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Player Updates: Wide Receivers
Player updates and fantasy advice for wide receivers around the NFL.
🚨 Week 3 🚨
🟢 TNF: Cooper, A. (Cle) · Johnson, D. (Pit) SUN: Brown, M. (Ari) · Gage, R. (TB) · Olave, C. (NO) · Smith, D. (Phi) · Metcalf, D. (Sea) · Jones, Z. (Jax) · Diggs, S. (Buf) · Lockett, T. (Sea) · Hollins, M. (LV) · Brown, A. (Phi) · Reynolds, J. (Det) · Moore, E. (NYJ) · Parker, D. (NE) · Samuel, C. (Was) · Sutton, C. (Den) · Chase, J. (Cin) · Dortch, G. (Ari) · Wilson, G. (NYJ) · Adams, D. (LV)
🟡 TNF: Pickens, G. (Pit) SUN: McKenzie, I. (Buf) · Pittman, M. (Ind) · McLaurin, T. (Was) · St. Brown, A. (Det) · Kirk, C. (Jax) · Palmer, J. (LAC) · Woods, R. (Ten) · Aiyuk, B. (SF) · Dotson, J. (Was) · Doubs, R. (GB) · Osborn, K. (Min) · Smith-Schuster, J. (KC) · Samuel, D. (SF) · Thielen, A. (Min) · Jones Jr., M. (Jax) · Pickens, G. (Pit) · Cooks, B. (Hou) · Valdes-Scantling, M. (KC) · Higgins, T. (Cin)
Adams, Davante (LAC)
Week 3: Davante Adams caught 5-of-10 targets for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 3 loss to the Titans. He lost four yards on his only carry. The Titans were able to settle into blanket coverage on Adams for most of the day. Carr squeezed a pass through double coverage to Adams on a five-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, but most of Adams’ day was spent running sprints against two defenders. It seems teams are simply content to dedicate additional attention to Adams until Carr and the Raiders show they can connect elsewhere. Adams will look to get back on track in a Week 4 divisional showdown against the Broncos in Las Vegas.
Agholor, Nelson (NE)
Week 2: Greg Dortch has posted 63 and 55 yards over the Cardinals’ first two games, and if Rondale Moore (hamstring) misses Week 3, he should continue to see a prominent role in the offense against a Rams defense that’s giving up 212 yards and 2.5 TDs per game to opposing WRs.
Week 3: There has been chatter from more than one member of the Patriots media that Agholor could be something of an odd-man-out of the Pats’ crowded receiver group, but Agholor seems to have stabilized his standing with a strong summer. Of course, we still would not expect Agholor to be a fantasy factor in a corps that includes DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and second-rounder Tyquan Thornton.
Aiyuk, Brandon (SF)
Week 3: Brandon Aiyuk caught 3-of-8 targets for 39 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s Week 3 loss to Denver. The touchdown was an easy walk-in on a wide receiver screen from inside the five. Aiyuk was still heavily involved without Trey Lance — he’s actually led the 49ers in targets in each of the last two games and had 44.6% of their targeted air yards tonight — but the 49ers passing game was kept in check. Aiyuk will be on the WR3/FLEX line against the Rams in Week 4, but his underlying stats are all quite positive. He just needs better ball placement from his quarterback.
Allen, Keenan (LAC)
Week 3 [?]: Keenan Allen didn’t suit up last week due to a hamstring strain, but if the Chargers’ wideout is able to return in Week 3 — and Justin Herbert is also under center despite his own rib injury — he should be productive against a Jaguars secondary that struggled in its only road game to date.
Anderson, Robbie (Car)
Week 2: Robbie Anderson caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in the Panthers’ Week 2 loss against the Giants. Anderson wasn’t much of a factor outside of losing a fumble. The Panthers’ passing game needs to improve before he and D.J. Moore can be more consistent. Anderson’s value heavily relies on him catching deep passes.
Week 3: Robbie Anderson leads the Panthers with 13 targets through two games, and he’ll face a Saints defense in Week 3 that hasallowed the 12th-most yards to opposing receivers on the season.
