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Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings

Week 3 of the NFL season is here and, more importantly, we are in the mist of Week 3 in your fantasy football season. Running Backs were the talk of the fantasy town coming into this season and Thursday Night Football between the Eagles and Chiefs was the prime example why using both your first and second round picks on running backs were critical to fantasy success. LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles gave their owners a nice cushion going into the weekend and if you are shaking your head as you see them across the fantasy field, don’t worry I’m here to help.

Quarterbacks

1.) Peyton Manning vs. OAK

2.) Mathew Stafford @ WS

3.) Colin Kaepernick vs. IND

4.) Drew Brees vs. ARZ

5.) Aaron Rodgers @ CIN

6.) Tom Brady vs. TB

7.) Andrew Luck vs. SF

8.) Russell Wilson vs. JAK

9.) Cam Newton vs. NYG

10.) Phillip Rivers @ TEN

11.) Robert Griffin III vs. DET

12.) Matt Ryan vs. MIA

13.) Sam Bradford @ DAL

14.) Tony Romo vs. STL

15.) Andy Dalton vs. GB

Player to Watch: IND QB Andrew Luck

There is going to be a Stanford University reunion going on this weekend, but it’s not going to be in California rather in Indianapolis where Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers will face his former QB Andrew Luck and the Colts. What perks my interest with this matchup is how Harbaugh is going to defend Luck. Being his coach for three years at Stanford, most would assume that he knows a lot about Luck and what his strengths and weaknesses are as a QB. If Harbaugh can find a way to expose Luck and shut him down on Sunday, could he be laying down a blueprint for the rest of the league on how to beat the quarterback prodigy?

Running Backs

Standard                                           PPR

1.) Adrian Peterson vs CLE             1.) Adrian Peterson vs CLE

2.) Marshawn Lynch vs. JAC        2.) Matt Forte @ PIT

3.) Doug Martin @ NE                     3.) Marshawn Lynch vs. JAC

4.) Matt Forte @ PIT                         4.) Doug Martin @ NE

5.) Alfred Morris vs. DET                 5.) C.J Spiller @ NYJ

6.) Stevan Ridley vs. TB                    6.) Alfred Morris vs. DET

7.) Arian Foster @ BAL                    7.) Reggie Bush @ WSH

8.) C.J Spiller @ NYJ                        8.) Darren Sproles vs. ARZ

9.) Frank Gore @ IND                       9.) Giovani Bernard vs. GB

10.) Knowshon Moreno vs. OAK  10.) Trent Richardson vs. SF

11.) Chris Johnson vs. SD                11.) Chris Johnson vs. SD

12.) Trent Richardson vs. SF           12.) Lamar Miller vs. ARZ

13.) Giovani Bernard vs. GB             13.) Frank Gore vs. IND

14.) Lamar Miller vs. ARZ                14.) Knowshon Moreno vs. OAK

15.) Bernard Pierce vs. HOU            15.) Bernard Pierce vs. HOU

Player to Watch: CIN RB Giovani Bernard 

Giovani Bernard already had fantasy buzz before his two touchdown performance on Monday Night Football and now his fantasy stock has skyrocketed. According to NFL.com, Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is looking for ways to give Bernard more carries. This week the Bengals are going against Green Bay and if this turns into a shootout expect Bernard to catch a lot of passes and owners should expect his fantasy value to continue to rise.

Wide Receivers

Standard                                                  PPR

1.) Calvin Johnson @ WSH                   1.) Calvin Johnson @ WSH

2.) Dez Bryant vs. STL                             2.) Julio Jones @ MIA

3.) A.J. Green vs. GB                                3.) Andre Johnson @ BAL

4.) Julio Jones @ MIA                             4.) A.J. Green vs. GB

5.) Larry Fitzgerald @ NO                       5.) Dez Bryant vs. STL

6.) Demaryius Thomas vs. OAK            6.) Brandon Marshall @ PIT

7.) Victor Cruz @ CAR                               7.) Randall Cobb @ CIN

8.) Brandon Marshall @ PIT                  8.) Larry Fitzgerald @ NO

9.) Andre Johnson @ BAL                       9.) Wes Welker vs. OAK

10.) Vincent Jackson vs. NE                  10.) Demaryius Thomas vs. OAK

11.) Jordy Nelson @ CIN                          11.) Julian Edleman vs. TB

12.) Randall Cobb @ CIN                         12.) Vincent Jackson vs. NE

13.) Reggie Wayne vs. SF                         13.) Jordy Nelson @ CIN

14.) Wes Welker vs. OAK                         14.) Victor Cruz @ CAR

15.) Julian Edelman vs. TB                      15.) Eddie Royal @ TEN

16.) Pierre Garcon vs. DET                       16.) Tavon Austin @ DAL

17.) Marques Colston vs. ARZ                 17.) Anquan Boldin @ IND

18.) Hakeem Nicks @ CAR                       18.) Reggie Wayne vs. SF

19.) T.Y. Hilton vs. SF                                19.) Pierre Garcon vs. DET

20.) Eddie Royal @ TEN                            20.) Steve Smith vs. NYG

Player to Watch: CLE WR Josh Gordon 

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Josh Gordon will start and play in his first game of the 2013 season after serving a two-game drug suspension. Gordon was a rare case of a supplemental draft player coming into his rookie season and producing right away, ending his year with 50 receptions, 805 yards and five touchdowns in somewhat limited action. With a season under his belt and this suspension behind him, Gordon could have a decent 2013. However, lets keep one thing in mind: he plays for the Cleveland Browns. The trade of Trent Richardson hurts his value a little bit and is not a viable fantasy option this week with Brian Hoyer as his quarterback,but when Brandon Weeden comes back in Week 4 or 5, Gordon could be a nice bye week filler with solid upside.

TIGHT ENDS

1.) Jimmy Graham vs. ARZ

2.) Rob Gronkowski vs. TB

3.) Jason Witten vs. STL

4.) Tony Gonzalez @ MIA

5.) Jordan Cameron @ Min

6.) Owen Daniels @ BAL

7.) Julius Thomas vs. OAK

8.) Martellus Bennett @ PIT

9.) Vernon Davis @ IND

10.) Charles Clay vs. ARZ

Player to Watch: MIA TE Charles Clay

Clay is really starting to impress me, so much so that I picked him up in my fantasy league. Last week he reeled in five catches for 109 yards against Indy, but what was really eye opening was the goal-line carry that he converted into a touchdown. If Clay is going to see goal-line carries on a regular basis AND line up as a receiver with the ability to catch 5+ balls for triple digit yardage week in and week out, then he deserves a roster spot in all leagues.

D/ST

1.) Seattle Seahawks vs. JAC

2.) Denver Broncos vs. OAK

3.) Buffalo Bills @ NYJ

4.) Chicago Bears @ PIT

5.) Houston Texans @ BAL

6.) Cleveland Browns @ MIN

7.) Minnesota Viking vs. CLE

8.) Dallas Cowboys vs. STL

9.) San Francisco 49ers @ IND

10.) New England Patriots vs. TB

D/ST to Watch: Seattle Seahawks 

This is going to be ugly. The best defense in the NFL is lining up against the Jaguars this week. From a fantasy perspective, and you should already know this, do not play any Jaguars player, period.  If you have the Seattle D/ST, enjoy the RB1 production coming out of the D/ST slot this week.

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