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Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 3: Who to start, sit at wide receiver in fantasy football

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PPR leagues can be a little more predictable than standard leagues, though with wide receivers, touchdowns can still make a huge difference. Our Week 3 fantasy WR PPR rankings aren’t all that different from our standard set, that’s partly because we’re still learning which receivers will be consistent targets and which defenses will continue having problems stopping the pass. We still can’t fully commit to relying on stats from previous games, especially with so many QBs getting hurt last week, but we’re at least getting a better feel for how teams will divvy up looks, which is probably the most important thing when figuring out who to start at WR.

As always, there are several receivers who shine more in PPR leagues. JuJu Smith Schuster and Diontae Johnson had seven and 12 targets, respectively, in Week 2 and will remain solid PPR options vs. the Bengals. However, Johnson injured his knee on the final play of Week 2, so we’ll have to watch that moving forward. If he’s out, James Washington would become an interesting flex option in PPR. Sterling Shepard (vs. Atlanta) has emerged big time for Daniel Jones, as he’s drawn 19 targets in the Giants’ first two games. Shepard might start to draw most of the defensive attention, so Kenny Golladay could sneak up on a weak Falcons’ pass defense and produce a respectable fantasy performance. Both are in play given the matchup. Jalen Reagor (@ Dallas) and Tim Patrick (vs. Jets) look like fine PPR plays in Week 3, as well. Both have good matchups and are getting more targets than expected. Patrick is a hot waiver wire add once again with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) sidelined for at least a month.

Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

It’s tough to say who Jalen Ramsey will be in charge of shutting down for Tampa Bay, but Chris Godwin feels like the safest option to play in PPR leagues. If Ramsey does shadow him, that’s tough luck, but we have no way of knowing exactly who he will be assigned to. If there’s any week to avoid Mike Evans, it might be this one. He’s already a scary play in PPR, and just the threat of being guarded by Ramsey makes him a bust candidate. Of course, Michael Pittman and Zach Pascal both had decent games against the Rams last week, so anything is possible. Both of those receivers would be play this week against Tennessee, but if Jacob Eason starts, it would put a serious damper on their outlooks.

Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Bengals’ WRs have a tall task in Pittsburgh, and it looks like Cincinnati’s talented trio will play musical chairs each week as to who will be the top option. It was Ja’Marr Chase in Week 1 as the top dog, but Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd both outproduced him in Week 2 in terms of catches and yards, but Chase did get into the end zone. At least one of them will be productive, but we can’t tell who that will be at this point. Either way, Boyd moves up in PPR, but he might have the lowest ceiling.

The Dolphins have two good cornerbacks, so Bryan Edwards and Henry Ruggs III look like guys who should be benched, despite some flashes that they might be on the brink of emerging in fantasy football. Hunter Renfrow probably has the highest PPR floor for the Raiders, though he’s just a borderline flex, at best. Julio Jones (vs Colts) isn’t the hottest name in PPR leagues, and although the Colts defense has looked mortal, they’ve played two great offenses and shut down DK Metcalf until late in the game in Week 1 and shut down Robert Woods in Week 2. Jones is merely on the start-sit bubble, but he’s tough to sit. The same goes for Odell Beckham Jr. if he plays, though he would get a bump if Jarvis Landry (knee) is out against the Bears.

Rondale Moore and Christian Kirk (@ Jaguars) both get matchup bumps, but that’s also true for the receivers on the other side of that game (DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault). Shenault is dealing with a shoulder injury, though, so tread lightly with him. Jakobi Meyers (vs. Saints), Darnell Mooney (@ Browns), and K.J. Osborn (vs. Seahawks) get their customary bumps in PPR leagues, putting all in the flex range.

Ultimately, we’re largely still looking at matchups and talent, and it will take at least another week to really feel comfortable about matchup and target numbers. Obviously, we’re can spot some obvious risers and fallers, but Week 3 is always a bit of a guessing game — and QB injuries are only make things worse. Because of that, our rankings will likely get a few face lifts before the end of the week.

We’ll be updating these WR PPR rankings as needed throughout the week, so check back for the latest changes and analysis.

