Week 3 Fantasy Football PPR Rankings & Projections (Updated: Sunday & Monday Only)

We’ve seen the Minshew show on Thursday Night Football and now it’s time to focus on Sunday & Monday Night Football. The following rankings are updated.

If you are having some decision making trouble for Week 3, we can certainly help out with our fantasy football positional rankings. If you are looking for some permanent adds for Week 3 and moving forward, check out the waiver wire breakdowns. With most of the industry now in a standard full-point PPR format, we break down the top ranked players at each position for Week 3.

Week 3 Quarterback Rankings

Rank Player Opponent Projections
1 Patrick Mahomes BAL 30.2
2 Lamar Jackson @KC 28.1
3 Dak Prescott MIA 27.4
4 Deshaun Watson @LAC 26.2
5 Russell Wilson NO 24.2
6 Aaron Rodgers DEN 23.5
7 Carson Wentz DET 23.1
8 Jared Goff @CLE 22.5
9 Tom Brady NYJ 22.1
10 Josh Allen CIN 21.7
11 Matt Ryan @IND 21.3
12 Kyler Murray CAR 20.5
13 Philip Rivers HOU 20.2
14 Matthew Stafford @PHI 19.9
15 Jameis Winston NYG 19.6
16 Jimmy Garoppolo PIT 19.4
17 Cam Newton @ARI 19.0
18 Kirk Cousins OAK 18.6
19 Mason Rudolph @SF 18.3
20 Jacoby Brissett ATL 18.1
21 Mitchell Trubisky @WAS 17.7
22 Derek Carr @MIN 15.8
23 Andy Dalton @BUF 15.5

lamar jacksonThe Ravens-Chiefs games features two of the top three quarterbacks for fantasy through two weeks. Lamar Jackson hasn’t even had a rushing touchdown yet, but is one of three quarterbacks with seven passing touchdowns. He gets a Chiefs defense that still isn’t on par with what we expected this year, and more of last week was about facing the Raiders. Jackson is in a great spot in a potential shootout game. Patrick Mahomes is just stapled into the number one spot each week, as he has thrown for 821 yards already, and has seven touchdowns. Even against a Baltimore offense, he is easily the top quarterback going.

Through two weeks, Miami has allowed eight passing touchdowns and 643 passing yards. Dak Prescott gets them this week, and has been lighting it up through the air. He has 70 fantasy points through the first two games, and offers up that rushing upside as well. We have more familiar faces within the top ten, but none are in eye popping matchups. This is more about their volume or consistency to produce fantasy points. The one name joining the top ten is Josh Allen. He projects for over 20 fantasy points against a hapless Bengals defense. Allen is currently QB8 on the season.

With names like Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger out, we have some names on the rise. Kyler Murray and Matthew Stafford both crack inside the top 15, and are around some names in good spots. Philly’s secondary continues to be one to target, but Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers passing game is one I like this week. However they are a tough group to trust, even in good spots. The Giants have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks already.

Week 3 Running Backs Rankings

Ranking Player Opponent Projection
1 Ezekiel Elliot MIA 23.7
2 Christian McCaffrey @ARI 22.9
3 Saquon Barkley @TB 21.8
4 Dalvin Cook OAK 20.5
5 Alvin Kamara @SEA 20.3
6 Austin Ekeler HOU 19.9
7 Todd Gurley @CLE 19.4
8 Le’Veon Bell @NE 19.0
9 Aaron Jones DEN 18.6
10 David Johnson CAR 18.3
11 Kerryon Johnson @PHI 17.6
12 Nick Chubb LAR 17.1
13 James Conner @SF 16.5
14 Mark Ingram @KC 16.3
15 Devonta Freeman @IND 15.8
16 Josh Jacobs @MIN 15.5
17 Marlon Mack ATL 15.2
18 Chris Carson NO 14.9
19 David Montgomery @WAS 14.3
20 Sony Michel NYJ 14.1
21 James White NYJ 13.7
22 Frank Gore CIN 13.5
23 Damien Williams BAL 13.2
24 Joe Mixon @BUF 13.1
25 Matt Breida PIT 12.5
26 Phillip Lindsay @GB 12.2
27 Tarik Cohen @WAS 11.9
28 Raheem Mostert PIT 11.7
29 Duke Johnson @LAC 11.4
30 Peyton Barber NYG 11.2
31 Carlos Hyde @LAC 10.7
32 Rashaad Penny NO 10.5
33 Chris Thompson CHI 10.4
34 Jaylen Samuels @SF 10.2
35 Royce Freeman @GB 9.7
36 Miles Sanders DET 9.4
37 Adrian Peterson CHI 9.1
38 Rex Burkhead NYJ 8.7
39 Latavius Murray @SEA 8.5
40 LeSean McCoy BAL 8.2
41 Jamaal Williams DEN 7.7
42 Justin Jackson HOU 6.7
43 Ito Smith @IND 5.6
44 Jordan Howard DET 5.1
45 Darren Sproles DET 4.9
46 Kenyan Drake @DAL 4.6
47 Malcolm Brown @CLE 4.5

