AJ Hoffman

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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Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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