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Week 3 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

Fall is officially upon us and the 2021 NFL season is in full gear. If you have Derrick Henry, Aaron Jones, or Mike Evans on your roster, you may believe that order was restored in Week 2. If you have Alvin Kamara, Jonathan Taylor, or Allen Robinson, you may be singing a different tune. Whatever your predicament, Week 3 presents another opportunity to get back on the right track. Unfortunately, another week of NFL action brought along with it a fair share of injury concerns. There are plenty of situations to monitor as we approach this week’s games. With that in mind, let’s get right to the Week 3 Flex rankings and positional notes.

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Running Back Notes

Rams running back Darrell Henderson put up a second consecutive top-15 performance last week. The third-year back has found the end zone and eclipsed 80 total yards in each game. However, he suffered a rib injury late in the Rams’ victory. Henderson should be available this week, but managers may prefer that the Rams give him a week of rest. They are up against the defending Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs have one of the most difficult defenses for opposing running backs to navigate. I would be wary of playing Henderson even with a clean bill of health given the matchup. The injury does not do much to inspire confidence in playing him this week. Henderson is a dicey Flex play for me in Week 3, and I would seek out other options on my roster if possible.

The 49ers’ running back situation continues to be a pain for fantasy managers. Waiver wire darling Elijah Mitchell got the bulk of the work in Week 2 but was largely ineffective. Perhaps the best news for Mitchell truthers was that JaMycal Hasty and Trey Sermon each suffered injuries, putting their status in doubt. Hasty is week-to-week with a high-ankle sprain and Sermon is in the league’s concussion protocol. Mitchell did not escape unscathed, as he is dealing with a shoulder issue. San Francisco signed former Cincinnati practice squad and XFL alum Jacques Patrick to add some depth behind Mitchell. As long as he can stay on the field, Mitchell should get all the work he can handle this week against the Green Bay Packers. I had some fun at the expense of those who blew their budgets on Mitchell last week, but this is a solid bounce-back opportunity.

Josh Jacobs remains sidelined due to the ankle injury that forced him to miss last week’s victory in Pittsburgh. I am not expecting Jacobs to return this week, but I did add him towards the bottom of my Week 3 Flex rankings just in case. Kenyan Drake should be the go-to back for the Raiders again this week. Drake has just 20 rushing yards on 13 carries this season, but has added a handful of catches in each contest to buoy his fantasy value. The Miami Dolphins have allowed over 100 rushing yards in both of their games so far this season. The Bills’ running backs hit paydirt three times in last week’s blowout, so there is a bit of hope for Drake to put together a solid effort in this game. I have him outside my top-24 at running back, but he could be a Flex option for some.

Wide Receiver Notes

DeAndre Hopkins has three touchdowns in two games, but his usage Is not what we are accustomed to seeing. Hopkins has averaged over 10 targets per game over the last seven years. Through two games, however, “Nuk” has just 12 total targets. His 17.6 percent target share puts him outside the top-50 among wide receivers. Hopkins is also dealing with a rib injury and has yet to practice this week. I believe Hopkins will play, and he has an elite matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacksonville has already allowed a pair of wideouts to amass top-five yardage totals in each of their first two games, so fire up Hopkins as a WR1. I am curious to see, however, if Arizona continues to spread the ball around. If they do, Hopkins may not have as high a weekly ceiling going forward as we had previously thought.

Diontae Johnson remains a target magnet in Pittsburgh’s offense. But he may have had one too many targets last week. Johnson hurt his knee on a meaningless play in the waning seconds of Pittsburgh’s loss to Las Vegas. He appears to have avoided a serious injury, but he has yet to practice this week. I currently have Johnson ranked where I normally would, but pay attention to updates heading into Sunday. Former Steeler Antonio Brown has tested positive for Covid-19 and is unlikely to suit up for Tampa Bay’s Week 3 tilt against the Rams. I removed him from this week’s rankings as a result. If he somehow manages to play, I would downgrade him a bit from his normal range considering the circumstances.

In more positive news, Odell Beckham appears on track to make his 2021 debut in Week 3 for Cleveland. He was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice and should see a fair complement of snaps against the Chicago Bears. The timing for Beckham’s return to the lineup is fortuitous for the Browns given the injury suffered by Jarvis Landry last week. Cleveland placed Landry on injured reserve, which will require Landry to miss a minimum of three games. That may put the onus back on Beckham to immediately see a large percentage of targets in Cleveland’s passing attack. However, given the layoff and the nature of his injury, I would prefer to take a wait-and-see approach with OBJ if possible. I realize managers may not have that option, but I have Beckham as a borderline top-100 Week 3 Flex play this week.

