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Week 3 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

Updated 9/25 at 12:05 PM ET. Moved Christine Michael up with confirmation Thomas Rawls will sit. Removed Delanie Walker. Removed Rashad Jennings. Moved Shane Vereen up. Added Orleans Darkwa. Moved Jay Ajayi down. Moved Kenyan Drake up. Moved Brandon Marshall and Willie Snead down. 

The best-laid plan for drafting DeAngelo Williams included him winning you the first three weeks. It was an unfair expectation for a 33-year-old backup, but not an altogether unreasonable one. D-Will has delivered, rolling up an eye-popping 303 yards from scrimmage on a truly ridiculous 68 touches. With Le'Veon Bell one week away from returning, the Steelers have been running Williams like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily for Williams’ owners, they have one more tomorrow. The Eagles are not a cakewalk matchup, but neither were the Bengals. The Steelers don’t care about matchups with their bell-cow back. They’re going to give him the ball 30 times to help keep the passing game opened up. The RB1 and RB3 the first two weeks, Williams is the RB1 for his starting swan song.

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Week 3 Quarterbacks

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Drew Brees vs. ATL -
2 Cam Newton vs. MIN -
3 Andrew Luck vs. SD Questionable (shoulder)
4 Matt Ryan at NO -
5 Ben Roethlisberger at PHI -
6 Aaron Rodgers vs. DET -
7 Russell Wilson vs. SF Questionable (ankle)
8 Blake Bortles vs. BAL -
9 Carson Palmer at BUF -
10 Philip Rivers at IND -
11 Ryan Tannehill vs. CLE -
12 Eli Manning vs. WAS -
13 Derek Carr at TEN -
14 Matthew Stafford at GB -
15 Marcus Mariota vs. OAK -
16 Kirk Cousins at NYG -
17 Dak Prescott vs. CHI -
18 Joe Flacco at JAC -
19 Jameis Winston vs. LAR -
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick at KC -
21 Brock Osweiler at NE -
22 Alex Smith vs. NYJ -
23 Sam Bradford at CAR -
24 Andy Dalton vs. DEN Questionable (hip)
25 Carson Wentz vs. PIT -
26 Tyrod Taylor vs. ARZ -
27 Brian Hoyer at DAL -
28 Blaine Gabbert at SEA -
29 Trevor Siemian at CIN -
30 Case Keenum at TB -
31 Cody Kessler at MIA -
32 Jacoby Brissett vs. HOU Questionable (thumb)

QB Notes: Drew Brees is at home against a Falcons defense that’s allowed the third most fantasy points to enemy quarterbacks through the first two weeks. What’s not to like? … Cam Newton is the QB1 even though he’s already faced the Broncos’ world-wrecking defense. There has been no let up on Newton’s MVP campaign. Newton is a tougher matchup for the Vikings than the Vikings are for Newton. … Andrew Luck had his world torn asunder by Denver, but is still the QB4 through two games. Only the Raiders are allowing more fantasy points to quarterbacks than San Diego. The Bolts have been stung for 649 yards through the air. … One of two quarterbacks with more than 700 yards, Matt Ryan gets a Saints defense that’s shown no improvement on its dreadful 2015. Ryan has been fattening up on plum matchups, but on the road at the Superdome is as plum as it gets. … The Eagles have allowed the fewest fantasy points to rival QBs, but faced Robert Griffin III and Jay Cutler. For Week 3 they get Ben Roethlisberger, who has six scores through two games and is getting back Markus Wheaton. Jim Schwartz’s defense is legit, but not yet a shy-away matchup.

Jordy Nelson is back, but Aaron Rodgers isn’t. Two rushing scores have saved Rodgers’ fantasy value, but the house has been made of cards. Rodgers can’t get his YPA above 6.00 or completion percentage above 60. He’s putting poor throws on film. There’s still little reason to believe Rodgers is in career decline, but the tide needs to start turning in a juicy matchup with the Lions. … Blake Bortles has managed at least 320 yards in both of his starts, but has only three scores to show for it. The Ravens have been stout against the pass so far, but were anything but in 2015. Bortles has had some of his inevitable negative touchdown regression. Now it’s time for some of the positive. … The Bills’ pass defense got completely ripped apart in Week 2, but Carson Palmer will be making the dreaded West Coast-to-1ET road trip. An embarrassed Rex Ryan has also had 10 days to game plan. Two touchdowns seem inevitable, but perhaps Palmer won’t blow his top after picking apart the Bucs.

