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NFL fantasy football rankings for Week 3

Patrick Mahomes is on fire with 10 TDs already. Photo via Kansas City Chiefs/Facebook

With Week 2 already in the history books, let's take a look at the positional rankings for Week 3:


  1. Tom Brady @ DET
  2. Patrick Mahomes vs. SF
  3. Drew Brees @ ATL
  4. Ben Roethlisberger @ TB
  5. Aaron Rodgers @ WAS
  6. Kirk Cousins vs. BUF
  7. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. PIT
  8. Jimmy Garoppolo @ KC
  9. Cam Newton vs. CIN
  10. Matthew Stafford vs. NE
  11. Matt Ryan vs. NO
  12. Deshaun Watson vs. NYG
  13. Russell Wilson vs. DAL
  14. Carson Wentz vs. IND
  15. Jared Goff vs. LAC
  16. Andrew Luck @ PHI
  17. Alex Smith vs. GB
  18. Philip Rivers @ LAR
  19. Tyrod Taylor vs. NYJ
  20. Derek Carr @ MIA

RB (standard scoring)

  1. Todd Gurley vs. LAC
  2. Ezekiel Elliott @ SEA
  3. Alvin Kamara @ ATL
  4. Saquon Barkley @ HOU
  5. Dalvin Cook vs. BUF
  6. James Conner @ TB
  7. Kareem Hunt vs. SF
  8. Melvin Gordon @ LAR
  9. Tevin Coleman vs. NO
  10. David Johnson vs. CHI
  11. Jordan Howard @ ARI
  12. Christian McCaffrey vs. CIN
  13. Leonard Fournette vs. TEN
  14. Kenyan Drake vs. OAK
  15. Jay Ajayi vs. IND
  16. Lamar Miller vs. NYG
  17. Giovani Bernard @ CAR
  18. Carlos Hyde vs. NYJ
  19. Matt Breida @ KC
  20. Alex Collins vs. DEN
  21. Marshawn Lynch @ MIA
  22. Phillip Lindsay @ BAL
  23. Dion Lewis @ JAX
  24. Adrian Peterson vs. GB
  25. Sony Michel @ DET
  26. Chris Thompson vs. GB
  27. Isaiah Crowell @ CLE
  28. Derrick Henry @ JAX
  29. James White @ DET
  30. Royce Freeman @ BAL
  31. Chris Carson vs. DAL
  32. Peyton Barber vs. PIT
  33. Kerryon Johnson vs. NE
  34. Bilal Powell @ CLE
  35. Corey Clement vs. IND
  36. LeSean McCoy @ MIN

WR (standard scoring)

  1. Antonio Brown @ TB
  2. Michael Thomas @ ATL
  3. Julio Jones vs. NO
  4. DeAndre Hopkins vs. NYG
  5. Odell Beckham, Jr. @ HOU
  6. Tyreek Hill vs. SF
  7. AJ Green @ CAR
  8. Stefon Diggs vs. BUF
  9. Davante Adams @ WAS
  10. Mike Evans vs. PIT
  11. Adam Thielen vs. BUF
  12. JuJu Smith-Schuster @ TB
  13. TY Hilton @ PHI
  14. Brandin Cooks vs. LAC
  15. Nelson Agholor vs. IND
  16. Keenan Allen @ LAR
  17. Chris Hogan @ DET
  18. Jarvis Landry vs. NYJ
  19. Allen Robinson @ ARI
  20. Kenny Golladay vs. NE
  21. Amari Cooper @ MIA
  22. Emmanuel Sanders @ BAL
  23. Golden Tate vs. NE
  24. Will Fuller vs. NYG
  25. DeSean Jackson vs. PIT
  26. Cooper Kupp vs. LAC
  27. Keelan Cole vs. TEN
  28. Kenny Stills vs. OAK
  29. Quincy Enunwa @ CLE
  30. Sammy Watkins vs. SF
  31. John Brown vs. DEN
  32. Marvin Jones vs. NE
  33. Robert Woods vs. LAC
  34. Devin Funchess vs. CIN
  35. Larry Fitzgerald vs. CHI
  36. Michael Crabtree vs. DEN
  37. Demaryius Thomas @ BAL
  38. Chris Godwin vs. PIT
  39. Tyler Lockett vs. DAL
  40. Corey Davis @ JAX

