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Week 3 Rankings
DeAndre Hopkins Note
DeAndre Hopkins photo 1. DeAndre Hopkins ARI (vs . DET)
You have to love the fact that Kyler Murray knows where the money is made, as he's targeted Hopkins 25 times through two games. When targeting Hopkins, he's averaged 8.8 yards per attempt. When he targets anyone else, he's averaged 5.6 yards per attempt. The Lions cornerback unit is in trouble, as they traded away top cornerback Darius Slay this offseason, then lost another starting cornerback (Justin Coleman) to injured reserve. Meanwhile, Desmond Trufant is questionable for this game with a hamstring injury. They drafted Jeff Okudah with the No. 3 overall pick, but he didn't look ready in his first NFL game, allowing seven catches for 121 yards on 10 targets in coverage. Based on alignment, it seems Hopkins will see the most of second-year cornerback Amani Oruwariye, who's allowed a 79.3 percent catch-rate and a touchdown every 9.7 targets in his coverage. Start Hopkins and expect big results.
2 days ago
Tyreek Hill Note
Tyreek Hill photo 2. Tyreek Hill KC (at BAL)
Hill has found the end zone each of his first two games, which gives fantasy managers confidence in rolling him out in their lineup as a bonafide WR1 moving forward. However, this is a tough matchup for the Chiefs wideouts and Hill might not have as high of a ceiling as he normally would. He's still a must-start option, but he should be viewed as a low-end WR1 this week versus a locked-and-loaded top-tier option.
2 days ago
Calvin Ridley Note
Calvin Ridley photo 3. Calvin Ridley ATL (vs . CHI)
We talked about a year three explosion from Ridley, but to lead all wide receivers by 16.1 half PPR points after two weeks? Sheesh. He's playing the alpha in this offense while Julio Jones plays through a hamstring injury, racking up 22 targets, 16 receptions, 239 yards, and four touchdowns. This week will be the toughest test yet when he lines up across from Kyle Fuller, the Bears top cornerback who's allowed just 6-of-15 passing for 70 scoreless yards in his coverage this year, including an interception. This should be a good battle, and while Fuller is a good cornerback, Ridley's better. Look for them to try and stretch the field with Ridley, as the route Fuller struggled the most with in 2019 was the go route and post route, allowing over 20 yards per target on said routes. Fuller is better when he can be physical with wide receivers, only Ridley's a bit too shifty for that physical play. Continue plugging him in as a WR1 until he gives you a reason not to, especially while Jones is playing at less than 100 percent.
2 days ago
Amari Cooper Note
Amari Cooper photo 4. Amari Cooper DAL (at SEA)
Despite not scoring a touchdown yet, Cooper sits as the WR16 on the year. He's looked solid and not hampered by the injury we talked about during the preseason. While Gallup and Lamb fight to be the No. 2 option, it appears Cooper's role is safe. The Seahawks are the definition of a funnel defense, as they've allowed running backs just 16.0 PPR points per game but have allowed wide receivers 67.5 fantasy points per game. You read that right. Seriously, I double checked just to be sure. Through two games, they've allowed 135.1 fantasy points to wide receivers. The combination of Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar was supposed to be a positive, but it hasn't to this point, as they've combined to allow 22-of-33 passing for 333 yards and a touchdown in their coverage. Cooper will see the most of Griffin, who is the cornerback fellow Alabama route runner Calvin Ridley tagged for most of his 9/130/2 against. In a game with a 54.5-point total, there's going to be some passing and some points scored, and you're not going to want to miss them. Cooper should be played as a WR1 until further notice.
2 days ago
Allen Robinson II Note
Allen Robinson II photo 5. Allen Robinson II CHI (at ATL)
It hasn't been a great start to the season for Robinson, who caught just 3-of-9 targets for 33 yards against the Giants last week. He also dropped a pass that fell into the defenders hands for an interception. Fortunately, he has a matchup with the Falcons on deck. Their cornerback duo of Isaiah Oliver and A.J. Terrell is one to target with wide receivers. We've already watched four different receivers total 16-plus PPR points against them, and none of those wide receivers even saw double-digit targets. Knowing that Robinson has seen at least seven targets in 16 of his last 18 games, he's going to produce against a secondary that's allowing 2.01 PPR points per target. Plug him in as a low-end WR1 this week and expect results. He should be someone to consider as a discounted stud in cash games, too.
2 days ago
Adam Thielen Note
Adam Thielen photo 6. Adam Thielen MIN (vs . TEN)
He was one of my biggest whiffs last week, as I figured he'd crush the Colts secondary, but Kirk Cousins had one of the worst games of his career. Thielen has seen a 31.4 percent target share through two weeks, so there's little reason to worry about him in that aspect. Sadly, they're only having him run 15 percent of his routes from the slot, which is where he's been most effective throughout his career. Thielen might get a rookie in coverage more often than not in Week 2, as the Titans are missing their top cornerback Adoree Jackson, and might be down his backup with Johnathan Joseph, who suffered a leg injury in Week 2. That would leave Kristian Fulton at LCB, which is where Thielen lines up most of the time. Fulton has only seen four targets in his young NFL career, which have led to three catches for 48 yards, though the one incomplete pass was an interception just last week. I did like Fulton during the draft process but going against Thielen is going to be tough for any rookie. Knowing his target share, combined with the fact that the Vikings should run a lot more plays this week, you should trust Thielen as a high-end WR2 in his matchup with the rookie.
2 days ago
Mike Evans Note
Mike Evans photo 7. Mike Evans TB (at DEN)
You had to know Evans was going to get peppered with targets against the Panthers when Godwin was announced as out, right? What was somewhat shocking was that Evans lined up in the slot on 47 percent of his routes, something that's really been unheard of. With Godwin back, Evans will move back to a near full-time perimeter role. With A.J. Bouye out of the lineup, the Broncos are starting slot cornerback Bryce Callahan on the perimeter alongside rookie Michael Ojemudia. Through two games, that duo has allowed 18-of-25 passing for 251 yards and two touchdowns in their coverage. Callahan is 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds. Evans moves back and forth, so he'll see a mix of them both, but he can with either matchup. There's zero reason to fade Evans this week when you consider the matchup, even if Brady hasn't looked great through two games. Start Evans as a borderline WR1 once again this week.
2 days ago
Julio Jones Note
Julio Jones photo 8. Julio Jones ATL (vs . CHI)
He's trying to play through a hamstring injury right now, which can be problematic for fantasy owners. There's no way you can sit Jones when he's active, but he was more of a decoy last week. It should be noted that he did drop a long touchdown that was thrown by Russell Gage. Stay tuned for updates to Jones' status, but he's continually played through injuries throughout his career. The Bears secondary has played extremely well early in the season, holding Marvin Jones to just 4/55/0 on eight targets and then Darius Slayton to 3/33/0 on six targets. These guys are not Julio Jones, but they're typically fantasy producers. Jones lines up on the left side of the formation most often, which means he'll see a lot of rookie Jaylon Johnson in coverage. While Johnson has looked solid, he's still a rookie. On 12 targets in coverage, he's allowed 5/79/0, so not shutdown, but also very good for no preseason action and being thrown into the fire. There were just five receivers who posted WR1 numbers against the Bears last year, so they've been a relatively tough matchup. You have to play Jones if he takes the field, but temper expectations and avoid him in cash games. *Update* The Falcons are admitting Jones may have worsened his hamstring condition last week and there's talk of holding him out in Week 3. We'll pay attention as the week goes on and I'll update the notes here.
2 days ago
D.K. Metcalf Note
D.K. Metcalf photo 9. D.K. Metcalf SEA (vs . DAL)
Prior to the start of the season, I said that there's a chance we see Metcalf truly breakout as a top-10 receiver. Through two weeks, he's flashed some of the reason we loved him and currently sits as the WR7. Not only is he averaging seven targets, but they're coming from Russell Wilson, and he has one-play upside. Despite being matched up with Stephon Gilmore last week, he managed to walk away with four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. He's matchup-proof until further notice. The Cowboys have not been a matchup to avoid, either. Through two games, they're allowing the eighth-most fantasy points per target to wide receivers. The Cowboys cornerbacks play sides, and they flip-flopped from Week 1 to Week 2, and it seemed to screw something up with Chidobe Awuzie, because he allowed two touchdowns in his coverage. He allowed just three touchdowns all of last season... on 90 targets. He also suffered an apparent hamstring injury in that game and may not play this week. The other cornerback is rookie Trevon Diggs, who has allowed 7-of-11 passing for 123 yards through two games. In a game they're projected for 30 points, there's little reason to fade Metcalf, who should be considered a low-end WR1/WR2 at the very least.
