Start or Sit Malcolm Brown, Adrian Peterson, or Tarik Cohen in Week 3?

Should I Start Malcolm Brown, Adrian Peterson, or Tarik Cohen  in Week 3?

This year for start-or-sit advice I’ve decided to share my wife’s fantasy football “insight” with the world. We will be looking at some sticky fantasy football start or sit decisions each week, and each of us will pick the player that we think should be started. I will use mostly statistical analysis, with just a touch of gut feeling. Erin will use whatever thing she uses to tell you what name speaks to her. Without further ado, let’s get into it:

Start or Sit Malcolm Brown at Cleveland Browns

Bryan’s Take: Sunday night is gonna be fun! Baker! Goff! OBJ! Cooks/Woods/Kupp! Gurley! Chubb! Malcolm Brown! Whoa whoa whoa. I got a little ahead of myself there. Malcolm glowed up in Week 1, much to the chagrin of every fantasy owner who had to drop Darrell Henderson the next day (I say with my hand high in the air). This week’s opponent, the Cleveland Browns, have a defense that has really shown up. By that, I mean,they were absolutely on the field for both games. This one could be a prime time slugfest, and Todd “Bees Knees” Gurley can’t do it all on his own. I think we’ll get to see more Week 1 Brown than Week 2 Brown against the Browns in this one. Start Malcolm Brown.

Erin’s Take: My initial reaction is that he won’t have a good game. He sounds like someone from a history book.  “Malcolm” makes me think of “Malachi.” Why do parents name their kids gloomy names like “Malcolm” and “Malachi”? He’s probably a feisty, fiendish, little guy, and might be a good football player, but I’m sticking with my gut. Sit Malcolm Brown.


Start or Sit Adrian Peterson vs. Chicago Bears

Bryan’s Take: The Bears looked legit in Week 1 at home vs. the Packers, but looked boss level meh on the road vs. the Broncos. They get another road game this week against a winless Washington team. The Washington Rubyrinds, as a team, have run the ball 30 times in two games. On the other hand, they’ve chucked it EIGHTY ONE times! Can I trust a 52-year-old running back on a team that’s only running the ball 25% of the time? Maybe, and here’s why. Both the Eagles and Cowboys (Washington’s last two opponents) rank in the top 8 in scoring. The Rinds were almost forced to pass to just keep up. The Chicago Bears? 30th in scoring. Washington possibly, maybe, might be able to control this game, but I’m still not convinced that A) the Rubyrinds run it significantly more this week and B) AP can still be productive. Sit Adrian Peterson.

Erin’s Take: I’ve heard of Adrian Peterson. A lot. I’ve heard his name so much that I’m sick of hearing about him. Peterson doesn’t sound that great to me, but everyone talks about him, so he must be a big deal. The Bears suck, right? Start Adrian Peterson.


Start or Sit Tarik Cohen at Washington Crimsonshells

Bryan’s Take: We’re not done with you yet, Chicago! Tarik Cohen was a useless waste of a roster spot in Week 2, in a low-scoring snoozefest in Denver. The Bears have yet to show any indication that they understand NFL offense. I know what you’re thinking. The Crimsonshells haven’t showed us any defense! Well yeah, but, again, that was against the Eagles and Cowboys! I’m not expecting a track meet on Monday night, and that’s going to put a cap on Cohen’s production. Sit Tarik Cohen.

Erin’s Take: I’ve been re-watching The O.C. lately, and the last name of one of the main characters is “Cohen.” So I already feel good about him! Tarik sounds like he’d be a nice, happy, funny guy, and happy people usually see positive results. Start Tarik Cohen.


Final Ranks

Bryan: Malcolm Brown > Adrian Peterson > Tarik Cohen

Erin: Tarik Cohen > Adrian Peterson > Malcolm Brown


Check back as we keep score on who made the best calls for week 3, and three other fantasy football choices each week.

You can find Erin on Instagram. For more from Bryan Sclar, follow him on Twitter (@FA_BryanSclar). Check out Bryan and Erin’s other week 3 start/sit calls:

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