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NFL Week 3 Positional Fantasy Football Rankings

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Each week, PFF's fantasy football analysts post rankings in PPR, non-PPR and 0.5-PPR formats for the league's offensive skill positions. IDP rankings are also folded into the mix, making the PFF rankings pages the go-to resource for all your fantasy football decisions during the 2021 NFL season.

According to FantasyPros, my rankings placed second in accuracy among 149 experts in 2020 and third among 129 experts in 2019. Through two weeks of the 2021 season, I rank 16th out of 192.

Related: The Fantasy Football Utilization Report: Week 3 waiver wire, trade and drop candidates via Dwain McFarland

Here are my fantasy football rankings for Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season, including some notes about players to help you make your weekly decisions.

Last Updated: 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 26


  • GM: Good matchup, using PFF's strength of schedule and matchup tools
  • BM: Bad matchup, using PFF's strength of schedule and matchup tools
  • DNP: Did not participate in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • LP: Limited participation in team's most recent practice due to injury
  • D: Player is doubtful to play due to injury
  • Q: Player is questionable to play due to injury
  • FA: Free agent available in at least 80% of ESPN leagues


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Rank Name Team Opp Notes
1 Kyler Murray ARZ @JAX GM
2 Lamar Jackson BLT @DET GM, Q
3 Patrick Mahomes KC LAC GM
4 Josh Allen BUF WAS
5 Russell Wilson SEA @MIN BM
6 Jalen Hurts PHI @DAL
7 Dak Prescott DAL PHI
8 Tom Brady TB @LA BM
9 Justin Herbert LAC @KC
10 Matthew Stafford LA TB BM
11 Aaron Rodgers GB @SF BM
12 Daniel Jones NYG ATL
13 Teddy Bridgewater DEN NYJ
14 Kirk Cousins MIN SEA
15 Ryan Tannehill TEN IND
16 Justin Fields CHI @CLV
17 Derek Carr LV MIA GM
18 Sam Darnold CAR @HST GM, FA
19 Baker Mayfield CLV CHI GM
20 Matt Ryan ATL @NYG
21 Ben Roethlisberger PIT CIN
22 Trevor Lawrence JAX ARZ
23 Jimmy Garoppolo SF GB FA
24 Jared Goff DET BLT FA
25 Joe Burrow CIN @PIT
26 Jacoby Brissett MIA @LV FA
27 Taylor Heinicke WAS @BUF FA
28 Carson Wentz IND @TEN Q, FA
29 Mac Jones NE NO BM, FA
30 Jameis Winston NO @NE
31 Davis Mills HST CAR FA
32 Zach Wilson NYJ @DEN BM, FA
33 Taysom Hill NO @NE FA
34 Trey Lance SF GB

This is a good week to stream a quarterback. Teddy Bridgewater and Daniel Jones are both widely available and have ranked among the top-12 fantasy quarterbacks so far this season. It could be worth adding them just to make sure another fantasy manager can’t do it.

Other quarterbacks who typically make the top-12, like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford, have some of the toughest matchups of the week. They don’t have the same rushing floors as other top-12 quarterbacks, which makes them riskier. You could also bench someone off to a slow start, like Ryan Tannehill.

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