Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Fantasy Football Rankings for Week 3, 2022: Model says start Jeff Wilson Jr., sit Ezekiel Elliott

During his first two seasons in the NFL, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was typically only relevant to owners if they needed an emergency starter at QB. However, now that Tagovailoa is surrounded by upper-echelon weapons like Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki, the Alabama product should be high up in the Fantasy football rankings. Tagovailoa is coming off an incredible week in which he threw for 469 yards and six touchdowns in a come-from-behind win over the Ravens. However, can you trust him enough to thrust him into your Week 3 Fantasy football lineups against a Bills defense that has only given up 17 points in two weeks against a pair of playoff teams from last season? A reliable set of Week 3 Fantasy football QB rankings can help make sure that you’ve optimized your Fantasy football picks. 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: 49ers running back Jeff Wilson Jr. With Elijah Mitchell expected to miss at least eight weeks with a knee injury, the 49ers turned to Wilson to carry a heavy workload on early downs in Week 2. The fifth-year back carried the ball 18 times for 84 yards and also had two receptions for 19 yards in a 27-7 win over the Seahawks.

Now, Wilson gets another favorable matchup against the Broncos in Week 3. The 49ers are favored on the road and with Jimmy Garoppolo filling in for an injured Trey Lance, head coach Kyle Shanahan should want to continue utilizing a run-heavy attack. Plus, Wilson should continue to dominate the early-down and short-yardage work. That’s why the model ranks him as a top-20 option at running back for Week 3.

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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