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Fantasy football rankings: Bounce-back week for Packers’ Aaron Rodgers?

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) has started slowly, but Sunday’s home opener should be his moment to bounce back.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) has started slowly, but Sunday’s home opener should be his moment to bounce back. AP

Fantasy football position rankings for Week 3 matchups:


1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay vs. Detroit ... Rodgers has thrown for 199 and 213 yards in the first two weeks, but at Lambeau for the home opener against the Lions should be where he gets back to his old self. Detriot has has allowed multiple passing TDs in each of the first two weeks.

2. Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Atlanta ... Brees should be in store for a big game at home on Monday Night Football (Atlanta has allowed seven passing touchdowns in the first two weeks), but for what it’s worth he has just four passing TDs in his past four games against the Falcons.

3. Cam Newton, Carolina vs. Minnesota

4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta at New Orleans

5. Philip Rivers, San Diego at Indianapolis ... Indianapolis has allowed a league-high 73 points in the first two weeks of the 2016 season.

6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia ... In part because of matchups (Chicago, Cleveland), Philadelphia has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year.

7. Russell Wilson, Seattle vs. San Francisco

8. Dak Prescott, Dallas vs. Chicago ... Prescott has thrown 75 passes without an interception, the best start by a rookie quarterback on that metric in NFL history.

9. Carson Palmer, Arizona at Buffalo

10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis vs. San Diego ... Luck will likely be without Donte Moncrief (shoulder) this week.

11. Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Green Bay

12. Derek Carr, Oakland at Tennessee

13. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee vs. Oakland ... Oakland has allowed at least 20 percent more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than every other team through two weeks, and Mariota had a three-TD game last year against the Raiders.

14. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

15. Ryan Tannehill, Miami vs. Cleveland

16. Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

17. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles

18. Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Jacksonville

19. Kirk Cousins, Washington at N.Y. Giants

20. Ryan Fitzpatrick, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City

Running backs

1. DeAngelo Williams, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia ... Enjoy one more featured game from Williams, as Le’Veon Bell is scheduled to return from suspension next week.

2. Melvin Gordon, San Diego at Indianapolis ... Gordon comes into Week 3 off career high in rushing yards (102), rushing attempts (24) and has three TDs in two games. With Danny Woodhead lost for the year with a torn ACL, Gordon’s stock moves up considerably. Oh, and Indianapolis allows the most fantasy points to opposing running backs this year.

3. David Johnson, Arizona at Buffalo

4. DeMarco Murray, Tennessee vs. Oakland ... Not that you need a reason to keep Murray dialed up, but Oakland has allowed the most yards through the first two weeks in NFL history.

5. Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas vs. Chicago ... With Bears coming off a short week and playing with several starters injured, it’s a recipe for a big week for Elliott in his first game on national TV.

6. Mark Ingram, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

7. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta at New Orleans

8. Lamar Miller, Houston at New England

9. C.J. Anderson, Denver at Cincinnati ... Anderson has been a top-10 back in Weeks 1 and 2, and the Bengals have allowed top-10 fantasy backs in Weeks 1 and 2.

10. Matt Forte, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City ... At Arrowhead is a bad draw on paper, but at least Forte should be busy (so far Forte has 52 carries to just five for Bilal Powell. Forte, though, can’t sustain his full-season pace of 472 touches.

11. Theo Riddick, Detroit at Green Bay ... Riddick will be the lead back for the Lions with Ameer Abdullah put on IR.=

12. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta at New Orleans

13. Todd Gurley, Los Angeles at Tampa Bay ... Tough sledding – Gurley is averaging 2.7 yards per carry through two weeks, while Tampa is allowing just 2.9 yards per carry against opposing backs.

14. Eddie Lacy, Green Bay vs. Detroit ... Lacy is averaging just 13.5 touches per game through two weeks and has gone seven straight games with fewer than 15 carries.

