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Fantasy Football 2014, Preseason Week 3 Player Rankings

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Week 3 of the preseason is where coaches and fantasy football players alike are hoping their starters can escape one more week without injury. It is widely known that for most teams, this week represents the point in the preseason where starters could play an entire half or beyond. From a fantasy football perspective, owners who have already had their drafts will be holding their collective breaths. For owners who have yet to draft, it will provide one final (most likely) and extensive look into how projected early round picks perform before the start of the regular season.  If injuries occur, owners who have yet to draft will be able to move players down, or completely off, their boards heading into next week. Below are my player rankings heading into preseason week 3. In this edition, I have added a composite average ranking that takes into account the average player rank from each of my three releases thus far. The “Variance” will show you how the player’s current rank is trending versus the three-week average. A positive variance indicates the player is trending upward, whereas a negative obviously indicates the downward trend. In addition, don’t forget to check back next week when I release my final preseason top 200 player rankings. Good luck to all of those fantasy football owners drafting this weekend!

Current Rank 3 Week Avg. Rank Variance Player Name Pos. Team Bye
1 1.0 - LeSean McCoy RB PHI 7
2 2.0 - Jamaal Charles RB KC 6
3 3.0 - Adrian Peterson RB MIN 10
4 4.0 - Matt Forte RB CHI 9
5 5.3 +0.3 Calvin Johnson WR DET 9
6 5.7 -0.3 Eddie Lacy RB GB 9
7 7.7 +0.6 Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 4
8 7.3 -0.7 Jimmy Graham TE NO 6
9 9.3 +0.3 Dez Bryant WR DAL 11
10 10.7 +0.6 Marshawn Lynch RB SEA 4
11 10.0 -1.0 Peyton Manning QB DEN 4
12 12.0 - A.J. Green WR CIN 4
13 14.3 +1.3 Brandon Marshall WR CHI 9
14 14.7 +0.6 Julio Jones WR ATL 9
15 14.7 -0.3 DeMarco Murray RB DAL 11
16 15.0 -1.0 Montee Ball RB DEN 4
17 19.3 +2.3 Antonio Brown WR PIT 12
18 21.3 +3.3 Jordy Nelson WR GB 9
19 18.7 -0.3 Giovani Bernard RB CIN 4
20 20.0 - Drew Brees QB NO 6
21 21.0 - Aaron Rodgers QB GB 9
22 22.7 +0.6 Alshon Jeffery WR CHI 9
23 21.3 -1.7 Le’Veon Bell RB PIT 12
24 25.3 +1.3 Randall Cobb WR GB 9
25 19.3 -5.7 Arian Foster RB HOU 10
26 28.7 +2.6 Andre Ellington RB ARI 4
27 26.3 -0.7 Doug Martin RB TB 7
28 28.0 - Zac Stacy RB STL 4
29 29.7 +0.6 Julius Thomas TE DEN 4
30 28.3 -1.7 Rob Gronkowski TE NE 10
31 32.0 +1 Keenan Allen WR SD 10
32 31.3 -0.7 Alfred Morris RB WAS 10
33 31.7 -1.3 Reggie Bush RB DET 9
34 34.7 +0.6 Pierre Garcon WR WAS 10
35 36.0 +1 Vincent Jackson WR TB 7
36 34.0 -2.0 C.J. Spiller RB BUF 9
37 36.7 -0.3 Victor Cruz WR NYG 8
38 39.0 +1 Shane Vereen RB NE 10
39 38.3 -0.7 Toby Gerhart RB JAC 11
40 40.7 +0.6 Andre Johnson WR HOU 10
41 42.7 +1.6 Roddy White WR ATL 9
42 41.3 -0.7 Larry Fitzgerald WR ARI 4
43 44.0 +1 Cordarrelle Patterson WR MIN 10
44 44.0 - Ryan Mathews RB SD 10
45 47.7 +2.6 Rashad Jennings RB NYG 8
46 48.0 +2 Michael Crabtree WR SF 8
47 47.0 - Matthew Stafford QB DET 9
48 44.3 -3.7 Wes Welker WR DEN 4
49 53.0 +4 Michael Floyd WR ARI 4
50 49.3 -0.7 Percy Harvin WR SEA 4
51 51.0 - DeSean Jackson WR WAS 10
52 53.3 +1.3 Andrew Luck QB IND 10
53 52.3 -0.7 Frank Gore RB SF 8
54 58.7 +4.6 Ben Tate RB CLE 4
55 47.7 -7.3 Bishop Sankey RB TEN 9
56 57.0 +1 Vernon Davis TE SF 8
57 58.3 +1.3 Ray Rice RB BAL 11
58 56.0 -2.0 Chris Johnson RB NYJ 11
59 58.0 -1.0 Jordan Cameron TE CLE 4
60 60.0 - T.Y. Hilton WR IND 10
61 65.7 +4.6 Kendall Wright WR TEN 9
62 65.3 +3.3 Torrey Smith WR BAL 11
63 63.0 - Joique Bell RB DET 9
64 60.3 -3.7 Trent Richardson RB IND 10
65 67.3 +2.3 Mike Wallace WR MIA 5
66 64.3 -1.7 Julian Edelman WR NE 10
67 65.0 -2.0 Jeremy Maclin WR PHI 7
68 68.7 +0.6 Jason Witten TE DAL 11
69 65.0 -4.0 Pierre Thomas RB NO 6
70 71.7 +1.6 Tom Brady QB NE 10
71 70.7 -0.3 Robert Griffin III QB WAS 10
72 74.0 +2 Lamar Miller RB MIA 5
73 73.7 +0.6 Steven Jackson RB ATL 9
74 72.3 -1.7 Stevan Ridley RB NE 10
75 75.3 +0.3 Marques Colston WR NO 6
76 84.0 +8 Eric Decker WR NYJ 11
77 79.3 +2.3 Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 5
78 78.0 - Jordan Reed TE WAS 10
79 79.7 +0.6 Matt Ryan QB ATL 9
80 76.3 -3.7 Nick Foles QB PHI 7
81 83.0 +2 Reggie Wayne WR IND 10
82 82.3 +0.3 Terrance Williams WR DAL 11
83 84.7 +1.6 Golden Tate WR DET 9
84 86.0 +2 Greg Olsen TE CAR 12
85 87.0 +2 Cam Newton QB CAR 12
86 86.0 - Danny Woodhead RB SD 10
87 90.3 +3.3 Tony Romo QB DAL 11
88 91.7 +3.6 Brandin Cooks WR NO 6
89 83.0 -6.0 Sammy Watkins WR BUF 9
90 90.0 - Dennis Pitta TE BAL 11
91 96.0 +5 Fred Jackson RB BUF 9
92 84.3 -7.7 Darren Sproles RB PHI 7
93 93.0 - Colin Kaepernick QB SF 8
94 94.0 - Kyle Rudolph TE MIN 10
95 96.7 +1.6 Jay Cutler QB CHI 9
96 97.3 +1.3 Bernard Pierce RB BAL 11
97 97.0 - Seattle Defense DEF SEA 4
98 80.0 -18.0 Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 4
99 98.7 -0.3 Carlos Hyde RB SF 8
100 101.3 +1.3 Dwayne Bowe WR KC 6

 

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