Fantasy Football Week 3: Wide Receivers That Will Emerge with Big Weeks

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 01:  Denarius Moore #17 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the San Diego Chargers at Coliseum on January 1, 2012 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Kevin Ogletree and Ramses Barden are probably on your fantasy radar after big weeks pushed them to the waiver pick up list. Not only are they on the radar, but I bet many are starting them after double-digit fantasy games.

Along those same lines, there's a great crop of receivers ready to emerge as true No. 1 and No. 2 options for your team as you enter the part of the season where tinkering with a lineup and picking out good matchups is key.

Here are three guys sure to join Barden and Ogletree in your lineup, and guys that you should start this week due to good matchups and their ability to break out with a big Week 3.


Malcom Floyd, San Diego

After being Philip Rivers' favorite WR target the first two games, Floyd is still only being started in 33 percent of standard ESPN leagues. That number will change after Week 3, when he'll post another week of high targets and a touchdown.

He's the No. 1 option in San Diego. Don't let the Donte Rosario three-touchdown week keep you from starting Floyd. Antonio Gates was out, and even though Rosario will still see some red-zone looks, Robert Meachem hasn't emerged as a downfield threat and Floyd is slowly taking the role of Vincent Jackson.

Facing Atlanta this week isn't a great matchup, but with a depleted secondary and two high-octane offenses set to square off, this game could get into the 30s real quick.

Ten and 12 points the first two weeks aren't stellar numbers, but Floyd is still ranked as the 13th receiver with the most points—ahead of names like A.J. Green, Percy Harvin and Calvin Johnson. Start him this week and at least keep him in your No. 2 slot going forward.


Denarius Moore, Oakland

Moore had 67 yards in his return from injury, and he should surpass Darius Heyward-Bey as the No. 1 option in Oakland with Carson Palmer.

The big-play ability of Moore will be a huge plus, and he'll help open up the running game for Darren McFadden, which has been stagnant so far this season.

Moore will put up some big games, and is one of the more exciting young receivers in the game. He should emerge as a No. 1 option in his offense, but time will tell if that's worthy of a No. 1 slot on your team or further down the list.


Kendall Wright, Tennessee

He got the most targets last week (eight) but only ended up with two catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. His 11 fantasy points over two weeks don't look great unless you're in a deep league, but he is only a rookie.

I think he'll shred that rookie label in the coming weeks, starting with his matchup against the Detroit Lions this weekend, who have given up some big games to wide receivers so far this season.

If he's in the slot or outside, it will be known pretty quickly if Jake Locker has developed a favorite target in Wright or not. Evidence would suggest Wright is the favorite, and if that's the case, as Locker improves as a passer over the course of the season Wright could be a great option at the end of the year.