Tight End Notes

For the second consecutive week, the top three fantasy tight ends were (in some order) Travis Kelce, Rob Gronkowski, and T.J. Hockenson. You are always starting Kelce and Hockenson in your TE spot no matter what. But Gronkowski may be a Flex option for those who drafted him behind an elite tight end. The Rams allow a fair amount of production to opposing tight ends in part because their cornerback play is near the top of the league. George Kittle and Mark Andrews have yet to produce at the level their draft price suggests. I would be a bit worried at their lack of involvement considering the injury and effectiveness of some of their teams’ other skill players. Another subpar week may result in dropping them below the likes of Gronkowski, Kyle Pitts, and Noah Fant.

Evan Engram is reportedly due back for Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons. Engram has been out for four weeks now because of a calf injury. Soft tissue injuries make me nervous, as there is usually a greater risk for re-injury. At the same time, Engram is returning in a prime spot this week. He is slated to return against an Atlanta defense that has already allowed three touchdowns to opposing tight ends, including two to Gronk last week. Only Baltimore has given up more fantasy points to tight ends so far this season. And I give them a pass considering they have faced Darren Waller and Travis Kelce. I would not put Engram in the top-12 range among tight ends for this week, but he could be a solid play in leagues with tight end premium scoring.

Week 3 Flex Rankings

Check out all of our Week 3 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | PPR | Flex