dalvin cookThere is a bit of a ripple effect with the Brees and Roethlisberger injuries. Alvin Kamara is still somewhat safe, but he does take a knock with Brees being out the next six weeks. James Conner is a bit more of a worry, already on a bum knee, but he expects to play. The Steelers offense was already in rough shape through two weeks, the absence of Roethlisberger the rest of the year is going to be a toss up for the skill position players around them. The other big running backs are in great spots this week. Ezekiel Elliot received a normal workload in Washington, and now gets Miami at home. Christian McCaffrey is in a rebound spot against Arizona, while Saquon Barkley just continues to produce regardless of matchup.

Austin Ekeler and Dalvin Cook are both borderline top backs, and are currently 1-2 in PPR scoring to start the year. We have also seen Mark Ingram, Josh Jacobs, and Marlon Mack creep up into top ten in scoring. The Falcons have struggled against the run a bit already, and have also struggled against pass-catching backs. Mack isn’t a big time pass-catcher, but he is in a good spot. Derrick Henry has a tough matchup, but the workload is there. He is RB3 currently in scoring, and the Titans will continue to run the ground and point offense.

Week 3 Wide Receivers

Week 3 Ranking Player Week 3 Opponent Projected Week 3 Fantasy Points
1 Julio Jones @IND 21.2
2 DeAndre Hopkins @LAC 20.8
3 Keenan Allen HOU 20.2
4 Odell Beckham Jr LAR 19.6
5 Amari Cooper DAL 19.4
6 Davante Adams DEN 19.1
7 Sammy Watkins BAL 18.5
8 Michael Thomas @SEA 18.2
9 Antonio Brown NYJ 17.7
10 Chris Godwin NYG 17.6
11 Kenny Golladay @PHI 16.8
12 Adam Thielen OAK 16.2
13 Tyler Lockett NO 15.7
14 JuJu Smith-Schuster @SF 15.2
15 John Brown CIN 14.9
16 Robert Woods @CLE 14.7
17 Stefon Diggs OAK 14.6
18 Mike Evans NYG 14.2
19 Brandin Cooks @CLE 14.1
20 Julian Edelman NYJ 13.9
21 Cooper Kupp @CLE 13.6
22 Allen Robinson @WAS 13.6
23 Marquise Brown @KC 13.5
24 T.Y. Hilton ATL 13.3
25 D.J. Moore @ARI 13.1
26 Larry Fitzgerald CAR 12.9
27 Calvin Ridley @IND 12.5
28 Tyler Boyd @BUF 12.4
29 D.K. Metcalf NO 12.1
30 Emmanuel Sanders @GB 11.9
31 Tyrell Williams @MIN 11.7
32 John Ross @BUF 11.6
33 Curtis Samuel @ARI 11.4
34 Demarcus Robinson BAL 11.2
35 Josh Gordon NYJ 11.1
36 Mike Williams HOU 10.8
37 Will Fuller @LAC 10.6
38 Christian Kirk CAR 10.4
39 Mecole Hardman BAL 10.1
40 Deebo Samuel PIT 9.8
41 Nelson Agholor DET 9.5
42 Jarvis Landry LAR 9.3
43 Courtland Sutton @GB 8.9
44 Randall Cobb MIA 8.6
45 Sterling Shepard @TB 8.4
46 Marvin Jones @PHI 8.1
47 Terry McLaurin CHI 7.9
48 Marquise Goodwin PIT 7.7
49 Preston Williams @DAL 7.6

chris godwinLike the running backs, there is a slight drop in Michael Thomas and JuJu Smith-Schuster for this week. Smith-Schuster finds himself outside of the top ten, while Michael Thomas is usually a top three option, and now sits at number 8. Not bad, but a tough road matchup with Teddy Bridgewater under center is not ideal. While the Vikings want to be a run heavy team, Oakland has allowed the third most fantasy points to WRs and have a bottom five secondary. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs live on this week as top 20 options.

Chris Godwin takes a big jump after two weeks, but this is more about a Giants secondary struggling to defend the pass. Mike Evans is due for a big week, and the Giants provide him with that upside. However, he continues to fall down the rankings. Tyler Lockett had major volume in Week 2, and gets a Saints offense allowing the 6th most fantasy points per game. While they have faced two solid passing teams, their secondary struggled greatly last season. The Arizona-Carolina game is a prime spot for the wideouts. An area that I will look the other way is Cincinnati taking a trip to Buffalo. The Bills have a strong secondary that I tend to shy away from targeting.

