Week 3 Fantasy Football Predictions For Top Players At Each Position

*Editors Note: Before the start of each week, we’ll go over how the previous week’s selections fared. 

Week 2 Review:

Top QB: Eli Manning – finished 24th

Honorable Mentions: Matthew Stafford, Phillip Rivers, and Joe Flacco finished 20th, 6th and 19th respectively.

Top RB: Ezekial Elliott – finished 13th

Honorable Mentions: DeAngelo Williams, Eddie Lacy, and CJ Anderson finished 5th, outside of top 25 and 9th respectively.

Top WR: Odell Beckham Jr. – finished outside Top 25

Honorable Mentions: Julio Jones and Jarvis Landry finished 8th and 18th respectively.

Top TE: Julius Thomas – finished 16th

Honorable Mentions: Delanie Walker and Antonio Gates finished 3rd and 15th respectively.

Top D/ST: Seattle – finished 18th

Honorable Mention: New York Jets– finished outside Top 25

Week 3 Predictions

Quarterbacks

Top QB: Joe Flacco – The Jacksonville Jaguars so far this season have been atrocious in defending opposing quarterbacks. With Mike Wallace somehow emerging as a speedy veteran and Flacco’s favorite target, look for the duo to provide Flacco a great chance to become the No. 1 QB option this week.

QB Sit: Andy Dalton – Dalton is going to be summoned to face the Denver defense this week. If you can remember last week, Colts’QB Andrew Luck mustered just 10 fantasy points against them. Yes, Dalton has AJ Green and anything can happen in terms of one or two explosive plays, but the consistency just won’t be there this week.

QB Sleeper: Ryan Tannehill – You saw what Joe Flacco did to the Cleveland Browns this week, now its Ryan Tannehill’s chance to shine against them. With DeVante Parker coming off one of the best weeks of his career, Tannehill is going to get a great opportunity to showcase his presence again this week. Combined with Jordan Cameron, and still hooking up with the always productive Jarvis Landry, Tannehill isn’t the No. 1 choice at QB because of some other good matchups, but he could sneak into the top spot.

Running Backs

Top RB: Melvin Gordon – Gordon is an absolute no-brainer this week. With no competition in the backfield anymore, Gordon is going to get a much larger role against a Colts team that is terrible against the run. They are averaging a whopping 34.5 points per game against to running backs so far this season, obviously bad enough for the worst total in the league.

RB Sit: Eddie Lacy – Lacy is surprisingly enough not dominating the workload at all. Last week against the Vikings he had just one more snap than his handcuff James Starks. In Lacy’s career, the Detroit Lions have held him to an average of just 5.4 fantasy points across five games.

RB Sleeper: DeMarco Murray – The Titans lead back, DeMarco Murray, has been one of the most productive players in any backfield so far this season. Emerging as a back who can catch a decent amount of passes proves very worthy in PPR leagues, and Murray’s matchup against the Raiders is highly favorable for Week 3. An average of 20 fantasy points per game are being given up by Oakland’s defense this season.

Wide Receiver

Top WR: Julio Jones – You would never think about sitting him, but Jones has a chance to shine this week on Monday Night Football. With Atlanta and New Orleans squaring off at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, points will definitely not be hard to come by. With the Saints giving up the 4th most points to receivers, and the most points to quarterbacks look for Jones to have a field day in primetime.

WR Sit: Golden Tate – Once thought to be the biggest weapon in the Lions passing attack when the departure of Megatron came to fruition, Golden Tate has disappointed so far this season with just nine catches for 54 yards after two weeks. That is not an elite level. With Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, and even Anquan Boldin getting some love by Matthew Stafford, Golden Tate is anything but a good start this week.

WR Sleeper: How about old, Mr. Reliable, Larry Fitzgerald? The Bills defense just looked terrible against the Jets passing game last week, and Carson Palmer’s top wide-out has a definite chance to get Larry racking up some points this week.

Tight Ends

Top TE: Eric Ebron – With tight end generally being very thin so far this season, there aren’t a ton of options that jump out as elite presences. Of course Greg Olsen is very elite, and Gronk is yet to play this season, Minnesota is a team that could give Olsen a bit of trouble, so I will go with Ebron. The Lions top TE has just under 100 yards receiving and a touchdown so far this season. In a good matchup against the Packers who give up the 3rd most points to the position, Ebron is a strong candidate to come out on top.

TE Sit: Charles Clay – Drawing an absolute horrible assignment against the Arizona Cardinals who give up the 6th least amount of points to tight ends and a total of just 1.4 fantasy points this season to the position, Charles Clay is a terrible play this week and will do next to nothing against Patrick Peterson and company.

TE Sleeper: Coby Fleener – So far this year Fleener hasn’t really done anything and hasn’t garnered any real confidence in his quarterback Drew Brees. However, the matchup against the Falcons who give up the 2nd most points to tight ends cannot be ignored. Fleener is a long shot to be the absolute top tight end this week, but he is not by any means the best left on the bench.

Defense/Special Teams

Top D/ST: Miami Dolphins – When you square off against the Cleveland Browns as a fantasy football defensive and special teams unit, you get tagged with the absolute highest amount of potential. With Cody Kessler being thrown into the fire, the Dolphins should be started in absolutely every league. The Browns give up an average of 10.5 fantasy points to opposing defenses this season, and that total could continue to grow after this week.

D/ST Sit: San Diego Chargers – With the Buffalo Bills being the definite obvious sit this week, the Chargers square off against the Colts in a potential shootout. Any time you have Andrew Luck facing you, things will undoubtedly take a turn for the worst.

D/ST Sleeper: New York Giants – With the Giants going out and spending big-time money on defense this offseason, for the first two weeks it looks to be working out better than anticipated. Allowing just 12 points to Drew Brees’ attack last week, the Giants get a matchup against Kirk Cousins and the Redskins this week who has thrown three touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions in his four career-games against the big bad Giants.

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