Week 3 Rankings: Top 50 Wide Receivers

Our rankings certainly underwent a little bit of a shake-up yesterday after the news broke that Hakeem Nicks would not dress for tonight’s game.  How does his absence, as well as all the other news, affect the rankings?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Calvin Johnson – Detroit Lions – at Tennessee
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
  3. Steve Smith – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
  4. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
  5. Victor Cruz – New York Giants – at Carolina
  6. Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs – at New Orleans
  7. Miles Austin – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  8. Percy Harvin – Minnesota Vikings – vs. San Francisco
  9. Roddy White – Atlanta Falcons – at San Diego
  10. Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – at Denver
  11. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
  12. Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  14. Dez Bryant – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  15. Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
  16. Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  17. Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears – vs. St. Louis
  18. Jordy Nelson – Green Bay Packers – at Seattle
  19. Malcolm Floyd – San Diego Chargers – vs. Atlanta
  20. Stevie Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
  21. Pierre Garcon – Washington Redskins – vs. Cincinnati
  22. Vincent Jackson – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
  23. Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – at Chicago
  24. Marques Colston – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
  25. Brandon Lloyd – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  26. Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Oakland
  27. DeSean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
  28. Brandon LaFell – Carolina Panthers – vs. New York Giants
  29. Wes Welker – New England Patriots – at Baltimore
  30. Jeremy Maclin – Philadelphia Eagles – at Arizona
  31. Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
  32. Greg Little – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
  33. Torrey Smith – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
  34. Santonio Holmes – New York Jets – at Miami
  35. Andrew Hawkins – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
  36. Michael Crabtree – San Francisco 49ers – at Minnesota
  37. Anquan Boldin – Baltimore Ravens – vs. New England
  38. Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – vs. Kansas City
  39. Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  40. Kevin Ogletree – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  41. Denarius Moore – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  42. Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
  43. Sidney Rice – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Green Bay
  44. Nate Washington – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
  45. Darrius Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders – vs. Pittsburgh
  46. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  47. Kenny Britt – Tennessee Titans – vs. Detroit
  48. Laurent Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  49. Dexter McCluster – Kansas City Chiefs – at New Orleans
  50. Brian Hartline – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets

Thoughts:

  • Greg Jennings is a wide receiver with injury concerns, though I would be surprised if he didn’t play.  Plan on using him, but keep an eye on the news just in case.
  • After the Giants’ receiving duo just torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, does anyone think both Dez Bryant & Miles Austin won’t produce?  It’s hard to imagine them being quite up to the level we saw in Week 2 from New York, but they are good options none the less.  Kevin Ogletree also becomes an intriguing option once again, but he’s more of a low-end choice.
  • Demaryius Thomas has been tremendous thus far this season, but he draws a Texans defense that is allowing just 124.0 passing yards and 0.5 receiving TD per game.  He should remain a WR2, but the matchup dictates him not being a WR1 despite his early season success.
  • Andre Johnson gets hurt a little bit since Houston could opt to go run heavy, with their double-headed monster of Arian Foster and Ben Tate.  Keep that in mind, though he still has the potential to be one of the elite in the game.
  • With Aaron Hernandez out you would think that I would trust Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker a little bit more.  Unfortunately, until we see what the Patriots will do with a week to game plan it is hard to trust them as anything more than WR2/WR3.  It certainly appeared like Welker was going to step into the role last week, but the Patriots demoted him once.  Are you willing to bet on him now?
  • A healthy Pierre Garcon might be close to a WR1, especially given the matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals.  He’s a little bit risky at this point, but if he’s on the field you have to consider him a very good play.
  • Danny Amendola is proving to be a target machine, as he already has 20 receptions for 230 yards and 1 TD.  He is quickly climbing up the WR rankings and could settle in as a must use WR2 before long.
  • Kenny Britt certainly disappointed in his first game back, didn’t he?  Then again, we all knew he was going to be slowly worked into the offense.  I would expect him to be significantly better this week, though he is too risky to trust him as more than a low-end option.  Hopefully this is the last time we have any doubts about him, however.
  • Do I trust the Jets’ offense?  Absolutely not, but the Dolphins defense has been poor against the pass.  Considering they are allowing over 300 yards per game, if there was a week Santonio Holmes was going to produce this would be it.  As a WR3, he’s worth the gamble.
  • With a favorable matchup will this be the week Justin Blackmon bursts onto the scene?  Fantasy owners can at least hope so, though it is hard to trust him until he actually shows us something.

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 3 rankings:

Week 3 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers
Week 3 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses

27 comments

  1. Randy says:

    Who would you start in a standard league at flex, Dez or Doug Martin? Already starting AJ Green, Harvin, Demarco, and Richardson. Like you, I have a feeling Dez might “show up” in a big way this weekend… Thanks!

    • Joey V says:

      for me it would depend on what you are going for? i feel martin is the safer bet but Dez could provide you with that knockout punch that could win your weekly match-up. the rest of your line-up looks great already so i think you can afford to take a chance and go with Dez this week.

    • John says:

      I started Lafell and Cruz already, so I’m looking for my flex spot. Who would you put in:
      Fitzgerald
      Avery
      Malcolm Floyd
      Kenny Britt

      I know Fitzgerald would be normal choice, the QB situation is just suspect.

      • Tough to sit Fitzgerald, though that QB spot us questionable.

