Fantasy Football Week 3: Wide Receiver Rankings

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions after a twenty six yard pass play, has his legs cut from under him by Dashon Goldson #38 of the San Francisco 49ers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on September 16, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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With an exciting second week under our belts, here are the Lester's Legends Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings. 


1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions  

He hasn’t been in the end zone yet, but he has 205 yards in two games. Look for his scoring drought to end against Tennessee. 


2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

One of the game's most dominating receivers should continue to shine against San Diego. 


3. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

Both Nicks and Cruz went off last week. With Nicks out, look for a heavy dose of Cruz.



4. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys

He’s scored both weeks and is proving to be Tony Romo’s favorite target once again. 


5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers 

He's also been held out of the end zone thus far. He is still getting his looks and Aaron Rodgers should get to him soon, perhaps this week against Seattle. 


6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

Washington has struggled to defend the pass. Green should put up a big game. 


7. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings are committed to getting Percy the ball. Tough draw against San Francisco, but he’s a major mismatch. 


8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans  


He was slowed by the Jags, as it was a running show, but should be needed more against Denver. 


9. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers  

The short week won’t help matters, but Smith is one of the toughest players in the league. 


10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos 

Has a tough matchup against Houston, but Peyton Manning’s favorite weapon should be able to put up numbers. 


11. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs 

He exploded last week and should have a chance to do so again against the Saints.


12. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts


Wayne is averaging 103 yards per game with one touchdown. Andrew Luck has brought him back. 


13. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys 

He’s coming off a weak performance, but against Tampa Bay he could pay dividends. 


14. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons 

White will still get his fair share of targets, and if they sleep on him, he’ll torch the San Diego Chargers. 


15.  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

What the heck happened last week? He’s too good not to bounce back.


16. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers

The yardage isn’t there yet, but he’s scored in both weeks. He should produce against Oakland. 



17. Wes Welker, New England Patriots

Without Aaron Hernandez, the Pats will have to rely on Welker again. 


18. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots

The Patriots have a touch matchup, but Tom Brady and Lloyd are bound to hook up sooner or later. 


19. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills

It could be a heavy dose of C.J. Spiller, but Johnson should be able to get his with cornerback Joe Haden out.


20. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

Jeremy Maclin is banged up, so Jackson should be counted on more heavily against the Cardinals. 



21. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers

He has 175 yards so far. Rivers has full confidence in him and should lean on him against Atlanta. 


22. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins

Assuming he’s good to go this week, he should be productive against the Bengals. 


23. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers

He sees a ton of targets and should continue to produce against Oakland. 


24. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

 He had a dud last week, but the team should bounce back against the St. Louis Rams. 



25. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

He scored last week and should continue to gel with Josh Freeman against the Cowboys. 


26. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints 

He has been banged up but should still be a decent option against the Chiefs.


27. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens 

The Patriots have improved in pass defense, but the Ravens have improved their passing attack. Smith should be solid. 


28. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos 

Peyton’s other top target makes a decent WR3 this week. 


29. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams 


This target machine should have a busy day against the Bears.

30. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers

He’s had two solid games and is a nice option against the G-Men.


31. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers 

With time to heal, he should be ready to rock against the Seahawks. 


32. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers

The Vikings struggle to stop the pass and Crabtree should have his way. 


33. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals

Hawkins has 142 yards and a score in two games in addition to a favorable matchup against Washington this week. 



34. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints

Moore had a slow week but he should bounce back against the Rams.

35. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets

He scored last week and makes a solid play against Miami. 


36. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens

After a slow day last week, Boldin should bounce back against the Patriots. 


37. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans

Off to a slow start, but he got in the end zone last week. This week, he faces Detroit. 


38. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins

Not a glamour pick, but he has 161 yards in two games and should see some looks against the Jets. 


39. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears

A risky play given last week, but he should be much better against the Rams.

40. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans

His health concerns me, but if you're looking for a home run at WR3, there many not be many better options.


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