2 days ago
Terry McLaurin Note
Terry McLaurin photo 10. Terry McLaurin WAS (at CLE)
He's had a couple tough matchups to start the year against Darius Slay and Patrick Peterson, but McLaurin continues to shine while finishing as the No. 11 fantasy receiver through two weeks, racking up 12 receptions for 186 yards and a touchdown. Knowing the other options on the team, his 26.6 percent target share should hold strong throughout the season. The Browns don't have a shadow cornerback, but rather trust their cornerbacks to play sides. The good news for McLaurin is that he plays about 75 percent of his snaps on the left side of the formation, which is away from the Browns top cornerback Denzel Ward. He'll see Terrence Mitchell, who's played every snap on that side of the field. It's fair to say that Mitchell has been undervalued for much of his career, allowing just a 75.5 QB Rating when targeted in coverage, including allowing just 2-of-10 passing for 19 yards against the Bengals last week. But again, he's not on the level of Slay and Peterson, as proven by the four teams he's been on over the last five years. We could also see the return of Greedy Williams, which would boot Mitchell from the lineup. No matter the case, I'm not letting this secondary scare me off McLaurin, who's a rock-solid WR2 with top-12 upside given his target share.
2 days ago
Tyler Lockett Note
Tyler Lockett photo 11. Tyler Lockett SEA (vs . DAL)
While Metcalf may be the higher-scoring receiver, Lockett has been mightily impressive catching 15-of-16 targets himself while totaling 159 yards and a touchdown. We know he's the primary slot receiver for Wilson, which is a completely different role, but one that he excels in. The Cowboys have 2017 third-round draft pick Jourdan Lewis covering the slot, someone who's been trending down since coming into the league. Since the start of last year, he's allowed 44-of-62 passing for 568 yards and four touchdowns in his coverage. That 9.16 yards per target is mighty high for a slot cornerback, which is likely why they had Anthony Brown starting in Week 1, only to move him to IR prior to Week 2. When you are playing against a backup cornerback with Russell Wilson as your quarterback, you should expect results. Start Lockett as you normally would, which is a rock-solid WR2 with top-10 upside in any given game.
2 days ago
JuJu Smith-Schuster Note
JuJu Smith-Schuster photo 12. JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT (vs . HOU)
It's been good to see Smith-Schuster be fantasy relevant again, though he's seemingly taken a backseat to Diontae Johnson through two weeks. He's totaled a solid 14 targets that have turned into 117 yards and two touchdowns, but his 19.2 percent target share pales in comparison to Johnson's 31.5 percent share. The matchups will likely dictate who has the better week, but this week, they could choose either matchup. Smith-Schuster will see a mix of Bradley Roby and John Reid in coverage, a duo that's allowed 5-for-5 passing for 51 yards and a touchdown while covering the slot over the first two weeks. Not many realize, but Sammy Watkins plays the slot the most for the Chiefs, and if you recall, it was him having a big game in Week 1 where he tallied seven catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. Smith-Schuster should be started as a rock-solid WR2 who clearly has top-12 upside, but he's going to need to surpass his teammate in targets to get there.
2 days ago
Chris Godwin Note
Chris Godwin photo 13. Chris Godwin TB (at DEN)
After missing the game last Sunday, Godwin was cleared in the concussion protocol on Monday, so he's good to go. He'll return to a matchup with undrafted rookie Essang Bassey. Through two games, he's seen six targets and none of them have hit the ground. They've only gone for 45 yards, as teams haven't felt the need to push the ball downfield against this defense. The Bucs can really pick their poison this week this week, as Evans' cornerback matchup is just as good as Godwin's. But going by the fact that the Broncos have allowed just 11.2 yards per reception is an indicator that Godwin's role may be more valuable. You're starting both of them, obviously, so the hope is that they use this game to boost the confidence of Brady and his receivers, and that they both can produce top-20 numbers.
2 days ago
D.J. Moore Note
D.J. Moore photo 14. D.J. Moore CAR (at LAC)
It's clear that Moore is still the same highly-targeted receiver in Joe Brady's offense as he was in Scott Turner's last year, as his 22 targets rank fourth among wide receivers. He hasn't found the end zone yet, and while those will come, it may not be in Week 3. The Chargers incredible cornerback duo of Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward awaits, though there's a twist to what we thought. The Chargers have deployed Harris in the slot, which means Michael Davis is starting on the perimeter. The Chargers have still allowed the third-fewest fantasy points per target (1.36) to wide receivers, and they were the fourth-best team in the league against wide receivers last year, too. It helps that they've faced just 15.8 wide receiver targets per game in that stretch. You can't bench Moore with all the targets he's getting, but you need to understand how tough of a matchup this is, knocking him down into low-end WR2 territory. I definitely prefer him over Anderson considering Moore will match up with Davis more than he will Hayward, unless they shadow Moore, which seems dangerous to leave Anderson in Davis' coverage all game.
2 days ago
Odell Beckham Jr. Note
Odell Beckham Jr. photo 15. Odell Beckham Jr. CLE (vs . WAS)
He ended last week with 76 yards and a touchdown, but if you watched that game, it could've been much more. There were penalties that should've been called, but the good news is that people were able to see Beckham is still very good on national television. The potential downside, however, is that Mayfield seemed to go into that game with a different mindset, and it was one that wasn't going to force the ball to Beckham. This is a good thing in some ways, but it could take away some of the steady targets. Going against Washington's cornerbacks is hardly a daunting task, though the pressure their front seven is bringing to the quarterback has allowed them to look better than they are. The duo of Ronald Darby and Fabian Moreau have stuck to sides, and Beckham plays on both sides of the formation, so he'll see a mixture of these two. We watched DeAndre Hopkins catch 8-of-9 targets for 68 yards and a touchdown against this secondary last week. Beckham may not get back to the elite status we once knew, but he should remain in play as a solid WR2 with upside as long as Mayfield can keep it together.
2 days ago
Stefon Diggs Note
Stefon Diggs photo 16. Stefon Diggs BUF (vs . LAR)
See Diggs get targets, see Diggs succeed. I don't know what was so hard about this for the Vikings to understand, as he continually struggled to get targeted in that offense. He ended last year with 94 targets and that was with Adam Thielen missing essentially half the season. With the Bills, he's now on pace for a ridiculous 176 targets, 128 receptions, 1,912 yards, and eight touchdowns. No big deal. That's obviously not going to be sustainable, and he'll have his toughest matchup of the season here in Week 3 when Jalen Ramsey is asked to shadow him. We saw fellow route-running savant Amari Cooper wiggle his way to a 10-catch, 81-yard performance against Ramsey back in Week 1, so he's not unbeatable. Still, Ramsey has allowed just four touchdowns in his coverage over the last two-plus years, which has spanned over 173 targets, with most of which coming against top-tier receivers. You can't keep Diggs out of your lineup with the targets he's getting, but temper expectations into WR3 territory this week.
2 days ago
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 17. Marquise Brown BAL (vs . KC)
Brown is the only Ravens wideout that you should feel comfortable plugging into your lineup this week and he could be in line for a huge game. The Ravens are going to have to throw the ball more than they have the past couple of weeks, which means more opportunity for Brown. He should see 6-8 targets in this game and he always has the potential to find the end zone. He's a solid WR2 start in this shootout matchup.
2 days ago
Robert Woods Note
Robert Woods photo 18. Robert Woods LAR (at BUF)
Don't hit the panic button on Woods after his weak outing against the revamped Eagles secondary. He did manage to sneak in a rushing touchdown to ensure he didn't completely bust, but five targets isn't ideal. Still, it's one game. That was the first time he hasn't seen at least eight targets in a game since back in Week 8 of last year. The Bills are likely going to use Tre'Davious White to shadow Woods while he's on the perimeter, which is where he runs his routes about 55 percent of the time. He's one of the best cornerbacks in football and has allowed just a 54.1 percent catch rate over the course of his career, and that's while often shadowing opposing No. 1 receivers. There have been 17 wide receivers who've seen eight or more targets against the Bills over their last 18 games, but only five of them have scored more than 16 PPR points, which is middling WR2 territory most of the time. Of those five wide receivers, four of them were slot-heavy receivers (Jamison Crowder three times, Jarvis Landry, DeVante Parker). You need to keep expectations in check for Woods this week, as he's likely a low-end WR2 for this one. He can still do some damage during that 45 percent slot usage.
2 days ago
Cooper Kupp Note
Cooper Kupp photo 19. Cooper Kupp LAR (at BUF)
We knew that Kupp's usage would change a bit this year with them wanting to run more 12 personnel, but he's still playing almost every snap and still running about 60 percent of his routes from the slot. That's a big positive in this matchup because of the top five performances against the Bills secondary over the last two years, slot-heavy receivers have accounted for four of them. This is highly unusual. Taron Johnson is the one who'll be tasked with trying to slow Kupp down this week. He was in coverage for eight of Jamison Crowder's receptions in Week 1, even though they amounted to just 56 yards. That's been Johnson's thing over the last two years, allowing a high 74 percent catch-rate, but limiting the yards overall by keeping the play in front of him. Kupp should offer a solid floor with the best matchup of the Rams receivers, though I can't say he's anything more than a mid-to-low-end WR2.
2 days ago
Diontae Johnson Note
Diontae Johnson photo 20. Diontae Johnson PIT (vs . HOU)
Is there a real possibility that Johnson has emerged as the Steelers' WR1? The target totals would suggest that the answer to that question is yes. Through two games, Johnson has seen 23 targets to Juju's 14. Johnson is now solidifying himself as a weekly must-start option and Big Ben should be looking his way often in this matchup. Johnson has top-15 upside this week and should be played everywhere that you've got him.
