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Week 3 All In Rankings (Friday Update)

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Somehow Wilson and TRich found the Top 20! Tom Coughlin has to wise up, right... right? Photo by Elsa/Getty Images
Somehow Wilson and TRich found the Top 20! Tom Coughlin has to wise up, right... right? Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

As it is with every fantasy football season, sometimes luck gets the best of us. It's why I endlessly compare fantasy sports to poker; even if you have the best "hand" sometimes luck trumps all. Last week, we saw Steven Jackson and Eddie Lacy suffer early-game injuries. If you owned one, you were in a precarious situation. If you owned both (I did in one league and a weekly game - yea, that last one was over before it started) your matchup was lost, and there was nothing you could do about it. Just remember that, this week, next and all season. Enjoy fantasy football, but don't through your cat into your 55-inch TV after suffering some bad luck!

Quarterbacks

Rank Player Team Opp
1 Peyton Manning  DEN vs. OAK
2 Aaron Rodgers  GB at CIN
3 Drew Brees  NO vs. ARI
4 Colin Kaepernick  SF vs. IND
5 Matthew Stafford  DET at WAS
6 Michael Vick  PHI vs. KC
7 Robert Griffin III  WAS vs. DET
8 Matt Ryan  ATL at MIA
9 Cam Newton  CAR vs. NYG
10 Tony Romo  DAL vs. STL
11 Russell Wilson  SEA vs. JAC
12 Tom Brady  NE vs. TB
13 Eli Manning  NYG at CAR
14 Andrew Luck  IND at SF
15 Alex Smith  KC at PHI
16 Sam Bradford  STL at DAL
17 Andy Dalton  CIN vs. GB
18 Carson Palmer  ARI at NO
19 Philip Rivers  SD at TEN
20 Ryan Tannehill  MIA vs. ATL
21 Matt Schaub  HOU at BAL
22 Jay Cutler  CHI at PIT
23 Terrelle Pryor  OAK at DEN
24 Joe Flacco  BAL vs. HOU
25 Ben Roethlisberger  PIT vs. CHI
26 Jake Locker  TEN vs. SD
27 E.J. Manuel  BUF at NYJ
28 Josh Freeman  TB at NE
29 Geno Smith  NYJ vs. BUF
30 Christian Ponder  MIN vs. CLE

As I said previously, we can't automatically plug Brady into a Top Five status, even though he still looks good screaming at his teammates... Wilson and Eli Manning both need to step up before finding the Top 10 again... Luck has an extremely tough go this week against a 49ers team that is one of the Top Three defenses, is at home and just took it on the chin in Seattle last week... Sneaky play with Alex Smith facing that Swiss cheese Philly D.