The QB27 through two games, Russell Wilson has had an ankle injury to blame. He promises it will “feel amazing” against San Francisco. We don’t know about that, but the 49ers’ defense should more closely resemble the unit that got ripped by dual-threat Cam Newton than the one that shutout Los Angeles. … At least for one week, it was no Keenan Allen, no problem for Philip Rivers. Although Rivers is trekking to the eastern time zone, it should be another successful day against the Colts’ hollowed-out defense. … Ryan Tannehill was the worst quarterback in the NFL for the first hour last Sunday. He was the best for the next two and a half. Although buoyed by comeback mode in New England, Tannehill appeared most reinvigorated by DeVante Parker’s return. Tannehill is often where fantasy dreams go to die, but the tanking Browns offer a golden opportunity for the Dolphins’ passing attack to gain some momentum. If there’s a concern, it’s that things get out of hand early. … Eli Manning is off to a slow start, but the Redskins have looked like a pass D to attack. Joe Barry’s unit is allowing 8.8 yards per attempt and a league-worst 73.1 completion percentage.

Derek Carr is white hot through two starts, but the Titans subdued a similarly hot Matthew Stafford in Week 2. Carr will be more floor than ceiling on the road. … Fresh off flopping in a golden spot, Matthew Stafford is headed on the road to a place he’s rarely won. He’ll get a boost if the Packers are still missing CB Sam Shields (concussion), but last week was a needed reminder that Stafford is rarely scrutable. … The QB15, Marcus Mariota has been a fantasy disappointment through two games, totaling four scores while rushing only six times. A Raiders defense that’s allowed a hard-to-fathom 808 passing yards will be a good litmus test for the second-year starter. Anything less than a shredding will be a concern. … Speaking of disappointments, Kirk Cousins has generated as many anonymous locker room complaints as touchdowns (one). Cousins is third in the league in yardage, but has missed throws when it’s mattered most, especially in the red zone. He has a tough road assignment in a Giants defense that’s looked transformed after its high-dollar offseason makeover. … Joe Flacco is a popular streamer against a Jags D that’s already surrendered six aerial scores, but Gus Bradley’s unit has actually allowed the eighth fewest passing yards (406). Flacco will probably get two touchdowns, but there’s more upside to be found elsewhere.

This could be the week Dak Prescott breaks out. Prescott has only one touchdown, but has been acing the eye test. On the same page with Dez Bryant, Prescott gets to do battle with a Bears defense eviscerated by injury. The stage is set for the quarterback everyone wants to break out. … Coming off the first five-turnover effort of his career, Jameis Winston has a tough assignment in a Rams D that just held Russell Wilson out of the end zone. … Ryan Fitzpatrick immolated the Bills, but his top four offensive weapons are all battling minor injuries. There will be fewer fireworks on the road in Kansas City. … Brock Osweiler’s weapons keep generating highlights, but he has as many turnovers (three) as touchdowns. The Patriots are wounded, but hardly a great short-week road matchup. … Week 1 was why you can’t trust Tyrod Taylor on a weekly basis. Week 2 is why he’s one of the highest-upside streamers. … Sam Bradford’s Vikings debut was one of the best starts of his career, but matchups don’t get more daunting than Carolina on the road. … Andy Dalton leads the league in passing — seriously — but the Broncos’ defense looks even more terrorizing than it was in 2016. … Brian Hoyer will struggle for volume against the keepaway Cowboys. … Jacoby Brissett might be the “thoughts and prayers” start of the season.     

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Week 3 Running Backs

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 DeAngelo Williams at PHI -
2 David Johnson at BUF -
3 Lamar Miller at NE -
4 C.J. Anderson at CIN -
5 Ezekiel Elliott vs. CHI -
6 Matt Forte at KC -
7 Christine Michael vs. SF -
8 Melvin Gordon at IND -
9 Todd Gurley at TB -
10 Mark Ingram vs. ATL -
11 LeSean McCoy vs. ARZ -
12 DeMarco Murray vs. OAK -
13 Charles Sims vs. LAR -
14 Eddie Lacy vs. DET -
15 Devonta Freeman at NO -
16 Spencer Ware vs. NYJ -
17 Frank Gore vs. SD -
18 Ryan Mathews vs. PIT -
19 Latavius Murray at TEN -
20 LeGarrette Blount vs. HOU -
21 Jeremy Langford at DAL -
22 Isaiah Crowell at MIA -
23 Jerick McKinnon at CAR Questionable (toe)
24 Theo Riddick at GB -
25 Tevin Coleman at NO -
26 Carlos Hyde at SEA -
27 Matt Jones at NYG -
28 Shane Vereen vs. WAS -
29 Chris Ivory vs. BAL -
30 Giovani Bernard vs. DEN -
31 Jeremy Hill vs. DEN -
32 T.J. Yeldon vs. BAL -
33 Justin Forsett at JAC -
34 Derrick Henry vs. OAK -
35 Matt Asiata at CAR -
36 Cameron Artis-Payne vs. MIN -
37 Terrance West at JAC -
38 Dwayne Washington at GB -
39 Duke Johnson at MIA -
40 Kenyan Drake vs. CLE -
41 Fozzy Whittaker vs. MIN -
42 Chris Thompson at NYG -
43 Jay Ajayi vs. CLE -
44 Darren Sproles vs. PIT -
45 James White vs. HOU -
46 Charcandrick West vs. NYJ -
47 Alfred Morris vs. CHI -
48 James Starks vs. DET -
49 Devontae Booker at CIN -
50 Jacquizz Rodgers vs. LAR -
51 Orleans Darkwa vs. WAS -
52 Shaun Draughn at SEA -
53 Bilal Powell at KC -
54 Dexter McCluster at IND -
55 Mike Tolbert vs. MIN -
56 Chris Johnson at BUF -
57 Jalen Richard at TEN -
58 DeAndre Washington at TEN -
59 Travaris Cadet vs. ATL -
60 Mike Gillislee vs. ARZ -

RB Notes: David Johnson has been as advertised, rolling up 275 yards from scrimmage. He’s averaged 4.8 yards per carry, and 20.1 yards on seven receptions. The Bills are better against the run than pass, but so were the Bucs. Johnson is matchup-proof. … Lamar Miller has said he needs to be better, but he definitely doesn’t need the ball more. Miller never rushed more than 22 times in Miami. His carry counts in Houston have been 28 and 25. Only DeAngelo Williams and Matt Forte have touched the ball more. The Pats are allowing 4.6 yards per carry, and are going to struggle to keep Houston’s offense off the field with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. … C.J. Anderson touched the ball 24 times in Week 1 and 23 in Week 2. For Week 3 he gets a Bengals team that’s faced Matt Forte and DeAngelo Williams and came away allowing the most rushing yards in the league. … Ezekiel Elliott has as many fumbles as touchdowns (two), but the Cowboys insist his workload won’t be curtailed. Averaging 20.5 carries, Elliott is squaring off with a Bears team whose depleted front seven has invited 67 rushing attempts.

Matt Forte can’t average 30 touches forever, but on 10 days' rest, he should get at least 20 against the Chiefs. Kansas City has allowed the third most fantasy points to running backs. … I won’t sit here and pretend I’m thrilled about having Melvin Gordon No. 7 overall. He’s the RB5 through two games, however, and had his floor jacked up 10 stories by Danny Woodhead’s injury. His Week 3 opponent, the Colts, have allowed the most fantasy points to enemy runners. Dexter McCluster could eventually be a Woodhead-ian concern, but Gordon has come about his rank honestly. … The owner of a pitiful 2.72 YPC as teams sell out to stop him, Todd Gurley has a tougher-than-it-looks matchup in the Bucs. Only the Packers and Seahawks are allowing fewer yards per carry. Volume and touchdown potential keep Gurley in the RB1 mix, but this is unlikely to be the week the Rams’ bell-cow gets cookin’. … DeMarco Murray is the RB7 and the Raiders a bad, bad defense. Fair enough, but just know this isn’t going to last long. Both of Murray’s touchdowns have come through the air, and if you remove last week’s 67-yard carry, he’s averaging 2.6 YPC. Sell high while you still can.