1Christian McCaffreyCARRB1@HOU
2Dalvin CookMINRB2SEA
3Derrick HenryTENRB3IND
4Tyreek HillKCWR1LAC
5Davante AdamsGBWR2@SF
6Travis KelceKCTE1LAC
7Alvin KamaraNORB4@NE
8Najee HarrisPITRB5CIN
9Stefon DiggsBUFWR3WAS
10Aaron JonesGBRB6@SF
11Nick ChubbCLERB7CHI
12CeeDee LambDALWR4PHI
13DK MetcalfSEAWR5@MIN
14Cooper KuppLARWR6TB
15Joe MixonCINRB8@PIT
16Austin EkelerLACRB9@KC
17Tyler LockettSEAWR7@MIN
18DeAndre HopkinsARIWR8@JAC
19Justin JeffersonMINWR9SEA
20Jonathan TaylorINDRB10@TEN
21Calvin RidleyATLWR10@NYG
22Darren WallerLVTE2MIA
23Amari CooperDALWR11PHI
24Chris CarsonSEARB11@MIN
25D.J. MooreCARWR12@HOU
26Antonio GibsonWASRB12@BUF
27A.J. BrownTENWR13IND
28Ezekiel ElliottDALRB13PHI
29Keenan AllenLACWR14@KC
30D’Andre SwiftDETRB14BAL
31Adam ThielenMINWR15SEA
32Saquon BarkleyNYGRB15ATL
33David MontgomeryCHIRB16@CLE
34Deebo SamuelSFWR16GB
35Chris GodwinTBWR17@LAR
36Robert WoodsLARWR18TB
37Mike EvansTBWR19@LAR
38Clyde Edwards-HelaireKCRB17LAC
39Damien HarrisNERB18NO
40James RobinsonJACRB19ARI
41Terry McLaurinWASWR20@BUF
42Elijah MitchellSFRB20GB
43Brandin CooksHOUWR21CAR
44Mike WilliamsLACWR22@KC
45Tee HigginsCINWR23@PIT
46Marquise BrownBALWR24@DET
47Miles SandersPHIRB21@DAL
48Chase EdmondsARIRB22@JAC
49Courtland SuttonDENWR25NYJ
50Sterling ShepardNYGWR26ATL
51Julio JonesTENWR27IND
52T.J. HockensonDETTE3BAL
53Mike DavisATLRB23@NYG
54Leonard FournetteTBRB24@LAR
55Melvin Gordon IIIDENRB25NYJ
56Diontae JohnsonPITWR28CIN
57Ty’Son WilliamsBALRB26@DET
58Myles GaskinMIARB27@LV
59Allen Robinson IICHIWR29@CLE
60Kenny GolladayNYGWR30ATL
61George KittleSFTE4GB
62Chase ClaypoolPITWR31CIN
63DeVonta SmithPHIWR32@DAL
64Juju Smith-SchusterPITWR33CIN
65Ja’Marr ChaseCINWR34@PIT
66Marvin JonesJACWR35ARI
67Mark AndrewsBALTE5@DET
68Kareem HuntCLERB28CHI
69Tyler BoydCINWR36@PIT
70Kyle PittsATLTE6@NYG
71Jamaal WilliamsDETRB29BAL
72Cole BeasleyBUFWR37WAS
73D.J. CharkJACWR38ARI
74Robby AndersonCARWR39@HOU
75Devin SingletaryBUFRB30WAS
76Kenyan DrakeLVRB31MIA
77Rob GronkowskiTBTE7@LAR
78Tony PollardDALRB32PHI
79Laviska Shenault Jr.JACWR40ARI
80Darrell HendersonLARRB33TB
81Jakobi MeyersNEWR41NO
82Noah FantDENTE8NYJ
83DeVante ParkerMIAWR42@LV
84Javonte WilliamsDENRB34NYJ
85James WhiteNERB35NO
86Sammy WatkinsBALWR43@DET
87Mecole HardmanKCWR44LAC
88Emmanuel SandersBUFWR45WAS
89Jaylen WaddleMIAWR46@LV
90Cordarrelle PattersonATLRB36@NYG
91Corey DavisNYJWR47@DEN
92Tyler HigbeeLARTE9TB
93Rondale MooreARIWR48@JAC
94Tim PatrickDENWR49NYJ
95Henry RuggsLVWR50MIA
96Darnell MooneyCHIWR51@CLE
97Michael PittmanINDWR52@TEN
98Odell Beckham Jr.CLEWR53CHI
99Mark IngramHOURB37CAR
100Christian KirkARIWR54@JAC
101James ConnerARIRB38@JAC
102Darius SlaytonNYGWR55ATL
103Latavius MurrayBALRB39@DET
104Nelson AgholorNEWR56NO
105Jalen ReagorPHIWR57@DAL
106Hunter RenfrowLVWR58MIA
107Jared CookLACTE10@KC
108Logan ThomasWASTE11@BUF
109David JohnsonHOURB40CAR
110Van JeffersonLARWR59TB
111Marquez Valdes-ScantlingGBWR60@SF
112Will FullerMIAWR61@LV
113Brandon AiyukSFWR62GB
114Dallas GoedertPHITE12@DAL
115Ronald JonesTBRB41@LAR
116A.J. GreenARIWR63@JAC
117Quintez CephusDETWR64BAL
118K.J. OsbornMINWR65SEA
119Marquez CallawayNOWR66@NE
120Bryan EdwardsLVWR67MIA
121Robert Tonyan Jr.GBTE13@SF
122Zach PascalINDWR68@TEN
123Austin HooperCLETE14CHI
124Jonnu SmithNETE15NO
125Nyheim HinesINDRB42@TEN
126Elijah MooreNYJWR69@DEN
127Mike GesickiMIATE16@LV
128K.J. HamlerDENWR70NYJ
129Michael CarterNYJRB43@DEN
