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Week 3 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: September 22, 2019, 11:52 am ET

Updated 9/22 at 11:50 PM ET. Removed James White and Rashaad Penny. Moved Rex Burkhead up. Ticked Chris Carson up. Moved Mark Andrews down one spot. Added Dallas Goedert as a low-end TE2. Removed Michael Badgley. 

 

His team’s RB2, Austin Ekeler is fantasy’s RB1. Ekeler is averaging nearly two more points per game than any other back in standard, and sees that number balloon to five in PPR. Clocking in with his position’s sixth-highest snap percentage, Ekeler has taken every one of the Chargers’ carries inside the five-yard line. Even with Justin Jackson involved for at least seven touches each of the past two weeks, Ekeler has the role fantasy dreams are made of. His hot start should continue against a Texans Defense allowing a league-worst 6.0 yards per carry.     

 

Week 3 Quarterbacks 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Patrick Mahomes

KC

BAL

2

Lamar Jackson

BAL

@KC

3

Dak Prescott

DAL

MIA

4

Deshaun Watson

HOU

@LAC

5

Tom Brady

NE

NYJ

6

Matt Ryan

ATL

@IND

7

Kyler Murray

ARI

CAR

8

Russell Wilson

SEA

NO

9

Josh Allen

BUF

CIN

10

Aaron Rodgers

GB

DEN

11

Jameis Winston

TB

NYG

12

Philip Rivers

LAC

HOU

13

Carson Wentz

PHI

DET

14

Baker Mayfield

CLE

LA

15

Jared Goff

LA

@CLE

16

Jimmy Garoppolo

SF

PIT

17

Matthew Stafford

DET

@PHI

18

Andy Dalton

CIN

@BUF

19

Kirk Cousins

MIN

OAK

20

Jacoby Brissett

IND

ATL

21

Mitchell Trubisky

CHI

@WAS

22

Derek Carr

OAK

@MIN

23

Marcus Mariota

TEN

@JAC

24

Daniel Jones

NYG

@TB

25

Mason Rudolph

PIT

@SF

26

Kyle Allen

CAR

@ARI

27

Teddy Bridgewater

NO

@SEA

28

Case Keenum

WAS

CHI

29

Gardner Minshew

JAC

TEN

30

Joe Flacco

DEN

@GB

31

Josh Rosen

MIA

@DAL

32

Luke Falk

NYJ

@NE

33

Taysom Hill

NO

@SEA

 

QB Notes: The latest thing not to matter in fantasy football? Tyreek Hill, apparently. Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman effortlessly slid into Hill’s role of getting behind the defense and chasing down perfectly-thrown Patrick Mahomes bombs. For Week 3, Mahomes gets a banged up Ravens pass D that allowed Kyler Murray to complete 25-of-40 passes and post an 8.7 YPA in his second career start. … As otherworldly as Mahomes has been, Week 3 opponent Lamar Jackson has been (slightly) better in fantasy. The Chiefs look every bit as rippable as they were in 2018. … Dak Prescott is playing with the difficulty set too low, completing 82.9 percent of his passes and averaging 10.9 yards per attempt. As was the case with Tom Brady last week, Prescott’s only concern is that the FCS Dolphins don’t keep the game competitive enough. Brady finished as the QB7 in Miami, and needed a hilariously pointless late TD to get there. … Coming off a quiet Week 2, Deshaun Watson gets a Chargers Defense that has contained Jacoby Brissett and Matthew Stafford. Bolts corners Casey Hayward and Desmond King both rank in Pro Football Focus’ top 20.

Tom Brady somehow finds himself as an even bigger favorite than he was against the Dolphins. 22 points as of Thursday. The Pats rarely take mercy — they didn’t in Week 2 — keeping Brady in the top five. Sony Michel’s early struggles don’t hurt, either. … Through two games, Matt Ryan is adhering to his deeply bizarre “bad every other year” philosophy. He has as many interceptions (five) as touchdowns. Bad or not, he’s still been the QB6. He’ll do just (fantasy) fine in Lucas Oil Stadium’s domed environs. … Kyler Murray’s late Week 1 rhythm carried over to a tough draw with the Ravens. The rookie attempted 40 passes and averaged 8.7 yards per throw. Although Murray’s offense keeps Garoppolo-ing and settling for field goals, positive regression is bound to hit. … Russell Wilson is so far repeating his supposedly unrepeatable 2018 efficiency. Passing game flow is a Week 3 concern. The Saints have struggled against the run and could have a hard time keeping it close on the road with Teddy Bridgewater (or Taysom Hill?....). … It only lasted for one quarter, but the “real” Aaron Rodgers did show up last Sunday in Green Bay. On paper, he has a tough assignment in the Broncos’ pass defense, though Vic Fangio’s unit has zero sacks through matchups with Derek Carr and Mitchell Trubisky. A bigger concern might be the Pack’s molasses pace. It’s not guaranteed Rodgers returns to every-week top-five status.

