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NFL Preseason Week 3 Schedule & Players to Watch (2021 Fantasy Football)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Aug 26, 2021

The third week of preseason football is here, and that means plenty of notable players will take the field. As a responsible fantasy manager, who should you be keeping an eye on? No problem! I’ve got you covered with a complete schedule breakdown and players to watch from each contest.

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Colts (2-0) at Lions (0-2)

Players to watch: Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jacob Eason, Sam Ehlinger

  • St. Brown was targeted five times on 11 snaps in his last preseason game. Could we see additional usage against the Colts?
  • Carson Wentz should be ready to go Week 1, but in case he suffers any setbacks now or during the season, who will be his primary backup?

Steelers (3-0) at Panthers (0-2)

Players to watch: Chuba Hubbard, Terrace Marshall, Najee Harris

  • Hubbard (16 carries, 104 yards) and Marshall (6 receptions, 138 yards) continue to impress in preseason play. How will they perform in Week 3?
  • All eyes should be on Pittsburgh’s most promising rookie who could be a top-12 fantasy RB in 2021.

Eagles (0-2) at Jets (2-0)

Players to watch: Michael Carter, Zach Wilson, Jalen Hurts, DeVonta Smith

  • Franchise QB Zach Wilson has been impressive in his limited action thus far (137.7 QB rating), and fantasy managers should continue to monitor him throughout the preseason
  • Hurts was a late scratch last week due to a stomach infection, but now that he’s recovered, will he play in Week 3?
  • Smith went 2/19 on five targets in his NFL debut last week, and he looked the part of an NFL-ready receiver while on the field. Will he play this week?

Vikings (0-2) at Chiefs (2-0)

Players to watch: Byron Pringle

  • Pringle led the Chiefs in receiving in Week 2, and he could have some deep-league flex appeal now that Sammy Watkins is gone


Packers (0-2) at Bills (2-0)

Players to watch: Isaiah McKenzie, Devin Singletary, Zack Moss, Amari Rodgers

  • Keep an eye on Buffalo’s speedy receiver, who could be viable in deep leagues this season
  • Buffalo’s RB competition is a situation fantasy managers should be monitoring closely
  • Will a Rodgers-to-Rodgers connection be fruitful for fantasy managers this season?

Ravens (2-0) at Washington (1-1)

Players to watch: Dyami Brown, Tylan Wallace

  • Pay attention to rookie receivers on both teams who may have more opportunities than expected in Year 1

Bears (1-1) at Titans (2-0)

Players to watch: Justin Fields

  • Fields will start Week 3, and there’s no other player in this game – heck, in any game on the slate – that fantasy managers should be watching more closely

Cardinals (1-1) at Saints (1-1)

Players to watch: Marquez Callaway, Tony Jones, Eno Benjamin, Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill

  • After a monstrous Week 2 performance, Callaway leads all players with 165 preseason receiving yards, including two scores. His “sleeper” status is likely over
  • Jones and Benjamin are guys to keep an eye on in deeper dynasty leagues, but they’re not on the redraft radar quite yet
  • New Orleans’ QB competition is still in full swing, so pay attention to Hill vs. Jameis

Buccaneers (0-2) at Texans (2-0)

Players to watch: Nico Collins, Ke’Shawn Vaughn, O.J. Howard

  • Will Collins make his NFL debut this week?
  • Can a couple of Bucs’ pass-catchers work their way into fantasy relevance this season?

Rams (0-2) at Broncos (2-0)

Players to watch: Teddy Bridgewater, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, Javonte Williams, Tutu Atwell

  • Teddy B has been named the Broncos’ starting QB, and it’s unclear if he’ll play in the preseason finale.
  • As always, make sure to tune in for Denver’s electric group of receivers and running backs

Chargers (1-1) at Seahawks (0-2)

Players to watch: Larry Rountree III, Rashaad Penny, Easton Stick

  • This is a pretty bland game in terms of fantasy implications, but backup backs on both teams highlight the players to monitor, as does Los Angeles’ presumed backup QB


Jaguars (0-2) at Cowboys (0-3)

Players to watch: Trevor Lawrence, Carlos Hyde, Laviska Shenault

  • This year’s No. 1 pick has a QB rating of just 78.1 through 32 pass attempts. How will he fare in the preseason finale?
  • With Travis Etienne out for the rest of the season, will we see additional work from Hyde or Viska in this one?

Dolphins (1-1) at Bengals (1-1)

Players to watch: Tua Tagovailoa, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, Malcolm Brown, Salvon Ahmed, Myles Gaskin

  • Pay close attention to the talented pair of rookies in Chase and Waddle – two guys who could make a huge impact in their inaugural campaigns
  • Keep an eye on Miami’s trio of running backs and how touches are distributed
  • As always, if Tua’s playing, fantasy managers have got to take notice

Raiders (2-0) at 49ers (1-1)

Players to watch: Trey Lance

  • Will Lance be the Niners’ starting QB in Week 1, or will San Fran fans and fantasy managers be kept waiting for him to replace Jimmy Garoppolo?

Patriots (2-0) at Giants (0-2)

Players to watch: Rhamondre Stevenson, Mac Jones, Corey Clement, Devontae Booker

  • Stevenson is the preseason leader in scoring and rushing yards, and with Sony Michel traded to Los Angeles, Stevenson could have an impactful role as a rookie
  • Mac vs. Cam – who will reign supreme as New England’s starting QB?
  • Saquon Barkley will reportedly be ready to go Week 1, but if he’s not, someone’s got to carry the load. Will that be Booker or Clement?

Browns (2-0) at Falcons (0-2)

Players to watch: Kyle Pitts

  • Not much to see on the Cleveland side, but fantasy managers are collectively holding their breaths waiting for the debut of one of the most hyped players in recent memory…

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