130Kenneth GainwellPHIRB44@DAL
131Hunter HenryNETE17NO
132J.D. McKissicWASRB45@BUF
133Terrace Marshall Jr.CARWR71@HOU
134Sony MichelLARRB46TB
135Evan EngramNYGTE18ATL
136Russell GageATLWR72@NYG
137Chris ConleyHOUWR73CAR
138Gerald EverettSEATE19@MIN
139Ty JohnsonNYJRB47@DEN
140Dyami BrownWASWR74@BUF
141Zack MossBUFRB48WAS
142Jack DoyleINDTE20@TEN
143A.J. DillonGBRB49@SF
144Donovan Peoples-JonesCLEWR75CHI
145Blake JarwinDALTE21PHI
146Adam HumphriesWASWR76@BUF
147Dawson KnoxBUFTE22WAS
148Cole KmetCHITE23@CLE
149Deonte HarrisNOWR77@NE
150David NjokuCLETE24CHI
151Gabriel DavisBUFWR78WAS
152Anthony SchwartzCLEWR79CHI
153Carlos HydeJACRB50ARI
154Demarcus RobinsonKCWR80LAC
155Amon-Ra St. BrownDETWR81BAL
156Quez WatkinsPHIWR82@DAL
157Tyler ConklinMINTE25SEA
158Braxton BerriosNYJWR83@DEN
159Cedrick WilsonDALWR84PHI
160Adam TrautmanNOTE26@NE
161Dalton SchultzDALTE27PHI
162Peyton BarberLVRB51MIA
163Damien WilliamsCHIRB52@CLE
164Tony Jones Jr.NORB53@NE
165Salvon AhmedMIARB54@LV
166Dan ArnoldCARTE28@HOU
167Freddie SwainSEAWR85@MIN
168Rashard HigginsCLEWR86CHI
169Albert OkwuegbunamDENTE29NYJ
170Phillip LindsayHOURB55CAR
171Kalif RaymondDETWR87BAL
172Allen LazardGBWR88@SF
173Jalen GuytonLACWR89@KC
174Maxx WilliamsARITE30@JAC
175Trent SherfieldSFWR90GB
176Randall CobbGBWR91@SF
177Zach ErtzPHITE31@DAL
178Kendrick BourneNEWR92NO
179Chester RogersTENWR93IND
180Hayden HurstATLTE32@NYG
181Jeremy McNicholsTENRB56IND
182Pat FreiermuthPITTE33CIN
183Jordan AkinsHOUTE34CAR
184Darrel WilliamsKCRB57LAC
185Will DisslySEATE35@MIN
186C.J. UzomahCINTE36@PIT
187Pharaoh BrownHOUTE37CAR
188Juwan JohnsonNOTE38@NE
189Anthony FirkserTENTE39IND
190Tyler KroftNYJTE40@DEN
191Anthony MillerHOUWR94CAR
192Marquise GoodwinCHIWR95@CLE
193Tevin ColemanNYJRB58@DEN
194Devontae BookerNYGRB59ATL
195Justin JacksonLACRB60@KC
196Eric EbronPITTE41CIN
197DeSean JacksonLARWR96TB
198Malcolm BrownMIARB61@LV
199Byron PringleKCWR97LAC
200Giovani BernardTBRB62@LAR
201Harrison BryantCLETE42CHI
202James WashingtonPITWR98CIN
203Scott MillerTBWR99@LAR
204Alexander MattisonMINRB63SEA
205Andre RobertsHOUWR100CAR
206Josh JacobsLVRB64MIA
207Kyle JuszczykSFRB65GB
208Olamide ZaccheausATLWR101@NYG
209Ryan GriffinNYJTE43@DEN
210Trinity BensonDETWR102BAL
211Kyle RudolphNYGTE44ATL
212Chuba HubbardCARRB66@HOU
213Parris CampbellINDWR103@TEN
214Luke FarrellJACTE45ARI
215Keelan ColeNYJWR104@DEN
216Chris ManhertzJACTE46ARI
217Josh ReynoldsTENWR105IND
218Mohamed SanuSFWR106GB
219Mo Alie-CoxINDTE47@TEN
220Larry RountreeLACRB67@KC
221Lil’Jordan HumphreyNOWR107@NE
222Damiere ByrdCHIWR108@CLE
223Josh PalmerLACWR109@KC
224Jimmy GrahamCHITE48@CLE
225Devin DuvernayBALWR110@DET
226Chris HerndonMINTE49SEA
227Trey SermonSFRB68GB
228Samaje PerineCINRB69@PIT
229Marlon MackINDRB70@TEN
230Foster MoreauLVTE50MIA
231D’Wayne EskridgeSEAWR111@MIN
232Ty MontgomeryNORB71@NE
233Geoff SwaimTENTE51IND
234Devonta FreemanBALRB72@DET
235Ian ThomasCARTE52@HOU
236Alex CollinsSEARB73@MIN
237Tyron JohnsonJACWR112ARI
238Tyler JohnsonTBWR113@LAR
239Albert WilsonMIAWR114@LV
240Jamison CrowderNYJWR115@DEN
241Patrick RicardBALRB74@DET
242Jerick McKinnonKCRB75LAC
243Mike StrachanINDWR116@TEN
244Donald ParhamLACTE53@KC
245Travis HomerSEARB76@MIN
246Chris HoganNOWR117@NE
247Cam SimsWASWR118@BUF
248Cameron BrateTBTE54@LAR
249Josh OliverBALTE55@DET
250Alec IngoldLVRB77MIA

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