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Fantasy Football -- Week 3 rankings

Just like that, two weeks are in the books. Not exactly high-level football to date, let's be honest.

Then again, fantasy football owners should largely be happy with the overall running back depth this season.

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Sleepers including Buck Allen, Tarik Cohen and Chris Carson have emerged and several teams have multiple viable options to date. Jordan Howard and Ezekiel Elliott owners aren't exactly thrilled at the moment. Understood. Hang tight, especially the Elliott faction, though I didn't love the Cowboys offense overall entering this season now that teams had a chance for a longer look at the Dak Prescott-led attack.

Meanwhile, passing game struggles with the Bengals, Giants and Redskins are a tad concerning, though A.J. Green and Odell Beckham owners should resist trade offers from those attempting to buy low.

What's going on with Alex Smith and the Chiefs actually seems sustainable considering the playmakers available -- Kareem Hunt, Tyreke Hill, Travis Kelce -- while the Eagles' heavy pass-run imbalance gives Carson Wentz weekly QB1 consideration. 

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Those with high-end tight ends are on edge after a rough Week 2 saw Greg Olsen exit with a multi-week foot injury while Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed owners hope their guys won't miss time.

Let's get to the Week 3 rankings and note those higher -- Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, Buck Allen, Chris Thompson, Kelvin Benjamin, J.J. Nelson, Hunter Henry  -- and lower than normal. Check back for updates or hit me up on Twitter -- @benstandig -- with questions. ​