The Saints keep abandoning their ground game, but will have a hard time doing so against the Falcons’ abysmal run defense. Only the Chargers have allowed more receptions to rival runners, enhancing Mark Ingram’s Week 3 dual-threat case. … The Bucs averaged 34 running back touches per game last season, and are employing the same offense in 2016. Charles Sims is locked into monster workloads during Doug Martin’s absence, and belongs on the RB1 borderline even in tough matchups like this week’s with Los Angeles. … Merely the RB33 thanks to his zero scores, Eddie Lacy needs to run all over a Lions defense allowing a league-worst 5.1 yards per carry. … Devonta Freeman is an even timeshare with Tevin Coleman, but has out-carried him 28-20. That includes 7-5 inside the 20 and 3-2 inside the 10. He’ll be the favorite to score in Monday’s likely shootout with the Saints. … Like the Lions, the Chargers are allowing 5.1 yards per carry. Still without a backup, Frank Gore’s volume keeps him locked in as an RB2. … Spencer Ware is just 27th in carries, but is first in yards from scrimmage thanks to his receiving prowess. The Jets are a tough matchup, but Ware’s receiving work and big-play potential keep him in RB2 territory with Jamaal Charles once again sidelined.

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Ryan Mathews is averaging 3.51 yards per carry, but tied for the league lead in rushing scores thanks to his league-leading nine carries inside the 10 and six inside the five. He’s the drive finisher for an improved offense. … Latavius Murray has only 22 carries, but scored in both appearances. Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington are knocking at the door, but haven’t gotten an answer yet. … LeGarrette Blount has no competition on early downs and a plus matchup in a Texans defense allowing 4.9 yards per carry. He’s managed at least 70 yards and a score in each of his first two games. So why isn’t he higher? The Pats’ offense could go off the rails with Jacoby Brissett. … Jeremy Langford has two touchdowns, but only three catches. He’s averaging 3.03 yards per carry. With Brian Hoyer starting, workload could be an issue against a Cowboys team that keeps opposing offenses off the field. … Rashad Jennings flopped in a prime spot last week, but has another one in a Redskins defense that’s already silver plattered five rushing scores. … There’s no doubt Jerick McKinnon will lead the Vikings in touches. The problem is Matt Asiata’s goal-line threat. McKinnon has RB1 upside but RB3 downside against the Panthers’ elite defense.

Isaiah Crowell has turned 30 carries into 195 yards (6.50 YPC), but 105 of his yards have come on two totes. That comes out to 3.21 on his other 28 carries. The Browns will have a tough time getting their ground game going with Cody Kessler under center. … Christine Michael has run circles around Thomas Rawls, and Rawls’ leg injury gives the Seahawks another excuse to see what C-Mike can do as the No. 1. Rawls lowers Michael’s floor, but his ceiling is quite high against the 49ers’ shaky defense. … Theo Riddick makes plays as a pass catcher, but Dwayne Washington will be the goal-line back against a Packers defense allowing a league-low 1.62 yards per carry. … Some day, Carlos Hyde will get to face a non-elite defense. That day is not Week 3. … Chris Ivory should immediately slide in as the Jags’ early-down/goal-line banger after T.J. Yeldon comprehensively failed in the role. … Jay Ajayi will lead the Dolphins’ committee, but it will very much be a committee. … Coach Ron Rivera has said Cameron Artis-Payne will be his No. 1 in Jonathan Stewart’s absence, but coming off back-to-back healthy scratches, CAP will cede plenty of work to Fozzy Whittaker.                                  

Week 3 Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Antonio Brown at PHI -
2 Julio Jones at NO Questionable (calf)
3 Odell Beckham vs. WAS -
4 DeAndre Hopkins at NE -
5 Allen Robinson vs. BAL Questionable (illness)
6 Amari Cooper at TEN -
7 Brandin Cooks vs. ATL -
8 Mike Evans vs. LAR -
9 Kelvin Benjamin vs. MIN -
10 Dez Bryant vs. CHI -
11 Alshon Jeffery at DAL Questionable (knee)
12 A.J. Green vs. DEN -
13 Larry Fitzgerald at BUF -
14 Jordy Nelson vs. DET -
15 Jarvis Landry vs. CLE -
16 T.Y. Hilton vs. SD Questionable (knee)
17 Travis Benjamin at IND -
18 Marvin Jones at GB -
19 Eric Decker at KC Questionable (shoulder)
20 Jordan Matthews vs. PIT -
21 Stefon Diggs at CAR -
22 Jeremy Maclin vs. NYJ -
23 Doug Baldwin vs. SF Questionable (knee)
24 Brandon Marshall at KC Questionable (knee)
25 Michael Floyd at BUF -
26 Randall Cobb vs. DET -
27 Will Fuller at NE -
28 Michael Crabtree at TEN -
29 DeVante Parker vs. CLE Questionable (hamstring)
30 Demaryius Thomas at CIN -
31 Sterling Shepard vs. WAS -
32 Tyrell Williams at IND -
33 DeSean Jackson at NYG -
34 Willie Snead vs. ATL Questionable (toe)
35 Allen Hurns vs. BAL -
36 Tajae Sharpe vs. OAK -
37 Julian Edelman vs. HOU -
38 Mike Wallace at JAC -
39 Mohamed Sanu at NO -
40 Phillip Dorsett vs. SD -
41 Tyler Lockett vs. SF Questionable (knee)
42 Michael Thomas vs. ATL -
43 Emmanuel Sanders at CIN -
44 Golden Tate at GB -
45 Tavon Austin at TB -
46 Victor Cruz vs. WAS -
47 Quincy Enunwa at KC Questionable (ribs)
48 Kenny Britt at TB -
49 Terrelle Pryor at MIA -
50 Cole Beasley vs. CHI -
51 Jamison Crowder at NYG -
52 Markus Wheaton at PHI Questionable (shoulder)
53 John Brown at BUF -
54 Steve Smith Sr. at JAC -
55 Vincent Jackson vs. LAR -
56 Sammie Coates at PHI -
57 Rishard Matthews vs. OAK -
58 Davante Adams vs. DET -
59 Kevin White at DAL -
60 Kenny Stills vs. CLE -
61 Jermaine Kearse vs. SF -
62 Torrey Smith at SEA -
63 Anquan Boldin at GB -
64 Tyler Boyd vs. DEN -
65 Dontrelle Inman at IND -
66 Brandon LaFell vs. DEN -
67 Nelson Agholor vs. PIT -
68 Jeremy Kerley at SEA -
69 Ted Ginn vs. MIN -
70 Quinton Patton at SEA -
71 Pierre Garcon at NYG -
72 Eli Rogers at PHI -
73 Andrew Hawkins at MIA -

WR Notes: Julio Jones’ minor injuries have been a nuisance, but his calf shouldn’t slow him in a dream Monday matchup with the Saints. … Odell Beckham/Josh Norman is the Sound and Fury matchup of the week. Playing against a better overall Panthers secondary last season, OBJ got Norman for 6/76/1. … Coming off a 7/113/1 Week 2, DeAndre Hopkins faces a Pats pass D that got exposed a bit by the Dolphins. … Allen Robinson has just nine catches on 20 targets. A Ravens secondary that got torched by Corey Coleman could (should?) be a get-right matchup. … Averaging a smooth 22.3 yards on his first nine catches, Alshon Jeffery will be going to work with Brian Hoyer. Jay Cutler is obviously preferable, but Hoyer wasn’t shy about forcing the ball to Josh Gordon and DeAndre Hopkins in his previous lives. … The league’s No. 6 receiver (208 yards), Amari Cooper gets a Titans defense that’s coughed up 100-yard games to Stefon Diggs and Marvin Jones. … The WR4, Brandin Cooks didn’t have much success against the Falcons in 2015 (9/63/0), but Atlanta is tied with Oakland for the most passing scores allowed (seven).    

Averaging 12.5 targets, Mike Evans isn’t going to lack for looks with Doug Martin sidelined. … Kelvin Benjamin is the WR1, and it hasn’t been a fluke. He went 6/91/1 against the mighty Broncos in the Thursday night opener before dropping 7/108/2 on the 49ers. There is no snap count or receiver rotation. Benjamin is the alpha WR1 for one of the league’s highest-flying offenses. … Dez Bryant’s seven Week 2 catches were his most since 2014, while his 12 targets matched his 2015 high. He’s getting in sync with Dak Prescott, and has a mouthwatering matchup with a Bears defense obliterated by injury. … Coming off a two-catch Week 2, A.J. Green has a nightmare matchup with a Broncos secondary that’s allowed a league-low 16 receptions to enemy wideouts. … Tied for WR4 status with Brandin Cooks, Larry Fitzgerald has ridden a league-leading five targets inside the 10-yard line to 14/162/3. His 21 targets are more than Michael Floyd and John Brown combined. Even in a plus matchup with the Bills, Floyd can’t be trusted as more than a WR3 with Fitz seeing so much volume.

Jordy Nelson has touchdowns in both games, but a modest 11 catches for 105 yards. Per Pro Football Focus, his 55.0 percent catch rate is 74th. The Lions are a good matchup, but Nelson hasn’t shown enough to reclaim every-week WR1 status. … Playing through an MCL injury, Brandon Marshall dominated the hapless Bills, but was helped along by adrenaline. He seems poised to be more limited for this week’s matchup with the Chiefs. … Jarvis Landry is on pace for 136 catches. 120 is realistic. … The numbers aren’t yet there for T.Y. Hilton, but he drew at least 11 targets in each of his first two games. That’s his over/under with Donte Moncrief sidelined. The Chargers are not a prohibitive matchup, as Jason Verrett is unlikely to follow Hilton into the slot. … With Moncrief sidelined, Phillip Dorsett is finally on the standard league radar, but still can’t be considered more than a boom-or-bust WR4. … Jordan Matthews has cleared six catches in five straight games going back to last season, 70 yards in 4-of-5 and 100 in 3-of-5. He’s off to a WR16 start with Carson Wentz.

This is an aggressive ranking for Travis Benjamin, but he’s a huge-play threat who’s caught 13-of-14 targets. The Colts’ depleted secondary doesn’t have much to throw at him. … With at least 10 targets and 85 yards in each of his first two games, Marvin Jones needs to be taken seriously as a top-20 player. … Eric Decker ate up the Bills in Week 2, but tweaked his shoulder. Headed on the road against a better defense, this could be one of Decker’s lower-impact performances. … Stefon Diggs has 59 more yards than any other receiver (285), and is third in the league in yards from scrimmage. He’s tied for 15th in targets (19) and 16th in yards per catch (17.8). The Panthers are a tough matchup, but No. 22 might be as low as Diggs falls for the rest of the season. … This feels painfully low for Willie Snead, but the 22 players ahead of him simply have better cases. … Doug Baldwin (knee) and Tyler Lockett (knee) are both expected to play against the 49ers. Baldwin’s ranking is an injury hedge. He’d be a top-16 player if I knew for sure he’s healthy. As for Lockett, I’m expecting a high snap rate if he’s healthy. The Seahawks’ struggling offense should work extra hard to get its playmakers on the field.

