Welcome to our weekly set of rankings of our top-250 overall players for the rest of the season. I should note that I’m not personally a big fan of massive, position-combining lists and I think positional lists are more useful, however, take this and use it in whatever way you wish. Thanks to this widget from FantasyPros, you can break it down by position as well.
- Some of the popular waiver wire adds got bumps this week, as you would expect. First and foremost is Chris Carson, who I now have at RB #25. He’s a talented runner and all signs seem to point to him being “the guy” going forward. It could change, and maybe next week we’ll be talking about all the work Thomas Rawls got, but as of now, it’s Carson. If the role keeps being as solid moving forward, and the offensive line play improves, Carson will rise.
Welcome back to the week 3 edition of Sink or Swim. Last week, my QB picks were hit or miss, as I was way off on Carson Wentz who was the 2nd highest QB scorer and Jameis Winston wasn’t asked to do too much which led to a lackluster fantasy day. The running backs saw more success but Kerwynn Williams and Jonathan Stewart ended up being big busts. Overall, the WR picks were ok, with JJ Nelson as a late replacement for John Brown and Adam Thielens lackluster performance the result of Sam Bradford sitting out. We won’t talk about the tight ends because that just didn’t turn out well. I should have expected Jacoby Brissett to lock on to Jack Doyle after Jacob Hollister was his favorite preseason target.
Jay Cutler (Miami Dolphins): Cutler looked pretty darn good last week all things considered and now gets to face a Jets secondary that has allowed some big games to Tyrod Taylor and Derek Carr to start the year.
Week three of an NFL season goes a long way towards revealing who is for real and who’s been really lucky. As always I try to highlight games which may not be obvious and might surprise.
First a review of how my predictions did last week. I judge myself as correctamundo as the Fonz used to say, yes I’m old, except the Redskins line stepped up and proved me wrong which makes me happy because I cheer for all these guys every week.
O-Lines That Should Dominate
Pittsburgh Steelers (vs Chicago Bears) – The Bears will be leaving their D on the field too much as usual plus they’re down ILB Nick Kwiatkoski which makes them much more vulnerable to the run. David De Castro and the Steelers romp.
Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming match-ups and ranking each IDP position. Here are the ranks for Week 3 of the fantasy football season.
Week 3 Notes:
- If these first few weeks have shown us anything on the defensive side of the ball, it’s that offensive line play is in a bad spot. The lines in Houston and New York are among the worst we have seen in years. Snap counts, exploiting stat crews and targeting the worst lines in the league have always served owners well in IDP.
Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.
Note: rankings will be updated throughout the week, so continue checking back here as the week goes on.
Week 3 Notes:
- I really think Carson Wentz is the real deal. I’ve been preaching the good gospel of Carson Wentz since the preseason and he’s been nothing but excellent. I think he’s a top-10 QB the rest of the way. He’s playing the Giants this week, which is an excellent secondary, but I don’t even necessarily think that’s going to hurt him all that much. He’s still a borderline QB1 to me this week.
Each week I’ll be going through and analyzing every game that occurred the weekend before, offering whatever nuggets of wisdom I can. It may be useful to use Ctrl + F to find specific players you’re interested in. This week was a hecatomb, especially at the tight end position. I hope your team made it out relatively in one piece. In any case, we’ve got some work to do, let’s get crackin’.
Texans vs. Bengals
Deshaun Watson played exactly the way you’d expect a rookie quarterback starting their first game to play. He had some good moments (including a 50+ yard rushing touchdown!) and some… questionable moments, but overall he’s qualified to serve his purpose in fantasy. That purpose, of course, is to throw the ball to DeAndre Hopkins. Rain or shine; home or away; dome or Atlantian sphincter; if he’s not handing the ball off or running in long TDs himself, Watson will be dutifully throwing to Hopkins. This week, Hopkins’ 13 targets were more than all 3 other pass catchers combined. Hopkins owners rejoice, big games are coming. It goes without saying that no other pass catchers need be considered in leagues of standard size and shape.
I’ve got some bad news for you Lamar Miller owners, you’d better sit down for this. D’Onta Foreman had 12 carries to Miller’s 18, and, well, I don’t see any reason why we won’t be looking at a 50/50 timeshare soon. Both backs were equally effective (3.38 yards per carry to 3.33 YPC, respectively). Still, 18 carries and three receptions is not bad. Maybe there’s a silver lining after all. If Foreman is not owned in your league and you’re in need of RB depth, he could be a sneaky stash who could produce low-end RB2 value now and high-end RB2 value should something happen to Miller.
