USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Tevin Coleman and Deshaun Watson
- Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 3 tiers for every position: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker.
- Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.
Below you’ll find my tiers for Week 3 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring and cover every position.
As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.
Patrick Mahomes (vs. SF)
As mentioned last week, congrats if you waited late to draft Mahomes as your QB1. He is the real deal, and it’s not an overreaction at all to give him Tier 1 all to himself.
With 10 passing TDs after Week 2, Mahomes is on pace for 80 passing touchdowns, which would shatter the all-time record set by Peyton Manning (55 in 2013).
It doesn’t take a math major to realize that this pace is not sustainable. It also doesn’t mean we should work backward from there and say, “Well, obviously he won’t throw for 80 touchdowns, so he will regress to the mean.”
This is an oversimplification of something that is crucial to projecting how players will do going forward.
Yes, he will regress from a Madden Create-a-Player set to 99 at every attribute to something a little more realistic. He will regress to HIS mean.