Fantasy Football: Week 3 WR Rankings

Kevin Hanson
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WR Start of the Week: Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (at GB)

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Along with Oakland’s Tyrell Williams, I listed Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders as one of two undervalued players in my AFC West Fantasy Football Preview. As I noted in that column, Sanders performed as the WR19 before his Achilles injury with 71/868/4 through Week 13.

From his offseason recovery and rehab to where he’s at now physically, it’s a remarkable recovery from an injury that historically is extremely difficult to overcome.

Through two weeks, however, Sanders has 16 catches for 184 yards and two touchdowns on 20 targets. In half-PPR scoring, only three receivers—John Ross, Sammy Watkins and Marquise Brown (just as we had all expected)—have scored more fantasy points than Sanders.

His Week 3 matchup isn’t great, but Sanders should lead the team in targets and the receiving corps in fantasy production. He’s a solid WR2 this week and going forward.

WR [Don't] Sit of the Week: Josh Gordon, New England Patriots (vs. NYJ)

Normally, I list a “start” and a “sit” at wide receiver and that’s how this week began. On Thursday, New England’s Josh Gordon was listed as a “sit” in this column, but he gets upgraded to a “start” in today’s update.

Not long after SI’s Robert Klemko reported that Antonio Brown had sent “intimidating” text messages to an accuser, the Patriots released Brown. In his one-game tenure as a Patriot, Brown led the team with eight targets that he turned into four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Given that the Patriots are more than three-touchdown favorites, it’s certainly possible that the Patriots let the air out of the ball (no pun intended) and we see more of Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead & Co. If Brown wre still on the roster, it’s likely that Gordon would have finished third on the team in targets behind both Brown and Julian Edelman.

So, even though Gordon has the physical tools to blow up for a 5/150/2 in any game, it could have been a scenario where he got a smaller slice of a smaller pie (due to the possibility of increased rushing attempts). With Brown released, Gordon’s ceiling remains sky-high, but his floor is bolstered given the expectations of increased volume.

Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings (half-PPR scoring):

• WR1: Julio Jones, ATL @ IND
• WR2: Keenan Allen, LAC vs HOU
• WR3: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @ LAC
• WR4: Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs LAR
• WR5: Davante Adams, GB vs DEN
• WR6: Amari Cooper, DAL vs MIA
• WR7: Sammy Watkins, KC vs BAL
• WR8: Chris Godwin, TB vs NYG
• WR9: Michael Thomas, NO @ SEA
• WR10: Mike Evans, TB vs NYG
• WR11: JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ SF
• WR12: Adam Thielen, MIN vs OAK
• WR13: Kenny Golladay, DET @ PHI
• WR14: T.Y. Hilton, IND vs ATL
• WR15: Tyler Lockett, SEA vs NO
• WR16: Cooper Kupp, LAR @ CLE
• WR17: Robert Woods, LAR @ CLE
• WR18: Stefon Diggs, MIN vs OAK
• WR19: Brandin Cooks, LAR @ CLE
• WR20: Julian Edelman, NE vs NYJ
• WR21: Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs CAR
• WR22: Emmanuel Sanders, DEN @ GB
• WR23: Josh Gordon, NE vs NYJ
• WR24: Allen Robinson, CHI @ WAS
• WR25: Calvin Ridley, ATL @ IND
• WR26: John Brown, BUF vs CIN
• WR27: D.J. Moore, CAR @ ARI
• WR28: Tyler Boyd, CIN @ BUF
• WR29: Christian Kirk, ARI vs CAR
• WR30: Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ARI
• WR31: Marquise Brown, BAL @ KC
• WR32: Nelson Agholor, PHI vs DET
• WR33: Mike Williams, LAC vs HOU
• WR34: Will Fuller, HOU @ LAC
• WR35: Tyrell Williams, OAK @ MIN
• WR36: Sterling Shepard, NYG @ TB
• WR37: Marvin Jones, DET @ PHI
• WR38: Jarvis Landry, CLE vs LAR
• WR39: D.K. Metcalf, SEA vs NO
• WR40: John Ross, CIN @ BUF
• WR41: Terry McLaurin, WAS vs CHI
• WR42: Mecole Hardman, KC vs BAL
• WR43: Demarcus Robinson, KC vs BAL
• WR44: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs DEN
• WR45: Randall Cobb, DAL vs MIA
• WR46: Dede Westbrook, JAC vs TEN
• WR47: Courtland Sutton, DEN @ GB
• WR48: Deebo Samuel, SF vs PIT
• WR49: D.J. Chark, JAC vs TEN
• WR50: Robby Anderson, NYJ @ NE
• WR51: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI vs DET
• WR52: Corey Davis, TEN @ JAC
• WR53: James Washington, PIT @ SF
• WR54: Phillip Dorsett, NE vs NYJ
• WR55: Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ NE
• WR56: Marquise Goodwin, SF vs PIT
• WR57: Mohamed Sanu, ATL @ IND
• WR58: Chris Conley, JAC vs TEN
• WR59: Geronimo Allison, GB vs DEN
• WR60: Devin Smith, DAL vs MIA
• WR61: A.J. Brown, TEN @ JAC
• WR62: Preston Williams, MIA @ DAL
• WR63: Devante Parker, MIA @ DAL
• WR64: Danny Amendola, DET @ PHI
• WR65: Trey Quinn, WAS vs CHI
• WR66: Mack Hollins, PHI vs DET
• WR67: KeeSean Johnson, ARI vs CAR
• WR68: Kenny Stills, HOU @ LAC
• WR69: Cole Beasley, BUF vs CIN
• WR70: Keke Coutee, HOU @ LAC
• WR71: Alshon Jeffery, PHI vs DET
• WR72: Willie Snead, BAL @ KC
• WR73: Anthony Miller, CHI @ WAS
• WR74: Ted Ginn, NO @ SEA
• WR75: Hunter Renfrow, OAK @ MIN









































































Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings (non-PPR scoring):

• WR1: Julio Jones, ATL @ IND
• WR2: DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @ LAC
• WR3: Keenan Allen, LAC vs HOU
• WR4: Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs LAR
• WR5: Davante Adams, GB vs DEN
• WR6: Amari Cooper, DAL vs MIA
• WR7: Sammy Watkins, KC vs BAL
• WR8: Michael Thomas, NO @ SEA
• WR9: Mike Evans, TB vs NYG
• WR10: Chris Godwin, TB vs NYG
• WR11: Tyler Lockett, SEA vs NO
• WR12: Adam Thielen, MIN vs OAK
• WR13: Kenny Golladay, DET @ PHI
• WR14: JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ SF
• WR15: T.Y. Hilton, IND vs ATL
• WR16: Cooper Kupp, LAR @ CLE
• WR17: Brandin Cooks, LAR @ CLE
• WR18: Robert Woods, LAR @ CLE
• WR19: Stefon Diggs, MIN vs OAK
• WR20: Julian Edelman, NE vs NYJ
• WR21: Emmanuel Sanders, DEN @ GB
• WR22: Josh Gordon, NE vs NYJ
• WR23: Larry Fitzgerald, ARI vs CAR
• WR24: Allen Robinson, CHI @ WAS
• WR25: Calvin Ridley, ATL @ IND
• WR26: John Brown, BUF vs CIN
• WR27: D.J. Moore, CAR @ ARI
• WR28: Christian Kirk, ARI vs CAR
• WR29: Tyler Boyd, CIN @ BUF
• WR30: Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ARI
• WR31: Marquise Brown, BAL @ KC
• WR32: Mike Williams, LAC vs HOU
• WR33: Will Fuller, HOU @ LAC
• WR34: Nelson Agholor, PHI vs DET
• WR35: Marvin Jones, DET @ PHI
• WR36: Tyrell Williams, OAK @ MIN
• WR37: D.K. Metcalf, SEA vs NO
• WR38: Sterling Shepard, NYG @ TB
• WR39: Mecole Hardman, KC vs BAL
• WR40: John Ross, CIN @ BUF
• WR41: Jarvis Landry, CLE vs LAR
• WR42: Terry McLaurin, WAS vs CHI
• WR43: Demarcus Robinson, KC vs BAL
• WR44: Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs DEN
• WR45: Courtland Sutton, DEN @ GB
• WR46: Robby Anderson, NYJ @ NE
• WR47: Dede Westbrook, JAC vs TEN
• WR48: D.J. Chark, JAC vs TEN
• WR49: Deebo Samuel, SF vs PIT
• WR50: Corey Davis, TEN @ JAC
• WR51: Randall Cobb, DAL vs MIA
• WR52: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, PHI vs DET
• WR53: Marquise Goodwin, SF vs PIT
• WR54: James Washington, PIT @ SF
• WR55: Phillip Dorsett, NE vs NYJ
• WR56: Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ NE
• WR57: Mohamed Sanu, ATL @ IND
• WR58: Chris Conley, JAC vs TEN
• WR59: Geronimo Allison, GB vs DEN
• WR60: Devin Smith, DAL vs MIA
• WR61: A.J. Brown, TEN @ JAC
• WR62: Preston Williams, MIA @ DAL
• WR63: Mack Hollins, PHI vs DET
• WR64: Devante Parker, MIA @ DAL
• WR65: Kenny Stills, HOU @ LAC
• WR66: KeeSean Johnson, ARI vs CAR
• WR67: Trey Quinn, WAS vs CHI
• WR68: Alshon Jeffery, PHI vs DET
• WR69: Danny Amendola, DET @ PHI
• WR70: Keke Coutee, HOU @ LAC
• WR71: Ted Ginn, NO @ SEA
• WR72: Cole Beasley, BUF vs CIN
• WR73: Anthony Miller, CHI @ WAS
• WR74: Rashard Higgins, CLE vs LAR
• WR75: Willie Snead, BAL @ KC









































































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