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Fantasy Football Five Up, Five Down: Marshawn Lynch Up, Donte Moncrief Down For Week 3

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

After Week 2, we can begin to make some assumptions about certain players and certain teams. We also have a lot more injuries to contend with, which makes ranking players more difficult.

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As a result, the weekly fantasy rankings can drastically change from week to week. In this case, we will take a look at five players who are moving up the ranks from Week 2 and five players who are moving down the rankings from Week 2.

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Please note this is not a start/sit column. These are simply guys that are either trending up or down based on their performance last week and their matchup this week.

Five Up

Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots

Full disclosure: Brady appeared in the Five Down section of this column last week. Bad call. He went ahead and threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. On the season he has 754 yards, seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He's looked nothing short of great so far this season, and he gets to play Jacksonville in Week 3. Ryan Tannehill just threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns against the Jags; imagine what Brady can do. He's the No. 1 quarterback in the rankings this week, and we can't be wrong two weeks in a row, right?

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Here's a stat for you: Lynch scored 13 rushing touchdowns in 2014. Not impressed? How about the sidebar to that stat which says that 11 of those touchdowns were scored when the Seahawks were at home? The Seahawks are at home for the first time in 2015 and they are facing a terrible Bears team that allowed Eddie Lacy to rush for a touchdown in Week 1 and David Johnson to rush for one in Week 2. Odds are on Lynch scoring. Plus, the Seahawks may end up gaining a lead early, which means running the clock out. Garbage time still counts for points in fantasy. Lynch is the No. 3 running back for Week 3.

Update: Lynch is officially questionable with a calf injury. If he plays, start him in regular leagues, but be careful, as the Seahawks play in the later afternoon games on Sunday. Be sure to monitor his status up through Sunday morning.

Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins

In PPR leagues, Landry is a WR1. He sees a bump this week because of the consistency he's shown. With eight receptions in each of the past two games, he is getting targets (12 and 10 over the past two games) and converting them into receptions and yards. He hasn't scored a receiving touchdown yet this year (he did score a punt return touchdown). The Dolphins play the Bills this week. While Andrew Luck struggled against the Bills, Tom Brady showed they are beatable through the air.

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Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders

Cooper had nine targets in Week 1 and 11 in Week 2. He converted those targets into 12 receptions for 156 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr looks for him and trusts him in the passing game. He can gain yards after the catch and he's fast. The Raiders play the Browns in Week 3, but fantasy owners no longer have to fear Joe Haden. He will likely be matched up with Cooper, but he has shown that he is not one of the elite cornerbacks in the NFL anymore. Look for Cooper to have another good game.

Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks

Squeaky wheel gets the grease. That saying applies to Graham this week. He's complained that he's not happy with his role in Seattle. He's had 10 targets over two games, putting up a 1/11/0 stat line in Week 2. He did find the end zone in Week 1, saving his fantasy day, but he still has not put up the numbers of Graham of the Saints. However, typically when a player complains, they get fed the ball. Graham has a great matchup against Chicago, whose defense can't cover anybody, let alone a 6-foot-7 tight end in the red zone. Expect Graham to get the ball often - and in the end zone - in Week 3.

Five Down

Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Full disclosure, part 2: Brees appeared in the Five Up section of this column last week. Bad call. Brees reportedly has a rotator cuff injury, but claims he will play on Sunday. If that is the case, stay away. His numbers from Week 2 aren't terrible on paper: 24-for-38, 255 yards, one touchdown, one interception. However, knowing that he was at home, against a Tampa Bay defense that just made Marcus Mariota look better than Drew Brees… don't trust him in Week 3. The Saints (like a few other teams in the league) need to figure out how to get their offense back on track. Until they do, only start Brees if you have to (same goes for his pass catchers). Is Jimmy Graham available? Drew Brees misses him.

Update: Brees has been ruled out for Sunday's game. In this case, Brandin Cooks belongs in the Five Down section as he's struggled with Brees. Don't expect him to succeed with a backup quarterback.

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins

Likely drafted as a RB1, Miller certainly hasn't performed like one so far in 2015. This season, he has 23 carries for 67 yards. He has six receptions for 50 yards as well. In Week 2, he hurt his ankle and even if he does play in Week 3, he faces the Bills. Miller put in a limited practice on Thursday and will likely try to suit up on Sunday, but the Bills' run defense is tough. In Week 1, they held Frank Gore to 31 rushing yards (and the whole team to 61 rushing yards, 20 of which were from Andrew Luck). In Week 2, they held Dion Lewis to 40 yards (and the Patriots as a team to 56), although he did score a touchdown. A banged-up Miller is not elite enough to break through that defense. He's a low-end RB2.

C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos

Anderson, like Miller, was likely drafted as a RB1. He's barely a RB3 for Week 3, coming off two brutal performances. He's had 24 carries for 56 yards, good for 2.3 yards per carry. He's been out-touched by Ronnie Hillman, and his starting gig may be in jeopardy if he puts up another bad game. Anderson claims he is over the toe injury which may have limited him in Week 2, but until he puts up a decent performance, we're not convinced. He's the No. 30 running back for Week 3 against the Lions.

Donte Moncrief, WR, Indianapolis Colts

In Week 1, Moncrief had 11 targets, which he converted in to a 6/46/1 stat line. He had eight targets for seven receptions, 122 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. T.Y. Hilton was injured during Week 1 and somewhat limited in Week 2. The Colts face the Titans in Week 3, and Moncrief has to come down from his high. Many fantasy owners spent a lot of FAAB money on him last week and reaped the benefits in Week 2. However, the Colts' offense needs to figure out a way to get back on track, and Hilton is the key to that offense. Moncrief is the No. 34 wide receiver in the rankings for Week 3 as this appears to be the Hilton show.

Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Kelce is a must-start tight end, but he should face a tough matchup in Week 3 against Green Bay. The Packers may be able to contain tight ends. They limited Jimmy Graham to one reception for 11 yards and no touchdowns. In Week 1, Martellus Bennett had five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown. For some reason, Kelce was only targeted five times in Week 2, and he caught four of those passes for 58 yards. Because of the tough matchup and the strange usage in Week 2, Kelce is the No. 10 tight end for Week 3.

— Written by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.