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Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 3, 2022: Model says start James Robinson, sit Ezekiel Elliott

Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa leads the league with 739 passing yards through the first two weeks of the 2022 NFL schedule. Miami’s signal-caller led an improbable comeback last week behind a stellar performance that saw him throw for 469 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Tagovailoa has been among the biggest surprises in Fantasy football lineups this season, but where should he land in the Week 3 Fantasy football rankings?

Tagovailoa and the Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills in an AFC East showdown on Sunday. Buffalo’s defense is giving up just 8.5 points and 215.0 yards per game this season, both second in the NFL. Should your Week 3 Fantasy football strategy include claiming Tagovailoa on the Fantasy football waiver wire and stashing him? 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-10 player at his position. The result: Jones rushed 15 times for 132 yards and a touchdown, while also catching all three of his targets for 38 yards and an additional score in Green Bay’s win over the Bears. 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 2022 NFL season. Head to SportsLine now to see them.

Top Week 3 Fantasy football picks 

One player the model is high on this week: Jaguars running back James Robinson. Jacksonville was expected to have a timeshare in its backfield this season with Robinson and Travis Etienne. However, Robinson has been the clear-cut No. 1 option for the Jaguars. In fact, Robinson recorded 25 touches to Etienne’s 12 in last Sunday’s victory over the Colts.

Robinson has raked up 147 total yards and three touchdowns through the first two weeks and is expected to be heavily involved again on Sunday. Robinson and the Jaguars will square off against the Chargers in Week 3, a defense that allowed Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire to average 9.8 yards per carry last week. SportsLine’s model ranks Robinson as a top-12 running back this week, making him a rock-solid RB1 option against the Chargers.

And a massive shocker: Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who’s eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in three of his last four seasons, stumbles big-time and doesn’t even crack the top 20 at his position. Elliott led the Cowboys with 53 rushing yards in last week’s victory over the Bengals but was less effective than Tony Pollard, who gained 98 scrimmage yards and a TD on 13 touches.

Elliott has yet to find the end zone this season and now he’ll square off against a New York Giants defense that has yet to allow a rushing touchdown in 2022. Elliott averaged just 3.5 yards per carry against the Bengals and he’s been a non-factor in Dallas’ passing game. With such a tough matchup this week, Elliott is a player to consider putting on the bench in Week 3.

How to set 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 Week 3 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 outperformed experts big-time.

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