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Kev Wheeler's 2023 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings

Below you’ll find my 2023 Week 3 fantasy rankings for points per reception (PPR) and half-PPR leagues. Included are my rankings for the top 32 quarterbacks, top 50 running backs, top 70 wide receivers and top 30 tight ends.

These rankings are submitted to two different rankings competitions, one with PPR scoring and the other with Half-PPR. They are far more accurate for PPR simply because PPR scoring is less influenced by touchdowns.

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Anthony Richardson didn't finish the Indianapolis Colts' season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars because of a bruised knee. He couldn’t finish Week 2 against the Houston Texans because of a concussion. He has looked dynamic when he was on the field, but he’s going to have to learn how to take contact in the NFL. 

Mac Jones passed for 316 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Kirk Cousins went for 364 yards and four touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 2. The game scripts have forced teams into passing in garbage time, but the Eagles' secondary is injured and potentially bad. 

Jalen Hurts had an alarming 14.8 percent sack rate last Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings. His sack rate was 8.3 percent in Week 1, which also isn't a good number.

Rank Name Team Opp.
1 Patrick Mahomes II KC vs. CHI
2 Jalen Hurts PHI @ TB
3 Josh Allen BUF @ WAS
4 Lamar Jackson BAL vs. IND
5 Justin Herbert LAC @ MIN
6 Tua Tagovailoa MIA vs. DEN
7 Kirk Cousins MIN vs. LAC
8 Trevor Lawrence JAC vs. HOU
9 Deshaun Watson CLE vs. TEN
10 Justin Fields CHI @ KC
11 Jared Goff DET vs. ATL
12 Dak Prescott DAL @ ARI
13 Joe Burrow CIN vs. LAR
14 Brock Purdy SF vs. NYG
15 Geno Smith SEA vs. CAR
16 Daniel Jones NYG @ SF
17 Derek Carr NO @ GB
18 Jordan Love GB vs. NO
19 Russell Wilson DEN @ MIA
20 Matthew Stafford LAR @ CIN
21 Anthony Richardson IND @ BAL
22 Gardner Minshew II IND @ BAL
23 Baker Mayfield TB vs. PHI
24 C.J. Stroud HOU @ JAC
25 Sam Howell WAS vs. BUF
26 Kenny Pickett PIT @ LV
27 Desmond Ridder ATL @ DET
28 Jimmy Garoppolo LV vs. PIT
29 Bryce Young CAR @ SEA
30 Mac Jones NE @ NYJ
31 Ryan Tannehill TEN @ CLE
32 Joshua Dobbs ARI vs. DAL

Running Backs

The Washington Commanders appear to have entrusted second-year RB Brian Robinson with a full workload as their RB1.

Alexander Mattison is getting heavy volume in the Minnesota backfield. He isn't doing much yet, but volume is key to fantasy scoring. Cam Akers, who was a healthy inactive in Week 2 for the Los Angeles Rams, gets a fresh start with his trade to the Vikings. 

Isiah Pacheco saw 86 percent of the Kansas City Chiefs' running back rushes in Week 2, up from 57 percent in Week 1.

Rashaad Penny got just nine snaps in Week 2 despite Kenny Gainwell (ribs) not playing and Boston Scott (concussion) leaving early. D'Andre Swift was in for 58 of 77 snaps, had 17 routes on 31 dropbacks and 31 of 40 rushing opportunities. Scott was outperforming Swift, and 60 percent of Swift's rushing yards and his touchdown came after the Eagles were up 20 points in the third quarter.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Christian McCaffrey SF vs. NYG
2 Tony Pollard DAL @ ARI
3 Bijan Robinson ATL @ DET
4 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC vs. HOU
5 Derrick Henry TEN @ CLE
6 Josh Jacobs LV vs. PIT
7 Kenneth Walker III SEA vs. CAR
8 Joe Mixon CIN vs. LAR
9 Kyren Williams LAR @ CIN
10 James Cook BUF @ WAS
11 Jahmyr Gibbs DET vs. ATL
12 Rhamondre Stevenson NE @ NYJ
13 Aaron Jones GB vs. NO
14 Raheem Mostert MIA vs. DEN
15 D'Andre Swift PHI @ TB
16 Alexander Mattison MIN vs. LAC
17 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS vs. BUF
18 Joshua Kelley LAC @ MIN
19 Najee Harris PIT @ LV
20 James Conner ARI vs. DAL
21 Miles Sanders CAR @ SEA
22 Isiah Pacheco KC vs. CHI
23 Rachaad White TB vs. PHI
24 Zack Moss IND @ BAL
25 Breece Hall NYJ vs. NE
26 Jerome Ford CLE vs. TEN
27 Dameon Pierce HOU @ JAC
28 Tyler Allgeier ATL @ DET
29 Javonte Williams DEN @ MIA
30 Kendre Miller NO @ GB
31 Gus Edwards BAL vs. IND
32 Craig Reynolds DET vs. ATL
33 Justice Hill BAL vs. IND
34 Khalil Herbert CHI @ KC
35 Roschon Johnson CHI @ KC
36 A.J. Dillon GB vs. NO
37 Jaylen Warren PIT @ LV
38 Kenneth Gainwell PHI @ TB
39 Chuba Hubbard CAR @ SEA
40 Samaje Perine DEN @ MIA
41 Antonio Gibson WAS vs. BUF
42 Tyjae Spears TEN @ CLE
43 Elijah Mitchell SF vs. NYG
44 Tony Jones Jr. NO @ GB
45 Matt Breida NYG @ SF
46 Dalvin Cook NYJ vs. NE
47 Jerick McKinnon KC vs. CHI
48 Latavius Murray BUF @ WAS
49 Ezekiel Elliott NE @ NYJ
50 Zach Charbonnet SEA vs. CAR
51 Tank Bigsby JAC vs. HOU
52 Damien Harris BUF @ WAS
53 Jamaal Williams NO @ GB
54 Devin Singletary HOU @ JAC
55 Sean Tucker TB vs. PHI
56 Ty Chandler MIN vs. LAC
57 Rico Dowdle DAL @ ARI
58 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC vs. CHI
59 Salvon Ahmed MIA vs. DEN
60 Pierre Strong Jr. CLE vs. TEN

