Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Updated Top 80 Wide Receivers
No matter what, Lions receiver Calvin Johnson has been (and will be) my No. 1 fantasy wide receiver every week he's active.
Even though he had only four catches for 37 yards in Week 1 against the Vikings, he had a monster game in Week 2 against one of the league's best young cornerbacks in Patrick Peterson. Megatron finished with six receptions for 116 yards and two scores for 23 fantasy points.
This week, Johnson has a much easier fantasy matchup against the Redskins' fantasy-friendly defense.
Through two games, the Redskins have allowed 511.5 yards of offense to their opponents and 35.5 points per game, which is second-worst behind the Giants.
Although he hasn't faced the Redskins in a couple of seasons, Megatron had nine receptions for 101 yards and three scores the last time he did.
In addition, Nate Burleson, who is tied for 11th in receptions (13), is a potential sleeper against the Redskins this week.
Cobb on pace for 128 catches, Nelson has 25 TDs in past 30 games
Through two games, the Packers trio of wide receivers have been highly productive even though James Jones had a goose egg in Week 1. Jones led the Packers receivers in Week 2 with 11 receptions for 178 yards.
After a training camp knee procedure, Nelson is showing no ill effects as he has 10 receptions for 196 yards and three scores in two games. In the past three seasons, the 6-foot-3 receiver has 25 touchdowns in 30 games.
During that span, Nelson is averaging 17.4 yards per reception. Of players with at least 40 receptions in that stretch, only Tampa's Vincent Jackson (18.90) has a higher average.
Meanwhile, Cobb has a team-high 16 receptions for 236 yards and two scores. In both games, Cobb has seven-plus receptions, 108-plus yards and a touchdown.
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Here are some more notes on wide receivers:
- With Falcons WR Roddy White slowed as he plays through a high-ankle sprain, Julio Jones racked up a career-high 182 yards in last week's win over the Rams. Through two games, Jones has 18 receptions for 246 yards, which ranks second in the NFL behind DeSean Jackson, and two scores.
- Giants receiver Victor Cruz has back-to-back games with exactly 118 receiving yards. Although he had three TDs in Week 1 and none in Week 2, Cruz and the Giants receivers have a nice matchup against the Panthers secondary, who are banged up and one of the league's worst when healthy. Meanwhile, teammate Hakeem Nicks missed practice Friday due to personal reasons, but he is expected to play Sunday.
- Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts was one of my favorite receivers in the preseason, but he made an appearance on the sit'em side of my Start'em, Sit'em column for Week 3. Even though the Jags are nearly three-TD underdogs this week and "garbage time" should get an early start, the Seahawks have the league's best secondary and have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing WRs this season.
- Through the first two games of the season, Patriots receiver Julian Edelman is tied with Houston's Andre Johnson for the league lead in receptions (20). Considering the limited options in the Pats' pass game this week, Edelman should get plenty of targets again this week. As for Johnson, who left last week's game with a concussion, he has been cleared to play against the Ravens in Week 3.
- Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had only four catches for 22 yards in the opener, but he showed why he is one of the league's most dominant receivers with a 9/141/1 performance against the Chiefs in Week 2. Although he is dealing with a back issue heading into Week 3, it appears that he will be ready to play against the Rams.
- Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown, a 6-foot-5 undrafted rookie free agent, has back-to-back games with a touchdown and double-digit fantasy points. In fact, he is tied with Bryant and Vincent Jackson for 20th in fantasy points among WRs so far this season.
- Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald says that he will "definitely" play in Week 3, but he was unable to finish last week's game as he battles a hamstring injury. It's unclear how the hamstring injury will effect his performance or stamina this week, but it's also difficult to sit a player with Fitz's talents.
- Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace was much more involved in the team's second game than he was against the Browns in Week 1. 60 Minutes finished with nine receptions for 115 yards and a score against the Colts in Week 2. Wallace (groin) was limited in practice on Friday and is listed as questionable on the injury report for Week 3.
- Chargers receiver Eddie Royal has scored a touchdown on half of his receptions and leads the league with five receiving TDs in two games. Not only is it unlikely for him to keep up that pace, I would be surprised if he scores five more TDs in the remaining 14 games. But for now, no receiver has more fantasy points this season.
Here are my Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings (standard scoring) *:
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at WAS)
2. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. STL)
3. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. GB)
4. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at MIA)
5. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (at PIT)
6. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
7. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (at CAR)
8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (at BAL)
9. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (vs. DET)
10. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at CIN)
11. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (at CAR)
12. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at NE)
13. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at CIN)
14. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at NO)
16. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (at SF)
17. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (vs. ARI)
18. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (vs. IND)
19. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. TB)
20. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (vs. HOU)
* Note: Eagles and Chiefs WRs have been removed from these rankings since they have already played this week.
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