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Week 3 Fantasy Football Advice: Rankings, Sleepers, and Start 'Em Sit 'Em

Week 3 Fantasy Football Advice: Rankings, Sleepers, and Start 'Em Sit 'Em

It has been a productive two weeks in fantasy football if you have Aaron Jones, Calvin Ridley, or Russell Wilson on your roster. If you have Saquon Barkley or any other players who suffered serious injuries in Week 2 (the list is too long to mention here), the outlook probably isn’t so good.

If you find yourself in the not-so-good spectrum, there still could be some ways to salvage your season. Players who were once either backups or free agents (both in fantasy and real life) now carry some unexpected value.

Let’s take a look at the best players at each position heading into the Week 3 matchups, as well as potential sleepers and players you should either start or sit.

Positional rankings

Quarterbacks

1. Lamar Jackson, BAL (vs. KC)
2. Russell Wilson, SEA (vs. DAL)
3. Kyler Murray, ARI (vs. DET)
4. Patrick Mahomes, KC (@ BAL)
5. Cam Newton, NE (vs. LV)

Running Backs

1. Alvin Kamara, NO (vs. GB)
2. Ezekiel Elliott, DAL (@ SEA)
3. Derrick Henry, TEN (@ MIN)
4. Dalvin Cook, MIN (vs. TEN)
5. Aaron Jones, GB (@ NO)

Receivers

1. DeAndre Hopkins, ARI (vs. DET)
2. Davante Adams, GB (@ NO)
3. Tyreek Hill, KC (@ BAL)
4. Julio Jones, ATL (vs. CHI)
5. JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT (vs. HOU)

Tight Ends

1. Travis Kelce, KC (@ BAL)
2. Mark Andrews, BAL (vs. KC)
3. Darren Waller, LV (@ NE)
4. Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. CIN)
5. Jared Cook, NO (vs. GB)

Kickers

1. Harrison Butker, KC (@ BAL)
2. Justin Tucker, BAL (vs. KC)
3. Wil Lutz, NO (vs. GB)
4. Zane Gonzalez, ARI (vs. DET)
5. Younghoe Koo, ATL (vs. CHI)

Defense

1. Buccaneers (@ DEN)
2. 49ers (@ NYG)
3. Steelers (vs. HOU)
4. Colts (vs. NYJ)
5. Chargers (vs. CAR)

Sleepers

Jerick McKinnon, RB, SF (@ NYG) – The 49ers lost Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman to injuries in Week 2, so for now McKinnon is the go-to guy in the backfield. He already started delivering this past Sunday, rushing for 77 yards and a touchdown during a 31-13 rout of the Jets.

Russell Gage, WR, ATL (vs. CHI) – No matter that the Falcons also boast Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley at receiver. Gage, who drew rave reviews from his team throughout the preseason, already has 15 catches on 21 targets for 160 yards and a touchdown. With Jones banged up (as usual), Matt Ryan will continue to look at Gage.

Myles Gaskin, RB, MIA (@ JAX) – Gaskin has led Miami’s running back corps in touches and tied or led the team in carries in both games so far (13 in each). He had six receptions on seven targets against Buffalo in Week 2, so he has even more value in PPR leagues.

Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em

Start ‘Em

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (vs. CHI) – As mention above, Ryan has all kinds of weapons at his disposal. The Falcons may not be any good overall, but their offense is electric and they often trail in games—which leads to more passing. Chicago’s defense is solid, but it is better against the run than the pass.

Leonard Fournette, RB, TB (@ DEN) – With another week getting accustomed to Tampa Bay’s playbook under his belt, Fournette had 10 more touches in Week 2 than he did in Week 1 (16 to six). He turned them into 113 yards from scrimmage and two scores against Carolina.

Julian Edelman, WR, NE (vs. LV) – Cam Newton is looking very good in the early going for New England, and Edelman has been the main beneficiary. After erupting for 179 yards in Week 2, he has 13 catches on 18 targets for 236 yards. Meanwhile, Las Vegas is 29th in passing defense so far.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Tannehill, QB, TEN (@ MIN) – Yes, Tannehill has been outstanding in 2020. But he attempted only 24 passes against Jacksonville and he may throw even fewer against the Vikings, who apparently stink and will probably be trailing Tennessee most of the way. That means there will be a steady diet of Derrick Henry at the expense of a bad rushing defense.

David Johnson, RB, HOU (@ PIT) – Matchups cannot get any worse for running backs than a road date with the Steelers. They lead the NFL in rushing defense at a mere 66.5 yards allowed per game. Johnson has just 22 carries for 111 yards and one touchdown through two outings.

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, CLE (vs. WAS) – Yes, OBJ went for 74 yards and a touchdown in a win over Cincinnati. But let’s not overreact to those numbers. He still has just seven receptions on 16 targets and remains below the 100-yard mark total through two games. RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have been extremely effective, so Cleveland will stay a running team.

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Last updated: Wed 23rd September 2020
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