Fantasy Football WR Rankings: Week 3

The wide receiver group is deep this year, so you can get away with starting a lot of different players. If you're torn between a few players, use my rankings to figure out who to start and who to sit.

Byes: None

Updated: Sept. 18

Other Rankings: QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF

Rank & Player Opponent Notes
1. Calvin Johnson, DET GB Like anyone other than Megatron was going to be No. 1.
2. Jordy Nelson, GB @DET Going against the Lions increases Nelson's value this week.
3. Brandon Marshall, CHI @NYJ Marshall had a huge week last time out, so don't even think about sitting him.
4. Dez Bryant, DAL @STL Dez bounced back like I said he would. It was one of the few things I go right last week. Keep playing him.
5. Julio Jones, ATL TB Julio looks healthy, which means he's a safe start every week.
6. Demaryius Thomas, DEN @SEA Thomas will always be a WR1, even against Seattle.
7. Randall Cobb, GB @DET Given that the Packers throw the ball a ton, Cobb is safe play.
8. Antonio Brown, PIT @CAR Brown should be a WR1 for much of the season.
9. Alshon Jeffery, CHI @NYJ Jeffery's had a slow start to the season, but he's got a great matchup this week.
10. Andre Johnson, HOU @NYG Playing against the Giants increases his value.
11. Vincent Jackson, TB @ATL He's not a WR1, but Jackson is worth a start.
12. Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN NO I'm all-in on Patterson.
13. Keenan Allen, SD @BUF I'm a big Allen fan. I expect big things from him against the Bills.
14. Percy Harvin, SEA DEN He's a tough player to trust for a full season because of injury issues, but play him if you got him.
15. Julian Edleman, NE OAK Edleman has looked really good so far this season.
16. Mike Wallace, MIA KC Not a huge fan of Wallace (too inconsistent), but he has played well so far this year.
17. Pierre Garcon, WAS @PHI Garcon has had an awful start, but don't bail on him yet.
18. Michael Crabtree, SF @ARI Crabtree looked good against the Bears, but I don't know if that continues this week.
19. Jeremy Maclin, PHI WAS Another injury risk, but worth a play if you have him.
20. Reggie Wayne, IND @JAC Wayne struggled last week, but playing the Jags helps.
21. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI SF Fitz kinda bounced back last week. Hopefully he continues to improve.
22. Michael Floyd, ARI SF Floyd is coming off a down week with a less than stellar matchup.
23. Emmanuel Sanders, DEN @SEA The return of Welker and the matchup with Seattle severely hurts Sanders.
24. Sammy Watkins, BUF SD That was a great Week 2 performance out of Watkins. He's worth a flex look.
25. Golden Tate, DET GB I'm expecting a shootout this week. Tate could be a sneaky start.
26. Wes Welker, DEN @DEN Welker returns this week, but he's got a tough matchup.
27. DeSean Jackson, WAS JAC Will Jackson play? He's worth a flex look if he does.
28. Torrey Smith, BAL @CLE A rough start so far for Smith and gets rougher with the Cleveland defense up next.
29. Victor Cruz, NYG HOU The Giants offense has looked awful. There is no reason to risk playing Cruz. Hopefully you have a better option.
30. Eric Decker, NYJ CHI Decker has a good matchup this week, but is battling an injury.
31. Marques Colston, NO MIN Colston is coming off a no-catch performance. He should bounce back.
32. T.Y. Hilton, IND @JAC He's a big play threat, but not exactly consistent. He's had big games in the past against the Jags.
33. DeAndre Hopkins, HOU NYG Hopkins could have a breakout season. But you don't need to start him quite yet.
34. James Jones, OAK @NE It's been a good start for Jones. Hopefully he finds a way to keep it up.
35. Mohamed Sanu, CIN TEN Sanu's value will rise or drop depending on if A.J. Green plays. I don't think Green will play this week.
36. Brandin Cooks, NO MIN Cooks regressed last week. I'm still not sure what his outlook is for the rest of the season.
37. Terrance Williams, DAL @STL Williams will be a bye-week starter, but there isn't a need to start him right now.
38. Kendall Wright, TEN @CIN Wright looks like a WR3 at best right now.
39. Kelvin Benjamin, CAR PIT He's raw but talented. Stash him on your bench.
40. Justin Hunter, TEN CIN Hunter could be a starter later this year, but he's a backup for now.
41. Anquan Boldin, SF @ARI Don't trust Boldin. He's too inconsistent.
42. Greg Jennings, MIN NO Jennings is a backup, especially with the way Cordarrelle Patterson has been playing.
43. Dwayne Bowe, KC @MIA Slow start for Bowe. Don't play him if you can avoid it.
44. Steve Smith, BAL @WAS People act like Smith is still an elite WR. He's not. Keep him on your bench.
45. Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC @WAS I like Shorts, but I wish he wasn't stuck on the Jags.
46. Marcus Wheaton, PIT @CAR Wheaton will be good, but you don't need to start him quite yet.
47. Andrew Hawkins, CLE NO He's valuable in a PPR league, but not so much in a standard one.
48. Brian Quick, STL DAL Quick has been solid so far and playing Dallas helps him,.
49. Riley Cooper, PHI WSH Cooper has not looked good so far this year.
50. Roddy White, ATL TB UPDATE 2: White is out tonight, so don't play him.

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