Fantasy Football Week 3 Wide Receiver Rankings: Who can you trust in an injury-filled week?


When the Chiefs and Packers got rid of Tyreke Hill and Davante Adams without replacing them with viable #1 options last offseason, there was a lot of talk in the fantasy community about things like “freed targets” and a lot of writing about guys like that. like Mekole Hardman, Marques Valdez-Scantling, Allen Lazard and Juju Smith-Shuster (among others), had to step in and become must-start fantasy options due to these absences.

So far, none of these players have succeeded, and in week 2 we got some more examples of why loose targets and opportunities don’t necessarily make that much of a difference at wide receivers. The Colts were missing Michael Pittman Jr. and Alec Pierce, and had one player this week even reach 40 receiving yards against the Jaguars. Similarly, the Buccaneers were short of Chris Godwin and Julio Jones, and Mike Evans had 61 yards before being ruled out of the game. Russell Gage activated for 28 yards and Breshad Perryman had 45 – at least he had a touchdown.

Meaning? Unlike running backs, where just being on the field means you have a pretty good chance of literally getting the ball a few times, wide receivers need to be good enough to open up often enough for their quarterback to find them and then do something. with goals they will inevitably earn. Sometimes guys really take a step forward when the opportunity arises and show themselves as breakthroughs, but when it’s primary, let alone Only is a case of fantasy player appeal, you have to be pretty skeptical about them.

Whatever the case, I think Smith-Schuster could still be a viable fantasy option, and I don’t want to discount Gage completely – he was one of those players who actually did seize the opportunity for a larger share target with Atlanta last season. But it’s worth keeping in mind that while “opportunity” can be a viable deciding factor when setting up a squad, you shouldn’t just auto-start a player because their best teammates are missing. Lazard, Gage, and Smith-Schuster are good starting options this week, but none of them should take a place in your roster. They still have to earn it, and so far no one has.

Here is my WR rating for week 3.

  1. Cooper Kupp @ARI
  2. Davante Adams @TEN
  3. Justin Jefferson vs. WHAT
  4. Stephon Diggs @MIA
  5. Ja’Marr Chase @NYJ
  6. Amon-Ra Saint Brown @MIN
  7. Deebo Samuel @DEN
  8. Tyreke Hill vs. BUF
  9. Ty Higgins @NYJ
  10. AJ Brown @WAS
  11. Jaylen Waddle vs. BUF
  12. Brandin Cooks @CHI
  13. Michael Pittman Jr vs. KC
  14. Michael Thomas @CAR
  15. DJ Moore vs NO
  16. Christian Kirk @LAC
  17. Keenan Allen vs. Jax
  18. Mike Williams vs. Jax
  19. CD Lamb @NYG
  20. Garrett Wilson vs. CIN
  21. Curtis Samuel vs. PHI
  22. Marquise Brown vs. LAR
  23. Rashod Bateman @NE
  24. Courtland Sutton vs. San Francisco
  25. Elijah Moore vs CIN
  26. Adam Thielen vs. WHAT
  27. Allen Robinson @ARI
  28. Juju Smith-Shuster @IND
  29. Drake London @SEA
  30. Terry McLaurin vs. PHI
  31. DK Metcalfe vs. ATL
  32. Jerry Judy vs. San Francisco
  33. Tyler Lockett vs. ATL
  34. Russell Gage vs GB
  35. Darnell Mooney vs Howe
  36. DeVonta Smith @WAS
  37. Brandon Aiyuk @THE
  38. Gabe Davis @MIA
  39. Trailon Burks vs. L.V.
  40. Sterling Shepard vs DAL
  41. Tyler Boyd @NYJ
  42. Robert Woods vs. L.V.
  43. Allen Lazard @TB
  44. Greg Dortch vs. LAR
  45. Cole Beasley vs GB
  46. Corey Davis vs. CIN
  47. Chris Olav @CAR
  48. Jarvis Landry @CAR
  49. Jahan Dotson vs. PHI
  50. Zay Jones @LAC
  51. DJ Chark @MIN
  52. Robbie Anderson vs NO
  53. AJ Green vs LAR
  54. Nico Collins @CHI
  55. Kyle Phillips vs. L.V.
  56. DeVante Parker vs. BAL
  57. KJ Osbourne vs. WHAT