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Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings From the Most Accurate Experts

Sep 26, 2020

Here’s a look at fantasy football rankings from our most accurate experts of the 2020 season. These rankings are for half-PPR scoring fantasy football formats.

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Week 3 Quarterback Rankings

Rank Quarterbacks Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Lamar Jackson BAL vs. KC 1 4 1.3 0.7 24.4
2 Kyler Murray ARI vs. DET 1 4 2.3 0.8 24
3 Russell Wilson SEA vs. DAL 1 5 2.7 0.6 23.1
4 Dak Prescott DAL at SEA 2 7 4.1 1.2 22.5
5 Patrick Mahomes II KC at BAL 3 7 5.3 0.4 21.8
6 Cam Newton NE vs. LV 4 10 6.2 1.2 21.1
7 Josh Allen BUF vs. LAR 5 8 6.2 0.7 20.5
8 Matt Ryan ATL vs. CHI 6 11 8.2 0.5 19.9
9 Aaron Rodgers GB at NO 8 15 9.8 1.1 19.4
10 Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs. HOU 6 16 10.1 1.1 18.9
11 Gardner Minshew II JAC vs. MIA 8 15 11.7 1.8 18.5
12 Deshaun Watson HOU at PIT 10 17 12.6 1.7 18.3
13 Matthew Stafford DET at ARI 9 19 13.4 1.7 18.1
14 Carson Wentz PHI vs. CIN 11 20 14.4 1.5 18
15 Drew Brees NO vs. GB 10 20 14.8 2.2 17.8
16 Ryan Tannehill TEN at MIN 8 25 15 1.9 17.6
17 Tom Brady TB at DEN 10 22 17.3 1.7 17.3
18 Joe Burrow CIN at PHI 11 21 17.6 1.7 17.1
19 Mitchell Trubisky CHI at ATL 12 22 19.9 1.9 16.9
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick MIA at JAC 16 30 20.2 2.7 16.6

 
Cam Newton (NE)
Newton is looking like the steal of drafts right now with how he’s looked through the first couple of games. The Patriots are intent on letting Newton be himself, which means that they’re letting him run the ball an insane amount. Newton has ran the ball 26 times for 122 yards and four touchdowns through two weeks, which has vaulted him to top-3 fantasy football QB status. Additionally, Newton currently ranks fourth in the entire NFL in terms of red zone rushing attempts. This doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon either, which makes Newton a weekly must-start option at the QB position.

Deshaun Watson (HOU)
Watson hasn’t exactly been as dominant as we were all hoping for throughout the first two weeks of the season. He’s had two incredibly tough matchups and it’s led to him landing as the QB15 in all of fantasy football. With that being said, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better for Watson this week against the Steelers defense. The Steelers have essentially held every position group in check so far and Watson’s going to have a tough time this week. Without his normal rushing production, it’s hard to view Watson as anything more than a low-end QB1 in this matchup.

Carson Wentz (PHI)
Wentz has definitely not looked like himself through the first couple weeks of the season and this offense needs to figure out their identity quickly. Until we see Wentz start to bounce back to the type of QB that he was previously, he can’t be trusted anywhere near your starting lineup. He’s a mid-range QB2 this week even what looks like a great matchup on paper.

