Week 3 Rankings (2019): Top 50 Wide Receivers: Big Names Stock Falling, Under-the-Radar Targets & More

28
4796

With injuries to some of the top quarterbacks in the league, as well as the inevitable change finally coming in New York, the impact will be felt by wide receivers across the league. Throw in some injuries that were are forced to maneuver around as well, and there are a lot of questions that need answering. Who should we be trusting? Who carries too much risk? Let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look for the upcoming week:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Houston Texans – at Los Angeles Chargers
  2. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  3. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
  4. Odell Beckham – Cleveland Browns – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  5. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Houston
  6. Antonio Brown – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  7. Devante Adams – Green Bay Packers – vs. Denver
  8. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers -vs. New York Giants
  9. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints – at Seattle
  10. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
  11. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions – at Philadelphia
  12. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New Orleans
  13. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  14. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New York Giants
  15. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams – at Cleveland
  16. T.Y. Hilton – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Atlanta
  17. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Oakland
  18. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams – at Cleveland
  19. DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
  20. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  21. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons – at Indianapolis
  22. Larry Fitzgerald – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
  23. Brandin Cooks – Los Angeles Rams – at Cleveland
  24. John Brown – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cincinnati
  25. Tyrell Williams – Oakland Raiders – at Minnesota
  26. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
  27. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears – at Washington
  28. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
  29. Christian Kirk – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
  30. John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
  31. Sterling Shepard – New York Giants – at Tampa Bay
  32. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Oakland
  33. Terry McLaurin – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago
  34. Demarcus Robinson – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  35. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – at Philadelphia
  36. Jamison Crowder – New York Jets – at New England
  37. Nelson Agholer – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Detroit
  38. D.J. Chark – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  39. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  40. DK Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks – vs. New Orleans
  41. Curtis Samuel – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
  42. Will Fuller – Houston Texans – at Los Angeles Chargers
  43. Emmanuel Sanders – Denver Broncos – at Green Bay
  44. Josh Gordon – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  45. [ES1]  Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Pittsburgh
  46. Mecole Hardman – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  47. Randall Cobb – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Miami
  48. Courtland Sutton – Denver Broncos – at Green Bay
  49. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  50. Robbie Anderson – New York Jets – at New England

Thoughts:

  • Amari Cooper has scored a TD in each of the first two games this season and now draws a Miami defense that’s already allowed 5 TD to opposing wide receivers.  Now remember that’s before the Dolhpins traded their best cornerback to Pittsburgh for a first round pick.  It’s hard to imagine Cooper not enjoying a big day, isn’t it?
  • It’s a bit of a surprise, but through two games Chris Godwin has outproduced Mike Evans, picking up 11 receptions for 174 yards and 2 TD (Evans has 6 receptions for 89 yards).  The truth is against the Giants both have to be considered usable options, but if we had to pick one we’re rolling with the guy who’s actually produced.
  • As we all know both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Michael Thomas are going to take a small hit in value thanks to the loss of their respective quarterbacks.  While it doesn’t remove them from WR1 status, at least until we get a better look at how productive they will be, it does drop them down the rankings a few spots.
  • We’ve all heard the hype surrounding Kenny Golladay before, but it’s nice to see him back it up in his third season.  Over the first two weeks he has 12 receptions, 159 yards and 2 TD, and things could get even better against an Eagles’ defense that’s allowed the second most points per week to opposing wide receivers.  Consider him a borderline WR1 for this week, and one that could entrench himself into the conversation for that type of ranking weekly.
  • One of the problems with a deep receiving corps, at least from a fantasy perspective, is that you never know where the targets will go.  At this point Cooper Kupp has been the most targeted option (19) for the Rams, but would it be surprising if Robert Woods (15 targets) or Brandin Cooks (10) enjoyed a bigger week?  For now Kupp is the best investment, but no one is more than a mid-level WR2 thanks to the risk.
  • Will Larry Fitzgerald ever slow down?  Over the first two weeks he has 13 catches for 217 yards and 1 TD and he should continue to be a go to target for Kyler Murray.  That’s going to keep him on the WR2 radar.
  • We’ll have to monitor the news on Tyrell Williams closely, though the early indications are that he’s going to play.  Assuming he’s on the field and fairly healthy a matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, coupled with his early season production (11 receptions, 151 yards, 2 TD), puts him right on the WR2 spectrum.
  • There are questions as to whether or not Sterling Shepard will be cleared to play, and the questions could keep him from building a strong rapport with Daniel Jones ahead of his NFL debut.  Of course Jones offers more upside from a QB perspective, so if Shepard plays he’s a WR3 option and could emerge as a WR2.

