Week Three Fantasy WR Rankings: Should-starts, sleepers, potential busts at large receiver

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Week 3 Fantasy WR Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at wide receiver
Rank Player 1 DeAndre Hopkins, ARZ vs. DET 2 Chris Godwin, TB @ DEN. Godwin has to clear concussion protocol to play. If he’s active, he’s in your lineup. 3 Amari Cooper, DAL @ SEA 4 Allen Robinson, CHI @ ATL 5 Julio Jones, ATL vs. CHI. Jones was dinged up Sunday, and he saw the Atlanta production go more toward Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage, though he dropped a sure TD that would’ve made his final statline much more palatable. Julio is still an every-week fantasy starter, though. 6 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. WAS. Finally, OBJ and Baker Mayfield connected for a long touchdown. Hopefully that’s a sign of good things to come. 7 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. HOU 8 Tyreek Hill, KC @ BAL. Baltimore has multiple strong cornerbacks that it will use to try and slow down Hill, but because of his potential to find the end zone from anywhere on the field, you can’t consider sitting Hill this week or any week. 9 Calvin Ridley, ATL vs. CHI. Ridley has elevated himself to WR 1B in the Atlanta offense, and he’s an every-week start until further notice, even against a Bears defense that held the Giants in total check. 10 Keenan Allen, LAC vs. CAR 11 Kenny Golladay, DET @ ARZ 12 Mike Evans, TB @ DEN 13 Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. DAL. The Patriots couldn’t scheme to stop Lockett, so at this point, no one can. He’s matchup-proof, and the Cowboys just allowed a huge day to the Atlanta passing game, so Lockett should be licking his chops. 14 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. TEN 15 DeVante Parker, MIA @ JAX. Parker appears to be healthy, and Jacksonville is more likely to allow big plays to Parker than to shut him down. It’s hard to ever predict where Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw the ball, but this is as good of a matchup as he’ll see all year. 16 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ CLE 17 Robert Woods, LAR @ BUF. Woods got a big contract and a rushing touchdown in the same weekend — good for him. Now he gets a revenge game against the Bills. Since Tre’Davious White is more likely to guard Cooper Kupp, you can feel good about Woods in any format here. 18 DK Metcalf, SEA vs. DAL. Metcalf beat Stephon Gilmore for a deep touchdown on Sunday Night Football. If you needed any proof that he’s taken another step in Year Two, that was it. 19 Marquise Brown, BAL vs. KC 20 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ BUF. Kupp’s more likely to see Tre White than Woods is, although these wideouts move all over the formation enough that you can probably continue to start Kupp, too. 21 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. LAR. Diggs might match up with Jalen Ramsey in this one, but it’s hard to sit Diggs coming off such a big Week 2. He’s a flex play at minimum, even in shallow leagues. 22 T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. NYJ 23 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. HOU. Johnson looks to be one of Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite receivers, often utilizing crossing patterns to get open again and again with his dynamic speed. And if you’re in leagues that count return yardage, too, Johnson is one of the top options you could have.  24 D.J. Moore, CAR @ LAC 25 Julian Edelman, NE vs. LV. Edelman managed a career-high 179 receiving yards on the road in Seattle with a bad knee. Imagine what he might do to a much worse Raiders team! 26 Allen Lazard, GB @ NO 27 Corey Davis, TEN @ MIN 28 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ NO 29 John Brown, BUF vs. LAR. If Diggs indeed gets covered by Ramsey, Brown could become Josh Allen’s favorite target for a day. But even without speculating on that, Brown has proven good enough to play regardless of Diggs. 30 Will Fuller V, HOU @ PIT 31 Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. WAS 32 A.J. Green, CIN @ PHI. Tyler Boyd is the safer play of these two Bengals WRs, as he’s caught 11-of-13 targets on the season. Conversely, Green has only caught 8-of-22 balls thrown his way. But that means the veteran is due for some positive regression, and Joe Burrow looks for him further down the field in higher-upside areas. You probably don’t own both, but a healthy Green looks like the play with more upside this week and most weeks, while maybe you use Boyd in PPR leagues.  33 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ PHI 34 Tre’Quan Smith, NO vs. GB 35 Emmanuel Sanders, NO vs. GB 36 Marvin Jones, DET @ ARZ 37 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. MIA. Shenault caught three passes and rushed five times in Week 2. It’s that consistent offensive involvement that makes him especially appealing in this favorable matchup against the Dolphins. He’s worth using in DFS for Thursday Night Football for sure and warrants WR3/flex consideration in 12-team or deeper leagues with DJ Chark (chest) out for the contest. 38 CeeDee Lamb, DAL @ SEA. Lamb caught six passes for 106 yards in Week 2 as Dallas mounted a furious comeback. It won’t happen every week, because there are too many mouths to feed in this offense, but that’s the upside to be aware of with this rookie. 39 DeSean Jackson, PHI vs. CIN. Jackson was far from a deep threat in Week 2, but a heavier target share has us feeling better about his chances of being a semi-consistent fantasy contributor this year. OBJ showed the Bengals defense can be beat deep, so maybe it will be Jackson’s turn.  40 Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. DET 41 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. SF 42 Brandin Cooks, HOU @ PIT 43 Jerry Jeudy, DEN vs. TB 44 Russell Gage, ATL vs. CHI. Playing Gage in PPR leagues makes sense. Playing him anywhere else is playing with fire as Atlanta’s passing game manages to feed all of its mouths in the early going, but if someone were to get the short straw, it would likely be Gage. 45 Bryan Edwards, LV @ NE 46 Preston Williams, MIA @ JAX. We love this matchup for Williams on Thursday night, but a couple questionable drops meant the second-year wideout caught only one pass in Week 2. There’s a lot of risk here, but Williams is at least worth considering in DFS as an upside play. 47 Michael Gallup, DAL @ SEA. The biggest concern all season for Gallup will be whether Lamb pushes Gallup out of the No. 2 WR role. In Week 2, Gallup only saw five targets compared to Lamb’s nine. It’s not a trend yet, but if it continues, Gallup will be more boom or bust than we might’ve expected. 48 Keelan Cole, JAX vs. MIA 49 Chris Hogan, NYJ @ IND 50 Mike Williams, LAC vs. CAR. The only player who didn’t seem to benefit from Justin Herbert was Williams. Tyrod Taylor had looked for the big fella on go routes a number of times in Week 1. That might not be a trend going forward, but it’s worth noting depending on the Chargers’ Week 3 QB decision. 51 Anthony Miller, CHI @ ATL 52 Sammy Watkins, KC @ BAL. Watkins will likely have to make it through concussion protocol just to suit up for this tough Monday Night Football matchup. 53 Robby Anderson, CAR @ LAC. Anderson topped 100 yards in Week 2 and is two-for-two in having good games with Teddy Bridgewater throwing him the football. If Christian McCaffrey misses time, an increased importance on throwing the football could be huge for Anderson and co. 54 Michael Pittman Jr., IND vs. NYJ 55 N’Keal Harry, NE vs. LV. Harry caught eight-of-12 targets for 72 yards against the Seahawks. He was heavily involved in the New England screen game. It seems like in games where the Patriots decide to air it out, Harry will have a consistent role. It’s just tough to predict which games those will be.  56 Golden Tate, NYG vs. SF 57 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. TB 58 Hunter Renfrow, LV @ NE 59 Adam Humphries, TEN @ MIN 60 Kendrick Bourne, SF @ NYG 61 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. LAR 62 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ IND 63 Greg Ward, PHI vs. CIN. 64 Chris Conley, JAX vs. MIA 65 Isaiah Ford, MIA @ JAX 66 Scotty Miller, TB @ DEN. Miller let everyone down with Chris Godwin out, and now it’s hard to even recommend him in PPR leagues this week. Maybe he’ll be a much less popular DFS play that you can take advantage of, though. 67 Danny Amendola, DET @ ARZ 68 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. HOU. Claypool showed his upside with an 84-yard touchdown catch Sunday, but he’s still at best competing with James Washington for No. 3 WR duties in this offense. Claypool is more of a watchlist guy than a player to consider starting now. 69 Mecole Hardman, KC @ BAL. If Watkins misses this game, Hardman should see an increased role and therefore an increased chance of a big play. 70 James Washington, PIT vs. HOU 71 Van Jefferson, LAR @ BUF 72 Curtis Samuel, CAR @ LAC 73 Damiere Byrd, NE vs. LV. Byrd hardly ever leaves the field for New England, being their most-snapped wideout two weeks running. That didn’t result in any catches in Week 1, but he hauled in six catches on nine targets for 72 yards in Week 2. He’ll likely fluctuate production-wise, but as long as he’s on the field so much, deep-league PPR owners should take notice.  74 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs. TEN 75 Demarcus Robinson, KC @ BAL. Robinson could also benefit from an absent Watkins, but this matchup is too tough to consider playing him in. 76 Zach Pascal, IND vs. NYJ 77 Randall Cobb, HOU @ PIT 78 Zay Jones, LV @ NE 79 Brandon Aiyuk, SF @ NYG 80 John Ross III, CIN @ PHI 81 Josh Reynolds, LAR @ BUF 82 Jalen Guyton, LAC vs. CAR. A week after we touted Guyton, he caught a touchdown. He’s likely just the No. 3 WR at best here, with a number of passing-game options at TE and RB, too. So don’t concern yourself with Guyton outside of deep leagues, although Carolina can be beaten through the air (and on the ground and just about any way you want). 83 Steven Sims, WAS @ CLE 84 Kenny Stills, HOU @ PIT 85 Miles Boykin, BAL vs. KC