Bateman, Rashod (Bal)
Week 2: Rashod Bateman caught 4-of-7 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ Week 2 loss to the Dolphins. For the second consecutive week, Bateman caught a long ball from Lamar Jackson — this time it was a 75-yard touchdown in which Bateman easily pulled ahead of Miami defenders and cruised for the score in a back-and-forth affair. Bateman was again second in Ravens targets behind Mark Andrews. His lack of target volume could become an issue at some point this season, but with big-play ability in a pass-first Baltimore offense, Bateman could prove efficient enough to be an every-week WR2. Those who drafted him have to be thrilled with his first two weeks of the season.
Week 3: Rashod Bateman has scored in back-to-back games to start the season for the Ravens, but in Week 3, he’ll get a Patriots defense that has allowed 197.0 receiving yards per game so far in 2022, the ninth-lowest total in the league.
Boyd, Tyler (Cin)
Week 2: Tyler Boyd caught both of his targets for 17 yards in the Bengals’ Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. Boyd was again relegated to a distant WR3 role in the predictable Cincinnati offense. While Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase combined for a 55 percent target share, Boyd ran his usual slot routes but was never a priority for Joe Burrow. Unless and until Higgins or Chase miss time, Boyd is little more than a WR3/4 with no upside.
Week 3: Tyler Boyd has yet to reach 35 yards in a game this season for the Bengals, and in Week 3, he gets a Jets defense that has given up 216.0 passing yards per game in 2022, ranking them in the middle of the pack.
Brown, A.J. (Phi)
Week 3: A.J. Brown caught 5-of-10 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 3 win against the Commanders. Brown caught a short touchdown from Jalen Hurts before the game got out of hand and the Eagles took their foot off the gas. He also came down with a 38-yard grab over a helpless defender. Brown was close on two downfield shots in the first half too. For the second straight game, DeVonta Smith saw more receptions and yards than Brown, though the latter remains the Eagles’ clearcut alpha WR1. Brown has as much upside as any receiver next week against the Jaguars.
Brown, Marquise (Ari)
Week 3: Marquise Brown caught 14-of-17 targets for 140 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 3 loss to the Rams. Brown’s 17 targets were seven more than both Greg Dortch and Zach Ertz, who saw 10 apiece on a day Kyler Murray attempted a career-high 58 passes. Brown has been a bit of a disappointment, but this insane volume at least got him there for Week 3. The Cardinals just never found the end zone Sunday. Brown will be a WR3 with upside next week against the Panthers.
Burks, Treylon (Ten)
Week 2: Treylon Burks caught 4-of-6 targets for 47 yards in the Titans’ Week 2 loss to the Bills. We’re still waiting on Burks’ breakout game, but the rookie receiver has gotten off to a solid start through two games. Looking explosive with the ball in his hands, Burks’ biggest play came on a 16-yard reception to convert a third and 14 early in the second quarter, but he was otherwise kept quite for most of the afternoon. Through two games, Burks has caught seven passes for 102 yards (14.6 YPR) but is still in search of his first touchdown. He’s a low-end WR3 next week against the Raiders.
Week 3: Treylon Burks leads the Titans in targets (11) and catches (102) through two games, so the rookie first-round pick is already emerging as the top option in an admittedly low-octane passing attack heading into a Week 3 home game against the Raiders.
Callaway, Marquez (NO)
In place of injured Michael Thomas (hamstring), Callaway looked confident and comfortable in the WR1’s spot. Last season Callaway led New Orleans’ wide receiver room hauling in 46 passes for 698 yards and six touchdowns. While that was only good enough to finish as the WR43 in fantasy, the third year man shouldn’t be punished for his QB situation following the Jameis Winston injury. New Orleans now has one of the deepest WR rooms in all of the NFL and Callaway should go undrafted in redraft, though he still offers upside in dynasty due to the age of Jarvis Landry and the injury history of Michael Thomas. Elvin Ryan – FantasyPros
Chark Jr., D. (Det)
Week 3: D.J. Chark caught 3-of-6 targets for 46 yards in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Vikings. Amon-Ra St. Brown dealt with an ankle injury, but it was Josh Reynold who stepped up with 10 targets, rather than Chark. Chark looks like an ancillary piece on a passing offense that is a poor bet for a ton of weekly production. He’s best left out of fantasy lineups against the Seahawks in Week 4.
Chase, Ja'Marr (Cin)
Week 3: Ja’Marr Chase caught 6-of-10 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in the Bengals’ Week 3 win over the Jets. Despite leading the Bengals in targets, Chase wasn’t able to get going with Sauce Gardner covering him. Luckily for him, the Jets blew a coverage at the goal line and left Chase wide open and made it easy for Joe Burrow to find him for the touchdown. With Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins stepping up, Chase wasn’t asked to do much. He should be able to bounce back in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
Claypool, Chase (Pit)
Week 3: Chase Claypool caught 3-of-6 targets for 35 yards in the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Browns, adding an 11-yard carry. He also drew an offensive pass interference call. Claypool has now drawn exactly six targets in all three of his appearances, never clearing 35 yards receiving. His six carries for 36 yards in Week 1 were nice, but he has only 1/11 on the ground since. With George Pickens reminding of his upside with a circus 36-yard grab this evening, Claypool’s downside was feeling all too evident with Mitch Trubisky once again struggling to make plays. Claypool will be a low-floor WR4 for Week 4 against the Jets.
Collins, Nico (Hou)
Week 2: Nico Collins caught 4-of-9 targets for 58 yards in Houston’s Week 2 loss to the Broncos. It’s one short of his career high in targets, 10 in Week 14 against the Seahawks in 2021. Collins caught passes to leadoff two drives in a row after Denver went up 13-9 in the fourth quarter, and those accounted for 49 of his 58 yards. History has told us that this probably isn’t the start of a breakout as far as target percentage, but it’s at least a faint pulse for his DFS and FLEX hopes as the Texans head into Week 3 against the Bears.
Week 3: Nico Collins is second on the Texans in targets through two games with 12, but he’s averaging just 42 receiving yards per game heading into a Week 3 road tilt against a Bears defense that has allowed more rushing yards than passing yards this season.
Cooks, Brandin (Hou)
Week 3: Brandin Cooks caught 2-of-7 targets for 22 yards in Houston’s Week 3 loss to Chicago. Cooks was the target on an end-zone pick for the Texans as the ball was well-defensed and popped up to Eddie Jackson in the back of the end zone. Per NFL Next Gen Stats, Cooks saw an average of 1.98 yards of separation in Week 3 en route to his worst performance since Week 11 of last season. These games will happen when defenses decide to gang up on Cooks and let the rest of Houston’s receiving corps try to win the game. Cooks will be on the WR3 line for Week 4’s game against the Chargers.
Cooper, Amari (Cle)
Week 3: Amari Cooper caught 7-of-11 targets for 101 yards and a touchdown in the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Steelers. Cooper has now cleared 100 yards two times in five days. It goes well beyond that, however. He is the first Browns pass catcher with back-to-back 100-yard games since Josh Gordon in 2013, while it is the first time he personally has breached the century mark in back-to-back weeks since 2016. Stunning. Jacoby Brissett has accomplished what Derek Carr and Dak Prescott could not. It helps that Cooper has almost no other target competition to speak of, though David Njoku had something to say about that this evening. Cooper also had a pair of bad drops, including one on third down in the fourth quarter. That is just Cooper being Cooper. He will be a solid WR2 for Week 4 against the Falcons.
Diggs, Stefon (Buf)
Stefon Diggs caught 7-of-11 targets for 74 yards in the Bills’ Week 3 loss to the Dolphins. Diggs also drew a red zone personal foul on Xavien Howard. Mired in grueling Miami heat and humidity, Diggs spent much of the second half shuttling in and out of the game with cramps. He still managed to tie for the team lead in targets, though looks were plentiful on an afternoon where the Bills ran 90 plays and Josh Allen attempted a career-high 63 passes. Despite today’s quieter affair, Diggs has now reached at least seven receptions in all three of his 2022 appearances. He is cooking with PPR gas. Another potential shootout for Week 4 awaits in the Ravens.
Dortch, Greg (Ari)
Week 3: Greg Dortch caught 9-of-10 targets for 80 yards in the Cardinals’ Week 3 loss to the Rams. Dortch’s 10 targets tied Zach Ertz for second on the team behind Marquise Brown’s 17 on a day Kyler Murray fired off a career-high 58 passes. Dortch looks locked into the slot role with Rondale Moore (hamstring) still not practicing and likely out at least another week. Dortch will be a PPR-based WR4 next Sunday against the Panthers.
Dotson, Jahan (Was)
Week 3: Jahan Dotson caught 2-of-8 targets for 10 yards in the Commanders’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles. It was Dotson’s first disappointing outing following two solid weeks in Washington’s pass-heavy offense. The rookie, who had seven catches and three touchdowns in the first two regular season games, had a bad drop in the fourth quarter on what would have been a 20-yard completion. He can be excused on a day where the entire Washington offense was dysfunctional and generally disinterested. Dotson should be treated as a WR3 option in Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Doubs, Romeo (GB)
Week 3: Romeo Doubs caught all eight of his targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ Week 3 loss to the Bucs. Thee days after Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Doubs was “going to have to take more of a load this week,” the rookie did just that, leading the team in targets, receptions, and yards while running a route on 94.4 percent of Aaron Rodgers’ drop backs. Doubs came out red hot, gaining 35 yards on three grabs in the team’s opening drive, including a six-yard touchdown on a play designed to get him the ball. He was a couple shoestring tackles away from having a monster stat line against the Bucs. Clearly Green Bay’s most explosive wideout, Doubs may have forced the team’s hand into giving him more snaps and pass routes going forward. He should be rostered in all 12-team formats and could be a low-end WR2 option in Week 4 against the Patriots if Christian Watson remains sidelined.
Duvernay, Devin (Bal)
Week 2: Devin Duvernay (concussion) is not practicing Wednesday. Duvernay returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown last week against the Dolphins and caught both of his targets for 42 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a concussion. Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman are the Ravens’ only fantasy-viable pass-catchers.
Week 3: Devin Duvernay was forced out of the Ravens’ last game with a concussion, but if he suits up in Week 3, he’ll get a Patriots defense that has allowed 197.0 receiving yards per game so far this season, the ninth-lowest total in the league.
Gage, Russell (TB)
Week 3: Russell Gage caught 12-of-13 targets for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Bucs’ Week 3 loss to the Packers. It was a game full of check downs to the slot for Tom Brady, who was without Mike Evans (suspension), Chris Godwin (hamstring), and Julio Jones (knee). Gage overcame an apparent hamstring injury and a second half fumble to help lead Tampa down the field late in the fourth quarter — a possession that ended with a short Gage touchdown between two defenders. Brady also targeted slot man Cole Beasley four times. Gage’s 36 percent target share certainly won’t hold when Evans returns in Week 4. He could still be a fine WR3 play in PPR formats against the Chiefs in what could be a back-and-forth affair.
Hamler, KJ (Den)
Week 3: KJ Hamler was inactive last week after being targeted only once in the Broncos’ opener, and until the speedster proves he’s healthy, he’ll be a risky option heading into a Week 3 clash with a 49ers defense that’s allowed a league-low 142.5 passing yards a game so far.
Higgins, Tee (Cin)
Week 3: Tee Higgins caught 5-of-7 targets for 93 yards in the Bengals’ Week 3 win over the Jets. Higgins got going early before briefly leaving the game after taking a hit to the head. He caught a would-be touchdown early in the game but wasn’t able to come down and get his heel inbounds. Nonetheless, Higgins finished with a nice stat line and should remain in your lineups as a weekly starter. He and Ja’Marr Chase will face the Dolphins who have let quarterbacks throw for more than 300 yards in two straight games.
Hill, Tyreek (Mia)
Week 2: Tyreek Hill caught 11-of-13 targets for 189 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ Week 2 win against the Ravens. Hill, who appeared frustrated in the first half as the Dolphins featured Jaylen Waddle, fought through second half cramps and caught two lengthy scores — including a 60-yarder late in the game — in Miami’s thrilling comeback against a hapless Ravens secondary. Both of Hill’s long scores were underthrown by Tua Tagovailoa, though it didn’t matter after Hill had dusted everyone in the Baltimore secondary. Hill, who drew a target on 32.5 percent of his routes in Week 2, is as unstoppable as a deep threat as he was during his time in Kansas City. With the Dolphins committing to the pass, Hill and Waddle should be considered top-12 fantasy options in Week 3 against Buffalo.
