Week 3 RankingsFriday, September 24, 2010
Week 3 Running backsEditor's Note:
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– a lot of fun.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 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.