3 days ago
T.Y. Hilton Note
T.Y. Hilton photo 21. T.Y. Hilton IND (vs . NYJ)
I said last week that if you couldn't trust Hilton against the Vikings, then when could you? After a three-catch, 28-yard performance, you can't be feeling great. Through two games with Rivers in plus matchups, Hilton currently sits as the WR66 in fantasy, right in between Curtis Samuel and Tre'Quan Smith, just like we all expected. The loss of Parris Campbell surely can't hurt his target floor moving forward. The Jets perimeter cornerback duo of Blessuan Austin and Pierre Desir is another one of the least talented units in football, as the duo has combined to allow 10-for-13 passing for 97 yards and two touchdowns through two weeks. The issue comes down to how many times the Colts will actually need to throw the ball but knowing the Jets' opponents have averaged 70.0 plays per game, we should see at least 30 pass attempts out of Rivers here. Hilton may have hit the point where he's just not the same player, but he doesn't need to be to post WR3/4 numbers in this game.
2 days ago
Keenan Allen Note
Keenan Allen photo 22. Keenan Allen LAC (vs . CAR)
How happy was Allen to see Justin Herbert under center? He was targeted 10 times by the rookie, connecting on seven of them for 96 yards, while the rest of the receivers combined for just six targets. There was an episode of Hard Knocks this preseason where I watched Herbert go over to Allen and said something to the effect of, "I'm just here to get the ball to you, man. Consider me your assistant," or something like to that effect. It's clear he's a fan of Allen's game. The Panthers have Corn Elder covering the slot, a third-year cornerback who's seen just 10 career targets in his coverage. On those targets, he's allowed seven catches for 92 yards and two touchdowns. When the Chargers aren't running the ball all over the Panthers, they should be targeting Allen over the middle of the field. Knowing Allen saw a 30.3 percent target share in Herbert's first start, you should feel confident starting him as a low-end WR2/high-end WR3 with a solid floor.
2 days ago
CeeDee Lamb Note
CeeDee Lamb photo 23. CeeDee Lamb DAL (at SEA)
It's odd to think that none of the Cowboys receivers have scored a touchdown this season, especially considering they've combined for 50 targets through two games. Oddly enough, the Seahawks have allowed a league-leading 731 yards to wide receivers (no other team has allowed more than 524 yards) but have only allowed two touchdowns to them. Lamb has been running 91.4 percent of his routes from the slot, which means he'll match up with last year's fourth-round pick Ugo Amadi, who hasn't been what you'd describe as great on his limited playing time. He's only seen 22 targets in coverage throughout his 123 snaps in coverage, allowing 19 of them to be completed for 164 yards, though none of them have gone for touchdowns yet. He's only playing because safety/cornerback Marquise Blair is out for the year with a torn ACL. This is a matchup that Lamb should be able to take advantage of, making him a decent WR3 play this week.
2 days ago
Michael Gallup Note
Michael Gallup photo 24. Michael Gallup DAL (at SEA)
The kneejerk reaction to the Cowboys drafting Lamb was that Gallup would take a big hit. We all got past that and said it was realistic to see Lamb in the Randall Cobb role, with maybe a slight portion of the tight end targets that had vacated. Unfortunately, the initial reaction may have been correct. Gallup has 10 targets through two games while Lamb has 15 of them. There was just one stretch of two games where Gallup had 10 targets last year, so we're officially worried. He's typically at LWR, which means he'll see the most of Quinton Dunbar, the Seahawks big acquisition at cornerback. The Seahawks as a whole have struggled to stop wide receivers, but Dunbar has been at least competent. If the last two years are a sign of anything, he's the most talented cornerback on the team. Again, this team has allowed 67.5 PPR points per game to wide receivers, so there's production to be had, but Gallup is at the stage where he almost needs to prove it before he can be trusted as a top-30 wide receiver. He's just a borderline WR3/4 option despite the plus matchup, though the bright side is that the Seahawks have allowed six top-36 wide receivers through two games.
2 days ago
Julian Edelman Note
Julian Edelman photo 25. Julian Edelman NE (vs . LV)
I had to double-check the stat sheet from Sunday night's game, as Edelman's eight catches for 179 yards brought his season average to 13.1 yards per target. He's never averaged more than 7.9 yards per target in his career. Just 51 of his 236 yards are after contact, so Newton is targeting him much further down the field. He's running 81 percent of his routes from in the slot, which means he'll see veteran Lamarcus Joyner in the slot. After a rough start to his slot cornerback transition (from safety), Joyner has been solid, allowing just 9.7 yards per reception, though the 72.9 percent completion-rate is high. The best performance by a slot-heavy receiver against the Raiders since the start of last year is Keenan Allen's eight-catch, 68-yard game where he didn't even score. That's not great for his projection in this game, but you have to keep playing him while getting the targets he is (9.0 per game) from Newton. Consider him a decent floor WR3 who may not come with a massive ceiling in this contest.
2 days ago
DeVante Parker Note
DeVante Parker photo 26. DeVante Parker MIA (at JAC)
Parker defied all odds when he came back last week after dealing with a lingering hamstring injury. On 8 targets, he was able to finish with a 5-51-1 line and be a solid contributor to your fantasy lineup if you had the guts to play him. As long as Parker's healthy and he practices this week, he's a fantastic WR2 option in this matchup. The Jaguars haven't been able to stop anyone through the air yet and Parker should put together a solid outing.
4 days ago
A.J. Green Note
A.J. Green photo 27. A.J. Green CIN (at PHI)
There's some pros and cons to Green moving forward. The pros are that he's seen a team-high 22 targets through two weeks and Burrow looks like he's going to be a good one. The cons are that Green has turned those 22 targets into just 80 scoreless yards and hasn't looked like the player he once was. His 3.6 yards per target is the 31st worst mark of all-time from wide receivers who've seen 20-plus targets. It seems every time he gets up off the ground, it's a struggle. He might be working back into game-shape after having 2019 off, which must be the hope. Until we see his efficiency rise, we have to treat him as a risky start in fantasy. Still, his ridiculous 330 air yards through two weeks leads the NFL by a full 34 percent. Take this from someone who loved Green before the season began: I have zero clue what to do. Fortunately, his matchup doesn't entice you to start him this week, as he's likely getting Darius Slay in coverage, one of the top cornerbacks in the game. Slay did move around the formation in Week 1, but then stayed firmly planted at LCB in Week 2, so it's possible we don't have a shadow situation, but I'd expect it. Slay hasn't allowed anything higher than a 97.4 QB Rating in his coverage over each of the last six seasons. Green should be considered a risky WR3 who needs to remind us of the player we once knew. If he does, the volume has been better than ever.
2 days ago
Kenny Golladay Note
Kenny Golladay photo 28. Kenny Golladay DET (at ARI)
It appears he'll be back in Week 3 based on early week reports. As is the case with any player coming off a multi-week soft tissue injury, there's a bit more risk associated with them. Coming back to a matchup with the Cardinals isn't a bad thing, though it's also not as good as some think. A league-low 34.4 percent of skill-position players fantasy points have come from wide receivers against the Cardinals. That number was at 45.7 percent in 2019, which was below league average as well, though it certainly helped that they allowed a million points to tight ends. Golladay caught 4-of-9 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in their Week 1 meeting last year, though that was without Patrick Peterson, who was serving a suspension. The Cardinals now have a starting cornerback duo of Peterson and Dre Kirkpatrick on the perimeter, which should be considered above average. Through two games, the duo has combined to allow 9/113/1 on 18 targets. Volume was paramount against this defense last year, as they allowed 19 receivers to score more than 13.1 PPR points, and 14 of them had nine or more targets. Oddly enough, they didn't allow a single multi-touchdown game to a wide receiver. Golladay should be in lineups if he's playing but think of him as more of a WR2/3 in his first game back.
2 days ago
Darius Slayton Note
Darius Slayton photo 29. Darius Slayton NYG (vs . SF)
Slayton came crashing back down to earth last week, but he does have some upside in this matchup. With some key pieces missing from this offense now, Slayton's going to be needed more than ever and this 49ers secondary isn't as daunting as it's been in previous seasons. He can be rolled out as a WR3 again this week.
4 days ago
Tyler Boyd Note
Tyler Boyd photo 30. Tyler Boyd CIN (at PHI)
After many panicked based on his Week 1 usage, Boyd reminded fantasy owners that he's still a very large part of this offense with his seven-catch, 72-yard, one-touchdown performance in Week 2. That was a smash spot, though, as he was playing against a backup slot cornerback. This week, it's going to be a lot different, as the Eagles went out and acquired one of the best slot cornerbacks in the game. Nickell Robey-Coleman has been a thorn in receivers' side, allowing just a 61.9 percent completion rate, which is low for a slot cornerback, and 6.04 yards per target in his coverage. To be fair, Boyd did play against him last year while he was on the Rams and posted a 6/65/0 line on nine targets, so it wasn't a complete waste. We're probably looking at a situation similar to Cooper Kupp last week, who wound up with five catches for 81 yards. This is not the plus matchup it was for wide receivers last year, so don't let anyone tell you that. Boyd should be considered a low-upside WR3 in this game.
