2012 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3

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.)

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:

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

Running Backs
Tight Ends
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— Updated on Sept. 21, 2012

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