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Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings, Grades & Start/Sit Advice (2023)

Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings, Grades & Start/Sit Advice (2023)

Welcome to Week 3, friends. As always, we’re here to provide you with some fantasy football Quick Grades (or Start/Sit Grades, if you prefer) for the week.

We tapped into our consensus projections and rankings and Derek Brown’s weekly Primer to generate this week’s Quick Grades. See below for the results and accompanying notes.

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Week 3 Quarterback Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
A+ Patrick Mahomes II KC CHI CHI
A Josh Allen BUF WAS TB
A Jalen Hurts PHI TB WAS
A Lamar Jackson BAL IND IND
A Justin Herbert LAC MIN MIN
B+ Kirk Cousins MIN LAC KC
B+ Tua Tagovailoa MIA DEN DEN
B Justin Fields CHI KC HOU
B Trevor Lawrence JAC HOU LAC
B- Deshaun Watson CLE TEN TEN
B- Dak Prescott DAL ARI LAR
C+ Jared Goff DET ATL ATL
C+ Geno Smith SEA CAR ARI
C Brock Purdy SF NYG CAR
C Joe Burrow* CIN LAR NYG
C Derek Carr NO GB GB
C- Daniel Jones NYG SF MIA
C- Russell Wilson DEN MIA SF
D+ Matthew Stafford LAR CIN BAL
D C.J. Stroud HOU JAC NO
D Kenny Pickett PIT LV CIN
D Jordan Love GB NO BUF
D- Baker Mayfield TB PHI LV
D- Sam Howell WAS BUF PHI
F Jimmy Garoppolo LV PIT JAC
F Desmond Ridder ATL DET NYJ
F Gardner Minshew II IND BAL PIT
F Andy Dalton CAR SEA DET
F Mac Jones NE NYJ CLE
F Ryan Tannehill TEN CLE BAL
F Joshua Dobbs ARI DAL DAL
F Zach Wilson NYJ NE NE
F Jake Browning CIN LAR DAL
F Clayton Tune ARI DAL JAC
F Davis Mills HOU JAC CLE
F Jacoby Brissett WAS BUF BUF
F Malik Willis TEN CLE NYG
F Sam Darnold SF NYG GB
F Jameis Winston NO GB PHI
F Mike White MIA DEN DEN
F Kyle Trask TB PHI DET
F Taylor Heinicke ATL DET TB
F Marcus Mariota PHI TB SF
F Tyrod Taylor NYG SF SEA

* Burrow is questionable for Monday Night Football and is a game-time decision.

Ryan Tannehill: Will the real Ryan Tannehill please stand up? After a rough Week 1, he rebounded dramatically last week. Tannehill was first in passing grade, first in yards per attempt, and first in adjusted completion rate as the QB15 in fantasy. We’ll see if Tannehill can stack back-to-back fantastic games against a Browns’ defense that looks legit. Cleveland has allowed the second-lowest yards per attempt, third-lowest passer rating, and the lowest adjusted completion rate. The Browns also have the eighth-best pressure rate. Tannehill won’t have much time in the pocket in Week 3. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end QB2

Deshaun Watson: I warned everyone this offseason that 2022 Watson could be quite similar this season. The former magic he possessed on an NFL field looks to be gone. Watson has the 12th-lowest passing grade, third-lowest yards per attempt, and second-lowest adjusted completion rate. He is 19th in fantasy points per dropback. That said, this is the matchup for Watson to turn his fortunes around. If it can happen in 2023, it should start in Week 3 against a burnable Titans’ pass defense. Tennessee has permitted the fourth-highest yards per attempt, eighth-highest passer rating, and the 12th-most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Week 3 Positional Value: QB2 with QB1 upside this week

Desmond Ridder: Ridder has been a replacement-level quarterback so far. With two games under his belt, he has the second-worst passing grade, highest turnover-worthy play rate, and seventh-lowest aDOT. He also has the fourth-lowest deep passing grade and tenth-lowest deep passer rating. His ten rushing attempts (39 rushing yards) last week and rushing score saved his fantasy day. In his six NFL starts, that is only his second game with more than ten rushing yards, so I wouldn’t count on the rushing production as a consistent weekly aid. Detroit is 11th in passer rating, 14th in yards per attempt, and has allowed the sixth-highest adjusted completion rate. Their pass defense is still finding its way, but their pass rush is in midseason form, ranking fifth in pressure rate. Ridder has crumbled under pressure with the sixth-lowest adjusted completion rate and fifth-lowest yards per attempt. Week 3 Positional Value: Low-end QB2

Jared Goff: Goff has been playing outstanding football. He’s fifth in passing grade, third in yards per attempt, and second in adjusted completion rate. Goff is also tenth in fantasy points per dropback. He started balling out down the stretch last season and has continued to play well into the 2023 season. After demolishing rookie Bryce Young in Week 1, the Falcons faced Jordan Love last week. Against Love, they finished the week with the fifth-lowest passer rating, fifth-lowest yards per attempt, and third-lowest adjusted completion rate allowed. Atlanta’s pass defense looks legit, also ranking eighth-best in pressure rate. Goff should have plenty of time to find open receivers, as his offensive line has allowed him to face the seventh-lowest pressure rate. Goff should post a solid stat line here but don’t expect a ceiling performance. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end QB1/high-end QB2

