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Week 3 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

The biggest story to come out of Week 2 was the rash of injuries that continued to hit some of fantasy football’s highest-profile players. Consensus number one overall fantasy draft pick Christian McCaffrey suffered a high ankle sprain on Sunday. Carolina placed McCaffrey on Injured Reserve on Wednesday, which guarantees at least a three-week absence. The news was worse yet for another top-three fantasy pick, Saquon Barkley. The Giants star suffered a torn ACL in Sunday’s loss in Chicago and will miss the remainder of the season. The loss of these two studs will hit fantasy managers hard, as there is no quick fix to replace their production. However, these injuries (and a few others) create an opportunity for fantasy managers to scour the wire for reinforcements. Several running backs who were readily available a week ago are immediately involved in the Week 3 Flex conversation.

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Carolina and New York were supposed to be, in essence, solo backfields. Whereas fantasy managers were drafting handcuffs like Tony Pollard and Alexander Mattison in the middle rounds of drafts, backups for McCaffrey and Barkley went largely ignored. Dion Lewis was drafted well beyond pick 200 in both standard and PPR formats, while Wayne Gallman was often available after the 400th pick. The Giants just signed veteran free agent Devonta Freeman, further muddying the waters. All three Giants backs are worth rostering, but I would not rush to consider any Flex worthy in Week 3. The situation in Carolina appears a bit more fruitful. Mike Davis caught eight passes after replacing McCaffrey on Sunday. Davis should have an easier path to touches while McCaffrey is out. With Teddy Bridgewater’s famously low aDOT (average depth of target), Davis is a viable Week 3 Flex.

Risers and Fallers

Aside from Davis, the biggest riser in this week’s Flex rankings is Jerick McKinnon. Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman both suffered injuries in San Francisco’s Week 2 victory. Neither is expected to play this week, which thrusts McKinnon into relevance. McKinnon was a trendy late-round flier in PPR leagues, and it appears managers who took the plunge are about to be rewarded. McKinnon will not be a 20-plus touch player even with the absence of San Francisco’s top two running backs. However, he has already proven he can excel with less than a full workload. McKinnon has parlayed nine touches into 121 yards and two touchdowns through two games. He should thrive against a Giants defense that has already allowed two backs to exceed 100 total yards against them. Jeff Wilson (rostered in just 5 percent of Fantrax leagues) is also a potential Flex option this week in this matchup.

One of the running backs to surpass the century mark in total yards against the Giants was Benny Snell in the season opener. The second-year running back from Kentucky ran for 113 yards in Week 1 after James Conner suffered an injury. Following that performance, it appeared Snell would see a larger share of the work, even with Conner deemed healthy. But that did not come to fruition. Snell had just four touches in Week 2. He also fumbled for the second time in as many weeks. Fantasy managers should not necessarily cut bait on Snell just yet. After all, it is not as if Conner is the picture of stability from a health standpoint. However, there is no reason to consider Snell for your Week 3 Flex spot unless Conner suffers a late-week setback.

