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Fantasy Football - Week 3 Rankings

Sep 19, 2012 1:43 PM EST

By Neema Hodjat

With two weeks in the books, we are beginning to determine the best options to start each week though many situations remain in flux.

Reviewing Week 2

Star Of Stars

QB: Robert Griffin III – Seen last week on the 'Unforeseen Explosions' list, we've been forced to make the leap to treat Mr. Griffin as the star that he is. Solid encore performance by RGIII, with 82 yards rushing and two TDs, not to mention 206 yards passing and one throwing TD (along with one interception). Perhaps we are witnessing Cam Newton circa 2011.

RB: Reggie Bush – Bush's performance could easily have been listed as an Unforeseen Explosion, but he's been deemed a star since his days at USC, so we'll list him here. What a game - 172 rushing yards and two TDs! While you shouldn't expect repeat performances like this, you should feel confident in Bush as no worse than a mid to high level RB2 for the duration of the season.

WR: Hakeem Nicks – Nicks faced a bit of a drop in draft position due to injury concerns and the emergence of Victor Cruz, but he reminded us in Week 2 that we will regret sleeping on him. Ten receptions, 199 yards and two TDs will serve notice just fine, thank you. As long as Nicks remains healthy, he's a WR1.

TE: Vernon Davis – Davis' Week 2 performance helps alleviate concerns that there would be a drop-off in his numbers due to the additional weapons the 49ers have acquired. His terrific game - five catches for 73 yards and two TDs - cements the fact that Davis remains Alex Smith's most trusted weapon in the passing game. While Davis obviously won't be scoring two TDs every week, the catches and yard totals shouldn't be far off from his weekly average.

Unforeseen Explosions

QB: Sam Bradford – Based on his performance last season, Bradford was considered an afterthought for the 2012 year. Against the Redskins, Bradford showed why he was the first overall pick in the NFL draft a few years back - 310 yards and three TDs will do that. While his supporting cast still leaves much to be desired, if Bradford can stay healthy, he should provide comfort as a back QB for fantasy purposes.

RB: Trent Richardson – What a difference a week (and a lesser defense) makes. Richardson showed flashes of why the Browns made him the 4th overall selection in the 2012 draft, with 109 yards rushing and a TD in each of the rushing and receiving game. Richardson has all the tools to be a great running back, and will have his moments this season. But, don't lose sight of the fact that he is a rookie, and that the Browns don't have much else in the skilled player department. A reasonable expectation for the season is numbers for a high end RB2, but with uneven performances from week to week.

WR: Danny Amendola – The poor man's Wes Welker came through with a performance that Wes Welker himself can only hope for this season: 15 catches for 160 yards and a TD. Who would've thunk it? I'm not ready to anoint Amendola as anything higher than a WR3/flex player at this point, but keep an eye on him as the season progresses. Amendola will remain Bradford's preferred target throughout the season.

TE: Donte Rosario – If you put down $100 in Vegas on Donte Rosario catching three TD passes against the Titans, you would be able to make a sizeable contribution to the nation's debt (OK, maybe not). Prior to Week 2, Rosario's ownership was hovering around 1% according to Yahoo sports. No doubt there will be a sharp increase for Week 3. While Rosario should be useful in fantasy leagues as a backup TE, I would caution against bumping him up any further than that at this time.

Week 3 Projections

Quarterbacks

1. Matthew Stafford, Lions (at Titans)

2. Cam Newton, Panthers (Giants)

3. Drew Brees, Saints (Chiefs)

4. Robert Griffin III, Redskins (Bengals)

5. Tom Brady, Patriots (at Ravens)

6. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at Seahawks)

7. Eli Manning, Giants (at Panthers)

8. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at Chargers)

9. Philip Rivers, Chargers (Falcons)

10. Tony Romo, Cowbows (Buccaneers)

11. Ben Roethlisburger, Steelers (at Raiders)

12. Peyton Manning, Broncos (Texans)

13. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (at Saints)

14. Michael Vick, Eagles (at Cardinals)

15. Joe Flacco, Ravens (Patriots)

16. Matt Schaub, Texans (at Broncos)

17. Alex Smith, 49ers (at Vikings)

18. Andy Dalton, Bengals (at Redskins)

19. Jay Cutler, Bears (Rams)

20. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (at Cowboys)