Week 3: Tyreek Hill has seen at least 12 targets in each game this year for the Dolphins, and in Week 3, he’ll get a Buffalo defense that has given up 149.0 passing yards per game so far in 2022, the second-lowest total in the league.
Hollins, Mack (LV)
Week 3: Mack Hollins caught 8-of-10 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ Week 3 loss to the Titans. It marks the second consecutive week that Mack Hollins has led the team in receiving yardage. Hollins’ day was highlighted by a 60-yard hookup on 4th-and-15 deep into the fourth quarter that kept the Raiders alive. Hollins would ultimately score on the drive to bring the Raiders within a two-point conversion to tie the game with under two minutes to play, but the Derek Carr pass attempt fell short and the Titans were able to run out the clock. Hollins appears to be a weekly WR3 with upside having played at least 87% of the offensive snaps in each game thus far.
Jefferson, Justin (Min)
Week 2: Justin Jefferson caught 6-of-12 targets for 48 yards in the Vikings’ Week 2 loss to the Eagles. Eagles top CB Darius Slay was all up in Jefferson’s grill most of the night, riding his hip and swatting away pass after pass that he wasn’t intercepting. Slay picked off Kirk Cousins twice on passes intended for Jefferson. Through two games, Jefferson has seen a total of 23 targets and remains in the overall WR1 mix week in and week out with a Week 3 date with the Lions on deck. Look for a big bounce-back effort from Jefferson against a much softer secondary.
Week 3: Justin Jefferson has seen 23 targets through two weeks and should again be heavily involved for the Vikings in an inviting Week 3 matchup against a Lions defense that’s allowing 7.0 yards per pass attempt, and one he torched for 18 catches, 306 yards and a touchdown a year ago.
Jefferson, Van (LAR)
Week 3: Justin Jefferson caught 3-of-6 targets for 14 yards in the Vikings’ Week 3 win over the Lions. Jefferson’s biggest contribution was drawing a defensive pass interference from the three-yard line on 3rd down. On the following play, Kirk Cousins found Adam Thielen for a one-yard score. It was an extremely disappointing outing for Jefferson who now has just 62 yards over his last two games after going off for 9-184-2 in Week 1. Jefferson will hope to rebound against a difficult Saints defense in Week 4. Even while dealing with a two-week slump, Jefferson needs to be locked into fantasy lineups.
Jeudy, Jerry (Den)
Week 3: Jerry Jeudy caught 2-of-6 targets for 17 yards in Denver’s Week 3 win against the 49ers. Jeudy appeared to have beaten Charvarius Ward deep early in the fourth quarter, but Ward recovered just enough to break up what would have been about a 45-yard catch. Jeudy saw other Wilson passes wizz past his outstretched arms as the quarterback battled inaccuracy problems. When healthy, Jeudy looks like the Tyler Lockett of this offense. But he’ll be hard to trust in Week 4’s tilt against the Raiders based on the overall direction of this offense and is probably a WR3 at best.
Johnson, Diontae (Pit)
Week 3: Diontae Johnson caught 8-of-11 targets for 84 yards in the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Browns. Johnson also committed his customary drop, with this one costing the Steelers a major third-down conversion in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the proceedings, he tacked on five yards by drawing a defensive holding call. It was soon after that that Johnson expressed visible frustration with Mitchell Trubisky’s ball placement. With Mitch at the controls, Johnson has zero scores in three games and is averaging 9.3 yards per reception. That is not going to cut it, though Johnson has kept his PPR value afloat with at least six grabs each time out. That’s nice, but Johnson might need a quarterback switch to Kenny Pickett to re-establish high-end WR2 upside.
Jones Jr., Marvin (Jax)
Week 3: Marvin Jones caught 4-of-7 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 3 win over the Jaguars. Despite the score, Jones finished the day third on the team in all receiving stats. That tracks with what he did in the first two weeks of the season. Jones is a distant third in targets, ranking comfortably behind Zay Jones and Christian Kirk. As long as the holds true, he can be left on the waiver wire in all but the deepest of leagues.