Quarterbacks

1.  Aaron Rodgers, GB
 
2.  Tom Brady, NE
 
3.  Matt Ryan, ATL
 
4.  Cam Newton, CAR
 
5.  Derek Carr, OAK
 
6.  Matthew Stafford, DET
 
7.  Drew Brees, NO
 
8.  Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
 
9.  Russell Wilson, SEA
 
10.  Dak Prescott, DAL
 
11.  Marcus Mariota, TEN
 
12.  Carson Wentz, PHI

13.  Kirk Cousins, WAS
 
14.  Jameis Winston, TB
 
15.  Philip Rivers, LAC
 
16.  Alex Smith, KC
 
17.  Carson Palmer, ARI
 
18.  DeShone Kizer, CLE
 
19.  Sam Bradford, MIN
 
20.  Trevor Siemian, DEN
 
21.  Jay Cutler, MIA
 
22.  Andy Dalton, CIN
 
23.  Jacoby Brissett, IND
 
24.  Tyrod Taylor, BUF
 
25.  Eli Manning, NYG
 
26.  Joe Flacco, BAL
 
27.  Jared Goff, LAR
 
28.  Deshaun Watson, HOU
 
29.  Josh McCown, NYJ
 
30.  Blake Bortles, JAC
 
31.  Mike Glennon, CHI
 
32.  Brian Hoyer, SF

Running backs

1.  Le'Veon Bell, PIT
 
2.  Ezekiel Elliott, DAL
 
3.  Jay Ajayi, MIA
 
4.  Kareem Hunt, KC
 
5.  Todd Gurley, LAR
 
6.  LeSean McCoy, BUF
 
7.  Devonta Freeman, ATL
 
8.  Melvin Gordon, LAC
 
9.  Carlos Hyde, SF
 
10.  Ty Montgomery, GB
 
11.  C.J. Anderson, DEN
 
12.  Dalvin Cook, MIN
 
13.  Marshawn Lynch, OAK
 
14.  Leonard Fournette, JAC
 
15.  Mike Gillislee, NE
 
16.  Isaiah Crowell, CLE
 
17.  Christian McCaffrey, CAR
 
18.  Jonathan Stewart, CAR
 
19.  Lamar Miller, HOU
 
20.  Tarik Cohen, CHI
 
21.  Javorius Allen, BAL
 
22.  Ameer Abdullah, DET
 
23.  Chris Carson, SEA
 
24.  DeMarco Murray, TEN
 
25.  Jordan Howard, CHI
 
26.  Jacquizz Rodgers, TB
 
27.  Chris Thompson, WAS
 
28.  Tevin Coleman, ATL
 
29.  Mark Ingram, NO
 
30.  Frank Gore, IND
 
31.  Matt Forte, NYJ
 
32.  Samaje Perine, WAS
 
33.  Darren Sproles, PHI
 
34.  Joe Mixon, CIN
 
35.  Terrance West, BAL
 
36.  Bilal Powell, NYJ
 
37.  James White, NE
 
38.  Theo Riddick, DET
 
39.  Derrick Henry, TEN
 
40.  Chris Johnson, ARI
 
41.  Kerwynn Williams, ARI
 
42.  Duke Johnson, CLE
 
43.  Paul Perkins, NYG
 
44.  Giovani Bernard, CIN
 
45.  Alvin Kamara, NO
 
46.  Jamaal Charles, DEN
 
47.  Shane Vereen, NYG
 
48.  Jalen Richard, OAK
 
49.  D'Onta Foreman, HOU
 
50.  Marlon Mack, IND
 
51.  Wendell Smallwood, PHI
 
52.  Mike Tolbert, BUF
 
53.  Orleans Darkwa, NYG
 
54.  DeAndre Washington, OAK
 
55.  Chris Ivory, JAC
 
56.  Adrian Peterson, NO
 
57.  Andre Ellington, ARI
 
58.  Rex Burkhead, NE
 
59.  LeGarrette Blount, PHI
 
60.  Matt Breida, SF

Wide receivers

1.  Antonio Brown, PIT
 
2.  Julio Jones, ATL
 
3.  A.J. Green, CIN
 
4.  Mike Evans, TB
 
5.  Amari Cooper, OAK
 
6.  Michael Crabtree, OAK
 
7.  Michael Thomas, NO
 
8.  Kelvin Benjamin, CAR
 
9.  Brandin Cooks, NE
 
10.  Doug Baldwin, SEA
 
11.  Keenan Allen, LAC
 
12.  Davante Adams, GB
 
13.  Demaryius Thomas, DEN
 
14.  Golden Tate, DET
 
15.  Dez Bryant, DAL
 
16.  Larry Fitzgerald, ARI
 
17.  DeAndre Hopkins, HOU
 
18.  Tyreek Hill, KC
 
19.  Alshon Jeffery, PHI
 
20.  Emmanuel Sanders, DEN
 
21.  Odell Beckham Jr., NYG
 
22.  Stefon Diggs, MIN
 
23.  Devante Parker, MIA
 
24.  Terrelle Pryor, WAS
 
25.  Randall Cobb, GB
 
26.  J.J. Nelson, ARI
 
27.  Adam Thielen, MIN
 
28.  Martavis Bryant, PIT
 
29.  Pierre Garcon, SF
 
30.  Jarvis Landry, MIA
 
31.  Jamison Crowder, WAS
 
32.  T.Y. Hilton, IND
 
33.  Chris Hogan, NE
 
34.  Jeremy Maclin, BAL
 
35.  Tyrell Williams, LAC
 
36.  Sammy Watkins, LAR
 
37.  DeSean Jackson, TB
 
38.  Allen Hurns, JAC
 
39.  Marqise Lee, JAC
 
40.  Rishard Matthews, TEN
 
41.  Jermaine Kearse, NYJ
 
42.  Cooper Kupp, LAR
 
43.  Marvin Jones, DET
 
44.  Devin Funchess, CAR
 
45.  Kenny Golladay, DET
 
46.  Ted Ginn, NO
 
47.  Rashard Higgins, CLE
 
48.  Sterling Shepard, NYG
 
49.  Mohamed Sanu, ATL
 
50.  Eric Decker, TEN
 
51.  Tyler Lockett, SEA
 
52.  Kendall Wright, CHI
 
53.  Danny Amendola, NE
 
54.  Jaron Brown, ARI
 
55.  Brandon Marshall, NYG
 
56.  Corey Davis, TEN
 
57.  Robby Anderson, NYJ
 
58.  Donte Moncrief, IND
 
59.  Jordan Matthews, BUF
 
60.  Mike Wallace, BAL
 
61.  Brandon Coleman, NO
 
62.  Kenny Stills, MIA
 
63.  Cole Beasley, DAL
 
64.  Nelson Agholor, PHI
 
65.  Marquise Goodwin, SF

Tight ends

1.  Rob Gronkowski, NE
 
2.  Travis Kelce, KC
 
3.  Zach Ertz, PHI
 
4.  Jordan Reed, WAS
 
5.  Kyle Rudolph, MIN
 
6.  Delanie Walker, TEN
 
7.  Martellus Bennett, GB
 
8.  Eric Ebron, DET
 
9.  Jimmy Graham, SEA
 
10.  Coby Fleener, NO
 
11.  Jared Cook, OAK
 
12.  Hunter Henry, LAC
 
13.  Jason Witten, DAL
 
14.  Jack Doyle, IND
 
15.  Austin Hooper, ATL
 
16.  Charles Clay, BUF
 
17.  Evan Engram, NYG
 
18.  Tyler Eifert, CIN
 
19.  Julius Thomas, MIA
 
20.  Zach Miller, CHI
 
21.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins, NYJ
 
22.  Cameron Brate, TB
 
23.  Ed Dickson, CAR
 
24.  Jesse James, PIT
 
25.  Benjamin Watson, BAL

Kickers

1.  Matt Bryant, ATL
 
2.  Stephen Gostkowski, NE
 
3.  Justin Tucker, BAL
 
4.  Mason Crosby, GB
 
5.  Matt Prater, DET
 
6.  Dan Bailey, DAL
 
7.  Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK
 
8.  Graham Gano, CAR
 
9.  Cairo Santos, KC
 
10.  Chris Boswell, PIT
 
11.  Dustin Hopkins, WAS
 
12.  Blair Walsh, SEA
 
13.  Will Lutz, NO
 
14.  Phil Dawson, ARI
 
15.  Brandon McManus, DEN
 
