Week 3 Fantasy Football Projections: Predicting Highest Scorers at Each Position
There aren't a lot of really exciting games to watch for in Week 3, but that means that there are some easy matchups for a number of players that are going to explode for some big points this weekend.
We saw points come up in bunches from players like Aaron Rodgers, Marshawn Lynch and even Eddie Royal. This week, there are bound to be some players scoring points in the 30s and maybe even 40s in standard ESPN leagues.
Let's take a look at the guys at each position that are going to put up huge numbers in Week 3, followed by an explanation as to why.
QB: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
I hardly had to think on this one.
How many TDs does Peyton throw this week?
Not only is Peyton one of the greatest quarterbacks in the league right now, he also has one of the best groups of receivers. Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker all had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2012, and there's a chance they could join an elite group of three receivers with over 1,000 yards while on the same team.
Hey, Manning did it before in 2004 with Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison and Brandon Stokley, so it's certainly a possibility.
Not only does Manning already have nine passing touchdowns this season, he's also going up against the Oakland Raiders this week. The Raiders have questions in their secondary, and they simply don't have enough talent to cover all of the Broncos' weapons.
Expect big numbers, as usual, from Manning in Week 3, and expect him to lead all QBs.
RB: Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
He led all running backs in scoring last week, and he's going to put up even crazier numbers when going up against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Lynch put up 98 yards and two scores on the ground while also grabbing three catches for 37 yards and another touchdown through the air. Keep in mind that that was against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the best defenses in the NFL over the past couple of seasons.
Now, Lynch will be going up against the Jaguars, who have been unable to stop the run through the first two games. As a team, they've already allowed 347 yards on the ground, with opposing teams averaging 5.7 yards per carry, the worst mark in the NFL.
This is not going to be a close game, and Lynch is going to get plenty of touches on Sunday on his way to putting up big-time numbers.
WR: A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Green followed a ridiculous 162-yard, two-TD game against the Chicago Bears with just 41 yards on six catches against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he'll be ready to put up another monster game this week.
The Green Bay Packers will be playing the Bengals this week, and they've struggled against the passing game so far. They allowed over 400 yards through the air against the 49ers, with Anquan Boldin going off for 208 yards and a touchdown on 13 receptions. One week later, Pierre Garcon went off for 143 yards and a TD of his own.
If that's not a good sign for Green, I don't know what is.
The secondary for the Packers has been banged up to start the year, and that should still be the case this week. If so, Green is going to run up and down the field all day, even if it's in a loss for the Bengals.
TE: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints
Another easy pick, the league's top tight end while Rob Gronkowski is out will be playing in what's likely the best matchup possible for him.
Graham had a huge game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after going for 179 yards and a touchdown. He was just inches away from a second, but his knee was down just before he crossed the goal line. To make things even better, the Cardinals already had one tight end go off on them back in Week 1, when Jared Cook had 141 yards and two TDs.
It looks like it could be more of a receiver-like day for Graham in terms of points on Sunday.
K: Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings
After an incredible rookie year, Walsh is on the right track through Week 2 of the 2013 season.
Walsh already is 4-of-4 on field goals and has put up 20 points in ESPN standard leagues. While kickers aren't usually game-changing fantasy players, Walsh could put up some nice points against the Cleveland Browns. If the offense can at least get into field-goal range throughout the game, Walsh will put up some very nice points.
D/ST: Seattle Seahawks
Ok, I thought picking Peyton and Graham was easy, but this is the biggest fantasy no-brainer of all time.
The Seahawks arguably have the greatest defense in the NFL, and that was showcased on Sunday night during the 29-3 beatdown of the 49ers. Now, the team that ranks first in passing yards allowed will be going up against the lowly Jaguars, who have scored just 11 points in two games.
This is going to be an ugly game to watch, but a beautiful one for owners once they see just how many fantasy points this stacked defense puts up.
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