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Week 3 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: September 22, 2019, 11:52 am ET

Week 3 Receivers 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Julio Jones

ATL

@IND

2

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

@LAC

3

Odell Beckham

CLE

LA

4

Michael Thomas

NO

@SEA

5

Keenan Allen

LAC

HOU

6

Davante Adams

GB

DEN

7

Amari Cooper

DAL

MIA

8

Mike Evans

TB

NYG

9

Sammy Watkins

KC

BAL

10

JuJu Smith-Schuster

PIT

@SF

11

Chris Godwin

TB

NYG

12

Adam Thielen

MIN

OAK

13

Tyler Lockett

SEA

NO

14

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

CAR

15

T.Y. Hilton

IND

ATL

16

Cooper Kupp

LA

@CLE

17

Kenny Golladay

DET

@PHI

18

Tyler Boyd

CIN

@BUF

19

John Brown

BUF

CIN

20

Julian Edelman

NE

NYJ

21

Brandin Cooks

LA

@CLE

22

Stefon Diggs

MIN

OAK

23

D.J. Moore

CAR

@ARI

24

Marquise Brown

BAL

@KC

25

Calvin Ridley

ATL

@IND

26

Robert Woods

LA

@CLE

27

Allen Robinson

CHI

@WAS

28

Christian Kirk

ARI

CAR

29

John Ross

CIN

@BUF

30

Curtis Samuel

CAR

@ARI

31

Nelson Agholor

PHI

DET

32

Josh Gordon

NE

NYJ

33

Terry McLaurin

WAS

CHI

34

Tyrell Williams

OAK

@MIN

35

Will Fuller

HOU

@LAC

36

Mike Williams

LAC

HOU

37

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

@GB

38

Demarcus Robinson

KC

BAL

39

D.K. Metcalf

SEA

NO

40

D.J. Chark

JAC

TEN

41

Sterling Shepard

NYG

@TB

42

Jarvis Landry

CLE

LA

43

Mecole Hardman

KC

BAL

44

Courtland Sutton

DEN

@GB

45

Marvin Jones

DET

@PHI

46

Deebo Samuel

SF

PIT

47

Marquez Valdes-Scantling

GB

DEN

48

Jamison Crowder

NYJ

@NE

49

James Washington

PIT

@SF

50

Robby Anderson

NYJ

@NE

51

Dede Westbrook

JAC

TEN

52

Mohamed Sanu

ATL

@IND

53

Chris Conley

JAC

TEN

54

Randall Cobb

DAL

MIA

55

DeVante Parker

MIA

@DAL

56

Corey Davis

TEN

@JAC

57

Devin Smith

DAL

MIA

58

Marquise Goodwin

SF

PIT

59

Preston Williams

MIA

@DAL

60

Damiere Byrd

ARI

CAR

61

Cole Beasley

BUF

CIN

62

Geronimo Allison

GB

DEN

63

A.J. Brown

TEN

@JAC

64

Kenny Stills

HOU

@LAC

65

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

PHI

DET

66

Mack Hollins

PHI

DET

67

Trey Quinn

WAS

CHI

68

KeeSean Johnson

ARI

CAR

69

Ted Ginn

NO

@SEA

70

Keke Coutee

HOU

@LAC

 

WR Notes: Julio Jones has more touchdowns than games played. And you thought you would never see the day. … How is Odell Beckham’s hip feeling? His 21.70 miles per hour on his 89-yard touchdown against the Jets was the fastest top speed by a touchdown scorer through Weeks 1 and 2.Teddy Bridgewater struggled against the Rams, but he did one thing right: Lock onto Michael Thomas. The Seahawks’ pass defense has been less than impressive despite facing Andy Dalton and Mason Rudolph. … Keenan Allen’s 25 targets are second only to Thomas’ 26. Gutted for a 72.4 completion percentage by Drew Brees and Gardner Minshew, the Texans are offering little resistance to high-efficiency wideouts like Allen. … On the surface, “vs. MIA” looks like a dream spot for Amari Cooper. Dig a little deeper and you spot a few obstacles. Cooper will be shadowed by one of the Dolphins’ few good players, Xavien Howard. The Cowboys also won’t have to pass much after halftime. Trips into the slot will free Cooper up for some cleaner looks. With Michael Gallup — who is currently fifth in receiving — sidelined, ex-Jets bust Devin Smith offers some DFS tournament intrigue.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin are both WR1s for Week 3. Despite his slow start, Evans maintains the rankings benefit of the doubt. 17th in air yards, Evans was also fingertips away from a much bigger game in Week 2. As Rotoworld’s Ian Hartitz points out, he has a massive size advantage over Giants shadow Janoris Jenkins. Godwin, meanwhile, is doing a little bit of everything. Solid targets, solid air yards, solid YAC. There is strong reason to believe he will remain a top-18 wideout all year. …It’s never easy with Sammy Watkins. We know this, and yet. Watkins’ less-heralded teammates Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman stole the Week 2 limelight, but he still led the Chiefs with 13 targets. He also spent much of the game posted up in the slot, where he will vacuum up easy looks he can potentially turn into big plays. All three are easy starts against the Ravens’ Jimmy Smith-less secondary, which allowed a number of big plays to the Cardinals. Hardman’s statline (4/61/1) would have been almost as insane as Robinson’s (6/172/2) if not for holding negating a 72-yard score. Of note: Tyreek Hill (collarbone) appears to be making a quick recovery.