        If you are not comfortable with the risk, I would say either Floyd or Britt honestly. While Britt is significantly further down on the rankings, would anyone be shocked if he exploded for 2 or 3 TD this week?

        I would probably still stick with your “top” guy in Fitzgerald, but then Floyd or the high risk, high reward Britt.

        You are obviously already in a hole, so it all depends if you want to go with your best player or the high-risk option.

  2. Papa Smurf says:

    You forgot the WR who had the most yardage in Week 2 with 199 yards – Hakeem Nicks! You can slide him in between Calving & Julio at pick one and a half, lol

  3. vendalay industries says:

    WR help
    I can’t decide between Dez Bryant and Demariyous Thomas. plz help

    • Joey V says:

      i would go with Thomas. he seems to be the only shining light in the Broncos offense. Peyton is still getting used to his new receiving core and until they all start clicking together, thomas is his safety valve and has scored in each of the last two games.

  4. Nick Tenaglia says:

    Need 1 WR and the FLEX spot filled….
    Marques Colston
    Jeremy Maclin
    Brandon LaFell
    Andre Brown

    I am leaning towards Brown at FLEX and LaFell at WR2.

    For what its worth, A LOT of “experts” are very high on LaFell this week, which is why I am thinking he might be a better option than Colston (aka, Mr Inconsistent)

    • With the Giants secondary issues, I am high on LaFell also. That said, I think I’d still go Colston as my WR and consider LaFell over Brown for the FLEX.

      I know Brown should get the bulk of the carries, but with all the injuries could this be the week the Giants try to really get the much more dynamic David Wilson involved? I’m a little hesitant on trusting him right now.

    • Nick Tenaglia says:

      Also, just saw that Colston is now listed as Questionable for this week….. So I may need to play both LaFell and A.Brown tonight

  5. Randy – Tough, tough call. I generally go with the RB when it’s close, so I’m going to say Martin (with the caveat that it’s close and could go either way).

    Papa Smurf – Nicks has already been ruled out of tonight’s game. I had him at #3 before being scratched.

    vendalay industries – After what the Giants did to TB last week, I’d go Dez.

  6. Gamer says:

    lol, I need two receivers from Greg Jennings, Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant; which are ranked 14 – 16. Follow the rankings and sit Jennings?

  7. Mike W says:

    You have Hartline as #46 and #50. Not that it matters, just sayin’ =)

  8. j-man says:

    Hey Roto professor. Why so high on Dwayne Bowe this week? You even pictured him at the top! Can you please explain?

    Also, I need to start 1WR/1RB/1Flex, who is the player riding the bench this week out of:

    McGahee, Steven Jackson, Demaryius Thomas, Antonio Brown

    • Well, the picture doesn’t mean I am any higher on him….lol Just the guy I chose to put there. The Saints are allowing the sixth most passing yards per game, however, and Bowe is basically the lone big threat in KC. Should shape up for a good matchup.

      As for your lineup, you are going to have to monitor the news on Jackson, because it may be irrelevant if he doesn’t play. If he plays, I’d probably sit Brown. While the RB are not “great” options, I would still rather take my shot with players who you know will have the ball in their hands. Brown could easily be the second receiver to Mike Wallace.

    • Joey V says:

      i would with the professor on monitoring the status of jackson; however if he does play, i would go ahead and bench mcgahee. i think the houston defense will prove too much and force peyton to throw the ball in order to stay in the game. i think brown will still get his receptions and finally see the endzone this week.

  9. Joey V says:

    i have vincent jackson,antonio brown, decker, welker,desean jackson, and gronkowski. it is a ppr league, and i need to start three.i am leaning towards starting gronkowski with Hernandez out. i need to start two more. my current lineup is gronk, brown, and desean jackson. i still do not trust welker and he is going up against the raven D which he does not have a good track record. VJ has been giving me good numbers but he is going up against a good cowboys so he is not giving the greatest of confidence to start him. same goes for decker facing the houston D and his numbers are so so. Desean Jackson facing a cardinals D i feel has the easiest match-up. is my current line-up giving me the best chance to win or should i switch it up. what do you guys think.

    • I agree wit Gronkowski as a must start option. Wit Maclin out, I do think V-Jax gains some value, so I have no problem having him in there. I probably like Vncent Jackson more than Brown, but they are close enoh that I would say g wit your gut, as he does have a tough matchup.

  10. Joey V says:

    i am facing a problem with setting my lineup in my other league as i am extremely stacked at the wide receiver position at least in my opinion. my current line up is QB-big ben, benched peyton this week, RB- McCoy and Sproles, benched bradshaw. W/TE- are colston,reggie wayne, brown, julio jones, torrey smith, VJAX, and britt,Kicker is Hartley, and defense is New England. i have to start three W/TE players. it is a full ppr league and i am thinking Julio Jones, Reggie Wayne, and i am in a toss-up for my third receiver. first how am i looking overall with my decisions at the other positions? Second, who should i start as my three wide receivers? lastly, should i try and trade away some of this depth and upgrade elsewhere, and if so who should i give up and what kind of value should i expect back?

    • I would say if you could trade WR depth for a RB, I definitely would.

      I would say Manning/Roethlisberger is a toss-up this week, so I don’t have an issue with your decision there.

      As for the WR, I would definitely play Jones & Wayne. As for the third, I’d go V-Jsx for this week, only because of the risk with Colston/Britt

  11. cruzer100 says:

    who would you start for flex Gregg Little or Nate washington.

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