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Fantasy Soccer Rankings Week 3: Sleepers, begins, sits, Dameon Pierce, Darnell Mooney and extra – The Athletic


We’re beginning to get a greater sense of what the 2022 NFL season will seem like for a lot of groups. As we get into the Week 3 rankings and sleepers, it’s additionally time to begin capitalizing on overreacting managers. The buys and sells are again, and one more random enjoyable ranks listing. This time, impressed by your requests after I tweeted about my scrumptious cake from final week.

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2022 Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Sleepers

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 These are sleepers. They won’t mimic my rankings 100%. That is about chasing upside and infrequently carries extra threat, however primarily based on APA matchups, you may “go for broke” if wanted.


POSSIBLY START: Carson Wentz, WSH — As talked about in my Week 3 waivers column, Wentz isn’t going to throw 40+ occasions each week, however the Commanders protection — and Wentz’s interceptions — assist push the offense to throw extra. It helps that defenses can’t win, trying to cease Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson and/or Curtis Samuel. Demise by a thousand cuts… effectively, three, or 4 when you add the backfield, and even 5 with a wholesome Logan Thomas.

The Commanders additionally host the Eagles’ unstoppable offense, pointing to a shootout… which, in fact, means a 10-7 slog-fest is in retailer.

HAIL MARY START: Jared Goff, DET — The danger with Goff is zero speeding upside, and if he solely throws 1-2 touchdowns, there usually received’t be 300-400 yards to offset that. Whereas Aaron Rodgers didn’t do a lot in opposition to the Vikings in Week 1, he didn’t have a lot to throw to, and he’s beforehand struggled early within the season. Jalen Hurts tore them aside — on the bottom too — finishing 26 of his 31 makes an attempt for 333 yards and a landing. Goff has the upside to throw three touchdowns this week.


POSSIBLY START: Devin Singletary, BUF — The Payments backfield continues to be irritating with its lack of consistency, however a minimum of Singletary is constantly first within the alternatives. Whereas the Ravens operating backs didn’t do a lot in opposition to Miami, Lamar Jackson ate up the Dolphins, even posting 5.0 YPC on his eight rushes outdoors of the 79-yard home name. Moreover, Damien Harris had 48 yards on 9 carries in Week 1, though Rhamondre Stevenson didn’t have the identical success. That is dangerous, but when the Dolphins offense can sustain, Singletary may very well be an RB2.

POSSIBLY START: Dameon Pierce, HOU — We knew the slipper would fall off for Rex Burkhead, simply nobody anticipated it to occur in a single week. Pierce led the way in which, and the Bears offense can’t get out of its personal means (extra on them shortly). Aaron Jones simply shredded the Bears for 132 yards and a landing on 15 carries.

HAIL MARY START: Jamaal Williams, DET — We’re chasing a landing with Williams, as being the backup to D’Andre Swift limits Williams’ touches, seeing 12 and 13, respectively, within the first two weeks. The matchup is sort of favorable, because the Vikings couldn’t cease the Eagles floor recreation, going 34-for-163 and two scores (each Hurts). Boston Scott regarded like he was shot out of a cannon whereas going straight up the center for a 16-yard run at one level, and we’re taking pictures for a few first rate runs for Williams, hopefully, with one ending in a rating.


POSSIBLY START: Allen Robinson, LAR — Robinson rebounded, but it surely wasn’t a week-changer, only a good recreation (5-4-53-1). Actually, a Prime 25 efficiency from a crew’s No. 2 receiver could be a welcomed website if it occurred each week. Properly, the Cardinals have allowed 42.1% of their opponents’ drives to complete with a landing, together with 9 receptions of 20+ yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. Cooper Kupp and ARob ought to have a giant Week 3.

POSSIBLY START: JuJu Smith-Schuster, KC — Brandin Cooks 7-82-0, Christian Kirk 6-78-2. These have been the highest wideouts in opposition to the Colts the primary two weeks, and whereas Travis Kelce is technically the highest receiving possibility for the Chiefs, JJSS is tied for second with Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a 15.1 TmTGT%. He additionally has 1.46 YPRR versus MVS’ 0.89.

HAIL MARY START: Darnell Mooney, CHI — Right here we go. Mooney has fallen to Hail Mary begin territory, and when your crew solely makes an attempt 11 passes, you perceive why. Nonetheless, even with the Colts and Broncos having middling performances in opposition to the Texans, these Texans have already allowed 10 receptions of 20+ yards — most within the league. The Bears additionally confronted the 49ers and Packers, two defenses significantly better than the Texans. In fact, Justin Fields might want to throw it greater than 11 occasions. Hopefully, he doesn’t mess this up for determined managers.


POSSIBLY START: Evan Engram, JAX — Don’t look now, however Engram is eighth in Route% for tight ends with 17.6 TmTGT%. Certain, it’s became simply 74 yards, however he’s caught all however one in all his targets (his arms work!). The Chargers are a troublesome matchup, however the tight finish place is already gross, and we’re chasing the quantity… hopefully.

HAIL MARY START: Tyler Conklin, NYJ — Talking of quantity, Conklin has a better Route% than Engram at 84.4. Even with the terrific trio of receivers for the Jets, Conklin has seen 16 targets (16.0 TmTGT%) for 10-56-1. If the Bengals get again on observe and switch this right into a high-scoring affair, the Jets have proven they will sustain, and Conklin has the potential to attain.

Enjoyable with Rankings!

In case you missed the tweet of the superb cake discover I introduced house and made (no, wasn’t a from-scratch recipe), right here it’s in its glory!

