Week 3 WR and TE Rankings
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Lions WR Calvin Johnson
By Frank Mineophoto of journalist Frank Mineo
Frank is a communication and public relations graduate of Edinboro University and a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Frank has been playing fantasy sports for over 15 years.
This is how we rank the WRs and TEs for Week 3 of the fantasy season. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - each week we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each receiver's past performance and factor that into our projections. The rankings are based on a standard non-PPR league where 10 receiving or rushing yards equal 1 point, receiving and rushing TDs equal 6 pts., and fumbles deduct 2 points.

  1. Calvin Johnson
  2. Jordy Nelson
  3. Brandon Marshall
  4. Julio Jones
  5. Randall Cobb
  6. Demaryius Thomas
  7. Dez Bryant
  8. Julian Edelman
  9. Cordarelle Patterson
  10. Percy Harvin
  11. T.Y. Hilton
  12. Michael Crabtree
  13. Keenan Allen
  14. Jeremy Maclin
  15. Sammy Watkins
  16. Wes Welker
  17. Alshon Jeffery
  18. Antonio Brown
  19. Pierre Garcon
  20. Steve Smith
  21. Reggie Wayne
  22. Andre Johnson
  23. Mike Wallace
  24. DeAndre Hopkins
  25. Brandin Cooks
  26. James Jones
  27. Kelvin Benjamin
  28. A.J. Green
  29. Roddy White
  30. Emmanuel Sanders
  31. Brian Quick
  32. Vincent Jackson
  33. Mike Evans
  34. Andrew Hawkins
  35. Markus Wheaton
  36. Eric Decker
  37. DeSean Jackson
  38. Mohammed Sanu
  39. Golden Tate
  40. Marques Colston
  41. Michael Floyd
  42. Kendall Wright
  43. Anquan Boldin
  44. Terrance Williams
  45. Miles Austin
  46. John Brown
  47. Greg Jennings
  48. Malcom Floyd
  49. Jason Avant
  50. Harry Douglas
  1. Julius Thomas
  2. Jimmy Graham
  3. Rob Gronkowski
  4. Antonio Gates
  5. Delanie Walker
  6. Martellus Bennett
  7. Niles Paul
  8. Zach Ertz
  9. Greg Olsen
  10. Larry Donnell
  11. Dennis Pitta
  12. Travis Kelce
  13. Kyle Rudolph
  14. Zach Miller
  15. Dwayne Allen
  16. Charles Clay
  17. Jared Cook
  18. Levine Toilolo
  19. Jermaine Gresham
  20. Eric Ebron
  21. Brandon Myers
  22. Derek Carrier
  23. Jack Doyle
  24. Daniel Fells
  25. Joseph Fauria
  26. Anthony Fasano
  27. Jacob Tamme
  28. Jeff Cumberland
  29. John Carlson
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
By Frank Mineophoto of journalist Frank Mineo
Frank is a communication and public relations graduate of Edinboro University and a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Frank has been playing fantasy sports for over 15 years.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud WRs and TEs who may fail to deliver:

Keenan Allen
Chargers WR Keenan Allen
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Keenan Allen has not had the breakout second year than many fantasy owners expected when they drafted him in the middle rounds as a possible WR1. I think this changes in week 2, Allen has had some difficult matchups and even acquitted himself well against Richard Sherman, the NFL’s (self-proclaimed) shut-down corner. Buffalo’s defense has looked good through two weeks but they have allowed touchdowns in both weeks to Chicago and Miami’s number one wide outs.

Demaryius Thomas
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas
Demaryius hasn’t gotten off to the start many predicted especially in a contract year. He also hasn’t looked explosive so far, but I think part of that is defensive coordinators have decided they will take him out of the game and deal with the other parts of Denver’s offense. The hopeful addition of Wes Welker this week allows Thomas to have a breakout game and give the Seahawks too many weapons to deal with. Thomas was one of the few bright spots on the Denver offense last year during the Super Bowl and I think he has another solid game against a difficult Seattle secondary.

Julian Edelman
Patriots WR Julian Edelman
He has flown under the radar so far this season and I’m not exactly sure why. So far this season Edelman has 12 catches for 176 yards a touchdown and also added 3 carries for 30 yards. Extrapolate those numbers and you have 96 catches for over 1400 yards, 8 touchdowns and 240 yards rushing. That is a for sure a top ten fantasy season and right now Edelman is the only target that Brady seems to really feel comfortable with. I’ve never been much a believer in him in previous seasons but he is off to a roaring start and his match-up against Oakland this weekend is juicy.


Victor Cruz
Giants WR Victor Cruz
It’s amazing how little Victor Cruz has done over the past season or so. It’s easy to blame Eli Manning but how much more rope does Cruz get in New York where he held them hostage for a new contract and has underperformed since? Houston’s defense has allowed some big plays in week one and week two but Eli Manning is going to be lucky to last the entire game with J.J. Watt in his face snap after snap. I stayed away from Cruz in just about every draft but if I was a Cruz owner, I would probably try and trade him for a bag of Cheetos and a Mountain Dew.

