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Fantasy Football: Week 3 Positional Rankings

September 21, 2007

Taught him everything he knows

Setting your weekly lineup in fantasy football is perhaps the most stressful experience of your week. If you make the right calls, it can also be one of the most rewarding. If you make the wrong decisions, you’re not going to have a good Monday. Let the experts at ETB alleviate some of that pressure.

From here on out, for every week of the fantasy football season we’ll rank the top 20 quarterbacks, 25 running backs, 25 wide receivers, 15 tight ends and 15 team defenses based on past performance, news and developments, situation and matchup. No two sets of experts will agree and you’re going to see a lot of conflicting ranks out there. But of course you know that, which is why you read 10 sets of rankings every week and change your lineup each time. Get ready to change it again… and sorry, we don’t do kickers.

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Week Three Matchups

Week Three Stock Report

Fantasy Week 3: Top 20 Quarterbacks

1. Tom Brady, New England vs. BUF
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis @ HOU
3. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati @ SEA
4. Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. CIN
5. Jon Kitna, Detroit @ PHI
6. Marc Bulger, St. Louis @ TB
7. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. DET
8. Vince Young, Tennessee @ NO
9. Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. TEN
10. Jake Delhomme, Carolina @ ATL
11. Eli Manning, New York Giants @ WSH
12. Jason Campbell, Washington vs. NYG
13. Tony Romo, Dallas @ CHI
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. SF
15. Josh McCown, Oakland vs. CLE
16. Jay Cutler, Denver vs. JAX
17. Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay vs. STL
18. Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. SD
19. Philip Rivers, San Diego @ GB
20. Trent Green, Miami @ NYJ

The Lions will have trouble with Westbrook

Fantasy Week 3: Top 25 Running Backs

1. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. DET
2. LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. CLE
3. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis @ HOU
4. Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati @ SEA
5. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego @ GB
6. Steven Jackson, St. Louis @ TB
7. Travis Henry, Denver vs. JAX
8. Shaun Alexander, Seattle vs. CIN
9. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. SF
10. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota @ KC
11. Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. MIN
12. Clinton Portis, Washington vs. NYG
13. Willis McGahee, Baltimore vs. ARZ
14. Laurence Maroney, New England vs. BUF
15. Frank Gore, San Francisco @ PIT
16. Edgerrin James, Arizona @ BAL
17. LenDale White, Tennessee @ NO
18. Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay vs. STL
19. Ronnie Brown, Miami @ NYJ
20. Reggie Bush, New Orleans vs. TEN
21. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland @ OAK
22. Cedric Benson, Chicago vs. DAL
23. Fred Taylor, Jacksonville @ DEN
24. Derrick Ward, New York Giants @ WSH
25. Marion Barber III, Dallas @ CHI

Top o’ the Moss, Sir

Fantasy Week 3: Top 25 Wide Receivers

1. Randy Moss, New England vs. BUF
2. Steve Smith, Carolina @ ATL
3. Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis @ HOU
4. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis @ HOU
5. Chad Johnson, Cincinnati @ SEA
6. Torry Holt, St. Louis @ TB
7. Roy Williams, Detroit @ PHI
8. Santana Moss, Washington vs. NYG
9. Terrell Owens, Dallas @ CHI
10. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati @ SEA
11. Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. TEN
12. Plaxico Burress, New York Giants @ WAS
13. Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay vs. STL
14. Javon Walker, Denver vs. JAC
15. Laveranues Coles, New York Jets vs. MIA
16. Donald Driver, Green Bay vs. SD
17. Anquan Boldin, Arizona @ BAL
18. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona @ BAL
19. Deion Branch, Seattle vs. CIN
20. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh vs. SF
21. Chris Chambers, Miami @ NYJ
22. Calvin ‘Megatron’ Johnson, Detroit @ PHI
23. Wes Welker, New England vs. BUF
24. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland @ OAK
25. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh vs. SF

Gates tops Week 3

Fantasy Week 3: Top 15 Tight Ends

1. Antonio Gates, San Diego @ GB
2. Chris Cooley, Washington vs. NYG
3. Kellen Winslow, Cleveland @ OAK
4. Jason Witten, Dallas @ CHI
5. Todd Heap, Baltimore vs. ARZ
6. Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants @ WSH
7. Vernon Davis, San Francisco @ PIT
8. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. MIN
9. Benjamin Watson, New England vs. BUF
10. Owen Daniels, Houston vs. IND
11. Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. CAR
12. Dallas Clark, Indianapolis @ HOU
13. Randy McMichael, St. Louis @ TB
14. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. SF
15. Eric Johnson, New Orleans vs. TEN

Bill loves his defense this week

Fantasy Week 3: Top 15 Team Defenses

1. New England Patriots vs. BUF
2. Pittsburgh Steelers vs. SF
3. Minnesota Vikings @ KC
4. Chicago Bears vs. DAL
5. Baltimore Ravens vs. ARZ
6. Carolina Panthers @ ATL
7. Dallas Cowboys @ CHI
8. San Diego Chargers @ GB
9. Indianapolis Colts @ HOU
10. Green Bay Packers vs. SD
11. Denver Broncos vs. JAX
12. Kansas City Chiefs vs. MIN
13. Jacksonville Jaguars @ DEN
14. Oakland Raiders vs. CLE
15. Detroit Lions @ PHI

5 Comments »Posted by Andrew Thell and Brian Spencer on Sep. 21, 2007 at 8:01 am in Fantasy Rankings, NFL, NFL Fantasy News

5 Responses

Of course, owning both Westbrook and Jordan this week is a headache given the injury report. Hopefully they perform to expected levels…

Posted by: Sarge on September 21st, 2007 at 10:21 am

Facing the 2nd best passing defense in the league you still rank Cutler above Rivers this week? I know he’s looked bad against the likes of Chicago and New England, but couldn’t Rivers get things rolling against GB? I suppose Cutler playing at home might be reason enough to give him the edge.

Posted by: Kurt on September 21st, 2007 at 10:48 am

Jordan’s bothersome back flaring up already might be troubling down the road, but we feel like he’ll gut this one out against the Browns. Same thing with Westbrook–the Iggles need this one badly (though I don’t think they’ll get it) and he’ll give it his all. We’ve seen him blow up in the past on weeks he’s been on the injury report, and he’ll have every opportunity to do it again.

Good luck.

Posted by: Brian on September 21st, 2007 at 10:53 am

Good question, Kurt. First off, we’d rather not rely on either this week if at all possible. In deciding between the two there are a few factors.

We think the Green Bay defense has a chance to be elite this year, especially at Lambeau. Aaron Kampman has a relentless motor and Gbaja-Biamila is still a good situational pass rusher. Out wide, Woodson and Harris have the ability to lock people up. Mostly, though, the emerging duo of LBs Nick Barnett and AJ Hawk as one of the premier tandems in the NFL should be able to keep up with LT and Gates better than most.

For Cutler, we really like the kid’s arm and poise. We’re also big fans of Walker and Marshall. But he gets a slight bump this week because the loss of safety Gerald Sensabaugh could have a big impact in that Jacksonville secondary.

Posted by: Andrew on September 21st, 2007 at 11:08 am

Lamont had a full practice on Thursday. You should be able to start him with confidence this week — I am.

Posted by: Darren on September 21st, 2007 at 12:56 pm

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