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DRAFT NFL Week 3 Lineup, Strategy and Rankings

Hi everybody, welcome to week 3 of PlayDraft DFS Strategy. There are a lot of injuries right now and not a ton of clarity for some of them. If any major changes occur between the posting of the article and the end of the week, we’ll be updating the information but as of now I’m going to operate with the knowledge that I have and go from there. On to the rankings…

QB Rankings

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Tom Brady
  3. Drew Brees
  4. Matt Ryan
  5. Derek Carr
  6. Matt Stafford
  7. Cam Newton
  8. Ben Roethlisberger
  9. Jameis Winston
  10. Kirk Cousins

RB Rankings

  1. Le’Veon Bell
  2. Ezekiel Elliott
  3. Todd Gurley
  4. Kareem Hunt
  5. Jay Ajayi
  6. Devonta Freeman
  7. Melvin Gordon
  8. LeSean McCoy
  9. CJ Anderson
  10. Carlos Hyde
  11. Ty Montgomery
  12. Leonard Fournette
  13. Isaiah Crowell
  14. Dalvin Cook
  15. DeMarco Murray
  16. Marshawn Lynch
  17. Mike Gillislee
  18. Lamar Miller
  19. Jonathan Stewart
  20. Tarik Cohen
  21. Frank Gore
  22. Matt Forte

WR/TE Rankings

  1. Antonio Brown
  2. Julio Jones
  3. Mike Evans
  4. AJ Green
  5. Jordy Nelson
  6. DeMaryius Thomas
  7. Kelvin Benjamin
  8. Odell Beckham
  9. Brandin Cooks
  10. Michael Thomas
  11. DeAndre Hopkins
  12. Rob Gronkowski
  13. Davante Adams
  14. Amari Cooper
  15. Michael Crabtree
  16. Martavis Bryant
  17. Alshon Jeffery
  18. Devante Parker
  19. Tyreek Hill
  20. Terrelle Pryor

3 Team Strategy

I really don’t see much of a difference across the board this week when considering the top 3 QBs and top 6 RB/WR. Really for this week I’d advocate just taking the best available player talent wise and saving your QB until last. I think with the parity at the top for RB, I’d be leaning towards taking a WR first then following up with my RBs. I guess ideally I’d want to go WR-RB-RB-WR-QB but obviously draft spot and talent would dictate my definitive choices.

6 Team Strategy

Based on confidence level I’d want to make sure to get one of my top 5 QBs this week and not have to go down the Matt Stafford road at 6. I just like the top 5 options better by enough that I’d make some effort to get one of them. Picking a QB anytime before the final round should ensure this for you. I also want to make sure that I’m getting two of my top 10 options at WR this week. I think the parity at RB is again strong enough from 1 to 12 that I don’t have a big problem with waiting a little bit to fill out your RB slots. My ideal draft order is WR-RB-WR-QB-RB.

10 Team Strategy

The 10 team is where my strategy takes a solid shift. I still want a top 5 QB if possible this week because I don’t love the second half of the QB options. However, I really want to make sure that my RB comes from the top 15 or 16 and that I don’t get stuck below that (I think it’s a significant drop off at that point). I am fine with taking anybody in my top 20 WR pool as my WR2 here if it means that I guaranteed a top end QB and my RB are solid. My preferred draft order for this draft size is WR-RB-QB-RB-WR.

That’s it for this week! Get out there and win some drafts! Also, as usual, please don’t be shy about asking questions or commenting in the area below!

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