Week 3 Flex Rankings

1Alvin Kamara (NO)vs. GBRB1
2Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at SEARB2
3DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)vs. DETWR1
4Miles Sanders (PHI)vs. CINRB3
5Dalvin Cook (MIN)vs. TENRB4
6Jonathan Taylor (IND)vs. NYJRB5
7Aaron Jones (GB)at NORB6
8Kenyan Drake (ARI)vs. DETRB7
9Tyreek Hill (KC)at BALWR2
10Derrick Henry (TEN)at MINRB8
11Austin Ekeler (LAC)vs. CARRB9
12Travis Kelce (KC)at BALTE1
13Tyler Lockett (SEA)vs. DALWR3
14Calvin Ridley (ATL)vs. CHIWR4
15Nick Chubb (CLE)vs. WASRB10
16James Conner (PIT)vs. HOURB11
17Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)at BALRB12
18Amari Cooper (DAL)at SEAWR5
19Josh Jacobs (LV)at NERB13
20Mike Evans (TB)at DENWR6
21Chris Carson (SEA)vs. DALRB14
22James Robinson (JAC)vs. MIARB15
23Allen Robinson (CHI)at ATLWR7
24Joe Mixon (CIN)at PHIRB16
25Julio Jones (ATL)vs. CHIWR8
26Terry McLaurin (WAS)at CLEWR9
27Chris Godwin (TB)at DENWR10
28Jerick McKinnon (SF)at NYGRB17
29Melvin Gordon (DEN)vs. TBRB18
30D.J. Moore (CAR)at LACWR11
31Adam Thielen (MIN)vs. TENWR12
32D.K. Metcalf (SEA)vs. DALWR13
33JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)vs. HOUWR14
34Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)vs. WASWR15
35Devin Singletary (BUF)vs. LARRB19
36Mark Ingram II (BAL)vs. KCRB20
37Cooper Kupp (LAR)at BUFWR16
38Stefon Diggs (BUF)vs. LARWR17
39Todd Gurley (ATL)vs. CHIRB21
40Marquise Brown (BAL)vs. KCWR18
41Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. CARWR19
42Diontae Johnson (PIT)vs. HOUWR20
43Julian Edelman (NE)vs. LVWR21
44Robert Woods (LAR)at BUFWR22
45David Montgomery (CHI)at ATLRB22
46Mark Andrews (BAL)vs. KCTE2
47Corey Davis (TEN)at MINWR23
48T.Y. Hilton (IND)vs. NYJWR24
49DeVante Parker (MIA)at JACWR25
50CeeDee Lamb (DAL)at SEAWR26
51Zach Ertz (PHI)vs. CINTE3
52Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)vs. MIAWR27
53Darius Slayton (NYG)vs. SFWR28
54Kenny Golladay (DET)at ARIWR29
55Michael Gallup (DAL)at SEAWR30
56Darren Waller (LV)at NETE4
57Robby Anderson (CAR)at LACWR31
58Jarvis Landry (CLE)vs. WASWR32
59David Johnson (HOU)vs. BALRB23
60Ronald Jones II (TB)at DENRB24
61A.J. Green (CIN)at PHIWR33
62DeSean Jackson (PHI)vs. CINWR34
63Kareem Hunt (CLE)vs. WASRB25
64Marvin Jones (DET)at ARIWR35
65Joshua Kelley (LAC)vs. CARRB26
66Evan Engram (NYG)vs. SFTE5
67Jared Cook (NO)vs. GBTE6
68Tyler Boyd (CIN)at PHIWR36
69Jerry Jeudy (DEN)vs. TBWR37
70Hunter Henry (LAC)vs. CARTE7
71Jeff Wilson (SF)at NYGRB27
72John Brown (BUF)vs. LARWR38
73N'Keal Harry (NE)vs. LVWR39
74Mike Williams (LAC)vs. CARWR40
75Mike Davis (CAR)at LACRB28
76Dallas Goedert (PHI)vs. CINTE8
77Brandin Cooks (HOU)at PITWR41
78Mike Gesicki (MIA)at JACTE9
79Allen Lazard (GB)at NOWR42
80Tyler Higbee (LAR)at BUFTE10
81Preston Williams (MIA)at JACWR43
82Keelan Cole (JAC)vs. MIAWR44
83Myles Gaskin (MIA)at JACRB29
84Jonnu Smith (TEN)at MINTE11
85Noah Fant (DEN)vs. TBTE12
86Adam Humphries (TEN)at MINWR45
87Leonard Fournette (TB)at DENRB30
88Hayden Hurst (ATL)vs. CHITE13
89T.J. Hockenson (DET)at ARITE14
90Emmanuel Sanders (NO)vs. GBWR46
91Russell Gage (ATL)vs. CHIWR47
92Will Fuller (HOU)at PITWR48
93Golden Tate (NYG)vs. SFWR49
94Miles Boykin (BAL)vs. KCWR50
95Tre'Quan Smith (NO)vs. GBWR51
96D'Andre Swift (DET)at ARIRB31
97Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)at NOWR52
98Darrell Henderson (LAR)at BUFRB32
99Antonio Gibson (WAS)at CLERB33
