Fantasy Football Rankings Week 3: Sleepers, begins, moths, Dameon Pierce, Darnell Mooney and more

We’re beginning to get a greater sense of what the 2022 NFL season will seem like for a lot of groups. As we get into the Week 3 rankings and sleepers, it is also time to begin capitalizing on overreacting managers. The buys and sells are again, and one more random enjoyable ranks checklist. This time, impressed by your requests after I tweeted about my scrumptious cake from final week.

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2022 Week 3 Fantasy Football Sleepers

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 These even sleepers. They won’t mimic my rankings 100%. This is about chasing upside and usually carries more danger, however primarily based on APA matchupsyou’ll be able to “go for broke” if wanted.


POSSIBLE START: Carson Wentz, WSH β€” As talked about in my Week 3 waivers column, Wentz is not going to throw 40+ instances every week, however the Commanders protection β€” and Wentz’s interceptions β€” assist push the offense to throw more. It helps that defenses cannot win, making an attempt to cease Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and/or Curtis Samuel. Death by a thousand cuts… effectively, three, or 4 for those who add the backfield, and even 5 with a wholesome Logan Thomas.

The Commanders additionally host the Eagles’ unstoppable offense, pointing to a shootout… which, in fact, means a 10-7 slog-fest is in retailer.

HAIL MARY START: Jared Goff, DET β€” The danger with Goff is zero speeding upside, and if he solely throws 1-2 touchdowns, there usually will not be 300-400 yards to offset that. While Aaron Rodgers did not do a lot in opposition to the Vikings in Week 1, he did not have a lot to throw to, and he is beforehand struggled early within the season. Jalen Hurts tore them aside β€” on the bottom too β€” finishing 26 of his 31 makes an attempt for 333 yards and a landing. Goff has the upside to throw three touchdowns this week.


POSSIBLE START: Devin Singletary, BUF β€” The Bills backfield continues to be irritating with its lack of consistency, however not less than Singletary is persistently first within the alternatives. While the Ravens operating backs did not do a lot in opposition to Miami, Lamar Jackson ate up the Dolphins, even posting 5.0 YPC on his eight rushes outdoors of the 79-yard home name. Additionally, Damien Harris had 48 yards on 9 carries in Week 1, despite the fact that Rhamondre Stevenson did not have the identical success. This is dangerous, but when the Dolphins offense can sustain, Singletary may very well be an RB2.

POSSIBLY START: Dameon Pierce, HOU β€” We knew the slipper would fall off for Rex Burkhead, simply nobody anticipated it to occur in a single week. Pierce led the way in which, and the Bears offense cannot get out of its personal manner (more on them shortly). Aaron Jones simply shredded the Bears for 132 yards and a landing on 15 carries.

HAIL MARY START: Jamaal Williams, DET β€” We’re chasing a landing with Williams, as being the backup to D’Andre Swift limits Williams’ touches, seeing 12 and 13, respectively, within the first two weeks. The matchup is sort of favorable, because the Vikings could not cease the Eagles floor sport, going 34-for-163 and two scores (each Hurts). Boston Scott appeared like he was shot out of a cannon whereas going straight up the center for a 16-yard run at one level, and we’re taking pictures for a few first rate runs for Williams, hopefully, with one ending in a rating.


POSSIBLE START: Allen Robinson, SAT β€” Robinson rebounded, nevertheless it wasn’t a week-changer, only a good sport (5-4-53-1). Honestly, a Top 25 efficiency from a workforce’s No. 2 receivers could be a welcome website if it occurred each week. Well, the Cardinals have allowed 42.1% of their opponents’ drives to complete with a landing, together with 9 receptions of 20+ yards and seven receiving touchdowns. Cooper Kupp and ARob ought to have a giant Week 3.

POSSIBLY START: JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC β€” Brandin Cooks 7-82-0, Christian Kirk 6-78-2. Those had been the highest wideouts in opposition to the Colts the primary two weeks, and whereas Travis Kelce is technically the highest receiving choice for the Chiefs, JJSS is tied for second with Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a 15.1 TmTGT%. He additionally has 1.46 YPRR versus MVS’ 0.89.

HAIL MARY START: Darnell Mooney, CHI – Here we go. Mooney has fallen to Hail Mary beginning territory, and when your workforce solely makes an attempt 11 passes, you perceive why. However, even with the Colts and Broncos having middling performances in opposition to the Texans, these Texans have already allowed 10 receptions of 20+ yards β€” most within the league. The Bears additionally confronted the 49ers and Packers, two defenses significantly better than the Texans. Of course, Justin Fields might want to throw it more than 11 instances. Hopefully, he would not mess this up for determined managers.


POSSIBLY START: Evan Engram, JAX β€” Don’t look now, however Engram is eighth in Route% for tight ends with 17.6 TmTGT%. Sure, it is was simply 74 yards, however he is caught all however considered one of his targets (his arms work!). The Chargers are a tricky matchup, however the tight finish place is already gross, and we’re chasing the quantity… hopefully.

HAIL MARY START: Tyler Conklin, NYJ β€” Speaking of quantity, Conklin has the next Route% than Engram at 84.4. Even with the terrific trio of receivers for the Jets, Conklin has seen 16 targets (16.0 TmTGT%) for 10-56-1. If the Bengals get again on monitor and flip this right into a high-scoring affair, the Jets have proven they’ll sustain, and Conklin has the potential to attain.

Fun with Rankings!