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Josh Allen has flashed a little bit of everything through two weeks. That includes a pair of rushing touchdowns. The Bengals, who are allowing a jaw-dropping 11.0 yards per attempt, are a tissue-soft matchup. Devin Singletary’s (hamstring) possible absence also means Allen will have plenty of opportunities to use his legs. … With DeSean Jackson (abdomen), Alshon Jeffery (calf) and Dallas Goedert (calf) all expected to sit against the Lions, Carson Wentz finds himself back where he started before the Eagles’ skill corps upgrade. The Lions emerged from matchups with Kyler Murray and Philip Rivers relatively unscathed … Speaking of Rivers, his contemporaries may be dropping like flies, but he keeps on truckin’. He’s back home after a disappointing Detroit road trip. … You could see it on Jameis Winston’s face early in last Thursday’s game against the Panthers: Don’t screw up. As a result, Winston wasn’t doing much of anything. He finally started letting it fly near the end of the first half and ended up rebounding on his spectacular Week 1 failure. He was fingertips away from a bigger night, narrowly missing a Mike Evans touchdown while Breshad Perriman dropped another. Back to the Winston well. … Breakout candidate Baker Mayfield has been struggling. He’s getting walloped and has been confused by certain coverages. The sheer power of Odell Beckham is enough to keep Mayfield on the QB1 periphery as he works through his problems. 

Jared Goff’s Weeks 1 and 2 burnished his reputation as a home warrior and road struggler. Headed to Cleveland to take on a defense with eight sacks through two games, Goff comes with a low Week 3 floor. … Coming off a three-touchdown performance, Jimmy Garoppolo gets a Steelers D that came away from matchups against Tom Brady and Russell Wilson surrendering a Dolphins-esque 75.0 completion percentage. … Matthew Stafford is nearly a quarter of the way to his 2018 touchdown total. Through two games, the Eagles’ pass defense has not been improved on last year’s injury-ruined group. … Andy Dalton is the QB7 by average points. It would be fun to get him higher in the ranks, but even in the Bengals’ new-look offense, it is hard to see Dalton having QB1 success in Buffalo. … Mike Zimmer has tried to tell anyone who will listen that Kirk Cousins is canceled. It was easy to see Zimmer’s point of view following Cousins’ mind-numbing Week 2 interceptions. The only reason he’s not lower in the ranks is the dystopian nature of the quarterbacks behind him. 

Rehashing what I wrote on Monday: Teddy Bridgewater owns a lifetime 29:23 TD:INT ratio. He has attempted 904 career passes. Amongst the 36 active quarterbacks with at least that many throws, Bridgewater’s 3.2 touchdown percentage ranks 33rd. … Daniel Jones’ path to early career fantasy value is via his legs. The No. 6 overall pick averaged nearly 40 rushing yards per game in the ACC. “Diet Josh Allen” would be a best-case outcome. … Mason Rudolph is a statue in the pocket but aggressive down the field. He has some nice weapons at his disposal, though James Conner may not be amongst them for Week 3, necessitating a reliance on Rudolph’s arm. The Steelers clearly believe in the second-year pro, otherwise they would not have just traded their 2020 first-round pick for a safety. Rudolph does get a 49ers defense that has been strong through the air. … Mitchell Trubisky is bad and getting worse. … Kyle Allen did not embarrass himself in a spot appearance last Week 17. Arizona is the right opponent for a former UDFA making his second career start. … You so badly wish Derek Carr and Case Keenum could be Week 3 streamers, but their matchups are just that bad.

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Patrick Daugherty

Patrick Daugherty is a senior football writer for Rotoworld. He can be found on Twitter @RotoPat.