Derek Carr: Carr’s play has been a rollercoaster through two weeks as he settles in. Carr is fifth in yards per attempt and fourth in big-time throw rate, but he’s also 20th in passing grade and 30th in adjusted completion rate as he tries to get on the same page with his receivers. Green Bay hasn’t been a pushover pass defense, ranking 18th in yards per attempt while holding passers to the seventh-lowest passer rating, but they can be beat deep. The Packers have allowed the second-highest passer rating and third-highest adjusted completion rating to deep passes. This matches up perfectly with their struggles to defend the deep ball in 2022. Last season, Green Bay gave up the tenth-highest passer rating and fourth-highest adjusted completion rate to deep passes. Carr has been hyper-aggressive, letting it rip downfield. He leads all quarterbacks in deep ball rate and deep pass attempts. Week 3 Positional Value: QB2 with QB1 upside if he connects on the deep balls

Jordan Love: The perception of Love’s quarterbacking has been puffed up by an unsustainable touchdown run out. Love is tied for first in passing touchdowns (six) despite ranking 28th in passing attempts. This will come back to earth, and it probably starts this week. Love’s efficiency metrics are ghastly. He’s 26th in passing grade with the tenth-lowest big-time throw rate and the lowest adjusted completion rate in the NFL (minimum 20 dropbacks). New Orleans is a defense to be reckoned with. They have held passers to the fourth-lowest yards per attempt, second-lowest passer rating, and third-lowest adjusted completion rate. Quarterbacks average only eight fantasy points per game against New Orleans (fourth-lowest). Week 3 Positional Value: Worrisome QB2

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Week 3 Wide Receiver Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
1 A+ Justin Jefferson MIN LAC
2 A+ Tyreek Hill MIA DEN
3 A+ CeeDee Lamb DAL ARI
4 A+ Stefon Diggs BUF WAS
5 A+ A.J. Brown PHI TB
6 A Keenan Allen LAC MIN
7 A Davante Adams LV PIT
8 A Calvin Ridley JAC HOU
9 A Amon-Ra St. Brown DET ATL
10 A Ja’Marr Chase CIN LAR
11 A Puka Nacua LAR CIN
12 A Chris Olave NO GB
13 A DeVonta Smith PHI TB
14 A- Mike Williams LAC MIN
15 A- Deebo Samuel SF NYG
16 A- Tyler Lockett SEA CAR
17 A- Amari Cooper CLE TEN
18 A- DK Metcalf SEA CAR
19 B+ Tee Higgins CIN LAR
20 B+ Mike Evans TB PHI
21 B+ George Pickens PIT LV
22 B Chris Godwin TB PHI
23 B Nico Collins HOU JAC
24 B DJ Moore CHI KC
25 B Zay Flowers BAL IND
26 B Michael Pittman Jr. IND BAL
27 B Christian Kirk JAC HOU
28 B- Jerry Jeudy DEN MIA
29 B- Drake London ATL DET
30 B- Garrett Wilson NYJ NE
31 B- DeAndre Hopkins TEN CLE
32 B- Terry McLaurin WAS BUF
33 C+ Jordan Addison MIN LAC
34 C+ Gabe Davis BUF WAS
35 C+ Jahan Dotson WAS BUF
36 C+ Michael Thomas NO GB
37 C+ Tutu Atwell LAR CIN
38 C Rashid Shaheed NO GB
39 C Marquise Brown ARI DAL
40 C Elijah Moore CLE TEN
41 C Tank Dell HOU JAC
42 C Adam Thielen CAR SEA
43 C Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA CAR
44 C Jakobi Meyers LV PIT
45 C Romeo Doubs GB NO
46 C Courtland Sutton DEN MIA
47 C Jayden Reed GB NO
48 C Josh Reynolds DET ATL
49 C- Skyy Moore KC CHI
50 C- Brandin Cooks DAL ARI
51 C- Treylon Burks TEN CLE
52 C- Rashod Bateman BAL IND
53 C- Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE TEN
54 C- K.J. Osborn MIN LAC
55 D+ Kadarius Toney KC CHI
56 D+ Tyler Boyd CIN LAR
57 D+ Curtis Samuel WAS BUF
58 D Kendrick Bourne NE NYJ
59 D Jonathan Mingo CAR SEA
60 D Robert Woods HOU JAC
61 D Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC CHI
62 D Van Jefferson LAR CIN
63 D- DeVante Parker NE NYJ
64 D- Allen Robinson II PIT LV
65 D- Darius Slayton NYG SF
66 D- Christian Watson GB NO
67 F JuJu Smith-Schuster NE NYJ
68 F Darnell Mooney CHI KC
69 F Joshua Palmer LAC MIN
70 F Mack Hollins ATL DET
71 F Marvin Mims Jr. DEN MIA
72 F Josh Downs IND BAL
73 F Isaiah Hodgins NYG SF
74 F Michael Gallup DAL ARI
75 F Rashee Rice KC CHI
76 F Calvin Austin III PIT LV
77 F Allen Lazard NYJ NE
78 F Hunter Renfrow LV PIT
79 F Chase Claypool CHI KC
80 F Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN CLE
81 F Rondale Moore ARI DAL
82 F Justin Watson KC CHI
83 F Jauan Jennings SF NYG
84 F DJ Chark Jr. CAR SEA
85 F Jalin Hyatt NYG SF
86 F Alec Pierce IND BAL
87 F Michael Wilson ARI DAL
88 F Quentin Johnston LAC MIN
89 F Parris Campbell NYG SF
90 F Kalif Raymond DET ATL
91 F Nelson Agholor BAL IND
92 F Braxton Berrios MIA DEN
93 F Terrace Marshall Jr. CAR SEA
94 F Marvin Jones Jr. DET ATL
95 F Trey Palmer TB PHI
96 F Cedric Tillman CLE TEN
97 F Justyn Ross KC CHI
98 F Laviska Shenault Jr. CAR SEA
99 F Sterling Shepard NYG SF
100 F Deonte Harty BUF WAS
101 F John Metchie III HOU JAC
102 F Jalen Tolbert DAL ARI
103 F Brandon Johnson DEN MIA
104 F Chris Moore TEN CLE
105 F Mecole Hardman Jr. NYJ NE
106 F Demario Douglas NE NYJ
107 F Dontayvion Wicks GB NO
108 F Kayshon Boutte NE NYJ
109 F Khalil Shakir BUF WAS
110 F Trent Sherfield BUF WAS
111 F Lil’Jordan Humphrey DEN MIA
112 F Kristian Wilkerson LV PIT
113 F Devin Duvernay BAL IND
114 F Randall Cobb NYJ NE
115 F Ben Skowronek LAR CIN
116 F Tyler Scott CHI KC
117 F Jamal Agnew JAC HOU
118 F Wan’Dale Robinson NYG SF
119 F River Cracraft MIA DEN
120 F Ronnie Bell SF NYG
121 F Dyami Brown WAS BUF
122 F Ray-Ray McCloud III SF NYG
123 F Samori Toure GB NO
124 F Xavier Hutchinson HOU JAC
125 F Trenton Irwin CIN LAR
126 F Deven Thompkins TB PHI
127 F Marquise Goodwin CLE TEN
128 F David Bell CLE TEN
129 F Zach Pascal ARI DAL
130 F Erik Ezukanma MIA DEN
131 F DeAndre Carter LV PIT
132 F Trent Taylor CHI KC
133 F Isaiah McKenzie IND BAL
134 F Greg Dortch ARI DAL
135 F Miles Boykin PIT LV
136 F Demarcus Robinson LAR CIN
137 F Olamide Zaccheaus PHI TB
138 F Tylan Wallace BAL IND
139 F Cedrick Wilson Jr. MIA DEN
140 F Scott Miller ATL DET
141 F Marquez Callaway LV PIT
142 F Rakim Jarrett TB PHI
143 F KhaDarel Hodge ATL DET
144 F Jake Bobo SEA CAR
145 F Malik Heath GB NO
146 F Phillip Dorsett II DEN MIA
147 F Velus Jones Jr. CHI KC
148 F Juwann Winfree IND BAL
149 F Ihmir Smith-Marsette CAR SEA
150 F KaVontae Turpin DAL ARI
151 F Tre Tucker LV PIT
152 F Derius Davis LAC MIN
153 F Tim Jones JAC HOU