TE (standard scoring)

  1. Rob Gronkowski @ DET
  2. Travis Kelce vs. SF
  3. Zach Ertz vs. IND
  4. Jimmy Graham @ WAS
  5. George Kittle @ KC
  6. Jordan Reed vs. GB
  7. Kyle Rudolph vs. BUF
  8. Trey Burton @ ARI
  9. Evan Engram @ HOU
  10. OJ Howard vs. PIT
  11. Jared Cook @ MIA
  12. Eric Ebron @ PHI
  13. David Njoku vs. NYJ
  14. Ricky Seals-Jones vs. CHI
  15. Jack Doyle @ PHI


  1. Vikings vs. BUF
  2. Jaguars vs. TEN
  3. Bears @ ARI
  4. Rams vs. LAC
  5. Ravens vs. DEN
  6. Browns vs. NYJ
  7. Broncos @ BAL
  8. Eagles vs. IND
  9. Patriots @ DET
  10. Texans vs. NYG
  11. Cowboys @ SEA
  12. Jets @ CLE
  13. Dolphins vs. OAK
  14. Seahawks vs. DAL
  15. Bengals @ CAR

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Houston scored in droves

Astros drub Twins in finale to take series win

Houston's offense showered Minnesota with hits in Sunday's finale. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

After splitting the first two games, with Houston's offense uncharacteristically ineffective in the loss on Saturday, they tried to turn things around with a win to take the series on Sunday. The Astros would bounce right back at the plate, getting hits and runs all through the afternoon to rout the Twins.

Final Score: Astros 14, Twins 3

Astros' Record: 37-28, second in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez (3-0)

Losing Pitcher: Michael Pineda (3-4)

Valdez keeps rolling

Framber Valdez continued to impress in 2021 after starting his season on the IL, posting another quality start with a win against the Twins. After four scoreless frames, he allowed a solo homer to start the bottom of the fifth, just the third hit of the game for Minnesota to that point. He went on to retire the next three batters to get through the inning.

He faltered a bit in the bottom of the sixth, allowing a leadoff double followed by a single, with a run coming across on an error on that play. He once again rebounded to finish that frame, then put up a 1-2-3 seventh to finish his day off, notching another quality start and a win. His final line: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 97 P.

Houston keeps their foot on the gas

While Valdez's outing was a highlight of its own, Houston's offense was the story of the day. They put their foot down on the pedal all day and did not let up, starting in the top of the first when Jose Altuve turned the first pitch of the game around for a single, later scoring on a sac fly by Alex Bregman to put the Astros in front 1-0.

After two scoreless innings, they got right back on the scoreboard in the fourth with a two-run homer by Kyle Tucker, then kept pouring it on with two runs in the fifth on a sac fly by Yuli Gurriel and an error, making it 5-0 at the time. The runs kept coming in the top of the sixth, with a two-RBI double by Michael Brantley, who would score later on a two-run bomb by Yordan Alvarez. Then, in the top of the seventh, Brantley struck again to push it to double-digits with a two-RBI single to make it 11-2 and give Brantley 4 RBI on the afternoon.

With Houston swapping out starters with the hefty lead, even their pinch-hitters were getting involved, with Chas McCormick leading the top of the eighth off with a solo shot to make it a ten-run game. They then loaded the bases with no outs, setting up a sac fly for Myles Straw to make it 13-2.

Astros take the series

In the bottom of the eighth, Ralph Garza Jr. came in as the first reliever out of the bullpen for Houston. He recorded two quick outs but then met Nelson Cruz, who lasered a solo homer to put it back at a ten-run game before finishing the frame. Houston put their twentieth hit on the board in the top of the ninth, their highest total this season, en route to another scoring inning with a sac fly by Robel Garcia to make it 14-3. Garza came in for his second inning of work to wrap things up in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Astros a successful end to this series and road trip.

Up Next: Houston will travel home before an off day on Monday to rest before 20 days of consecutive games. They'll kick off a six-game homestand on Tuesday, welcoming in the Rangers for two starting at 7:10 PM Central. Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.96 ERA) will make his return from the IL for the Astros, though Jake Odorizzi will "piggy-back" him, and Kyle Gibson (4-0, 2.13 ERA) will take the mound for Texas.

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