The List: Ranking Each Position for Week 3

Erik Smith releases his Week 3 fantasy football rankings in time for your weekly waiver decisions.


WR Notes


  • It’s a tough week at the top of the wide receiver rankings with minor injuries and tough matchups clouding outlooks. Davante Adams gets both against the Saints while nursing a minor hamstring injury, and the same goes for Julio Jones against the Bears. Both are too good to sit, obviously, but WR3 and WR7 respectively are lower than usual for these two playmakers.
  • I want everyone in this Cowboys Seahawks matchup, and I’m bumping Amari Cooper up to WR2 for this week. He’s been heavily featured with 23 targets and 16 receptions across his first two games and just needs to hit paydirt to truly pay off on his volume. I also love CeeDee Lamb and the early volume he is getting, placing him at WR23 for me, and with Michael Gallup at WR27 I’m clearly not too worried about his slow start. With Tyler Lockett at WR9 and D.K. Metcalf at WR14, this will be a shootout with passing game excellence all around.


  • I’m moving Diontae Johnson above JuJu Smith-Schuster as the Steelers’ fantasy WR1, but I think they can both be excellent fantasy options nearly every week. Johnson is out-targeting Smith-Schuster and he passes the eye test as well, and we could be looking at a true breakout here. Denver’s defense is hurt by injuries just like their offense, so don’t be scared off by this once upon a time tough matchup.
  • D.J. Moore and Robert Woods are two volume wide receivers in tough matchups this week against the Chargers and Bills respectively. Lower them down the ranks for one week, but they should still provide a solid floor for you.


  • Stefon Diggs has meshed with Josh Allen from the start, so even in a potential matchup against Jalen Ramsey he remains a solid WR2, and I expect him to flirt with WR1 status in better matchups. His stock is way up.
  • Who knows what to do with Will Fuller V here, he was nursing a hamstring injury last week against Baltimore but regardless, zero targets on 63% of the offensive snaps is a concern. A matchup against Pittsburgh isn’t much better, so at WR34 (if he plays) he’s a pure boom/bust option until we get a better idea of his health. And we may not be looking at a ton of upside in a tough matchup if last week was any indication.


Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options

Week 3 WR Rankings (PPR)

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