Running Backs

1 Adrian Peterson  MIN vs. CLE 1 Jamaal Charles  KC at PHI
2 Jamaal Charles  KC at PHI 2 Matt Forte  CHI at PIT
3 Marshawn Lynch  SEA vs. JAC 3 Marshawn Lynch  SEA vs. JAC
4 LeSean McCoy  PHI vs. KC 4 Adrian Peterson  MIN vs. CLE
5 Doug Martin  TB at NE 5 LeSean McCoy  PHI vs. KC
6 Matt Forte  CHI at PIT 6 Doug Martin  TB at NE
7 Alfred Morris  WAS vs. DET 7 Arian Foster  HOU at BAL
8 C.J. Spiller  BUF at NYJ 8 Darren Sproles  NO vs. ARI
9 Arian Foster  HOU at BAL 9 C.J. Spiller  BUF at NYJ
10 Chris Johnson  TEN vs. SD 10 Joique Bell  DET at WAS
11 Frank Gore  SF vs. IND 11 Alfred Morris  WAS vs. DET
12 DeMarco Murray  DAL vs. STL 12 Chris Johnson  TEN vs. SD
13 Joique Bell  DET at WAS 13 Frank Gore  SF vs. IND
14 Stevan Ridley  NE vs. TB 14 Bernard Pierce  BAL vs. HOU
15 Bernard Pierce  BAL vs. HOU 15 DeMarco Murray  DAL vs. STL
16 Knowshon Moreno  DEN vs. OAK 16 Darren McFadden  OAK at DEN
17 DeAngelo Williams  CAR vs. NYG 17 Knowshon Moreno  DEN vs. OAK
18 Darren McFadden  OAK at DEN 18 DeAngelo Williams  CAR vs. NYG
19 Darren Sproles  NO vs. ARI 19 Lamar Miller  MIA vs. ATL
20 David Wilson  NYG at CAR 20 David Wilson  NYG at CAR
21 Trent Richardson  CLE at MIN 21 Trent Richardson  CLE at MIN
22 Lamar Miller  MIA vs. ATL 22 Stevan Ridley  NE vs. TB
23 Ryan Mathews  SD at TEN 23 Daryl Richardson  STL at DAL
24 Daryl Richardson  STL at DAL 24 Ryan Mathews  SD at TEN
25 Rashard Mendenhall  ARI at NO 25 James Starks  GB at CIN
26 James Starks  GB at CIN 26 Rashard Mendenhall  ARI at NO
27 Giovani Bernard  CIN vs. GB 27 Jason Snelling  ATL at MIA
28 Bilal Powell  NYJ vs. BUF 28 Fred Jackson  BUF at NYJ
29 Christopher Ivory  NYJ vs. BUF 29 Bilal Powell  NYJ vs. BUF
30 Ahmad Bradshaw  IND at SF 30 Jacquizz Rodgers  ATL at MIA
31 Ben Tate  HOU at BAL 31 Giovani Bernard  CIN vs. GB
32 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  CIN vs. GB 32 Ben Tate  HOU at BAL
33 Fred Jackson  BUF at NYJ 33 Pierre Thomas  NO vs. ARI
34 Maurice Jones-Drew  JAC at SEA 34 Ahmad Bradshaw  IND at SF
35 Jacquizz Rodgers  ATL at MIA 35 Maurice Jones-Drew  JAC at SEA
36 Montee Ball  DEN vs. OAK 36 Christopher Ivory  NYJ vs. BUF
37 Jason Snelling  ATL at MIA 37 BenJarvus Green-Ellis  CIN vs. GB
38 Bryce Brown  PHI vs. KC 38 Danny Woodhead  SD at TEN
39 Pierre Thomas  NO vs. ARI 39 Felix Jones  PIT vs. CHI
40 Felix Jones  PIT vs. CHI 40 Bryce Brown  PHI vs. KC
41 Daniel Thomas  MIA vs. ATL 41 Montee Ball  DEN vs. OAK
42 Robert Turbin  SEA vs. JAC 42 Andre Ellington  ARI at NO
43 Danny Woodhead  SD at TEN 43 Bobby Rainey  CLE at MIN
44 Willis McGahee CLE at MIN 44 Marcel Reece  OAK at DEN
45 Andre Ellington  ARI at NO 45 Daniel Thomas  MIA vs. ATL
46 Bobby Rainey  CLE at MIN 46 Willis McGahee CLE at MIN
47 Isaac Redman  PIT vs. CHI 47 Isaac Redman  PIT vs. CHI
48 Mike Tolbert  CAR vs. NYG 48 Kendall Hunter  SF vs. IND
49 Isaiah Pead  STL at DAL 49 Michael Bush  CHI at PIT
50 Michael Bush  CHI at PIT 50 Robert Turbin  SEA vs. JAC
51 Chris Ogbonnaya  CLE at MIN 51 Roy Helu  WAS vs. DET
52 Mikel Leshoure  DET at WAS 52 Chris Ogbonnaya  CLE at MIN
53 Da'Rel Scott  NYG at CAR 53 Mike Tolbert  CAR vs. NYG
54 Jordan Todman  JAC at SEA 54 Da'Rel Scott  NYG at CAR
55 Jackie Battle  TEN vs. SD 55 Isaiah Pead  STL at DAL
56 Brandon Jacobs  NYG at CAR 56 Ronnie Hillman  DEN vs. OAK
57 Roy Helu  WAS vs. DET 57 Donald Brown  IND at SF
58 LeGarrette Blount  NE vs. TB 58 Leon Washington  NE vs. TB
59 Kendall Hunter  SF vs. IND 59 Vonta Leach  BAL vs. HOU
60 Ronnie Hillman  DEN vs. OAK 60 Mikel Leshoure  DET at WAS
61 Donald Brown  IND at SF 61 Justin Forsett  JAC at SEA
62 Jonathan Dwyer  PIT vs. CHI 62 Brandon Jacobs  NYG at CAR
63 Marcel Reece  OAK at DEN 63 Lance Dunbar  DAL vs. STL
64 Ronnie Brown  SD at TEN 64 Jackie Battle  TEN vs. SD
65 Lance Dunbar  DAL vs. STL 65 LeGarrette Blount  NE vs. TB
66 Ronnie Brown  SD at TEN 66 Knile Davis  KC at PHI
67 Knile Davis  KC at PHI 67 Brandon Jacobs  NYG at CAR
68 Lance Dunbar  DAL vs. STL 68 Anthony Sherman NE vs. TB
69 Leon Washington  NE vs. TB 69 Lance Dunbar  DAL vs. STL
70 Johnathan Franklin  GB at CIN 70 Jackie Battle  TEN vs. SD