Jones, Zay (Jax)
Week 3: Zay Jones caught 10-of-11 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ Week 3 win over the Chargers. Trevor Lawrence was dialed in for this game and found himself hitting up Jones on short and intermediate looks throughout the contest. Jones, for his part, ran well after the catch. Jones scored his first touchdown as a Jaguar on a Lawrence scramble in the red zone. After this week, Jones leads the Jags in receptions and is only three targets behind Christian Kirk. Kirk will likely reclaim his role as the team’s top option in Week 4, but Jones is firmly in the mix for FLEX-worthy fantasy numbers going forward.
Kirk, Christian (Jax)
Week 3: Christian Kirk caught 6-of-9 targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ Week 3 win over the Chargers. Kirk’s nine targets ranked second on the team behind Zay Jones, but he was still heavily involved in the offense. A 23 percent target share with a touchdown is a strong performance for the first-year Jaguar. Kirk won’t be topping charts with his target share, but he will project as the team’s top receiver unless Jones stays hot for a few weeks. Kirk could push for a WR2 ranking in Week 4 against the Eagles.
Kupp, Cooper (LAR)
Week 3: Cooper Kupp caught 4-of-6 targets for 44 yards and rushed for a 20-yard touchdown in the Rams’ Week 3 win over the Cardinals. Kupp’s six targets led the team on a day the Rams called just 46 offensive plays, including 25 passes by Matthew Stafford. But it was “Ben Skowronek” who paced the Rams in receiving with a 4/66 line. Kupp dropped a touchdown on a dime from Stafford, but the slot receiver was able to save his fantasy day with the 20-yard rushing score. Kupp gets a Week 4 date with the 49ers on Monday Night Football.
Lamb, CeeDee (Dal)
Week 2: CeeDee Lamb caught 7-of-11 targets for 75 yards in the Cowboys’ Week 2 win against the Bengals. Lamb now has 22 targets through two regular season games, but just 104 scoreless yards (11.5 yards per catch) to show for it. Cooper Rush targeted Lamb on a bulky 33.3 percent of his pass routes against the Bengals in what devolved into a conservative, run-heavy offense after a first quarter in which the Cowboys came out throwing aggressively against a middling Bengals defense. Lamb’s target share should continue putting him in the WR2 conversation. Fantasy drafters who thought they were getting an alpha WR1 are going to need to come to grips with Lamb’s limited upside in a misguided Cowboys offense with Rush at the helm. Lamb is certainly a top-24 option in Week 3 against the Giants.
Week 3: Lamb has 13 receptions for 187 yards in two games with Cooper Rush at quarterback, though Dallas will face a Giants defense in Week 3 that has not allowed any wide receiver to record more than 66 yards in a game this season.
Lazard, Allen (GB)
Week 3: Allen Lazard caught 4-of-6 targets for 45 yards and a touchdown in the Packers’ Week 3 win against the Bucs. Lazard was third in targets behind Romeo Doubs (8) and Robert Tonyan (7). He was seen vomiting on the sideline and missed some time in the first half but returned and made a couple critical drive-saving catches. He caught a six-yard touchdown that put the Packers up for good. Lazard, with six receptions in two games, is a floor WR4/5 option in a Green Bay offense that will likely spread out targets among receivers. Doubs has far more fantasy appeal than Lazard.
Lockett, Tyler (Sea)
Week 3: Tyler Lockett caught 9-of-10 targets for 76 yards in the Seahawks’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons. The nine-catch effort was Lockett’s second in as many weeks. He has now out-targeted DK Metcalf 22-18 over the past two games, out-catching him 18-9. It never made sense that conservative Geno Smith wasn’t more connected to Lockett as a short-to-intermediate target. It was Smith who nearly got Lockett killed on Sunday, throwing a hospital ball that sent him to the blue tent. Thankfully, Lockett missed only a handful of reps. Lockett will be a higher-end WR3 for next week’s potentially higher-scoring date with the Lions in Detroit.
