Erickson’s Top Fantasy Football Takeaways: Wide Receivers (2022)
Here are my top takeaways from Week 3 and the fantasy football stats you need to know as you prepare for Week 4. You can find my full Week 4 Usage Report here.
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Erickson’s Top Takeaways
- Allen Lazard played 90% of the snaps in Week 3, but still only commanded 6 targets. It’s been back-to-back weeks with a meh target share for Lazard (23%,12%) despite full-time usage; although his fantasy production has remained steady due to his two TD scores. Perfect time to sell a player that is not being targeted at a high rate versus his teammates.
- Ja’Marr Chase with a team-high 29% target share and he also ran a route on 100% of dropbacks. One of just 8 WRs to do so in Week 3. Tee Higgins has been ballin’ out the past two weeks, but I don’t think Chase’s production will trail him for much longer.
- The Same sentiment can be made for Justin Jefferson, who also ran a route on 100% of dropbacks in Week 3. These guys are too talented and on the field too much to not be posting monster games.
- Buy low on Elijah Moore. He’s still operating as the No. 1 WR from a usage standpoint and the QB swap back to Zach Wilson could favor him in the target pecking order.
- Sell high on Terry McLaurin. Through three weeks, Curtis Samuel is dominating the target share (24%). TMC is getting by on his team-leading air yards share, but that exact type of production is going to make him extremely volatile. Especially attached to quarterback Carson Wentz.
- D.J. Moore has run a route on 100% of Baker Mayfield‘s dropbacks this season, but ranks outside the top-40 in routes run. He has 88 yards and seven catches on 18 targets (six per game). Sooner or later, Moore is going to produce but his fantasy ceiling remains low in a Panthers offense that ranks second-to-last in plays per game (54.3).
- WRs that saw multiple red-zone targets that did not score in Week 3 include Allen Robinson (3), Keelan Cole (2) and Stefon Diggs (2).
- Darnell Mooney led all WRs in Week 3 with a 38% target share. It still didn’t matter and won’t matter till the Bears extend an effort to throw more.
- WRs that saw multiple deep targets that failed to haul them include: Elijah Moore, Diontae Johnson, Mike Williams, Cooper Kupp, Ja’Marr Chase, Jahan Dotson and Jamison Crowder
- Elijah Moore finished with 186 air yards in Week 3 -the 3rd-highest mark on the week. Buy low.