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Fantasy football Player Projections: Breaking down Week 3

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Colin Kaepernick struggled against the Seahawks in Week 2, but he should rebound against the Colts, even with their trade for running back Trent Richardson.

Once is an accident. Twice is a pattern. Three times is a trend. Well, my friends out here in the Land of Fantasy, we are on the verge of a trend.

Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Colin Kaepernick all threw for 400-plus yards in Week 1. Last week, it was Aaron Rodgers, Michael Vick and Philip Rivers turning the trick. In 2012, 11 different passers threw for at least 400 yards once. We're only through two weeks this season, and we've already seen six different guys hit the 400-yard mark. In short, passing yards come a whole lot cheaper than they used to.

I bet that the pattern does not develop into a trend, at least not this week. While Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have big days ahead, I don't foresee any passer eclipsing 400 yards. What do I see? You can check all that out in the Week 3 projections.

Click the position labels below for the full list of projected player rankings, and click the team logos, paired by matchup, to see projected stats of each game.

For more insight, check out SI.com's fantasy football fast forward, composite rankings, start 'em or sit 'em, risers and sliders, the weekly roundtable and the waiver wire.

Fantasy Player Projections: Week 3

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Quarterbacks

    1. 1
    2. Colin Kaepernick
    3. Colin
      Kaepernick
      QB
    4. PASS YDS324
    5. PASS TD2
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS42
    8. RUSH TD1

    The Seahawks embarrassed Kaepernick last week, but he'll bounce back in a big way against an inferior opponent.

    1. 2
    2. Russell Wilson
    3. Russell
      Wilson
      QB
    4. PASS YDS297
    5. PASS TD2
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS43
    8. RUSH TD1

    Wilson struggled against the 49ers, but then the Seahawks didn't need him to light it up for the win. He'll bounce back strong against lowly Jacksonville.

    1. 3
    2. Peyton Manning
    3. Peyton
      Manning
      QB
    4. PASS YDS354
    5. PASS TD4
    6. INT0
    7. RUSH YDS0
    8. RUSH TD0

    Manning became the first player in NFL history to throw for nine touchdowns without an interception in the first two weeks of the season. The train will keep right on rolling this week.

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Running Backs

    1. 1
    2. Jamaal Charles
    3. Jamaal
      Charles
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS101
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS54
    7. REC TD1

    After going away from him early last week, Andy Reid will make sure to feed Charles early and often against the Eagles. It'll result in his biggest game of the season to date.

    1. 2
    2. Matt Forte
    3. Matt
      Forte
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS97
    5. RUSH TD1
    6. REC YDS52
    7. REC TD1

    Forte put up a huge game last week, racking up 161 yards from scrimmage and 11 receptions. Expect more of the same this week.

    1. 3
    2. Marshawn Lynch
    3. Marshawn
      Lynch
      RB
    4. RUSH YDS124
    5. RUSH TD2
    6. REC YDS21
    7. REC TD0

    Lynch ground out 98 yards and two scores on 28 carries against San Francisco. It'll be a little easier for him this week.

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Wide Receivers

    1. 1
    2. Calvin Johnson
    3. Calvin
      Johnson
      WR
    4. REC YDS163
    5. REC TD2

    That's more like it. After just four catches for 30 yards in Week 1, Johnson had six receptions for 116 yards and a score last week. He'll keep it rolling against Washington.

    1. 2
    2. Demaryius Thomas
    3. Demaryius
      Thomas
      WR
    4. REC YDS118
    5. REC TD2

    After a quiet day against the Giants, Thomas will once again be a beast in Week 3.

    1. 3
    2. A.J. Green
    3. A.J.
      Green
      WR
    4. REC YDS125
    5. REC TD1

    The Steelers held Green to six catches for just 41 yards last week. I'm willing to bet he makes up for that against the Packers.

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Tight Ends

    1. 1
    2. Jimmy Graham
    3. Jimmy
      Graham
      TE
    4. REC YDS105
    5. REC TD1

    I knew exactly what Graham did last week since I played him in one of my most important leagues, and I still did a double-take when I saw his stats again writing these projections. He'll have another huge day against Arizona.

    1. 2
    2. Jared Cook
    3. Jared
      Cook
      TE
    4. REC YDS84
    5. REC TD1

    Cook may have only caught one pass last week, but he had six targets. He's always going to be one of the focal points of this offense.

    1. 3
    2. Vernon Davis
    3. Vernon
      Davis
      TE
    4. REC YDS82
    5. REC TD1

    Seattle totally negated the San Francisco passing game, but I'm betting it gets back on track this week.

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Kickers

    1. 1
    2. Justin Tucker
    3. Justin
      Tucker
      K
    4. PAT1
    5. FG4

    As far as a fantasy kicker goes, Tucker was essentially shut out last week. I think he'll make up for that in a big way against Houston.

    1. 2
    2. David Akers
    3. David
      Akers
      K
    4. PAT3
    5. FG3

    Washington's defense has been a sieve, giving kickers plenty of scoring opportunities. That will continue with Akers' big day Sunday.

    1. 3
    2. Rob Bironas
    3. Rob
      Bironas
      K
    4. PAT2
    5. FG3

    Thanks to an offense that is having trouble punching the ball into the end zone, Bironas will have a big day Sunday.

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Defenses

    1. 1
    2. San Francisco 49ers
    3. PTS ALLOWED17
    4. SACKS3
    5. INT2
    6. TD1

    The Niners shut down Russell Wilson and sacked him four times. Coming off a loss, expect a huge performance at home.

    1. 2
    2. Seattle Seahawks
    3. PTS ALLOWED0
    4. SACKS6
    5. INT3
    6. TD0

    They shut down Cam Newton. They shut down Colin Kaepernick. What do you think they're going to do to Chad Henne or Blaine Gabbert. This is going to be a laugher.

    1. 3
    2. Cincinnati Bengals
    3. PTS ALLOWED24
    4. SACKS1
    5. INT1
    6. TD1

    Cincinnati rebounded from a ho-hum Week 1 performance to register two sacks, two takeaways and 10 points allowed against the Steelers. You'll want to start this defense every week if it's on your roster.

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