Another week of NFL football brings another week of excitement for fantasy managers. Some shocking surprise finishes for wide receivers last week which provide some new names to rise to the occasion. Here is a look at the wide receiver rankings for Week 3, a week that is getting close to the breaking point for some fantasy managers before they decide it’s time to make some tough decisions.
Fantasy Football Week 3 Wide Receiver Rankings: Will Ja’Marr Chase Finally Take Off?
Tier 1: Must Start WR1
1. Justin Jefferson
2. Tyreek Hill
3. Ja’Marr Chase
4. Stefon Diggs
5. Davante Adams
6. CeeDee Lamb
7. Puka Nacua
8. Keenan Allen
When in doubt, Justin Jefferson will be here to save the day. Jefferson finished his day with 11 catches for 159 yards and a fumble for 24.9 fantasy points in standard PPR leagues. Jefferson gets an inviting matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers and has yet to score his first touchdown of the season.
Ja’Marr Chase owners will continue to deal with the disappointment that’s been the first two weeks. Whether it’s the entire Cincinnati Bengals offense to blame or bad luck, there’s no argument to be made that Chase should not be started in any fantasy format. Chase gets a chance to redeem himself against a struggling Los Angeles Rams secondary.
Perhaps the story of the fantasy season is how quickly Rams rookie wide receiver Puka Nacua climbed these rankings. It was unclear how much of a role the backup receivers would take with Cooper Kupp being out, but Nacua has quickly bounced his way to Matthew Stafford‘s favorite option. Until Kupp returns, Nacua is an easy start regardless of the matchup.
Most targets this season:
🥇 Puka Nacua – 33
🥈 Justin Jefferson – 25
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 19, 2023
Tier 2: Still Very Good Options; WR1 Upside
9. Amon-Ra St. Brown*
10. Chris Olave
11. Deebo Samuel
12. DeVonta Smith
13. Jaylen Waddle*
14. Michael Pittman Jr.
15. A.J. Brown
While the frustration for A.J. Brown has become apparent, DeVonta Smith has been looking like the WR1 the Philadelphia Eagles expected since draft day. Both options remain viable starts, but while Smith remains the better option there’s a huge opportunity that Brown finally breaks his cold spell.
Amon-Ra St. Brown failed to record his second touchdown of the season but still held a nice six catches for 102 yards. St. Brown was overshadowed by fellow wide receiver Josh Reynolds on the day, but St. Brown still remains the clear No. 1 option for the Detroit Lions in these rankings.
Chris Olave is still in search of his first touchdown of the season. The New Orleans Saints are 2-0. Life is good for fantasy managers that start Olave who has become a key contributor in this new-look Saints offense that will rely more heavily on the pass game.
AJ Brown & DeVonta Smith through two weeks:
🦅 22 REC
🦅 286 YDS
🦅 2 TDs
Do the Eagles have the best WR duo in the NFL? pic.twitter.com/YPRnDfchmg
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 15, 2023
Tier 3: Strong WR2 Candidates
16. Calvin Ridley
17. Mike Evans
18. Tee Higgins
19. Garrett Wilson
20. DK Metcalf*
21. Brandon Aiyuk*
22. Mike Williams
23. Deandre Hopkins
24. Chris Godwin
25. George Pickens
After bursting onto the scene in Week 1, Calvin Ridley came back down to earth with just two catches for 32 yards. Regardless, fantasy owners should not be dismayed as Ridley can easily go back to his Week 1 form against the Houston Texans.
Besides Nacua, the other most surprising wide receiver spot in the rankings belongs to Mike Evans. No one doubted his ability, especially with nine straight seasons of at least 1,000 yards, but no one believed in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense this year. Evans has easily slotted himself as a viable WR2.
While Chase has struggled, Tee Higgins has reaped the rewards. Higgins currently sits at WR26, but all 28.9 of his points came in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Mike Evans = Ole Reliable pic.twitter.com/dgQbrLmnuM
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 17, 2023
Tier 4: WR3/Flex Consideration
26. Amari Cooper
27. DJ Moore
28. Jerry Jeudy
29. Tyler Lockett
30. Nico Collins
31. Michael Thomas
32. Terry Mclaurin
33. Zay Flowers
34. Jakobi Meyers*
35. Christian Watson*
36. Marquise Brown
Not all is lost for DJ Moore who showed up with six catches for 104 yards. There isn’t a lot to be excited about right now with the Chicago Bears offense, but perhaps this can be the game to jump-start D.J. Moore’s season.
Ole reliable Tyler Lockett came back with an emphatic eight catches for 59 yards and two touchdowns after a quite Week 1. Lockett is a great player, but is the definition of boom or bust in such a spread-out Seattle Seahawks offense.
The Ravens new offense is starting to click as Lamar Jackson and Zay Flowers chemistry continues to grow. While Flowers isn’t in the must-start territory just yet, it may be worth stashing him now before it’s too late.
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