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Updated Week 3 Rankings

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Week 3 Wide Receivers

Rank Player Name Opponent Notes
1 Calvin Johnson at TEN Probable(foot)
2 Julio Jones at SD -
3 Andre Johnson at DEN -
4 Victor Cruz at CAR -
5 A.J. Green at WAS -
6 Brandon Marshall vs. STL -
7 Steve Smith vs. NYG -
8 Percy Harvin vs. SF -
9 Dwayne Bowe at NO -
10 Larry Fitzgerald vs. PHI -
11 Jordy Nelson at SEA -
12 Reggie Wayne vs. JAC -
13 Roddy White at SD -
14 Dez Bryant vs. TB -
15 Miles Austin vs. TB -
16 Marques Colston vs. KC -
17 Vincent Jackson at DAL -
18 Brandon Lloyd at BAL Questionable(thigh)
19 Mike Wallace at OAK Probable(groin)
20 Wes Welker at BAL -
21 Demaryius Thomas vs. HOU -
22 Stevie Johnson at CLE -
23 Eric Decker vs. HOU -
24 DeSean Jackson at ARZ Probable(hamstring)
25 Malcom Floyd vs. ATL -
26 Antonio Brown at OAK -
27 Danny Amendola at CHI -
28 Michael Crabtree at MIN -
29 Greg Jennings at SEA Questionable(groin)
30 Torrey Smith vs. NE -
31 Brandon LaFell vs. NYG -
32 Lance Moore vs. KC -
33 Denarius Moore vs. PIT -
34 Sidney Rice vs. GB Probable(knee)
35 Kenny Britt vs. DET -
36 Santonio Holmes at MIA -
37 Nate Washington vs. DET -
38 Greg Little vs. BUF -
39 Anquan Boldin vs. NE -
40 Ramses Barden at CAR -
41 Donnie Avery vs. JAC -
42 Randall Cobb at SEA Probable(hamstring)
43 Robert Meachem vs. ATL -
44 Nate Burleson at TEN -
45 Darrius Heyward-Bey vs. PIT -
46 Mike Williams at DAL -
47 Leonard Hankerson vs. CIN -
48 Justin Blackmon at IND -
49 Laurent Robinson at IND -
50 Kendall Wright vs. DET -
51 Titus Young at TEN -
52 Brian Hartline vs. NYJ -
53 Austin Collie vs. JAC Probable(concussion)
54 Alshon Jeffery vs. STL -
55 James Jones at SEA -
56 Damaris Johnson at ARZ -
57 Mohamed Massaquoi vs. BUF -
58 Michael Jenkins vs. SF -
59 Donald Jones at CLE -
60 Jason Avant at ARZ -
61 Kevin Ogletree vs. TB -
62 Dexter McCluster at NO Questionable(shoulder)
63 Andre Roberts vs. PHI -
64 Davone Bess vs. NYJ -
65 Rueben Randle at CAR -
66 Stephen Hill at MIA Questionable(calf)
67 Andrew Hawkins at WAS -
68 Armon Binns at WAS -
69 Julian Edelman at BAL -
70 Golden Tate vs. GB -
71 Mario Manningham at MIN -
72 Aldrick Robinson vs. CIN -


WR Notes:
Megatron has averaged 162.7 yards in his past six games. … As they do annually, too many fantasy owners are overreacting to the season’s first two weeks. Jump all over Julio Jones if your league’s owner is nervous. … Cruz leads the NFL in targets (26). He has 11+ targets in each of the first two games after seeing 11 or more in just three games a year ago. There’s a good chance he will make three in a row with Hakeem Nicks out.

Even at age 33, it’s no surprise that Steve Smith lead the NFL with 101 yards on deep passes. What may be a surprise, however, is that LaFell is third with 90 yards. That tells us a lot about Cam Newton, poised to exploit a shaky Giants secondary Thursday night. … Slipping and breaking tackles with equal aplomb, Harvin has been the most impressive skill-position player I’ve seen through two weeks.

The sky isn’t falling on Dez Bryant. The Seahawks physical corners knocked him off his routes early, and Tony Romo prides himself on getting rid of the ball in 2.5 seconds or less. Look for a bounceback game against Aqib Talib, who was abused by Nicks in Week 2. … It was obvious a week ago that Josh Freeman trusts Vincent Jackson to beat his man at the point of the catch. It’s a tough matchup this week versus the Cowboys corners, but V-Jax remains a good bet for WR2 production.

I agree with Levitan that Lloyd is on the verge of a breakout game. He’s been heavily targeted, has come close to a few big plays downfield and won’t have Patrick Peterson hounding him this week. … Garcon is already doing more in practice this week than last. It looks like he has a better chance than Maclin of suiting up for Week 3. … Demaryius Thomas has a tough matchup with Johnathan Joseph in coverage. … DeSean Jackson is playing better than he has in a couple of years, even making tough catches in heavy traffic.

Sidney Rice has another tough matchup against a defense that shut down Brandon Marshall, but it’s worth noting that he’s leading all receivers in red-zone targets. … Britt’s snap count is expected to increase this week. He’s a shaky WR3 option until we see him produce on those surgically-repaired knee. Teammate Washington is leading the NFL in drop rate.

Barden played 47 snaps to Randle’s three in Week 2. We can expect Barden to take on a bigger role with Nicks out, but he’s been a disappointment thus far in his career. … Collie practiced fully on Wednesday. Any time he suits up, he’s a better fantasy option than Avery. 

Blackmon has had trouble separating from coverage. I suspect it’s part route-running and part Blaine Gabbert. I would hold onto him as a roster stash in 12-team leagues. … The slippery Hawkins isn’t trustworthy yet as a WR3 in PPR formats, but he’s a player to watch as the league-leader in yards after the catch.

Sunday Update: Moved Greg Jennings, Torrey Smith down. Jennings is expected to play but will be limited. Smith vows to play, but could be touch and go following his brother's early morning death. Moved Donnie Avery up, Austin Collie down after the Colts announced Avery as the Week 3 starter. Bumped Leonard Hankerson as the starter over Aldrick Robinson. Moved Dexter McCluster down, as details on his injury are scarce.
 


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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