Ryan Heath’s WR Rankings
- Last week was a strange one at the receiver position. CeeDee Lamb and A.J. Brown were the only receivers taken within the first two rounds of fantasy drafts to finish within the top 20 at the position in Week 3. I’m largely projecting a return to normal, with a few notable exceptions.
- DeVonta Smith has amassed a 24.5% target share and a 35.4% share of his team’s air yards through three weeks. Both Brown and Smith can be productive in a suddenly highly efficient Eagles passing attack. He ranks as a solid WR2 for me this week in a likely high-scoring affair against the Jaguars.
- While the fantasy production has not been there of late, Brandin Cooks has even better peripheral numbers than Smith on balance, boasting a 28.2% target share and 34.6% air yards share. The Texans’ offense has been somewhat less efficient than the Eagles (understatement of the century), but the points will eventually come for Cooks.
- No Kansas City wide receiver has amassed more than an 18.1% target share, while tight end Travis Kelce has thus far hogged all the end zone targets with a 31% expected touchdown share. JuJu Smith-Schuster is the only other Chiefs pass-catcher that can be relied on in fantasy football, and even he is unlikely to break out of the Flex/WR3 tier.
- Chris Olave has continued amassing air yards from Jameis Winston, who continues to lead all passers in the statistic. Olave has surpassed Michael Thomas in usage, and is very close to surpassing him in these weekly rankings going forward. Fire up both Saints as high-end WR3s against the Vikings.
- Zay Jones needs to be taken seriously. Though his aDOT is more than two yards shorter than teammate Christian Kirk’s, Jones has amassed only three less targets this year. His usage profile is that of a top-36 wide receiver, and he will be ranked as such going forward. Grab him if he’s still on waivers.
- Similarly, Romeo Doubs led all Green Bay wideouts in targets in Week 3. He wasn’t utilized much downfield (3.9 aDOT, 15.1% air yards share), but it appears head coach Matt Lafleur was not bluffing about getting Doubs more involved. Make sure he’s rostered in your league, and consider him a higher-upside desperation option this week compared to a player like Tyler Boyd.
Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options