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Fantasy Football – Week 3 Position Ranks

Mike Shanahan congratulates Jay Cutler on topping ETB's Week 3 QB ranks

Jay Cutler Photo Credit: Icon SMI

No, that’s not a misprint: journeyman quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan really has cracked the Week 3 ranks as a top-20 fantasy football play this Sunday. And yes, we really do mean to rank him ahead of Carson Palmer. He’s never thrown a touchdown pass in the NFL, but at this early point in the season we’re ready to give just about anybody a shot when they’re facing those woeful Detroit Lions. Except for Tarvaris Jackson. Not you, Tarvaris. Not you.

It’s not the only thing in this week’s QB ranks that we couldn’t have predicted just two short weeks ago. For the first time ever the Denver Broncos’ Jay Cutler tops out at #1, which still doesn’t feel quite right. Given his herculean performance so far, however–650 yards passing, 6 TDs, 1 INT–and that he’s at home against a suspect Saints secondary, he deserves a shot at number one. And, once again, first-year starter Aaron Rodgers is a top-five play in our book. God help us all.

So here they are, ETB’s Week 3 fantasy football ranks. Now go out there and sea-hammock the shit out of your beleaguered adversary.

Fantasy Week 3: Top 20 Quarterbacks

Jessica Simpson is tossing Tony Romo's footballs

1. Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos vs. NO
2. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX
3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys @ GB
4. Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia Eagles vs. PIT
5. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL
6. Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. CIN
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints @ DEN
8. Kurt Warner, Arizona Cardinals @ WSH
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
10. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers vs. NYJ
11. Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns @ BAL
12. Brett Favre, New York Jets @ SD
13. J.T. O’Sullivan, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
14. Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals @ NYG
15. Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers @ MIN
16. Jon Kitna, Detroit Lions @ SF
17. Trent Edwards, Buffalo Bills vs. OAK
18. Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins vs. ARZ
19. Matt Cassel, New England Patriots vs. MIA
20. Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams @ SEA

Rest of the Week 3 fantasy football ranks after the break…

Fantasy Week 3: Top 30 Running Backs

Brian Westbrook might be the most underrated offensive threat in the NFL

1. Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
2. Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia Eagles vs. PIT
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings vs. CAR
4. LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego Chargers vs. NYJ
5. Marion Barber, Dallas Cowboys @ GB
6. Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants vs. CIN
7. Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints @ DEN
8. Willie Parker, Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
9. Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons vs. KC
10. Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo Bills vs. OAK
11. Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins vs. ARZ
12. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars @ IND
13. Joseph Addai, Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX
14. Steven Jackson, St. Louis Rams @ SEA
15. Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans vs. HOU
16. Earnest Graham, Tampa Bay Bucs @ CHI
17. Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL (check status)
18. Julius Jones, Seattle Seahawks vs. STL
19. Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders @ BUF (check status)
20. Larry Johnson, Kansas City Chiefs @ ATL
21. Matt Forte, Chicago Bears vs. TB
22. Thomas Jones, New York Jets @ SD
23. Selvin Young, Denver Broncos vs. NO
24. LenDale White, Tennessee Titans vs. HOU
25. Edgerrin James, Arizona Cardinals @ WSH
26. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers @ MIN
27. Laurence Maroney, New England Patriots vs. MIA (check status)
28. Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions @ SF
29. Fred Taylor, Jacksonville Jaguars @ IND
30. Jamal Lewis, Cleveland Browns vs. BAL

Fantasy Week 3: Top 36 Wide Receivers

Reggie Wayne is Peyton's go-to guy so far

1. Terrell Owens, Dallas Cowboys @ GB
2. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX
3. Plaxico Burress, New York Giants vs. CIN
4. Anquan Boldin, Arizona Cardinals @ WSH
5. Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos vs. NO
6. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions @ SF
7. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans @ TEN
8. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL
9. Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
10. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers @ MIN
11. Braylon Edwards, Cleveland Browns @ BAL
12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals @ WSH
13. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati Bengals @ NYG
14. Jerricho Cotchery, New York Jets @ SD
15. Randy Moss, New England Patriots vs. MIA
16. Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX
17. Santana Moss, Washington Redskins vs. ARZ
18. Chris Chambers, San Diego Chargers vs. NYJ
19. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs @ ATL
20. Roy Williams, Detroit Lions @ SF
21. Lee Evans, Buffalo Bills vs. OAK
22. Anthony Gonzalez, Indianapolis Colts vs. JAX
23. Bryant Johnson, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
24. Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
25. Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams @ SEA
26. Donald Driver, Green Bay Packers vs. DAL
27. Vincent Jackson, San Diego Chargers vs. NYJ
28. Chad Ocho Cinco, Cincinnati Bengals @ NYG
29. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles vs. PIT
30. Wes Welker, New England Patriots vs. MIA
31. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons vs. KC
32. Laveranues Coles, New York Jets @ SD
33. Eddie Royal, Denver Broncos vs. NO
34. Isaac Bruce, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
35. Matt Jones, Jacksonville Jaguars @ IND
36. Amani Toomer, New York Giants vs. CIN

Fantasy Week 3: Top 15 Tight Ends

Jason Witten is atop the TE heap so far in 2008

1. Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys @ GB
2. Tony Scheffler, Denver Broncos vs. NO
3. Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers vs. NYJ
4. Kellen Winslow, Jr., Cleveland Browns @ BAL
5. Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City Chiefs @ ATL
6. Chris Cooley, Washington Redskins vs. ARZ
7. John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks vs. STL
8. Dante Rosario, Carolina Panthers @ MIN
9. Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans Saints @ DEN
10. Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
11. Randy McMichael, St. Louis Rams @ SEA
12. Bo Scaife, Tennessee Titans vs. HOU
13. Heath Miller, Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
14. Robert Royal, Buffalo Bills vs. OAK
15. Anthony Fasano, Miami Dolphins @ NE

Fantasy Week 3: Top 15 Team Defenses

1. Tennessee Titans vs. HOU
2. New York Giants vs. CIN
3. New England Patriots vs. MIA
4. Chicago Bears vs. TB
5. Minnesota Vikings vs. CAR
6. Buffalo Bills vs. OAK
7. Seattle Seahawks vs. STL
8. Green Bay Packers vs. DAL
9. Pittsburgh Steelers @ PHI
10. Philadelphia Eagles vs. PIT
11. San Francisco 49ers vs. DET
12. Tampa Bay Bucs @ CHI
13. Carolina Panthers @ MIN
14. Baltimore Ravens vs. CLE
15. Arizona Cardinals @ WSH

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