The top-tier wideouts dominated the fantasy rankings over the first two weeks, but the bar has been pushed even higher entering Week 3.
Four players (Stefon Diggs – 12/148/3; Tyreek Hill – 11/190/2; Jaylen Waddle – 11/171/2; and Amon-Ra St. Brown – 9/184/2) matched or scored more than the Week 1 leader (Justin Jefferson – 9/184/2).
There have been nine games of 30.00 fantasy points or more, plus 18 other outcomes with a floor of 20.00 fantasy points. Six of the top 12 ranking wideouts ranked in the top 12 of the early draft season in the high-stakes market.
Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams (DraftKings – $9,900/FanDuel – $9,800)
The fantasy freight train that is Kupp has been on full throttle over the first two weeks. He already has 24 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 29 targets. His only questionable stat is yards per catch (9.8 – 13.4 in 2021). Kupp also extended his scoring streak to eight games (11 touchdowns). Surprisingly, the Cardinals were the only team to hold him to less than six catches and 90 receiving yards (5/64 and 5/61/1) last season. Wide receivers have 28 catches for 306 yards and two touchdowns on 45 targets against the Cardinals this season. Kupp is a beast, but the daily games priced him out of the market in Week 3. I expect him to be on fewer rosters this week.
Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings (DraftKings – $9,300/FanDuel – $9,500)
The Vikings’ offense failed Jefferson against the Eagles in Week 2 (6/48 on 12 targets). Minnesota failed to get him in favorable matchups versus linebackers as it did against the Packers. Jefferson gained more than 100 yards in both starts (7/124 and 11/182/1) against Detroit last season. The Lions’ defense struggled last week versus Washington’s wide receivers (16/218/2 on 25 targets). A.J. Brown (10/155 on 13 targets) was open all day long in Week 1, but the Eagles didn’t need their complementary wideouts to beat Detroit’s secondary. Jefferson should regain his momentum, and the Lions should push Minnesota to score at least 30 points to win the game. I expect Dalvin Cook or Jefferson to deliver in this matchup.
Michael Pittman Jr., Indianapolis Colts (DraftKings – $8,100/FanDuel – $7,400)
FanDuel has Pittman mispriced this week, making him the top elite wide receiver to play. After missing Week 2 with a quad issue, he returned to practice this week, pointing to a full-go on Sunday. Pittman dominated his opening matchup against the Texans (9/121/1 with 13 targets). The Chiefs rank 24th versus wideouts (29/327/3 on 43 targets) despite playing two teams without their top wideouts (Arizona – no DeAndre Hopkins or Rondale Moore; Chargers – no Keenan Allen). This should be a high-scoring game, and Indianapolis lacks secondary strength in its receiving corps.