2 days ago
John Brown Note
John Brown photo 31. John Brown BUF (vs . LAR)
The targets came back down to where we expected them to be with Brown in Week 2, as he saw just six of them, though that was enough to produce 82 yards and a touchdown, though most of that came on a late 46-yard touchdown catch. With Josh Allen dropping back to pass a lot more, it's put Brown on a path to exceed last year's 115 targets, even with Diggs on the roster. On top of that, Diggs will often draw the opponent's top cornerback in coverage, leaving Brown with a better WR/CB matchup. The Rams have Jalen Ramsey and Darious Williams on the perimeter, but we're expecting Ramsey to shadow Diggs, which would leave Brown with Williams. He's only faced 23 career targets, but he's been promising on them, intercepting three passes while allowing one touchdown. He did a great job with Michael Gallup for most of Week 1, and then held his own against the Eagles in Week 2. Brown should be considered a semi-risky WR3/4-type option this week, though it helps that Allen is playing better than ever.
2 days ago
Marvin Jones Jr. Note
Marvin Jones Jr. photo 32. Marvin Jones Jr. DET (at ARI)
Considering Golladay was out the first two weeks, you can say that it's been a disappointing start to the season for Jones, who has just 78 yards through two games. He has the same number of targets as Amendola and just one more than the rookie Quintez Cephus. The Cardinals haven't been a very giving team to wide receivers thus far, as the 46.9 PPR points they've allowed to them is the lowest in the league. It certainly helps that they've played just one receiver who was a legitimate threat (Terry McLaurin), and he was able to post 125 yards and a touchdown. Last year, against this defense (without Patrick Peterson, who was suspended), Jones caught 4-of-4 passes for 56 yards. That's an interesting number because Jones has not topped that number in each of his last six games. He's becoming more and more volatile, but when the total for a game is 54.5, you want to believe he's going to get a slice of that pie. He's a risk/reward WR3/4 this week.
2 days ago
Jarvis Landry Note
Jarvis Landry photo 33. Jarvis Landry CLE (vs . WAS)
The 10-day break should be good for Landry, who's been bothered by his surgically repaired hip, forcing him to be limited in practices. Through two games, he's caught 8-of-9 targets for 107 scoreless yards. This figures to be a run-heavy attack by the Browns, but teams have averaged 70.0 plays per game against Washington, so we should still see 30-plus pass attempts. Knowing the strength of the Washington defense (getting pressure), slot receivers should provide an outlet for their quarterbacks when under duress. We've seen the combination of Greg Ward and Larry Fitzgerald combine to catch 12-of-14 balls for 81 yards against them over the first two weeks, which isn't particularly exciting, but then again, you didn't draft Landry to be exciting. The matchup with Jimmy Moreland in the slot is a good one, so as long as Landry appears healthy, he should deliver decent WR3/4 numbers in this game.
2 days ago
DeSean Jackson Note
DeSean Jackson photo 34. DeSean Jackson PHI (vs . CIN)
He's the No. 2 receiver in the league when it comes to air yards, a stat that's often predictive of fantasy success. To this point, Jackson has averaged just 6.9 yards per target, but over the last seven years, he's averaged at least 10.0 yards per target in six of them. Seeing seven and nine targets is encouraging; he'll bounce back. The Bengals secondary hasn't allowed more than four receptions to a receiver over the first two weeks, which is due to the fact that running backs have had their way with them. But still, we've seen Keenan Allen get eight targets and turn them into 4/37/0, Mike Williams turn nine targets into 4/69/0, and then Odell Beckham turn six targets into 4/74/1. What was encouraging for Jackson is that Beckham seemed to routinely get open down the field against them, and if not for some holding, we would've seen a bigger game out of him. If Wentz can get some time, those air yards for Jackson might turn into a big play or two. Given his target and air yards share, he should remain in the WR3 conversation.
2 days ago
Laviska Shenault Jr. Note
Laviska Shenault Jr. photo 35. Laviska Shenault Jr. JAC (vs . MIA)
The Jaguars are trying to get the ball in his hands and let him do work, as he's now totaled eight targets and seven carries through two games. In a game where they should be efficient running the ball, it would mean a lot if he got the same five carries he did in Week 2. He's coming on the field in 3WR sets behind Keelan Cole, though we could see that change as the season progresses. Miami does have a talented cornerback duo, though, particularly on the perimeter, which is where Shenault is playing two-thirds of his snaps. You don't want to rely on carries yet, either, as it was just one game where he saw them (two carries in Week 1). It's definitely encouraging and he should be owned with the chance of a breakout, but it's only a matter of time before Chark starts seeing the targets he deserves, which will make Shenault even tougher to project. He's a boom-or-bust WR5-type option.
2 days ago
Corey Davis Note
Corey Davis photo 36. Corey Davis TEN (at MIN)
After a great Week 1 performance, Davis was bailed out by a touchdown to salvage his Week 2 performance where Tannehill threw four touchdowns. The one Davis did snag was impressive, and we did talk about the volume concerns in that game, which came true when Tannehill threw just 22 passes. The Vikings are allowing more fantasy points per game than the Jaguars did, and I'm not talking about just the wide receivers. As for the receivers, the Vikings have allowed a massive 53.1 PPR points per game to them, which ranks as the second most in the league behind only the Seahawks. That's what happens when you flip your cornerback depth chart upside down. The combination of Mike Hughes and Holton Hill have allowed 19-of-24 passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns through two weeks, and they're the ones Davis will see much of the day. Much of that was done by Aaron Rodgers and the Packers receivers, but Tannehill has proven to be playing at a high level, so there's little reason to doubt he can get the ball to Davis. If Brown remains out, Davis is in the WR3 conversation. If Brown can suit up, Davis might still be the preferred play (depending on how limited Brown is), but his floor would drop him into the WR4 range.
2 days ago
Will Fuller V Note
Will Fuller V photo 37. Will Fuller V HOU (at PIT)
Fuller pulled a disappearing act last week, which makes him a very difficult lineup decision in this matchup. As long as all the practice reports come back fine, Fuller can be rolled out as a low-end WR3 that you'll simply have to deal with the potential range of outcomes with.
2 days ago
Robby Anderson Note
Robby Anderson photo 38. Robby Anderson CAR (at LAC)
It appears that Matt Rhule and Joe Brady had a big role planned for Anderson when they signed him to that two-year deal this offseason. It was the best thing for his production, as he's tallied 15 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown, enough to make him the No. 5 receiver in PPR formats. We've definitely seen "boom" performances from Anderson in the past but they were usually throughout the season and not back-to-back. Now having at least eight targets in two straight games to open his Panthers career, it's a good sign of things to come. Unfortunately, the Chargers are not a defense to attack with wide receivers, as they've allowed the 10th-fewest points to them in 2020, and that's coming off last season's No. 4 finish. They added Chris Harris Jr. to the mix, which certainly helps compensate for the loss of safety Derwin James on the back end, though that's where Tyreek Hill beat them last week. He'd totaled just four catches for 45 scoreless yards on 10 targets before that fourth-quarter bomb that went for a 45-yard touchdown. That's why it's so hard to sit someone like Anderson, as he also presents that one-play upside, and when he's getting eight-plus opportunities per game, the chances rise. The Chargers did allow just six pass plays of 40-plus yards last year, so it's far from a certainty. He's turning into a WR3, though he comes with bust risk in this matchup knowing he'll see Casey Hayward the most, who might be a top-five cornerback in the league.
2 days ago
Mike Williams Note
Mike Williams photo 39. Mike Williams LAC (vs . CAR)
It wasn't the best week for Williams, as it seemed rookie quarterback Justin Herbert favored Keenan Allen rather than taking one-on-one shots down the field, though he still did target him over 16 yards down the field. On the year, Williams now has 229 air yards, which ranks as the 10th-most among wide receivers. The Panthers have only seen 26 wide receiver targets through two weeks, but have allowed a massive 15.06 yards per reception on them, which is the fourth-highest mark in the league. Williams plays on both sides of the formation, so he'll see a mixture of Donte Jackson and Rasul Douglas in coverage. Jackson allowed a robust 16.9 yards per reception in his coverage last year. He has 4.32-second speed, but he's just 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds. Williams can win that matchup. Douglas certainly has better size (6-2, 209) to handle Williams, but he's slow (4.59-second speed) and allowed 15.7 yards per reception in his coverage as well. The only concern about Williams in this match is the targets. If they're there, he'll produce. This could be a two-touchdown type game if they really wanted, but after seeing just four targets in Herbert's debut, we have to keep him in the boom-or-bust WR4 range.
2 days ago
Jerry Jeudy Note
Jerry Jeudy photo 40. Jerry Jeudy DEN (vs . TB)
With Sutton out for the year with a torn ACL, Jeudy becomes the next man up in this receiving corps. However, Jeudy himself is dealing with his own injury and is questionable for this matchup. I expect him to suit up, but this is a tough matchup and he's playing with a backup QB now. Jeudy can be looked at as a low-end WR3 if he does play.
2 days ago
Preston Williams Note
Preston Williams photo 41. Preston Williams MIA (at JAC)
Williams hasn't looked like the same player that we saw on the field in 2019. He's struggling with drops and just simply hasn't been as productive. While this is a solid matchup for him, it's hard to put him into your lineup with confidence this week. He can be started as a low-end WR3/high-end WR4 because of the matchup.