Michael Thomas: If any wide receiver could get shadow coverage from Jaire Alexander, it’s probably Thomas. Alexander followed D.J. Moore on 55% of his routes in Week 1. He held Moore to goose eggs across the board with zero targets or receiving yards. Thomas has a 22.9% target share and 22.3% air-yard share with 1.76 YPRR as the WR41 in fantasy. Thomas has looked like the vintage Thomas. He’s been second in command against zone coverage behind only Olave. If Alexander doesn’t follow Thomas, he’ll run about 72% of his routes against Alexander (75% catch rate and 156.3 passer rating) and Rasul Douglas (63.6% catch rate and 41.9 passer rating). Thomas has been the go to receiver in the red zone (tied for the sixth-most red zone targets in the NFL). Week 3 Positional Value: WR3

Romeo Doubs: Doubs has earned a 15.7% target share and a 19.2% air yard share this season. He’s 24th in receiving grade and 47th in YPRR with a 64% route run per team dropback rate. While he opened the season with two scores in Week 1, we can’t rely on those touchdowns weekly. We should look elsewhere if we’re looking for strong receiving yardage totals to balance out the touchdown valleys. Doubs has surpassed 50 receiving yards in only three career games. I doubt he will make it four this week. Doubs will run about 81% of his routes against Marshon Lattimore (37.5% catch rate and 9.4 passer rating) and Paulson Adebo (55.6% catch rate and 43.5 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR5

Jayden Reed: Reed has been incredible on a limited route volume. He’s only seen a 57% route run per team dropback rate. Among wide receivers with at least 25 routes (141 WRs), Reed is 24th in target share (23.5%), third in TPRR (38%), and 17th in YPRR (2.66). Reed’s role is holding him back. He’s stuck in a part-time slot role on a low-volume passing offense. Until he can break free and become a full-time player, his upside is capped regardless of how good he is on a per-route basis. Reed will run about 65% of his routes against Alontae Taylor (80% catch rate and 105.2 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR4/5

