Make Final Start/Sit Decisions With Latest Week 3 Rankings & Tiers

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  • Making your final fantasy start/sit decisions before Sunday's early NFL games kick off?
  • Sean Koerner -- the top in-season ranker three of the past five seasons -- outlines his latest fantasy football rankings.
  • Find his updated Week 3 fantasy tiers for quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, kickers and defenses below.

Editor’s note: Go here to read Sean Koerner’s updated tiers as of early Sunday morning.


Fantasy football championships aren’t won by setting and forgetting your lineup.

To help you make start/sit decisions, I’ve updated my Week 3 fantasy football tiers so you can better visualize the rankings. Note that these tiers are as of Saturday night and teams’ final inactives could still impact certain players, so be sure to check my updated rankings before making final decisions.

Note: Players who played on Thursday night are denoted with an asterisk.

Updated Week 3 Fantasy Tiers

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Quarterbacks

Tier 1

Lamar Jackson (vs. KC)
Kyler Murray (vs. DET)
Russell Wilson (vs. DAL)

Tier 2

Cam Newton (vs. LV)
Josh Allen (vs. LAR)
Dak Prescott (@ SEA)
Patrick Mahomes (@ BAL)

Tier 3

Matt Ryan (vs. CHI)
Gardner Minshew (vs. MIA)*
Joe Burrow (@ PHI)
Matthew Stafford (@ ARI)
Deshaun Watson (@ PIT)

Tier 4

Ryan Tannehill (@ MIN)
Carson Wentz (vs. CIN)
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. HOU)
Drew Brees (vs. GB)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ JAX)*
Aaron Rodgers (@ NO)
Justin Herbert (vs. CAR)

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Tier 5

Jared Goff (@ BUF)
Mitchell Trubisky (@ ATL)
Tom Brady (@ DEN)

Tier 6

Kirk Cousins (vs. TEN)
Daniel Jones (vs. SF)
Nick Mullens (@ NYG)
Philip Rivers (vs. NYJ)
Baker Mayfield (vs. WAS)

Tier 7

Jeff Driskel (vs. TB)
Teddy Bridgewater (@ LAC)
Derek Carr (@ NE)
Dwayne Haskins (@ CLE)

Tier 8

Sam Darnold (@ IND)


Running Backs

Tier 1

Ezekiel Elliott (@ SEA)
Alvin Kamara (vs. GB)
Derrick Henry (@ MIN)

Tier 2

Jonathan Taylor (vs. NYJ)
Miles Sanders (vs. CIN)
Dalvin Cook (vs. TEN)
Aaron Jones (@ NO)

Tier 3

Kenyan Drake (vs. DET)
Clyde Edwards-Helaire (@ BAL)

Tier 4

Nick Chubb (vs. WAS)
Josh Jacobs (@ NE)
Austin Ekeler (vs. CAR)
James Conner (vs. HOU)
Chris Carson (vs. DAL)

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Tier 5

James Robinson (vs. MIA)*
Devin Singletary (vs. LAR)
Joe Mixon (@ PHI)

Tier 6

Melvin Gordon (vs. TB)
Leonard Fournette (@ DEN)
Todd Gurley (vs. CHI)
David Johnson (@ PIT)
David Montgomery (@ ATL)

Tier 7

Jerick McKinnon (@ NYG)
Joshua Kelley (vs. CAR)
Kareem Hunt (vs. WAS)

Tier 8]

Mark Ingram (vs. KC)
Mike Davis (@ LAC)
Darrell Henderson (@ BUF)
Antonio Gibson (@ CLE)
Jeffery Wilson (@ NYG)

Tier 9

Rex Burkhead (vs. LV)
Myles Gaskin (@ JAX)*

Tier 10

Frank Gore (@ IND)
Malcolm Brown (@ BUF)
Sony Michel (vs. LV)

Tier 11

Latavius Murray (vs. GB)
Dion Lewis (vs. SF)
D’Andre Swift (@ ARI)
Chase Edmonds (vs. DET)
Ronald Jones II (@ DEN)
J.K. Dobbins (vs. KC)
Adrian Peterson (@ ARI)
Tarik Cohen (@ ATL)
Nyheim Hines (vs. NYJ)
Jamaal Williams (@ NO)

