Week 3 Fantasy WR Rankings Must-starts sleepers potential bu

Week 3 Fantasy WR Rankings Must-starts sleepers potential bu


Putting together fantasy wide receiver rankings for Week 3 feels like a fool's errand in many ways. There are so many injuries up and down the ranks, starting at the top withMichael Thomas, Chris Godwin, Davante Adams, and A.J. Brown. As we move down, we encounter guys like Kenny Golladay, Courtland Sutton, Jamison Crowder,and Parris Campbell -- all of whom matterwho matter in some form. (Update: Sutton, Campbell, Thomas, Adams, Crowder, and Brown are all not expected to play.)Hopefully you havehealthy wideouts or a good position in your league's waiver orderbecause you'll need it -- just like we'll need an eraser for the frequent updates we'll be making to this list throughout the week.

We won't have a good read Bobby Hull Jersey on all the injuries until later in the week, so our time right now is better spent analyzing what we should and shouldn't believe in so far. One team that has us believing in all of its key receivers is theFalcons. They seem intent on throwing the football all over the place, mostly to Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Ru sell Duncan Keith Jersey Gage. Jones and Ridley are unquestioned every-week starts at this point, while Gage is worth adding and considering in PPR formats and some deeper standard leagues, too.


There are now two weeks to make us believers in Marquez Valdes-Scantling, too. Aaron Rodgers hit him deep again in Week 2 and only an ankle tackle prevented a touchdown. He's the type of boom-or-bust WR3 that DeSean Jackson, Mike Williams, Brandin Cooks, andBreshad Perriman aresupposed to be, but perhaps MVS is ushering in a new era. At least we can count on John Brown in that role. On the flip side, we were let down last week by Scotty Miller with Chris Godwin out -- not every future Hall-of-Fame quarterback can make magic happen for our sleepers, apparently, but a Week 3 matchup with Denver could get him back on track, as Tenne see and Pittsburgh both had succe s through the air against the Broncos.


Other players who impre sed us in Week 2 and appear to be on the rise: CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys rookie who had 106 receiving yards; Diontae Johnson, who found the end Patrick Sharp Jersey zone receiving and almost returned a punt for a TD, too; Laviska Shenault, who not only caught three more pa ses but also ran the football five times (UPDATE: He's an appealing play with DJ Chark out on Thursday night); and KJ Hamler, who showed his explosivene s all over the Denver offense but might be a few weeks away from making a real impact now that Jeff Driskel figures to be in for Drew Lock (shoulder).


Again, these rankings are just a rough draft, as injuries figure to once again wreak havoc with this position. Fortunately, there are always new options, so we'll stay on top of all the changes.


Note:We'll continue to update our WR rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest movement and individual player analysis.


Week 3Fantasy WR Rankings (Standard)

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RankPlayer1DeAndre Hopkins, ARZ vs. DET2Chris Godwin, TB @ DEN.Godwin has to clear concu sion protocol to play. If he's active, he's in your lineup.3Amari Cooper, DAL @ SEA4Allen Robinson, CHI @ ATL5Julio Jones, ATL vs. CHI.Jones was dinged up Sunday, and he saw the Atlanta production go more toward Calvin Ridley and Ru sell Gage, though he dropped a sure TD that would've made his final statline much more palatable. Julio is still an every-week fantasy starter, though.6Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. WAS.Finally, OBJ and Baker Mayfield connected for a long touchdown. Hopefully that's a Adam Boqvist Jersey sign of good things to come.7JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. HOU8Tyreek Hill, KC @ BAL.Baltimore has multiple strong cornerbacks that it will use to try and slow down Hill, but because of his potentialto find the end zone from anywhere on the field, you can't consider sitting Hill this week or any week.9Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CHI.Ridley has elevated himself to WR 1B in the Atlanta offense, and he's an every-week start until further notice, even against a Bears defense that held the Giants in total check.10Keenan Allen, LAC vs. CAR11Kenny Golladay, DET @ ARZ12Mike Evans, TB @ DEN13Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. DAL.The Patriots couldn't scheme to stop Lockett, so at this point, no one can. He's matchup-proof, and the Cowboys just allowed a huge day to the Atlanta pa sing game, so Lockett should be licking his chops.14Adam Thielen, MIN vs. TEN15DeVante Parker, MIA @ JAX.Parker appears to be healthy, and Jacksonville is more likely to allow big plays Patrick Kane Jersey to Parker than to shut him down. It's hard to ever predict where Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw the ball, but this is as good of a matchup as he'll see all year.16Terry McLaurin, WAS @ CLE17Robert Woods, LAR @ BUF.Woods got a big contract and a rushing touchdown in the same weekend -- good for him. Now he gets a revenge game against the Bills. Since Tre'Davious White is more likely to guard Cooper Kupp, you can feel good about Woods in any format here.18DK Metcalf, SEA vs. DAL.Metcalf beat Stephon Gilmore for a deep touchdown on Sunday Night Football. Ifyou needed any proof Alex DeBrincat Jersey that he's taken another step in Year Two, that was it.19Marquise Brown, BAL vs. KC20Cooper Kupp, LAR @ BUF.Kupp's more likely to see Tre White than Woods is, although these wideouts move all over the formation enough that you can probably continue to start Kupp, too.21Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. LAR.Diggs might match up with Jalen Ramsey in this one, but it's hard to sit Diggs coming off such a big Week 2. He's a flex play at minimum, even in shallow leagues.22T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. NYJ23Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. HOU.Johnson looks to be one of Ben Roethlisberger's favorite receivers, often utilizing cro sing patterns to get open again and again with his dynamic speed. And if you're in leagues that count return yardage, too, Johnson is one of the top options you could have.24D.J. Moore, CAR @ LAC25Julian Edelman, NE vs. LV.Edelman managed a career-high 179 receiving yards on the road in Seattle with a bad knee. Imagine what he might do to a much worse Raiders team!26Allen Lazard, GB @ NO27Corey Davis, TEN @ MIN28Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ NO29John Brown, BUF vs. LAR.If Diggs indeed gets covered by Ramsey, Brown could become Josh Allen's favorite target for a day. But even without speculating on that, Brown has proven good enough to play regardle s of Diggs.30Will Fuller V, HOU @ PIT31Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. WAS32A.J Jan Rutta Jersey . Green, CIN @ PHI.Tyler Boyd is the safer play of these two Bengals WRs, as he's caught 11-of-13 targets on the season. Conversely, Green has only caught 8-of-22 balls thrown his way. But that means the veteran is due for some positive regre sion, and Joe Burrow looks for him further down the field in higher-upside areas. You probably don't own both, but a healthy Green looks like the play with more upside this week and most weeks, while maybe you use Boyd in PPR leagues.33Tyler Boyd, CIN @ PHI34Tre'Quan Smith, NO vs. GB35Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. GB36Marvin Jones, DET @ ARZ37Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. MIA.Shenault caught three pa ses and rushed five times in Week 2. It's that consistent offensive involvement that makes him especially appealing in this favorable matchup against the Dolphins. He's worth using in DFS Stan Mikita Jersey for Thursday Night Football for sureand warrants WR3/flex consideration in 12-team or deeper leagues with DJ Chark (chest) out for the contest.38CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ SEA.Lamb caught six pa ses for 106 yards in Week 2 as Dallas mounted a furious comeback. It won't happen every week, because there are too many mouths to feed in this offense, but that's the upside to be aware of with this rookie.39DeSean Jackson, PHI vs. CIN.Jackson was far from a deep threat in Week 2, but a heavier target share has us feeling better about his chances of being a semi-consistent fantasy contributor this year. OBJ showed the Bengals defense can be beat deep, so maybe it willbe Jackson's turn.40Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. DET41Darius Slayton, CM Punk Jersey NYG vs. SF42Brandin Cooks, HOU @ PIT43Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. TB44Ru sell Gage, ATL vs. CHI.Playing Gage in PPR leagues makes sense. Playing him anywhere else is playing with fire as Atlanta's pa sing game manages to feed all of its mouths in the