I used to be stunned individuals wished field cake rankings… perhaps they have been mocking me, but when so, hey, I had enjoyable anyway. Although, it’s a bit troublesome to get 10 truffles on this listing.

  1. Betty Crocker Cinnamon Toast Crunch, CTC Frosting — The cake and frosting have cinnamony crunch items, and you understand I really like some Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  2. Betty Crocker Butter Yellow, Chocolate Frosting — It’s the basic, however higher, as a result of… butter
  3. Duncan Hines Fudge Marble, Chocolate Frosting — In order for you a bit extra chocolate than yellow cake however not an overload, that is the proper combine
  4. Pillsbury Funfetti Oreo, Funfetti Oreo Frosting — Underrated. Properly, Oreos are superb, so perhaps individuals know the way good this cake may be
  5. Duncan Hines Chocolate, Chocolate Frosting — It’s a number of chocolate, but it surely’s actually good, and Duncan Hines does chocolate greatest (their fudge brownies are tops too)
  6. Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb — Technically not a “true cake” however crumb cake (generally espresso cake) is one in all my favorites, and that is superb
  7. Duncan Hines Pink Velvet, Cream Cheese Frosting — Pink Velvet shouldn’t be a taste! It’s a cocoa taste with crimson dye. Now that we’ve got that out of the way in which, it’s nonetheless fairly scrumptious with the cream cheese frosting making for an ideal pairing
  8. Pillsbury Funfetti, Vanilla Funfetti Frosting — “Birthday cake” taste is what some name it too. Gentle and fun-fetti
  9. Duncan Hines Epic Fruity Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles Frosting — The Pebbles have a bizarre texture in comparison with consuming the cereal, which makes this extra disappointing than scrumptious (I imply, it’s cake, so it’s nonetheless good)
  10. Carrot Cake — Nope. Worst place! Vegetable cake? Bleh. Cease.



  • Tom Brady, QB, TB — Brady’s receiving corps has been a large number to this point. It’d take a couple of extra weeks (as soon as Chris Godwin is again), however Brady was QB2 final yr.
  • Derrick Henry, RB, TEN — Week 1 was fluky with Dontrell Hilliard’s receiving touchdowns, and Week 2 had the Titans pulling starters early in a blowout. Henry continues to be a beast, and also you wish to purchase low earlier than the 150/1 recreation occurs.
  • Ken Walker, RB, SEA — I don’t need something to do with beginning Seahawks operating backs, however Walker matches the Chris Carson position greater than Rashaad Penny does, who’s dropping some worth due to Travis Homer. Walker could by no means be startable, however he’s borderline free (individuals wish to drop him).
  • Cam Akers, RB, LAR — The flip again to Akers began in Week 2. We’d by no means get to 70% of the work for Akers, however even when Akers sits round 60-65%, he’d be again into the weekly Prime 20.
  • Elijah Moore, WR, NYJ — Leads the Jets receivers in snaps and Route%. Moore’s time is coming, even when Garrett Wilson is his 1A or 1B, Moore could be the opposite half, as each are higher than Corey Davis.
  • DK Metcalf, WR, SEA — I don’t wish to hear extra about “quarterbacks cooking” in Seattle. In any case, the Seahawks understand the offense stinks, and it’s actually a two-man present with Tyler Lockett (26.3 TmTGT%) and Metcalf (22.8), with Metcalf having the one crimson zone and finish zone targets to this point (one every).
  • Kyle Pitts, TE, ATL — As with the Seahawks, it’s a two-man present, and Drake London’s fast ascension will assist steadiness the protection and open issues up for higher days. Individuals drafted Pitts as a Prime 4 tight finish for good motive.


  • Antonio Gibson, RB, WSH — Gibson might preserve his lead position if he retains the belief up, particularly since he’s second in G2G (Purpose-to-Go, inside 10) rushes (4) and tied for many GLR (Purpose-line Rush, inside 5), additionally with 4. However, the approaching return of Brian Robinson looms massive.
  • Michael Carter, RB, NYJ — The flip to Breece Corridor may very well be coming quickly, because the rookie flashed loads of upside in Week 2. Carter has the passing recreation totally on lock, but when Corridor begins to eat into that work, Carter would slip to an RB3.
  • Jahan Dotson, WR, WSH — Dotson leads in Commanders Route% (94.9) and touchdowns (three), however he’s fourth in TmTGT% at 11.8, behind even Logan Thomas, which makes him essentially the most unstable and certain for regression.
  • Gerald Everett, TE, LAC — Everett has been an excellent fill-in for the primary two weeks, and it’s uncommon anybody trades for tight ends, however Donald Parham — as soon as again — will ding Everett’s use and worth.

Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Projections

🚨 HEADS UP 🚨 These can differ from my rankings, and my ranks are the order I’d begin gamers outdoors of added context, similar to, “Want highest upside, even when dangerous.” Additionally, primarily based on 4-point TDs for QB, 6-point relaxation, and Half-PPR

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***These are NOT up to date Sunday morning, FYI***

Week 3 Fantasy Soccer Rankings


  • Solely Half-PPR since FantasyPros auto-calculation of Non and Full-PPR ranks may be off. However, there may be so little distinction from Non to Half and Full to Half that you just don’t want to fret.
  • ECR = Skilled Consensus Rank. Don’t concentrate on it an excessive amount of, as not all consultants replace constantly/always.
  • Up to date recurrently, so examine all the way in which as much as lineups locking.

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