Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Tight Ends: Week 3

Welcome to Fantasy Football Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Tight Ends edition for Week 3 of the NFL season. This edition features a Titans pass-catcher emerging as a must-start play. Plus, a player fresh off a two-touchdown performance is met with more question marks than pluses heading into this week’s game.

* Reminder: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em is intended to present you with the non-obvious choices for your fantasy lineup. We dig deep into player matchups, scoring trends, and other factors to best help you with your fantasy decisions. Superstars such as Travis Kelce will not be found in this column. If you’re looking for players of such caliber check out our weekly fantasy football tight end rankings.

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Start of the Week: Tyler Higbee at BUF

Three touchdowns in one game will get fantasy owners’ attention. After a down Week 1, Higbee exploded for 28-plus points this past Sunday. Matching his touchdown output may be asking too much, however matching his fantasy scoring output is certainly not out of the question. Buffalo allowed 27.0 points to Mike Gesicki last week and has surrendered six-plus receptions to the position in back-to-back weeks.

Jonnu Smith at MIN

Smith is in the midst of a breakout campaign, ranking top-11 at his position in receptions (11th), receiving yards (8th) and touchdowns (1st). With A.J. Brown’s Week 3 playing status still up in the air, expect Smith to remain very much relevant in the Titans’ underappreciated passing attack. Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox entered Week 2 matchup with the Vikings owning a single-game career-high of 34 receiving yards. He left Week’s 2’s matchup vs. the Vikings with 111-receiving yards and 16.1 fantasy points.

Mike Gesicki at JAC

We’ve already slightly touched on Gesicki’s brilliant Week 2 play above. The Miami pass-catcher saw 11 targets come his way, hauling in eight passes, one touchdown, and 130 receiving yards (a Dolphins TE record). Gesicki has a strong chance of continuing his stellar play on Thursday night vs. a Jaguars defense who allows the third-most points to opposing TEs this season, including 84 yards and two touchdowns to Jonnu Smith last week.

Sleepers: Drew Sample at PHI

A second-round pick one season ago, Sample finished his rookie campaign with just five …read more

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Cindy McCain, wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, to endorse Joe Biden, following a report of Trump privately disparaging military members

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Cindy McCain, the wife of the late GOP Sen. John McCain, is set to endorse Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president, Biden announced during a fundraiser.

McCain’s support could make waves in the battleground state of Arizona, for which her husband served as a US senator, ahead of the 2020 election.

Biden announced McCain’s upcoming endorsement during a fundraising event Tuesday, saying she is endorsing him because of Trump’s alleged remarks about fallen members of the military.

“Maybe I shouldn’t say it, but I’m about to go on one of these Zooms with John McCain’s wife, who is first time ever is endorsing me because of what he [Trump] talks about with my son and John’s who are heroes — who served their country, you know — he said they’re losers, they’re suckers,” Biden said during the fundraiser.

Biden’s announcement referred to The Atlantic report earlier this month that claimed Trump had privately disparaged Americans who had died in combat, calling them “losers” and “suckers.”

When Sen. John McCain died in 2018, Trump reportedly said “we’re not going to support that loser’s funeral,” three sources familiar with his remarks told The Atlantic. The president also became furious when he saw flags at half-staff in response to McCain’s death, saying “What the f— are we doing that for? Guy was a f—ing loser,” according to The Atlantic report.

In response to the report, White House spokesperson Alyssa Farah told The Atlantic that Trump’s remarks were “false” and that he “holds the military in the highest regard.”

“He’s demonstrated his commitment to them at every turn: delivering on his promise to give our troops a much-needed pay raise, increasing military spending, signing critical veterans reforms, and supporting military spouses,” Farah continued in the statement. “This has no basis in fact.”

Cindy McCain narrated a video at the Democratic National Convention detailing the friendship between her late husband and Biden, who worked together at the Senate for two decades. Former McCain staffers, alongside ex-staffers for Bush and Romney, also formally endorsed Biden last month.

“Given the incumbent president’s lack of competent leadership, his efforts to aggravate rather than bridge divisions among Americans, and his failure to uphold American values, we believe the election of former Vice President Biden is clearly in the national interest,” they wrote in the endorsement.

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Jerry Jones Puts Cowboys Defense on Notice For Week 3 at Seattle

Overshadowed by the sheer unthinkability of the Cowboys‘ Week 2 comeback victory was a concerning performance by the Dallas defense, which surrendered 39 points and four passing touchdowns to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan.

What’s especially worrisome is that Ryan emerged from the game statistically unscathed — no interceptions thrown and just one sack absorbed. A mostly clean pocket and little fear of retribution.

This is a disconcerting theme harkening back to last season, and it appears neither changing coaches nor personnel aided in the Cowboys’ reparative efforts.

It barely cut it against the clutchless Falcons and certainly won’t against the undefeated Seahawks in Seattle, owner/general manager Jerry Jones warned his 1-1 bunch entering Week 3.

“We’ve got a lot of work. We’re not taking a football team into Seattle that’s hitting on all cylinders at all,” Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan. “We’ve got a lot of work to do. You saw it defensively, we’ve got some serious work to do. We’ve got alignments to work on, we’ve got basic defensive technique to work on. We’re still working through the kinds of things you might be working through midway through training camp. Now other teams are too. And so, we’ve got a lot to work on, but that’s the good news.”

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Dispiriting Numbers

Dallas brought aboard, among others this offseason, veteran pass-rushers Everson Griffen and Aldon Smith to terrorize opposing signal-callers, paired alongside $105 million defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence — not to mention new, pressure-happy coordinator Mike Nolan.

The collective marriage has yet to yield desired results.

The Cowboys rank 25th in points allowed per game, 24th in total yards, 23rd in passing, and 21st in rushing. Bottom of the barrel across the board. Further, the team has 17 QB pressures (13 from the Griffen-Smith-Lawrence troika), two sacks (one apiece from Griffen and Smith) and one interception (cornerback Chidobe Awuzie).

Nothing from Jaylon Smith. Nothing from Xavier Woods. Nothing a lot different than 2019, except Griffen’s expletive-filled pushback against the sagging stats.

Tough Test Looms

Next on the docket after losing to Jared Goff and somehow beating Ryan is Seattle’s Russell Wilson, arguably the most underrated elite QB of all-time. Wilson threw for 322 yards in Week 1 and 288 yards in his Week 2 takedown of the New England Patriots. He ranks first in …read more

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Analyst Blasts LeBron James: ‘GOATs Don’t Hide’

Over the years, LeBron James has become one of the more clutch superstar players ever. However, there have been times where he’s allowed other teammates to shine late in games. Ray Allen had to save him a couple of times when he was in Miami and Kyrie Irving made some big shots when he was in Cleveland.

In Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers needed a hero late in the game but it was Anthony Davis, not LeBron. Davis is considered one of the best players in the NBA so it shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise that he ended up taking the big shot in the end. That said, some had a problem with LeBron’s perceived lack of effort on the final play of the game. Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless went after the superstar in a tweet:

LeBron apologists: The last play last night was called FOR HIM. He was 1-6 in 4th q, 2 turnovers. As Rondo looked to in bound, LEBRON DID NOT MOVE. He wanted no part of the play. AD was the 4th option. AD saved him. You giving LeBron a pass for that??? GOATS don’t hide.

LeBron apologists: The last play last night was called FOR HIM. He was 1-6 in 4th q, 2 turnovers. As Rondo looked to in bound, LEBRON DID NOT MOVE. He wanted no part of the play. AD was the 4th option. AD saved him. You giving LeBron a pass for that??? GOATS don’t hide.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 22, 2020

Nobody knows exactly what the play was that the Lakers had drawn up so it’s a bit unfair to LeBron to suggest he just stood around. Davis is a great player and should get a chance to hit big shots. LeBron only has so many years left while Davis should be the future for the team.

Bayless Still Believe Michael Jordan Is Greatest Ever

In his 17th year in the NBA, LeBron is still playing at an MVP level. Due to the sheer longevity as a dominant player, many believe he’s the greatest basketball player ever. However, Bayless is still of the belief that Michael Jordan was better.

“The media didn’t love him [Jordan] because he wasn’t the greatest with the media the way LeBron is just great with the media,” Bayless said.

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