Fantasy WR Rankings Week 3: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

Outside of the very top guys, the wide receiver position as a whole feels boom-or-bust on any given week, and last week was no different. With so many options at the deep position, it can be tough to decide who to start and who to sit for that WR3 or flex spot. What we can do is look at target share, average yards per catch (especially in standard leagues), and red-zone targets. While you don’t necessarily want TD-dependent guys, it’s always nice to have players who get more scoring chances. Our Week 3 fantasy WR rankings will take all those factors into consideration while also looking at matchup stats from the past two weeks. 

DeVonta Smith (@ Dallas) is strong across both standard and PPR formats, but he’s in line for a possible explosive week against an awful secondary. Jalen Reagor also sees a boost as the No. 2 WR in Philadelphia. Quez Watkins is a standard-specific play, but he’s an attractive player if you’re looking for a guy who’s going to get a lot of deep shots. Starting Michael Pittman Jr. or Zach Pascal (@ Titans) is never going to be sexy, but we have enough evidence from last year and the early part of this season to know we must consider WRs vs. the Titans’ hot garbage in the back end of their defense. Of course, if Jacob Eason is starting, that plan will be squashed in a hurry.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Christian Kirk and Rondale Moore (@ Jaguars) continue to be attractive WR3/flex considerations, especially in standard with the big-play nature of the Cardinals’ offense. Someone has to take targets next to DeAndre Hopkins, and those two are the prime candidates in a great matchup. Marquise Brown (@ Lions) has his greatest appeal in standard, as the Ravens will rush the ball an insane number of times, but we could easily see Brown scoring on a big play or two for the third straight week.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

After ranking Allen Robinson outside the top 24 in Week 1, he returns to the top 15 for Week 3 (@ Cleveland) as we had him in Week 2. We knew it would wheels up for him after he got through with his matchup with Jalen Ramsey, but now he’s a perennial WR1 regardless of matchup moving forward. The Browns’ defense was expected to be carved up in Week 1 at Kansas City, but they even looked weak against the Texans. However, if Justin Fields starts for an injured Andy Dalton (knee), then Robinson might bump back down to a middle WR2.

The Tampa Bay (@ Rams) wide receivers are tough to evaluate this week. Jalen Ramsey could be in shadow coverage on any of the trio of Antonio Brown, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans. For this reason, you probably have to start all of them and play Ramsey Russian Roulette this week. He can’t take all of them away, and last week, both Pascal and Pittman had good games against the Rams.

The Bengals’ trio of Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd (@ Steelers) are concerning this week, too. It’s never fun to start guys in Pittsburgh, and Joe Burrow should be harassed early and often. At least one of them will probably produce, but it would be a shocker if they all were solid fantasy options by the end of Sunday. Still, after the Raiders went big through the air against Pittsburgh, anything is possible. Another trio, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Chase Claypool (vs. Bengals) could all have big weeks, but that might be reduced to a duo after Johnson’s knee injury. Stay tuned for injury updates. It’s tough to evaluate them with Ben Roethlisberger’s ineffectiveness through the first two weeks, but the matchup is just plain ole good. Johnson and Claypool are more attractive in standard leagues. The Jaguars have yet another trio of potential starters against Arizona, though Laviska Shenault’s shoulder injury threatens his availability.

Marquez Callaway (@ Patriots) is falling fast, and a trip to New England isn’t going to help him regain his value. Brandon Aiyuk’s free fall also continues, and you can find him down in the rankings right by Callaway. We’re not high on Browns’ receivers against the Bears even if Odell Beckham Jr. (knee) finally suits up. Jarvis Landry (knee) is banged up, but the Browns simply don’t throw enough to feel great about any of their options. The same goes for all of Miami’s receivers against Vegas, as Will Fuller V (personal) could be joining the fold as the QB situation gets even shakier.

Again, this position is the toughest one to rank as we move down toward the bottom, but use these as a guide if you need a tie-breaker between similar guys. It’s sill too early to purely rely on previous game stats, but we’re close to being able to use those indicators more.

We’ll be updating these WR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy WR Rankings Week 3: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings based on standard,  non-PPR scoring

Rank Player
1 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ JAX
2 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LAC
3 Davante Adams, GB @ SF
4 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ MIN
5 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. WAS
6 DK Metcalf, SEA @ MIN
7 Keenan Allen, LAC @ KC
8 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ NYG
9 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. TB
10 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs SEA
11 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. SEA
12 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. PHI
13 Allen Robinson, CHI @ CLE
14 Chris Godwin, TB @ LAR
15 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. NYJ
16 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. IND
17 D.J. Moore, CAR @ HOU
18 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. CAR
19 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ BUF
20 Marquise Brown, BAL @ DET
21 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. PHI
22 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. GB
23 Antonio Brown, TB @ LAR
24 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ DAL
25 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CIN
26 Mike Evans, TB @ LAR
27 Julio Jones, TEN vs. IND
28 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. ATL
29 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. PIT
30 Rondale Moore, ARI @ JAX
31 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. CIN
32 Robby Anderson, CAR @ HOU
33 DJ Chark, Jaguars, JAX vs. ARI
34 Tee Higgins, CIN @ PIT
35 Mike Williams, LAC @ KC
36 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. CIN
37 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ TEN
38 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ARI
39 Robert Woods, LAR vs. TB
40 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CHI
41 Christian Kirk, ARI @ JAX
42 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. ATL
43 Corey Davis, NYJ @ DEN
44 Zach Pascal, IND @ TEN
45 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NYJ
46 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ LV
47 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ PIT
48 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. NO
49 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ DET
50 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ARI
51 Will Fuller V, MIA @ LV
52 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DAL
53 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ CLE
54 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. WAS
55 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. SEA
56 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. NO
57 DeVante Parker, MIA @ LV
58 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. ATL
59 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. CHI
60 A.J. Green, ARI @ JAX
61 Quez Watkins, PHI @ DAL
62 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
63 Russell Gage, ATL @ NYG
64 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. MIA
65 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. GB
66 Marquez Callaway, NO @ NE
67 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. MIA
68 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LAC
69 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. MIA
70 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. WAS
71 Tyrell Williams, DET vs. BAL
72 Quintez Cephus, DET vs. BAL
73 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NYJ
74 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ DEN
75 Randall Cobb, GB @ SF
76 Deonte Harris, NO @ NE
77 Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
78 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. WAS
79 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LAC
80 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. TB
81 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ HOU
82 Marquise Goodwin, CHI @ CLE
83 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ KC
84 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ DEN
85 Dyami Brown, WAS @ BUF
86 Byron Pringle, KC vs. LAC
87 DeSean Jackson, LAR vs. TB
88 D’Wayne Eskridge, SEA @ MIN
89 Anthony Schwartz, CLE vs. CHI
90 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. ATL

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