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Two of the three New Hits from last week delivered. Cole Beasley (WR Cowboys) was a total dud (5 rec, 14 yds), but I wouldn’t write him off after one bad game. David Johnson (RB Cardinals) & Tyrod Taylor (QB Bills) blew up, and should be owned in all formats at this point.

For the Week 3 New Hits: we have four players that could still be available your league. Two guys can make an immediate impact, and two guys have high-upside if they become the #1 option. They’re followed by my Top 100 weekly player rankings. If you’re still not sure who to start, Tweet any lineup questions to @VoodooBrown.

New Hits for Week 3:
A “New Hit” will be a likely free agent that could be on the verge of a big week, and even regular production down the road. Some will be well known, some will be somewhat unproven & unknown. But it is much easier to scoop up a new hit BEFORE the waiver wire protocol hits on Tuesday, where you will have to wait your turn. Get on our New Hits before they blow up and get on your league’s radar.

 
week3-nh-cookJared Cook, TE Rams: Outside of Gronk and maybe Kelce, there aren’t any clear-cut, elite Fantasy tight ends in the NFL. Not without a proven track record, at least (see the Jimmy Graham situation in Seattle). So lets consider Jared Cook — a 6’5″ freak that runs a 4.5 — finding himself the favorite receiver of his new QB, Nick Foles. Nick is a very accurate passer that prefers throwing to the middle of the field over the sidelines. Foles will feed Cook all year long to the tune of 80rec/1000yds/9TDs. Definitely worth the add.
Bottom Line: Pick him up if he’s available. He might finally live up to his potential with Foles at the helm.

 
week3-nh-crabtreeMichael Crabtree, WR Raiders: Dude is talented. Extremely talented. For the first few years of his career, he had Alex Smith throwing him the ball. Quick reality check: Alex Smith hasn’t thrown a TD to a WR since 2013 (seriously). After Smith left San Fran, Crabtree was fielding buckshots from Kaepernick. I’m not sure which QB is worse, but they’re both horrendous if you’re a professional wide receiver in the NFL. If he was playing with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, or Drew Brees, he could be in the Demariyus/Dez/Julio caliber of WRs. We’ll never know, but this is for certain: Derek Carr is a much better passer than both of Crabtree’s previous QBs. I’ll even take it one step further — I nominate Michael Crabtree for comeback player of the year… as long as he keeps throwing down anything close to those Week 2 numbers.
Bottom Line: Pick him up if he’s available. I’d take him over Jeremy Maclin / Stevie Johnson / Mike Evans.

 
week3-nh-lorenzoLorenzo Taliaferro, RB Ravens: If you have room on your roster, you might want to add Lorenzo. The Ravens’ current starter, Justin Forsett, is 29 — at the brink of the RB cliff. He had a great year last year, but he’s been very ordinary so far this year. It’s WAY too early to say that Forsett is a dud, but if Taliaferro gets the opportunity to be “the guy”, he will be Top 10 spectacular.
Bottom Line: Add him as long as you drop players of the following caliber: CJ Spiller, Joique Bell, Joseph Randle.

 
week3-nh-langfordJeremy Langford, RB Bears: Jeremy Langford is talented enough to take over a RB role today. Only issue – Matt Forte is standing in his way. I don’t expect a “who’s the starter” struggle to play out at all, but if Forte gets hurt, Langford will get the chance, and he WILL put up RB1 numbers.
Bottom Line: He’s a longshot. The only way he gets significant time to make an impact is if Forte gets injured. Obviously we don’t want that… but if that were to happen, you want to be a Langford owner.

 
And now for this Week’s player rankings…
It’s common sense, but if you have to decide between two players on this list, take the one that is ranked higher. If your player does not appear on this list, then he’s probably not very startable in most 10-12 team leagues. (Note, these rankings are based on PPR leagues)

 

QUARTERBACKS:
1. IND Andrew Luck
2. SEA Russell Wilson
3. GB Aaron Rodgers
4. NE Tom Brady
5. PIT Ben Roethlisberger
6. ATL Matt Ryan
7. CAR Cam Newton
8. DEN Peyton Manning
9. ARI Carson Palmer
10. NYG Eli Manning
11. BUF Tyrod Taylor
12. STL Nick Foles
13. SD Philip Rivers
14. CIN Andy Dalton
15. MIA Ryan Tannehill

 

RUNNINGBACKS:
1. PIT LeVeon Bell
2. MIN Adrian Peterson
3. KC Jamaal Charles
4. SEA Marshawn Lynch
5. OAK Latavius Murray
6. SF Carlos Hyde
7. GB Eddie Lacy (James Starks if Lacy is out)
8. ATL Devonta Freeman
9. DEN C.J. Anderson
10. CIN Jeremy Hill
11. CHI Matt Forte
12. NYJ Chris Ivory
13. CAR Jonathan Stewart
14. BUF LeSean McCoy
15. IND Frank Gore
16. JAC T.J. Yeldon
17. NO Mark Ingram
18. DET Ameer Abdullah
19. BAL Justin Forsett
20. TB Doug Martin
21. SD Melvin Gordon
22. ARI David Johnson
23. PHI DeMarco Murray
24. SD Danny Woodhead
25. CLE Isaiah Crowell

 

WIDE RECEIVERS:
1. PIT Antonio Brown
2. NYG Odell Beckham Jr.
3. ATL Julio Jones
4. DEN Demaryius Thomas
5. GB Randall Cobb
6. ARI Larry Fitzgerald
7. DEN Emmanuel Sanders
8. NE Julian Edelman
9. CIN A.J. Green
10. NYJ Brandon Marshall
11. MIA Jarvis Landry
12. OAK Michael Crabtree
13. ARI John Brown
14. DAL Terrance Williams
15. HOU DeAndre Hopkins
16. IND T.Y. Hilton
17. SD Keenan Allen
18. BAL Steve Smith Sr.
19. KC Jeremy Maclin
20. NO Brandin Cooks
21. JAC Allen Robinson
22. BUF Sammy Watkins
23. SD Stevie Johnson
24. ATL Leonard Hankerson
25. OAK Amari Cooper
26. TB Vincent Jackson
27. ATL Roddy White
28. DET Calvin Johnson
29. GB James Jones
30. CLE Travis Benjamin
31. TB Mike Evans
32. IND Donte Moncrief
33. PHI Jordan Matthews
34. GB Davante Adams
35. DET Golden Tate

 

TIGHT ENDS:
1. NE Rob Gronkowski
2. KC Travis Kelce
3. CAR Greg Olsen
4. WAS Jordan Reed
5. SEA Jimmy Graham
6. STL Jared Cook
7. CIN Tyler Eifert
8. MIA Jordan Cameron
9. PIT Heath Miller
10. CHI Martellus Bennett
11. SD Ladarius Green
12. MIN Kyle Rudolph
13. GB Richard Rodgers
14. BUF Charles Clay
15. BAL Crockett Gillmore

 

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:
1. Seattle
2. New England
3. Houston
4. Arizona
5. Denver
6. Buffalo
7. Carolina
8. NY Jets
9. Cincinnati
10. Green Bay

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Voodoo Brown started playing fantasy football way back in 1994 — when you had to manually add up scores with the Monday edition of USA Today (yes, that’s how it was done). Since that time, he has amassed 16 championships and 7 runner-ups, with most of his success coming after 2003 (avg. participation of 2-3 leagues per year). These accomplishments are evidence that Voodoo steadily adjusts to the ebbs & flows of the ever-changing fantasy landscape. It’s a different game now than it was in 1994 — hell, even 2004. Rarely finishing as a doormat, Voodoo’s teams are always in the mix. If you want any roster or lineup feedback, you can message him at vb@voodoobrown.com, or hit him up on Facebook or Twitter (@VoodooBrown)

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