Tier 12

Carlos Hyde (vs. DAL)
Boston Scott (vs. CIN)

Tier 13

Chris Thompson (vs. MIA)*
Alexander Mattison (vs. TEN)
Kerryon Johnson (@ ARI)
J.D. McKissic (@ CLE)
Devonta Freeman (vs. SF)
Matt Breida (@ JAX)*
Jordan Howard (@ JAX)*
T.J. Yeldon (vs. LAR)

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Wide Receivers

Tier 1

DeAndre Hopkins (vs. DET)

Tier 2

Tyreek Hill (@ BAL)
Calvin Ridley (vs. CHI)

Tier 3

Adam Thielen (vs. TEN)
Amari Cooper (@ SEA)
Julio Jones (vs. CHI)
D.K. Metcalf (vs. DAL)
Tyler Lockett (vs. DAL)
Allen Robinson (@ ATL)

Tier 4

D.J. Moore (@ LAC)
JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. HOU)
Cooper Kupp (@ BUF)
Robert Woods (@ BUF)
Diontae Johnson (vs. HOU)
Chris Godwin (@ DEN)
Julian Edelman (vs. LV)
Terry McLaurin (@ CLE)
Mike Evans (@ DEN)
Keenan Allen (vs. CAR)
Odell Beckham Jr. (vs. WAS)
Stefon Diggs (vs. LAR)

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Tier 5

CeeDee Lamb (@ SEA)
DeVante Parker (@ JAX)*
Kenny Golladay (@ ARI)
Tyler Boyd (@ PHI)
T.Y. Hilton (vs. NYJ)
Laviska Shenault (vs. MIA)*
Marvin Jones (@ ARI)
Marquise Brown (vs. KC)
A.J. Green (@ PHI)

Tier 6

Keelan Cole (vs. MIA)*
Allen Lazard (@ NO)
Michael Gallup (@ SEA)
Darius Slayton (vs. SF)
Corey Davis (@ MIN)
Desean Jackson (vs. CIN)
Robby Anderson (@ LAC)
Marquez Valdes-Scantling (@ NO)

Tier 7

John Brown (vs. LAR)
Russell Gage (vs. CHI)
Jarvis Landry (vs. WAS)
Will Fuller V (@ PIT)
Tre’Quan Smith (vs. GB)
Larry Fitzgerald (vs. DET)

Tier 8

Brandin Cooks (@ PIT)
N’Keal Harry (vs. LV)
Preston Williams (@ JAX)*
Mike Williams (vs. CAR)
Emmanuel Sanders (vs. GB)
Adam Humphries (@ MIN)
Curtis Samuel (@ LAC)
Jerry Jeudy (vs. TB)
Michael Pittman Jr. (vs. NYJ)
Golden Tate (vs. SF)

Tier 9

Kendrick Bourne (@ NYG)
Chris Hogan (@ IND)
Cole Beasley (vs. LAR)
Chris Conley (vs. MIA)*
Braxton Berrios (@ IND)
Anthony Miller (@ ATL)
Danny Amendola (@ ARI)
Zach Pascal (vs. NYJ)
Steven Sims (@ CLE)
Greg Ward Jr. (vs. CIN)
Olabisi Johnson (vs. TEN)
K.J. Hamler (vs. TB)

Tier 10

Scotty Miller (@ DEN)
Andy Isabella (vs. DET)
Brandon Aiyuk (@ NYG)
Miles Boykin (vs. KC)
Hunter Renfrow (@ NE)
Sammy Watkins (@ BAL)
Justin Jefferson (vs. TEN)
Isaiah Ford (@ JAX)*
Damiere Byrd (vs. LV)
Randall Cobb (@ PIT)
Bryan Edwards (@ NE)
Josh Malone (@ IND)
Mecole Hardman (@ BAL)
David Moore (vs. DAL)


Tight Ends

Tier 1

Travis Kelce (@ BAL)

Tier 2

Mark Andrews (vs. KC)