Jerry Jeudy: Jeudy was slow out the gate with a 15.6% target share and a 13.0% air yard share (0.76 YPRR), but his underlying usage is very encouraging. While he was not blowing up the boxscore in his first game back, he had an 81% route run per team dropback rate and a 33.0% first-read share. The high route total means he is somewhere close to full health, and the heavy first-read usage foretells that the target volume is coming. The closest receiver to that number for first reads is Sutton at a disappointing 17.2%. Jeudy will run about 73% of his routes from the slot against Kader Kohou (66.9% catch rate and 85.7 passer rating allowed in his career). Week 3 Positional Value: WR2

Courtland Sutton: Sutton has an 18.2% target share and a 30.4% air yard share. His first read share (17.2%) and efficiency have been disappointing. Sutton could very well be past his prime at this point. Without Jeudy in the lineup, he was unable to command heavy volume. Among 60 qualifying wide receivers, he ranks 30th in receiving grade and 39th in YPRR. He’ll run about 79% of his routes against Xavien Howard (68.8% catch rate and 55.5 passer rating) and Eli Apple (64.3% catch rate and 84.5 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR4

Marvin Mims: Mims is unstartable despite last week’s 113 receiving-yard performance. He only ran six routes last week. Mims just drew two deep targets (45.0 aDOT) and converted both for 113 receiving yards. Mims isn’t playable until the snaps and routes climb. Week 3 Positional Value: Must-Sit

Jordan Addison: Addison is inching closer weekly to supplanting K.J. Osborn as the team’s starter in two wide sets. His route run per team dropback rate increased from 61.7% to 71.7% last week. Addison has drawn only a 12.5% target share, a 26.2% air yard share, and a 12.3% first-read share despite his 2.15 YPRR. This passing offense heavily flows through Jefferson, and Hockenson is the number two after him, so Addison has his work cut out to possibly supplant Hockenson as the WR2 in the target tree. Addison will run about 73% of his routes against Samuel and Jackson. Week 3 Positional Value: WR3/4

Garrett Wilson: Wilson has had an amazing run out the last two weeks, with a touchdown-saving his day in Week 1 and a long touchdown in Week 2 doing the same. He has a 24.5% target share and a 48.5% air yard share, which is amazing until you realize it’s amounted to only six targets and 58.5 receiving yards per game. He can’t sustain this type of output as the WR23 all season with Zach Wilson under center. Wilson will run about 80% of his routes against Christian Gonzalez (66.7% catch rate and 58.5 passer rating) and some combination of Shaun Wade and Marcus Jones (combined have allowed a 66.7% catch rate and 40 receiving yards total). Week 3 Positional Value: WR4

Gabriel Davis: Davis remains Josh Allen‘s second in command when he looks to go deep. Davis was second on the team in deep targets (sixth-most among wide receivers) last year. This season, he has a 14.8% target share and a 30.5% air yard share. Davis ranks 26th in receiving grade and 36th in YPRR. We’ve seen Davis have huge outings when Allen’s deep ball is on display, which could easily happen in Week 3. Davis will run about 84% of his routes against Fuller and Forbes. Week 3 Positional Value: WR3 with massive upside

Terry McLaurin: Terry McLaurin has struggled out of the gate. He has a 15.8% target share and a 28.5% air yard share. Those numbers aren’t frightening, but he also ranks 51st in receiving grade and 43rd in YPRR. That’s where the “oh my” comes into play. This is probably injury-related and small sample variance, but it’s still noteworthy. McLaurin will run about 84% of his routes against Tre’Davious White (75% catch rate and 125.5 passer rating) and Christian Benford (33.3% catch rate and 52.1 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR3

Jahan Dotson: Dotson hasn’t started the season off strong either. He has a 19.0% target share and a 24.2% air yard share, but he’s done very little with it. Among 60 qualifying wide receivers, Dotson ranks 52nd in receiving grade and 57th in YPRR. Dotson leads the receiving group in weighted opportunity (WOPR). This doesn’t feel like the spot where Dotson begins to turn things around. He’ll run about half of his routes against Benford and White. Week 3 Positional Value: WR4/5

Michael Pittman: Pittman has been a target hog. He has a 30.6% target share, a 36.3% air yard share, and a whopping 39.6% first-read share. Among 60 qualifying receivers, he’s 26th in YPRR. He is second on the team (Downs, three) with two red zone targets. He’ll run about 75% of his routes against Brandon Stephens (57.1% catch rate and 71.7 passer rating) and Ronald Darby (50% catch rate and 99.0 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR2/3

Zay Flowers: Flowers has a 27.3% target share and a 21.8% air yard share. Among 60 qualifying wide receivers, he’s ranked 16th in receiving grade and YPRR. In Week 1, he drew a ridiculous 45.5% target share and 60% first read share. Yes, a large portion of that first-read share was related to screens. In Week 2, his usage came crashing back to earth with a 15.2% target share and a 19.2% first-read share. That first-read share was still good for second-best on the team, though. Against zone coverage (excluding designed or screen targets), Flowers leads the team in YPRR, but he falls down the pecking order in TPRR and first-read share. Flowers will run about 62% of his routes against Dallis Flowers (50% catch rate and 100.0 passer rating) and Darrell Baker Jr. (61.5% catch rate and 125.8 passer rating). Week 3 Positional Value: WR3