Hello, again Fantasy Football players. Great week two amirite? Kansas City seems to me like a force to be reckoned with, even with the loss of Eric Berry. New England Seems to have righted their ship, containing a usually high-octane New Orleans offense. However, the most entertaining moment HAD to be the Dolphins/ Chargers game coming down to the leg of Younghoe Koo (again). Bill Cowher might think that Kickers aren’t football players, but try telling that to those guys when their performances can be the difference between a win and a loss.
Anyways let’s get back to the important stuff. Ranking Fantasy Kickers. Just a reminder we’ve got three levels of kickers, FG’s, Touchbackers and Squibs. Anyone not listed is someone you should avoid.
So without further adieu,
1. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons ( @Detriot Lions). Great game for Bryant last week. Aside from hitting on both of his field goals, Atlanta’s offense, to quote Dy-lon, “spits hot fire”. Bryant benefitted, hitting all four of his extra points, for 14 points (standard leagues).
It was a brutal week for running backs as a number of big names faltered in the early goings. Even the backs that did succeed (see Kareem Hunt) saw much of their value come on one run as opposed to consistent success. Sorting out the reliable receivers is expected to take a few weeks, but now the runners are joining that circle. The NFL has delivered remarkably unimpressive offense to begin the season, something dreadful to see for fantasy owners.
Week 2 Booms
Chris Thompson – RB (WAS)
Washington bounced back from a poor start against Philadelphia’s front seven by establishing the run game early and often against the Rams. Fat Rob Kelley was off to a strong start in the first half before exiting the game with a presumed fractured rib. While Samaje Perine took over bellcow duties in the backfield (21 carries), Thompson broke off a highlight reel play for the second straight week.
The Redskins have expressed faith in Thompson as their third-down back. Nothing showcases this more than the $7 million extension he signed on September 5th. His limited role means he will never be more than a FLEX option as he tallied 29 offensive snaps (41%) against the Rams in Week 2. It remains fairly unclear as to Thompson’s role in Kelley’s absence. With Kelley playing, Thompson’s only targets came on third down. Following the injury, Thompson took on the expected larger role with opportunities on first and second down.
Throughout the year, we will be providing our take on the top 16 defenses each and every week, based on matchup, injuries, and recent performance. They will fall into the following tiers:
DOMINANT – I don’t believe that there are any true “set-and-forget” options at the defensive position, as there are scarcely ANY such players at any position in the NFL. However, these groups are as close as you’re going to get. They can be started with supreme confidence most weeks and will just require the odd benching to avoid Foxboro or Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood as I’ve conveniently renamed the whole of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
DISTINGUISHED – This is the high-end streamer tier. They will probably be added and dropped multiple times throughout the course of the season, getting the green light for plus matchups and benched at the first sight of danger. Some lunkhead in your league following the three defense strategy may even draft one or two of these units, but most will likely be available on the wire to start the year. Careful, intelligent management and usage of options in this tier will yield positive results more often than not. There will likely be a few breakouts in the upper half of this group, and this is the tier I’d be looking to draft my defense from.
DEFENSIBLE – Defensible, get it? You could certainly pick a starter from this tier, preferably against a weaker offense at home but these squads are by no means a safe bet. Cover your eyes, hold your nose, and maybe even get out of the house. Do your blood pressure a favor and just check the score after the game. Go take in that indie film you’ve been wanting to see!
DESPERATE – These are the teams you could probably throw on some pads and score against. The dregs of the league reside in this tier. These teams should be started in only the most extreme circumstances (you lost a bet, you hate yourself, you are playing in a bizarre league that rewards awful defensive play) but for the most part will be available on the wire all year long, and for good reason. Below are our ranks for week 3 of the 2017 NFL season – Get excited!
1.) Baltimore Ravens (at Jacksonville Jaguars) – It may be a function of the teams they have played so far, but Baltimore has now held in-division opponents to a combined 10 points. I’m willing to make them the top start of the week going against a Jaguars squad without Allen Robinson and starting the perpetually turnover-happy Blake Bortles at QB.
Injuries to Watch: LB Za’Darius Smith didn’t go week 2 and his status is still murky. Give the defense a boost if he goes.
We didn’t quite see the type of major impact injuries as we did in week 1 of the NFL season, but there were still quite a few injuries that created openings throughout the league. Greg Olsen broke his foot and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks, although that timetable could be long enough to make him droppable in leagues that don’t have an IR spot. The Panthers offense just doesn’t dynamic enough for anyone to sustain week to week value. Corey Coleman broke his hand on Sunday, a tough blow for the talented young WR. It’s literally and figuratively a tough break for the kid, after he missed significant time last year with a broken hand as well. He is also not worth holding onto outside of deep leagues perhaps.
NOTE: Players mentioned will be owned in 40% or less of ESPN leagues. MUST ADD will be a recommended add in all leagues. MAYBE ADD is for those in 12 team leagues or deeper. DEEP ADD is for those in 14+ team leagues.