Fantasy Football Rankings, Week 3: Wide Receivers In Standard And PPR Leagues

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Don't set your starting line-up without checking out our Wide Receiver Rankings.

No position is more fickle than wide receiver. But with that being said, it is also the best opportunity to find a waiver wire gem. Think back to Miles Austin, Victor Cruz or Jordy Nelson from years past, or Kevin Ogletree from Week 1. Here is a look at some early unsung stars:

  • Danny Amendola caught 15 of his 16 targets in Week 2. He is a PPR machine and is by far Sam Bradford‘s top target.
  • Donnie Avery has stepped into the role vacated by the concussed Austin Collie. Avery had 10 targets last week and is a solid start as the Colts face the Jaguars in Week 3.
  • Brandon LaFell started his career as a bit of a disappointment, but entering his third year, big things were expected. He has not let us down so far and has 155 yards through two games and is the 11th ranked wide receiver in a standard scoring league.
  • Brian Hartline is worthy of a pickup this week as he grabbed 9 of his 12 targets last week.
  • Reggie Wayne is another surprising Colt, as he is second only to Victor Cruz (28) with 25 targets through Week 2. It's clear that Andrew Luck will be looking his way a lot in 2012.
  • Denarius Moore missed Week 1 with an injury, but got eight targets from Carson Palmer in Week 2. He may be worth a starting spot in a few weeks.

But, it is not all roses as these wide receivers have fantasy owners scratching their heads:

  • Mike Wallace is outside of the top 50 wide receivers in target through Week 2 with only 11 looks. His fantasy scoring numbers are hanging tough because of two touchdowns. But beware, I'd sell high on Wallace. He is the third most targeted wide receiver on his own team.
  • Wes Welker, where have you gone? We all knew that Wes' looks would be down this year with all of Tom Brady ‘s weapons, but we didn't think his value would be so far down. Aaron Hernandez ‘s injury may help Wes' production. But, consider that he only caught 5 of his 11 targets from Tom in Week 2? That is not good.
  • Larry Fitzgerald has been simply killing rosters this year. Through two games he has just FIVE catches on 15 targets for 67 yards. 67 yards used to be a decent half for LFitz. His Week 2 performance (one catch for 4 yards) has him moving to a very unfamiliar place: the fantasy bench.
  • Justin Blackmon appears not to be the second coming of Julio Jones or AJ Green, after all. The Jags are the owners of a crummy offense and Justin was the owner of just 3 catches (on 10 targets) in Week 2.
  • Hakeem Nicks is OUT for Week 3. And, keep an eye on Pierre Garcon, Jeremy Maclin, Greg Jennings and Nate Washington who are all battling injuries

Here are our Week 3 rankings for wide receivers in standard and PPR leagues:

Player (TEAM)

Standard Scoring

PPR Scoring

Calvin Johnson (DET)

1

1

Julio Jones (ATL)

2

2

A J Green (CIN)

3

3

Victor Cruz (NYG)

4

4

Dwayne Bowe (KC)

5

5

Steve Smith (CAR)

6

7

Steve Johnson (BUF)

7

8

Reggie Wayne (IND)

8

6

Brandon Marshall (CHI)

9

9

Miles Austin (DAL)

10

13

Jordy Nelson (GB)

11

14

Roddy White (ATL)

12

10

Mike Wallace (PIT)

13

15

Percy Harvin (MIN)

14

11

Demaryius Thomas (DEN)

15

16

Antonio Brown (PIT)

16

12

Andre Johnson (HOU)

17

17

Marques Colston (NO)

18

18

Greg Jennings (GB)

19

20

Malcom Floyd (SD)

20

21

Dez Bryant (DAL)

21

22

Brandon LaFell (CAR)

22

23

DeSean Jackson (PHI)

23

24

Brandon Lloyd (NE)

24

25

Danny Amendola (STL)

25

19

Michael Crabtree (SF)

26

26

Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)

27

27

Torrey Smith (BAL)

28

30

Lance Moore (NO)

29

31

Vincent Jackson (TB)

30

32

Wes Welker (NE)

31

28

Andrew Hawkins (CIN)

32

33

Greg Little (CLE)

33

34

Eric Decker (DEN)

34

29

Santonio Holmes (NYJ)

35

36

Donnie Avery (IND)

36

35

Anquan Boldin (BAL)

37

38

Kenny Britt (TEN)

38

39

Denarius Moore (OAK)

39

37

Mike Williams (TB)

40

40

Justin Blackmon (JAC)

41

43

Nate Washington (TEN)

42

44

Brian Hartline (MIA)

43

41

Darrius Heyward-Bey (OAK)

44

45

Dexter McCluster (KC)

45

42

Laurent Robinson (JAC)

46

46

Mohamed Massaquoi (CLE)

47

47

Kendall Wright (TEN)

48

48

Sidney Rice (SEA)

49

49

Titus Young (DET)

50

50

Leonard Hankerson (WAS)

51

51

Randall Cobb (GB)

52

52

Nate Burleson (DET)

53

53

Randy Moss (SF)

54

54

Aldrick Robinson (WAS)

55

55

Jonathan Baldwin (KC)

56

56

Brandon Gibson (STL)

57

57

James Jones (GB)

58

58

Andre Roberts (ARI)

59

59

Kevin Ogletree (DAL)

60

60


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