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Week 3 Running Back Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
1 A+ Christian McCaffrey SF NYG
2 A+ Tony Pollard DAL ARI
3 A Bijan Robinson ATL DET
4 A Travis Etienne Jr. JAC HOU
5 A Josh Jacobs LV PIT
6 A Kenneth Walker III SEA CAR
7 A Joe Mixon CIN LAR
8 A Derrick Henry TEN CLE
9 A- Kyren Williams LAR CIN
10 A- Jahmyr Gibbs DET ATL
11 A- Raheem Mostert MIA DEN
12 A- Rhamondre Stevenson NE NYJ
13 A- James Cook BUF WAS
14 B+ Alexander Mattison MIN LAC
15 B+ Joshua Kelley LAC MIN
16 B+ Miles Sanders CAR SEA
17 B Brian Robinson Jr. WAS BUF
18 B D’Andre Swift PHI TB
19 B James Conner ARI DAL
20 B Isiah Pacheco KC CHI
21 B- Najee Harris PIT LV
22 B- Rachaad White TB PHI
23 C+ Zack Moss IND BAL
24 C+ Javonte Williams DEN MIA
25 C+ Jerome Ford CLE TEN
26 C+ Breece Hall NYJ NE
27 C+ Dameon Pierce HOU JAC
28 C Tyler Allgeier ATL DET
29 C Jaylen Warren PIT LV
30 C AJ Dillon GB NO
31 C Gus Edwards BAL IND
32 C Roschon Johnson CHI KC
33 C Khalil Herbert CHI KC
34 C Samaje Perine DEN MIA
35 C Matt Breida NYG SF
36 C- Dalvin Cook NYJ NE
37 C- Elijah Mitchell SF NYG
38 C- Chuba Hubbard CAR SEA
39 C- Tyjae Spears TEN CLE
40 C- Kendre Miller NO GB
41 D+ Jerick McKinnon KC CHI
42 D+ Kenneth Gainwell PHI TB
43 D Aaron Jones GB NO
44 D Antonio Gibson WAS BUF
45 D Ezekiel Elliott NE NYJ
46 D Zach Charbonnet SEA CAR
47 D Latavius Murray BUF WAS
48 D- Damien Harris BUF WAS
49 D- Tank Bigsby JAC HOU
50 F Devin Singletary HOU JAC
51 F Craig Reynolds DET ATL
52 F Sean Tucker TB PHI
53 F Ty Chandler MIN LAC
54 F Rico Dowdle DAL ARI
55 F De’Von Achane MIA DEN
56 F Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC CHI
57 F Tony Jones Jr. NO GB
58 F Deuce Vaughn DAL ARI
59 F Deon Jackson IND BAL
60 F Michael Carter NYJ NE
61 F Rashaad Penny PHI TB
62 F Gary Brightwell NYG SF
63 F Trayveon Williams CIN LAR
64 F Pierre Strong Jr. CLE TEN
65 F Zamir White LV PIT
66 F Melvin Gordon III BAL IND
67 F Jaleel McLaughlin DEN MIA
68 F Keaontay Ingram ARI DAL
69 F DeeJay Dallas SEA CAR
70 F D’Ernest Johnson JAC HOU
71 F Elijah Dotson LAC MIN
72 F Eric Gray NYG SF
73 F Isaiah Spiller LAC MIN
74 F Kareem Hunt CLE TEN
75 F Ronnie Rivers LAR CIN
76 F Zonovan Knight DET ATL
77 F Chris Rodriguez Jr. WAS BUF
78 F Salvon Ahmed MIA DEN
79 F Kenyan Drake BAL IND
80 F Cam Akers MIN LAC
81 F Kyle Juszczyk SF NYG
82 F Jordan Mason SF NYG
83 F Chase Brown CIN LAR
84 F Ameer Abdullah LV PIT
85 F Patrick Taylor Jr. GB NO
86 F Emanuel Wilson GB NO
87 F Adam Prentice NO GB
88 F Dare Ogunbowale HOU JAC
89 F Myles Gaskin MIN LAC
90 F Zach Evans LAR CIN
91 F Emari Demercado ARI DAL
92 F Travis Homer CHI KC
93 F Jake Funk IND BAL
94 F Alec Ingold MIA DEN
95 F Raheem Blackshear CAR SEA
96 F Ty Montgomery II NE NYJ
97 F Chris Brooks MIA DEN
98 F Chris Evans CIN LAR
99 F Patrick Ricard BAL IND
100 F Cordarrelle Patterson ATL DET
101 F Deneric Prince KC CHI
102 F Brandon Bolden LV PIT

Kenneth Walker: Walker has maintained his firm grip on the starter’s job ahead of Zach Charbonnet. He’s averaged 62% of the snaps with 17 touches and 60.5 total yards. Walker is sixth in missed tackles forced per attempt and 28th in yards after contact per attempt. Carolina is a plus matchup for Walker. They have the fourth-lowest stuff rate, rank 15th in missed tackles allowed per attempt, and are sixth-worst in yards after contact per attempt allowed. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end RB1

Zach Charbonnet: Charbonnet is a handcuff stash only. He’s only averaged 26% of snaps played with 4.5 touches and 20.5 total yards. Week 3 Positional Value: Handcuff only

Khalil Herbert: Herbert saw the biggest bump from D’Onta Foreman being a healthy scratch last week. Herbert played 60% of the snaps with eight touches and 58 total yards. Herbert ranks 13th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 22nd in yards after contact per attempt. The Chiefs’ run defense has been pliable with the 12th-lowest stuff rate, the eighth-highest missed tackles allowed rate, and the 12th-highest yards after contact per attempt allowed. The problem for Herbert is that 56% of his runs have been on zone plays. The Chiefs have allowed the sixth-lowest yards per carry to zone runs. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end RB3

