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Fantasy Football Rankings Week 3, 2021: Model that beat experts says start Sterling Shepard, sit Tom Brady

Knowing advantageous Fantasy football matchups is key, and you can expect to see several members of the Los Angeles Chargers high in the Week 3 Fantasy football rankings. That’s because the Chargers take on the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that is giving up an average of 469 yards per game this season. That means players like quarterback Justin Herbert, running back Austin Ekeler and wide receiver Keenan Allen could be among the top Week 3 Fantasy football picks. Can you trust any player from Los Angeles’ offense after the Chargers scored just 17 points against the Cowboys?

A reliable set of Week 3 Fantasy football rankings can help answer those questions and assist in your Week 3 Fantasy football start-sit decisions, trade evaluations or even help you find a gem in the free agent pool the rest of your league may have missed. Before you lock in your lineups, be sure to check out the Week 3 Fantasy football rankings from the proven computer model at SportsLine. It can help you make those tough decisions on which players to start and which players to leave on the bench.

When it comes to ranking players, SportsLine’s model beat human experts in Fantasy football for the past several seasons especially when there were big differences in ranking. Over the course of a season, that could literally be the difference between winning your league or going home empty-handed.

Last week, the model was extremely high on Packers running back Aaron Jones, saying he’d finish as a top-five player at his position. The result: Jones recorded 115 all-purpose yards and scored four total touchdowns against the Lions. Anybody who had him in their lineup was well on their way to a huge week.

Now, the model, which simulates every NFL game 10,000 times, has revealed its Fantasy football rankings for Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top Week 3 Fantasy football picks 

One player the model is extremely high on this week: Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard. The former Oklahoma standout has been the lone bright spot for New York’s offense this season, having already racked up 207 yards and a touchdown through the first two weeks.

Shepard has established himself as quarterback Daniel Jones‘ favorite target, logging 19 targets through two games. Last week against Washington, Shepard brought in nine of 10 targets for 94 yards. Now, Shepard will look to carry that momentum into Sunday’s matchup against the Falcons, a team that is giving up 40 points per game on average this season. SportsLine’s model ranks Shepard as a top-20 wide receiver this week, making him a rock-solid WR2.

And a massive shocker: Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for 276 yards and five touchdowns last week, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 12 at his position. Brady torched Atlanta’s secondary to the tune of 276 passing yards with five touchdowns and zero interceptions in the Buccaneers’ 48-25 win. 

The future Hall of Famer has now thrown for 655 yards, nine touchdowns and just two interceptions this season, but he’ll now face one of the NFL’s stingiest defenses. The Buccaneers travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams this week, a defense that’s given up just one touchdown pass all season. With such a tough matchup on Sunday, Brady is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 3.

How to set your Week 3 Fantasy football rankings

The model is also calling for a surprising quarterback you aren’t even thinking about to finish in the top 10 of its Fantasy football rankings. This pick could be the difference between winning big and going home with nothing. You can only see who it is here.

So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 3 Fantasy football rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.

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