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Week 3 Rankings

Friday, September 24, 2010

Week 3 Running backs

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Chris Johnsonat NYG -
2Adrian Petersonvs. DET -
3Ray Ricevs. CLE -
4Maurice Jones-Drewvs. PHI Probable(ankle)
5Frank Goreat KC -
6Arian Fostervs. DAL -
7LeSean McCoyat JAC -
8Rashard Mendenhallat TB -
9Jahvid Bestat MIN Probable(toe)
10Pierre Thomasvs. ATL -
11Steven Jacksonvs. WAS Probable(knee)
12Michael Turnerat NO Sidelined(groin)
13Darren McFaddenat ARZ -
14Knowshon Morenovs. IND -
15DeAngelo Williamsvs. CIN -
16Cedric Bensonat CAR Probable(shoulder)
17Jamaal Charlesvs. SF -
18Matt Fortevs. GB Probable(knee)
19Joseph Addaiat DEN Questionable(knee)
20Ahmad Bradshawvs. TEN -
21Tim Hightowervs. OAK -
22Ronnie Brownvs. NYJ -
23Jonathan Stewartvs. CIN -
24Clinton Portisat STL Questionable(wrist)
25Mike Tolbertat SEA -
26LaDainian Tomlinsonat MIA -
27Shonn Greeneat MIA -
28Felix Jonesat HOU -
29Marion Barberat HOU -
30Beanie Wellsvs. OAK Questionable(knee)
31Thomas Jonesvs. SF -
32Brandon Jacksonat CHI -
33Fred Jacksonat NE -
34Cadillac Williamsvs. PIT Probable(hamstring)
35Darren Sprolesat SEA -
36Jerome Harrisonat BAL Questionable(thigh)
37Ricky Williamsvs. NYJ -
38Justin Forsettvs. SD -
39Peyton Hillisat BAL -
40C.J. Spillerat NE -
41Willis McGaheevs. CLE -
42Donald Brownat DEN -
43Brandon Jacobsvs. TEN -
44Marshawn Lynchat NE -
45Jason Snellingat NO -
46Fred Taylorvs. BUF Probable(toe)
47Chester Taylorvs. GB -
48Leon Washingtonvs. SD -
49Bernard Scottat CAR -
50Steve Slatonvs. DAL -
51Tashard Choiceat HOU -
52John Kuhnat CHI -
53BenJarvus Green-Ellisvs. BUF -
54Keiland Williamsat STL -
55Michael Bushat ARZ Questionable(thumb)
56Correll Buckhaltervs. IND -
57Rashad Jenningsvs. PHI -
58Mike Bellat JAC -
59Earnest Grahamvs. PIT -
60Toby Gerhartvs. DET -
61Mike Goodsonvs. CIN -
62Brian Westbrookat KC -
63Isaac Redmanat TB -
64Javon Ringerat NYG -
65Kareem Hugginsvs. PIT Probable(groin)
66Laurence Maroneyvs. IND Sidelined(thigh)
67Dimitri Nanceat CHI -

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RB Going up: No one pushed Arian Foster in fantasy football nation any harder than Chris Wesseling. The one thing I always think with guys we tout correctly: We should have touted him more! Foster was ranked as a top-20 play; now he'd be in the top ten easy. … Michael Bush's injury has helped another Wess favorite Darren McFadden move up a notch. I still have my doubts he'll stay healthy, but it's hard not to call him a RB2 at least when we're ranking him in the top-15 the last two weeks. Bush returns this week. … We also bet on a Matt Forte resurgence, but I'd put him in the top-15 now. … I've heard some debate about Jahvid Best against the Vikings. Really? After that epic performance? I am never sitting Best this season, and he's a top-ten play anytime he's on turf. … LaDainian Tomlinson is healthy and making a lot of us eat crow. Good for him. He's only a flex play – and we'd rather use a WR in PPR leagues – but that's still better than expected.

RB Going down: Maurice Jones-Drew may get nicked a few spots just because he doesn't look quite right. I'd hold firm with Ray Rice in the top-five overall. … Matt Moore's collapse has really hurt DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. I'd make Williams a mid-level RB2 now at best, with Stewart a fun RB3. The loss of Jeff Otah has hurt. … I'd knock Jamaal Charles down a round from where he was a few weeks ago, but I still think he'll finish as a top-15 running back. … A Ryan Mathews injury this early is a bad sign. He was drafted with the idea that he'd be a rare 300-carry workhorse. That's going to be tough if he misses a few weeks.

Few players would get knocked more from the preseason than Shonn Greene. The talent remains to be a solid RB2. … Beanie Wells has never carried the ball more than 17 times in a game. He's a big back, but far from durable. That makes him more of a late RB2 instead of a top-15 option. … … You drafted C.J. Spiller as a RB3 with upside. You'd rank him now as a RB4. … Brandon Jacobs is a true backup and should be evaluated as such. He was given a bit too much credit a few weeks back. … There was a lot of debate about Marion Barber versus Felix Jones this summer. With that offensive line, the answer could be neither. It happens.

