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Week 3 Rankings: QB, RB, WR

By Dustin Pritchard, 9.18.13

Ranked below are the Top 25 QBs, Top 50 RBs, Top 50 WRs for Week 3 of the 2013 NFL season. Rankings for TEs, Kickers, and Defenses are available here. For Week 2 Ranks and Results (…kind of) CLICK HERE

Match ups you should be salivating over: (for QBs/ WRs/TEs) Washington, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Green Bay, Baltimore, and San Diego (for RBs) Minnesota, Detroit, Jacksonville, Washington.

Match ups that may cause headaches, and possibly nausea: (for QBs/WRs/TEs) Seattle, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and New York (J) (for RBs) Cincinnati, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, and New York (J)

Quarterbacks

1. Colin Kaepernick v. IND – Indy’s defense hasn’t been tested by an elite NFL QB yet.  Kaepernick fits the bill and he will expose them. Remember what Pryor did against them Week 1?

2. Drew Brees v. ARI – In the bottom half of the league in fantasy points allowed to QB’s, the Cardinals aren’t a daunting task for Brees and his entourage at home.

3. Matt Stafford @ WAS – QBs are averaging 33 FP against the Skins so far.  Aerial assault is what the 2013 Lions are known for.  

4. Peyton Manning v. OAK – Ryan Clady’s injury is a huge blow, but the Raiders don’t present any issues.  He’s safe this week.

5. Aaron Rodgers @ CIN – Love the player, hate the matchup.  Rodgers is still good for top 5 stats even against the toughest opponents.

6. Robert Griffin III v. DET – The Lions have been tougher for fantasy QBs than advertised, but this game will be a shootout so expect solid numbers from RGIII once again.

7. Matt Ryan @ MIA – 300+ yards and 2 TD in each of his first two, Ryan seems matchup proof so far.

8. Tony Romo v. STL – Despite two excellent corners, the Rams are struggling against fantasy QBs right now.  Romo should have a nice bounce back performance.

9. Mike Vick v. KC – Vick’s first two games have been unreal, but against the Chiefs (giving up 2nd least FP to QB) expect him to cool off a bit. 

10. Andrew Luck @ SF – He’s been great in the first two of his sophomore season, and the Niners aren’t a dominant force in the pass game right now.

11. Cam Newton v. NYG – We weren’t high on him pre-draft, but if you did ended up getting him on your squad these first two weeks have been frustrating.  The Panthers need to find their offensive identity.  This is a plus matchup.

12. Russell Wilson v. JAC – WIlson has a high weekly floor because of his rushing ability.  The Jaguars D Unit is not scaring anyone.

13. Eli Manning @ CAR

14. Carson Palmer @ NO – The Saints haven’t been as bad as advertised on defense in 2013. They are dealing with a ton of injuries though. Their week 3 outlook is not strong.  Palmer and co. will take advantage in a what looks like a good old-fashioned shootout.

15. Matt Schaub @ BAL – The Ravens defense has been deplorable through the air.  Schaub has been on fire.  He’s becoming a fringe weekly starter.

16. Tom Brady v. TB – His lack of options is appalling.  The Bucs secondary should present some problems, but Brady has the ability to transcend at home.  He’s a risky start in 12 team leagues.

17.  Sam Bradford @ DAL

18. Andy Dalton v. GB

19. Alex Smith @ PHI

20. Philip Rivers @ TEN

21. Terrelle Pryor @ DEN

22. Ryan Tannehill v. ATL

23. Joe Flacco v. HOU

24. Jay Cutler @ PIT

25. Ben Roethlisberger v. CHI

Desperation play: Jake Locker v. SD – Bolts are giving up the 2nd most points to fantasy QBs through 2 weeks.

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Runningbacks

1. Adrian Peterson v. CLE – Peterson remains our top ranked RB for the third straight week.  He’s just an insanely good player and you’d be silly to ever bench him.

2. LeSean McCoy v. KC – McCoy is the #1 RB in fantasy football right now and in Chip Kelly’s offense with that offensive line the sky is limit for him.  Shady is matchup proof.

3. Marshawn Lynch v. JAC – RBs average 5.7 YPC against this Jaguars defense.  Marshawn is a lock for 10+ FP with a decent chance to hit 20.  

4. Jamaal Charles @ PHI – Good matchup. Great player. You should expect a nice output from Jamaal Charles this week. 110+ total yards.

5. Alfred Morris v. DET – The Lions have struggled against the run. Expect Shanahan to try to take advantage of that.

6.Reggie Bush @ WAS – Washington’s harrowing defense should have Skins fans scared. Bush has been fantastic so far, but there’s only a 50/50 chance he’ll play because of knee injury.  If he’s out, move Joique Bell into the top 10.

7. Doug Martin @ NE

8. Matt Forte @ PIT

9. Darren McFadden @ DEN – McFadden looked great with 129 rushing yards last week. As long as he’s healthy, we are starting him.

10. Chris Johnson v. SD – The Titans feature a top 10 offensive line.  CJ2k will have no trouble finding room to run.

11. CJ Spiller @ NYJ – The Jets are a really tough defense right now.  Spiller should get 15+ carries and as usual could take one of those to the house. The timeshare with Jackson is worrisome.

