Fantasy football flex rankings for Week 3

Eric Karabell
ESPN PLUS


A pair of New Orleans Saintsare among the top three flex-eligible, PPR scorers for the first two games, and the excellence of those players is clear in the Week 3 flex rankings. There is one other team, however, with a pair of flex-eligible options in the top 10 and that team (New York Giants) has yet to win a game. In other words, fantasy assets come on good teams and not-so-good ones as well. Just ask those relying on the starting running backs for the Arizona Cardinalsand Buffalo Bills.



Welcome to Week 3, as we get more of an idea which teams and which players we can count on for good things. This list combines the best of the running backs, wide receivers and tight ends for PPR purposes, and pay attention to the news as the week goes on. Players will rise in the rankings and fall, and others might leave them based on health. Good luck in Week 3. Let's flex!


1. Todd Gurley II, RB, Los Angeles Rams: Boasts a mere eight targets in two games, while three running backs had 13 or more catches in Week 2 alone. Gurley is fine.
2. Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints: Only 75 rushing yards in two weeks. Again, no reason to panic, but interesting development. Mark Ingram II returns for Week 5.
3. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys: Excluding Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, all other Cowboys have three rushing attempts. Elliott has a monopoly!
4. Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants: The offensive line is a mess, but he can catch double-digit passes every so often, his top-five status is relatively safe.
5. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Well on his way to his first 500-yard receiving season, as he improves annually.
6. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: Perhaps he is not so happy, just like his pal the running back. The numbers will be there, however.
7. Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints: Yep, that is 28 catches in two games. Second place has 20. Thomas might be having an Antonio Brown season.
8. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons: The 12 wide receivers ahead of him in PPR scoring have all scored a touchdown or more. What if it is Week 8 and he still has not scored?
9. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Houston Texans
10. Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants
11. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals: This seems like a monumental drop, but his investors should not bench him. The Cardinals have to show they can give him a chance to produce big stats again.
12. Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Lost in the Patrick Mahomes hoopla is Hunt's relatively slow start, with 62 rushing yards per game and one reception. At least it was a touchdown catch.
13. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
14. Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
15. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
16. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: And people actually downgraded him because Ryan Fitzpatrick was the quarterback for September. He might be the quarterback for a long time.
17. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings: Do not worry. He will not average a mere 3 yards per carry for much longer.
18. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Do not worry. He did not lose his job due to injury in Week 2.
19. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Late touchdown in Week 2 salvaged what would have been underwhelming game. He rushed 8 times for 17 yards total. No sign of Le'Veon Bell, though.
20. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons: We tried to tell people he is just as good as injured Devonta Freeman, but did everyone listen? Could the Falcons just stick with Coleman?
21. A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
22. Davante Adams, WR, Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers played, and played well.
23. Adam Thielen, WR, Minnesota Vikings: Kirk Cousins haters should really give that argument up.
24. Stefon Diggs, WR, Minnesota Vikings
25. Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Upgraded wide receiver corps will help him, as if he needed more aid.
26. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears: Twelve running backs have more catches than this player who supposedly could not catch passes. He can!
27. Kenyon Drake, RB, Miami Dolphins
28. Giovani Bernard, RB, Cincinnati Bengals: Gets a big opportunity with Joe Mixon out a few games, but when Mixon returns, there is no controversy here. Bernard was an RB2 for the games he was a starter last season. No, really.
29. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts: The Buccaneers had little trouble burning the Eagles defense in Week 2. The Colts have a decent quarterback as well.
30. Jarvis Landry, WR, Cleveland Browns: Short week and his health is in question, but play him anyway.
31. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers
32. Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
33. Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins: Team said it was going to be cautious with his touches, but so far, that has not been the case. Stay healthy!
34. Golden Tate, WR, Detroit Lions
35. Allen Robinson, WR, Chicago Bears: I think Mitchell Trubisky can approach 4,000 passing yards, and that would help Robinson.
36. Dion Lewis, RB, Tennessee Titans: Still the No. 1 Titans running back, it seems.
37. Alex Collins, RB, Baltimore Ravens: Odd games so far for him, so it has affected usage. Give this a chance.
38. Matt Breida, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Leading rusher in the NFL and looking like an RB2. Schedule looks good, actually.
39. Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos
40. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals: The difference is Carson Palmer threw the ball downfield quite a bit, opening things up. Sam Bradford is averaging 4 yards per attempt. Yikes.
41. Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr can apparently throw deep again, so that is good!
42. Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Denver Broncos
43. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
44. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles: Feels like he has been quiet, but he leads the position in catches and targets by quite a bit. Now his starting quarterback has returned, too.
45. Carlos Hyde, RB, Cleveland Browns
