week 1, when the Dolphins pulled back with Raheem Mostert as their lead. This rotation is confusing, to be sure, and the Bills have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Edmonds is a risk-reward flex.
Jeff Wilson Jr. at Broncos (8:20 PM ET, NBC): Wilson led the 49ers back-in-touch share (33.3%) in his first game without Elijah Mitchell, and he should see even more work with Tyrion Davis-Price out of action. I would still be wary of him this week as more than a flex, as the Niners are dealing with a Broncos defense that has been averaging 16.9 fantasy points per game per game since week 13 of last season.
SI Sportsbook Player Prop: Wilson Jr. under 55.5 rushing yards
• Damien Harris vs. Ravens (1:00 p.m. ET, Fox)
• Travis Etienne at Chargers (4:05 PM ET, Fox)
• Devin Singletary at Dolphins (1pm ET, CBS)
• AJ Dillon at Buccaneers ($6,000)
• Damien Harris v Ravens ($5,600)
• Devin Singletary with Dolphins ($ 5,600)
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