The Fantasy Football season thus far has been a bit of a surprise, with the likes of David Johnson missing due to injury and players like Le'Veon Bell underperforming and Ezekiel Elliott coming off of a terrible week. For a lot of teams that thought they were packed with high scoring players, that hasn't really been the case. If you're still wondering who some of the players that you should start in Week 3 that aren't owned in too many leagues, or who you should reconsider putting in your lineup, look no further. Here are the best value plays and potential busts in fantasy football for Week 3.


Start - Alex Smith, Kansas City

People have been wondering if Alex Smith is going to come back to Earth at some point as the top fantasy quarterback in standard scoring. Smith put up over 30 points against the Patriots in Week 1 and followed it up with 16.1 in Week 2 against the Eagles. The Chargers defense is 28th against quarterbacks, and Smith is owned in less than half of ESPN fantasy leagues, making him a good pickup and play this week.

Sit - Marcus Mariota, Tennessee

Mariota has been in the upper half of quarterbacks so far, but projects to be in the lower half in Week 3 against Seattle. While the Seahawks are better at home than on the road, it will still be tough sledding for Mariota, who put up a mediocre fantasy performance against Jacksonville last week.

Running Backs

Start - Ty Montgomery, Green Bay

The rushing yardage hasn't quite been there for Ty Montgomery early in the season (just 89 yards in two games), but he's getting a high volume of touches and has found the end zone in each of the first two weeks against tough defenses. Green Bay gets a bit of a break in Week 3 as they take on Cincinnati at home, and Montgomery should be in double digits for a third straight week.

Sit - Samaje Perine, Washington

With the injury to Redskins starting running back Rob Kelley, it might be intriguing to start rookie Samaje Perine against the Raiders on Sunday. In relief duty, Perine picked up 21 carries but had just 67 yards. The Raiders have a stingy front seven that should be able to contain Perine, and Chris Thompson has been stealing touches near the end zone for Washington, no matter who starts at running back.

Wide Receivers

Start - Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina

It's been a tough start for Kelvin Benjamin so far in 2017, hauling in just seven passes for 102 yards in his first two weeks with no touchdowns. Benjamin had to play on the road against the 49ers, though and followed it up with a tough Buffalo Bills defense. Now, Benjamin gets the pleasure of facing the Saints and should find the end zone for the first time in 2017.

Sit - Jeremy Maclin, Baltimore

It's tempting to start Ravens receiver Jeremy Maclin because he has a touchdown in each of the first two games, but he's been held to just 87 yards on only six catches. When he's not scoring, Maclin doesn't offer much in value, and Week 3 should be when he finally doesn't score.

The Ravens go against the Jaguars on the road, which might sound like an easy day, but the Jags pass defense has been good at containing receivers to low fantasy totals.

Tight Ends

Start - Jack Doyle, Indianapolis

With Jacoby Brissett now playing at quarterback for the Colts, Jack Doyle has been a big beneficiary, receiving a heavy workload with eight targets in Week 2 against the Cardinals, all of which were caught. Doyle should be able to have a repeat performance in Week 3 as he takes on the Browns, and only one other team has given up more fantasy points to tight ends early in the season.

Sit - Jimmy Graham, Seattle

Jimmy Graham was very dependable last year in fantasy leagues, but so far has been a huge bust in 2017 with a total of four catches for nine yards and no touchdowns.

Graham also suffered an injury in Week 2 that could cause him to play a limited role against the Titans at best. Even if he does play, Tennessee has been able to shut down tight ends so far this year, as Graham falls from the list of usual suspects that put up big numbers from the tight end position.


Start - Miami

The Miami Dolphins defense didn't fare too well in terms of fantasy points in their first game in Week 2, but they only surrendered 17 points on the field. That should give you optimism, as it's never easy to travel to the opposite end of the country for a game when your opener was postponed due to a hurricane. Now, the Dolphins get to face the woeful Jets, who boast one of the worst offenses in the league.

Sit - Detroit

The Lions have been among surprising fantasy football defenses so far this season thanks to strong performances against the Cardinals and Giants, both of which saw their defense or special teams score touchdowns. You can't count on that every week, especially against a potent Atlanta Falcons offense. While the Lions are usually a strong play, Week 3 should have them falling back on their average of 16.5 points per game this week.