Week 3 Tight Ends Rankings

Week 3 Ranking Player Week 3 Opponent Projected Week 3 Fantasy Points
1 Travis Kelce BAL 17.4
2 Zach Ertz DET 16.9
3 Evan Engram @TB 15.4
4 Mark Andrews @KC 15.2
5 George Kittle PIT 14.9
6 Greg Olsen @ARI 14.6
7 O.J. Howard NYG 12.6
8 Eric Ebron ATL 12.5
9 Austin Hooper @IND 12.0
10 T.J. Hockenson @PHI 11.7
11 Vance McDonald @SF 11.3
12 Darren Waller @MIN 11.1
13 David Njoku LAR 10.2
14 Trey Burton @WAS 9.9
15 Jimmy Graham DEN 9.3
16 Jared Cook @SEA 8.7
17 Jason Witten MIA 8.4
18 Kyle Rudolph OAK 7.9
19 Vernon Davis CHI 7.3
20 Tyler Eifert @BUF 6.8
21 Noah Fant @GB 6.5
22 Jack Doyle ATL 6.0
23 Will Dissly NO 5.8
24 Gerald Everett @CLE 5.5

zach ertzIf the Eagles injury situation leaves absent names out there for Week 3, we can bank on Zach Ertz getting plenty of targets. We already saw him get fed against the Falcons, with most of the names leaving early. You were already starting Ertz anyway, but his target potential would get a big bump. Evan Engram had an extremely tough matchup against the Bills last week, but gets the Buccaneers this week who have struggled against tight ends dating back to last season. Despite a poorly run offense, Engram will continue to be a factor given the volume.

Greg Olsen produced on TNF last week, and is in a great spot against Arizona. The Cardinals have been shredded by tight ends to start the season, allowing a 17-273-3 line. Olsen is an excellent option this week. O.J. Howard has been dreadful to start the year. Didn’t have a single target against Carolina, and posted a 4-32-0 line against San Francisco. The Giants have been a middling defense against tight ends the last few seasons, but Howard’s volume is the bigger concern here.

Week 3 Kicker Rankings

Week 3 Ranking Player Week 3 Opponent Projected Week 3 Fantasy Points
1 Greg Zuerlein @CLE 13.1
2 Harrison Butker BAL 12.5
3 Justin Tucker @KC 11.5
4 Dan Bailey OAK 10.8
5 Stephen Gostkowski NYJ 10.3
6 Brett Maher MIA 9.8
7 Matt Bryant @IND 9.8
8 Ka'imi Fairbairn @LAC 9.6
9 Robbie Gould PIT 9.5
10 Wil Lutz @SEA 9.3
11 Steve Hauschka CIN 9.1
12 Joey Slye @ARI 9.0
13 Michael Badgley HOU 8.8
14 Matt Prater @PHI 8.5
15 Aldrick Rosas @TB 8.4
16 Jake Elliott DET 8.4
17 Randy Bullock @BUF 8.2
18 Chris Boswell @SF 8.1
19 Brandon McManus @GB 8.0
20 Adam Vinatieri ATL 7.9
21 Sam Ficken @NE 7.9
22 Mason Crosby DEN 7.8
23 Daniel Carlson @MIN 7.4
24 Jason Myers NO 8.1

greg zuerleinGreg Zuerlein, Harrison Butker, and Justin Tucker are the top kicking options and all are in enticing spots. Stephen Gostkowski gets a prime matchup against the Jets, as they allowed the second most fantasy points to kickers last season. Dan Bailey is back at home this week against an Oakland team that allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing kickers. One of the lesser known names is Joey Slye for Carolina, and this is a good indoors spot for him this week. Arizona allowed the 8th most fantasy points per game to kickers.

Week 3 Defense Rankings

Rank Team Week 3 Opponent Week 3 Fantasy Projection
1 New England NYJ 11.9
2 Chicago @WAS 10.2
3 Buffalo CIN 10.0
4 Minnesota OAK 9.9
5 Dallas MIA 9.8
6 Houston LAC 8.8
7 Seattle NO 8.8
8 LA Chargers @HOU 8.0
9 LA Rams @CLE 8.0
10 Philadelphia DET 8.0
11 Indianapolis ATL 7.8
12 Pittsburgh @SF 7.8
13 Carolina @ARI 7.7
14 Green Bay DEN 7.7
15 Tampa Bay NYG 7.7
16 Baltimore @KC 7.6
17 Kansas City BAL 7.6
18 Denver @GB 7.6
19 NY Giants @TB 7.5
20 Washington CHI 7.5
21 Atlanta @IND 7.4
22 Cincinnati @BUF 7.2
23 San Francisco PIT 7.2

New England PatriotsThe Patriots are coming off of a monster fantasy performance, and get to face a banged up Jets team missing their starting quarterback. Chicago goes on the road to face another weak offense, and Buffalo welcomes Cincinnati at home. If you are looking for streamers, both Tennessee and Dallas project well and are not highly owned around the sites. Seattle projects better this week given the New Orleans news with Drew Brees out as well. Baltimore and Denver are two defenses that fell off due to the opponents.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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