Randall Cobb is averaging 52 yards over his past 18 games. Maybe it wasn’t just Jordy Nelson’s absence. … Will Fuller is just the second rookie in history with at least 100 yards in each of his first two games. He could be leading the league in receiving had he not dropped an 83-yard score in Week 1. With Bill Belichick likely to key in on DeAndre Hopkins, Fuller might eat. … DeVante Parker picked up where he left off, scorching the Patriots with big plays. Parker made a number of contested grabs in tight spaces. He might live up to his ADP, after all. … Tyrann Mathieu expects Patrick Peterson to follow around a gimpy Sammy Watkins. Every Watkins season has a multi-week low point. We’re already there for 2016. … Tyrell Williams is a big-play threat going up against a beleaguered Colts secondary. He should fit nicely into DFS lineups, both cash and GPP. … Julian Edelman has low upside with Jacoby Brissett starting, but the potentially bonkers loophole of playing wildcat quarterback. … Mike Wallace has three touchdowns, but only seven catches. That’s not someone you force into your lineup. … Markus Wheaton needs a game outside the top 50, but is a candidate to be higher next week. … Corey Coleman out. Cody Kessler at quarterback. Get your Terrelle Pryor DFS dart throw ready.         

Week 3 Tight Ends

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Jordan Reed at NYG -
2 Greg Olsen vs. MIN -
3 Travis Kelce vs. NYJ -
4 Julius Thomas vs. BAL -
5 Rob Gronkowski vs. HOU -
6 Eric Ebron at GB Questionable (back)
7 Jason Witten vs. CHI -
8 Dennis Pitta at JAC -
9 Jacob Tamme at NO -
10 Dwayne Allen vs. SD -
11 Kyle Rudolph at CAR Questionable (groin)
12 Jesse James at PHI -
13 Coby Fleener vs. ATL -
14 Gary Barnidge at MIA -
15 Clive Walford at TEN -
16 Jared Cook vs. DET -
17 Martellus Bennett vs. HOU -
18 Zach Miller at DAL -
19 Jimmy Graham vs. SF Questionable (knee)
20 Jordan Cameron vs. CLE Questionable (thigh)
21 Vance McDonald at SEA -
22 Hunter Henry at IND -
23 Charles Clay vs. ARZ Questionable (knee)
24 Trey Burton vs. PIT -
25 Lance Kendricks at TB -
26 Jack Doyle vs. SD -
27 Cameron Brate vs. LAR -
28 Larry Donnell vs. WAS -
29 Tyler Kroft vs. DEN -
30 Anthony Fasano vs. OAK -
31 Brent Celek vs. PIT -

TE Notes: Jordan Reed has yet to score a touchdown, but unsurprisingly leads all tight ends in catches and targets. Scores are going to follow. … Tied with Reed in grabs and one behind him in targets is Greg Olsen. The difference is, Olsen has 195 yards (compared to 134 for Reed), and has found the end zone. The Vikings are a tough matchup, but Olsen is cruising to another top-three finish. … Travis Kelce has caught 6-of-7 and 5-of-7 targets thus far. He’s being utilized in much the same way he was the past two seasons, each of which produced top-eight finishes. … Rob Gronkowski’s status remains frustratingly up in the air, but here’s what we do know: If he makes his 2016 debut, it will be with Jacoby Brissett under center. Brissett is a third-round rookie utterly unprepared to be playing primetime football. Then there’s the matter of snap count. Gronk will likely be on one. If Gronk plays, you don’t bench him in season-long, but he won’t have his normal upside.

Julius Thomas has 135 yards through two games, putting him 29.6 percent of the way toward his 2015 yardage total. The Ravens traditionally play tight ends tough, but Thomas’ touchdown odds are always amongst the best at the position. … Eric Ebron has drawn 12 targets through two games, turning them into 9/99/1. He’s yet to drop a pass, something he struggled with his first two years in the league. Still only 23, Ebron looks to finally be taking that step forward. … Antonio Gates is off to an awful start, but at least for now, he gets the benefit of the doubt. Philip Rivers needs him more than ever in the red zone, and the Colts are playing defense as poorly as anyone in the league. Of course, Gates is also battling a hamstring injury, and is “uncertain” for Sunday. … Jason Witten’s target counts are 14 and four. He should be able to draw 7-8 against the Bears’ absurdly thin defense. Chicago lost excellent coverage ‘backer Danny Trevathan in Week 2.   

