Week 3 Rankings and Backfield Battles

 

Be patient with Lamar Miller.  He will be the starter in Miami sooner rather than later.

Be patient with Lamar Miller. He will be the starter in Miami sooner rather than later.

 

It’s Week 3 in the NFL and for fantasy owners that are 0-2, they are looking for their first win this week.  It is important to get at least one win before the bye weeks start next week, because byes combined with injuries could leave some teams scrambling to fill in their lineup.  Last week the injuries piled up in the NFL and scores were down for most fantasy teams.  Below are the rankings to get you that win this week, plus three NFL backfields that haven’t named a clear cut starter and how you should handle those players.

The guys that stayed healthy last week and still disappointed on the rankings were Drew Brees, David Wilson, Jason Witten, and AJ Green.  That’s a star studded list of guys you expect to put up big numbers each week.  Hopefully those guys can get back on track this week because it’s frustrating when you spend a high pick on a player and he just doesn’t produce, which was the case for those guys listed.

 

Backfield Battles

Every year there are some teams that frustrate fantasy owners by either not naming a starter or switch running backs often to where none of the players are viable fantasy options.  Usually it’s Mike Shanahan doing it, but it seems he has settled on Alfred Morris.  Below are three teams that have a backfield carousel and how you should handle the players involved.

1.  New York Giants

I, as well as many other fantasy writers had high expectations for David Wilson coming in to the season.  That all changed the first game of the season when he fumbled away his opportunity and found himself inside Tom Coughlin’s doghouse.  That, combined with the signing of Brandon Jacobs has left fantasy owners scratching their head on whether or not they should keep or drop David Wilson.  Also, folks probably are trying to figure out if they should sign Da’Rel Scott or Brandon Jacobs.  The deal is, David Wilson will eventually take over that starting job in New York and when he does, it will be his job and his job alone.  Scott and Jacobs might be a good short term plug-in or a bye week plug-in.  Be patient with Wilson because it will pay off.

2.  Miami Dolphins

So far this season Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas have been splitting carries in the Miami backfield.  Miller, like Wilson, was a player coming into the season with high expectations.  Thomas is a solid running back, but Miami wants to see what they have with Lamar Miller and because of that, Miller will eventually take some of those carries from Thomas and come fantasy playoff time, Miller will be one of the guys you will want to have on your team.  If you own one of these guys, it’s best to own the other in case it goes the other way.

3.  Pittsburgh Steelers

This has been a wasteland so far this season.  Rookie Le’Veon Bell was supposed to be the guy for the Steelers, but a preaseason lisfranc injury has derailed those plans so far.  Instead, fantasy owners have been stuck with trying to figure out if Isaac Redman, Johnathan Dwyner, or even Felix Jones is worth starting.  The easy answer is no.  The Steelers have been downright awful on offense this season which could also be contributed the two solid defenses they have faced in the Titans & Bengals.  Still, don’t fill up a roster spot with any of those guys, but feel free to keep Bell because once he becomes healthy, he will be the guy in Pittsburgh and worth owning.

Week 3 Rankings

QBs

  1. Peyton Manning – vs OAK
  2. Drew Brees – vs ARI
  3. Matthew Stafford – @ WAS
  4. Aaron Rodgers – @ CIN
  5. Colin Kaepernick – vs IND
  6. Matt Ryan – @ MIA
  7. Tony Romo – vs STL
  8. Cam Newton – vs NYG
  9. Tom Brady – vs TB
  10. Andy Dalton – vs GB
  11. Robert Griffin III – vs DET
  12. Andrew Luck – @ SF
  13. Eli Manning – @ CAR
  14. Russell Wilson – vs JAX
  15. Carson Palmer – @ NO
  16. Philip Rivers – @ TEN
  17. Matt Schaub – @ BAL
  18. Sam Bradford – @ DAL
  19. Jay Cutler – @ PIT
  20. Terrelle Pryor – @ DEN