Week 3 Wide Receivers

RankPlayer NameOpponentNotes
1Andre Johnsonvs. DAL Probable(ankle)
2Miles Austinat HOU -
3Randy Mossvs. BUF -
4Reggie Wayneat DEN -
5Roddy Whiteat NO -
6Larry Fitzgeraldvs. OAK Probable(knee)
7DeSean Jacksonat JAC -
8Brandon Marshallvs. NYJ Probable(ankle)
9Marques Colstonvs. ATL -
10Steve Smithvs. CIN Probable(thigh)
11Anquan Boldinvs. CLE Probable(thigh)
12Calvin Johnsonat MIN -
13Chad Ochocincoat CAR -
14Wes Welkervs. BUF Probable(-)
15Greg Jenningsat CHI -
16Hakeem Nicksvs. TEN -
17Steve Smithvs. TEN -
18Santana Mossat STL -
19Michael Crabtreeat KC -
20Mike Sims-Walkervs. PHI -
21Hines Wardat TB -
22Johnny Knoxvs. GB -
23Donald Driverat CHI -
24Jeremy Maclinat JAC -
25Mike Williamsvs. PIT -
26Dez Bryantat HOU Questionable(ribs)
27Austin Collieat DEN -
28Mark Claytonvs. WAS -
29Mike Wallaceat TB -
30Dwayne Bowevs. SF -
31Steve Breastonvs. OAK Questionable(knee)
32Pierre Garconat DEN Questionable(hamstring)
33Eddie Royalvs. IND -
34Demaryius Thomasvs. IND Probable(foot)
35Percy Harvinvs. DET Probable(head)
36Terrell Owensat CAR Probable(back)
37Malcom Floydat SEA Probable(hamstring)
38Jacoby Jonesvs. DAL -
39Jerricho Cotcheryat MIA -
40Louis Murphyat ARZ -
41Devin Hestervs. GB -
42Kevin Waltervs. DAL Probable(-)
43Lee Evansat NE -
44Derrick Masonvs. CLE Questionable(knee)
45Mike Williamsvs. SD Probable(thigh)
46Legedu Naaneeat SEA -
47Robert Meachemvs. ATL -
48Mario Manninghamvs. TEN Probable(flu)
49Mohamed Massaquoiat BAL -
50Nate Washingtonat NYG -
51Braylon Edwardsat MIA -
52Bernard Berrianvs. DET Questionable(knee)
53Devery Hendersonvs. ATL -
54Jabar Gaffneyvs. IND -
55Mike Thomasvs. PHI -
56Roy Williamsat HOU -
57James Jonesat CHI -
58Jordan Shipleyat CAR -
59Chris Chambersvs. SF -
60Josh Morganat KC -
61Devin Aromashoduvs. GB -
62Greg Camarillovs. DET -
63Justin Gageat NYG -
64Kenny Brittat NYG -
65Deon Butlervs. SD -
66T.J. Houshmandzadehvs. CLE -
67Golden Tatevs. SD -
68Davone Bessvs. NYJ -
69Brandon Tatevs. BUF -
70Stephen Williamsvs. OAK -

WR Going up: The top of the receiver rankings wouldn't change much. That's why wideouts will always be a safer bet in rounds two and three than running backs. I had Roddy White sixth and might make him top-three now. … Anquan Boldin's start would push him up a little, but his WR2 ranking was based off him not being able to stay healthy for 16 weeks. … Wes Welker would now be ranked essentially as if ACL surgery never happened. He's a top-20 guy again. … Santana Moss looks like a top-15 threat. He's going to be a high volume receiver in that offense. … Eddie Royal is going to turn out to be a great sleeper pick for whoever got him. Taken late in drafts, he'll put up rock solid WR3 numbers. That's how you win. Austin Collie should also wind up outperforming his ADP.

WR Going down: There aren't a lot of wideouts I'd hugely downgrade yet. Mike Sims-Walker is one guy though that go from round four to round six or so. … The Steelers wideouts wouldn't change because anything decent in the first four weeks was always going to be a bonus. … Dwayne Bowe would now be ranked as a WR3. It doesn't take much for me to find a reason to rank Bowe low; he's not the type of player to overcome a tough situation. … Robert Meachem was trending downward by draftime and was on our busts list. But he was still too high. … Jabar Gaffney would fall, if only because there are too many other options in Denver for Gaffney to be a good weekly option. … Devin Aromashodu is not a guy I'd wait for. He'll never be that trustworthy, so why bother? … Kenny Britt would get knocked down a peg or two, but he's still a guy I love to have on my bench. Still think it will pat off.

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