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Week 3 Fantasy WR Rankings

Some notable sleepers are moving up in our Week 3 fantasy WR rankings, but numerous QB injuries could cause some normally reliable wide receivers to slide down. See all the risers and falls ahead of your start 'em, sit 'em decisions.

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.

WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS:
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.

WEEK 3 STANDARD RANKINGS:
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.

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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. (Update: Brown has been placed on the COVID list and is trending toward doubtful for this game.)

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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. (Update: Higgins has been ruled out.) 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. (Update: Johnson is out.) 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.

WEEK 3 FANTASY: Sleepers | Busts | Start 'em, sit 'em

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 other 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. For individual analysis of key WRs, click here.

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

Rankings based on standard, non-PPR scoring

  • Cardinals @ Jaguars

  • Chiefs vs. Chargers

  • Packers @ 49ers

  • Seahawks @ Vikings

  • Bills vs. Washington

  • Seahawks @ Vikings

  • Chargers @ Chiefs

  • Falcons @ Giants

  • Rams vs. Buccaneers

  • Vikings vs. Seahawks

  • Vikings vs. Seahawks

  • Cowboys vs. Eagles

  • Bears @ Browns

  • Buccaneers @ Rams

  • Broncos vs. Jets

  • Titans vs. Colts

  • Panthers @ Texans

  • Texans vs. Panthers

  • Washington @ Bills

  • Ravens @ Lions

  • Cowboys vs. Eagles

  • 49ers vs. Packers

  • Eagles @ Cowboys

  • Buccaneers @ Rams

  • Steelers vs. Bengals

  • Bengals @ Steelers

  • Titans vs. Colts

  • Steelers vs. Bengals

  • Giants vs. Browns

  • Cardinals @ Jaguars

  • Panthers @ Texans

  • Jaguars vs. Cardinals

  • Chargers @ Chiefs

  • Colts @ Titans

  • Bengals @ Steelers

  • Jaguars vs. Cardinals

  • 37 Robert Woods, LAR vs. TB
    38 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CHI
    39 Christian Kirk, ARI @ JAX
    40 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. ATL
    41 Corey Davis, NYJ @ DEN
    42 Zach Pascal, IND @ TEN
    43 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NYJ
    44 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ LV
    45 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. NO
    46 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ DET
    47 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ARI
    48 Will Fuller V, MIA @ LV
    49 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DAL
    50 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ CLE
    51 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. WAS
    52 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. SEA
    53 Quintez Cephus, DET vs. BAL
    54 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. NO
    55 DeVante Parker, MIA @ LV
    56 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. ATL
    57 A.J. Green, ARI @ JAX
    58 Quez Watkins, PHI @ DAL
    59 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. MIA
    60 Tyler Johnson, TB @ LAR
    61 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
    62 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. GB
    63 Marquez Callaway, NO @ NE
    64 James Washington, PIT vs. CIN
    65 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. MIA
    66 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LAC
    67 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. MIA
    68 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. WAS
    69 Olamide Zaccheaus, ATL @ NYG
    70 Amon-Ra St. Brown, DET vs. BAL
    71 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NYJ
    72 Elijah Moore, NYJ @ DEN
    73 Randall Cobb, GB @ SF
    74 Deonte Harris, NO @ NE
    75 Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
    76 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. WAS
    77 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LAC
    78 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. TB
    79 Anthony Schwartz, CLE vs. CHI
    80 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ HOU
    81 Marquise Goodwin, CHI @ CLE
    82 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ KC
    83 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ DEN
    84 Dyami Brown, WAS @ BUF
    85 Byron Pringle, KC vs. LAC
    86 DeSean Jackson, LAR vs. TB
    87 D'Wayne Eskridge, SEA @ MIN
    88 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. ATL

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