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2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings Review

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It is time again for our weekly rankings review.  But as always, I will give you another look at how I did in week 2.  Too Low pick Terrance West and Zach Miller (PPR) outperformed their rankings.  But Adam Thielen and Tyrell Williams were less than stellar.  My Too High picks of John Brown, Jordan Howard, Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Marshall were all terrible last week, making me 4 for 4 in that area.

As you take a look at who I tag as Too High and Too Low, be sure to take a look at the Week 3 Staff Rankings.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings Review

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Too Low

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts (RB29)

So far this season, Gore has done little to exude any confidence from his owners.  Through two weeks, the Colts offense has hardly produced, leaving Gore with almost no opportunities for scoring.  However, week 3 presents a chance for him to produce.

The Colts get the Browns in a home matchup, with an extra week for Jacoby Brissett to run the offense.  The Colts should at least be able compete here, giving Gore a game script that he can work with.  He may not be flashy, but Gore can finish as an RB2 this week.

Rank Ahead: Mark Ingram, Joe Mixon, Tevin Coleman

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks (RB25)

The Seahawks offense is a mess right now.  The offensive line woes have made Russell Wilson run for his life and the run game stagnant.  However, despite their challenges, Carson produced 93 yards last week on 20 carries.

With Eddie Lacy out of the picture and Thomas Rawls taking a back seat, this backfield is now Carson’s.  Based on pure volume alone, Carson should be in RB2 consideration in a respectable matchup against Tennessee.

Rank Ahead: Lamar Miller, Jacquizz Rodgers, Derrick Henry, Tarik Cohen

Allen Hurns/Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (WR42,44)

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I know.  The Ravens secondary has been lights out so far.  And Blake Bortles is still the Jaguars quarterback.  But there are some things to like here.  Last week both Hurns and Lee produced good numbers on sufficient targets.

With Allen Robinson out, Lee got double digit targets last week and Hurns caught 6 of 7 targets.  If the Jags fall behind, they are likely to receive similar numbers here.  In PPR formats particularly, Lee and Hurns are possible plays in deeper leagues.

Rank Ahead: Rashard Higgins, Jermaine Kearse

Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers (WR15)

This is mostly contingent on Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.  Both of whom are banged up and questionable for week 3.  If either are limited or out, I like Adams even more.  The Packers are home, and regardless of their matchup will put up points.

Last week Adams was the best wideout for Green Bay, with the help of an opening drive injury to Jordy Nelson.  If Nelson remains limited again, Rodgers will have to throw to someone.  Leaving Adams in the best spot for targets and end zone opportunities.

Rank Ahead: Kelvin Benjamin, Dez Bryant, Brandin Cooks, Doug Baldwin

Too High

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears (RB21)

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With Jordan Howard banged up, Cohen has become the main source of Chicago’s offense.  But in a matchup where they should be trailing, Cohen’s upside and floor could be limited.  Because the Bears have so few other options on offense, the Steelers will be able to key in on Cohen.

In addition to that, Cohen is unlikely to receive a high workload of carries even if Howard is out.  With the Bears struggling to score, Cohen has low touchdown upside and a fairly low yardage floor.

Rank Below: Jacquizz Rodgers, Chris Carson, Lamar Miller

Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (RB26)

So far this season, the Bengals backfield situation has gone pretty much as expected.  Mixon has yet to receive more than 11 touches in a game.  But with the offensive coordinator change, Mixon’s use could jump sooner rather than later.  However, I’m not ready to jump all in just yet.

The Bengals offense will be under new play- calling, leaving question marks as to how the running back touches will shake out.  Until we know for sure, I would stay away from Mixon outside of deeper leagues.

Rank Below: Tevin Coleman, Mark Ingram, Frank Gore

Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks (WR12)

Most of the statements about the Seahawks in the Chris Carson entry apply here.  Russell Wilson has had no time to throw and hasn’t been very effective when he has.  Baldwin has taken a big hit this season because of this.

Drafted as a fringe WR1, Baldwin has performed as anything but.  He has only 10 receptions for 107 yards so far, and now travels to go play a tough Tennessee opponent.  Until the offense in Seattle is straightened out, I would lower Baldwin to a mid- tier WR2.

Rank Below: Dez Bryant, Davante Adams, DeAndre Hopkins

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals (WR22)

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How disappointing has this guy been?  Fitzgerald has been a popular pick in each of the previous weeks, with perfect matchups in both.  However, he has failed to come through both times.  This week the Cardinals play their first home game, but I don’t see much changing.

Carson Palmer has started this year even worse than the last.  He looks old, and quite frankly washed up.  And Fitz is no young gun either.  Given how poorly this offense has looked all year and how little production we have seen out of Fitz so far, I would rank him as a high end WR3.

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Rank Below: Martavis Bryant, Emmanuel Sanders, Stefon Diggs, Terrelle Pryor


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About Trent Smith

I am a huge sports fan, and even bigger fantasy football addict. After competing in fantasy leagues for a number of years I decided to get into the industry myself as a writer.

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