Week 3 Running Back Rankings

Rank Running Backs Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Ezekiel Elliott DAL at SEA 1 5 1.6 0.8 19.7
2 Alvin Kamara NO vs. GB 1 5 1.9 0.6 17.8
3 Derrick Henry TEN at MIN 1 10 3 1.6 17.7
4 Jonathan Taylor IND vs. NYJ 3 10 4.8 1.3 17.5
5 Dalvin Cook MIN vs. TEN 3 8 5 1 17.2
6 Miles Sanders PHI vs. CIN 1 18 6.5 2.3 16.9
7 Aaron Jones GB at NO 4 12 6.8 1.3 16
8 Josh Jacobs LV at NE 5 14 8.5 1.9 16
9 Kenyan Drake ARI vs. DET 4 14 9.5 1.8 15.5
10 Nick Chubb CLE vs. WAS 6 13 9.8 1.4 15.2
11 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. CAR 6 17 10.7 1.9 15.2
12 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC at BAL 8 20 11.5 1.7 14.7
13 Chris Carson SEA vs. DAL 6 19 12.6 1.4 14.7
14 Joe Mixon CIN at PHI 11 18 14.3 1.4 14.7
15 James Conner PIT vs. HOU 8 29 14.6 2.1 14.2
16 James Robinson JAC vs. MIA 13 28 16.8 1.7 14.1
17 Kareem Hunt CLE vs. WAS 12 30 18.3 2.2 13.4
18 Todd Gurley II ATL vs. CHI 11 26 18.7 2.4 12.8
19 David Montgomery CHI at ATL 13 27 19.1 2.5 12.6
20 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs. TB 17 33 20.7 2 12.1
21 David Johnson HOU at PIT 14 26 21.5 2.3 11.4
22 Devin Singletary BUF vs. LAR 16 28 23 3.5 10.8
23 Leonard Fournette TB at DEN 17 42 23.5 3.3 10.7
24 Mark Ingram II BAL vs. KC 16 38 24.2 2.4 10.6
25 Joshua Kelley LAC vs. CAR 17 46 25.1 4 10.4
26 Antonio Gibson WAS at CLE 19 31 25.2 2.3 10.1
27 Jerick McKinnon SF at NYG 16 50 26.4 4.7 8.9
28 Mike Davis CAR at LAC 15 73 28.7 5.1 8.7
29 J.K. Dobbins BAL vs. KC 25 42 30.9 3.2 8.7
30 Darrell Henderson LAR at BUF 21 63 31.8 5.1 8.6
31 D’Andre Swift DET at ARI 29 39 32.3 2.1 8.2
32 Myles Gaskin MIA at JAC 27 48 33.5 4.1 8.2
33 Ronald Jones II TB at DEN 17 49 34 4 8.2
34 Malcolm Brown LAR at BUF 24 40 35 3.3 8.1
35 Tarik Cohen CHI at ATL 31 51 36.6 3.4 7.6
36 Sony Michel NE vs. LV 29 57 37.1 3.4 7.6
37 Nyheim Hines IND vs. NYJ 23 50 37.5 4.6 7.1
38 Latavius Murray NO vs. GB 30 51 38.3 3.2 7
39 Adrian Peterson DET at ARI 33 54 40.4 2.8 6.9
40 Dion Lewis NYG vs. SF 28 70 40.8 6.7 6.7
41 Frank Gore NYJ at IND 31 52 41.3 3.4 6.5
42 Chase Edmonds ARI vs. DET 36 53 43.5 2.8 6.5
43 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF at NYG 19 99 44 14.3 6.3
44 Boston Scott PHI vs. CIN 32 58 46.9 4.3 6.1
45 Alexander Mattison MIN vs. TEN 40 62 46.9 3.7 6
46 Kerryon Johnson DET at ARI 38 56 47.8 2.3 5.9
47 Carlos Hyde SEA vs. DAL 34 66 48.9 4.6 5.8
48 Jordan Howard MIA at JAC 31 66 49.1 4.8 5.8
49 Benny Snell Jr. PIT vs. HOU 32 69 52.9 5.4 5.4
50 Chris Thompson JAC vs. MIA 43 65 50.4 3.6 5.4

 
James Conner (PIT)
There was so much uncertainty last week surrounding what the carry split was going to look like with Snell and Conner, but we got our answer pretty quickly. Conner is the guy in this backfield and he should be viewed as a must-start option this week against a Houston defense that has been shredded the first two weeks. The Texans are currently giving up an average of 28.1 fantasy points to opposing RBs and Conner should be viewed as a player with top-5 upside this week.

Kareem Hunt (CLE)
Hunt was unstoppable last week against Cincinnati and he is now a top-10 option at the RB position for fantasy football through two weeks. He’s incredibly valuable in PPR formats and he should remain heavily involved in this matchup. Hunt should be looked at as a solid RB2 this week against Washington.

Leonard Fournette (TB)
Fournette took advantage of his opportunity last week and shredded the Panthers defense nearly every single run. Fournette appears to have this job locked up now, which puts him into the RB2 conversation in this matchup. There’s always the possibility that Arians pulls a fast one on us and we see Jones more than we anticipate, but he’s a safe start as a low-end RB2 with upside if he does completely take over this backfield.

