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Fantasy Football – Week 3 Position Ranks

September 18, 2008

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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8 Comments »Posted by Brian Spencer on Sep. 18, 2008 at 4:18 pm in Fantasy Rankings, NFL, NFL Fantasy News

8 Responses

I wish I was higher on Bush this week… It’s taking everything I have to not switch out Chris Johnson…

Posted by: Scott on September 19th, 2008 at 10:12 am

You guys are pretty high on Dante Rosario, what do you see that convinces you he wasn’t just a week one wonder?

Posted by: Ryan on September 19th, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Scott: I hear you. Bush hasn’t been very spectacular just yet this year, but I think there’s going to be some big points on the board in that game. I’d think Bush would somehow end up being responsible for some of ‘em. Liking Chris Johnson a lot too, though… and he’d be higher if not for LenDale “Stay Puft” White around to possibly vulture TDs. Johnson is clearly, already, the more well-rounded back.

Ryan: Fair question. The Vikings were pretty terrible against TEs last season, which is one thing Rosario has going for him. The other is that the Vikes’ run defense is quite good most of the time, which means Delhomme should be forced to pass more than usual. It might be a bit of a stretch, but we think he has a decent chance to score.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on September 19th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Also consider that the return of Stevonne Smith will be occupying a bulk of the attention from the Vikes secondary, hopefully leaving Rosario open underneath early and often.

Posted by: Andrew Thell on September 19th, 2008 at 1:55 pm

Hey there,

Wondering if you had an opinion on this quandary.

Who do you think is going to have a better (fantasy) week. Ernest Graham against The Bears, or Tim Hightower against The Redskins? I suppose I should mention that I also have Edge going against the Skins, but I’m leaning hard towards Hightower over him. Do let me know if you get a chance, thanks.

Posted by: Travis on September 19th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Hey Travis-

I think you gotta roll with Ernest Graham. They’re committed to getting him more touches this week, and he should have the heaviest workload of the three, making him the safest option even against the Bears. He also has the best chance of plunging across the goalline, whereas the Cards rarely punch them in from short-distance.

Hope it works out for you, best of luck.

Posted by: Andrew Thell on September 19th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Are you sure you still want to rank Carson Palmer ahead of KItna? After the fist 2 weeks I’m just not sure I want to take a chance with Palmer. Kitna is at least a little more consistant. You can usualy count on him for at least one TD. What are your thoughts.

Posted by: Matt Nelson on September 20th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Well, Matt… they’re pretty close in the ranks (#14 and #16), so that should tell you that we don’t think there’s *too* much difference in what we expect from each one this week. And neither of them strikes us as an especially “solid” play this week.

That said, both have the weapons to surprise–Palmer gets the slightly more optimistic rank simply because when everything is clicking, he’s just a much better QB than Kitna. The thing with Kitna is the turnovers and sacks… it’s a tough call.

Personally, given his history, I’d given Palmer another chance this week before benching him in favor of Kitna. It’s a toss up though.

Posted by: Brian Spencer on September 21st, 2008 at 9:17 am

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