Fantasy WR PPR Rankings Week 3: Who to start at wide receiver

Rankings are based on full-point PPR scoring formats

Rank Player
1 DeAndre Hopkins, ARI @ JAX
2 Tyreek Hill, KC vs. LAC
3 Davante Adams, GB @ SF
4 Stefon Diggs, BUF vs. WAS
5 Tyler Lockett, SEA @ MIN
6 Keenan Allen, LAC @ KC
7 Calvin Ridley, ATL @ NYG
8 Cooper Kupp, LAR vs. TB
9 DK Metcalf, SEA @ MIN
10 CeeDee Lamb, DAL vs. PHI
11 Justin Jefferson, MIN vs SEA
12 Allen Robinson, CHI @ CLE
13 Adam Thielen, MIN vs. SEA
14 Chris Godwin, TB @ LAR
15 Courtland Sutton, DEN vs. NYJ
16 D.J. Moore, CAR @ HOU
17 Brandin Cooks, HOU vs. CAR
18 Terry McLaurin, WAS @ BUF
19 Amari Cooper, DAL vs. PHI
20 Marquise Brown, BAL @ DET
21 A.J. Brown, TEN vs. IND
22 Deebo Samuel, SF vs. GB
23 Diontae Johnson, PIT vs. CIN
24 Antonio Brown, TB @ LAR
25 DeVonta Smith, PHI @ DAL
26 Sterling Shepard, NYG vs. ATL
27 Mike Evans, TB @ LAR
28 Julio Jones, TEN vs. IND
29 Ja’Marr Chase, CIN vs. PIT
30 Rondale Moore, ARI @ JAX
31 Tee Higgins, CIN @ PIT
32 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs. CIN
33 Chase Claypool, PIT vs. CIN
34 Robby Anderson, CAR @ HOU
35 DJ Chark, Jaguars, JAX vs. ARI
36 Mike Williams, LAC @ KC
37 Michael Pittman Jr., IND @ TEN
38 Marvin Jones, JAX vs. ARI
39 Robert Woods, LAR vs. TB
40 Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. CHI
41 Tyler Boyd, CIN @ PIT
42 Christian Kirk, ARI @ JAX
43 Kenny Golladay, NYG vs. ATL
44 Corey Davis, NYJ @ DEN
45 Jakobi Meyers, NE vs. NO
46 Darnell Mooney, CHI @ CLE
47 Laviska Shenault Jr., JAX vs. ARI
48 Zach Pascal, IND @ TEN
49 Tim Patrick, DEN vs. NYJ
50 Jaylen Waddle, MIA @ LV
51 Sammy Watkins, BAL @ DET
52 Cole Beasley, BUF vs. WAS
53 Will Fuller V, MIA @ LV
54 Jalen Reagor, PHI @ DAL
55 Nelson Agholor, NE vs. NO
56 DeVante Parker, MIA @ LV
57 K.J. Osborn, MIN vs. SEA
58 Darius Slayton, NYG vs. ATL
59 A.J. Green, ARI @ JAX
60 Russell Gage, ATL @ NYG
61 Quez Watkins, PHI @ DAL
62 Hunter Renfrow, LV vs. MIA
63 Quintez Cephus, DET vs. BAL
64 Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB @ SF
65 Henry Ruggs III, LV vs. MIA
66 Brandon Aiyuk, SF vs. GB
67 Marquez Callaway, NO @ NE
68 Emmanuel Sanders, BUF vs. WAS
69 Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ DEN
70 Bryan Edwards, LV vs. MIA
71 Mecole Hardman, KC vs. LAC
72 Tyrell Williams, DET vs. BAL
73 KJ Hamler, DEN vs. NYJ
74 Randall Cobb, GB @ SF
75 Deonte Harris, NO @ NE
76 Braxton Berrios, NYJ @ DEN
77 Allen Lazard, GB @ SF
78 Anthony Schwartz, CLE vs. CHI
79 Gabriel Davis, BUF vs. WAS
80 Van Jefferson, LAR vs. TB
81 Terrace Marshall Jr., CAR @ HOU
82 Marquise Goodwin, CHI @ CLE
83 Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. LAC
84 Jalen Guyton, LAC @ KC
85 Dyami Brown, WAS @ BUF
86 Byron Pringle, KC vs. LAC
87 DeSean Jackson, LAR vs. TB
88 D’Wayne Eskridge, SEA @ MIN
89 Kadarius Toney, NYG vs. ATL

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