In case you missed the tweet of the superb cake I discovered I introduced residence and made (no, it wasn’t a from-scratch recipe), right here it’s in its glory!

I used to be shocked folks wished field cake rankings… perhaps they had been mocking me, but when so, hey, I had enjoyable anyway. Although, it’s kind of tough to get 10 muffins on this checklist.

  1. Betty Crocker Cinnamon Toast Crunch, CTC Frosting β€” The cake and frosting have cinnamony crunch items, and you realize I really like some Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  2. Betty Crocker Butter Yellow, Chocolate Frosting β€” It’s the traditional, however higher, as a result of… butter
  3. Duncan Hines Fudge Marble, Chocolate Frosting β€” If you need a bit more chocolate than yellow cake however not an overload, that is the proper combine
  4. Pillsbury Funfetti Oreo, Funfetti Oreo Frosting β€” Underrated. Well, Oreos are superb, so perhaps folks know the way good this cake may be
  5. Duncan Hines Chocolate, Chocolate Frosting β€” It’s a number of chocolate, nevertheless it’s actually good, and Duncan Hines does chocolate finest (their fudge brownies are tops too)
  6. Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb β€” Technically not a “true cake” however crumb cake (generally espresso cake) is considered one of my favorites, and that is superb
  7. Duncan Hines Red Velvet, Cream Cheese Frosting β€” Red Velvet isn’t a taste! It’s a cocoa taste with crimson dye. Now that we now have that out of the way in which, it is nonetheless fairly scrumptious with the cream cheese frosting making for an ideal pairing
  8. Pillsbury Funfetti, Vanilla Funfetti Frosting β€” β€œBirthday cake” taste is what some name it too. Light and fun-fetti
  9. Duncan Hines Epic Fruity Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles Frosting β€” The Pebbles have a bizarre texture in comparison with consuming the cereal, which makes this more disappointing than scrumptious (I imply, it is cake, so it is nonetheless good)
  10. Carrot Cake β€” Nope. Worst place! Vegetable cake? Bleh. cease



  • Tom Brady, QB, TB β€” Brady’s receiving corps has been a large number to date. It would possibly take a couple of more weeks (as soon as Chris Godwin is again), however Brady was QB2 final 12 months.
  • Derrick Henry, RB, TEN β€” Week 1 was fluky with Dontrell Hilliard’s receiving touchdowns, and Week 2 had the Titans pulling starters early in a blowout. Henry continues to be a beast, and you need to purchase low earlier than the 150/1 sport occurs.
  • Ken Walker, RB, SEA β€” I do not need something to do with beginning Seahawks operating backs, however Walker matches the Chris Carson position more than Rashaad Penny does, who’s dropping some worth due to Travis Homer. Walker might by no means be startable, however he is borderline free (folks need to drop him).
  • Cam Akers, RB, LAR β€” The flip again to Akers began in Week 2. We would possibly by no means get to 70% of the work for Akers, however even when Akers sits round 60-65%, he’d be again into the weekly Top 20.
  • Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ β€” Leads the Jets receivers in snaps and Route%. Moore’s time is coming, even when Garrett Wilson is his 1A or 1B, Moore could be the opposite half, as each are higher than Corey Davis.
  • DK Metcalf, WR, SEA β€” I do not need to hear more about “quarterbacks cooking” in Seattle. In any case, the Seahawks notice the offense stinks, and it is actually a two-man present with Tyler Lockett (26.3 TmTGT%) and Metcalf (22.8), with Metcalf having the one crimson zone and finish zone targets to date (one every) .
  • Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL β€” As with the Seahawks, it is a two-man present, and Drake London’s fast ascension will assist steadiness the protection and open issues up for higher days. People drafted Pitts as a Top 4 tight finish for good motive.


  • Antonio Gibson, RB, WSH β€” Gibson may keep his lead position if he retains the belief up, particularly since he is second in G2G (Goal-to-Go, inside 10) rushes (4) and tied for many GLR (Goal-line Rush, inside 5), additionally with 4. But, the upcoming return of Brian Robinson looms massive.
  • Michael Carter, RB, NYJ β€” The flip to Breece Hall may very well be coming quickly, because the rookie flashed loads of upside in Week 2. Carter has the passing sport totally on lock, but when Hall begins to eat into that work, Carter would slip to an RB3.
  • Jahan Dotson, WR, WSH β€” Dotson leads in Commanders Route% (94.9) and touchdowns (three), however he is fourth in TmTGT% at 11.8, behind even Logan Thomas, which makes him essentially the most unstable and probably for regression.
  • Gerald Everett, TE, LAC β€” Everett has been an amazing fill-in for the primary two weeks, and it is uncommon anybody trades for tight ends, however Donald Parham β€” as soon as again β€” will ding Everett’s use and worth.

Week 3 Fantasy Football Projections

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 These can differ from my rankings, and my ranks are the order I’d begin gamers outdoors of added context, similar to, “Need highest upside, even when dangerous.” Also, primarily based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point relaxation, and Half-PPR

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***These even NOT up to date Sunday morning, FYI***

Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings


  • Only Half-PPR since FantasyProfessionals auto-calculation of Non and Full-PPR ranks may be off. But, there’s so little distinction from Non to Half and Full to Half that you just needn’t fear.
  • ECR = Expert Consensus Rank. Don’t give attention to it an excessive amount of, as not all consultants replace persistently/consistently.
  • Updated commonly, so test all the way in which as much as locking lineups.

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