RBs

  1. Marshawn Lynch – vs JAX
  2. Adrian Peterson – vs CLE
  3. Doug Martin – @ NE
  4. Alfred Morris – vs DET
  5. CJ Spiller – @ NYJ
  6. Matt Forte – @ PIT
  7. Chris Johnson – vs SD
  8. Frank Gore – vs IND
  9. Arian Foster – @ BAL
  10. Knowshown Moreno – vs OAK
  11. Joique Bell – @ WAS
  12. DeMarco Murray – vs STL
  13. Darren Sproles – vs ARI
  14. Darren McFadden – @ DEN
  15. Trent Richardson – @ SF
  16. Bernard Pierce – vs HOU
  17. DeAngelo Williams – vs NYG
  18. Rashard Mendenall – @ NO
  19. Giovani Bernard – vs GB
  20. Stevan Ridley – vs TB
  21. Lamar Miller – vs ATL
  22. Daryl Richardson – @ DAL
  23. BenJarvus Green-Ellis – vs GB
  24. Ryan Mathews – @ TEN
  25. James Starks – @ CIN
  26. Bilal Powell – vs BUF
  27. David Wilson – @ CAR
  28. Pierre Thomas – vs ARI
  29. Robert Turbin – vs JAX
  30. Ben Tate – @ BAL
  31. Chris Ivory – vs BUF
  32. Fred Jackson – @ NYJ
  33. Jason Snelling – @ MIA
  34. Willis McGahee – @ MIN
  35. Felix Jones – vs CHI
  36. Danny Woodhead – @ TEN
  37. Jacquizz Rodgers – @ MIA
  38. Montee Ball – vs OAK
  39. Mark Ingram – vs ARI
  40. Maurice Jones-Drew – @ SEA

WRs

  1. Calvin Johnson – @ WAS
  2. AJ Green – vs GB
  3. Dez Bryant – vs STL
  4. Randall Cobb – @ CIN
  5. Demaryius Thomas – vs OAK
  6. Brandon Marshall – @ PIT
  7. Julio Jones – @ MIA
  8. Victor Cruz – @ CAR
  9. Wes Welker – vs OAK
  10. Andre Johnson – @ BAL
  11. Pierre Garcon – vs DET
  12. Vincent Jackson – @ NE
  13. Jordy Nelson – @ CIN
  14. Reggie Wayne – @ SF
  15. Larry Fitzgerald – @ ARI
  16. Steve Smith – @ NYG
  17. Marques Colston – vs ARI
  18. Hakeem Nicks – @ CAR
  19. Julian Edelman – vs TB
  20. Torrey Smith – vs HOU
  21. Anquan Boldin – vs IND
  22. Steve Johnson – vs NYJ
  23. Mike Wallace – vs ATL
  24. T.Y. Hilton – @ SF
  25. Eric Decker – vs OAK
  26. DeAndre Hopkins – @ BAL
  27. Miles Austin – vs STL
  28. Antonio Brown – vs CHI
  29. James Jones – @ CIN
  30. Nate Burleson – @ WAS
  31. Tavon Austin – @ DAL
  32. Chris Givens – @ DAL
  33. Josh Gordon – @ MIN
  34. Eddie Royal – @ TEN
  35. Mike Williams – @ NE
  36. Andre Roberts – @ NO
  37. Aaron Dobson – vs TB
  38. Marlon Brown – vs HOU
  39. Brian Hartline – vs ATL
  40. Michael Floyd – @ NO

TEs

  1. Jimmy Graham – vs ARI
  2. Jason Witten – vs STL
  3. Tony Gonzalez – @ MIA
  4. Vernon Davis – vs IND
  5. Jermichael Finley – @ CIN
  6. Julius Thomas – vs OAK
  7. Antonio Gates – vs TEN
  8. Jared Cook – @ DAL
  9. Greg Olsen – vs NYG
  10. Coby Fleener – @ SF
  11. Owen Daniels – @ BAL
  12. Jordan Cameron – @ MIN
  13. Martellus Bennett – @ PIT
  14. Zach Sudfeld – vs TB
  15. Brandon Myers – @ CAR
  16. Kyle Rudolph – vs CLE
  17. Charles Clay – vs ATL
  18. Heath Miller – vs CHI
  19. Dallas Clark – vs HOU
  20. Kellen Winslow – vs BUF

DEF

  1. Seahawks – vs JAX
  2. Vikings – vs CLE
  3. Bears – @ PIT
  4. Broncos – vs OAK
  5. Patriots – vs TB
  6. Texans – @ BAL
  7. Bills – @ NYJ
  8. 49ers – vs IND
  9. Giants – @ CAR
  10. Jets – vs BUF
  11. Packers – @ CIN
  12. Cowboys – vs STL
  13. Steelers – vs CHI
  14. Chargers – @ TEN
  15. Titans – vs SD

Ks

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – vs TB
  2. Dan Bailey – vs STL
  3. Matt Prater – vs OAK
  4. Steven Hauschka – vs JAX
  5. Justin Tucker – vs HOU
  6. Garrett Hartley – vs ARI
  7. Blair Walsh – vs CLE
  8. Greg Zuerlein – @ DAL
  9. Robbie Gould – @ PIT
  10. Josh Brown – @ CAR
  11. David Akers – @ WAS
  12. Phil Dawson – vs IND
  13. Matt Bryant – @ MIA
  14. Caleb Sturgis – vs ATL
  15. Sebastian Janikowski – vs DEN

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