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Fantasy Football 2014 Wide Receiver Rankings: Week 3

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Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

It’s only fitting that the top two wide receivers in fantasy football right now occupy the same space in Athlon Sports’ Week 3 rankings at the position. Calvin Johnson and Jordy Nelson are set to share the same field when Detroit hosts Green Bay in what should be an entertaining and likely high-scoring affair Sunday afternoon. Megatron checks in at No. 1 in our rankings, but it’s actually Nelson who’s the top scorer at WR, after exploding for 209 yards against the Jets last week. Other matchups this week to watch include Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” secondary against the Broncos’ stable of Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker, who was reinstated this week according to the stipulations of the NFL's new drug policy. Chicago’s Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery each gutted through injuries last week, and on Monday night they will try and take advantage of the same Jets’ passing defense that Nelson and his Packer teammates torched in Week 2.

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.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K

2014 NFL Week 3 Fantasy Football Rankings — Wide Receivers

Rank

Player

Team

Opp

Comments

1

Calvin Johnson

DET

vs. GB

Panthers held Megatron in check (6-83, 13 targets).

2

Jordy Nelson

GB

at DET

80-yard TD highlights huge (9-209-1) game.

3

Brandon Marshall

CHI

at NYJ (Mon.)

3 TDs vs. SF. What ankle injury?

4

Julio Jones

ATL

vs. TB (Thurs.)

His usual productive self (7-88-1) vs. Bengals.

5

Dez Bryant

DAL

at STL

Somewhat quietly posted 100-yard game vs. TEN.

6

Demaryius Thomas

DEN

at SEA

Tweaked his knee, but played through it and scored.

7

Antonio Brown

PIT

at CAR

Avoided injury scare, paced Steelers (7-90).

8

Randall Cobb

GB

at DET

Nelson got the yards, but Cobb gets 2 TD grabs.

9

Andre Johnson

HOU

at NYG

 

10

Julian Edelman

NE

vs. OAK

Clearly Brady's No. 1 target right now.

11

Alshon Jeffery

CHI

at NYJ (Mon.)

Played through sore hamstring.

12

Vincent Jackson

TB

at ATL (Thurs.)

He and McCown struggling to get on same page.

13

Mike Wallace

MIA

vs. KC

Two games, two TDs in new O. Progress.

14

Percy Harvin

SEA

vs. DEN

Rushing TD nice, but need more than 1 catch.

15

Keenan Allen

SD

at BUF

Not that impressed with Richard Sherman.

16

Roddy White

ATL

vs. TB (Thurs.)

Dealing with hamstring injury, but should play.

17

Cordarrelle Patterson

MIN

at NO

Four catches and no rush attempts vs. Pats.

18

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

vs. WAS

Just four catches, but one went for TD vs. Colts.

19

Pierre Garcon

WAS

at PHI

Will he and Cousins click?

20

Reggie Wayne

IND

at JAC

Quiet (3-28) vs. Eagles on MNF.

21

Emmanuel Sanders

DEN

at SEA

Making himself right at home with new team.

22

Michael Floyd

ARI

vs. SF

Six targets, but only one catch (19 yds.) vs. Giants.

23

Michael Crabtree

SF

at ARI

Most productive 49er target (7-82-1) vs. Bears.

24

Sammy Watkins

BUF

vs. SD

Hello breakout. 8-117-1 vs. Dolphins.

25

DeSean Jackson

WAS

at PHI

Left last week w/ shoulder injury. Watch status.

26

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

vs. SF

Targeted 10 times (6-51) by backup Stanton.

27

Marques Colston

NO

vs. MIN

0 targets vs. Browns? Not good.

28

Wes Welker

DEN

at SEA

Welcome back Wes! Hello Legion of Boom!

29

Eric Decker

NYJ

vs. CHI (Mon.)

Hooks up with Smith for first TD as Jet.

30

Golden Tate

DET

vs. GB

 

31

Steve Smith

BAL

at CLE

Leading receiver after two games w/ new team.

32

T.Y. Hilton

IND

at JAC

Led the way with 6 rec., 65 yds. vs. Eagles.

33

Kendall Wright

TEN

at CIN

Overshadowed by Bryant, Walker vs. DAL.

34

Victor Cruz

NYG

vs. HOU

Still looking for fit in new offense.

35

DeAndre Hopkins

HOU

at NYG

Just three catches, but one was for a TD.

36

Kelvin Benjamin

CAR

vs. PIT

 

37

Brandin Cooks

NO

vs. MIN

Second-most targets (6) behind Graham (13) vs. CLE.

38

A.J. Green

CIN

vs. TEN

Toe injury could sideline him. Watch closely.

39

Brian Quick

STL

vs. DAL

Most effective Ram WR (14-173) thus far.

40

Torrey Smith

BAL

at CLE

Torrey been non-existent Smith so far for Ravens.

41

Anquan Boldin

SF

at ARI

 

42

Mohamed Sanu

CIN

vs. TEN

Bengals' No. 1 WR with Green, Jones sidelined.

43

James Jones

OAK

at NE

Has been Derek Carr's favorite target thus far.

44

Justin Hunter

TEN

at CIN

Getting the snaps, still waiting on the breakout.

45

Markus Wheaton

PIT

at CAR

 

46

Andrew Hawkins

CLE

vs. BAL

Browns' No. 1 WR until further notice.

47

Greg Jennings

MIN

at NO

 

48

Terrance Williams

DAL

at STL

 

49

Dwayne Bowe

KC

at MIA

Hauls in three passes in his season debut.

50

Riley Cooper

PHI

vs. WAS

 

51

Cecil Shorts

JAC

vs. IND

Has yet to play due to hamstring issue.

52

Rueben Randle

NYG

vs. HOU

TD catch hopefully sign of things to come.

53

Mike Evans

TB

at ATL (Thurs.)

 

54

Miles Austin

CLE

vs. BAL

Hooked up with Hoyer for TD pass last week.

55

Allen Hurns

JAC

vs. IND

Just 2 rec. and sprained his ankle.

56

Marqise Lee

JAC

vs. IND

One of many Jags who struggled vs. Redskins.

57

Danny Amendola

NE

vs. OAK

Disappearing Danny? 0 targets vs. Vikings.

58

Donnie Avery

KC

at MIA

 

59

Malcom Floyd

SD

at BUF

 

60

Harry Douglas

ATL

vs. TB (Thurs.)

Role could expand if White (hamstring) is limited.

61

Davante Adams

GB

at DET

Rookie appears to have replaced Boykin as No. 3.

62

Hakeem Nicks

IND

at JAC

 

63

Robert Woods

BUF

vs. SD

 

64

Aaron Dobson

NE

vs. OAK

 

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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

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