15. Charles Sims, Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles

16. Frank Gore, Indianapolis vs. San Diego

17. LeSean McCoy, Buffalo vs. Arizona ... With the firing of Greg Roman as offensive coordinator, running backs coach Anthony Lynn will take over. You have to think that means he leans on his top running back, LeSean McCoy, more than Roman did.

18. Isaiah Crowell, Cleveland at Miami

19. Spencer Ware, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets

20. Jeremy Langford, Chicago at Dallas

21. Latavius Murray, Oakland at Tennessee

22. LeGarrette Blount, New England vs. Houston ... Blount has been busy with no Tom Brady in the lineup, with 51 carries in two games.

23. Christine Michael, Seattle vs. San Francisco

24. Thomas Rawls, Seattle vs. San Francisco

25. Matt Jones, Washington at N.Y. Giants

26. Rashad Jennings, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington ... Jennings (hand) should play but will need to be monitored.

27. T.J. Yeldon, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

28. Duke Johnson Jr., Cleveland at Miami

29. Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati vs. Denver

30. Cameron Artis-Payne, Carolina vs. Minnesota ... Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) will likely miss a few weeks, and it’s possible that Artis-Payne (not Fozzy Whitaker) is the main back.

Wide receivers

1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

2. Julio Jones, Atlanta at New Orleans

3. Brandin Cooks, New Orleans vs. Atlanta ... Dating to last season, Cooks has scored a touchdown in six straight home games.

4. Odell Beckham Jr., N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay vs. Detroit

6. Jarvis Landry, Miami vs. Cleveland

7. Willie Snead, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

8. Allen Robinson, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

9. Dez Bryant, Dallas vs. Chicago

10. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston at New England

11. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles

12. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Buffalo

13. Amari Cooper, Oakland at Tennessee

14. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis vs. San Diego

15. Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina vs. Minnesota

16. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago at Dallas

17. Travis Benjamin, San Diego at Indianapolis

18. Eric Decker, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City ... Mr. Touchdown – Decker has scored in 15 of his past 19 games.

19. Michael Crabtree, Oakland at Tennessee

20. A.J. Green, Cincinnati vs. Denver

21. Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit at Green Bay

22. Sterling Shepard, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

23. Randall Cobb, Green Bay vs. Detroit ... Perhaps Cobb is due – he hasn’t scored a touchdown in seven straight games, his longest drought since 2012.

24. Jeremy Maclin, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets

25. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta at New Orleans

26. Doug Baldwin, Seattle vs. San Francisco

27. Phillip Dorsett, Indianapolis vs. San Diego ... Dorsett moves into the starting lineup with Donte Moncrief out.

28. Allen Hurns, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

29. Demaryius Thomas, Denver at Cincinnati

30. Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh

31. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota at Carolina ... It’s a tough draw, but Diggs has opened with back-to-back 100-yard receiving games despite having two different quarterbacks and he accounts for a league-best 54.6 percent of his team’s receiving yards.

32. Julian Edelman, New England vs. Houston ... If Jacoby Brissett were to be injured then Edelman would become the Patriots’ quarterback this week.

33. Michael Floyd, Arizona at Buffalo

34. DeSean Jackson, Washington at N.Y. Giants

35. Mike Wallace, Baltimore at Jacksonville ... Wallace has three touchdowns in two games as a Raven.

36. Will Fuller, Houston at New England ... Somewhat hard to believe, but Fuller became the first rookie wide receiver drafted in the first round ever to post 100 yard games in Weeks 1 and 2 of the season.

37. Golden Tate, Detroit at Green Bay ... Things can change of course, but thus far Tate is averaging just 6.0 yards per catch. He has been running short routes while Marvin Jones gets to stretch the field.

38. Sammy Watkins, Buffalo vs. Arizona ...Watkins (foot) should play but he was largely used as a decoy last week. Plus, he will likely be shadowed by shutdown corner Patrick Peterson.

39. Brandon Marshall, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City ... Marshall (MCL) will need to be monitored because he could miss Week 3.

40. Tajae Sharpe, Tennessee vs. Oakland ... Sharpe could be a nice Week 3 sleeper – the Raiders have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing receivers.

Tight ends

1. Jordan Reed, Washington at N.Y. Giants

2. Greg Olsen, Carolina vs. Minnesota

3. Delanie Walker, Tennessee vs. Oakland

4. Eric Ebron, Detroit at Green Bay ... Ebron has been a big part of the Lions’ game plan and Green Bay has allowed a touchdown to tight ends in each of the first two weeks.

5. Rob Gronkowski, New England vs. Houston ... Gronkowski (hamstring) has missed Weeks 1 and 2 and will need to be monitored for whether Week 3 will mark his 2016 debut. Likely a game-time decision.

6. Julius Thomas, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

7. Dennis Pitta, Baltimore at Jacksonville ... Pitta is back and quickly a strong fantasy option again coming off a nine-catch, 102-yard receiving game.

8. Travis Kelce, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets

9. Coby Fleener, New Orleans vs. Atlanta ... Fleener has been a huge disappointment, but if you want to hang on to hope he goes against Atlanta, which has given up three TDs to tight ends.

10. Clive Walford, Oakland at Tennessee

11. Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota at Carolina

12. Gary Barnidge, Cleveland at Miami

13. Jordan Cameron, Miami vs. Cleveland ...Revenge game potential here as Cameron gets to face his former team. Cameron also comes off a game with his first touchdown of the season.

14. Jimmy Graham, Seattle vs. San Francisco

15. Jared Cook, Green Bay vs. Detroit

16. Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Chicago

17. Martellus Bennett, New England vs. Houston

18. Jesse James, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

19. Jacob Tamme, Atlanta at New Orleans ... Through two weeks Tamme leads the Falcons with 16 targets.

20. Antonio Gates, San Diego at Indianapolis ... Gates (hamstring) is questionable and he will need to be monitored.


1. Dan Bailey, Dallas vs. Chicago

2. Graham Gano, Carolina vs. Minnesota

3. Justin Tucker, Baltimore at Jacksonville

4. Steven Hauschka, Seattle vs. San Francisco

5. Mason Crosby, Green Bay vs. Detroit

6. Cairo Santos, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets

7. Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland at Tennessee

8. Matt Bryant, Atlanta at New Orleans

9. Josh Brown, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

10. Josh Lambo, San Diego at Indianapolis

11. Stephen Gostkowski, New England vs. Houston

12. Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona at Buffalo

13. Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

14. Jason Myers, Jacksonville vs. Baltimore

15. Wil Lutz, New Orleans vs. Atlanta

16. Andrew Franks, Miami vs. Cleveland

17. Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. San Diego

18. Dustin Hopkins, Washington at N.Y. Giants

19. Ryan Succop, Tennessee vs. Oakland

20. Nick Folk, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City


1. Seattle DT, Seattle vs. San Francisco

2. Carolina DT, Carolina vs. Minnesota

3. Tampa Bay DT, Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles

4. Denver DT, Denver at Cincinnati

5. Pittsburgh DT, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

6. Arizona DT, Arizona at Buffalo

7. Houston DT, Houston at New England

8. Miami DT, Miami vs. Cleveland

9. New York Giants DT, N.Y. Giants vs. Washington

10. Green Bay DT, Green Bay vs. Detroit

11. Kansas City DT, Kansas City vs. N.Y. Jets

12. Baltimore DT, Baltimore at Jacksonville

13. New England DT, New England vs. Houston

14. Dallas DT, Dallas vs. Chicago

15. Los Angeles DT, Los Angeles at Tampa Bay

16. Cincinnati DT, Cincinnati vs. Denver

17. New York Jets DT, N.Y. Jets at Kansas City

18. Oakland DT, Oakland at Tennessee

19. Minnesota DT, Minnesota at Carolina

20. Washington DT, Washington at N.Y. Giants

Alan Satterlee is a co-owner and senior writer for, a comprehensive fantasy football strategy site.