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Fantasy football advice: Picking the right Falcons-Cowboys players for Week 3

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Here's our guide to Atlanta and Dallas players to play and sit in this third week of the NFL season, as the Falcons (and hopefully your fantasy team) seek a third straight win.


QB Matt Ryan

Ryan hasn't had a huge fantasy day yet, but he's had two quality ones, and he should enjoy another fine day against a so-so Cowboys secondary. He's a QB2, ideally, but start him with confidence if he's the best you've got.

RB Devonta Freeman

I don't expect Freeman to have a big day against Dallas' competent run defense, but I do think he'll score at least once and put up enough yardage to put him on the FLEX radar. Considering his only competition for carries is UDFA Terron Ward, he's worth a look.

WR Terrance Williams

This might seem odd, because Brandon Weeden will be throwing him the ball, but the Cowboys could fall behind early and be forced to throw, and Williams is the likeliest beneficiary if Bryant and Witten are out of this one.

WR Julio Jones

He is the destroyer of worlds.

Falcons Defense

For the first time all year, I feel good about this one ahead of time. Brandon Weeden will be playing quarterback without Dez Bryant and perhaps without Jason Witten, and the Falcons' stout run defense has been impressive up to this point. If you're not hanging on to one of the league's elite units this week, I'd spin up the Falcons.


QB Brandon Weeden

There's a decent chance he'll turn the ball over a couple of times, the pass rush should be able to at least harry him into missed throws, and he's Brandon Weeden. Don't touch him.

Dallas RBs

Because you don't know whether Joseph Randle will dominate the touches, whether Darren McFadden will steal some touches, if Lance Dunbar will be more active than either in the passing game, and whether Christine Michael will get up to speed and potentially get in the game here. Randle's your best bet, but I'd steer clear.

WR Roddy White

The #2 wide receiver situation may just be a nightmare on this team, fantasy-wise, but after Week 1 introduced some doubt, I'm still going with Leonard Hankerson as the better fantasy asset. Leave Roddy parked on the bench.

Cowboys Defense

I may wind up regretting this prediction, but the Falcons offense has hummed along just fine, and even without Tevin Coleman it should roll on just fine. I just wouldn't bet on this Dallas defense, minus Greg Hardy, to totally hold the Falcons in check. I'm a little nervous about that, though.