Fantasy Football Week 3 Rankings: Wide Receivers

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIISeptember 23, 2011

Typically, it's been feast or famine with Saints receiver Devery Henderson.

As an example, Henderson has nine 100-yard games, but he also has 20 games with less than 10 yards. So far this season, Henderson is 2-for-2 in games for 100-plus yards and a score. Yet he has done so with only 12 targets (62 players have more).

Will Henderson extend his streak to three games?

If so, he'll have to do so against the team that currently leads the NFL in defense, the Houston Texans.

Through two games, the Texans have allowed the fewest points (10.0 per game), total yards (271.0 per game) and passing yards (162.5 per game).

Here are our top 50 fantasy wide receivers for Week 3:

1. Calvin Johnson, Lions (at MIN): Here's some first-grade math for you: What's two plus two? If you answered that MegaTron has four touchdowns, two scores in each of his games this season, you are correct. While Antoine Winfield is a talented cornerback, Johnson's combination of size, strength and speed makes him nearly impossible to defend.

[FYI: Johnson is one of the featured receivers in our free Week 3 fantasy football contest.]

2. Andre Johnson, Texans (at NO): If you look at Johnson's production, you'll find a model of consistency. He has seven receptions for 93-95 yards and a score in each game. If he maintains that pace of 94 yards per game for 16 games, he'll finish with his third 1,500-yard season in four years.

3. Mike Wallace, Steelers (at IND): Wallace has a five-game streak of 100-yard games going back to the last three regular-season games in 2010. Although he finished 42nd in receptions last year, he is currently second behind San Diego's Mike Tolbert this year with 16 receptions.

4. Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals (at SEA): Fitzgerald is averaging just under 100 yards per game (97.5, to be exact). If he maintains that average, it would be a career high for Fitz.

5. Vincent Jackson, Chargers (vs KC): Jackson bounced back big by setting career highs in receptions (10) and yards (172) last week. As bad as the Chiefs are, however, I could see the Chargers building up an early and sizable lead and running the ball more than usual.

6. Roddy White, Falcons (at TB): If White has to face Nnamdi Asomugha again, it won't be until the postseason. Although he did catch a touchdown pass, he should easily exceed the three receptions and 23 yards he had last week.

7. Greg Jennings, Packers (at CHI): Here's a random stat: Jennings, who just turned 28 years old this week, has gone over 100 receiving yards in three of the five games after his birthday. Ready to celebrate?

8. Wes Welker, Patriots (at BUF): Through two weeks, Welker, my preseason pick to lead the NFL in receptions this year, is third in the NFL in receptions (15), receiving yards (241) and has two touchdowns.

9. Kenny Britt, Titans (vs DEN): Only two receivers have more fantasy points than Britt: Miles Austin and Steve Smith.

10. Brandon Marshall, Dolphins (at CLE): Marshall, who leads the NFL in targets (25), has 13 receptions for 218 yards and a score. The Browns have allowed the second-fewest passing yards (165.5 per game) in the league through two games.

11. Steve Smith, Panthers (vs JAC): Through the first two games, no receiver has more yards (334) than Steve Smith. Smith, who already has seven receptions of 20-plus yards, did not reach 334 receiving yards until Week 10 of the 2010 season.

12. DeSean Jackson, Eagles (vs NYG): Jackson, a big-play guy, is a little feast or famine, as his stats from Week 1 (102 yards and a touchdown) and Week 2 (23 yards and no scores) illustrate. With all of the injuries they have suffered on defense, however, the Giants have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers.

13. Hakeem Nicks, Giants (at PHI): Not only was he a game-time decision last week, Nicks was awarded a 23-yard reception two days after making it. While Nicks should enter Week 3 healthier than he was in Week 2, he draws a tough matchup against the Nnamdi Asomugha-led Eagles secondary.

14. Dez Bryant, Cowboys (vs WAS): Not only did he miss last week's game with a thigh contusion, Bryant still hasn't practiced as of Thursday. If he plays, he could be in store for a big week, especially with Miles Austin expected to be out this week and next week.

15. Reggie Wayne, Colts (vs PIT): There's a good chance that the Colts fall behind early and air it out often, which is good news for Wayne (or, more accurately, his fantasy owners). The bad news is it's still Kerry Collins throwing him the ball.

16. Jeremy Maclin, Eagles (vs NYG): What a difference a week made for Maclin! He had one reception for 20 yards in Week 1 against the Rams and 13 receptions for 171 yards and two touchdowns (all career highs) in Week 2 against the Falcons.

17. Santonio Holmes, Jets (at OAK): Unlike the team with whom they share their home stadium, the Jets head to Oakland but won't face Nnamdi Asomugha. Plus, Holmes had a career-high 149 receiving yards in his last game against the Raiders.

18. Santana Moss, Redskins (at DAL): Moss has six consecutive games with five or more receptions and 60-plus yards. Four of his 24 100-yards games and two of his seven multi-touchdown games have come against the Cowboys.

19. Stevie Johnson, Bills (vs NE): The Patriots have allowed big games to Miami's Brandon Marshall and San Diego's Vincent Jackson in Weeks 1 and 2. Is it Stevie Johnson's turn?

20. Mike Williams, Buccaneers (vs ATL): Not only did Williams not help fantasy owners in Week 2, he hurt them. From my couch, I had four more receiving yards than Williams, who had one reception for (minus) four yards. I'm guessing I won't outscore him this week.

Here are the rest of our top 50 fantasy receivers for Week 3:

21. Anquan Boldin, Ravens (at STL):
22. Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs (at SD)
23. Deion Branch, Patriots (at BUF)
24. Brandon Lloyd, Broncos (at TEN)
25. Mario Manningham, Giants (at PHI)
26. A.J. Green, Bengals (vs SF)
27. Percy Harvin, Vikings (vs DET)
28. Jordy Nelson, Packers (at CHI)
29. Nate Burleson, Lions (at MIN)
30. Robert Meachem, Saints (vs HOU)
31. Johnny Knox, Bears (vs GB)
32. Davone Bess, Dolphins (at CLE)
33. Julio Jones, Falcons (at TB)
34. Mike Thomas, Jaguars (at CAR)
35. Lance Moore, Saints (vs HOU)
36. Plaxico Burress, Jets (at OAK)
37. Mike Sims-Walker, Rams (vs BAL)
38. Devery Henderson, Saints (vs HOU)
39. Pierre Garcon, Colts (vs PIT)
40. Malcom Floyd, Chargers (vs KC)
41. Eric Decker, Broncos (at TEN)
42. Dexter McCluster, Chiefs (at SD)
43. Jabar Gaffney, Redskins (at DAL)
44. Austin Collie, Colts (vs PIT)
45. Chad Ochocinco, Patriots (at BUF)
46. Hines Ward, Steelers (at IND)
47. Emmanuel Sanders, Steelers (at IND)
48. Mike Williams, Seahawks (vs ARI)
49. Jerome Simpson, Bengals (vs SF)
50. Denarius Moore, Raiders (vs NYJ)

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Good luck in your Week 3 matchup(s)!


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