I didn’t think there was any way Dennis Pitta would make the Ravens’ 53-man roster. Instead, he’s gobbling up snaps and targets and averaging a healthy 11.8 yards per catch. His workload can’t be ignored. … Kyle Rudolph has drawn at least eight targets each of his first two games. The Vikings said in the offseason they were committed to making Rudolph a thing, and have now done so with two different quarterbacks. … Jesse James has already drawn three targets inside the 10-yard line, the most of any tight end. He’s also played 142 snaps, the fourth most at the position. The Eagles are a tough matchup, but James has a solid floor. … Dwayne Allen has yet to flash upside, but his red zone target odds increase with Donte Moncrief’s absence. … Only Dennis Pitta drew more targets than Coby Fleener in Week 2. The Falcons are an excellent matchup for what should be a wide-open game. … On his third quarterback in as many weeks, the Gary Barnidge dream might be dying hard. … This week’s DFS hail mary: Trey Burton.

Week 3 Kickers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Justin Tucker at JAC -
2 Adam Vinatieri vs. SD -
3 Chandler Catanzaro at BUF -
4 Dan Bailey vs. CHI -
5 Mason Crosby vs. DET -
6 Steven Hauschka vs. SF -
7 Matt Bryant at NO -
8 Stephen Gostkowski vs. HOU -
9 Josh Brown vs. WAS -
10 Wil Lutz vs. ATL -
11 Andrew Franks vs. CLE -
12 Chris Boswell at PHI -
13 Graham Gano vs. MIN -
14 Josh Lambo at IND -
15 Sebastian Janikowski at TEN -
16 Cairo Santos vs. NYJ -
17 Jason Myers vs. BAL -
18 Brandon McManus at CIN -
19 Matt Prater at GB -
20 Roberto Aguayo vs. LAR -
21 Blair Walsh at CAR -
22 Ryan Succop vs. OAK -
23 Dustin Hopkins at NYG -
24 Mike Nugent vs. DEN -
25 Nick Folk at KC -
26 Caleb Sturgis vs. PIT -
27 Nick Novak at NE -
28 Dan Carpenter vs. ARZ -
29 Connor Barth at DAL -
30 Patrick Murray at MIA -
31 Greg Zuerlein at TB -
32 Phil Dawson at SEA -

Week 3 Defense/Special Teams      

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Broncos Def/Spec Team at CIN -
2 Seahawks Def/Spec Team vs. SF -
3 Panthers Def/Spec Team vs. MIN -
4 Texans Def/Spec Team at NE -
5 Cardinals Def/Spec Team at BUF -
6 Dolphins Def/Spec Team vs. CLE -
7 Bengals Def/Spec Team vs. DEN -
8 Rams Def/Spec Team at TB -
9 Jets Def/Spec Team at KC -
10 Patriots Def/Spec Team vs. HOU -
11 Vikings Def/Spec Team at CAR -
12 Buccaneers Def/Spec Team vs. LAR -
13 Steelers Def/Spec Team at PHI -
14 Chiefs Def/Spec Team vs. NYJ -
15 Packers Def/Spec Team vs. DET -
16 Giants Def/Spec Team vs. WAS -
17 Ravens Def/Spec Team at JAC -
18 Cowboys Def/Spec Team vs. CHI -
19 Raiders Def/Spec Team at TEN -
20 Bears Def/Spec Team at DAL -
21 Eagles Def/Spec Team vs. PIT -
22 Bills Def/Spec Team vs. ARZ -
23 Lions Def/Spec Team at GB -
24 Redskins Def/Spec Team at NYG -
25 Jaguars Def/Spec Team vs. BAL -
26 Chargers Def/Spec Team at IND -
27 Titans Def/Spec Team vs. OAK -
28 Colts Def/Spec Team vs. SD -
29 Fortyniners Def/Spec Team at SEA -
30 Browns Def/Spec Team at MIA -
31 Saints Def/Spec Team vs. ATL -
32 Falcons Def/Spec Team at NO -
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