16.  Adam Vinatieri, IND
 
17.  Cody Parkey, MIA
 
18.  Nick Folk, TB
 
19.  Ryan Succop, TEN
 
20.  Younghoe Koo, LAC

Defenses

1.  Baltimore Ravens, BAL
 
2.  Denver Broncos, DEN
 
3.  Pittsburgh Steelers, PIT
 
4.  Los Angeles Rams, LAR
 
5.  Seattle Seahawks, SEA
 
6.  Philadelphia Eagles, PHI
 
7.  Miami Dolphins, MIA
 
8.  Green Bay Packers, GB
 
9.  New England Patriots, NE
 
10.  Kansas City Chiefs, KC
 
11.  Jacksonville Jaguars, JAC
 
12.  Minnesota Vikings, MIN
 
13.  Arizona Cardinals, ARI
 
14.  Tennessee Titans, TEN
 
15.  New York Giants, NYG
 
16.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, TB
 
17.  Carolina Panthers, CAR
 
18.  Cleveland Browns, CLE
 
19.  Oakland Raiders, OAK
 
20.  Houston Texans, HOU

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Need to Know: Cousins' strong game vs. 49ers goes under the radar

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Need to Know: Cousins' strong game vs. 49ers goes under the radar

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, October 17, six days before the Washington Redskins visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night football.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 12
—Redskins @ Seahawks (11/5) 19
—Giants @ Redskins Thanksgiving (11/23) 37

Last look at Redskins vs. 49ers

—It’s gotten to a point where a Kirk Cousins game where he completes 67 percent of his passes for 330 yards, 8.9 yards per attempt, and two touchdowns as he did against the 49ers and it’s just another day, not worthy of any special note. But since 1990, a Redskins quarterback has had a line of at least 67 percent completions for 330 yards or more, 8.9 yards or more per attempt, and two or more touchdown passes just four times. Cousins did it earlier this year against the Raiders and he did it against the Packers last year. Brad Johnson also did it in 1999 against the 49ers. Add in the fact that Cousins led a fourth-quarter rally with two drives that produced 10 fourth-quarter points and that he scored the touchdown himself on a seven-yard read option run and you have a very good game that flew under the radar.

—The 49ers came into the game ranked 31st in third-down conversions on offense and on defense. The Redskins ensured that they will stay near the bottom. Washington hit on 50 percent of its third downs, converting seven of 14. Opponents had success on 47.4 percent coming into the game. Defensively the Redskins allowed six of 17, a 35.3 percent success rate, a little better than the 29.7 percent the Niners offense had going in. The 49ers converted just one of their first eight but after C.J. Beathard came in at quarterback they got rolling, converting five of their last nine.

I thought that Mack Brown might be more of a chance to run the ball with Rob Kelley out but that was before we knew that Chris Thompson was going to be the featured back. In fact, Thompson said that he didn’t know that his workload would go up until the night before the game. Back to Brown, he got two yards on two carries. He came in for a handoff on third and one in the second quarter. Perhaps he would have had a chance to do something but he got no blocking on the right side, particularly from tight ends Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed. His chance will have to wait for another day.

—Reed had a quiet day receiving with four catches for 37 yards. He confessed to not being 100 percent last week and his average of 7.9 yards per catch on the season speaks to something not being quite right. He did make a couple of key catches, though. After Thompson got tackled for a loss of nine yards on first down, Reed kept the drive alive with receptions good for 10 and 14 yards. That drive ended with Samaje Perine scoring on a three-yard pass reception for a touchdown to put the Redskins up 14-0. Still, it would be good to see Reed have a breakout game with something like seven receptions for 95 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

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2017 NFL Power Rankings: Both conferences are wide open through six weeks

Through six weeks of the NFL season, it's clear who the Super Bowl favorites are.

In the AFC, it's, um, well, OK, let's do the NFC first. In the NFC, you have to watch out for — actually, nevermind, this isn't that easy.

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The Chiefs and Eagles are the only two teams standing at 5-1, but there are quite a few 4-2 squads right behind them, as well as talented 3-win teams who can take any opponent down if they bring their best stuff. That means that as the halfway point approaches, both conferences are still open races.

And those races got a lot more interesting after a fun Week 6. The power rankings look a lot different than they did before the weekend because of Week 6's results, too.

So, click the link above or below to see who's moving up and who's sliding back. Or, in the case of the Browns, who's sliding but staying in the same spot simply because they can't be dropped any further.

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