Fantasy Football Week 3: Last-Minute Top 50 Wide Receiver Rankings
There was only one big game from the wide receiver position in the New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers matchup on Thursday night in Week 3. Ramses Barden of New York was targeted 10 times and brought in nine receptions for 138 yards.
Steve Smith of the Panthers caught four passes for 86 yards. The third-most productive player at the position was the Giants’ usual big play guy, Victor Cruz.
Cruz had 42 yards on six catches with no touchdowns.
Now that the Thursday game is over, everyone who was involved in the contest has been removed from the Week 3 rankings heading into Sunday.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions (at Tennessee Titans)
Megatron hasn’t found the end zone yet in 2012. This is the week that I think he does.
2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals (at Washington Redskins)
Green is easily the most-targeted player by Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. With pass-rusher Brian Orakpo out of the lineup for the Redskins, Dalton should have time to find him.
3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons (at San Diego Chargers)
If Jones is going to alternate big fantasy games with stinkers, this is the week he goes off again.
4. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Here’s why I like Miles Austin this week: the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have allowed 36 receptions for 648 yards and three touchdowns to players at the wide receiver position in just the last two weeks.
Miles Austin plays wide receiver.
Tony Romo has targeted Austin 13 times this season, one more than fellow wideouts Dez Bryant and Kevin Ogletree.
5. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings (at San Francisco 49ers)
The Vikings probably won’t be able to run the ball too successfully against the 49ers. Nobody else really does.
6. Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills (at Cleveland Browns)
The Browns allowed 16 catches to wide receivers for 210 yards and a touchdown in Week 1. They allowed 17 catches for 251 yards and three touchdowns in Week 2.
Joe Haden played in Week 1. He didn’t play in Week 2.
He won’t play in Week 3.
7. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
Wayne is more than capable of scoring the first receiving touchdown by a WR against the Jaguars this year.
8. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos (vs. Houston Texans)
Thomas is the No. 1 fantasy wide receiver entering Week 3.
9. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans (at Denver Broncos)
Houston’s offensive philosophy has shifted in a different direction than most of the league. They like to run the ball, but this Johnson guy is a beast.
10. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (at San Diego Chargers)
If Julio Jones doesn’t explode in this game, White should. Even if Jones does explode this game, White can still do the same.
11. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs (at New Orleans Saints)
The Chiefs have been playing from behind all season. They could be in the same position in the Superdome, and quarterback Matt Cassel only has eyes for Dwayne Bowe.
12. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers (at Seattle Seahawks)
Jennings’ status for the Packers’ Monday night contest is still uncertain. If you’re considering starting him, be sure to have a backup ready if he can’t go.
13. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
See: Miles Austin.
14. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears (vs. St. Louis Rams)
The Rams allowed 68 yards and a touchdown to Leonard Hankerson in Week 2 after 111 yards on six catches to Megatron in Week 1. Expectations for Marshall should be tempered, but he’s so frequently targeted that he deserves a fantasy start.
15. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers (at Seattle Seahawks)
If Greg Jennings plays, that might help Nelson. Instead of going off in Week 2 without Jennings on the other side of the field against the Chicago Bears, Nelson caught six balls for 84 yards. The touchdowns will eventually show up, too.
16. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
17. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)
18. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
19. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland Raiders)
20. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots (at Baltimore Ravens)
21. Wes Welker, New England Patriots (at Baltimore Ravens)
22. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland Raiders)
23. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers (at Minnesota Vikings)
24. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (at Arizona Cardinals)
25. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints (vs. Kansas City Chiefs)
26. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dallas Cowboys)
27. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens (vs. New England Patriots)
28. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers (vs. Atlanta Falcons)
29. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers (at Seattle Seahawks)
30. Greg Little, Cleveland Browns (vs. Buffalo Bills)
31. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos (vs. Houston Texans)
32. Sidney Rice, Seattle Seahawks (vs. Green Bay Packers)
33. Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans (vs. Detroit Lions)
34. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens (vs. New England Patriots)
35. Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys (vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
36. Donnie Avery, Indianapolis Colts (vs. Jacksonville Jaguars)
37. Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers (at Minnesota Vikings)
38. Brandon Gibson, St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)
39. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals (at Washington Redskins)
40. Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Indianapolis Colts)
41. Leonard Hankerson, Washington Redskins (vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
42. Jason Avant, Philadelphia Eagles (at Arizona Cardinals)
43. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins (vs. New York Jets)
44. Emmanuel Sanders, Pittsburgh Steelers (at Oakland Raiders)
45. Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (at Dallas Cowboys)
46. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears (vs. St. Louis Rams)
47. Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars (at Indianapolis Colts)
48. Stephen Hill, New York Jets (at Miami Dolphins)
49. Austin Pettis, St. Louis Rams (at Chicago Bears)
50. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders (vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
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