Week 3 Wide Receiver Rankings

Rank Wide Receivers Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 DeAndre Hopkins ARI vs. DET 1 3 1.1 0.2 17.7
2 Tyreek Hill KC at BAL 2 10 3.1 1.5 16
3 Calvin Ridley ATL vs. CHI 2 23 3.6 1.3 15.7
4 Allen Robinson II CHI at ATL 3 19 5.8 2.4 14.2
5 Amari Cooper DAL at SEA 1 17 7.1 2.4 13.9
6 Julio Jones ATL vs. CHI 1 40 7.6 5.7 13.8
7 Adam Thielen MIN vs. TEN 4 17 7.7 2.5 13.7
8 Mike Evans TB at DEN 3 23 9.5 2.6 13.7
9 D.K. Metcalf SEA vs. DAL 4 21 9.8 2.4 13.6
10 Terry McLaurin WAS at CLE 3 36 10.6 2.7 13.1
11 Tyler Lockett SEA vs. DAL 4 24 11.1 2.8 13.1
12 JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs. HOU 6 20 13.4 2.9 13.1
13 Chris Godwin TB at DEN 1 106 14.3 13.1 12.8
14 D.J. Moore CAR at LAC 9 39 14.6 2.7 12.8
15 Robert Woods LAR at BUF 12 53 17.2 3.2 12.6
16 Odell Beckham Jr. CLE vs. WAS 2 27 17.5 3.4 12.3
17 Cooper Kupp LAR at BUF 11 40 17.7 2.9 12.3
18 Diontae Johnson PIT vs. HOU 11 41 19.6 4.1 12.2
19 Keenan Allen LAC vs. CAR 6 37 19.8 2.7 12
20 Stefon Diggs BUF vs. LAR 7 31 20.1 2.7 12
21 Marquise Brown BAL vs. KC 15 29 20.3 2.4 11.9
22 T.Y. Hilton IND vs. NYJ 10 37 23.1 3.4 11.8
23 Julian Edelman NE vs. LV 16 31 23.4 2.5 11.3
24 CeeDee Lamb DAL at SEA 16 33 25.4 2.5 11.2
25 DeVante Parker MIA at JAC 14 46 27.6 4.9 11.1
26 Michael Gallup DAL at SEA 12 60 27.7 4.4 11.1
27 Tyler Boyd CIN at PHI 21 44 28.8 2.1 11
28 A.J. Green CIN at PHI 15 43 29.2 3.6 10.7
29 Kenny Golladay DET at ARI 6 107 29.4 19.7 10.6
30 Darius Slayton NYG vs. SF 20 44 31.3 2.6 10.5
31 Jarvis Landry CLE vs. WAS 26 40 33.2 3 10.5
32 Marvin Jones Jr. DET at ARI 14 42 33.6 3.7 10.4
33 John Brown BUF vs. LAR 28 52 33.7 3.2 9.9
34 Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC vs. MIA 27 47 34.8 4.3 9.8
35 DeSean Jackson PHI vs. CIN 27 44 35 3.7 9.7
36 Corey Davis TEN at MIN 17 50 35.2 4 9.6
37 Robby Anderson CAR at LAC 29 55 37.8 4.1 9.6
38 Will Fuller V HOU at PIT 17 79 38 7.1 9.6
39 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. TB 30 53 38.6 3.7 9.3
40 Mike Williams LAC vs. CAR 29 50 41.7 3 9.2
41 Davante Adams GB at NO 1 163 20.6 32.5 9.2
42 Keelan Cole JAC vs. MIA 19 75 43.1 9.3 9
43 Preston Williams MIA at JAC 33 59 44 3.4 8.9
44 Russell Gage ATL vs. CHI 14 58 45 4.5 8.9
45 Emmanuel Sanders NO vs. GB 27 58 45 5.8 8.8
46 Brandin Cooks HOU at PIT 34 59 45.1 2.8 8.8
47 Allen Lazard GB at NO 38 65 47.1 5 8.6
48 Tre’Quan Smith NO vs. GB 25 66 47.5 6 8.6
49 Golden Tate NYG vs. SF 37 73 48.6 6.4 8.4
50 N’Keal Harry NE vs. LV 30 66 48.8 4.8 8.4

 
Allen Robinson (CHI)
Robinson looked to be a solid candidate to return WR1 production week in and week out heading into the season, but he simply has not been the same receiver on the field that we saw last year. While he’s seeing the high target totals, he’s not turning them into much for fantasy football. It’s a great matchup for Robinson, so he deserves to be in your starting lineup, but you shouldn’t be expecting anything more than high-end WR2 numbers this week.