4 days ago
Brandin Cooks Note
Brandin Cooks photo 42. Brandin Cooks HOU (at PIT)
It was good to see Cooks on the field in a full-time role, as his connection grew stronger with Deshaun Watson. He caught 5-of-8 targets for 95 yards, leading the team in a brutal matchup against the Ravens secondary. The Steelers aren't slouches either, as they've allowed just 16 receivers to score more than 11.2 PPR points against them since the start of last year. Why is that number significant? It's the average number of points it took to finish as a top-36 receiver in 2019. That's what you're looking for when starting any wide receiver, a top-36 performance. Cooks tends to do well against slower cornerbacks, and the Steelers duo of Joe Haden and Steven Nelson kind of fit in that group. Nelson ran a 4.49 when coming into the NFL while Haden ran a 4.52, though both are slower than they were when they came into the league. It's not a great matchup, but we'd give Cooks a solid bump if Fuller can't go or is limited throughout the week. For now, we'll assume Fuller plays after being limited in practice. Cooks should be in the high-end WR4 conversation whose arrow is trending up.
2 days ago
Allen Lazard Note
Allen Lazard photo 43. Allen Lazard GB (at NO)
Lazard is an intriguing FLEX play every single week because Rodgers can always connect with him on a shot in the end zone. However, if that doesn't happen, you're unlikely to be satisfied with his production.
2 days ago
Emmanuel Sanders Note
Emmanuel Sanders photo 44. Emmanuel Sanders NO (vs . GB)
Sanders had some appeal as a WR3 in last week's matchup, but he absolutely fell flat. Sanders only reeled in one catch for 18 yards against the Raiders and he's taken a backseat to Smith, who had a huge day. Sanders isn't anything more than a WR5 in this matchup and he can't be trusted in your starting lineup.
2 days ago
Tre'Quan Smith Note
Tre'Quan Smith photo 45. Tre'Quan Smith NO (vs . GB)
Smith finally broke out last week and put together a dominant performance. He saw seven targets and was able to haul in five of them for 86 yards. Even with Brees struggling, Smith put up a great game and looked to finally step into the spotlight that many have been expecting from him for the past couple of seasons. In this matchup against Green Bay, Smith can be viewed as a low-end WR3/high-end WR4 that should continue to see a significant target share moving forward while Michael Thomas is out.
2 days ago
Russell Gage Note
Russell Gage photo 46. Russell Gage ATL (vs . CHI)
He's not going away anytime soon. Since taking over for Mohamed Sanu in that role, Gage has totaled 87 targets over a span of 11 games, which amounts to 7.9 per game. Over the course of a season, that would amount to 127 targets. Here's a list of big-name players who saw fewer targets than that in 2019: DeVante Parker, Davante Adams, Courtland Sutton, Chris Godwin, Amari Cooper... do you catch my drift? His targets aren't worth as much as those guys, but he's a reliable player in fantasy because of his target floor. The Bears have Buster Skrine covering the slot, and while he played well in 2019, slot receivers have fared well this year. First, it was Danny Amendola racking up 5/81/0 on seven targets, and then it was Golden Tate catching all five of his targets for 47 yards. Again, not sexy, but worth a spot-start in such an injury-plagued week. With the Bears defending the run so well, we saw Matthew Stafford rack up 42 pass attempts while Daniel Jones hit the 40 mark. If the Falcons go down a similar path, which seems likely, Gage should be able to fill a WR4-type role on your fantasy team. He's reminding me of 2018 Adam Humphries who finished as a top-30 wide receiver, but you always knew his ceiling was limited.
2 days ago
Keelan Cole Note
Keelan Cole photo 47. Keelan Cole JAC (vs . MIA)
He leads the team in targets right now, and rightfully so considering he's caught all 11 of them for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He out-snapped Laviska Shenault last week 51 to 43, making him the No. 2 receiver in this offense. He's running almost all of his routes from the slot, which is extremely good in this matchup against Miami, who have allowed Julian Edelman 5/57/0 in Week 1, and then 5/70/0 to Cole Beasley in Week 2. Their primary slot cornerback is Jamal Perry, though they benched him for Nik Needham in Week 2. That didn't fare well, so who knows which route they'll take this week. What we do know is that Cole can play a role in fantasy football and his early-season performances may not be a fluke. Knowing he has the best matchup on the field, he deserves a slight bump in the rankings. Both him and Shenault should be considered WR5 types, with Cole being the safer of the two. With all the injuries in the league, you could do worse as a last-ditch option in Week 3.
2 days ago
Marquez Valdes-Scantling Note
Marquez Valdes-Scantling photo 48. Marquez Valdes-Scantling GB (at NO)
MVS is currently the WR20 in Half PPR scoring, but he's easily a sit for me in this matchup if I can afford it. This is a tough matchup for opposing WRs and MVS needs to connect on a big play downfield or find the end zone in order for you to feel happy that you played him. He's a WR4 in this matchup.
2 days ago
N'Keal Harry Note
N'Keal Harry photo 49. N'Keal Harry NE (vs . LV)
It's been a good two weeks for Harry with Cam Newton, as he's been targeted a team-high 18 times, connecting on 13 of them for 111 yards, though he hasn't found the end zone just yet. That could change in Week 3 against the Raiders, who have struggled on the perimeter. The duo of Travon Mullen and Damon Arnette have combined to allow 13 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets in coverage. Keep in mind they played against a Michael Thomas-less Saints and Panthers receiving corps. This was a problem last year, too, as they allowed seven different perimeter receivers post more than 100 yards, and that doesn't even include Allen Robinson's 97-yard, two-touchdown performance. Harry is quickly moving up the ranks as Newton shows he can still play, and he deserves consideration as a WR4 this week who comes with some touchdown upside.
2 days ago
Golden Tate Note
Golden Tate photo 50. Golden Tate NYG (vs . SF)
Tate came back into the lineup in week two and was a fine option in Full PPR leagues, but he's nowhere near the type of player that he was previously. Maybe it was the injury, but Tate had little to no run after the catch ability and he was simply out there as a "chain mover". Tate could be rolled out as a FLEX option in Full PPR formats this week, but otherwise he can't be trusted in your lineup.
2 days ago
Anthony Miller Note
Anthony Miller photo 51. Anthony Miller CHI (at ATL)
He's averaging 4.1 air yards per snap, which ranks as the second-highest mark in the NFL behind only DeSean Jackson. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's not an every-down player and wound up with a big fat zero in Week 2. He dropped what should've been a touchdown early in the game and played just 26 snaps against the Giants in a cake matchup. There were just three games he played less than 31 snaps in 2019, so his role has sadly not grown this year. The Falcons brought in Darqueze Dennard to cover the slot this year, but it hasn't panned out through two weeks, as he's allowed 16-of-20 passing for 160 yards through two weeks. Their entire cornerback unit is what I'd describe as below average. If Miller were to get the targets, he'd likely produce in this matchup, but we can't guarantee anything when he's playing less than 30 snaps. For now, he's just a talented WR4/5 who comes with a low floor in a plus-matchup.
2 days ago
Curtis Samuel Note
Curtis Samuel photo 52. Curtis Samuel CAR (at LAC)
With Christian McCaffrey out of the lineup, I'm guessing the Chargers get Samuel a lot more involved in the backfield. He's totaled five carries to this point while getting 10 targets (just two in Week 2), so it should be fair to project him for 10 opportunities moving forward. The Chargers have surprisingly gone with Michael Davis on the perimeter and moved Chris Harris Jr. into the slot over Desmond King, who's been a sturdy presence in the slot over the last few years. King even went to social media this week, asking why he's not on the field. It's a good question. Davis is a former undrafted free agent who's been competent, but Harris proved last year he's capable of handling perimeter receivers, so why then don't go with a combination of Casey Hayward, Harris, and King? I don't know. But Harris is a real problem for Samuel, as he's one of the best cornerback in the league. He got burned on a 54-yard touchdown last week, but it required an insane throw by Patrick Mahomes to get done, something we won't see Bridgewater doing. Samuel gets a bump in appeal with McCaffrey out, but the matchup isn't a good one, making him a risky WR4/5.
2 days ago
Davante Adams Note
Davante Adams photo 53. Davante Adams GB (at NO)
Adams was pulled from last week's game with a hamstring issue and it looks like that might threaten his availability for Sunday's game. If Adams is playing, he needs to be in your starting lineup. Even though this matchup isn't great for opposing wideouts, Adams should easily still return WR1 value with the amount of targets that get funneled his way.
8 hours ago
Brandon Aiyuk Note
Brandon Aiyuk photo 54. Brandon Aiyuk SF (at NYG)
He made his NFL debut last week, playing 44 snaps and running 25 routes, which was right up there with Bourne for tops among 49ers receivers. He saw three targets, catching two of them for 21 yards, so nothing to write home about. The Giants have still yet to allow a receiver more than 69 yards, and that's despite playing against JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, and Allen Robinson. Newly acquired cornerback James Bradberry has played quite well outside of a few pick plays that caught him up. Aiyuk is playing almost all his snaps on the perimeter, which means he'll see Bradberry and Corey Ballentine, as I don't foresee Bradberry shadowing anyone in this game. Ballentine is the one to attack, as he's allowed nearly 10.0 yards per target over his two years in the league, including a touchdown every 10.0 targets. We watched Bears rookie Darnell Mooney just flat out win a one-on-one battle in the end zone with him last week on a broken play. Aiyuk is someone who's trending up and as long as Bradberry doesn't shadow, he could have a fantasy relevant week. We'd ideally see it first, making him a risk/reward WR5 play.
