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  • September 21, 2022

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It’s kind of concerning that Derrick Henry has averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in three games since coming back from his broken foot during last year’s playoffs, right? The Bills look like the best defense in the league, so Henry has better days ahead, but in my Week 3 RB rankings piece, I wrote about why Henry’s start is so concerning. I’m not saying you should just try to trade him for anything, but I’m concerned about his chances of returning value on that first-round pick you invested in him, for sure. 
Monday was pretty concerning for Dalvin Cook, too, though I don’t necessarily have the same amount of concern as with Henry. Or, rather, I have very different concerns — Cook’s historic inability to stay healthy is a bigger concern than that he struggled against what looks like it could be a very good Eagles defense. I could see things going south for both of those would-be elite backs, but I’m not giving up on either. 
That’s how you should be thinking about even your most worrisome early-round picks right now — concerned, but not panicked. It’s too early to do something drastic, but you shouldn’t be ignoring evidence, either. Starting 0-2 isn’t the end of the world in Fantasy, where having the best record in the regular season doesn’t earn you home field advantage or anything — remember, you’re just trying to get into the playoffs with a puncher’s chance. 
The FFT team will, of course, be here to help. Make sure you tune in to Fantasy Football Today on CBS Sports HQ at noon ET today as we talk about the latest injuries and storylines, and for help locking in your waiver-wire claims make sure you tune into the FFT YouTube stream tonight at 8 p.m., where we’ll be taking your questions live for an hour. And, if you want to take one last look back at Week 2 before you move ahead, check out my Week 2 Winners and Losers column here, where I break down every game, including Monday’s doubleheader featuring the Bills and Eagles blowing out the Titans and Vikings, respectively.
Tomorrow, we’ll have Heath Cummings’ previews for each position plus some trade talk coming out of Week 2 — email your trade questions to [email protected] to be included. And here’s what else we’ve got on tap in today’s newsletter: 
➕Top Week 3 Waiver Wire Targets
I tried to tell you all to draft a QB early enough that you didn’t get stuck with one of the also-rans at the position, and if you find yourself looking to the waiver wire this week to replace Dak Prescott or Trey Lance, you can understand why. Jamey Eisenberg’s top target in his Week 3 waiver-wire column is Commanders QB Carson Wentz, and while there are reasons to like what Wentz has done so far, I think that mostly reflects the poor state of the rest of the options on waivers. You can check out Jamey’s Waiver Wire column here INSERT LINK HERE for the rest of his picks at each position, but here’s a quick look at how he’s ranking the top options: 
📈Week 3 Rankings📉
Here are my initial rankings for Week 3, but you should check out my thoughts on more than 80 players for Week 3 at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and tight end, and those will be updated throughout the week. These are all for PPR leagues:
Tua Tagovailoa might not be a great QB in his own right, but he might be a great Fantasy QB. I wrote about Tagovailoa and the rest of the QB position for Week 3 here
I wrote more about Henry’s struggles in my RB rankings piece. Check that out and see my thoughts on the rest of the RB position for Week 3 here
I was skeptical any of the Packers or Chiefs wide receivers would be must-start options despite the available opportunities, and nothing I’ve seen through two weeks changed that. For more of my thoughts on those two spots and a few other teams with “available opportunity” for Week 3, head here
I’m feeling pretty good about Zach Ertz, Pat Freiermuth, Tyler Higbee, and Gerald Everett after two weeks, but that still only makes 10 guys projected for double-digit PPR points in Week 3 … For more at tight end, head here
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