Okay, let it be known that you must check pregame news for updates on Reggie Bush and Ray Rice. Do your due diligence!... I have a hard time even placing MJD at 35, given his health, the Jaguars inept offense and the matchup with the Seahawks... Joique Bell would climb higher if Reggie Bush misses Week 3 (see first sentence)... I think Tom Coughlin gets his head out of his - well, you know - as Wilson is his best bet at running back, which is why he cracks my Top 20 along with TRich and his debut with the Colts... Don't get too excited for Quiz. The Falcons will pass more with no SJax, and Snelling will steal the goal line chances.

Wide Receivers

Rank Standard Player Team Opp Rank PPR Player Team Opp
1 Calvin Johnson  DET at WAS 1 Calvin Johnson  DET at WAS
2 A.J. Green  CIN vs. GB 2 A.J. Green  CIN vs. GB
3 Dez Bryant  DAL vs. STL 3 Dez Bryant  DAL vs. STL
4 Julio Jones  ATL at MIA 4 Julio Jones  ATL at MIA
5 Demaryius Thomas  DEN vs. OAK 5 Demaryius Thomas  DEN vs. OAK
6 Brandon Marshall  CHI at PIT 6 Brandon Marshall  CHI at PIT
7 Victor Cruz  NYG at CAR 7 Victor Cruz  NYG at CAR
8 DeSean Jackson  PHI vs. KC 8 Randall Cobb  GB at CIN
9 Randall Cobb  GB at CIN 9 DeSean Jackson  PHI vs. KC
10 Jordy Nelson  GB at CIN 10 Vincent Jackson  TB at NE
11 Vincent Jackson  TB at NE 11 Julian Edelman  NE vs. TB
12 Pierre Garcon  WAS vs. DET 12 Larry Fitzgerald  ARI at NO
13 Wes Welker  DEN vs. OAK 13 Wes Welker  DEN vs. OAK
14 Larry Fitzgerald  ARI at NO 14 Reggie Wayne  IND at SF
15 Andre Johnson  HOU at BAL 15 Dwayne Bowe  KC at PHI
16 Hakeem Nicks  NYG at CAR 16 Jordy Nelson  GB at CIN
17 Reggie Wayne  IND at SF 17 Andre Johnson  HOU at BAL
18 Marques Colston  NO vs. ARI 18 Pierre Garcon  WAS vs. DET
19 Julian Edelman  NE vs. TB 19 Hakeem Nicks  NYG at CAR
20 Dwayne Bowe  KC at PHI 20 Steve Smith  CAR vs. NYG
21 Steve Smith  CAR vs. NYG 21 Mike Wallace  MIA vs. ATL
22 Anquan Boldin  SF vs. IND 22 Anquan Boldin  SF vs. IND
23 Mike Wallace  MIA vs. ATL 23 Marques Colston  NO vs. ARI
24 Torrey Smith  BAL vs. HOU 24 Antonio Brown  PIT vs. CHI
25 Eric Decker  DEN vs. OAK 25 Torrey Smith  BAL vs. HOU
26 Antonio Brown  PIT vs. CHI 26 Steve Johnson  BUF at NYJ
27 James Jones  GB at CIN 27 T.Y. Hilton IND at SF
28 Steve Johnson  BUF at NYJ 28 Eric Decker  DEN vs. OAK
29 T.Y. Hilton IND at SF 29 Miles Austin  DAL vs. STL
30 Miles Austin  DAL vs. STL 30 James Jones  GB at CIN
31 Mike Williams  TB at NE 31 Brian Hartline  MIA vs. ATL
32 Tavon Austin  STL at DAL 32 Andre Roberts  ARI at NO
33 DeAndre Hopkins  HOU at BAL 33 DeAndre Hopkins  HOU at BAL
34 Josh Gordon  CLE at MIN 34 Tavon Austin  STL at DAL
35 Chris Givens  STL at DAL 35 Emmanuel Sanders  PIT vs. CHI