Tyler Lockett (SEA)
With Russ playing as well as he has been lately, it’s hard to view the Seattle WRs as anything less than must-start options. Lockett is currently the WR15 on the season and should be viewed as a low-end WR1 in this matchup. The Cowboys are currently allowing 28.8 fantasy points on average to opposing WRs and Lockett always has a good chance of finding the end zone. He’s a solid start this week.

A.J. Green (CIN)
People are going to be scared off of AJ Green if they just see the boxscore stats, but we should be focused in on his opportunity. 13 targets is hard to come by for any receiver and it’s encouraging to see that Burrow is continuously looking his way. With that being said, this isn’t the greatest matchup for Green from a fantasy perspective. The Eagles are currently ranked 24th in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing wide receivers, which means that it’s a tough matchup, and Darius Slay is a big reason for that. Slay is expected to cover Green in this matchup, which means that Green can be viewed as nothing more than a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 this week.

Week 3 Tight End Rankings

Rank Tight Ends Team Opp Best Worst Avg Std Dev Proj. Pts
1 Travis Kelce KC at BAL 1 2 1.1 0.3 15.4
2 Mark Andrews BAL vs. KC 1 4 2 0.4 13.7
3 Zach Ertz PHI vs. CIN 2 7 3.4 0.7 11.3
4 Darren Waller LV at NE 2 11 5 1.7 10
5 Tyler Higbee LAR at BUF 3 15 5.4 1.7 9.6
6 Hunter Henry LAC vs. CAR 3 10 5.8 1.4 9.2
7 Mike Gesicki MIA at JAC 4 17 8.2 2.2 9.1
8 Jonnu Smith TEN at MIN 6 17 8.3 1.4 8.9
9 Jared Cook NO vs. GB 5 21 9 2.1 8.9
10 Dallas Goedert PHI vs. CIN 4 18 9.5 2.3 8.8
11 T.J. Hockenson DET at ARI 6 20 11.2 2.5 8.7
12 Hayden Hurst ATL vs. CHI 4 15 11.8 1.6 8.5
13 Noah Fant DEN vs. TB 7 15 12.6 1.4 8.5
14 Evan Engram NYG vs. SF 7 19 13.3 1.9 7.7
15 Logan Thomas WAS at CLE 13 22 15.4 1.1 7.3
16 Jordan Reed SF at NYG 10 27 18.8 4 7.2
17 Austin Hooper CLE vs. WAS 15 29 19.1 2.6 6.6
18 Chris Herndon IV NYJ at IND 13 27 19.5 2.9 6.5
19 Eric Ebron PIT vs. HOU 16 25 20.4 2.2 6.4
20 Dalton Schultz DAL at SEA 12 29 19.3 3.4 6.3

 
Jonnu Smith (TEN)
Smith is currently the TE1 in all of fantasy football and has now moved into weekly must-start territory. In a matchup that should see Tennessee put points up on the board, Smith should easily return TE1 value yet again.

Dallas Goedert (PHI)
Goedert came out swinging in week one, but disappointed fantasy managers that rolled him into their starting lineup in week two. He’s still getting the targets that make him an intriguing option in deep leagues, but he’s not someone that can be trusted as a reliable start every single week. In this matchup, Goedert is a high-end TE2.

Logan Thomas (WAS)
Thomas was a hot waiver wire addition after week one, but I recommended waiting a week before confidently plugging him into your lineup. He disappointed in week two, but the target totals are an encouraging sign. Thomas is a solid weekly TE2 right now that can be plugged in if you’re in need of a fill-in option.

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