Roschon Johnson: Johnson has played 39-42% of the snaps, averaging 8.5 touches and 48.5 total yards. This would be the perfect spot to unleash Johnson, but I don’t have faith in the Chicago coaching staff to do that. Among 53 qualifying running backs, Johnson ranks 30th in missed tackles forced per attempt and ninth-best in yards after contact per attempt. The key for Johnson here is that 60% of his runs have come on gap plays. These are the Chiefs’ kryptonite. They have allowed the 11th-highest yards per carry (4.5) and ninth-highest success rate to gap runs. Week 3 Positional Value: RB3/4

James Conner: Conner is operating as Arizona’s bell-cow, averaging 78% of the snaps with 21 touches and 88 total yards. Among 48 qualifying backs, Conner ranks 19th in missed tackles forced per attempt and yards after contact per attempt. Conner is 17th in expected fantasy points per game. Dallas is just as tough on the ground as they are through the air. The Cowboys have the 13th-lowest stuff rate, but the rest of their metrics are elite. Dallas has the third-lowest missed tackles allowed rate, the fifth-lowest yards after contact per attempt, and the second-lowest yards per carry to gap runs (Conner 54% gap). Week 3 Positional Value: Volume-based RB2/3

Najee Harris: Harris has played 52-57% of the snaps weekly, averaging 9.5 touches and 38 total yards. He’s splitting time with Warren, but he has recently shown some life. He ranks 13th in missed tackles forced per attempt and seventh in yards after contact per attempt. Las Vegas has the eighth-lowest stuff rate and the fourth-highest yards after contact per attempt allowed. If Harris wants to try and put some distance between him and Warren, here’s his shot. The Raiders have allowed the seventh-highest yards per carry to zone runs (Harris 56.3% zone). Week 3 Positional Value: low-end RB2/high-end RB3

Jaylen Warren: Warren has played 40-43% of the snaps weekly, averaging nine touches and 52 total yards. Among 53 qualifying running backs, Warren ranks fifth in missed tackles forced per attempt and 28th in yards after contact per attempt. Warren is a pass-game weapon with a 13.2% target share and 38.1% route run per team dropback rate. Among 24 qualifying backs, he’s eighth in receiving grade and second in YPRR behind only Josh Jacobs. Warren can not only rip the Raiders on zone runs (66% zone), but he can have a solid day through the air. Last year, Las Vegas allowed the most receiving yards, the fourth-highest yards per reception, and the fourth-most receptions to running backs. Week 3 Positional Value: RB3 with RB2 upside

Josh Jacobs: Jacobs remains the Raiders’ bell cow, averaging 76% of the snaps played with 17.5 touches and 60 total yards. Despite the lockdown on work, it’s been a tough start to the season for Jacobs. Jacobs has the third-highest stuff rate, ranks 24th in missed tackles per attempt, and has the eighth-lowest yards after contact per attempt. Jacobs can’t escape all of the blame, but his offensive is part of the problem. Las Vegas has the eighth-lowest yards before contact per attempt. The Steelers’ swiss cheese run defense could be the get-right elixir this week. Pittsburgh has surrendered the sixth-highest missed tackles allowed rate, the highest yards after contact per attempt, and the fourth-highest explosive run rate. Week 3 Positional Value: RB1

Rachaad White: White has played 72-79% of snaps, averaging 20.5 touches and 76 total yards. I worry that White’s hold on this job is loosening. Chase Edmonds was getting a ton of run early in last week’s game before leaving due to injury. Maybe White has tightened his grip with last week’s game, but I still have a bad spider sense vibe. Among 48 qualifying backs, White ranks 30th in missed tackles forced per attempt and 34th in yards after contact per attempt. He still hasn’t managed one explosive run this season. Add all of this on top of pedestrian tackle-breaking numbers from last season, and the worry gets real. Fast. The Eagles are a brick wall against rushing attacks. They have the 11th-best stuff rate, the lowest missed tackles allowed rate, and they haven’t allowed an explosive run yet. Good luck, Mr. White. Week 3 Positional Value: Volume-based low-end RB2/high-end RB3

Kyren Williams: Williams played 95% of the snaps last week, making Cam Akers expendable. He handled 20 touches, churning out 100 total yards with an 18.1% target share. Among 48 qualified backs, Williams ranks 25th in yards after contact per attempt and 26th in elusive rating. While these aren’t eye-popping numbers, volume is king, and Williams is the king of the Los Angeles backfield. Cincinnati has allowed the eighth-highest explosive run rate. This run defense also has the second-worst missed tackles allowed rate. The Bengals have given up the seventh-highest yards per carry to gap runs (Williams 82.8% gap). Week 3 Positional Value: Matchup-proof RB1

Tony Jones Jr..: Jones Jr. could be the Saints bellcow this week. Jamaal Williams is sidelined with a hamstring issue. Kendre Miller could be out again this week. Jones Jr. played 52% of the snaps last week with 12 carries and 34 rushing yards (two rushing scores). Jones Jr. isn’t a flashy player by any means, with his career 2.00 yards after contact per attempt and 20 elusive rating. If you’re plugging him into your lineup as a flex or higher, it’s related to volume and matchup. Green Bay has the third-lowest stuff rate while allowing the third-most missed tackles and the third-highest rate of 10-plus yard runs. Week 3 Positional Value: RB3 with RB2 upside

