Week 3 Rankings: Action Jackson Takes Center Stage
Two of the top four fantasy quarterbacks thus far in 2019 will collide in Week 3 when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs host Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. The reigning league MVP has gotten off to another blistering start this season. Mahomes has completed 71.4 percent of his throws for an average of 10.7 yards per attempt. Not to be outdone, Jackson has averaged 10.5 yards per pass attempt and completed 71.9 percent of his passes. He also leads the league in fantasy points through two weeks. Jackson also exhibited his trademark rushing ability in last week’s win, rushing for 120 yards. Both defenses look like they could be in for a long day. I think both dynamic young quarterbacks are going to put on a show in this marquee matchup. They are the top two quarterbacks in my Week 3 rankings.
Tom Brady and Dak Prescott will play in games that are expected to be among the most lopsided in recent memory. For the first time since the strike-shortened 1987 season, there are multiple games with 20-plus point favorites. New England is a 23-point favorite at home against the New York Jets and third-string quarterback Luke Falk. The Jets also have plenty of issues defensively. Tom Brady should have no problem picking them apart with his assortment of weapons. Dak Prescott and the Cowboys host the Miami Dolphins. Miami’s defense is a sieve, so Prescott should be able to keep his hot streak going. I did drop him down to QB5 in my rankings, but that is only because I expect Ezekiel Elliott and the run game to dominate. Owners in all formats should start Prescott with tremendous confidence.
Many owners of Steelers and Saints skills players are nervous about their prospects following the loss of their quarterbacks. Ultimately, I think they take a small hit because the touchdown upside may be limited. But I don’t think you need to sell at a discount, either. The usual suspects should still hold plenty of value. I still have Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, and Juju Smith-Schuster as top-10 options at their respective positions in Week 3. James Conner is just an RB2 for me this week, but that is due to his knee injury. Fantasy owners should not trust the quarterbacks themselves unless you are in a SuperFlex league and in a real bind.
Below are my current Week 3 fantasy football rankings. I have included rankings for standard, half-PPR, and PPR leagues. I will tweak these later in the week as news develops regarding injuries and the like. May your Week 3 matchups be as lopsided as New England’s and Dallas’ games appear to be!
Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings
Mick Ciallela has been writing for FantraxHQ since July 2017. He has also written for Bleacher Report. He is a lifelong sports fan and has been an avid fantasy sports player for many years. Mick was the Overall Champion of both the 2016 Football Challenge – Roto and 2017 Play 3 Football contests hosted by CDM Sports. Mick was born and raised in Mount Vernon, New York and currently resides in New London, Connecticut.
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