21. Jake Locker, Titans (Lions)

22. Carson Palmer, Raiders (Steelers)

23. Andrew Luck, Colts (Jaguars)

24. Sam Bradford, Rams (at Bears)

25. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (Packers)

Running Backs

1. C.J. Spiller, Bills (at Browns)

2. Arian Foster, Texans (at Broncos)

3. LeSean Mccoy, Eagles (at Cardinals)

4. Ray Rice, Ravens (Patriots)

5. Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks (Packers)

6. DeMarco Murray, Cowboys (Buccaneers)

7. Trent Richardson, Browns (Bills)

8. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jaguars (at Colts)

9. Michael Bush, Bears (Rams)

10. Frank Gore, 49ers (at Vikings)

11. Doug Martin, Buccaneers (at Cowboys)

12. Reggie Bush, Dolphins (at Jets)

13. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Bengals (at Redskins)

14. Ryan Mathews, Chargers (Falcons)

15. Andre Brown, Giants (at Panthers)

16. Kevin Smith, Lions (at Titans)

17. Darren McFadden, Raiders (Steelers)

18. Steven Ridley, Patriots (at Ravens)

19. Darren Sproles, Saints (Chiefs)

20. Alfred Morris, Redskins (Bengals)

21. Jamaal Charles, Chiefs (at Saints)

22. Chris Johnson, Titans (Lions)

23. Adrian Peterson, Vikings (49ers)

24. Donald Brown, Colts (Jaguars)

25. Willis McGahee, Broncos (Texans)

26. Shonn Greene, Jets (at Dolphins)

27. Michael Turner, Falcons (at Chargers)

28. Pierre Thomas, Saints (Chiefs)

29. Isaac Redman, Steelers (at Raiders)

30 Ben Tate, Texans (at Broncos)

Wide Receivers

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (at Titans)

2. Julio Jones, Falcons (at Chargers)

3. A.J. Green, Bengals (at Redskins)

4. Steve Smith, Panthers (Giants)

5. Victor Cruz, Giants (at Panthers)

6. Jordy Nelson, Packers (at Seahawks)

7. Andre Johnson, Texans (at Broncos)

8. Mike Wallace, Steelers (at Raiders)

9. Brandon Marshall, Bears (Rams)

10. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (Buccaneers)

11. Percy Harvin, Vikings (49ers)

12. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (at Saints)

13. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (at Panthers)

14. Roddy White, Falcons (at Chargers)

15. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (Eagles)

16. Antonio Brown, Steelers (at Raiders)

17. Wes Welker, Patriots (at Ravens)

18. Reggie Wayne, Colts (Jaguars)

19. Steve Johnson, Bills (at Browns)

20. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (Falcons)

21. Demaryius Thomas, Broncos (Texans)

22. Brandon LaFell, Panthers (Giants)

23. Michael Crabtree, 49ers (at Vikings)

24. Brandon Lloyd, Patriots (at Ravens)

25. DeSean Jackson, Saints (Chiefs)

26. Vincent Jackson, Buccaneers (at Cowboys)

27. Miles Austin, Cowboys (Buccaneers)

28. Kenny Britt, Titans (Lions)

29. Greg Jennings, Packers (at Seahawks)

30. Andrew Hawkins, Bengals (at Redskins)

Tight Ends

1. Jimmy Graham, Saints (Chiefs)

2. Vernon Davis, 49ers (at Vikings)

3. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (at Ravens)

4. Brandon Pettigrew, Lions (at Titans)

5. Brent Celek, Eagles (at Cardinals)

6. Dennis Pitta, Ravens (Patriots)

7. Martellus Bennett, Giants (at Panthers)

8. Scott Chandler, Bills (at Browns)

9. Tony Gonzalez, Falcons (at Chargers)

10. Jermichael Finley, Packers (at Seahawks)

11. Antonio Gates, Chargers (Falcons)

12. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings (49ers)

13. Jason Witten, Cowboys (Buccaneers)

14. Owen Daniels, Texans (at Broncos)

15. Coby Fleener, Colts (Jaguars)