Fantasy Football: Week Three Start/Sit Rankings

Each week I will provide rankings for the upcoming fantasy week along with a featured start/sit option at each position. That said, the Week 3 edition is here. Be sure to check them out for all your lineup setting needs, and if you have any further questions feel free to reach out on Twitter @DanMarcus3.


  1. Aaron Rodgers vs. CIN
  2. Tom Brady vs. HOU
  3. Matthew Stafford vs. ATL
  4. Derek Carr @WAS
  5. Cam Newton vs. NO
  6. Kirk Cousins vs. OAK
  7. Matt Ryan @DET
  8. Drew Brees @CAR
  9. Carson Wentz vs. NYG
  10. Carson Palmer vs. DAL
  11. Russell Wilson @TEN
  12. Ben Roethlisberger @CHI
  13. Dak Prescott @ARI
  14. Jameis Winston @MIN
  15. Jay Cutler @NYJ
  16. Andy Dalton @GB
  17. Philip Rivers vs. KC
  18. Alex Smith @LAC
  19. Marcus Mariota vs. SEA
  20. DeShone Kizer @IND


Carson Wentz and Carson Palmer

Wentz has had massive volume through two games of the season, tied for third in passes attempted among quarterbacks who have played only two games. Given the lack of a reliable running back in Philadelphia, that should remain unchanged this week against the Jets and makes him a good start at home.

Palmer will draw a Dallas defense that got torched on the road by Trevor Siemian last week. Though Orlando Scandrick should be back this week, their secondary remains thin in a matchup that Palmer should be able to take advantage of.


Marcus Mariota

The Titans have shown that they still want to limit Marcus Mariota’s pass attempts when they can, as he attempted just 27 passes last week against Jacksonville. Seattle seems unlikely to run away with this game, so Mariota will likely be limited in terms of volume once again. The Seahawks has allowed just 5.0 net yards per pass attempt this season, so efficiency likely won’t be a positive for him either.


  1. Jay Ajayi @NYJ
  2. Kareem Hunt @LAC
  3. Le’Veon Bell @CHI
  4. Ty Montgomery vs. CINWR
  5. Ezekiel Elliot @ARI
  6. LeSean McCoy vs. DEN
  7. Devonta Freeman @DET
  8. C.J. Anderson @BUF
  9. Isaiah Crowell @IND
  10. Mike Gillislee vs. HOU
  11. Christian McCaffery vs. NO
  12. Melvin Gordon vs. KC
  13. Dalvin Cook vs. TB
  14. Jordan Howard vs. PIT
  15. Derrick Henry vs. SEA
  16. Ameer Abdullah vs. ATL
  17. Lamar Miller @NE
  18. Chris Carson @TEN
  19. Marshawn Lynch @WAS
  20. Frank Gore vs. CLE
  21. Javorius Allen @JAC
  22. Leonard Fournette vs. BAL
  23. Rob Kelley vs. OAK
  24. Joe Mixon @GB
  25. Jonathan Stewart vs. NO
  26. Jacquizz Rodgers @MIN
  27. James White vs. HOU
  28. Tevin Coleman @DET
  29. Mark Ingram @CAR
  30. Giovani Bernard @GB


Isaiah Crowell

Crowell has shown little to this point in the season as he has had both limited volume and efficiency through two games. However, the Browns have been chasing points against two tough rushing defenses. That should change this week against the Colts, making this a good week for Crowell to get jump started.


Jacquizz Rodgers

Rodgers struggled with efficiency last week, and Peyton Barber was fairly involved in the offense as well with 10 carries. The Buccaneers ran the ball 34 times as a team in a blowout last week, but the Vikings should be able to keep this game competitive. Finally, the Vikings were largely able to bottle up Le’Veon Bell last week, so betting against Rodgers is a smart play this week.


  1. Antonio Brown @CHI
  2. J. Green @GB
  3. Julio Jones @DET
  4. Mike Evans @MIN
  5. Odell Beckham @PHI
  6. Amari Cooper @WAS
  7. Keenan Allen vs. KC
  8. Michael Thomas @CAR
  9. Kelvin Benjamin vs. NO
  10. Brandin Cooks vs. HOU
  11. Tyreek Hill @LAC
  12. Doug Baldwin @TEN
  13. Michael Crabtree @WAS
  14. Davante Adams vs. CIN
  15. Alshon Jeffery vs. NYG
  16. Jordy Nelson vs. CIN
  17. Terrelle Pryor vs. OAK
  18. Demaryius Thomas @BUF
  19. Golden Tate vs. ATL
  20. Jarvis Landry @NYJ
  21. Dez Bryant @ARI
  22. DeVante Parker @NYJ
  23. DeAndre Hopkins @NE
  24. Larry Fitzgerald vs. DAL
  25. Chris Hogan vs. HOU
  26. DeSean Jackson @MIN
  27. J. Nelson vs. DAL
  28. Emmanuel Sanders @BUF
  29. Marvin Jones vs. ATL
  30. Jamison Crowder vs. OAK
  31. Jermaine Kearse vs. MIA
  32. Tyrell Williams vs. KC
  33. Devin Funchess vs. NO
  34. Y. Hilton vs. CLE
  35. Kenny Stills @NYJ
  36. Kendall Wright vs. PIT


Alshon Jeffery

In most leagues, Jeffery is an automatic start, but it is worth noting he has started his tenure as an Eagle. His actual results have been mixed through two weeks, but he leads all receivers in air yards (according to by a large margin. If Janoris Jenkins is out this week, Jeffery should be able to take advantage of Eli Apple and have another productive game.


Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen

Diggs and Thielen are both tough to trust as long as Sam Braford is on the sidelines. He looks like a longshot to play as of early Saturday morning, so look for alternative starters at WR and FLEX.


  1. Rob Gronkowski vs. HOU
  2. Travis Kelce @LAC
  3. Zach Ertz vs. NYG
  4. Jordan Reed vs. OAK
  5. Hunter Henry vs. KC
  6. Jimmy Graham @TEN
  7. Martellus Bennett vs. CIN
  8. Eric Ebron vs. ATL
  9. Delanie Walker vs. SEA
  10. Jack Doyle vs. CLE
  11. Kyle Rudolph vs. TB
  12. Colby Fleener @CAR
  13. Jared Cook @WAS
  14. Jason Witten @ARI
  15. Charles Clay vs. DEN
  16. Zach Miller vs. PIT
  17. Julius Thomas @NYJ
  18. Austin Hooper @DET
  19. David Njoku @IND
  20. Evan Engram @PHI


Hunter Henry

The Chargers realized the nonsensical nature of their Week 1 game plan to completely ignore Hunter Henry as he collected eight targets in Week 2. With Antonio Gates now holding the touchdown record for tight ends, it’s time shift the Chargers primary tight end role to Henry.


Ben Watson

Watson had a productive weekend against the Browns but he faces an entirely different matchup against the Jaguars this week. They are a strong defense at this point, and if the Jaguars offense shows any kind of competency this game should remain low-scoring.


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Dan Marcus

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Dan recently moved to Columbus, Ohio but is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan. Fantasy baseball was and always will be his favorite fantasy sport, but he also enjoys football and basketball as well.

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