• Cristian Botello

Week 3 Astro Rankings


Whew, what a week last week was. Injuries piled on and hurt even the most talented fantasy teams. The pre-season consensus RB1 and RB2 both went down for an extended period of time. ACL injuries were commonplace. It was unfortunate for many players who were just excited to be playing football. This week's rankings are going to look different without some of the top players we are used to seeing. Thursday nights game was a wild one. We saw an undrafted free agent and a 7th round pick take over their respective backfields. Be prepared to see them in some rankings next week.


This week's rankings are only going to take into consideration all Sunday matchups and the Monday night showdown. These rankings are based on Half-PPR leagues.


Quarterback Rankings



1) Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

2) Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens

3) Dak Prescott - Dallas Cowboys

4) Patrick Mahomes - Kansas City Chiefs

5) Cam Newton - New England Patriots


Russel Wilson takes the top spot this week in a showdown with Dak Prescott and Dallas. I don’t expect much defense to be played and with a multitude of offensive weapons, points will be scored. Lamar goes up against a stout KC defense but I am still confident in his rushing floor.


6) Kyler Murray - Arizona Cardinals

7) Josh Allen - Buffalo Bills

8) Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons

9) Deshaun Watson - Houston Texans

10) Joe Burrow - Cincinatti Bengals

11) Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints

12) Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers

13) Jared Goff - Los Angeles Rams

14) Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions

15) Phillip Rivers - Indianapolis Colts



Runningback Rankings



1) Alvin Kamara - New Orleans Saints

2) Ezekiel Elliott - Dallas Cowboys

3) Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers

4) Jonathan Taylor - Indianapolis Colts

5) Dalvin Cook - Minnesota Vikings

Alvin Kamara is the immediate beneficiary of the injury to Michael Thomas last week. Expect that to continue this week. Jones had a big week, can he do it with the defense not worrying about Adams? Jonathan Taylor against the Jets? Yes, please.


6) Miles Sanders - Philadelphia Eagles

7) Derrick Henry - Tennessee Titans

8) Chris Carson - Seattle Seahawks

9) Clyde Edwards-Helaire - Kansas City Chiefs

10) Melvin Gordon - Denver Broncos


Bumped CEH down a little going against a stout Baltimore defense. Chris Carson's usage in the passing game and his control of the Seattle backfield makes him a top 10 option.


11) James Conner - Pittsburgh Steelers

12) Josh Jacobs - Las Vegas Rams

13) Austin Ekeler - San Diego Chargers

14) Nick Chubb - Cleveland Browns

15) Joe Mixon - Cincinnati Bengals


I love Ekeler, but in a game where the script could shift towards Kelley... Nick Chubb looked great, but how dependent on the game script is he? Mixon continues to slide until Zac Taylor can use him correctly.


16) Kenyan Drake - Arizona Cardinals

17) Todd Gurley - Atlanta Falcons

18) Devin Singletary - Buffalo Bills

19) David Montgomery - Chicago Bears

20) David Johnson - Houston Texans

21) Jerick McKinnon - San Francisco 49ers

22) Kareem Hunt - Cleveland Browns

23) Darrell Henderson - Los Angeles Rams

24) Mike Davis - Carolina Panthers


Wide Receiver Rankings



1) Deandre Hopkins - Arizona Cardinals

2) Calvin Ridley - Atlanta Falcons

3) DJ Moore - Carolina Panthers

4) Amari Cooper - Dallas Cowboys

5) Tyler Lockett - Seattle Seahawks


Ridley is the WR to have right now. With Julio being questionable, expect Ridley to handle the load for Matt Ryan. Again, more Seahawks and Cowboys near the top. Moore and Hopkins are reception machines.


6) Mike Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

7) Terry Mclaurin - Washington Football Team

8) Allen Robinson - Chicago Bears

9) D.K. Metcalf - Seattle Seahawks

10) Chris Godwin - Tampa Bay Buccaneers


I’m a big fan of Godwin, but coming back from a concussion and Evan’s big game against Carolina I’m going to temper expectations. But still, a top 10 ranking isn’t anything to complain about. Scary Terry is back. Metcalf is going to benefit from this high scoring affair.


11) Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs

12) Stefon Diggs - Buffalo Bills

13) Adam Thielen - Minnesota Vikings

14) Robert Woods - Los Angeles Rams

15) Odell Beckham Jr. - Cleveland Browns


Slid Odell down even after his game last week. Going against a good defensive front I worry a little about Mayfield. I faded Diggs this off-season. Shouldn’t have done that.


16) Keenan Allen - San Diego Chargers

17) Juju Smith-Schuster - Pittsburgh Steelers

18) Diontae Johnson - Pittsburgh Steelers

19) Cooper Kupp - Los Angeles Rams

20) Ceedee Lamb - Dallas Cowboys

21) Marquise Brown - Baltimore Ravens

22) Julian Edelman - New England Patriots

23) Kenny Golladay - Detroit Lions

24) Desean Jackson - Philadelphia Eagles



Tight End Rankings



1) Mark Andrews - Baltimore Ravens

2) Travis Kelce - Kansas City Chiefs

3) Darren Waller - Las Vegas Raiders

4) Hunter Henry - San Diego Chargers

5) Zach Ertz - Philadelphia Eagles


The TEs in the Monday night showdown fill out the top 2 spots. They’ll never be below 3 in my opinion. Waller keeps doing his thing. Is Ertz on the way out of Philadelphia?


6) Dallas Goedert - Philadelphia Eagles

7) T.J. Hockenson - Detroit Lions

8) Evan Engram - New York Giants

9) Noah Fant - Denver Broncos

10) Tyler Higbee - Los Angeles Rams

11) Jared Cook - New Orleans Saints

12) Jonnu Smith - Tennessee Titans

13) Austin Hooper - Cleveland Browns

14) Hayden Hurst - Atlanta Falcons

15) Dalton Schultz - Dallas Cowboys


After the top 3 TEs, it’s a crapshoot of who can vulture a touchdown or grab receptions.

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