Fantasy Football 2012 Week 3 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers
Our rankings certainly underwent a little bit of a shake-up yesterday after the news broke that Hakeem Nicks would not dress for tonight’s game. How does his absence, as well as all the other news, affect the rankings? Let’s take a look:
- Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Tennessee
- Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
- Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
- A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
- Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Carolina
- Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at New Orleans
- Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
- Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
- Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
- Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Denver
- Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
- Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
- Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
- Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
- Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
- Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
- Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. St. Louis
- Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
- Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – vs. Atlanta
- Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins – vs. Cincinnati
- Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
- Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – at Chicago
- Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
- Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
- DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
- Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
- Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
- Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
- Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
- Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
- Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – at Miami
- Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
- Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Minnesota
- Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
- Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
- Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Kevin Ogletree – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
- Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
- Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
- Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
- Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
- Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
- Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
- Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
- Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Dexter McCluster – Kansas City Chiefs – at New Orleans
- Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
- Greg Jennings is a wide receiver with injury concerns, though I would be surprised if he didn’t play. Plan on using him, but keep an eye on the news just in case.
- After the Giants’ receiving duo just torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, does anyone think both Dez Bryant and Miles Austin won’t produce? It’s hard to imagine them being quite up to the level we saw in Week 2 from New York, but they are good options none the less. Kevin Ogletree also becomes an intriguing option once again, but he’s more of a low-end choice.
- Demaryius Thomas has been tremendous thus far this season, but he draws a Texans defense that is allowing just 124.0 passing yards and 0.5 receiving TD per game. He should remain a WR2, but the matchup dictates him not being a WR1 despite his early season success.
- Andre Johnson gets hurt a little bit since Houston could opt to go run heavy, with their double-headed monster of Arian Foster and Ben Tate. Keep that in mind, though he still has the potential to be one of the elite in the game.
- With Aaron Hernandez out you would think that I would trust Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker a little bit more. Unfortunately, until we see what the Patriots will do with a week to game plan, it is hard to trust them as anything more than WR2/WR3. It certainly appeared like Welker was going to step into the role last week, but the Patriots demoted him once. Are you willing to bet on him now?
- A healthy Pierre Garcon might be close to a WR1, especially given the matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. He’s a little bit risky at this point, but if he’s on the field you have to consider him a very good play.
- Danny Amendola is proving to be a target machine, as he already has 20 receptions for 230 yards and 1 TD. He is quickly climbing up the WR rankings and could settle in as a must use WR2 before long.
- Kenny Britt certainly disappointed in his first game back, didn’t he? Then again, we all knew he was going to be slowly worked into the offense. I would expect him to be significantly better this week, though he is too risky to trust him as more than a low-end option. Hopefully this is the last time we have any doubts about him, however.
- Do I trust the Jets’ offense? Absolutely not, but the Dolphins defense has been poor against the pass. Considering they are allowing over 300 yards per game, if there was a week Santonio Holmes was going to produce this would be it. As a WR3, he’s worth the gamble.
- With a favorable matchup, will this be the week Justin Blackmon bursts onto the scene? Fantasy owners can at least hope so, though it is hard to trust him until he actually shows us something.
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