2 days ago
Michael Pittman Jr. Note
Michael Pittman Jr. photo 55. Michael Pittman Jr. IND (vs . NYJ)
With Parris Campbell out of the lineup, Pittman will be a full-time player. That started when Campbell exited last week and allowed Pittman to see six targets in Week 2, which may not sound like much, but it led the wide receivers, and he was highly questionable coming into that game. He's been playing on both sides of the formation, but he was on the left side about 60 percent last week. That's where Blessuan Austin is playing, a second-year cornerback who's the more talented one of the Jets perimeter duo. Since being asked to play a bigger role towards the end of last year, he's allowed just 6.77 yards per target in his coverage and one touchdown on 43 targets. He's 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, so he should be able to at least contest Pittman's targets. We're expecting a run-heavy gameplan from the Colts, but with Pittman being a full-time player, he needs to be considered most weeks. The matchup is decent, though I think I'm okay waiting until we see him truly breakout to put him into lineups as anything more than a hail mary WR5.
2 days ago
Larry Fitzgerald Note
Larry Fitzgerald photo 56. Larry Fitzgerald ARI (vs . DET)
We've now gone over a span of 12 games where Fitzgerald has topped 56 yards just once and has caught two touchdowns over his last 15 games. He's a stable presence over the middle of the field and his team is implied for 30 points, so we should at least consider him. The Lions have Darryl Roberts covering the slot with Justin Coleman on IR, which isn't really much of a downgrade. He's been in the league for five years now and has never allowed a 100 QB Rating in his coverage over the course of a full season. He was targeted just one time by Aaron Rodgers last week and did allow 30 yards on it, but that was it. Against the Bears, he saw five targets and allowed just one catch for 22 yards. I wouldn't consider this a week to rely on Fitzgerald, though he may have a scoring opportunity with that high team total.
2 days ago
Steven Sims Note
Steven Sims photo 57. Steven Sims WAS (at CLE)
He's only seen eight targets through two weeks but has turned them into 103 yards, so Sims has been doing his part when called upon. If Washington wants to exploit matchups, he'll be a bigger part of the gameplan this week, as the Browns have relied on Tavierre Thomas to cover the slot and that hasn't worked out all that well, as he's allowed 11-of-12 passing for 104 yards and a touchdown in his coverage. There have been 14 balls thrown his way over the course of his three-year career, and just one has hit the ground. Sims is far from a sure thing, but if Washington falls behind and they want to take the efficient road down the field, Sims should be a bigger part of the gameplan. He should be considered an emergency WR5 option with some upside in this game. It's worth noting that we'd downgrade his matchup if Kevin Johnson were able to return to the lineup.
2 days ago
Kendrick Bourne Note
Kendrick Bourne photo 58. Kendrick Bourne SF (at NYG)
He's the only 49ers receiver who's played more than 55 snaps. He's been on the field for 102-of-123 plays, so he's a full-time player, and he's racked up six catches for 101 yards through two weeks. He's never someone you're excited to play, but with all the injuries adding up, some may be looking at him as a potential floor play. It seems likely that he'll see the most of Giants top cornerback James Bradberry, who's done extremely well in his new uniform. Both Allen Robinson and Diontae Johnson both saw at least nine targets, but neither of them topped 57 yards. Bourne moves back and forth, so it's possible he sees a 50/50 mix of Bradberry and Corey Ballentine, who's been the weakest link to this point. With Brandon Aiyuk moving into a bigger role and now past the first game jitters, my expectations are that he takes over the top receiver play for the 49ers, making Bourne just a WR6.
2 days ago
Mecole Hardman Note
Mecole Hardman photo 59. Mecole Hardman KC (at BAL)
Hardman has all the talent and speed in the world, but he simply isn't seeing enough volume to be a reliable fantasy asset. He can remain on your league's waiver wire.
2 days ago
KJ Hamler Note
KJ Hamler photo 60. KJ Hamler DEN (vs . TB)
In his first NFL game, Hamler ran more routes than any other Broncos receiver. He's been mixed in the slot as well as the perimeter, though he's running the majority of them on the perimeter. That's a bit concerning, as the Bucs best cornerback Carlton Davis plays there, but it's worth noting that Davis has 4.53-second speed while Hamler ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash in pre-Combine testing. The Bucs did allow 14 pass plays of 40-plus yards last year, which ranked as the fifth most, so there's a chance Hamler gets behind the defense. If he keeps getting seven targets like he did in Week 2, Hamler is going to be someone to look at as a boom-or-bust WR5-type option.
2 days ago
Cole Beasley Note
Cole Beasley photo 61. Cole Beasley BUF (vs . LAR)
He just continues to do his thing in the slot, as he's now totaled at least 9.0 PPR points in 14-of-17 games since the start of the 2019 season. Even with Diggs and Brown going off the first two weeks, he's managed to stay afloat as a top-45 receiver in PPR formats. The Rams allowed stud nickel cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to walk in free agency, leaving them to start Troy Hill in his place. There was a point in Hill's career where he was a cornerback you targeted heavily in matchups, as he was allowing over a 110 QB Rating in his coverage during his first four years in the league. Then he had a breakout year in 2019 where he allowed a miniscule 5.95 yards per target in his coverage. Of the 95 cornerbacks who covered at least 300 snaps in 2019, his 54.7 QB Rating in coverage was the fifth best in football. Fast forward one year and he's allowed 12-of-13 passes to be completed for 139 yards in his coverage. The move to the slot has clearly had a negative impact on his play. Beasley should offer a solid floor of a WR4, particularly in PPR formats.
2 days ago
Scotty Miller Note
Scotty Miller photo 62. Scotty Miller TB (at DEN)
His role didn't grow with Godwin out of the lineup, as he still played on the perimeter while they moved Mike Evans into the slot almost half the time. We actually saw Justin Watson play more snaps than Miller in Week 2, though it was negligible. But going from six targets down to three targets is less than ideal when we're talking about a second-year sixth-round pick. We've watched two quarterbacks throw the ball 40-plus times, so we can't ignore Miller, but he's also the third option at wide receiver behind two guys who happen to have great matchups. Miller is not a recommended start for the time being, as there's too much uncertainty.
2 days ago
Chris Conley Note
Chris Conley photo 63. Chris Conley JAC (vs . MIA)
Conley gets a bump up due to Chark's absence in this game, but he's nothing more than a WR4 that you're hoping finds the end zone. With that being said, this is a nice matchup and if you're looking for an option to pivot to, Conley's not a bad play.
2 days ago
Adam Humphries Note
Adam Humphries photo 64. Adam Humphries TEN (at MIN)
Suddenly, he's tied for the most targets (13) on the team. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 48 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars and is suddenly back on the radar with A.J. Brown missing in action. When the Titans opponent goes three-wide, it moves Mike Hughes into the slot. He's a former first-round pick from 2018 who's talented and at 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds, he should be agile enough to hang alongside Humphries. It's not a must-avoid matchup for those who are looking for a last-minute PPR option, as Hughes has allowed 5-of-6 passing in the slot for 74 yards through two weeks. If Brown remains out, we should have five-plus targets for Humphries, making him a decent floor WR5/6, but he lacks a ceiling.
2 days ago
Danny Amendola Note
Danny Amendola photo 65. Danny Amendola DET (at ARI)
After catching five passes for 81 yards in a tough matchup against the Bears, Amendola let deep-leaguers down with his two-catch, 21-yard performance in Week 2, though he did see seven targets for the second straight week. We should probably move on considering the lack of ceiling, but it's hard to ignore that he went for 7/104/1 against this defensive scheme last year. The Lions chose to target him 13 times in that game. The Cardinals have shifted things around and now have second-year cornerback Byron Murphy in the slot, which is a completely different position for a cornerback. Through his first 18 games in the pros, he's allowed 77 receptions for 769 yards and 10 touchdowns on 113 targets. That's more touchdowns allowed than anyone else in the league. If you need a last-minute WR4/5 due to injuries, I'm willing to go back to Amendola in a pinch.
2 days ago
Randall Cobb Note
Randall Cobb photo 66. Randall Cobb HOU (at PIT)
We saw Cobb a lot more involved in the offense in Week 2, though it took a zero-target game from Will Fuller to get there. He caught 5-of-6 targets for 59 yards, though he did have the best matchup on the field. He actually does once again this week against Mike Hilton, though it's not a smash spot or anything. In his four years with the Steelers, Hilton has allowed a pedestrian 66.1 percent catch-rate (this is decent for a slot cornerback) and 10.4 yards per reception with a touchdown every 31 targets. The Steelers biggest weakness is over the middle of the field, but the only receivers who've truly capitalized on that saw seven-plus targets and had a big role in their offense (Tyler Boyd, Tyler Lockett, Christian Kirk, Julian Edelman, and Jarvis Landry). Those are the slot receivers who finished top-36 against the Steelers. If Fuller is inactive, there's a chance, but I don't think Cobb should be considered anything more than a WR5 in fantasy right now.
2 days ago
Bryan Edwards Note
Bryan Edwards photo 67. Bryan Edwards LV (at NE)
He continued to play a full-time role in Week 2, though he ended the game with just two targets. He has just three on the season, which is not going to get it done. He's caught all three of them and looks good out there, but this is what we've come to expect out of the Raiders offense, as they spread the ball around, and it leads to some inconsistent receivers. There's a chance that Stephon Gilmore covers Darren Waller in this game, but if he doesn't, Edwards would make the most sense for him to cover while they could bracket Ruggs. No matter which way you slice it, you can't start Edwards until he starts seeing consistent targets. He's rosterable in 12-team leagues with deep benches, but I can't say you absolutely need to hang onto him.
2 days ago
Sammy Watkins Note
Sammy Watkins photo 68. Sammy Watkins KC (at BAL)
Watkins was knocked out of last week's contest, but it looks like he's preparing to play on Monday night. With the other options that are most likely on your roster, you should have a better option available than playing the guessing game with Watkins if we don't get official word by kickoff on Sunday. He's a low-end WR3 if he does suit up in this matchup.
2 days ago
Justin Jefferson Note
Justin Jefferson photo 69. Justin Jefferson MIN (vs . TEN)
It's going to be tough for Jefferson to produce when the Vikings have thrown the ball just 51 times over the first two weeks, but he's caught 5-of-6 targets for 70 yards while running nearly all his routes from the slot, which should be good for production. The Titans have seventh-round rookie Chris Jackson covering the slot and he's been picked on a bit through two games, allowing eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown on just 12 targets in his coverage. Let me be clear: He hasn't been very good. To further that point, PFF has graded him as the third worst cornerback in coverage through two weeks. If you're looking for a hail mary play this week, Jefferson might offer a surprise.
2 days ago
James Washington Note
James Washington photo 70. James Washington PIT (vs . HOU)
Some will wonder if Claypool is the add off the waiver wire after his big catch last week, but he's still trailing Washington in the pecking order. Claypool ran 13 routes while Washington ran 22 of them. This is not a team that runs 4WR sets, so we're going to have to wait for one of them to emerge before relying on either of them as anything more than a big play or bust WR5/6-type option. For now, the better option is Washington, but knowing the Texans have faced just 18.0 receiver targets per game, it's tough to say either of them are good bets.
2 days ago
Demarcus Robinson Note
Demarcus Robinson photo 71. Demarcus Robinson KC (at BAL)
There's a development to be aware of among these two. After Robinson played 33 snaps in Week 1 and Hardman played 20 snaps, the gap not only shrunk, but flip-flopped, as Hardman played two more snaps than Robinson in Week 2 against the Chargers. Hardman's 50 offensive snaps in Week 2 were the fourth-most of his young career. It's something we're paying attention to, but it doesn't mean you want to take the chance to start him in redraft leagues. If you're playing in tournaments, Hardman makes the most sense here, as he offers one-play potential. Oddly enough, the biggest game of Hardman's career to this point was against the Ravens last year when he caught two passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill was out that week, but it's still noteworthy.
2 days ago
Chase Claypool Note
Chase Claypool photo 72. Chase Claypool PIT (vs . HOU)
Some will wonder if Claypool is the add off the waiver wire after his big catch last week, but he's still trailing Washington in the pecking order. Claypool ran 13 routes while Washington ran 22 of them. This is not a team that runs 4WR sets, so we're going to have to wait for one of them to emerge before relying on either of them as anything more than a big play or bust WR5/6-type option. For now, the better option is Washington, but knowing the Texans have faced just 18.0 receiver targets per game, it's tough to say either of them are good bets.
2 days ago
Hunter Renfrow Note
Hunter Renfrow photo 73. Hunter Renfrow LV (at NE)
It was my concern before the season with Renfrow, as I asked, "what's the upside?" The Raiders receivers have been difficult to predict under Greg Olson/Jon Gruden, but as the clear-cut No. 3 receiver behind both Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, I couldn't see any chance you'd start Renfrow with confidence. He's seen just five targets through two games, and though he's caught all of them, they've gone for 58 yards. He's playing just under 50 percent of the snaps, so feel free to move on.
2 days ago
Van Jefferson Note
Van Jefferson photo 74. Van Jefferson LAR (at BUF)
You would've thought that Jefferson surpassed Reynolds based on the target numbers from Week 2, as Jefferson saw five targets while Reynolds saw two. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as Jefferson ran just 15 routes while Reynolds ran 17 of them. They're still sharing that No. 3 wide receiver role, though Jefferson should pull away with it sooner rather than later. The Bills have allowed a league-low 6.42 yards per target to wide receivers this year, so volume is paramount for a receiver to be successful. No wide receiver scored more than 12.8 PPR points against the Bills without at least eight targets last year, so feel free to avoid them in this matchup.
2 days ago
Miles Boykin Note
Miles Boykin photo 75. Miles Boykin BAL (vs . KC)
It seems like Boykin is going to have a role in the offense this year, as he's seen nine targets over the first two weeks despite both games being blowout wins. By comparison, he saw 22 targets all of last year. He's run just one fewer route than Marquise Brown through two games. While the Chiefs allowed just 122.3 receiving yards per game to wide receivers last year (lowest in the NFL) but allowed a touchdown every 25.2 targets, which ranked ninth, so they were a bit easier to come by. If you're looking for a touchdown with a cheap option in the showdown slate, Boykin isn't horrible, but he's not great, either.
2 days ago
Zach Pascal Note
Zach Pascal photo 76. Zach Pascal IND (vs . NYJ)
With Parris Campbell going to IR, we saw Pascal play 40 of his 63 snaps in the slot, which can be beneficial to his efficiency moving forward. He's only seen seven targets through two games, so it's not like you're seriously considering him outside of deep leagues, and the Jets best cornerback, Brian Poole, is the one who plays there. He's been a godsend for the Jets in the slot since arriving last year, allowing just 4.80 yards per target and one touchdown on 66 targets. If you look at the slot cornerbacks who played at least 100 snaps in coverage last year, Poole ranked as the eighth best when you go by QB Rating when targeted. Pascal is going to have some solid weeks, but it's not a great matchup with Poole.
2 days ago
John Ross Note
John Ross photo 77. John Ross CIN (at PHI)
After Ross was trusted as the clear-cut No. 3 receiver on this team in Week 1 running 37 routes to just 9 routes for Higgins, we saw a changing of the guard in Week 2 when Higgins ran 42 routes while Ross ran just 23 of them. This is clearly an open competition, and one that Ross may have lost already. For now, we should give Higgins the benefit of the doubt. Against the Eagles, you really don't want to start either of them, as they have yet to allow a receiver top 81 yards or five receptions. Keep in mind they've played against Terry McLaurin, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. We'll continue to monitor this receiver corps, but neither of these two need to be rostered right now.
2 days ago
Damiere Byrd Note
Damiere Byrd photo 78. Damiere Byrd NE (vs . LV)
Chris Hogan Note
Chris Hogan photo 79. Chris Hogan NYJ (at IND)
Braxton Berrios Note
Braxton Berrios photo 80. Braxton Berrios NYJ (at IND)
Isaiah Ford Note
Isaiah Ford photo 81. Isaiah Ford MIA (at JAC)
While scanning over every team, I typically find something fantasy owners would be shocked by. How about this one: Ford leads the Dolphins wide receivers in targets (14) through two weeks. He's playing the slot role in Chan Gailey's offense, which has typically netted results. The matchup over the middle of the field against the Bills was one to attack, and the Dolphins did just that, as Ford racked up seven receptions for 76 yards. The Jaguars have D.J. Hayden covering the slot, a role he's been quite good in over the last few years. The biggest game he allowed to a slot receiver last year was six catches for 93 scoreless yards. While I do believe Ford is a name to watch as the weeks go on, I don't want to consider him more than a WR5 in this matchup.
2 days ago
Tee Higgins Note
Tee Higgins photo 82. Tee Higgins CIN (at PHI)
After Ross was trusted as the clear-cut No. 3 receiver on this team in Week 1 running 37 routes to just 9 routes for Higgins, we saw a changing of the guard in Week 2 when Higgins ran 42 routes while Ross ran just 23 of them. This is clearly an open competition, and one that Ross may have lost already. For now, we should give Higgins the benefit of the doubt. Against the Eagles, you really don't want to start either of them, as they have yet to allow a receiver top 81 yards or five receptions. Keep in mind they've played against Terry McLaurin, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. We'll continue to monitor this receiver corps, but neither of these two need to be rostered right now.
2 days ago
David Moore Note
David Moore photo 83. David Moore SEA (vs . DAL)
Quintez Cephus Note
Quintez Cephus photo 84. Quintez Cephus DET (at ARI)
Olabisi Johnson Note
Olabisi Johnson photo 85. Olabisi Johnson MIN (vs . TEN)
Willie Snead IV Note
Willie Snead IV photo 86. Willie Snead IV BAL (vs . KC)
Andy Isabella Note
Andy Isabella photo 87. Andy Isabella ARI (vs . DET)
Greg Ward Note
Greg Ward photo 88. Greg Ward PHI (vs . CIN)
It seems Ward is losing a grip on the No. 3 wide receiver spot, as John Hightower and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside are both playing similar snap counts to him. In Week 2, Ward ran just five pass routes, which is not nearly enough to consider for any league. The Eagles seem dead set on running 2TE sets, which eliminates his slot heavy role. He's droppable in fantasy leagues.
