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2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3

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Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

It turns out the Giants didn't miss Hakeem Nicks (DNP, foot) after all as Ramses Barden filled in admirably (9 rec., 138 yds.) for his injured teammate in the win over Carolina on Thursday night. Barden, running back Andre Brown (113 yards rushing, 2 TDs)  and tight end Martellus Bennett (6 rec., 73 yds., TD) did most of the damage for the G-Men, turning Victor Cruz (6 rec., 42 yds.) into a role player this week.  In other injury news, Greg Jennings is still being limited by the groin injury that caused him to miss last week's game. The Packers don't play until Monday night, which give him more time to recover, but also puts his owners in somewhat of a bind because it's the last game on the docket. Philadelphia plays in Arizona on Sunday and the Eagles' already know they will be without Jeremy Maclin, who has been ruled out because of a hip injury. DeSean Jackson has been dealing with a hamstring issue of his own, so the Eagles' passing attack may end up grounded against the Cardinals. Washington's Pierre Garcon is considered Doubtful for the Redskins game against Cincinnati, meaning he may miss a second straight game because of a nagging foot injury. In Dallas, Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are hoping for results similar to those enjoyed by Nicks and Cruz as the Cowboys host Tampa Bay and its pass defense that gave up more than 500 yards last week. There also could be plenty of offense in the Super Dome as New Orleans and Kansas City face off with each team hoping for a much-needed victory. These two teams are tied for most points allowed at 37.5 per game, which could be good news for Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Lance Moore and possibly even Jon Baldwin owners this week. Colston has been limited by a foot injury, but to this point it has not kept him from playing.

2012 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

at TEN

2

A.J. Green

CIN

at WAS

3

Julio Jones

ATL

at SD

4

Victor Cruz

NYG

at CAR (Thurs.)

5

Steve Smith

CAR

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

6

Brandon Marshall

CHI

vs. STL

7

Percy Harvin

MIN

vs. SF

8

Roddy White

ATL

at SD

9

Andre Johnson

HOU

at DEN

10

Miles Austin

DAL

vs. TB

11

Jordy Nelson

GB

at SEA (Mon.)

12

Mike Wallace

PIT

at OAK

13

Dez Bryant

DAL

vs. TB

14

Marques Colston

NO

vs. KC

15

Greg Jennings

GB

at SEA (Mon.)

16

Dwayne Bowe

KC

at NO

17

Stevie Johnson

BUF

at CLE

18

Reggie Wayne

IND

vs. JAC

19

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

vs. PHI

20

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

vs. HOU

21

Brandon Lloyd

NE

at BAL

22

Vincent Jackson

TB

at DAL

23

Antonio Brown

PIT

at OAK

24

DeSean Jackson

PHI

at ARI

25

Torrey Smith

BAL

vs. NE

26

Pierre Garcon

WAS

vs. CIN

27

Wes Welker

NE

at BAL

28

Malcom Floyd

SD

vs. ATL

29

Danny Amendola

STL

at CHI

30

Lance Moore

NO

vs. KC

31

Michael Crabtree

SF

at MIN

32

Brandon LaFell

CAR

vs. NYG (Thurs.)

33

Eric Decker

DEN

vs. HOU

34

Santonio Holmes

NYJ

at MIA

35

Denarius Moore

OAK

vs. PIT

36

Kenny Britt

TEN

vs. DET

37

Nate Washington

TEN

vs. DET

38

Anquan Boldin

BAL

vs. NE

39

Robert Meachem

SD

vs. ATL

40

Sidney Rice

SEA

vs. GB (Mon.)

41

Greg Little

CLE

vs. BUF

42

Donnie Avery

IND

vs. JAC

43

Jon Baldwin

KC

at NO

44

Darrius Heyward-Bey

OAK

vs. PIT

45

Brian Hartline

MIA

vs. NYJ

46

Nate Burleson

DET

at TEN

47

Laurent Robinson

JAC

at IND

48

Mike Williams

TB

at DAL

49

Randall Cobb

GB

at SEA (Mon.)

50

Kevin Ogletree

DAL

vs. TB

51

Randy Moss

SF

at MIN

52

Andre Roberts

ARI

vs. PHI

53

Davone Bess

MIA

vs. NYJ

54

Ramses Barden

NYG

at CAR (Thurs.)

55

Kendall Wright

TEN

vs. DET

56

Donald Jones

BUF

at CLE

57

Andrew Hawkins

CIN

at WAS

58

Brandon Gibson

STL

at CHI

59

Doug Baldwin

SEA

vs. GB (Mon.)

60

Mario Manningham

SF

at MIN

61

Justin Blackmon

JAC

at IND

62

Mohamed Massaquoi

CLE

vs. BUF

63

James Jones

GB

at SEA (Mon.)

64

Rueben Randle

NYG

at CAR (Thurs.)

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Injury-Related News:
Marques Colston, NO: Continues to be limited in practice, and to a degree in games, by a nagging foot issue. It has not kept him out of any games, however, and nothing's been said that suggests his status for Sunday's game against Kansas City is in question.
Pierre Garcon, WAS: Listed as Doubtful for Sunday's game against Cincinnati because of a nagging foot injury that prevented him from playing last week.
DeSean Jackson, PHI: Dealing with a hamstring issue, which limited him in practice on Wednesday. He was a full participant in practice on Thursday, so barring any setbacks he should be able to go on Sunday in Arizona.
Greg Jennings, GB: Missed last week's game against Chicago with groin injury, which continues to hamper him at practice. Nothing definitive has been said regarding his status for the Monday night game in Seattle, but it's possible he could be held out for a second straight week if he doesn't show more progress soon.
Jeremy Maclin, PHI: Will not play on Sunday against Arizona because of a hip injury. He practiced on a limited basis this week, but the team made the decision to hold him out of the game on Friday.
Hakeem Nicks, NYG: Did not play Thursday night in Carolina because of a foot injury.

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 3 Positional Rankings

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 3 Start or Sit

— Updated on Sept. 21, 2012