Fantasy Football 2011: Week 3 Wide Receiver Rankings

While Kenny Britt and Steve Smith continued their hot starts and Vincent Jackson and Larry Fitzgerald put up the big games that their owners drafted them for, week 2 was all about the undiscovered wide receiver.  Eric Decker, hot shot rookie Denarius Moore and David Nelson all broke out thanks to injuries to the starting wideouts on their respective teams.  I'm sure your league's waivers has processed already, but in case they haven't and your league-mates fell asleep and somehow they're available, run to the wire and pick them up. One of them will become the next Miles Austin; on the other hand, they all may become the next Frisman Jackson.  Personally, I don't think it's a case of a one-week fluke: I think they're all talented enough; they just need the opportunity.  Get your NFL Red Zone ready and pay close attention to the week 3 games.

Moving onto my week 2 results...

With regards to the players I loved, I went 2 for 3 again with a HUGE miss.  Brandon Marshall continues to get what seems like 95% of Chad Henne's targets in the passing game and responded by going 6-79-1.  Unfortunately Henne misses more often than not.  Imagine what Marshall could do with a legitimate QB.  A.J. Green had a monster breakout game for the Bengals catching 10 balls for 124 yards and a BEAUTIFUL touchdown.

My miss was huge.  I ranked Greg Salas of the Rams higher than most since he was replacing Danny Amendola in the slot.  He had 4 catches for 27 yards and a huge lost fumble.  Thanks, dick.

Of all the players I disliked, only Mike Thomas made me look smart.  I whiffed on Greg Jennings...again.  Dwayne Bowe had over 100 yards, but that was because the Chiefs got smothered by the Lions.  Expect to see that often.

Week 3 Injuries and Ranks after the jump.

Some big names are nursing injuries, so pay attention to practices tomorrow.  As a result, we will try to update the ranks as much as possible.  Dez Bryant missed practice on Thursday, and Kenny Britt injured his troublesome hamstring on Wednesday.  Miles Austin is out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury. Stevie Johnson injured his groin on Sunday, and it continues to bother him.  If he doesn't suit up, move David Nelson way up the ranks.

Players I Like More Than You Do:

Wes Welker- Tom Brady looks unstoppable.  The Bills' joke of a defense will let the Patriots pass all over them.  Expect a shootout.

David Nelson - Keep a close eye on Steve Johnson's groin injury.  Nelson will get his share of targets either way, but I'd love slotting him as a WR3.

Vincent Jackson - V-Jax will finish as a top-5 WR in 2011 as defenses will continue to take Antonio Gates out of the game.  We saw it happen in week 2, and I ranked Jackson as such.

Players I Don't Like More Than You Do:

Reggie Wayne - He may get a garbage-time touchdown against the Steelers, but I'd continue to avoid him as if he was suffering from Ginger-vitis.

Dwayne Bowe- The Chiefs offense at this point is simply an outlandish joke.  No Jamaal Charles? It should open up more targets for Bowe, but the Chargers' feisty D is waiting on the other side.

Saints Wide Receivers - I can't figure out which one will break out.  If I was able to do so, I wouldn't be writing these analyses; I'd be playing the lotto.  And winning. Big time.  I play it safe and avoid all WR's but Jimmy Graham.

Don't Panic on: Roddy White, Hakeem Nicks

Some Panic is Acceptable: Percy Harvin, Dez Bryant, Reggie Wayne

Go All In on: Vincent Jackson

Fold: All Chiefs, All Colts, All Seahawks

Rankings are below, and please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with the list.  You can follow me on Twitter or ask any questions there.

For all other rankings, head on over to our friends at Fantasy Rundown.

Player

Team Opponent
1. Andre Johnson Texans Saints
2. Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Seahawks
3. Vincent Jackson Chargers Chiefs
4. Calvin Johnson Lions Vikings
5. Roddy White Falcons Buccaneers
6. Mike Wallace Steelers Colts
7. Wes Welker Patriots Bills
8. Steve Smith Panthers Jaguars
9. Kenny Britt Titans Broncos
10. Brandon Marshall Dolphins Browns
11. Desean Jackson Eagles Giants
12. Hakeem Nicks Giants Eagles
13. Greg Jennings Packers Bears
14. Santonio Holmes Jets Raiders
15. Dez Bryant (ranked as if he'll suit up) Cowboys Redskins
16. Steve Johnson (ranked as if he'll play) Bills Patriots
17. Anquan Boldin Ravens Rams
18. Jeremy Maclin Eagles Giants
19. Percy Harvin Vikings Lions
20. Deion Branch Patriots Bills
21. Mike Williams Buccaneers Falcons
22. A.J. Green Bengals 49ers
23. David Nelson Bills Patriots
24. Santana Moss Redskins Cowboys
25. Percy Harvin Vikings Lions
26. Mike Sims-Walker Rams Ravens
27. Mario Manningham Giants Eagles
28. Julio Jones Falcons Buccaneers
29. Brandon Lloyd Broncos Titans
30. Dwayne Bowe Chiefs Chargers
31. Denarius Moore Raiders Jets
32. Eric Decker Broncos Titans
33. Reggie Wayne Colts Steelers
34. Lance Moore Saints Texans
35. Nate Burleson Lions Vikings
36. Jordy Nelson Packers Bears
37. Johnny Knox Bears Packers
38. Plaxico Burress Jets Raiders
39. Robert Meachem Saints Texans
40. Mike Thomas Jaguars Panthers
41. Sidney Rice (ranked as if he'll play) Seahawks Cardinals
42. Greg Little Browns Dolphins
43. Devery Henderson Saints Texans
44. Davone Bess Dolphins Browns
45. Nate Washington Titans Broncos
46. Kevin Ogletree Cowboys Redskins
47. Brandon Gibson Rams Ravens
48. Hines Ward Steelers Colts
49. Jerome Simpson Bengals 49ers
50. Brandon LaFell Panthers Jaguars

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