London, Drake (Atl)
Week 3: Drake London caught 3-of-6 targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ Week 3 win over the Seahawks. Not a bad day considering Marcus Mariota attempted only 20 throws. London’s touchdown, his second in as many weeks, was a 14-yarder where caught a stop route, reversed fields, then shed two tacklers. It was highly impressive. The No. 8 overall pick has reached at least six targets and 54 yards in all three of his appearances. He has established himself as an every-week WR3 who can ascend to top-24 status at some point this season.
McKenzie, Isaiah (Buf)
Week 3: Isaiah McKenzie caught 7-of-9 targets for 76 yards and a touchdown in the Bills’ Week 3 loss to the Dolphins. It was the second most productive game of McKenzie’s career from a catches, yards and targets perspective. For his eight-yard touchdown in the second quarter, he was left uncovered out of the slot as the defense keyed in on Stefon Diggs. He should have had a second score, but Josh Allen turfed a gimme touchdown in the waning moments of the game. McKenzie was then targeted on the contest’s literal final play but could not get out of bounds to stop the clock. Some may say he made a poor read back toward the middle of the field. It was still a plus effort, one where McKenzie highlighted his unusually-fast acceleration. He will have some low-end WR4 appeal for Week 4 vs. the Ravens.
McLaurin, Terry (Was)
Week 3: Terry McLaurin caught 6-of-9 targets for 102 yards in the Commanders’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles. McLaurin has been somewhat disappointing with just six catches in the season’s first two games, but against the Eagles, he came through with a handful of second half receptions in what amounted to garbage time. He led the team in receiving yards and was second in targets behind Curtis Samuel (10). McLaurin, the Commanders’ only real deep threat, came down with a pretty 45-yards reception in double coverage on Carson Wentz’s best throw of the day. We’d like to see McLaurin see more intermediate targets to go along with the downfield opportunities. We won’t complain though. He should be fine as a WR2 option in Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Metcalf, D.K. (Sea)
DK Metcalf caught 5-of-12 targets for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ Week 3 loss to the Falcons.
Advice: One of Metcalf’s missed connections was a drop after he heard footsteps, while another was an end zone target where he couldn’t get either foot in bounds. Metcalf’s 18-yard score in the second quarter was his first touchdown of the season. Metcalf simply skied over Jaylin Hawkins 1-on-1. Good, though Metcalf was out-caught 9-5 by Tyler Lockett after Lockett had a 9-4 advantage in Week 2. Conservative Geno Smith might finally be getting more comfortable with Lockett underneath. Metcalf should fall in the WR20-28 range most weeks. He will be on the higher end of that for Week 4 in Detroit.
Meyers, Jakobi (NE)
Week 2: Meyers caught three balls for 26 yards on the Patriots’ first drive, which ended in a field goal. He was a reliable chain mover throughout the game, leading the team with 13 targets (95 yards). Nelson Agholor was a distant second in targets with just six. Meyers will be in the FLEX mix against the Ravens in Week 3.
Week 3: Jakobi Meyers has scored just twice in three years for the Patriots who in Week 3 get a Ravens defense that has allowed 379.0 passing yards per game in 2022, the highest total in the league.
Mooney, Darnell (Chi)
Week 2: Darnell Mooney caught 1-of-2 targets for minus-four yards in Chicago’s Week 2 loss to Green Bay. Mooney was well-covered by Eric Stokes on a deep ball in the fourth quarter, and, well, that was that. The Bears have barely showcased a functional passing offense over two weeks and Mooney has turned that into five targets for four yards. You might be desperate enough to start him one last time against the Texans in Week 3, but expectations should be limited after this start to the season.
Week 3: Darnell Mooney has seen only five targets through two weeks in the Bears low-volume passing attack, and while their Week 3 opponent in the Texans has been stingy against the pass overall, allowing just two touchdowns through two games, they’ve also allowed the opponent’s top receiver to top 100 yards both times.
