Fantasy Football Week 3: Top 50 Wide Receivers for the Rest of the Year

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIISeptember 22, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball while defended by Antoine Bethea #41 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Pierre Garcon started the season off with a bang in his first game with the Washington Redskins. In just the first quarter, the speedster accumulated four catches, 109 receiving yards and a touchdown.

He hasn’t been heard from since.

Garcon has been out with a foot injury while quarterback Robert Griffin III has established himself as the early points leader in standard scoring.

Where would Garcon rank if he were still healthy? Hard to say. He obviously wouldn’t have 872 yards receiving and eight touchdowns through two games.

If he did, it would be no question that Garcon tops this list.

But that’s not what happened, and while he is still uncertain to play, Garcon will find his name farther down than No. 1 overall.

Much farther.


1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (Preseason: 1): I’m not concerned that Megatron has yet to score a touchdown. He’s still healthy (probable for Week 3) and should do some damage against the Tennessee Titans' secondary.


2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (2): He’s had one big game (108 yards and two touchdowns) and one really little game (four catches for 14 yards). But I’m not going to move him off of his perch just yet.


3. Victor Cruz, New York Giants (4): The emergence of Ramses Barden and Andre Brown will help keep future defensive attention away from Cruz, whether or not Hakeem Nicks is healthy enough to play.


4. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (7): He’s Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 guy with Greg Jennings out. I actually like Nelson more when Jennings plays, though.


5. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (10): The only thing that’s missing from Harvin is the touchdowns. He’s tied for fifth among wide receivers with 21 targets and has seven carries through two games.


6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (8): Green has 23 targets in the first two games. He’s clearly the No. 1 target for Andy Dalton.


7. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (5): The Packers showed in Week 2 that Marshall can be largely erased from the stat sheet with large amounts of defensive focus. But Marshall still could have brought one down for six.


8. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (26): He is not done yet. Andrew Luck is getting Wayne the football.


9. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (9): White isn’t ready to relinquish Matt Ryan’s full attention to Julio Jones.


10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (15): The No. 1 fantasy wideout through two games, Thomas’ performance will knock Eric Decker down these ranks until Peyton Manning can make both of them viable options.


11. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (24): Austin has been very efficient through the first two weeks. On a bad hamstring, he’s brought in nine of 13 targets for 136 yards and two touchdowns. He should only get better as the season progresses.


12. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (6): Johnson had a performance in Week 1 expected from the stud receiver that he is: 117 yards and a score. In Week 2, however, he only caught three balls for 21 yards.


13. Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (11): This is assuming that Nicks will be ready to go in Week 4.


14. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers (14): He’s putting up the yards, and if he found the end zone even once, he would be comfortably inside the top 10 wide receivers through the first two weeks.


15. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (3): Kevin Kolb under center concerns me greatly for this guy. Five targets in Week 2, and the Cardinals still beat the New England Patriots. There seems to be no “magic number” of receiving yards that Fitz has to put up for the Cardinals to be competitive.


16. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (21): Although they’re built like a team that should favor the run, the Chiefs are constantly forced to chuck the rock as they’re playing from behind.


17. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (12): Hopefully Jennings can suit up for Monday’s game at Seattle for the Packers. He was trying to get in the game Week 2 (11 days before that game was scheduled), so his legitimately questionable status keeps him inside the top 20.


18. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (16): Tom Brady’s got to throw the ball somewhere. And apparently, it ain’t to Wes Welker.


19. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (17): The hyper-talented young receiver is the second-best fantasy WR option on his team. Tony Romo seems to trust Miles Austin and tight end Jason Witten more than Bryant.


20. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (23): Dude’s caught 81.8 percent of his targets (nine of 11) and scored a touchdown in each week so far.


21. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (18).

22. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (19).

23. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (20).

24. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (13).

25. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins (29).

26. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (25).

27. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (22).

28. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (27).

29. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (52).

30. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (32).

31. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (44).

32. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (28).

33. Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles (31).

34. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (48).

35. Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (36).

36. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers (53).

37. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (41).

38. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (unranked).

39. Nate Burleson, Detroit Lions (60).

40. Stephen Hill, New York Jets (unranked).

41. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (33).

42. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (34).

43. Ramses Barden, New York Giants (unranked).

44. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (unranked).

45. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (37).

46. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans (39).

47. Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers (38).

48. Robert Meachem, San Diego Chargers (30).

49. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (46).

50. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens (54).




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