100Logan Thomas (WAS)at CLETE15
101Sammy Watkins (KC)at BALWR53
102Hunter Renfrow (LV)at NEWR54
103Curtis Samuel (CAR)at LACWR55
104Braxton Berrios (NYJ)at INDWR56
105Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. DETWR57
106Michael Pittman Jr. (IND)vs. NYJWR58
107Frank Gore (NYJ)at INDRB34
108Tarik Cohen (CHI)at ATLRB35
109Adrian Peterson (DET)at ARIRB36
110Malcolm Brown (LAR)at BUFRB37
111David Moore (SEA)vs. DALWR59
112Anthony Miller (CHI)at ATLWR60
113Kendrick Bourne (SF)at NYGWR61
114Sony Michel (NE)vs. LVRB38
115J.K. Dobbins (BAL)vs. KCRB39
116Steven Sims (WAS)at CLEWR62
117KJ Hamler (DEN)vs. TBWR63
118Danny Amendola (DET)at ARIWR64
119Cole Beasley (BUF)vs. LARWR65
120Jordan Reed (SF)at NYGTE16
121Latavius Murray (NO)vs. GBRB40
122Chase Edmonds (ARI)vs. DETRB41
123Justin Jefferson (MIN)vs. TENWR66
124Nyheim Hines (IND)vs. NYJRB42
125Boston Scott (PHI)vs. CINRB43
126Chris Herndon IV (NYJ)at INDTE17
127Chris Hogan (NYJ)at INDWR67
128Zach Pascal (IND)vs. NYJWR68
129Brandon Aiyuk (SF)at NYGWR69
130Bryan Edwards (LV)at NEWR70
131Dion Lewis (NYG)vs. SFRB44
132Austin Hooper (CLE)vs. WASTE18
133Rex Burkhead (NE)vs. LVRB45
134Jack Doyle (IND)vs. NYJTE19
135Alexander Mattison (MIN)vs. TENRB46
136Jordan Akins (HOU)at PITTE20
137Drew Sample (CIN)at PHITE21
138Randall Cobb (HOU)at PITWR71
139Dalton Schultz (DAL)at SEATE22
140Jamaal Williams (GB)at NORB47
141Scott Miller (TB)at DENWR72
142Mecole Hardman (KC)at BALWR73
143Damiere Byrd (NE)vs. LVWR74
144Kerryon Johnson (DET)at ARIRB48
145Darnell Mooney (CHI)at ATLWR75
146Demarcus Robinson (KC)at BALWR76
147Willie Snead (BAL)vs. KCWR77
148Eric Ebron (PIT)vs. HOUTE23
149Tyler Eifert (JAC)vs. MIATE24
150Jimmy Graham (CHI)at ATLTE25
151James Washington (PIT)vs. HOUWR78
152Isaiah Ford (MIA)at JACWR79
153Andy Isabella (ARI)vs. DETWR80
154Kyle Rudolph (MIN)vs. TENTE26
155J.D. McKissic (WAS)at CLERB49
156Giovani Bernard (CIN)at PHIRB50
157Olabisi Johnson (MIN)vs. TENWR81
158Chris Conley (JAC)vs. MIAWR82
159Tim Patrick (DEN)vs. TBWR83
160Chase Claypool (PIT)vs. HOUWR84
161Van Jefferson (LAR)at BUFWR85
162Jordan Wilkins (IND)vs. NYJRB51
163O.J. Howard (TB)at DENTE27
164Greg Olsen (SEA)vs. DALTE28
165Chris Thompson (JAC)vs. MIARB52
166Irv Smith (MIN)vs. TENTE29
167Dontrelle Inman (WAS)at CLEWR86
168Deonte Harris (NO)vs. GBWR87
169Carlos Hyde (SEA)vs. DALRB53
170Robert Tonyan (GB)at NOTE30
171Jordan Howard (MIA)at JACRB54
172Rob Gronkowski (TB)at DENTE31
173Trent Taylor (SF)at NYGWR88
174Tee Higgins (CIN)at PHIWR89
175Greg Ward (PHI)vs. CINWR90
176Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI)at ATLWR91
177Benny Snell (PIT)vs. HOURB55
178Wayne Gallman (NYG)vs. SFRB56
179Dan Arnold (ARI)at DETTE32
180Darren Fells (HOU)at PITTE33
181Jalen Richard (LV)at NERB57
182Ian Thomas (CAR)at LACTE34
183Matt Breida (MIA)at JACRB58
184Royce Freeman (DEN)vs. TBRB59
185Devonta Freeman (NYG)vs. SFRB60
186Reggie Bonnafon (CAR)at LACRB61
187Tony Pollard (DAL)at SEARB62
188Gus Edwards (BAL)vs. KCRB63
189Josh Malone (NYJ)at INDWR92
190Damion Ratley (NYG)vs. SFWR93
191Quintez Cephus (DET)at ARIWR94
192Harrison Bryant (CLE)vs. WASTE35
193Mo Alie-Cox (IND)vs. NYJTE36
194Ryan Izzo (NE)vs. LVTE37
195Kenny Stills (HOU)at PITWR95
196JJ Arcega-Whiteside (PHI)vs. CINWR96
197John Ross (CIN)at PHIWR97
198Peyton Barber (WAS)at CLERB64
199Will Dissly (SEA)vs. DALTE38
200Brian Hill (ATL)vs. CHIRB65

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