12. Frank Gore v. IND – Indy allowed 4.5 YPC to RBs so far in 2013.  The Niners will have no trouble driving the ball down the field and scoring touchdowns.  Gore has a chance to be a big part of both of those things.

13. DeMarco Murray v. STL – The Rams have been pretty friendly to RBs.  This has bounce back game written all over it for Murray.

14. Arian Foster @ BAL – Productive (13 FP) last week.  Baltimore’s run defense is very strong, but it’s safe to expect at least high-end RB2 numbers this week.

15. Darren Sproles v. ARI – With so many emerging timeshares and recent injuries, it’s a rough week for RBs.  Sproles is the safe bet as usual.

16. Giovani Bernard v. GB – Last week’s performance was a revelation. Gio is extremely talented and it’s only a matter of time before he grabs hold of the heavier workload in the run game. He’s also the pass game threat for the Bengals, and don’t expect them to be running much in the 2nd half against the Packers.  He’s one of Cincy’s most valuable playmakers.

17. Stevan Ridley v. TB – Will he finally bounce back? Brady has no options to throw to. Blount, Bolden, and Washington as not as good.  We’d bet on Ridley being able to run the ball effectively this week.

18. Ray Rice v. HOU – Questionable with hip flexor strain. 50/50 to play this week.  He will be a Game Time Decision.  Wah wah.

19. Joique Bell @ WAS – As a fantasy player, I LOVE the Redskins defense.  If Reggie Bush misses the game, look at Bell as an elite RB in week 3.  If Bush plays, he still has much standalone value.

20. Bernard Pierce v. HOU – If Ray Ray is 50 50 to sit, Pierce is 50 50 to start.  The matchup isn’t very good, but if Pierce starts he is a top 14 back. If Rice plays, bump him out of the top 35.

21. DeAngelo Williams v. NYG – The Giants haven’t done much against RBs this season. DeAngelo can finally get on track.

22. James Starks @ CIN – Horrible matchup, but believe it or not the Packers have been one of the NFL’s better rushing teams. Starks is also a workhorse for the time being.

23. Knowshon Moreno v. OAK – Has seized hold of lead dog duties in Denver for the time being; a good place to be.  Want to rank him higher, but the Raiders have allowed an average of just 9 FP to RBs through two weeks.

24. Lamar Miller v. ATL – Got over 10+ FP last week, and the Falcons defense is nothing special.  He’s a flex option.

25. David Wilson @ CAR – In wait and see mode with Wilson after two straight fantasy dumps to open the season. Still possesses tremendous upside.

26. Trent Richardson @ SF – Traded to Indianapolis today! Indy can move the ball, so Trent’s rest of season ceiling is even higher now.  His week 3 outlook however, is gloomy not great.  It should take him more than 5 days to learn the Colts playbook and earn the trust of his coaches in pass protection, an area where Bradshaw excels. He might not even touch the ball this week. Update: Pagano will give Richardson as much as he can handle.

27. Ben Tate @ BAL – Coach Kubiak said Tate is “playing at an extremely high level right now”, so look for more balanced committee. Tate will enjoy a nice piece of Houston’s fantasy pie.

28. Ryan Mathews @ TEN – Mathews has done very well with the carries he’s been given, but he has seemed to disappear at times and is not trustworthy.

29. Daryl Richardson @ DAL – The Boys are top 10 against fantasy RBs and with Pead and Cunningham cutting into his carries, Richardson isn’t nearly as exciting an option as he once was.

30. Maurice Jones-Drew @ SEA – He’s day-to-day with a foot sprain tentatively expected to play. If he sits, Justin Forsett and Jordan Todman are expected to form a committee.

31. Rashard Mendenhall @ NO – Not 100% to play. Ailing toe.

32. Chris Ogbonnaya v. MIN – With Trent Richardson traded away to the Colts, a position vacuum must now be filled.  The Browns are expected to sign the oft injured 32-year-old former Bill, Raven, and Bronco RB Willis McGahee, but he most likely won’t be a factor this week.  Signed to a two-year deal this off-season, Ogbonnaya could force the lion’s share his way until McGahee is ready. Recall the two game stretch of 243 total yards and 1 TD in 2011 filling in for an injured Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty as a Brown. Vikings have also given up league most to FP RBs.

33. Benjarvus Green-Ellis v. GB

34. Fred Jackson @ NYJ

35. Bilal Powell @ BUF

36. Chris Ivory @ BUF

37. Jason Snelling @ MIA – The Dolphins defensive front is scary.  With Steven Jackson out, we view Snelling as a more real threat for fantasy impact than the limited jacquizz Rodgers. Not exactly explosive, Snelling’s 235 lbs guarantee he will get some goal line looks. Very sneaky TD threat with Jackson out.

38. Montee Ball v. OAK

39. Jacquizz Rodgers @ MIA

40. Ahmad Bradshaw @ SF – Not sure how this week will work out with Trent Richardson now on the Colts, but we don’t expect T Rich to make a huge contribution in Week 3. Terrible matchup for Bradshaw even if he does end up getting most of the work. Tough luck!