Dameon Pierce has been unimpressive in the first two weeks of the season, being held to fewer than 40 rushing yards and 50 total yards each game. It could be due to the Texans' banged-up offensive line, but he should be on our benches until we see signs of resurgence. 

Jaylen Warren doubled the production of Najee Harris (86 total yards to 43) on one fewer opportunity (rushes plus targets) for the Pittsburgh Steelers

The Baltimore Ravens have split carries between their tandem. Gus Edwards had 43 percent of the snaps, with 10 carries, for 62 yards and a TD. Justice Hill had 57 percent of the snaps, with 14 touches, for 53 yards (three receptions, for 12 yards, on three targets).

Both players got a carry from the 1-yard line. Hill was first and didn't score, but Edwards scored on the next play. Hill (toe) could miss Week 3, but it shouldn't result in a lengthy absence.

Zack Moss played 98 percent of Indianapolis' snaps in Week 2. He was the only Colts running back to play an offensive snap.

Buffalo Bills RB Latavius Murray has out-snapped Damien Harris 33 to 22 so far.

Wide Receivers

Through two weeks, only three wide receivers have run a route for the Vikings — Justin Jefferson (93), K.J. Osborn (88) and Jordan Addison (67). That is the definition of a consolidated target tree. Addison is behind Osborn in snaps and target share, but even Jefferson took a couple of games during his rookie season before being used full-time. Addison has far higher yards per route run compared to Osborn, 1.99 to 0.76.

The Atlanta Falcons paid far more attention to Drake London in Week 2. His target share was 24.2 percent, and he had 18.7 PPR points. In Week 1, those numbers were 5.9 percent and 0.

With Diontae Johnson out for the Steelers, George Pickens recorded four catches for 127 yards and one touchdown on 10 targets. Warren was second in targets with six, Calvin Austin had four and Allen Robinson had three.

Nico Collins had a coming-out party against the Colts in Week 2, with seven receptions on nine targets for 146 yards and a touchdown. Collins is a solid start going forward.

The Bills' Gabe Davis has 18 total touchdowns in his past 26 games.

