Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 3

Aug 24, 2017; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

Matt Stafford threw just 21 times in a Week 2 win over the Giants, marking the second-fewest number of attempts in his career. Don’t expect another conservative approach for the Detroit offense this week — they’ll face an Atlanta defense that has seen more pass attempts against than any other team in the league. In a game expected to return the second-highest point total on the Week 3 slate, look for Stafford to have a big day in a shootout in Detroit.

Name Team Opp
Matthew Stafford DET vs ATL
Tom Brady NE vs HOU
Kirk Cousins WAS vs OAK
Philip Rivers LAC vs KC
Aaron Rodgers GB vs CIN
Matt Ryan ATL @ DET
Derek Carr OAK @ WAS
Drew Brees NO @ CAR
Cam Newton CAR vs NO
Ben Roethlisberger PIT @ CHI
Dak Prescott DAL @ ARI
Marcus Mariota TEN vs SEA
Russell Wilson SEA @ TEN
Jameis Winston TB @ MIN
Sam Bradford MIN vs TB
Jay Cutler MIA @ NYJ
Carson Palmer ARI vs DAL
Carson Wentz PHI vs NYG
DeShone Kizer CLE @ IND
Trevor Siemian DEN @ BUF
Alex Smith KC @ LAC
Andy Dalton CIN @ GB
Eli Manning NYG @ PHI
Deshaun Watson HOU @ NE
Joe Flacco BAL @ JAC
Jared Goff LAR @ SF
Tyrod Taylor BUF vs DEN
Jacoby Brissett IND vs CLE
Blake Bortles JAC vs BAL
Brian Hoyer SF vs LAR
Josh McCown NYJ vs MIA
Mike Glennon CHI vs PIT

 

Running Backs

This week, Miami’s Jay Ajayi faces a Jets defense that has allowed the second-most rushing yards, as well as a healthy 4.7 yards per carry. After rushing 28 times for 122 yards in his season-opener last week against the Chargers, Ajayi is well-positioned to top the century mark in rushing yards for a second straight week.

Name Team Opp
Jay Ajayi MIA @ NYJ
Le’Veon Bell PIT @ CHI
Kareem Hunt KC @ LAC
Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ ARI
Devonta Freeman ATL @ DET
Ty Montgomery GB vs CIN
Carlos Hyde SF vs LAR
Melvin Gordon LAC vs KC
Christian McCaffrey CAR vs NO
Dalvin Cook MIN vs TB
C.J. Anderson DEN @ BUF
Todd Gurley LAR @ SF
LeSean McCoy BUF vs DEN
Leonard Fournette JAC vs BAL
Marshawn Lynch OAK @ WAS
Mike Gillislee NE vs HOU
Isaiah Crowell CLE @ IND
Jonathan Stewart CAR vs NO
Lamar Miller HOU @ NE
Tarik Cohen CHI vs PIT
Ameer Abdullah DET vs ATL
Chris Carson SEA @ TEN
Frank Gore IND vs CLE
Joe Mixon CIN @ GB
Derrick Henry TEN vs SEA
Jacquizz Rodgers TB @ MIN
Duke Johnson CLE @ IND
Tevin Coleman ATL @ DET
DeMarco Murray TEN vs SEA
James White NE vs HOU
Mark Ingram NO @ CAR
Javorius Allen BAL @ JAC
Chris Thompson WAS vs OAK
Theo Riddick DET vs ATL
Samaje Perine WAS vs OAK
Jordan Howard CHI vs PIT
Terrance West BAL @ JAC
Robert Kelley WAS vs OAK
Darren Sproles PHI vs NYG
Matt Forte NYJ vs MIA
Chris Johnson ARI vs DAL
Jamaal Charles DEN @ BUF
Shane Vereen NYG @ PHI
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs NYG
Giovani Bernard CIN @ GB
Alvin Kamara NO @ CAR
D’Onta Foreman HOU @ NE
Bilal Powell NYJ vs MIA
Jalen Richard OAK @ WAS
Paul Perkins NYG @ PHI
Kerwynn Williams ARI vs DAL
Adrian Peterson NO @ CAR
Thomas Rawls SEA @ TEN
Charles Sims TB @ MIN
Orleans Darkwa NYG @ PHI
Jeremy Hill CIN @ GB
C.J. Prosise SEA @ TEN
Marlon Mack IND vs CLE
DeAndre Washington OAK @ WAS
Andre Ellington ARI vs DAL
Rex Burkhead NE vs HOU
Jerick McKinnon MIN vs TB
Chris Ivory JAC vs BAL
Alex Collins BAL @ JAC
Mike Tolbert BUF vs DEN

 

Wide Receivers

Why does Carolina’s Kelvin Benjamin sit atop this week’s WR rankings, ahead of stars like Antonio Brown and Julio Jones? First of all, he has a dream matchup against a New Orleans defense that has allowed a league-high 388.5 passing yards per game and the most fantasy points allowed to wide receivers. And with Carolina tight end Greg Olsen out of action due to a broken foot, Benjamin should be leaned on even more than usual in the passing game.

Name Team Opp
Kelvin Benjamin CAR vs NO
Antonio Brown PIT @ CHI
Julio Jones ATL @ DET
A.J. Green CIN @ GB
Mike Evans TB @ MIN
Terrelle Pryor WAS vs OAK
Michael Thomas NO @ CAR
Brandin Cooks NE vs HOU
Keenan Allen LAC vs KC
DeAndre Hopkins HOU @ NE
Odell Beckham Jr. NYG @ PHI
Michael Crabtree OAK @ WAS
Amari Cooper OAK @ WAS
Tyreek Hill KC @ LAC
Davante Adams GB vs CIN
Doug Baldwin SEA @ TEN
Stefon Diggs MIN vs TB
Devante Parker MIA @ NYJ
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ BUF
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs NYG
Golden Tate DET vs ATL
Emmanuel Sanders DEN @ BUF
Dez Bryant DAL @ ARI
Jordy Nelson GB vs CIN
Larry Fitzgerald ARI vs DAL
Randall Cobb GB vs CIN
Martavis Bryant PIT @ CHI
Jamison Crowder WAS vs OAK
Jarvis Landry MIA @ NYJ
J.J. Nelson ARI vs DAL
Chris Hogan NE vs HOU
T.Y. Hilton IND vs CLE
Adam Thielen MIN vs TB
Tyrell Williams LAC vs KC
Jeremy Maclin BAL @ JAC
Rashard Higgins CLE @ IND
DeSean Jackson TB @ MIN
Pierre Garcon SF vs LAR
Jermaine Kearse NYJ vs MIA
Marvin Jones DET vs ATL
Cooper Kupp LAR @ SF
Danny Amendola NE vs HOU
Allen Hurns JAC vs BAL
Rishard Matthews TEN vs SEA
Sammy Watkins LAR @ SF
Ted Ginn NO @ CAR
Eric Decker TEN vs SEA
Marqise Lee JAC vs BAL
Kenny Golladay DET vs ATL
Kenny Stills MIA @ NYJ
Corey Davis TEN vs SEA
Paul Richardson SEA @ TEN
Cole Beasley DAL @ ARI
Mohamed Sanu ATL @ DET
Mike Wallace BAL @ JAC
Brandon Marshall NYG @ PHI
Sterling Shepard NYG @ PHI
Kenny Britt CLE @ IND
Devin Funchess CAR vs NO
Nelson Agholor PHI vs NYG
Kendall Wright CHI vs PIT
Geronimo Allison GB vs CIN
Tyler Lockett SEA @ TEN
Robby Anderson NYJ vs MIA
Donte Moncrief IND vs CLE
Brandon Coleman NO @ CAR
Jaron Brown ARI vs DAL
Jordan Matthews BUF vs DEN
Brandon LaFell CIN @ GB
Marquise Goodwin SF vs LAR
Torrey Smith PHI vs NYG
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ DET
Chris Conley KC @ LAC
Zay Jones BUF vs DEN
Robert Woods LAR @ SF
Travis Benjamin LAC vs KC
Breshad Perriman BAL @ JAC
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT @ CHI
Ryan Grant WAS vs OAK
Terrance Williams DAL @ ARI
Russell Shepard CAR vs NO
Ricardo Louis CLE @ IND
John Ross CIN @ GB

 

Tight Ends

With over 90 yards in each of his two games played this season, Zach Ertz paces the tight end position with 190 receiving yards — 34 more than any other tight end. This week, he lands atop of the rankings at his position because of his bubbling chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz, not to mention a matchup with a Giants defense that has allowed an opposing tight end to finish among the top six in fantasy points at the position in each of the first two weeks.

