NFL Preseason Week 3 Schedule & Players to Watch (2021 Fantasy Football)
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.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 27TH
Colts (2-0) at Lions (0-2)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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?
SATURDAY, AUGUST 28TH
Packers (0-2) at Bills (2-0)
- 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?
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)
- 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
Rams (0-2) at Broncos (2-0)
- 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
SUNDAY, AUGUST 29TH
Jaguars (0-2) at Cowboys (0-3)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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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