Rank Name Team Opp.
1 Justin Jefferson MIN vs. LAC
2 Tyreek Hill MIA vs. DEN
3 CeeDee Lamb DAL @ ARI
4 Stefon Diggs BUF @ WAS
5 A.J. Brown PHI @ TB
6 DeVonta Smith PHI @ TB
7 Keenan Allen LAC @ MIN
8 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET vs. ATL
9 Davante Adams LV vs. PIT
10 Puka Nacua LAR @ CIN
11 Calvin Ridley JAC vs. HOU
12 Ja'Marr Chase CIN vs. LAR
13 Chris Olave NO @ GB
14 Mike Evans TB vs. PHI
15 Jaylen Waddle MIA vs. DEN
16 Deebo Samuel SF vs. NYG
17 Tee Higgins CIN vs. LAR
18 DK Metcalf SEA vs. CAR
19 Mike Williams LAC @ MIN
20 Amari Cooper CLE vs. TEN
21 Michael Pittman Jr. IND @ BAL
22 Tyler Lockett SEA vs. CAR
23 Garrett Wilson NYJ vs. NE
24 Nico Collins HOU @ JAC
25 Zay Flowers BAL vs. IND
26 George Pickens PIT @ LV
27 Chris Godwin TB vs. PHI
28 DJ Moore CHI @ KC
29 Christian Watson GB vs. NO
30 Jordan Addison MIN vs. LAC
31 Terry McLaurin WAS vs. BUF
32 DeAndre Hopkins TEN @ CLE
33 Drake London ATL @ DET
34 Jahan Dotson WAS vs. BUF
35 Jerry Jeudy DEN @ MIA
36 Elijah Moore CLE vs. TEN
37 Jakobi Meyers LV vs. PIT
38 Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. NYG
39 Rashid Shaheed NO @ GB
40 Michael Thomas NO @ GB
41 Christian Kirk JAC vs. HOU
42 Tutu Atwell LAR @ CIN
43 Gabe Davis BUF @ WAS
44 Skyy Moore KC vs. CHI
45 Treylon Burks TEN @ CLE
46 Marquise Brown ARI vs. DAL
47 Romeo Doubs GB vs. NO
48 Zay Jones JAC vs. HOU
49 Jaxon Smith-Njigba SEA vs. CAR
50 Jayden Reed GB vs. NO
51 Courtland Sutton DEN @ MIA
52 Tank Dell HOU @ JAC
53 Rashod Bateman BAL vs. IND
54 Allen Robinson II PIT @ LV
55 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE vs. TEN
56 Kadarius Toney KC vs. CHI
57 JuJu Smith-Schuster NE @ NYJ
58 Marvin Mims Jr. DEN @ MIA
59 Tyler Boyd CIN vs. LAR
60 Rondale Moore ARI vs. DAL
61 Robert Woods HOU @ JAC
62 Adam Thielen CAR @ SEA
63 Darnell Mooney CHI @ KC
64 Rashee Rice KC vs. CHI
65 Kendrick Bourne NE @ NYJ
66 Michael Gallup DAL @ ARI
67 Mack Hollins ATL @ DET
68 Van Jefferson LAR @ CIN
69 Josh Reynolds DET vs. ATL
70 Joshua Palmer LAC @ MIN
71 Darius Slayton NYG @ SF
72 K.J. Osborn MIN vs. LAC

In Week 2, Jayden Reed was third on the Green Bay Packers with 17 routes but saw a team-high eight targets.

Nelson Agholor (5-63-1) saw the second-most targets (six) for the Ravens, all after Odell Beckham Jr.'s injury.  The secondary of their opponent Sunday, the Colts, already has allowed four top-20 PPR-scoring wide receivers and a top-six scorer each week.

Only the Chargers have allowed more PPR points to wide receivers so far. Zay Flowers' Week 1 target share was 47.6 percent; in Week 2 it was 15.2 percent. Expect that to be above 30 percent again in Week 3. 

Marvin Mims ran five routes against the Washington Commanders. He was targeted twice on those routes and caught both passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Seattle Seahawks wide receivers with targets through two weeks are Tyler Lockett 15, DK Metcalf 11 and Jaxon Smith-Njigba 11.

Tight Ends

T.J. Hockenson has played 13 games with the Vikings (including playoffs), and he has a 17-game pace of 111 catches.

Dalton Kincaid (five catches, 43 yards) was third in targets for Buffalo, behind Davis and Stefon Diggs, who had seven apiece.

Rank Name Team Opp
1 Travis Kelce KC vs. CHI
2 Mark Andrews BAL vs. IND
3 T.J. Hockenson MIN vs. LAC
4 Darren Waller NYG @ SF
5 George Kittle SF vs. NYG
6 Dallas Goedert PHI @ TB
7 Evan Engram JAC vs. HOU
8 Taysom Hill NO @ GB
9 David Njoku CLE vs. TEN
10 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ LV
11 Sam LaPorta DET vs. ATL
12 Kyle Pitts ATL @ DET
13 Hunter Henry NE @ NYJ
14 Tyler Higbee LAR @ CIN
15 Dalton Kincaid BUF @ WAS
16 Jake Ferguson DAL @ ARI
17 Gerald Everett LAC @ MIN
18 Juwan Johnson NO @ GB
19 Hayden Hurst CAR @ SEA
20 Zach Ertz ARI vs. DAL
21 Luke Musgrave GB vs. NO
22 Dalton Schultz HOU @ JAC
23 Cole Kmet CHI @ KC
24 Chigoziem Okonkwo TEN @ CLE
25 Dawson Knox BUF @ WAS
26 Adam Trautman DEN @ MIA
27 Kylen Granson IND @ BAL
28 Logan Thomas WAS vs. BUF
29 Irv Smith Jr. CIN vs. LAR
30 Cade Otton TB vs. PHI

The Arizona Cardinals' Zach Ertz, 32, leads all tight ends with 18 targets, but he is on none of my rosters. 


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