One of the top memes of the week: James Washington had quite the connection with Mason Rudolph at Oklahoma State. Washington, who is taking over for Donte Moncrief as the Steelers’ No. 2 receiver, is an interesting season-long buy. A better Week 3 focus? JuJu Smith-Schuster, who will be seeing no shortage of unimposing 49ers slot corner K'Waun Williams. … Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs both bounced back in their own unique ways last week — very unique in Diggs’ case — but with increased Vikings passing volume came increased Kirk Cousins mistakes. That means coach Mike Zimmer will be more determined than ever to #EstablishIt vs. the Raiders. These are ceiling rankings. Thielen/Diggs’ floor odds keep going down. … Tyler Lockett feasted in Week 2 following his Week 1 famine. Saints slot CB P.J. Williams will try to help him keep eating. … Despite low yardage/fantasy points against, the Falcons’ pass defense is not one to avoid. The Vikings didn’t pass in Week 1, and every Eagle got injured in Week 2. T.Y. Hilton maintains upside. … D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel are co-existing in the Panthers’ offense. Moore is doing YAC damage with high-percentage targets, while Samuel is gobbling up air yardage that will soon lead to big plays. Both had strong days with Cam Newton fill-in Kyle Allen last Week 17. 

Robert Woods has been a lower-ceiling version of his 2018 self. The same is true of Brandin Cooks. Cooper Kupp? He’s been Cooper Kupp. It’s Kupp who has the best setup for the Rams’ trip to Cleveland. … Has any receiver duo complemented itself better than John Ross and Tyler Boyd? Boyd has owned the short-to-intermediate areas of the field like he’s supposed to, while Ross has dominated down field like he never has before. Ross has 23 more yards than any other wideout. The Bills do represent something of a no-fly zone but how could you not get Ross into the top 30 after his first two games? … Larry Fitzgerald is already up to four 40-plus yard grabs after posting zero from 2016-18. 36-year-old Fitz is sixth in air yards. Christian Kirk is 24th. Even KeeSean Johnson is ahead of many other notable names. You can either accept that the Cardinals Offense is conducting business in a fundamentally different way, or you can get left behind. … Do tell, Kenny Golladay. The Eagles’ secondary has yet to slow anybody. … It’s amazing that it took a Josh Allen-led offense to finally get John Brown back up to speed, but here we are. This kind of volume/big-play potential is what you look for in fantasy.

Obviously Marquise Brown has a low floor, but he has a clear-cut 200-yard ceiling against the Chiefs. … For as long as Antonio Brown remains off the commissioner’s exempt list, it’s back to the bad old days of low-ceiling WR3 value for Julian Edelman. … Allen Robinson has a bad quarterback but a pristine matchup in a Redskins D coughing up the most receiver fantasy points on the young season. … It’s a shame Terry McLaurin has such a brutal Week 3 spot, because he should already be in the top 24. Drawing looks both deep down the field and in the red zone, McLaurin looks like a legitimate No. 1 receiver. … Miraculously, neither the recovery from a torn Achilles nor Joe Flacco have caused Emmanuel Sanders to miss a beat. Courtland Sutton still offers more ceiling, but Sanders is the preferred WR3 play. … We know Nelson Agholor giveths then takeths away. This ranking is probably too low based on his likely usage. … Their moderate volume combined with big-play ability makes DK Metcalf and D.J. Chark ideal WR4s. … Put on a blindfold with the Jets’ receivers.    

Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .