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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

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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