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Week 3 fantasy football rankings

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Let's take a look at how the fantasy ranks are stacking up for Week 3. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football. If you have any questions feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

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1 Patrick Mahomes
2 Lamar Jackson
3 Dak Prescott
4 Tom Brady
5 Deshaun Watson
6 Matt Ryan
7 Russell Wilson
8 Carson Wentz
9 Josh Allen
10 Aaron Rodgers
11 Philip Rivers
12 Baker Mayfield
13 Kyler Murray
14 Matthew Stafford
15 Jared Goff
16 Jameis Winston
17 Jimmy Garoppolo
18 Kirk Cousins
19 Andy Dalton
20 Jacoby Brissett

RB

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1 Ezekiel Elliott
2 Saquon Barkley
3 Dalvin Cook
4 Alvin Kamara
5 Christian McCaffrey
6 Austin Ekeler
7 Le'Veon Bell
8 Nick Chubb
9 Derrick Henry
10 David Johnson
11 Chris Carson
12 Mark Ingram
13 Leonard Fournette
14 Todd Gurley
15 James Conner
16 Marlon Mack
17 Aaron Jones
18 Kerryon Johnson
19 Sony Michel
20 Josh Jacobs
21 David Montgomery
22 Devonta Freeman
23 Joe Mixon
24 Matt Breida
25 James White
26 Chris Thompson
27 Peyton Barber
28 Frank Gore
29 Phillip Lindsay
30 Duke Johnson
31 Mile Sanders
32 Carlos Hyde
33 Tarik Cohen
34 Raheem Mostert
35 Royce Freeman
36 Damien Williams (He may not play, watch the injury report)

WR

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1 Julio Jones
2 DeAndre Hopkins
3 Keenan Allen
4 Davante Adams
5 Odell Beckham Jr
6 Sammy Watkins
7 Amari Cooper
8 Chris Godwin
9 Michael Thomas
10 JuJu Smith-Schuster
11 Adam Thielen
12 Cooper Kupp
13 Mike Evans
14 Tyler Boyd
15 Kenny Golladay
16 Larry Fitzgerald
17 Antonio Brown *Update: The Patriots released Brown.
18 Brandin Cooks
19 Tyler Lockett
20 Marquise Brown
21 Calvin Ridley
22 Stefon Diggs
23 T.Y. Hilton
24 John Brown
25 Robert Woods
26 Julian Edelman
27 Emmanuel Sanders
28 Josh Gordon
29 Allen Robinson
30 DK Metcalf
31 Christian Kirk
32 D.J. Moore
33 Mecole Hardman
34 Nelson Agholor
35 Demarcus Robinson
36 Curtis Samuel
37 Mike Williams
38 Marvin Jones
39 John Ross
40 Tyrell Williams

TE

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1 Travis Kelce
2 Zach Ertz
3 Evan Engram
4 George Kittle
5 Mark Andrews
6 Delanie Walker
7 Darren Waller
8 Greg Olsen
9 OJ Howard
10 Austin Hooper
11 Vance McDonald
12 Jason Witten
13 T.J. Hockenson
14 Jimmy Graham
15 Eric Ebron

Defense/Special Teams

1 Cowboys
2 Patriots
3 Bears
4 Vikings
5 Bills
6 Packers
7 Titans
8 49ers
9 Seahawks
10 Jaguars
11 Rams
12 Eagles
13 Redskins
14 Cardinals
15 Buccaneers

Kicker

1 Stephen Gostkowski
2 Greg Zuerlein
3 Justin Tucker
4 Harrison Butker
5 Brett Maher
6 Ka'imi Fairbairn
7 Jake Elliott
8 Robbie Gould
9 Jason Myers
10 Matt Bryant
11 Mason Crosby
12 Will Lutz
13 Matt Prater
14 Zane Gonzalez
15 Joey Slye

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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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