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Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

With two weeks of the football season in the books, we are beginning to get they lay of the land. The sample size is still small and results must be adjusted for the quality of the competition, but things are beginning to get a little clearer. We know which offenses to target and who the strong defenses are. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how they rank for this week:

  1. Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  2. Arizona Cardinals – at Buffalo
  3. Miami Dolphins – vs. Cleveland
  4. Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  5. Houston Texans – at New England
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers – at Philadelphia
  7. New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  9. New York Jets – at Kansas City
  10. Los Angeles Rams – at Tampa Bay Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 50 Wide Receivers

by Will Overton

After a weird week, where many top performers were shut down, I think we’re going to see them bounce back in a big way. For the DFS players out there this is a really good week for top of the line WR’s based on matchups and it’d be a good time to pay up for the position. Here is the way I see the Top 50 shaking out for the week:

  1. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans
  3. Odell Beckham Jr – New York Giants vs. Washington
  4. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans @ New England
  5. Allen Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore
  6. Brandin Cooks – New Orleans Saints vs. Atlanta
  7. Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders @ Tennessee
  8. Kelvin Benjamin – Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota
  9. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit
  10. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys vs. Chicago Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

If it seems that there is no such thing as picking the wrong kicker, that is the truth. (at least until said kicker misses a field goal or an extra point). Efficiency is the name of the game, as is scoring (the over/under for a game is usually a helpful source of information). That is also a good way to find value at the kicker position, as it is often a good way to save money in DFS where kickers are still required. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Diego
  3. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  4. Matt Bryant – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  5. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  6. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  7. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  8. Josh Lambo – San Diego Chargers – at Indianapolis Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Injuries, injuries and more injuries. If you take that, along with players not performing up their expectations, it gives you the underlying theme from Week 2. It might actually be easier to go through the players who have made it through the first two weeks of the season healthy and the backfields that don’t have questions, as they are in the minority. Keeping that in mind (as well as the fact that things could remain cloudy up until Sunday), let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for this week:

  1. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – at Buffalo
  2. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans – at New England
  3. Melvin Gordon – San Diego Chargers – at Indianapolis
  4. DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Philadelphia
  5. Matt Forte – New York Jets – at Kansas City
  6. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos – at Cincinnati
  7. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  8. Todd Gurley – Los Angeles Rams – at Tampa Bay
  9. DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  10. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve said it multiple times, but it’s never easy to project when a tight end is going to produce a significant performance.  Take Martellus Bennett, for instance, who was a massive disappointment in Week 1 (leading to many writing him off).  Those who stuck with him, though, were rewarded for their patience as he likely helped to carry your team to victory in Week 2.  So what does Week 3 have in store?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Houston
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  3. Delanie Walker – Tennessee Titans – vs. Oakland
  4. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  5. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  6. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Baltimore
  7. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Diego
  8. Dennis Pitta – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  9. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Chicago
  10. Jimmy Graham – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco Read more

Week 3 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Two games aren’t quite enough to draw “definitive” conclusions (then again, in the constantly changing NFL 12 games may not actually be enough), but we are at least starting to get a little bit of clarity.  Which defenses can we exploit?  Which should we avoid?  Which quarterbacks appear primed for monster games?  Let’s take a look at how what we’ve learned, when coupled with injuries and other news, come together to form our rankings for the coming week:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  3. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Diego
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Philadelphia
  5. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. San Francisco
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Buffalo
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Indianapolis Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

by Ray Kuhn

Missed field goals… Errant extra points… With six games decided by three points or less in the season’s opening weekend, kickers once again were in focus. That doesn’t mean they have become any less frustrating, although it is clear that they are a necessary evil. Let’s take a look at how the kickers rank for this week:

  1. Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  2. Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  3. Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  4. Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  5. Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  6. Josh Brown – New York Giants – vs. New Orleans
  7. Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver
  8. Cairo Santos – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Green Bay
  9. Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
  10. Chris Boswell – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Defenses

by Ray Kuhn

That didn’t take long… There’s nothing like being totally wrong to start the season, but when it came to the Rams’ defense I certainly was. That is the funny thing about football sometimes, you just don’t know what you are going to get. We now have one week in the in the books, so it is a start towards figuring out the defenses to own and the offenses to target. Let’s take a look at how the defenses rank for this week:

  1. Carolina Panthers – vs. San Francisco
  2. Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  3. Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  4. New York Jets – at Buffalo
  5. Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  6. New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  7. Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
  8. Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
  9. Los Angeles Rams – vs Seattle
  10. Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We never know which tight end is going to pop up and surprise us in any given week.  That’s been a constant “decree” here, and the performance of the Colts’ Jack Doyle in Week 1 certainly helps to support it.  Just because he had a good opening week doesn’t make him a guarantee, however.  Who can we trust this week?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  2. Greg Olsen – Carolina Panthers – vs. San Francisco
  3. Jordan Reed – Washington Redskins – vs. Dallas
  4. Julius Thomas – Jacksonville Jaguars – at San Diego
  5. Eric Ebron – Detroit Lions – vs. Tennessee
  6. Gary Barnidge – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  7. Jason Witten – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  8. Kyle Rudolph – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  9. Antonio Gates – San Diego Chargers – vs. Jacksonville
  10. Dwayne Allen – Indianapolis Colts – at Denver Read more

Week 2 Rankings (2016): Top 40 Running Backs

by Ray Kuhn

Two?  Really?!?!  Just two running backs eclipsed the 100 yard mark on the ground in Week 1, but should it really be a surprise? After all, we are in the new age of fantasy backfields, so in a sense this is what we expected entering the season.  Of course running backs also need to be considered for their pass catching skills, as six backs gained more than 50 yards receiving. As we expected most backfields were a cooperative effort, and we should look for more of that this week.

With that in mind let’s take a look at how the running backs rank for this week:

  1. C.J. Anderson – Denver Broncos – vs. Indianapolis
  2. Lamar Miller – Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
  3. DeAngelo Williams – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  4. David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Matt Forte – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  6. Ezekiel Elliot – Dallas Cowboys – at Washington
  7. Mark Ingram – New Orleans Saints – at New York Giants
  8. Spencer Ware – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston Read more