Sources – ESPN, NFL.com

Make sure to check out all of our Week 3 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

28 COMMENTS

    • I have a tough time trusting the Rams receivers and Freeman has been good. I’d say Woods is the “safe” choice, but I’d roll the dice on Freeman

      • Thanks for the advice. My biggest worry about Freeman is game script. If Denver falls behind they will revert to Lindsay. I have same concerns with Woods. Let’s roll with Freeman. I’d love for him to run through the packers like Dalvin Cook did.

  1. I have a bit of a conundrum in my quarter-point PPR league. My team looks like this at the moment:

    QB: C. Wentz
    RB: A. Kamara, C. Carson, D. Singletary, R. Penny, J. Jackson, J. Samuels
    WR: K. Allen, M. Evans, T. Boyd, J. Gordon, M. Hardman, D. Samuel
    TE: J. Witten
    DST: Titans
    K: streamer (I need to pick one up before Sunday)

    My questions is 2-fold:

    1) Jarvis Landry is on waivers, who do I drop to pick him up (or do I just leave him on waivers)? He’s on waivers until 9/19 @ 2am, so I’m not even guaranteed to get him.
    2) Who do I drop to stream a kicker?

    • It might also be important too that we start 2 RB’s, 2 WR’s, 1 TE, 1 Flex (WR/TE only). I probably have too many RB’s considering, and I also have D. Guice in an IR spot.

  2. Hi, Prof. I get 0.5 PPR in my league. Need 2 WRs and a FLEX from the following: Robert Woods, Larry Fitzgerald, Nelson Agholor, Adrian Peterson, Frank Gore, Terry McLaurin, Mecole Hardman, and Sterling Shepard. Thanks.

  3. Flex help and QB question.

    PPR- WR J. Brown Bills or RB Montgomery Bears. Leaning towards WR. Brown, agreed?

    QB- Cam owner here. Need QB advice. ROS- Bassett ( cake schedule) or Allen. Can get both ( in case Cam is not ” Cam”) but would have to drop Rams RB – Brown ( I have Gurley) or WR E.Sanders ( I have Hops, Golladay and J.Brown,) your opinion, please? Thank you

  4. Hi, Prof. I’m in a 0.5 PPR league. Which 2 of these 3 WRs would you hold on to for the foreseeable future? Terry McLaurin, Nelson Agholor, or Mecole Hardman? Thanks.

  5. Prof,
    Have Mack in the FLEX this week. He did not practice today, and its sounding like he will be OUT. That being said I own Jordan Wilkins….In the event Mack he is held out on Sunday who would you flex: Diggs/Wilkins/McLaurin/Fuller/Hyde.

    Projected to win by 16pts so really just looking for a safe floor….which none of these guys possess (McLaurin may but small sample size)

    Thanks as always

  6. Professor, what is your opinion on having two WRs from the same team? I ended up drafting both Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods and have been starting them both. I hesitated to do this on draft day but felt I got good value on both of them. I also have Julio Jones as my WR1. Right now my starting RBs are Chubb and Sony Michel but behind them are a bunch of high risk guys who have yet to perform (Coleman, Cohen, and Linsday). Do I ride things out as-is or try to flip Woods or Cooks for an better RB (thinking I will not get full value for them)?

    • As the value is there I’m not against it, but the problem here is that it’s impossible to know who “the guy” will be each week. I’d flip if the right trade is there

    • Evans is a locked in for me. Between Woods and Brown, the “safe” play is Woods. I’d consider Brown though, because it’s impossible to trust that Woods is going to get the bulk of the targets in a crowded receiving corps

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here