Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 3 Big Board

Eric Mack@@EricMackFantasyFantasy Football Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2014

Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 3 Big Board

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    You thought you had a great draft. Yet, you are now staring at 0-2. If fantasy football was easy, we would all be millionaires in Las Vegas.

    You just can't be sure of the NFL's outcomes, particularly when it comes to injury. With so many injuries (and suspensions) plaguing fantasy right now, isn't it ironic the once injury-prone DeMarco Murray has emerged as one of the game's stars through two weeks?

    Many of you could have drafted Murray, but instead you might have picked Jamaal Charles (ankle), Adrian Peterson (team-imposed indefinite suspension), Matt Forte, Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch, A.J. Green (toe) or perhaps even Doug Martin (knee). Ouch.

    Fantasy is going to pay you back eventually, but it should remain a wildly productive ride for Murray in a contract year—which many of you are missing out on. We present Bleacher Report's Week 3 Big Board and project rebound weeks for those who picked Drew Brees and LeSean McCoy, even if we cannot count on Charles, Peterson or Green.

    You can use these rankings to weigh your starting options or gear up for your daily fantasy football lineups, drafts and rosters. These rankings represent our prediction for the highest scorers by position—relative to their use, game plan, health and matchup.

Top 100: Drew Brees Primed to Blow out the Minnesota Vikings

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    This hasn't been a great start for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is accustomed to being near the top of fantasy's rankings. He is just the 11th-highest scoring signal-caller, per FFToday.com, through two weeks as the Saints have started 0-2.

    He showed up higher on Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly's call sheet Monday night, according to Christopher Dabe of The Times-Picayune.

    That's respect. We follow suit here.

    Fantasy has a way of paying back the loyal and the patient. We have Brees as the No. 1 overall player for Week 3 as his Saints return home to face the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings. Clearly, we don't believe the Vikings can maintain their No. 1 overall standing in fantasy against quarterbacks.

    Vikings defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer might be good, but he's not that good. No one limits Brees at home, especially with his Saints staring down the barrel of the gun right now.

    The Vikings compiled their No. 1 standing versus quarterbacks against backup Austin Davis, having knocked starter Shaun Hill from the game in Week 1. Then, last week, the New England Patriots got up early and used the running game to grind out the Vikings.

    Brees is going to have one of his trademark 350-yard, four-touchdown days here, making him No. 1 in Bleacher Report's Top 100 this week: 

    Week 3 Top 100 - Eric Mack
    RankFlex RankingsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Drew BreesNOvs. Min10
    2Matthew StaffordDETvs. GB3+1
    3Andrew LuckINDat Jac4+1
    4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. Was8+4
    5DeMarco MurrayDALat StL9+4
    6Calvin JohnsonDETvs. GB15+9
    7Dez BryantDALat StL22+15
    8Jimmy GrahamNOvs. Min24+16
    9Julio JonesATLvs. TB26+17
    10Brandon MarshallCHIat NYJ31+21
    11Jordy NelsonGBat Det23+12
    12Marshawn LynchSEAvs. Den17+5
    13Alfred MorrisWASat Phi28+15
    14Aaron RodgersGBat Det2-12
    15Peyton ManningDENat Sea5-10
    16Arian FosterHOUat NYG14-2
    17Randall CobbGBat Det33+16
    18Demaryius ThomasDENat Sea29+11
    19Giovani BernardCINvs. Ten18-1
    20Julius ThomasDENat Sea41+21
    21Antonio BrownPITat Car32+11
    22Percy HarvinSEAvs. Den38+16
    23Le'Veon BellPITat Car30+7
    24Eddie LacyGBat Det27+3
    25Matt RyanATLvs. TB6-19
    26Matt ForteCHIat NYJ21-5
    27Knile DavisKCat Mia45+18
    28Nick FolesPHIvs. Was7-21
    29Montee BallDENat Sea39+10
    30Stevan RidleyNEvs. Oak60+30
    31Russell WilsonSEAvs. Den10-21
    32Alshon JefferyCHIat NYJ46+14
    33Keenan AllenSDat Buf44+11
    34Doug MartinTBat Atl96+62
    35Zac StacySTLvs. Dal36+1
    36Rob GronkowskiNEvs. Oak49+13
    37Philip RiversSDat Buf16-21
    38Antonio GatesSDat Buf83+45
    39Jay CutlerCHIat NYJ12-27
    40Andre EllingtonARIvs. SF52+12
    41Pierre GarconWASat Phi47+6
    42Tony RomoDALat StL19-23
    43Frank GoreSFat Ari65+22
    44Cam NewtonCARvs. Pit11-33
    45Roddy WhiteATLvs. TB51+6
    46T.Y. HiltonINDat Jac72+26
    47C.J. SpillerBUFvs. SD54+7
    48Tom BradyNEvs. Oak13-35
    49Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. Was56+7
    50Shane VereenNEvs. Oak68+18
    51Mike WallaceMIAvs. KC53+2
    52Reggie BushDETvs. GB74+22
    53Greg OlsenCARvs. Pit67+14
    54Ahmad BradshawINDat Jac90+36
    55Chris JohnsonNYJvs. Chi79+24
    56Victor CruzNYGvs. Hou81+25
    57Zach ErtzPHIvs. Was77+20
    58Marques ColstonNOvs. Min69+11
    59DeSean JacksonWASat Phi94+35
    60Vincent JacksonTBat Atl43-17
    61Cordarrelle PattersonMINat NO48-13
    62Delanie WalkerTENat Cin106+44
    63Rashad JenningsNYGvs. Hou55-8
    64Julian EdelmanNEvs. Oak50-14
    65Terrance WestCLEvs. Bal75+10
    66Lamar MillerMIAvs. KC85+19
    67Pierre ThomasNOvs. Min86+19
    68Andre JohnsonHOUat NYG42-26
    69Reggie WayneINDat Jac70+1
    70Bernard PierceBALat Cle89+19
    71Jason WittenDALat StL105+34
    72Matt AsiataMINat NO152+80
    73Michael CrabtreeSFat Ari63-10
    74Michael FloydARIvs. SF66-8
    75Torrey SmithBALat Cle88+13
    76Donald BrownSDat Buf95+19
    77Toby GerhartJACvs. Ind100+23
    78Darren SprolesPHIvs. Was103+25
    79Khiry RobinsonNOvs. Min117+38
    80A.J. GreenCINvs. Ten159+79
    81Martellus BennettCHIat NYJ78-3
    82Dennis PittaBALat Cle87+5
    83Chris IvoryNYJvs. Chi104+21
    84Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SF71-13
    85Joique BellDETvs. GB59-26
    86Sammy WatkinsBUFvs. SD82-4
    87Kelvin BenjaminCARvs. Pit76-11
    88Jeremy HillCINvs. Ten127+39
    89DeAndre HopkinsHOUat NYG98+9
    90Jordan CameronCLEvs. Bal126+36
    91James JonesOAKat NE110+19
    92Kendall WrightTENat Cin84-8
    93Vernon DavisSFat Ari97+4
    94Emmanuel SandersDENat Sea61-33
    95Eric DeckerNYJvs. Chi99+4
    96Steve SmithBALat Cle92-4
    97Andy DaltonCINvs. Ten25-72
    98Kirk CousinsWASat Phi35-63
    99Mohamed SanuCINvs. Ten113+14
    100Golden TateDETvs. GB80-20

     

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Peyton Manning Set for Super Bowl Rematch

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    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is just in his third season, but he clearly has developed a statistical trend we have to pay attention to in fantasy football: He is great with Seattle's 12th Man behind him—not so much on the road.

    Wilson has compiled a 16-1 record at home to just 9-8 elsewhere in the regular season, according to the career splits at Pro-Football-Reference.com. The full-season numbers have been fairly consistent in his first two years—26 touchdowns with nine or 10 interceptions—but the discrepancy has been pronounced in Seattle (33-7) versus the road (23-12).

    Credit the 12th Man or just the comforts of home, but Wilson is a must-start fantasy quarterback this week, as he usually is at home, especially coming off a loss. Wilson is facing a Super Bowl rematch against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, so expect everyone in their seats—or standing and cheering—to be plenty fired up behind Seattle's quarterback.

    The Broncos are tired of chasing down a mobile quarterback like Wilson, as cornerback Chris Harris told The Denver Post's Mike Klis: "We've got to cover longer. We've played mobile quarterbacks every week. I can't wait till we get to the pocket quarterbacks. I'd rather go against a pocket passer, because you know he's not going to run. The ball is going to come out fast."

    Head coach John Fox added, "It's a dimension, and that makes it a little tougher to corral and contain and can buy time and put stress on your pass defense. There's no doubt that our first three opponents—two we've already faced, one we're about to face—have that dimension."

    Manning has a score to settle, so this game should be played at a fairly competitive level relative to the games that are usually blowouts in Seattle. We cautiously drop Manning to No. 5 among quarterbacks, while Wilson rises to the top eight.

    Here are all the quarterbacks ranked by B/R this week: 

    Week 3 Quarterback Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Drew BreesNOvs. Min10
    2Matthew StaffordDETvs. GB3+1
    3Andrew LuckINDat Jac 4+1
    4Aaron RodgersGBat Det 2-2
    5Peyton ManningDENat Sea50
    6Matt RyanATLvs. TB60
    7Nick Foles PHIvs. Was70
    8Russell WilsonSEAvs. Den80
    9Philip RiversSDat Buf 12+3
    10Jay CutlerCHIat NYJ 100
    11Tony RomoDALat StL 14+3
    12Cam NewtonCARvs. Pit9-3
    13Tom BradyNEvs. Oak11-2
    14Andy DaltonCINvs. Ten15+1
    15Kirk CousinsWASat Phi16+1
    16Colin KaepernickSFat Ari13-3
    17Ben RoethlisbergerPITat Car18+1
    18Joe Flacco BALat Cle 20+2
    19Ryan Tannehill MIAvs. KC17-2
    20Josh McCown TBat Atl 21+1
    21Alex SmithKCat Mia22+1
    22Eli ManningNYGvs. Hou 28+6
    23Geno SmithNYJvs. Chi19-4
    24EJ ManuelBUFvs. SD25+1
    25Chad Henne JACvs. Ind26+1
    26Jake LockerTENat Cin 23-3
    27Matt CasselMINat NO33+6
    28Brian Hoyer CLEvs. Bal 30+2
    29Ryan FitzpatrickHOUat NYG 27-2
    30Austin DavisSTLvs. Dal31+1
    31Derek CarrOAKat NE29-2
    32Drew StantonARIvs. SF320
    33Carson PalmerARIvs. SF24-9

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Running Backs: Darren Sproles' Presence Won't Knock LeSean McCoy from No. 1

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    If you were watching the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night as a LeSean McCoy owner, you had to be biting your lip. You drafted McCoy atop your draft, hoping Darren Sproles wouldn't be sucking up the points that were all McCoy's last season in Chip Kelly's uptempo attack.

    Things sure didn't go your way, or McCoy's, in the rally over the Indianapolis Colts.

    Sproles' seven catches for 152 yards made him the highest-scoring running back in fantasy last week, per CBSSports.com. McCoy was left to score most of his points on the ground and watch Sproles do the pass receiving.

    We are undeterred. We keep McCoy No. 1 in our running back rankings this week.

    This comes despite McCoy facing a matchup against the Washington Redskins, who have been No. 2 against fantasy running backs through two weeks, per FFToday.com. The Redskins haven't given up a touchdown to a running back. That streak ends here, perhaps with both of these dynamic backs.

    Eagles center Jason Kelce told ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert:

    Getting Sproles here gave us two very dynamic backs who at anytime can take a play that really doesn't have anything and make it into a strong run for us. To tell you the truth, I don't know who is back there. Both him and Shady [McCoy] are both guys who make people miss and have tremendous vision. There's not too much of a difference between them.

    They both can do everything. I don't think we're limited to certain plays with either one of them back there.

    That's tough for defenses to defend. They're both good at a lot of different things. Screens, runs, draws, pretty much anything, they can do. It's great to have both of them. We can spell Shady a little bit. He doesn't have to take so many carries and get tired out.

    That's part of what this offense is built on—the ability to spread the width of the field and attack everything.

    Even if McCoy manages to disappoint you as Sproles keeps vulturing points in the passing game, you should feel completely satisfied with your selection of McCoy early in your fantasy league. Looking on the bright side, you could have drafted Jamaal Charles (ankle), Adrian Peterson (indefinite suspension), Matt Forte (slow start) and Eddie Lacy (concussion/slow start).

    You are going to be just fine with McCoy on your team. Don't dare sell low or buy full price on Sproles.

    Here are B/R's running back rankings for Week 3:

    Week 3 Running Back Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1LeSean McCoyPHIvs. Was10
    2DeMarco MurrayDALat StL20
    3Marshawn LynchSEAvs. Den4+1
    4Alfred MorrisWASat Phi7+3
    5Arian FosterHOUat NYG3-2
    6Giovani BernardCINvs. Ten5-1
    7Le'Veon BellPITat Car9+2
    8Eddie LacyGBat Det80
    9Matt ForteCHIat NYJ6-3
    10Knile DavisKCat Mia11+1
    11Montee BallDENat Sea12+1
    12Stevan RidleyNEvs. Oak17+5
    13Doug MartinTBat Atl28+15
    14Zac StacySTLvs. Dal10-4
    15Andre EllingtonARIvs. SF13-2
    16Frank GoreSFat Ari18+2
    17C.J. SpillerBUFvs. SD15-2
    18Shane VereenNEvs. Oak19+1
    19Reggie BushDETvs. GB21+2
    20Ahmad BradshawINDat Jac25+5
    21Chris JohnsonNYJvs. Chi22+1
    22Rashad JenningsNYGvs. Hou14-8
    23Terrance WestCLEvs. Bal20-3
    24Lamar MillerMIAvs. KC23-1
    25Pierre ThomasNOvs. Min24-1
    26Bernard PierceBALat Cle260
    27Matt AsiataMINat NO40+13
    28Donald BrownSDat Buf27-1
    29Toby GerhartJACvs. Ind33+4
    30Darren SprolesPHIvs. Was29-1
    31Khiry RobinsonNOvs. Min34+3
    32Chris IvoryNYJvs. Chi30-2
    33Joique BellDETvs. GB16-17
    34Jeremy HillCINvs. Ten37+3
    35Trent RichardsonINDat Jac36+1
    36Jonathan StewartCARvs. Pit39+3
    37DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. Pit45+8
    38Fred JacksonBUFvs. SD31-7
    39Steven JacksonATLvs. TB35-4
    40Danny WoodheadSDat Buf41+1
    41Darren McFaddenOAKat NE38-3
    42Carlos HydeSFat Ari47+5
    43Bobby RaineyTBat Atl32-11
    44Justin ForsettBALat Cle43-1
    45Shonn GreeneTENat Cin44-1
    46Roy HeluWASat Phi54+8
    47Isaiah CrowellCLEvs. Bal49+2
    48Bishop SankeyTENat Cin46-2
    49Jerick McKinnonMINat NO60+11
    50Andre WilliamsNYGvs. Hou48-2
    51Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. TB510
    52Dexter McClusterTENat Cin59+7
    53LeGarrette BlountPITat Car56+3
    54Jonathan DwyerARIvs. SF53-1
    55Marcel ReeceOAKat NE69+14
    56Benny CunninghamSTLvs. Dal52-4
    57De'Anthony ThomasKCat Mia83+26
    58Damien WilliamsMIAvs. KC57-1
    59Mike TolbertCARvs. Pit58-1
    60Daniel ThomasMIAvs. KC70+10
    61Devonta FreemanATLvs. TB610
    62Robert TurbinSEAvs. Den63+1
    63James StarksGBat Det66+3
    64Latavius MurrayOAKat NE640
    65Cyrus GrayKCat Mia82+17
    66Lance DunbarDALat StL62-4
    67Bilal PowellNYJvs. Chi670
    68Mike JamesTBat Atl55-13
    69Jordan TodmanJACvs. Ind73+4
    70Tre MasonSTLvs. Dal75+5

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Wide Receivers: Megatron's Consistency Should Be Underlined, Not Understated

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    With the slow starts and injury troubles of the other top preseason picks, Calvin Johnson owners have to be smiling, thinking they made the right choice in the middle of Round 1. Those owners had options, potentially going in a few different directions (running back, Jimmy Graham, quarterback or a different wideout), but Megatron is the only player to be No. 1 at his position before drafts and through two weeks.

    That was after a modest Week 2 performance in a tough matchup at the Carolina Panthers. Megatron was merely good for six catches for 83 yards.

    His matchup back at home against the Green Bay Packers figures to be far more bountiful. This is a Packers team that just made Geno Smith look like an NFL quarterback.

    We should ignore the fact the Packers have given up just the third-fewest receiving yards to wide receivers to date, per FFToday.com. Having faced the Seattle Seahawks and the New York Jets, the Packers haven't matched up against a receiver like Megatron.

    Percy Harvin and Eric Decker are good but just not this unstoppable.

    As we pine for the return of A.J. Green and ignore the Chicago Bears' sandbagging on the injury report with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, we keep Megatron is in his rightful home as B/R's No. 1 among receivers for Week 3:

    Week 3 Wide Receiver Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. GB10
    2Dez BryantDALat StL20
    3Julio JonesATLvs. TB4+1
    4Brandon MarshallCHIat NYJ5+1
    5Jordy NelsonGBat Det3-2
    6Randall CobbGBat Det8+2
    7Demaryius ThomasDENat Sea6-1
    8Antonio BrownPITat Car7-1
    9Percy HarvinSEAvs. Den90
    10Alshon JefferyCHIat NYJ13+3
    11Keenan AllenSDat Buf12+1
    12Pierre GarconWASat Phi16+4
    13Roddy WhiteATLvs. TB17+4
    14T.Y. HiltonINDat Jac24+10
    15Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. Was19+4
    16Mike WallaceMIAvs. KC18+2
    17Victor CruzNYGvs. Hou31+14
    18Marques ColstonNOvs. Min23+5
    19DeSean JacksonWASat Phi33+14
    20Vincent JacksonTBat Atl11-9
    21Cordarrelle PattersonMINat NO14-7
    22Julian EdelmanNEvs. Oak15-7
    23Andre JohnsonHOUat NYG10-13
    24Reggie WayneINDat Jac26+2
    25Michael CrabtreeSFat Ari20-5
    26Michael FloydARIvs. SF22-4
    27Torrey SmithBALat Cle34+7
    28A.J. GreenCINvs. Ten49+21
    29Larry FitzgeraldARIvs. SF27-2
    30Sammy WatkinsBUFvs. SD29-1
    31Kelvin BenjaminCARvs. Pit28-3
    32DeAndre HopkinsHOUat NYG36+4
    33James JonesOAKat NE41+8
    34Kendall WrightTENat Cin32-2
    35Emmanuel SandersDENat Sea21-14
    36Eric DeckerNYJvs. Chi38+2
    37Steve SmithBALat Cle35-2
    38Mohamed SanuCINvs. Ten39+1
    39Golden TateDETvs. GB30-9
    40Terrance WilliamsDALat StL400
    41Riley CooperPHIvs. Was52+11
    42Anquan BoldinSFat Ari44+2
    43Dwayne BoweKCat Mia50+7
    44Brandin CooksNOvs. Min25-19
    45Greg JenningsMINat NO47+2
    46Justin HunterTENat Cin42-4
    47Hakeem NicksINDat Jac55+8
    48Cecil ShortsJACvs. Ind54+6
    49Brian QuickSTLvs. Dal37-12
    50Miles AustinCLEvs. Bal58+8
    51Doug BaldwinSEAvs. Den60+9
    52Kenny StillsNOvs. Min59+7
    53Harry DouglasATLvs. TB63+10
    54Andrew HawkinsCLEvs. Bal45-9
    55Rueben RandleNYGvs. Hou51-4
    56Markus WheatonPITat Car46-10
    57Mike EvansTBat Atl48-9
    58Robert WoodsBUFvs. SD62+4
    59Allen HurnsJACvs. Ind66+7
    60Brian HartlineMIAvs. KC65+5
    61Malcom FloydSDat Buf70+9
    62Marqise LeeJACvs. Ind53-9
    63Aaron DobsonNEvs. Oak56-7
    64Danny AmendolaNEvs. Oak73+9
    65Kenbrell ThompkinsNEvs. Oak74+9
    66John BrownARIvs. SF75+9
    67Jarrett BoykinGBat Det68+1
    68Jermaine KearseSEAvs. Den61-7
    69Eddie RoyalSDat Buf78+9
    70Nate WashingtonTENat Cin72+2
    71Jeremy KerleyNYJvs. Chi57-14
    72Davante AdamsGBat Det64-8
    73Santonio HolmesCHIat NYJ69-4
    74Dexter McClusterTENat Cin76+2
    75Andre HolmesOAKat NE81+6
    76Steve JohnsonSFat Ari89+13
    77Rod StreaterOAKat NE79+2
    78Jordan MatthewsPHIvs. Was86+8
    79Andre RobertsWASat Phi71-8
    80Denarius MooreOAKat NE800
    81Kenny BrittSTLvs. Dal84+3
    82Mike WilliamsBUFvs. SD85+3
    83Jason AvantCARvs. Pit104+21
    84Jerricho CotcheryCARvs. Pit77-7
    85Allen RobinsonJACvs. Ind67-18

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Tight Ends: Antonio Gates Proving He Has Plenty Left in the Tank

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    What do fantasy analysts know anyway? The Seattle Seahawks looked like a tough matchup for a fringe tight end like the 34-year-old Antonio Gates. 

    It made him a popular "sit." It didn't keep him from going for seven receptions, 96 yards and three touchdowns, though.

    Whoopsy!

    Gates continues to flip a proverbial middle finger to his doomsayers, as he told Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official website:

    One thing I've learned from being around is that outsiders tend to have their perspective about players. It never bothered me one time. If I can make this team, which is a very good football team, then obviously I had something left in the gas tank.

    Coaches always believed in me, and I never really once thought about what someone had to say because I really don't know how you judge or make comments about a situation. I don't know what they go off of. Last year, I felt like I was able to do some things to help us win. So really, I'm not sure (what) critics or the professional experts are going off of, because when I looked at the stats last year, I was number three in the NFL at the tight end position.

    Gates fell in drafts because of his age, his mere four TD receptions last year and the burgeoning star in backup tight end Ladarius Green. We forgot just how much Philip Rivers has made a career out of his connection with Gates, as Rivers told Henne:

    He had a great game all the way around, not only the touchdown catches, but the big third down conversions and other catches. It doesn't surprise me, but I will say that the touchdown catches for the most part didn't come up exactly like they were drawn.

    It's just two guys who have been together a long time. I read him. He felt probably what I was seeing and thinking. Those ones are really gratifying, when you make plays together like that. They're a little bit backyard. We ended up close to the spots we were trying to, but it was just kind of different based on better technique. They were obviously huge plays.

    Clearly, we must keep Gates higher in the fantasy pecking order for as long as he stays healthy. He won't completely put to rest the doubts in that regard, but there is nothing keeping him from being the No. 4 tight end in B/R's Week 3 rankings:

    Week 3 Tight End Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankTight EndsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Jimmy GrahamNOvs. Min10
    2Julius ThomasDENat Sea20
    3Rob Gronkowski NEvs. Oak30
    4Antonio GatesSDat Buf 7+3
    5Greg OlsenCARvs. Pit4-1
    6Zach Ertz PHIvs. Was5-1
    7 Delanie WalkerTENat Cin 11+4
    8Jason WittenDALat StL 12+4
    9 Martellus BennettCHIat NYJ 6-3
    10Dennis PittaBALat Cle 8-2
    11Jordan CameronCLEvs. Bal 13+2
    12Vernon DavisSFat Ari10-2
    13Kyle RudolphMINat NO9-4
    14Travis Kelce KCat Mia16+2
    15Niles PaulWASat Phi14-1
    16Larry DonnellNYGvs. Hou 15-1
    17Charles ClayMIAvs. KC170
    18Dwayne AllenINDat Jac 180
    19Owen DanielsBALat Cle 30+11
    20Heath MillerPITat Car200
    21Jared CookSTLvs. Dal19-2
    22Jermaine GreshamCINvs. Ten21-1
    23 Coby Fleener INDat Jac 29+6
    24 Ladarius GreenSDat Buf 23-1
    25Brandon MyersTBat Atl 28+3
    26Eric Ebron DETvs. GB27+1
    27Garrett GrahamHOUat NYG 24-3
    28Jeff CumberlandNYJvs. Chi31+3
    29Zach MillerSEAvs. Den32+3
    30Joseph Fauria DETvs. GB26-4

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Defense/Special Teams: New England Patriots Correct Issues Against Run

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    A good defense might get beaten in a given week. It just doesn't get beaten like a drum consistently like the New England Patriots did in Week 1 at Miami.

    The Pats fixed their issues against the run last week in Minnesota, albeit partially aided by the absence of the suspended Adrian Peterson. They held the Vikings backup running backs to less than 100 total yards in a landslide victory that helped make their defense/special teams unit No. 1 in Week 2, per CBSSports.com.

    That is precisely where we rank the Patriots for Week 3, atop B/R's D/ST charts.

    The Oakland Raiders come to town, sporting the second-worst running game in football. This matchup should play right into Bill Belichick and the Patriots' hands in their home opener. FantasyPros.com's consensus is with us, too.

    Rookie quarterback Derek Carr hasn't played that poorly yet, but he will here against a team coming off a four-interception day.

    Week 3 Defenses and Special Teams Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankDefenses and Special TeamsTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1New England PatriotsNEvs. Oak10
    2Cincinnati BengalsCinvs. Ten4+2
    3Carolina PanthersCarvs. Pit30
    4Houston TexansHouat NYG 2-2
    5Baltimore RavensBalat Cle 6+1
    6San Francisco 49ersSFat Ari5-1
    7Seattle SeahawksSeavs. Den70
    8New Orleans SaintsNOvs. Min9+1
    9Arizona CardinalsArivs. SF8-1
    10Indianapolis ColtsIndat Jac 100
    11Miami DolphinsMiavs. KC110
    12Chicago BearsChiat NYJ 14+2
    13New York GiantsNYGvs. Hou 22+9
    14Denver BroncosDenat Sea16+2
    15Buffalo BillsBufvs. SD13-2
    16St. Louis RamsStLvs. Dal12-4
    17Cleveland BrownsClevs. Bal 15-2
    18New York JetsNYJvs. Chi17-1
    19San Diego ChargersSDat Buf 190
    20Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat Atl 24+4

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

Kickers: Get Ahead of the Bye Weeks with Some Forward Thinking Here

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    This is the last lineup deadline of full rosters for a few months, with the bye season upon us next week, as we wrote in B/R's Week 3 Insider Notebook on Tuesday. It might be a good time to make a preemptive change at kicker.

    You don't want two kickers sucking up valuable roster spots during the byes, so consider making a move now for a kicker with a late bye week. The following kickers might be cut while idle next week:

    1. Steven Hauschka, Seattle Seahawks
    2. Mike Nugent, Cincinnati Bengals
    3. Brandon McManus, Denver Broncos
    4. Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
    5. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
    6. Billy Cundiff, Cleveland Browns

    There are some big names—if there is such a thing at kicker—on that pending bye list. If you're looking for long-term replacements to go with a week early, the following kickers have late bye weeks:

    1. Graham Gano, Carolina Panthers (Week 12)
    2. Shaun Suisham, Pittsburgh Steelers (Week 12)
    3. Dan Bailey, Dallas Cowboys (Week 11)
    4. Justin Tucker, Baltimore Ravens (Week 11)
    5. Blair Walsh, Minnesota Vikings (Week 10)
    6. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis Colts (Week 10)
    7. Nick Novak, San Diego Chargers (Week 10)

    After this week, you are going to be wishing you had one of those guys in that second list over those in the first one.

    Here is B/R's complete list of kickers for Week 3:

    Week 3 Kicker Rankings - Eric Mack
    RankKickersTeamOpponentECRvs. ECR
    1Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. Oak10
    2Dan BaileyDALat StL 4+2
    3Steven Hauschka SEAvs. Den2-1
    4Justin TuckerBALat Cle 3-1
    5Matt BryantATLvs. TB6+1
    6Mason CrosbyGBat Det 7+1
    7Shayne GrahamNOvs. Min8+1
    8Phil DawsonSFat Ari9+1
    9Adam VinatieriINDat Jac 5-4
    10Mike NugentCINvs. Ten11+1
    11Cody Parkey PHIvs. Was10-1
    12Dan CarpenterBUFvs. SD14+2
    13Nick Novak SDat Buf 130
    14Nate Freese DETvs. GB18+4
    15Greg Zuerlein STLvs. Dal150
    16Caleb Sturgis MIAvs. KC20+4
    17Blair WalshMINat NO170
    18Brandon McManus DENat Sea12-6
    19Robbie GouldCHIat NYJ 16-3
    20Graham Gano CARvs. Pit23+3

    Expert Consensus Rankings (ECR) from more than 100 experts provided by FantasyPros.

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