Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 40 Receivers in Standard-Scoring Leagues

Jay Clemons@ATL_JayClemonsFantasy Sports Lead WriterSeptember 18, 2012

Falcons receiver Roddy White (8 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD in Week 2) has averaged 7.2 catches, 97 yards and 12.5 targets in his last 10 games. (US PRESSWIRE)
Falcons receiver Roddy White (8 catches, 102 yards, 1 TD in Week 2) has averaged 7.2 catches, 97 yards and 12.5 targets in his last 10 games. (US PRESSWIRE)

Here are my top 40 wide receivers for Week 3 (standard-scoring leagues).

To clarify, this countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated best guess of which rushers will tally the best combination of total yards (receiving/rushing) and touchdowns for the NFL's third weekend.

(Note: For the time being, the nicked-up Jeremy Maclin shall remain off the board.)

When it comes to crafting a weekly listing of elite wide receivers, simply follow the trail of quarterbacks primed for Week 3 glory...or the wideouts with stellar track records against middling pass defenses.

Week 3: Top 40 Receivers

1. Roddy White @ San Diego
2. Calvin Johnson @ Tennessee
3. Reggie Wayne vs. Jacksonville
4. Brandon Marshall vs. St. Louis
5. Malcom Floyd vs. Atlanta
6. Greg Jennings @ Seattle
7. Brandon Lloyd @ Baltimore
8. Marques Colston vs. Kansas City
9. Julio Jones @ San Diego
10. Steve Smith vs. N.Y. Giants
11. Victor Cruz @ Carolina
12. Andre Johnson @ Denver
13. A.J. Green @ Washington
14. Larry Fitzgerald vs. Philadelphia
15. Dwayne Bowe @ New Orleans
16. Percy Harvin vs. San Francisco
17. Miles Austin vs. Tampa Bay
18. Mike Wallace @ Oakland
19. Demaryius Thomas vs. Houston
20. Vincent Jackson @ Dallas
21. Jordy Nelson @ Seattle
22. Wes Welker @ Baltimore
23. Eric Decker vs. Houston
24. Kenny Britt vs. Detroit
25. DeSean Jackson @ Arizona
26. Antonio Brown @ Oakland
27. Sidney Rice vs. Green Bay
28. Steve Johnson @ Cleveland
29. Dez Bryant vs. Tampa Bay
30. Santonio Holmes @ Miami
31. Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. Pittsburgh
32. Torrey Smith vs. New England
33. Michael Crabtree @ Minnesota
34. Pierre Garcon vs. Cincinnati
35. Danny Amendola @ Chicago
36. Brandon LaFell vs. N.Y. Giants
37. Lance Moore vs. Kansas City
38. Greg Little vs. Buffalo
39. Laurent Robinson, @ Indianapolis
40a. Nate Washington vs. Detroit
40b. Mike Williams @ Dallas
40c. Donnie Avery vs. Jacksonville

Quick Hitters

1. Danny Amendola is just days removed from the greatest first half in points-per-reception history—12 catches, 13 targets, 133 yards and one touchdown. But here's the killjoy stat of the day: In his last four outdoor games on grass, Amendola has middling per-outing averages of 4.5 catches, 40 yards and 0.5 touchdowns.

2. In his last four games, dating back to last season (and Dan Orlovsky), Reggie Wayne averaged eight catches, 13 targets, 96 yards and 0.5 touchdowns. And during the Peyton Manning era with Indy, Wayne averaged nine catches and 131 yards against Jacksonville for 2009-10.

3. Calvin Johnson's streak of 100-yard games was snapped at five last Sunday against the 49ers. But does it even matter? Johnson (eight catches, 94 yards in Week 2) has built up enough fantasy credit to last another 10 years—if he stopped playing today.

4. I've been on the Malcom Floyd Express Train To Fantasy Happiness longer than most gurus. And yet, there's still some room left on the locomotive...before it exits the Week 3 station. Of Floyd's last 10 games (dating back to 2011), he notched 100-plus yards and/or one touchdown eight times.

5. There's no point in lamenting Larry Fitzgerald's one-catch, four-yard outing against the Patriots. You have a better chance of getting struck by lightning this week—twice—than Fitz does of lagging behind Minnesota's Stephen Burton in back-to-back games.

Jay Clemons
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