Tier 3

Tyler Higbee (@ BUF)
Mike Gesicki (@ JAX)*
Zach Ertz (vs. CIN)
Jared Cook (vs. GB)
Darren Waller (@ NE)
Dallas Goedert (vs. CIN)
Hunter Henry (vs. CAR)
Jonnu Smith (@ MIN)

Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images. Pictured: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz (11) and tight end Zach Ertz (86)

Tier 4

Evan Engram (vs. SF)
Jordan Reed (@ NYG)
Hayden Hurst (vs. CHI)
T.J. Hockenson (@ ARI)

Tier 5

Noah Fant (vs. TB)
Logan Thomas (@ CLE)

Tier 6

Chris Herndon (@ IND)
Dalton Schultz (@ SEA)
Austin Hooper (vs. WAS)
Eric Ebron (vs. HOU)
Mo Alie-Cox (vs. NYJ)

Tier 7

Robert Tonyan Jr. (@ NO)
Drew Sample (@ PHI)
Tyler Eifert (vs. MIA)*
Greg Olsen (vs. DAL)
Dan Arnold (vs. DET)

Tier 8

Jordan Akins (@ PIT)
Jimmy Graham (@ ATL)
O.J. Howard (@ DEN)
Irv Smith Jr. (vs. TEN)

Tier 9

Kyle Rudolph (vs. TEN)
Anthony Firkser (@ MIN)
Jack Doyle (vs. NYJ)
Ian Thomas (@ LAC)

Kickers

Tier 1

Jason Myers (vs. DAL)
Justin Tucker (vs. KC)
Zane Gonzalez (vs. DET)

Tier 2

Wil Lutz (vs. GB)
Rodrigo Blankenship (vs. NYJ)
Nick Folk (vs. LV)
Stephen Gostkowski (@ MIN)
Greg Zuerlein (@ SEA)
Harrison Butker (@ BAL)
Matt Prater (@ ARI)

Tier 3

Michael Badgley (vs. CAR)
Mason Crosby (@ NO)
Jake Elliott (vs. CIN)
Younghoe Koo (vs. CHI)
Cody Parkey (vs. WAS)
Chris Boswell (vs. HOU)
Brandon Wright (vs. MIA)*
Robbie Gould (@ NYG)
Ryan Succop (@ DEN)
Dan Bailey (vs. TEN)

Tier 4

Jason Sanders (@ JAX)*
Tyler Bass (vs. LAR)
Cairo Santos (@ ATL)
Randy Bullock (@ PHI)
Sam Sloman (@ BUF)
Ka’imi Fairbairn (@ PIT)

Tier 5

Daniel Carlson (@ NE)
Joey Slye (@ LAC)
Brandon McManus (vs. TB)
Dustin Hopkins (@ CLE)
Graham Gano (vs. SF)

Tier 6

Sam Ficken (@ IND)


Defenses

Tier 1

Indianapolis Colts (vs. NYJ)

Tier 2

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@ DEN)
Cleveland Browns (vs. WAS)
San Francisco 49ers (@ NYG)
Los Angeles Chargers (vs. CAR)

Tier 3

Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. HOU)
Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. MIA)*
Buffalo Bills (vs. LAR)
Philadelphia Eagles (vs. CIN)
New England Patriots (vs. LV)
Atlanta Falcons (vs. CHI)

Tier 4

New York Giants (vs. SF)
Arizona Cardinals (vs. DET)
Los Angeles Rams (@ BUF)

Tier 5

Cincinnati Bengals (@ PHI)
Carolina Panthers (@ LAC)
Chicago Bears (@ ATL)
Washington Football Team (@ CLE)
Tennessee Titans (@ MIN)
Seattle Seahawks (vs. DAL)
Baltimore Ravens (vs. KC)
Miami Dolphins (@ JAX)*
Houston Texans (@ PIT)
Denver Broncos (vs. TB)
Las Vegas Raiders (@ NE)

Tier 6

Minnesota Vikings (vs. TEN)
New Orleans Saints (vs. GB)

Tier 7

New York Jets (@ IND)
Detroit Lions (@ ARI)
Kansas City Chiefs (@ BAL)
Dallas Cowboys (@ SEA)
Green Bay Packers (@ NO)

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