36 Brian Hartline  MIA vs. ATL 36 Roddy White  ATL at MIA
37 Michael Floyd  ARI at NO 37 Eddie Royal  SD at TEN
38 Emmanuel Sanders  PIT vs. CHI 38 Michael Floyd  ARI at NO
39 Eddie Royal  SD at TEN 39 Josh Gordon  CLE at MIN
40 Roddy White  ATL at MIA 40 Nate Burleson  DET at WAS
41 Andre Roberts  ARI at NO 41 Chris Givens  STL at DAL
42 Cecil Shorts  JAC at SEA 42 Greg Jennings  MIN vs. CLE
43 Golden Tate  SEA vs. JAC 43 Cecil Shorts  JAC at SEA
44 Lance Moore  NO vs. ARI 44 Mike Williams  TB at NE
45 Greg Jennings  MIN vs. CLE 45 Kenbrell Thompkins  NE vs. TB
46 Kenbrell Thompkins  NE vs. TB 46 Lance Moore  NO vs. ARI
47 Nate Burleson  DET at WAS 47 Golden Tate  SEA vs. JAC
48 Marlon Brown  BAL vs. HOU 48 Marlon Brown  BAL vs. HOU
49 Vincent Brown  SD at TEN 49 Kenny Britt  TEN vs. SD
50 Rueben Randle  NYG at CAR 50 Vincent Brown  SD at TEN
51 Kenny Britt  TEN vs. SD 51 Rueben Randle  NYG at CAR
52 Rod Streater  OAK at DEN 52 Kendall Wright  TEN vs. SD
53 Alshon Jeffery  CHI at PIT 53 Leonard Hankerson  WAS vs. DET
54 Aaron Dobson  NE vs. TB 54 Stephen Hill  NYJ vs. BUF
55 Kendall Wright  TEN vs. SD 55 Rod Streater  OAK at DEN
56 Harry Douglas  ATL at MIA 56 Davone Bess  CLE at MIN
57 Stephen Hill  NYJ vs. BUF 57 Harry Douglas  ATL at MIA
58 Leonard Hankerson  WAS vs. DET 58 Alshon Jeffery  CHI at PIT
59 Sidney Rice  SEA vs. JAC 59 Doug Baldwin  SEA vs. JAC
60 Cordarrelle Patterson  MIN vs. CLE 60 Donnie Avery  KC at PHI
61 Denarius Moore  OAK at DEN 61 Denarius Moore  OAK at DEN
62 Doug Baldwin  SEA vs. JAC 62 Cordarrelle Patterson  MIN vs. CLE
63 Robert Woods  BUF at NYJ 63 Nate Washington  TEN vs. SD
64 Nate Washington  TEN vs. SD 64 Jerricho Cotchery  PIT vs. CHI
65 Jerricho Cotchery  PIT vs. CHI 65 Santonio Holmes  NYJ vs. BUF
66 Donnie Avery  KC at PHI 66 Robert Woods  BUF at NYJ
67 Markus Wheaton  PIT vs. CHI 67 Aaron Dobson  NE vs. TB
68 Greg Little  CLE at MIN 68 Greg Little  CLE at MIN
69 Ryan Broyles  DET at WAS 69 Markus Wheaton  PIT vs. CHI
70 Davone Bess  CLE at MIN 70 Sidney Rice  SEA vs. JAC
71 Jeremy Kerley  NYJ vs. BUF 71 Ryan Broyles  DET at WAS
72 Brandon LaFell  CAR vs. NYG 72 Brandon LaFell  CAR vs. NYG
73 Jerome Simpson  MIN vs. CLE 73 Jerome Simpson  MIN vs. CLE
74 Mohamed Sanu  CIN vs. GB 74 Jeremy Kerley  NYJ vs. BUF
75 Darrius Heyward-Bey  IND at SF 75 Riley Cooper  PHI vs. KC
76 Santonio Holmes  NYJ vs. BUF 76 Kenny Stills  NO vs. ARI
77 Santana Moss  WAS vs. DET 77 Darrius Heyward-Bey  IND at SF
78 Kenny Stills  NO vs. ARI 78 Santana Moss  WAS vs. DET
79 Ace Sanders  JAC at SEA 79 Ace Sanders  JAC at SEA
80 Riley Cooper  PHI vs. KC 80 Dexter McCluster  KC at PHI

