When I go over the Week 3 WR rankings, I look at the most recent week’s action, consider the upcoming opponents, and wonder how all that shakes out with my yearly rankings.
So far, it seems like the wide receiver group has been less impressive – at least at the top of the heap – than in previous seasons. Granted, we’re talking about just two weeks here, but still, I would have expected more than 13 or so 100-yard wide receivers in the past two weeks.
Calvin Johnson and Jordy Nelson are the only wide receivers that have really killed it as Fantasy starters so far this season (we both know you didn’t start Allen Hurns in Week 1).
And yet, we’ve had a number of middle-of-the-road wide receivers bust out to be among the best Fantasy players each week, and not necessarily just because they had amazing matchups against horrible pass defenses.
When Small Stars are the Big Stars
The problem with Fantasy WR2s and WR3s having big weeks is that they aren’t consistently at the top.
Marques Colston looked like a beast in Week 1 against the Falcons (four catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns) before not even seeing one target in Week 2 against the Browns.
Steve Smith looked like Fantasy Lazarus on the field in Week 1 against the Bengals (seven grabs for 118 yards and a touchdown), and while he still caught six passes for 71 yards in Week 2, it was a disappointment in comparison.
In Week 2, rookie Sammy Watkins had a breakthrough week against the Dolphins, catching eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown. He had just three catches for 31 yards in Week 1.
James Jones caught nine passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, after catching three passes for 34 yards and a TD in Week 1.
And Emmanuel Sanders caught eight passes for 108 yards against the Chiefs, one week after posting a respectable six catches for 77 yards. But now he gets Wes Welker back from suspension, which should certainly cut into his targets.
Every week, we’re going to see a mix-and-match group of receivers near the top of the list. As much as everyone talked about wide receivers being more valuable than before, it has actually been the second and third wide receivers that are more valuable. The top running backs are still more valuable than the top wide receivers – potential for injuries aside. But that’s a discussion for another week.
Week 3 WR Rankings
These rankings are based on standard non-PPR Fantasy Football leagues with six points per touchdown.
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David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.