Start/Bench--Week 3 

Daniel Parr, Florida Atlantic vs Bethune-Cookman
Parr was so-so in the season opener against Navy and struggled in Week 2 at Wisconsin, as expected.  The schedule finally starts opening up for the Owls and the offense should be considerably better against Bethune-Cookman.  The Wildcats won’t be a pushover, which is great for Parr’s fantasy potential this week.


Mike White, QB-Western Kentucky vs Louisiana Tech
Many fantasy owners were looking to disown White after the Hilltoppers loss at Illinois last week.  However, White will have a chance to get the offense on track this week when Louisiana Tech comes to town.  After two weeks, the Bulldogs defense is giving up over 420 yards per game.
Tyler Huntley, QB-Utah vs San Jose State
Huntley is our Week 3 wildcard play at home against San Jose State.  In the first two games of 2017, Huntley has attempted at least 32 passes, completed at least 23 passes, and has rushed for at least 70 yards and a TD.  In two games against FBS opponents this year (South Florida and Texas), the Spartans defense gave up a total of 98 points and 1171 yards of offense.
John Kelly, RB-Tennessee at Florida
In the Vols first two games of 2017, Kelly carried the ball at least 18 times and recorded at least five receptions.  Tennessee may need him to do more than that if they are to leave The Swamp with a win on Saturday.  The Gators did give up over 200 yards on the ground to Michigan in the season opener, while their offense struggled.  If Florida continues to sputter on offense, expect the Tennessee offense to throw a lot of John Kelly at their defense.


Oshamar Abercrombie, RB-Coastal Carolina at UAB
Abercrombie rolled up 149 yards and two touchdowns on the ground in the season opener against UMass.  After a bye week, the Chanticleers travel to UAB on Saturday and the Blazers gave up 51 points at home to Ball State last week.


Michael Gallup, WR-Colorado State at Alabama
We’re never in favor of starting running backs against Alabama, but occasionally we’ll give the green light to a receiver.  Gallup is one of those guys, only because he gets so many targets.  Don’t expect Gallup to torch the Alabama defenses for 150 yards and 3 TDs, but if you play in a PPR format and are okay with his ceiling being 10-100-1 this week and you have very little depth behind him, he should be in your lineup.  

Gardner Minshew, QB-ECU v Virginia Tech
The Pirates are allowing 45.0 points per game and that average won’t drop much, if at all, when Virginia Tech visits ECU on Saturday.  So, the good news is that Minshew will probably be putting a lot of balls in the air in Week 3, but the bad news is that he’s only completed 45% of his passes through two games. 


Jarrett Stidham, QB-Auburn vs Mercer
As we have continued to point out, the strength of the Auburn offense is in the running game, not the passing game.  Last week at Clemson, Stidham passed for only 79 yards and was sacked 11 times.  The passing game won’t get much better facing a Mercer defense, but this matchup could be a confidence builder for Stidham heading into conference play.  We hope we are wrong…..who are we kidding?  We want to be right.  We’re the ones that need a confidence builder in Stidham and we’re just not sure we’ll get one this weekend.
Alex Barnes, RB-Kansas State at Vanderbilt
The Commodores have only allowed 108 rushing yards so far this season, but they have not been tested like they will this Saturday against Kansas State.  The problem isn’t solely the Vanderbilt defense, but rather the Wildcats ability to share the wealth on offense, as five different players scored a rushing TD in last week’s win over Charlotte.  There’s a chance this matchup could be a defensive struggle, so don’t expect a lot of points on the board, and don’t expect an offensive explosion from Alex Barnes.
John Lovett, RB-Baylor at Duke
To say the Bears are struggling would be an understatement, but a trip to Duke won’t make things any easier.  Last week, Lovett only had 72 yards rushing against UTSA.  In Week 3, he’ll go up against a defense that allowed 22 yards rushing to Justin Jackson and the Northwestern offense last weekend.


Mike Weber, RB-Ohio State vs Army
When you have already been strung out for two weeks, do you have the patience or confidence to start Weber against a team Ohio State should physically dominate in Week 3?  There’s no doubt that Weber will get carries, but just how many?  Last year, as the Buckeyes’ No. 1 RB, Weber had fewer than 15 carries in 8 games of 13 games.  Now, he’s splitting carries, at best, with JK Dobbins. 
Demetris Robertson, WR-Cal vs Ole Miss
Ole Miss gave up 27 points to South Alabama in Week 1 and 23 points to UT Martin in Week 2, but the hole in their defense is in the front seven, not the back end.  The Rebels are only allowing 159.5 yards per game in the air, but are giving up 194.5 yards per game on the ground.  Despite the Bears playing in two close games this season, Robertson only has nine offensive touches, and until he’s utilized more, you may be better off exploring other options.  
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