Looking towards Week 3 of the NFL fantasy football season, we will look into the matchups to discern the positive or negative impact a given matchup will have on a tight end. Below are tight ends to sit and start based on their Week 3 matchups.
Week 3 Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em Tight Ends
Must Start: Dallas Goedert – PHI (at Dallas Cowboys)
With Zach Ertz placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, his availability for Week 3 is in jeopardy. If Ertz is gone, this is a smash matchup against the Cowboys. Rob Gronkowski had eight receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns against the Cowboys in Week 1. Goedert had a down game last week against the 49ers, with only two receptions and 24 yards. However, that game was extremely low scoring, which should be the opposite of this week’s matchup.
Must Start: Noah Fant – DEN (vs New York Jets)
Fant and the Broncos have taken their early-season matchups by storm. While they have certainly had easy matchups, facing the Giants and the Jaguars, that should not matter ,as they face yet another soft matchup in the Jets. Fant is currently the TE5 in half-PPR, and despite the Patriots tight ends being not so hot last week against the Jets, Fant is still playable.
Must Start: Kyle Pitts – ATL (at New York Giants)
Pitts has struggled in the first two games of his NFL career, with just nine receptions on 14 targets for 104 yards. Much of the reason Pitts has yet to have an elite performance is that the offense has not looked great in either matchup. The offense should get better over time, and the opposing Giants over the last season have been notoriously bad against the tight ends, allowing 16 receptions for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
Must Sit: Jonnu Smith – NE (vs New Orleans Saints)
After Week 1 it seemed clear that Smith was the tight end to roster in New England. After Week 2 things look a little rougher, as Hunter Henry was far more involved. This week the Patriots draw the Saints, who have been solid against tight ends this season. There are much better options than Smith this week.
Must Sit: Mike Gesicki – MIA (at Las Vegas Raiders)
Things did not look great for Gesicki prior to Tua Tagovailoa getting injured, and it may only get worse with Jacoby Brissett under center for at least this game. Gesicki is currently the TE40 in half-PPR and is droppable at this point. The Dolphins offense is likely to struggle against the Raiders defense, so stay clear away of Gesicki.
Must Sit: Jack Doyle – IND (at Tennessee Titans)
It feels as though Doyle is the favorite tight end of Carson Wentz. However, though this matchup is not certainly impossible for the tight end, Wentz’s health is a concern. As such, Doyle is far from a premier option on the week, and even if Wentz is able to play, he will likely not be close to 100%
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