Week 3 Tight End Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
1 A+ Travis Kelce KC CHI
2 A T.J. Hockenson MIN LAC
3 A- Mark Andrews BAL IND
4 B+ Darren Waller NYG SF
5 B George Kittle SF NYG
6 B- Evan Engram JAC HOU
7 C+ Dallas Goedert PHI TB
8 C+ Sam LaPorta DET ATL
9 C David Njoku CLE TEN
10 C Kyle Pitts ATL DET
11 C Pat Freiermuth PIT LV
12 C- Hunter Henry NE NYJ
13 C- Taysom Hill NO GB
14 D+ Tyler Higbee LAR CIN
15 D+ Jake Ferguson DAL ARI
16 D Dalton Kincaid BUF WAS
17 D Hayden Hurst CAR SEA
18 D Cole Kmet CHI KC
19 D Juwan Johnson NO GB
20 D- Cade Otton TB PHI
21 D- Zach Ertz ARI DAL
22 F Gerald Everett LAC MIN
23 F Luke Musgrave GB NO
24 F Dalton Schultz HOU JAC
25 F Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN CLE
26 F Dawson Knox BUF WAS
27 F Adam Trautman DEN MIA
28 F Durham Smythe MIA DEN
29 F Kylen Granson IND BAL
30 F Mike Gesicki NE NYJ
31 F Noah Fant SEA CAR
32 F Irv Smith Jr. CIN LAR
33 F Noah Gray KC CHI
34 F Trey McBride ARI DAL
35 F Donald Parham Jr. LAC MIN
36 F Tyler Conklin NYJ NE
37 F Cole Turner WAS BUF
38 F Jonnu Smith ATL DET
39 F Austin Hooper LV PIT
40 F John Bates WAS BUF
41 F Will Dissly SEA CAR
42 F Michael Mayer LV PIT
43 F Isaiah Likely BAL IND
44 F Daniel Bellinger NYG SF
45 F Josh Oliver MIN LAC
46 F Colby Parkinson SEA CAR
47 F Robert Tonyan CHI KC
48 F Harrison Bryant CLE TEN
49 F Mo Alie-Cox IND BAL
50 F Brock Wright DET ATL
51 F Brevin Jordan HOU JAC
52 F Luke Schoonmaker DAL ARI
53 F Peyton Hendershot DAL ARI
54 F C.J. Uzomah NYJ NE
55 F Brycen Hopkins LAR CIN
56 F Jordan Akins CLE TEN
57 F Will Mallory IND BAL
58 F Josiah Deguara GB NO
59 F Connor Heyward PIT LV
60 F Stone Smartt LAC MIN
61 F Teagan Quitoriano HOU JAC
62 F Tucker Kraft GB NO
63 F Darnell Washington PIT LV
64 F Jeremy Ruckert NYJ NE
65 F David Wells TB PHI
66 F Brenton Strange JAC HOU
67 F Jimmy Graham NO GB
68 F Ko Kieft TB PHI
69 F Chris Manhertz DEN MIA
70 F Tyler Kroft MIA DEN
71 F James Mitchell DET ATL
72 F Blake Bell KC CHI
73 F Tommy Tremble CAR SEA
74 F Drew Sample CIN LAR
75 F Andrew Ogletree IND BAL
76 F Trevon Wesco TEN CLE
77 F Josh Whyle TEN CLE
78 F Tanner Hudson CIN LAR
79 F Grant Calcaterra PHI TB
80 F Ross Dwelley SF NYG
81 F Payne Durham TB PHI

Juwan Johnson: Johnson’s usage has been borderline TE1-worthy. He has an 11.4% target share and a 13.3% first-read share. He has run a route on 70.9% of the team’s dropbacks. That’s not as high as we would like, but it’s not terrible. If Thomas gets locked up this week with Alexander, it could push some target volume his way. Last year, Green Bay was quite good against tight ends, allowing the second-fewest receiving yards and sixth-fewest fantasy points to the position. After two games, maybe we are seeing a turning of the tide as Green Bay has allowed the 13th-highest yards per reception and the 12th-most receiving yards to tight ends. Week 3 Positional Value: TE2 with TE1 upside this week.

Luke Musgrave: Sit Musgrave this week. That is all. It doesn’t have to be complicated. New Orleans has been and remains a shutdown defense against tight ends. This season, the Saints have allowed the second-fewest receiving yards and zero scores to the position. Last year, they gave up the fewest receiving yards, the fewest fantasy points, and only two receiving touchdowns to tight ends. Do not play Musgrave this week. Week 3 Positional Value: Must Sit

Adam Trautman: Trautman enters the streaming category this week. His 9.1% target share, 0.71 YPRR, and 60.8% route run per team dropback don’t scream upside, but the matchup is sexy. Last season, Miami allowed the eighth-most receiving yards and third-most fantasy points to tight ends. This season, it’s been much of the same as the Dolphins have surrendered the fifth-most receiving yards and the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. Week 3 Positional Value: Top-shelf TE streaming option

Durham Smythe: Smythe is also in the streaming conversation this week. He has been an every-down player for the Dolphins with an 85% route run per team dropback rate. He has a 13.3% target share (1.00 YPRR) with one red zone target. Denver has been a turnstile for tight ends for the last two seasons. Last year, they gave up the fifth-most receiving yard and fantasy point. This season so far, they have yielded the 11th-most receiving yards and the ninth-most fantasy points. Week 3 Positional Value: Top-shelf TE streaming option

Hunter Henry: Henry is the TE2 in fantasy, which is more telling about the position this season than Henry’s performance. Henry has a 65% route run per team dropback rate and a 13.5% target share. Don’t get me wrong. He has been solid, but not TE2 overall spectacular. Henry is seventh in receiving grade and 12th in YPRR. Last year, New York allowed the ninth-highest yards per reception, sixth-most receiving yards, and the ninth-most fantasy points to tight ends. All of this sounds fantastic, but also remember Henry hasn’t crossed the 30-yard receiving threshold in his last two meetings against this defense. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end TE1/high-end TE2

Dalton Schultz: Schultz is an afterthought in this offense. He has a 77.4% route run per team dropback rate, but he’s only drawn a 9.1% target share and produced 0.10 YPRR. His target share only climbs to 9.4% against zone (12% TPRR, 0.15 YPRR). This week, Schultz qualifies as a matchup streamer against a Jaguars defense that has allowed the sixth-most receiving yards and ninth-highest yards per reception to tight ends. Week 3 Positional Value: low-end TE2 matchup-based streaming option

Evan Engram: Engram has a 17.6% target share and a 20.7% first-read share. He ranks third in receiving grade and sixth in YPRR among tight ends (minimum six targets). He’s the third/fourth option against zone coverage, but if Jones is out, he would be the clear third option this week. Engram has been stonewalled in the red zone, as only Ridley and Jones have drawn targets inside the 20. Houston is 17th in receiving yards allowed to tight ends, but they have allowed the sixth-highest yards per reception. Week 3 Positional Value: TE1

Zach Ertz: Ertz has a 78.5% route run per team dropback rate with a 29.5% target share, a 27.0% air yard share, and a 30.2% first-read share. He ranks 23rd in receiving grade and seventh in YPRR (minimum six targets). Last year, Dallas allowed the sixth-lowest receiving yards and second-lowest yards per reception to tight ends. Week 3 Positional Value: volume-based TE2 with low-end TE1 upside

Week 3 Defense / Special Teams Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
1 A+ Dallas Cowboys DAL ARI
2 A San Francisco 49ers SF NYG
3 A- Kansas City Chiefs KC CHI
4 B+ Cleveland Browns CLE TEN
5 B Buffalo Bills BUF WAS
6 B Philadelphia Eagles PHI TB
7 B New York Jets NYJ NE
8 B New England Patriots NE NYJ
9 B New Orleans Saints NO GB
10 B- Pittsburgh Steelers PIT LV
11 B- Baltimore Ravens BAL IND
12 C+ Seattle Seahawks SEA CAR
13 C Miami Dolphins MIA DEN
14 C Jacksonville Jaguars JAC HOU
15 C Green Bay Packers GB NO
16 C Cincinnati Bengals CIN LAR
17 C- Detroit Lions DET ATL
18 D+ Los Angeles Rams LAR CIN
19 D+ Tennessee Titans TEN CLE
20 D Washington Commanders WAS BUF
21 D Denver Broncos DEN MIA
22 D Atlanta Falcons ATL DET
23 D- Las Vegas Raiders LV PIT
24 D- Indianapolis Colts IND BAL
25 D- Los Angeles Chargers LAC MIN
26 F Carolina Panthers CAR SEA
27 F Minnesota Vikings MIN LAC
28 F Houston Texans HOU JAC
29 F Tampa Bay Buccaneers TB PHI
30 F New York Giants NYG SF
31 F Arizona Cardinals ARI DAL
32 F Chicago Bears CHI KC


Week 3 Kicker Start/Sit Grades

Rank Grade Name Team Week 3
1 A+ Justin Tucker BAL IND
2 A- Harrison Butker KC CHI
3 B+ Jake Moody SF NYG
4 B Brandon Aubrey DAL ARI
5 B- Jake Elliott PHI TB
6 C+ Tyler Bass BUF WAS
7 C+ Cameron Dicker LAC MIN
8 C Brandon McManus JAC HOU
9 C Riley Patterson DET ATL
10 C Younghoe Koo ATL DET
11 C Jason Myers SEA CAR
12 C Jason Sanders MIA DEN
13 C Greg Joseph MIN LAC
14 C Blake Grupe NO GB
15 C Dustin Hopkins CLE TEN
16 C Wil Lutz DEN MIA
17 C Daniel Carlson LV PIT
18 C- Evan McPherson CIN LAR
19 C- Anders Carlson GB NO
20 D+ Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU JAC
21 D+ Nick Folk TEN CLE
22 D Chris Boswell PIT LV
23 D Brett Maher LAR CIN
24 D Chase McLaughlin TB PHI
25 D Joey Slye WAS BUF
26 D Eddy Pineiro CAR SEA
27 D- Matt Gay IND BAL
28 D- Cairo Santos CHI KC
29 F Chad Ryland NE NYJ
30 F Graham Gano NYG SF
31 F Austin Seibert NYJ NE
32 F Matt Prater ARI DAL


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