2 days ago
Cordarrelle Patterson Note
Cordarrelle Patterson photo 89. Cordarrelle Patterson CHI (at ATL)
Tim Patrick Note
Tim Patrick photo 90. Tim Patrick DEN (vs . TB)
Darnell Mooney Note
Darnell Mooney photo 91. Darnell Mooney CHI (at ATL)
Mooney has seen his role increase in this offense each week of the season and he looks like he's going to be a steal for the Bears in the draft. He's not worth looking at for redraft leagues just yet, but he should be rostered in every Dynasty league.
3 days ago
Josh Reynolds Note
Josh Reynolds photo 92. Josh Reynolds LAR (at BUF)
You would've thought that Jefferson surpassed Reynolds based on the target numbers from Week 2, as Jefferson saw five targets while Reynolds saw two. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as Jefferson ran just 15 routes while Reynolds ran 17 of them. They're still sharing that No. 3 wide receiver role, though Jefferson should pull away with it sooner rather than later. The Bills have allowed a league-low 6.42 yards per target to wide receivers this year, so volume is paramount for a receiver to be successful. No wide receiver scored more than 12.8 PPR points against the Bills without at least eight targets last year, so feel free to avoid them in this matchup.
2 days ago
Kenny Stills Note
Kenny Stills photo 93. Kenny Stills HOU (at PIT)
Nelson Agholor Note
Nelson Agholor photo 94. Nelson Agholor LV (at NE)
Dontrelle Inman Note
Dontrelle Inman photo 95. Dontrelle Inman WAS (at CLE)
Trent Taylor Note
Trent Taylor photo 96. Trent Taylor SF (at NYG)
Devin Duvernay Note
Devin Duvernay photo 97. Devin Duvernay BAL (vs . KC)
Deonte Harris Note
Deonte Harris photo 98. Deonte Harris NO (vs . GB)
JJ Arcega-Whiteside Note
JJ Arcega-Whiteside photo 99. JJ Arcega-Whiteside PHI (vs . CIN)
Jakobi Meyers Note
Jakobi Meyers photo 100. Jakobi Meyers NE (vs . LV)
KhaDarel Hodge Note
KhaDarel Hodge photo 101. KhaDarel Hodge CLE (vs . WAS)
Jakeem Grant Note
Jakeem Grant photo 102. Jakeem Grant MIA (at JAC)
Josh Malone Note
Josh Malone photo 103. Josh Malone NYJ (at IND)
Javon Wims Note
Javon Wims photo 104. Javon Wims CHI (at ATL)
Jalen Guyton Note
Jalen Guyton photo 105. Jalen Guyton LAC (vs . CAR)
Dante Pettis Note
Dante Pettis photo 106. Dante Pettis SF (at NYG)
Mohamed Sanu Note
Mohamed Sanu photo 107. Mohamed Sanu SF (at NYG)
He played just 13 snaps in his 49ers debut, though he was with the team for just a couple days prior to the game. It would seem that was to ease him in, but we don't know for sure, as Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, and Trent Taylor all played at least 28 snaps. Until we see him on the field in a full-time capacity, we can't consider him in fantasy.
2 days ago
Mike Thomas Note
Mike Thomas photo 108. Mike Thomas CIN (at PHI)
Kalif Raymond Note
Kalif Raymond photo 109. Kalif Raymond TEN (at MIN)
Dede Westbrook Note
Dede Westbrook photo 110. Dede Westbrook JAC (vs . MIA)
Gabriel Davis Note
Gabriel Davis photo 111. Gabriel Davis BUF (vs . LAR)
Damion Ratley Note
Damion Ratley photo 112. Damion Ratley NYG (vs . SF)
Collin Johnson Note
Collin Johnson photo 113. Collin Johnson JAC (vs . MIA)
DaeSean Hamilton Note
DaeSean Hamilton photo 114. DaeSean Hamilton DEN (vs . TB)
Marvin Hall Note
Marvin Hall photo 115. Marvin Hall DET (at ARI)
Cam Batson Note
Cam Batson photo 116. Cam Batson TEN (at MIN)
Freddie Swain Note
Freddie Swain photo 117. Freddie Swain SEA (vs . DAL)
Isaiah McKenzie Note
Isaiah McKenzie photo 118. Isaiah McKenzie BUF (vs . LAR)
C.J. Board Note
C.J. Board photo 119. C.J. Board NYG (vs . SF)
John Hightower Note
John Hightower photo 120. John Hightower PHI (vs . CIN)
Antonio Gandy-Golden Note
Antonio Gandy-Golden photo 121. Antonio Gandy-Golden WAS (at CLE)
Auden Tate Note
Auden Tate photo 122. Auden Tate CIN (at PHI)
Rashard Higgins Note
Rashard Higgins photo 123. Rashard Higgins CLE (vs . WAS)
Noah Brown Note
Noah Brown photo 124. Noah Brown DAL (at SEA)
Zay Jones Note
Zay Jones photo 125. Zay Jones LV (at NE)
Ted Ginn Jr. Note
Ted Ginn Jr. photo 126. Ted Ginn Jr. CHI (at ATL)
Olamide Zaccheaus Note
Olamide Zaccheaus photo 127. Olamide Zaccheaus ATL (vs . CHI)
Daurice Fountain Note
Daurice Fountain photo 128. Daurice Fountain IND (vs . NYJ)
Tajae Sharpe Note
Tajae Sharpe photo 129. Tajae Sharpe MIN (vs . TEN)
Malik Taylor Note
Malik Taylor photo 130. Malik Taylor GB (at NO)
Marquez Callaway Note
Marquez Callaway photo 131. Marquez Callaway NO (vs . GB)
Seth Roberts Note
Seth Roberts photo 132. Seth Roberts CAR (at LAC)
Byron Pringle Note
Byron Pringle photo 133. Byron Pringle KC (at BAL)
DeAndre Carter Note
DeAndre Carter photo 134. DeAndre Carter HOU (at PIT)
Joe Reed Note
Joe Reed photo 135. Joe Reed LAC (vs . CAR)
Keke Coutee Note
Keke Coutee photo 136. Keke Coutee HOU (at PIT)
K.J. Hill Note
K.J. Hill photo 137. K.J. Hill LAC (vs . CAR)
Trent Sherfield Note
Trent Sherfield photo 138. Trent Sherfield ARI (vs . DET)
Ashton Dulin Note
Ashton Dulin photo 139. Ashton Dulin IND (vs . NYJ)
KeeSean Johnson Note
KeeSean Johnson photo 140. KeeSean Johnson ARI (vs . DET)
Diontae Spencer Note
Diontae Spencer photo 141. Diontae Spencer DEN (vs . TB)
Christian Blake Note
Christian Blake photo 142. Christian Blake ATL (vs . CHI)
Alex Erickson Note
Alex Erickson photo 143. Alex Erickson CIN (at PHI)
Cam Sims Note
Cam Sims photo 144. Cam Sims WAS (at CLE)
Cyril Grayson Jr. Note
Cyril Grayson Jr. photo 145. Cyril Grayson Jr. TB (at DEN)
Cedrick Wilson Note
Cedrick Wilson photo 146. Cedrick Wilson DAL (at SEA)
Brandon Zylstra Note
Brandon Zylstra photo 147. Brandon Zylstra CAR (at LAC)
Bennie Fowler III Note
Bennie Fowler III photo 148. Bennie Fowler III NO (vs . GB)
Tyler Johnson Note
Tyler Johnson photo 149. Tyler Johnson TB (at DEN)
Jaydon Mickens Note
Jaydon Mickens photo 150. Jaydon Mickens TB (at DEN)
Pharoh Cooper Note
Pharoh Cooper photo 151. Pharoh Cooper CAR (at LAC)
Mack Hollins Note
Mack Hollins photo 152. Mack Hollins MIA (at JAC)
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine Note
Nick Westbrook-Ikhine photo 153. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine TEN (at MIN)
Brandon Powell Note
Brandon Powell photo 154. Brandon Powell ATL (vs . CHI)
JoJo Natson Note
JoJo Natson photo 155. JoJo Natson CLE (vs . WAS)
Nsimba Webster Note
Nsimba Webster photo 156. Nsimba Webster LAR (at BUF)
James Proche Note
James Proche photo 157. James Proche BAL (vs . KC)
Ray-Ray McCloud Note
Ray-Ray McCloud photo 158. Ray-Ray McCloud PIT (vs . HOU)
Andre Roberts Note
Andre Roberts photo 159. Andre Roberts BUF (vs . LAR)
Dan Chisena Note
Dan Chisena photo 160. Dan Chisena MIN (vs . TEN)
Malik Turner Note
Malik Turner photo 161. Malik Turner DAL (at SEA)
K.J. Osborn Note
K.J. Osborn photo 162. K.J. Osborn MIN (vs . TEN)