Name Team Opp
Zach Ertz PHI vs NYG
Jordan Reed WAS vs OAK
Rob Gronkowski NE vs HOU
Travis Kelce KC @ LAC
Delanie Walker TEN vs SEA
Jack Doyle IND vs CLE
Eric Ebron DET vs ATL
Martellus Bennett GB vs CIN
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs TB
Evan Engram NYG @ PHI
Jason Witten DAL @ ARI
Coby Fleener NO @ CAR
Hunter Henry LAC vs KC
Austin Hooper ATL @ DET
Gerald Everett LAR @ SF
Zach Miller CHI vs PIT
Benjamin Watson BAL @ JAC
Cameron Brate TB @ MIN
Jimmy Graham SEA @ TEN
Tyler Eifert CIN @ GB
Ed Dickson CAR vs NO
Jesse James PIT @ CHI
Charles Clay BUF vs DEN
Jared Cook OAK @ WAS
Julius Thomas MIA @ NYJ
Antonio Gates LAC vs KC
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ vs MIA
Seth DeValve CLE @ IND
George Kittle SF vs LAR
David Njoku CLE @ IND

 

Defense / Special Teams

On Sunday, the Patriots will play host to a Houston team that ranks 31st in the league in yards per game, 29th in points per game, and they’ve allowed the most QB sacks, to boot. In fantasy leagues, the Texans have been the second-most generous offense to opposing defenses, which helps explain why New England is on top of the fantasy defense ranks this week.

Name Opp
New England Patriots vs HOU
Philadelphia Eagles vs NYG
Minnesota Vikings vs TB
Denver Broncos @ BUF
Green Bay Packers vs CIN
Miami Dolphins @ NYJ
Baltimore Ravens @ JAC
Pittsburgh Steelers @ CHI
San Francisco 49ers vs LAR
Los Angeles Rams @ SF
Seattle Seahawks @ TEN
Jacksonville Jaguars vs BAL
Kansas City Chiefs @ LAC
Arizona Cardinals vs DAL
Tennessee Titans vs SEA
New York Giants @ PHI
Carolina Panthers vs NO
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ MIN
Indianapolis Colts vs CLE
Cleveland Browns @ IND
Houston Texans @ NE
Oakland Raiders @ WAS
Dallas Cowboys @ ARI
Buffalo Bills vs DEN
Los Angeles Chargers vs KC
Detroit Lions vs ATL
Atlanta Falcons @ DET
New York Jets vs MIA
Chicago Bears vs PIT
Washington Redskins vs OAK
Cincinnati Bengals @ GB
New Orleans Saints @ CAR

 

Kickers

Kickers are always presented without comment… always!

Name Team Opp
Stephen Gostkowski NE vs HOU
Matt Bryant ATL @ DET
Dan Bailey DAL @ ARI
Mason Crosby GB vs CIN
Matt Prater DET vs ATL
Justin Tucker BAL @ JAC
Graham Gano CAR vs NO
Cairo Santos KC @ LAC
Adam Vinatieri IND vs CLE
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK @ WAS
Chris Boswell PIT @ CHI
Blair Walsh SEA @ TEN
Dustin Hopkins WAS vs OAK
Brandon McManus DEN @ BUF
Will Lutz NO @ CAR
Kai Forbath MIN vs TB
Ryan Succop TEN vs SEA
Cody Parkey MIA @ NYJ
Greg Zuerlein LAR @ SF
Robbie Gould SF vs LAR
Phil Dawson ARI vs DAL
Jason Myers JAC vs BAL
Jake Elliott PHI vs NYG
Younghoe Koo LAC vs KC
Nick Folk TB @ MIN
Steven Hauschka BUF vs DEN
Zane Gonzalez CLE @ IND
Connor Barth CHI vs PIT
Randy Bullock CIN @ GB
Aldrick Rosas NYG @ PHI
Ka’imi Fairbairn HOU @ NE
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ vs MIA
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