SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports fantasy expert Steve Gardner shares his advice on who you should start, and sit, in your lineup this weekend.
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Week 3 of the NFL season gets off to an early start on Sunday with the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the Baltimore Ravens in London (9:30 a.m. ET).
Fantasy owners will need to break from their usual routines to make sure the players from those two teams are properly placed in (or out) of their active lineups. That shouldn’t be too big a deal with running backs Leonard Fournette and Javorius Allen the only players who are likely being started in more than 50% of leagues. But then again, there could be some deep sleepers in this game who are ready to break out …
To help you sort this and everything else out, as well as build your optimal daily fantasy lineup, we have assembled all our best offerings of the week into one location.
Let’s start with the one thing most fantasy owners want to know …
Who should I start?
The most basic question of them all. The best thing to do is check our updated Week 3 rankings, courtesy of FantasySharks.com.
Fantasy football rankings:Week 3
— Danny Amendola. The New England Patriots wide receiver, who had 10 catches in Week 1 but missed last week’s game with a concussion, is on track to return to the lineup on Sunday vs. Houston. That’s a good sign for the Pats offense, which will be without pass-catching running back Rex Burkhead (ribs).
— Jordy Nelson. After practicing in full all week, the Green Bay Packers’ No. 1 receiver will be ready for action against Cincinnati. Nelson exited early in the first quarter last week with a quadriceps injury and did not return, so the extended rest appears to have done him good. He should see plenty of targets with fellow wideout Randall Cobb doubtful with a chest injury.
— Ezekiel Elliott. The court battle over his six-game suspension won’t be resolved for at least another couple weeks, so the Dallas Cowboys running back will be in uniform for Monday night’s game at Arizona. With Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson locked up on Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Elliott could have a big game.
— Sam Bradford. The Minnesota Vikings quarterback will once again give way to backup Case Keenum. His knee still hasn’t fully recovered, so he’ll miss a second consecutive…