DeSean Jackson
Redskins WR DeSean Jackson
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DeSean doesn’t have a great track record of playing injured throughout his career and, while I think he suits up this week just because he wants to spite the Eagles, I think he’ll be ineffective at best. A shoulder sprain is going to limit his mobility in making catches away from his body and minimize his explosiveness. I thought signing Jackson was a mistake in Washington from day one as he is basically a more explosive but less reliable version of Pierre Garcon. Jackson will have a few big games this year but I doubt this week will be one of them.

Emmanuel Sanders
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders
This depends on two factors: number one, and most importantly, if Wes Welker is ready to play; number two, who else you have on your team. I still think Sanders should put up 50 yards or so, so 5 fantasy points could potentially be better than whatever else you have on your bench but with Welker back on the field Sanders is the 4th receiving option behind both of the Thomas’ and Welker. Sanders has never been someone who found the end zone easily in the NFL and I don’t see it happening for him this week either.


Greg Olsen
Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Olsen has looked very solid but not spectacular through two weeks of the season and has failed to get into the endzone so far. The Steelers allowed big plays to tight ends in both week 1 and week 2 and with the Panthers possibly being shorthanded at running back, look for them to open up the passing game and for Olsen to be a bigger factor than normal in the red zone.

Rob Gronkowski
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski
It’s hard to imagine that a healthy Rob Gronkowksi ever needs to be mentioned as a starter on a fantasy football site, but he is another guy folks drafted early that has not lived up to the lofty expectations. I think New England puts up points in a variety of different ways against an Oakland team with more than a few weaknesses; look for Bill Belichick to exploit every single one. I am envisioning one of those three touchdown type games from the big man.


Owen Daniels
Ravens TE Owen Daniels
Daniels will likely never have two touchdowns in a game the rest of this career. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t get two more touchdown catches this season. He was left wide open on both of his catches by a confused and battered Pittsburgh defense. Dennis Pitta is the more talented and better option for fantasy owners. If someone in your league is about to give up on Pitta, see if you can lowball them in a trade.

Colts Tight Ends
Colts TE Coby Fleener
This sit-em advice is not about the match-up and has little to do with the talent of the players and more to do with the way the offense is designed. Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and, now last week, Jack Doyle have all shown flashes throughout the Andrew Luck era but the lack of consistency has crushed fantasy owners time and again. Indy has too many viable tight ends and none of them are good enough to take over the number one spot as a fantasy stud.


Andre Roberts
Redskins WR Andre Roberts
Andre Roberts has to be sick of his bad luck. He spent years in Arizona as a third option behind Larry Fitzgerald and never was fully able to showcase his talents. He came to Washington to be the clear number two receiver and the Redskins stomped on his dreams by signing DeSean Jackson to be the 2nd guy behind Pierre Garcon. To Roberts’s credit he found a place in Washington, has dominated on special teams area and last week after Jackson went down he caught 4 passes for 57 yards. He has a crowded receiver group that also includes a rookie with hands of glue in Ryan Grant but he is showing he will take advantage of opportunities. It’s a thin group of receivers on waiver wires so keep an eye on Roberts.

Miles Austin
Browns WR Miles Austin
The Miles Austin signing has been looked at as a joke since it happened this offseason and questions about his hamstrings will always linger. The thing about Austin though is his game has never particularly revolved around speed to be effective. As a Steelers fan, I can say he is the most Hines Ward-ish receiver to come around since Hines Ward - tough, physical, and finds open space in defenses. If Austin can remain healthy (that’s a big “if"), I think he can put up some solid numbers in Cleveland. Keep him on your radar and I like his match-up against the Ravens if you're stuck looking for a receiver due to injury.

Jeremy Kerley
Jets WR Jeremy Kerley
Jeremy Kerley is not a top-end wide receiver in the NFL and the Jets felt the need to upgrade the position by making a bold offer for Eric Decker. I will admit that Decker has looked better in the Jets offense than I had imagined but with Decker at a minimum hobbled by a hamstring look for Kerley to have a big game against a Chicago secondary that's struggled to contain receivers though the first two weeks. Remember, Kerley would have likely been a much more highly regarded player coming into this week if his late game 60-yard touchdown catch hadn't been negated by a bogus missed call by the refs.

Charles Clay
Dolphins TE Charles Clay
Kansas City has struggled against two very good tight ends so far this season, so look for the Dolphins to exploit the same weakness. Clay was a sleeper heading into the season and was probably overdrafted in many leagues but week three should be his breakout game. The Dolphins have an injured running game and have been relying on Mike Wallace, who has not been able to show consistency throughout his career. This is the game where Clay can make a few big catches and find his way into the end zone.

Zach Miller
Seahawks TE Zach Miller
Miller is a better blocking tight end than receiver but he should have opportunity in a high-scoring game to make an impact this week. He had some mental mistakes and penalties in week 2 that really hurt Seattle’s offense in key situations. I would look for Miller to have a bounce-back week and possibly find his way into the end zone.


