Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings and Advice
I know the Thursday night game is already in the bag for week three, but I think you’ll see right away that all the Giants/Panthers players are ranked just as I had them going into last night’s action. Seeing Cam Newton as my #1 quarterback still brings tears to my eyes.
Let’s move a few inches from the chair and rope, though, and breakdown some of my favorites for week three, as well as some guys (like Cam) that you might want to avoid.
Hopefully the other four quarterbacks in my top-five this week make up for putting way too much trust in Cam Newton. Outside of the top-five, I think Michael Vick could be in for a big all-around game. I know the Cardinals are a tough matchup, but I strangely feel good about it. Besides, you know you can’t sit him anyways.
Ben Roethlisberger could have a field day against a bad Raiders defense. Tony Romo should fair well against a weak Buccaneers defense, as well.
Alex Smith could feast on a terrible Minnesota pass defense. Just keep your expectations in check, as San Fran still loves to run the ball more than Eddie George. I also think Jake Locke, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Matt Cassel could be fine sleepers on the week. Their matchups bode extremely well, though it’s worth noting that none of them are overly trustworthy.
On the flip-side, I don’t trust Peyton Manning against the #1 ranked Texans pass defense – especially not after what we saw last week versus the Falcons. Not that you trust him anyways, but I’d steer clear of Mark Sanchez this week. Carson Palmer’s garbage yardage in week two makes their defense look a lot worse than it actually is.
Reggie Bush was awesome last week, and I think he’ll be awesome again this week. That vaunted Jets run defense hasn’t been that great this year, and Miami is going to feed Bush the rock a ton now. Alfred Morris still isn’t getting firm respect from owners, but he should. A cakewalk date with the Bengals should give him quality numbers.
Ryan Mathews is back, but I’m not sold on his role or him finding much success against a Falcons run defense that can be pretty tough at times. Along with him, Willis McGahee, Frank Gore, Adrian Peterson and Stevan Ridley all should be played but have pretty obvious matchup problems.
Peyton Hillis is my sleeper play of the week, one spit behind Andre Brown (who went off on Thursday). Even if Jamaal Charles plays (knee), look for Hillis to pound the rock and score against a really bad Saints defense.
I’m okay with admitting I really didn’t see Ramses Barden coming this week. I had him in my top-60, so there’s that. I’m staying away from Robert Meachem until he actually shows me something. Same goes for Titus Young and Randy Moss, although both of those guys have interesting matchups this week. I think week three is a good time for Jordy Nelson to look like his 2011 self again. I also think it’s high time Dez Bryant busted out, and I can’t see a banged up Raiders secondary containing Mike Wallace or Antonio Brown.
I was high on Martellus Bennett entering Thursday, and that worked out pretty well. I think Antonio Gates does better than him if he’s healthy for the Falcons game, though. I also think Vernon Davis is in for a big game against Minnesota, as he’s just been on fire.
Jason Witten could be a nice sleeper this week. He’s struggled to get back to form following that spleen injury, but facing a weak Buccaneers defense could do the trick. Kyle Rudolph could be used as a safety net against a tough 49ers defense, as they try to take away Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin. Oakland’s Brandon Meyers has quietly been a PPR fiend, so take a look at him if you’re hard up at tight end.
Obviously the 49ers and Bears make a lot of sense as gem plays this week with killer matchups, but you’re playing them every week, regardless. Pittsburgh and New York (Jets) could both be rock solid this week, but you never know against Darren McFadden or Reggie Bush. Ditto for the Ravens up against Tom Brady and the Pats. It’s a total toss-up, but you still have to play those units if you didn’t have the luxury of giving the Giants a go on Thursday night.
Buffalo could be for real, but they don’t really have to be against the Browns this week. Seattle is tough, and it wouldn’t be a complete shock to see them handle an under-performing Green Bay offense at home and under the MNF lights.
Lawrence Tynes went off last night. He was my 15th kicker for week three, which isn’t bad, but he will probably go down as the top fantasy kicker for the week. David Akers should be quite busy against the Vikings, as will Garrett Hartley at home against a weak Chiefs defense. There are actually quite a few stellar options this week with quality matchups. Just stay clear of the bottom feeder kickers who are facing the Bears and 49ers this week.
I’ve wasted your time long enough. Here are my week three fantasy player rankings: