Fantasy Football Week 3: Matt Camp's Fantasy Big Board
Not only is the injury list long heading into Week 3, but it's also full of fantasy football superstars who otherwise likely fill some of the top spots in your starting lineup.
The tight end position is especially brutal, as Rob Gronkowski (groin), Jordan Reed (chest), Jimmy Graham (ankle), Tyler Eifert (back/knee) and Greg Olsen (foot) all left Week 2 worse for the wear. Olsen wound up landing on injured reserve with a broken foot.
Losing David Johnson to wrist surgery after Week 1 was a big enough blow to the RB group, yet it only got worse with DeMarco Murray (hamstring), LeSean McCoy (wrist/groin), Jordan Howard (shoulder) and Rob Kelley (rib) all slowed and/or sidelined by injuries during Week 2.
All of these injuries demonstrate why you need to stay vigilant on the waiver wire regardless of your record or confidence in your team. A realistic start to a draft could have included Jordy Nelson, who isn't a lock to play Sunday due to a quad injury, and Murray as the top two picks on a fantasy roster. That team already looks shaky before the third game of the season.
Just be happy if you can roll into Thursday night with someone like Todd Gurley in your lineup. He's healthy and performing at a high level.
Check out my first look at the points-per-reception (PPR) rankings for Week 3. These will change throughout the week and up to Sunday's action as we get more information about injuries and limitations, so make sure to bookmark this page for my full rankings in both PPR and non-PPR formats.
I present my top 100 players (minus quarterbacks) for the week as a way to help determine your flex spots. You may favor a certain position or player over another based on his role and/or your scoring rules.
As an additional tiebreaker, here are the teams I like as a whole this week based on their matchups:
- Miami Dolphins (at New York Jets)
- Carolina Panthers (vs. New Orleans Saints)
- Green Bay Packers (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (at Chicago Bears)