Eagles WR Jordan Matthews
By Matt Brandonphoto of journalist Matt Brandon
Matt is a journalism major at SUNY Purchase College with a concentration in sportswriting. He graduates next January and is hoping to start a career as a sports journalist.
Don't get too discouraged if your draft didn't work out as you planned. Fantasy success isn't the exclusive result of a solid draft - often it's the in-season waiver wire moves that determines who makes it to the post-season. We've got some hot tips for you that should help you improve your roster and catch up to those lucky sons-of-guns who always seem to draft the right players:

Wide Receivers to Add

Jordan Matthews
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews, a product of Vanderbilt, was unstoppable against the Washington Redskins secondary in Week 3. He caught 8 passes from Nick Foles for 59 yards and scored two touchdowns. Fellow Eagles wideout Riley Cooper has had a disappointing first few games of the season with just 9 receptions for 71 yards and no scores. I think Foles is realizing that Matthews is the better target and I expect their chemistry to develop more as the season continues. If Matthews can overcome Cooper as the No. 2 receiver, he could have a spectacular rookie year.

Brian Quick
For some odd reason this guy is not owned in all leagues. Maybe it’s because his quarterback is Austin Davis (who is not as bad as you think he is) or maybe it’s because he is on a Rams offense that has looked pretty horrible up until this past weekend. Quick has been a steady contributor with 9.9, 7.4, and 12.2 points, respectively, in his first three weeks of the season. Thus far, he is the 20th ranked receiver this season. Don’t wait any longer and pick this guy up.

Andrew Hawkins
Josh Gordon’s replacement has been very consistent as Brian Hoyer’s No.1 option in the Browns passing game. Hawkins gained 87 yards in both weeks one and three, and 70 yards in week two. While he has yet to score a touchdown, I find it hard to believe that he won’t get his opportunities. Cleveland will be playing from behind very often this year and will be forced to throw the football. With that in mind, Hawkins is a great addition to your fantasy team until Josh Gordon returns from his 10 game suspension.

Wide Receivers to Drop

Anquan Boldin
Between Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Carlos Hyde, Steve Johnson, and Colin Kaepernick, there are simply too many other offensive threats for Boldin to get significant touches. He's averaging just 5.63 points per game and his production has gone down since Week 1 when he caught 8 balls for 99 yards. Since then he has put up two dud performances and committed a very stupid penalty when he head-butted a Cardinals defender with his team on the verge of scoring. Boldin is roster-worthy in PPR leagues but if your league's not PPR, get rid of him.

Riley Cooper
Why Cooper’s owned in 75% of leagues is beyond bewildering to me. He has just 71 yards through three games this season and Jordan Matthews is inching towards replacing Cooper as the No. 2 receiver in Philadelphia. Maclin and Ertz have easily been Foles’ top targets and Cooper has had a difficult time hanging onto catches. You should be dropping Cooper like he drops Foles' passes.

Trade Bait

Larry Fitzgerald
The former Pro Bowler is struggling this season with just 107 yards, no touchdowns, and a fumble. It seems Michael Floyd has surpassed him as the top option in Arizona and I don’t see that changing any time soon. It doesn’t seem to matter who is playing quarterback, be it Carson Palmer or Drew Stanton, the 3-0 Cardinals have had no help from their franchise player. Fitzgerald has a big name though so try proposing some trades and see what kind of undervalued guys you can get for him such as Eric Decker or Percy Harvin. Try to unload him before this week when the Cardinals are on a bye.

Tight Ends to Add

Larry Donnell
In a 12-team league Donnell would be a TE1. He is currently ranked 12th in scoring with 7.4 points per game. Donnell has emerged as a consistent option for quarterback Eli Manning. The second-year tight end has 18 receptions for 182 yards and a touchdown. As the Giants get more comfortable with the West Coast system, Manning will improve his completion percentage meaning more receptions and yardage for the tight end.

Delanie Walker
On NFL.com Walker is only owned in 55.6% of fantasy leagues. Through three weeks, he has 233 yards and two touchdowns. What more could you ask for from a tight end? He is third in points scored and fourth in yards gained. He has established himself as a TE1 and as long as Jake Locker plays (which he might not in week 4), he is a solid option at a position without a lot of options on the waiver wire.

Tight Ends to Drop

Dennis Pitta
Pitta suffered a dislocated hip in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns. He underwent surgery and is officially out for the year. If Pitta was on your roster, pick up his backup Owen Daniels who has 70 yards and two touchdowns this season.

Kyle Rudolph
Minnesota lost another playmaker when Rudolph suffered a groin injury. The Vikings confirmed that he will need surgery and is expected to miss at least 6 weeks. This is a devastating blow for a team that is now missing their starting quarterback, running back, and tight end. If you had Rudolph on your fantasy team, you could stash him for the next couple months but there are some intriguing options still available in many leagues.