46. Jay Ajayi, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Three touchdown runs are nice, but they overshadow the fact he is no factor in the passing game and durability is a serious issue. He might not even play this week. Hey, sometimes we can predict brittle players will get hurt.
47. Adrian Peterson, RB, Washington Redskins: We warned you that bad performances tend to follow his good ones. By that logic, this week should be good again! You should have sold after Week 1. It was obvious.
48. Marvin Jones Jr., WR, Detroit Lions
49. James White, RB, New England Patriots: I doubt his investors will ever feel awesome about activating him, but he is always a viable flex play.
50. Chris Hogan, WR, New England Patriots: This week's signing does not bode so well for him, but probably after this week.
51. Michael Crabtree, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Odd that his quarterback has thrown for 612 yards and Crabtree has yet to reach 100.
52. Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Quiet Week 2, but easier opponent this week.
53. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders
54. Isaiah Crowell, RB, New York Jets
55. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
56. Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos: He leads the rookie running backs in rushing yards. There was little evidence two weeks ago that this was possible.
57. Kenny Golladay, WR, Detroit Lions: Soon we might need to regard him as equal to the other Detroit receivers.
58. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz has returned! Carson Wentz has returned! Alshon Jeffery has not. Signing of Jordan Matthews means Agholor goes outside, which, in theory, means fewer receptions but more yards.
59. Devin Funchess, WR, Carolina Panthers
60. Brandin Cooks, WR, Los Angeles Rams
61. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans: Things did not change so much with Marcus Mariota out. That is interesting.
62. Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
63. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills: Figure if he plays against the Vikings he has to be somewhat limited after suffering the rib injury. The Vikings are good, too. McCoy remains a buy-low option.
64. Peyton Barber, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Bucs are throwing the ball like crazy, but Barber has not shined. Ronald Jones should earn important touches at some point.
65. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins: He has not missed a game yet. Good sign.
66. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
67. Quincy Enunwa, WR, New York Jets: Perhaps the rookie quarterback really does want to throw the football only to him.
68. Corey Clement, RB, Philadelphia Eagles: Bigger role is coming, and if Ajayi misses this week move Clement into RB2 range.
69. Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos: Well, goal line touches are a good thing, too.
70. Jamaal Williams, RB, Green Bay Packers: Will be interesting to see what his workload looks like this week. He had chances the first two games.
71. Cooper Kupp, WR, Los Angeles Rams
72. Will Fuller V, WR, Houston Texans: Major touchdown maker, but hard to rely on consistently. His quarterback has not played so great so far.
73. Marquise Goodwin, WR, San Francisco 49ers: Do not forget his important role on this club just because he missed Week 2.
74. Josh Gordon, WR, New England Patriots: You might think you know, but nobody does. Upside of a WR1, but huge risk as well. Might make more sense to sell high, which can still be done.
75. Kenny Stills, WR, Miami Dolphins
76. Keelan Cole, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars: Makes the acrobatic catches look normal. Blake Bortles has averaged 4,000 passing yards the past three seasons. This team can throw!
77. Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Certainly did not look like even an RB3 on Monday night. The rookie remains in play.
78. Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears
79. Robby Anderson, WR, New York Jets: I would not cut Anderson, even though he is not off to a great start. There is upside here. He showed it last season.
80. Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams
81. DeSean Jackson, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: League leader in receiving yards could not be a more obvious sell-high choice. Do not wait. He misses games, too.
82. Sammy Watkins, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Perhaps I am underrating him. I acknowledge the possibility.
83. Alfred Morris, RB, San Francisco 49ers: Same thing. Breida breaks one big play and it does not mean Morris is out of the picture.
84. Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets
85. Rashaad Penny, RB, Seattle Seahawks: Now seems like a wise time to make sure he is rostered in your league. Just in case.
86. Evan Engram, TE, New York Giants
87. Trey Burton, TE, Chicago Bears: He caught a touchdown! Low workload, however.
88. Kyle Rudolph, TE, Minnesota Vikings
89. Pierre Garcon, WR, San Francisco 49ers
90. Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
91. John Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Making big plays, but the ratio of touchdowns to catches is not likely to continue.
92. Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Buffalo Bills: Touchdowns in the final minute of blowout losses count just as much.
93. Kerryon Johnson, RB, Detroit Lions
94. Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Still premature to treat him as we do Chris Thompson and Tarik Cohen.
95. Chris Godwin, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
96. Tyler Lockett, WR, Seattle Seahawks: Doug Baldwin probably misses another game or two.
97. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
98. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, New Orleans Saints
99. Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Cleveland Browns: The Browns are simply wasting his talents. It is hard to understand this one.
100. T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Fournette likely plays this week. If not, Yeldon is an RB2 again.


Others: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Atlanta Falcons; Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers; Sony Michel, RB, New England Patriots; Javorius Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens; George Kittle, TE, San Francisco 49ers; Theo Riddick, RB, Detroit Lions; Marlon Mack, RB, Indianapolis Colts; Jordan Wilkins, RB, Indianapolis Colts; Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings; Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys; Geronimo Allison, WR, Green Bay Packers; Darren Sproles, RB, Philadelphia Eagles