Fantasy football WR Rankings, Week 3: DeSean Jackson, Julio Jones and James Jones move up the rankings

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We have some movement in our WR rankings for Week 3 as DeSean Jackson and James Jones have big weeks for their fantasy owners. Check out what our Top 50 looks like this week.

We're back with Week 3 wide receiver rankings. Week 1 provided a lot of players that had fantasy owners questioning what was reality and what was a one week anomaly. We still don't have every answer, but a few players are locking themselves in as 2013 upstarts at the wide receiver position.

Week 2 Highlights

Eagles WR DeSean Jackson had a huge game vs the Chargers, catching nine of his 16 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles 33-30 loss. Jackson has now gone over the 100-yard mark and a score in each of the first two weeks and is Michael Vick's No. 1 target in the Eagles new quick-pace offense. He will move up the rankings in Week 3.

Packers WR James Jones fell in our rankings in Week 2, but he came up with a big game in the Packers blowout win over the Redskins. Jones caught 11 of his 12 targets for 178 yards, but did not reach pay dirt. Jones was not targeted once in the Packers opening week loss to the 49ers, so fantasy owners have to figure out if this breakout was a one-game mirage or if he will continue to be targeted 10-12 times per game.

The Colts said earlier in the week that they wanted to get WR T.Y. Hilton more involved in their passing game, and that is exactly what they did on Sunday. Hilton caught six of his twelve targets vs the Dolphins, good for 124 yards and no touchdowns. After the game, Colts coach Chuck Pagano had high praise for Hilton, calling him "an explosive guy" and saying he "made some huge plays." With the shoulder injury to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Hilton should see plenty of targets in Week 3 as well. We can expect more games like this from Hilton going forward.

Injuries

Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson left Sunday's game in the 4th quarter with a concussion. Reports on Sunday night revealed Johnson should be ready to go in Week 3, but we'll look for confirmation on that before finalizing my Week 3 rankings.

Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald had to leave Sunday's game in the third quarter due to his hamstring injury, but reports after the game quoted him saying he will be ready for Week 3. With the Saints on the schedule next week, if Fitzgerald is even 90 percent healthy, he is a must-start against the Saints secondary.

Target Practice

Texans WR Andre Johnson leads all wide receivers in targets through week 2 with 29, but he had to leave Sunday's game in the 4th quarter due to concussion symptoms.

It comes as no surprise that Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was targeted 18 times in Thursday's matchup vs the Jets. He will continue to see double-digit targets with Danny Amendola out until at least week 4.

The Jaguars are not a good football team and they will probably lose plenty of ball games by wide margins this season. That doesn't mean you should shy away from Cecil Shorts. He currently ranks as the third most targeted wide receiver in the NFL, pending Monday night's game between the Steelers and Bengals. Shorts should benefit from plenty of garbage time receptions and touchdown passes as the season goes along.

Two guys to watch in Week 3 are DeAndre Hopkins with the TItans and Tavon Austin with the Rams. Austin performed well when the Rams moved to the no-huddle offense in the second half of Sunday's game so maybe the Rams will use it more often going forward.

Hopkins was targeted 13 times by QB Matt Schaub and could see even more targets should Andre Johnson not be able to suit up this week due to the concussion he suffered on Sunday.

Let's take a look at the top 15 target leaders for Week 2:

Player

Tm

Targets

Rec

1

Julian Edelman

NEP

18

13

2

DeSean Jackson

PHI

15

9

3

A.J. Green

CIN

14

6

4

Julio Jones

ATL

14

11

5

Cecil Shorts

JAC

14

8

6

Pierre Garcon

WAS

13

8

7

Dez Bryant

DAL

13

9

8

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

13

7

9

Eric Decker

DEN

13

9

10

Torrey Smith

BAL

13

7

11

Andre Johnson

HOU

13

8

12

James Jones

GBP

12

11

13

Tavon Austin

STL

12

6

14

Greg Little

CLE

12

4

15

Victor Cruz

NYG

11

8

Week 3 Rankings

After two weeks of the NFL season, more and more teams are relying on their passing attacks when they have the ball. Here is a quick look at the five teams who have given up the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season:

32. Philadelphia Eagles: 80.1 points (Dwayne Bowe says hi)

31. Washington Redskins: 73.3 points (could we see Calvin Johnson go over 200 yards?)

30. Green Bay Packers: 69.49 points (A.J. Green with 2 scores?)

29. Dallas Cowboys: 69.29 points (Tavon Austin with another big game?)

28. St. Louis Rams: 68.50  points (Dez Bryant is due)

Now let's take a look at the Week 3 wide receiver rankings:

Standard Leagues

PPR Leagues

Rank

Player

Player

1

Calvin Johnson, DET

Calvin Johnson, DET

2

A.J. Green, CIN

A.J. Green, CIN

3

Dez Bryant, DAL

Dez Bryant, DAL

4

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

Brandon Marshall, CHI

5

Julio Jones, ATL

Anquan Boldin, SF

6

Victor Cruz, NYG

Julio Jones, ATL

7

Brandon Marshall, CHI

Andre Johnson, HOU

8

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

Larry Fitzgerald, ARI

9

Andre Johnson, HOU

Wes Welker, DEN

10

Vincent Jackson, TB

Julian Edelman, NE

11

Anquan Boldin, SF

DeSean Jackson, PHI

12

Randall Cobb, GB

Demaryius Thomas, DEN

13

Julian Edelman, NE

Randall Cobb, GB

14

DeSean Jackson, PHI

Vincent Jackson, TB

15

Wes Welker, DEN

Victor Cruz, NYG

16

Jordy Nelson, GB

Jordy Nelson, GB

17

Dwayne Bowe, KC

Marques Colston, NO

18

Marques Colston, NO

Dwayne Bowe, KC

19

Pierre Garcon, WAS

Pierre Garcon, WAS

20

Steve Smith, CAR

Steve Smith, CAR

21

Reggie Wayne, IND

Reggie Wayne, IND

22

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

Hakeem Nicks, NYG

23

Miles Austin, DAL

Eric Decker, DEN

24

Torrey Smith, BAL

Cecil Shorts, JAC

25

Mike Wallace, MIA

Torrey Smith, BAL

26

Tavon Austin, STL

Tavon Austin, STL

27

Cecil Shorts, JAC

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

28

DeAndre Hopkins, HOU

Miles Austin, DAL

29

T.Y. Hilton, IND

T.Y. Hilton, IND

30

Mike Williams, TB

Mike Williams, TB

31

Brian Hartline, MIA

James Jones, GB

32

Roddy White, ATL

Roddy White, ATL

33

James Jones, GB

Antonio Brown, PIT

34

Eric Decker, DEN

Steve Johnson, BUF

35

Steve Johnson, BUF

Brian Hartline, MIA

36

Antonio Brown, PIT

Mike Wallace, MIA

37

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

Josh Gordon, CLE

38

Eddie Royal, SD

Andre Roberts, ARI

39

Chris Givens, STL

Kenbrell Thompkins, NE

40

Lance Moore, NO

Eddie Royal, SD

41

Golden Tate, SEA

Lance Moore, NO

42

Denarius Moore, OAK

Chris Givens, STL

43

Rueben Randle, NYG

Emmanuel Sanders, PIT

44

Michael Floyd, ARI

Denarius Moore, OAK

45

Josh Gordon, CLE

Michael Floyd, ARI

46

Andre Roberts, ARI

Marlon Brown, BAL

47

Jerome Simpson, MIN

Rueben Randle, NYG

48

Greg Little, CLE

Golden Tate, SEA

49

Marlon Brown, BAL

Aaron Dobson, NE

50

Aaron Dobson, NE

Greg Little, CLE

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