More proof that WR is as loaded as ever. You can drop all the way into the 30s for WR2 quality options... I modestly ranked Andre Johnson, but as with some RBs, much depends on his health... James Jones had a huge week, but the Bengals defense is much tougher (see: at least respectable, and then some), and if one Packers WR will get left out, it will usually be Jones... The Colts finally gave Hilton his due in the offense, but as I mentioned, the 49ers are a scary matchup this week, so I'm tempering expectations... Josh Gordon is back, but Brian Hoyer is at QB. Uh, yea, that's why I just can't put Gordon higher.

Tight Ends

Rank Standard Player Team Opp Rank PPR Player Team Opp
1 Jimmy Graham  NO vs. ARI 1 Jimmy Graham  NO vs. ARI
2 Jason Witten  DAL vs. STL 2 Jason Witten  DAL vs. STL
3 Tony Gonzalez  ATL at MIA 3 Tony Gonzalez  ATL at MIA
4 Julius Thomas  DEN vs. OAK 4 Vernon Davis  SF vs. IND
5 Vernon Davis  SF vs. IND 5 Julius Thomas  DEN vs. OAK
6 Greg Olsen  CAR vs. NYG 6 Greg Olsen  CAR vs. NYG
7 Jared Cook  STL at DAL 7 Jared Cook  STL at DAL
8 Jermichael Finley  GB at CIN 8 Jermichael Finley  GB at CIN
9 Owen Daniels  HOU at BAL 9 Brandon Myers  NYG at CAR
10 Jordan Cameron  CLE at MIN 10 Jordan Cameron  CLE at MIN
11 Antonio Gates  SD at TEN 11 Martellus Bennett  CHI at PIT
12 Martellus Bennett  CHI at PIT 12 Owen Daniels  HOU at BAL
13 Brandon Myers  NYG at CAR 13 Rob Gronkowski  NE vs. TB
14 Rob Gronkowski  NE vs. TB 14 Coby Fleener  IND at SF
15 Coby Fleener  IND at SF 15 Antonio Gates  SD at TEN
16 Kyle Rudolph  MIN vs. CLE 16 Tyler Eifert  CIN vs. GB
17 Tyler Eifert  CIN vs. GB 17 Kyle Rudolph  MIN vs. CLE
18 Charles Clay  MIA vs. ATL 18 Jermaine Gresham  CIN vs. GB
19 Heath Miller  PIT vs. CHI 19 Brent Celek  PHI vs. KC
20 Brent Celek  PHI vs. KC 20 Brandon Pettigrew  DET at WAS
21 Brandon Pettigrew  DET at WAS 21 Charles Clay  MIA vs. ATL
22 Jermaine Gresham  CIN vs. GB 22 Heath Miller  PIT vs. CHI
23 Travis Kelce  KC at PHI 23 Travis Kelce  KC at PHI
24 Jordan Reed  WAS vs. DET 24 Robert Housler  ARI at NO
25 Kellen Winslow  NYJ vs. BUF 25 Anthony Fasano  KC at PHI
26 Fred Davis  WAS vs. DET 26 Jordan Reed  WAS vs. DET
27 Dallas Clark  BAL vs. HOU 27 Jeff Cumberland  NYJ vs. BUF
28 Robert Housler  ARI at NO 28 Dallas Clark  BAL vs. HOU
29 Scott Chandler  BUF at NYJ 29 Scott Chandler  BUF at NYJ
30 Anthony Fasano  KC at PHI 30 Kellen Winslow  NYJ vs. BUF
31 Garrett Graham  HOU at BAL 31 Clay Harbor  JAC at SEA
32 Zach Ertz  PHI vs. KC 32 Delanie Walker  TEN vs. SD
33 Delanie Walker  TEN vs. SD 33 Zack Ertz PHI vs. KC
34 Marcedes Lewis  JAC at SEA 34 Zach Miller  SEA vs. JAC
35 Zach Miller  SEA vs. JAC 35 Garrett Graham  HOU at BAL