41. Bryce Brown v. KC

42. Andre Ellington @ NO – If Mendy is out, get your popcorn ready. Ellington could break out in a big way.

43. Bobby Rainey v. MIN

44. Pierre Thomas v. ARI

45. Felix Jones v. CHI

46. Kendall Hunter v. IND

47. Roy Helu v. DET

48. Mark Ingram v. ARI

49.  Isaiah Pead @ DAL

50. Mikel LeShoure @ WAS – If Reggie Bush misses the game, LeShoure becomes a sneaky desperation start.  The Lions won’t give all the work to Joique Bell.

On the cusp: Danny Woodhead @ TEN, Mike Tolbert v. NYG, Jonathan Franklin @ CIN, Ronnie Brown @ TEN, Daniel Thomas v. ATL, Brandon Jacobs @ CAR

AJ Green

AJ Green

Wide Receivers

1. Calvin Johnson @ WAS – Going against the redskins, Megatron with one hand tied behind is back is at least a WR3 this week.  With the use of both hands, he’s a god.

2. AJ Green v. GB – Dalton will look for AJ early and often.  He’s a monster.  Could push Calvin for the top spot.

3. Dez Bryant v. STL – Looked great last week. One of the top 5 WRs in the NFL will continue his quest to be the best. The Rams haven’t been able to stop great WRs.

4. Demaryius Thomas v. OAK – The Raiders are nothing to worry about for Thomas.

5. Julio Jones @ MIA – Will attempt to build on an impressive 182 yard, 1 TD outing last week.

6. Victor Cruz @ CAR – The Panthers are generous to fantasy WRs.  Cruz could have a big game.

7. Brandon Marshall @ PIT – You can’t bench Marshall, even though he goes against one of the league’s tougher pass defenses.

8. Vincent Jackson @ NE – See Marshall.

9. DeSean Jackson v. KC – One of the league’s hottest WR will keep it going in a shootout.

10. Pierre Garcon v. DET – The Vampire is playing out of his mind right now.  As long as the Redskins can get out to an early deficit, RG3 will look his way at almost every juncture.

11. Andre Johnson @ BAL – Andre suffered a concussion, and will be an end of the week decision. Managers should have plenty of time to adjust their lineups.

12. Randall Cobb @ CIN – Don’t hate the player, hate the matchup.

13. Dwayne Bowe @ PHI – Eagles defense and this one is projected to be the highest scoring game of the week.

14.  Jordy Nelson @ CIN – Universally underrated, Jordy has 196 yards and 3 TD through two.  Regression will come, but you need to ride the wave right now. 

15. Hakeem Nicks @ CAR – Nicks has looked good so far, and as long as he’s healthy you can use him regularly.

16. Marques Colston v. ARI – Patrick Peterson will not make it easy on him.

17. Wes Welker v. OAK – The Broncos will build a lead through their quick paced, shotgun offense.  Welker is Peyton’s clear #2 target.

18. Anquan Boldin v. IND – Kaepernick will look to Anquan often as Vernon Davis deals with injuries.

19. Reggie Wayne @ SF – The matchup isn’t as scary as you might think.  Reggie will do his thing.

20. Larry Fitzgerald @ NO – He’s not practicing, but is expected to play. Last week’s effort playing through this hamstring injury was not encouraging.

21. Mike Wallace v. ATL – Bounced back in Week 2.  ATL doesn’t present much trouble, and the Dolphins will need Wallace’s contributions to win.

22. Torrey Smith v. HOU 

23. James Jones @ CIN – The 178 yards receiving last week were a reminder that yes, James Jones is good.

24. Steve Smith v. NYG

25. Julian Edelman v. TB – The Target Monster himself, Mr. 14 catches last week will get his looks.  He doesn’t do much with them though. Insiders think he could see a lot of Revis this week, which is obviously never a positive thing.

26. Antonio Brown v. CHI

27. Ty Hilton @ SF

28. Eric Decker v. OAK

29. Miles Austin v. STL

30. Stevie Johnson @ NYJ

31. Cecil Shorts @ SEA

32. Mike Williams @ NE

33. Tavon Austin @ DAL

34. Michael Floyd @ NO

35. Chris Givens @ DAL

36. Andre Roberts @ NO

37. Nate Washington v. SD – Very sneaky option. Kendall Wright dealing with concussion symptoms and Kenny Britt doing whatever it is that he does,  the oft undervalued Nate Washington could see a lot of targets against a leaky San Diego secondary.

38. Josh Gordon @ MIN

39. Golden Tate @ JAC

40. Roddy White @ MIA – Roddy missed practice today and continues to deal with an ankle injury.  Ugh.

41. DeAndre Hopkins @ BAL – If Andre is out, move DeAndre in top 26 WR.

42. Lance Moore v. ARI

43. Marlon Brown v. HOU

44. Eddie Royal @ TEN

45. Harry Douglas v. STL

46. Denarius Moore @ DEN

47. Vincent Brown @ TEN

48. Nate Burleson @ WAS

49. Leonard Hankerson v. DET

50. Kenbrell Thompkins v. TB

Shocker: Cordarelle Patterson v. CLE

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