Week 3 Rankings (2020): Top 50 Wide Receivers

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by Will Overton

Week two was a wasteland of injuries in fantasy football and here we are in week three picking up the pieces and doing our best to keep a lineup in that gives us a good shot to win. Hopefully I can help out a bit as I break down my own top 50 Wide Receivers for the coming week:

  1. DeAndre Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit 
  2. DaVante Adams – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans
  3. Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago 
  4. Tyreek Hill – Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore
  5. Adam Thielen – Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee 
  6. Chris Godwin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver
  7. Amari Cooper – Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle 
  8. Terry McLaurin – Washington Football @ Cleveland
  9. Allen Robinson – Chicago Bears @ Atlanta 
  10. Calvin Ridley – Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago 
  11. Mike Evans – Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Denver 
  12. JuJu Smith-Schuster – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston
  13. Odell Beckham Jr – Cleveland Browns vs. Washington
  14. D.K. Metcalf – Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas 
  15. Kenny Golladay – Detroit Lions @ Arizona 
  16. Stefon Diggs – Buffalo Bills vs. LA Rams 
  17. D.J. Chark Jr – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami 
  18. D.J. Moore – Carolina Panthers @ LA Chargers 
  19. Tyler Lockett – Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas 
  20. Robert Woods – Los Angeles Rams @ Buffalo
  21. Keenan Allen – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina 
  22. TY Hilton – Indianapolis Colts vs. NY Jets
  23. Cooper Kupp – Los Angeles Rams @ Buffalo
  24. Julian Edelman – New England Patriots vs. Las Vegas
  25. Davante Parker – Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville
  26. A.J. Green – Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia
  27. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers @ LA Chargers 
  28. Jerry Jeudy – Denver Broncos vs. Tampa Bay 
  29. CeeDee Lamb – Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle 
  30. Jarvis Landry – Cleveland Browns vs. Washington
  31. Will Fuller – Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh 
  32. Marquise Brown – Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City 
  33. Diontae Johnson – Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Houston 
  34. John Brown – Buffalo Bills vs. LA Rams 
  35. Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions @ Arizona 
  36. Michael Gallup – Dallas Cowboys @ Seattle 
  37. Darius Slayton – New York Giants vs. San Francisco 
  38. Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans @ Minnesota
  39. Tyler Boyd – Cincinnati Bengals @ Philadelphia 
  40. Anthony Miller – Chicago Bears @ Atlanta 
  41. Emmanuel Sanders – New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay
  42. Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina
  43. Desean Jackson – Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cincinnati 
  44. Brandin Cooks – Houston Texans @ Pittsburgh
  45. Preston Williams – Miami Dolphins @ Jacksonville 
  46. Tre’Quan Smith – New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay
  47. Sammy Watkins – Kansas City Chiefs @ Baltimore 
  48. Allen Lazard – Green Bay Packers @ New Orleans 
  49. Leviska Shenault – Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami
  50. Henry Ruggs III – Las Vegas Raiders @ New England 

Thoughts:

  • The Wide Receiver position didn’t take as many hits last week as running back, but there are certainly some question marks. One name we haven’t gotten much information on yet is A.J. Brown who I chose to leave off the list at this point. If Brown is going to play and he seems like he’ll be close to full strength he’s a Top 15 guy against a Vikings defense that just doesn’t look very good. As it stands now Corey Davis is certainly looking like a potentially attractive flex play without Brown,.
  • I think we’re watching the blossoming of Terry McLaurin as a WR1 right before our eyes. The Washington passing attack hasn’t been too bad and the connection between Dwayne Haskins and McLaurin is very clear. In week two McLaurin took on the challenge of Patrick Peterson and wound up with 7 catches for 125 yards and a TD. Now in week three he gets a Browns defense that’s given up 30 or more points in both of the first two weeks. McLaurin should be one of the safest plays on the board this week.
  • The preseason narrative that the Buffalo Bills don’t throw enough to give their wide receivers fantasy value is dying fast. So far Josh Allen has thrown for 312 yards and 417 yards in the first two games and has six TD passes combined.  Allen has built rapport with Stefon Diggs incredibly fast as Diggs is tied for most receiving yards in the league with 239. Meanwhile John Brown isn’t doing too bad with 10 catches, 152 yards and 2 TD. The Bills aren’t going to keep averaging 365 passing yards per game, but it’s time to bury the narrative about the WR not having enough value.
  • Denver got hit with a double blow losing their QB for several weeks and Courtland Sutton for the season. What the loss of Sutton does is force Jerry Jeudy into a big role sooner than expected. Jeudy has been targeted 15 times in the first two games and watching him on the field his talent shines through. We’re going to see a lot of Noah Fant as well, but Jeudy is likely the leading target getter on the team and even if Jeff Driskel is the QB he’s a Top 30 option.
  • One guys early success that has been flying a bit under the radar is Diontae Johnson, which is surprising given how popular of a talking point he was in the preseason as a sleeper. Johnson has made good on the tag with 14 catches, 149 yards and a TD in two games with a team best 23 targets. The Steelers offense looks to be operating quite smoothly with Ben Roethlisberger under center and Johnson is clearly going to be playing a big role.
  • The Jaguars offense has been surprisingly good and surprisingly fun to watch thus far. The defense is awful, which means lots of shootouts. One of the most fun guys on the field to watch is Leviska Shenault who the Jaguars clearly seem to know has talent and are looking to get the ball in his hands as much as they can. Shenault has caught three  balls in each of the first two games this season, but he’s also  starting to carry the ball a bit, five times in week two for 37 yards. With the Jaguars looking to get Shenault the ball in his hands he could be in for some big weeks to come.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

10 COMMENTS

  1. Whats going on roto! Hope you are doing well in your leagues!

    Safe to roll with kupp and hill for my 2 WR?
    I need one for my FLEX. james robinson, dobbins, diontae johnson, jeudy, or hines?

    Other league; one for FLEX. mclaurin, fournette, d mont, lamb, or jeudy?
    Safe to roll with james robinson and drake as my 2 RB?

    Thanks for all your help!

  2. Good to be back Roto!

    Need some help at WR, I have too many mid tier guys. Pick 2 For non-ppr:
    Kupp, Marvin Jones, Marquise Brown, Gage, shenault jr., K. Cole

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