The same reason I ranked Gordon in the 30s is why I have Jordan Cameron lower than most. The Top 10 is still good, and you're not benching him, but something makes my stomach turn when I hear the words, "Brian Hoyer, starting quarterback"... Olsen should have a field day against the Giants back seven... Maybe Myers can get some more garbage time this week... We have to start taking notice on Clay. The Dolphins need him in the passing game, and you could do much worse (Pettigrew anyone).

Kickers and Defense

Rank Player Team Opp Rank Team Opp
1 Matt Prater  DEN vs. OAK 1 Seattle Seahawks  vs. JAC
2 Stephen Gostkowski  NE vs. TB 2 Denver Broncos  vs. OAK
3 Garrett Hartley  NO vs. ARI 3 San Francisco 49ers  vs. IND
4 Phil Dawson  SF vs. IND 4 Chicago Bears  at PIT
5 Dan Bailey  DAL vs. STL 5 Minnesota Vikings  vs. CLE
6 Matt Bryant  ATL at MIA 6 New England Patriots  vs. TB
7 Blair Walsh  MIN vs. CLE 7 Houston Texans  at BAL
8 Steven Hauschka  SEA vs. JAC 8 Baltimore Ravens  vs. HOU
9 Alex Henery  PHI vs. KC 9 Cleveland Browns  at MIN
10 Greg Zuerlein  STL at DAL 10 New York Jets  vs. BUF
11 Sebastian Janikowski  OAK at DEN 11 Carolina Panthers  vs. NYG
12 David Akers  DET at WAS 12 Buffalo Bills  at NYJ
13 Justin Tucker  BAL vs. HOU 13 Dallas Cowboys  vs. STL
14 Mason Crosby  GB at CIN 14 St. Louis Rams  at DAL
15 Josh Brown  NYG at CAR 15 Miami Dolphins  vs. ATL
16 Randy Bullock  HOU at BAL 16 Cincinnati Bengals  vs. GB
17 Adam Vinatieri  IND at SF 17 Kansas City Chiefs  at PHI
18 Caleb Sturgis  MIA vs. ATL 18 Detroit Lions  at WAS
19 Robbie Gould  CHI at PIT 19 Green Bay Packers  at CIN
20 Kai Forbath  WAS vs. DET 20 Pittsburgh Steelers  vs. CHI
21 Ryan Succop  KC at PHI 21 Atlanta Falcons  at MIA
22 Jay Feely  ARI at NO 22 Arizona Cardinals  at NO
23 Graham Gano  CAR vs. NYG 23 New Orleans Saints  vs. ARI
24 Mike Nugent  CIN vs. GB 24 New York Giants  at CAR
25 Rob Bironas  TEN vs. SD 25 Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at NE
26 Nick Novak  SD at TEN 26 Indianapolis Colts  at SF
27 Rian Lindell  TB at NE 27 San Diego Chargers  at TEN
28 Nick Folk  NYJ vs. BUF 28 Tennessee Titans  vs. SD
29 John Potter  WAS vs. DET 29 Philadelphia Eagles  vs. KC
30 Billy Cundiff  CLE at MIN 30 Oakland Raiders  at DEN
31 Washington Redskins  vs. DET
32 Jacksonville Jaguars  at SEA