Moore, D.J. (Car)
Week 3: D.J. Moore caught 1-of-6 targets for two yards in the Panthers’ Week 3 win over the Saints. Moore added two carries for 13 yards. The Panthers tried to get more involved, but Baker Mayfield’s arm wouldn’t allow that to happen. He routinely missed the mark when targeting Moore, leading to him earning more yards on the ground than through the air. Moore still led the team with a 25 percent target share. Mayfield has struggled through three weeks and isn’t likely to turn things around anytime soon, keeping more in the WR3 range for his Week 4 matchup with the Cardinals.
Moore, Elijah (NYJ)
Week 3: Elijah Moore caught 4-of-10 targets for 49 yards in the Jets’ Week 3 loss against the Bengals. Moore still has yet to have a big game but he saw some targets in a negative game script. With Joe Flacco throwing 52 passes, Moore was bound to receive some of the pie, but couldn’t do much with it. Moore had high hopes coming into 2022, but for now he should probably remain on your bench. The hope is, since the Jets will always be losing, he should see more opportunities down the line.
Olave, Chris (NO)
Week 3: Chris Olave caught 9-of-13 targets for 147 yards in the Saints’ Week 3 loss to the Panthers. Olave, who saw 334 air yards in Week 2, was once again the focal point of Jameis Winston’s desperation, though more passes found their mark this week. The rookie was Winston’s favorite target throughout the game and could be even more involved going forward. Both Jarvis Landy and Michael Thomas went down with injuries in this game. The statuses of those players will play a role in Olave’s Week 4 outlook, but he should be treated as a WR3 no matter who is in the lineup.
Osborn, KJ (Min)
Week 3: K.J. Osborn caught 5-of-8 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 3 win over the Lions. As the Vikings began their final drive, Osborn had just three receptions for 17 yards. However, on that drive, he caught back-to-back 28-yard receptions, the second of which went for the game-winning TD. Osborn benefited from a Lions defensive game plan that seemed intent on taking away Justin Jefferson, and which did so effectively. Jefferson was held to just 14 yards. Osborn sets up as a FLEX dart throw in Week 4 as the Viking take on a talented Saints defense.
Palmer, Joshua (LAC)
Week 3: Josh Palmer caught 6-of-9 targets for 99 yards in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Jaguars. With Keenan Allen out, Palmer was forced to step up. He did so with a team-high in targets and receiving yards. Nearly half of his yards came on a 45-yard catch-and-run at the end of the third quarter. Allen was a game-time decision this week, so it could be the final game he misses for now. If he is back for Week 4, Palmer will fall back into the WR4/5 ranks.
Parker, DeVante (NE)
Week 3: DeVante Parker caught 5-of-10 targets for 156 yards in the Patriots’ Week 3 loss to the Ravens. Parker tormented the Ravens’ secondary throughout the day, hauling in five catches of 25 or more yards on the afternoon. Despite the Herculean effort from Parker, the veteran receiver was unable to cap his breakout performance with a score. The absence of Jakobi Meyers (knee) undoubtedly played a role in Parker’s big day, after he saw just four targets through the first two weeks of the season. He and quarterback Mac Jones appeared to have good chemistry throughout the day, which should help Parker see more opportunities in the coming weeks. Despite a tremendous performance, we should approach Parker with caution next week against the Packers.
Peoples-Jones, Donovan (Cle)
Week 3: Donovan Peoples-Jones caught 1-of-3 targets for 10 yards in the Browns’ Week 3 win over the Steelers. DPJ now has one catch for 10 yards since his surprising 6/60 effort in Week 1. Peoples-Jones offers big-play upside, but it is going to be extremely difficult for him to tap into it with conservative Jacoby Brissett at the controls.
Pickens, George (Pit)
Week 3: George Pickens caught 3-of-7 targets for 39 yards in the Steelers’ Week 3 loss to the Browns. That unimpressive statline is actually easily Pickens’ best of the season. It also belies an effort that quite literally featured one of the greatest catches in NFL history. With Martin Emerson Jr. draped all over him down the right sideline late in the first quarter, Pickens: 1. Laid out almost fully horizontal. 2. Managed to hold the pose in mid-air. 3. Made a fully-extended one-handed grab near the sideline. It was awe inspiring, and a reminder of why Pickens generated so much hype this summer and during the pre-draft process. Now he just needs a quarterback willing to pull the trigger on some down-field targets. That’s not Mitchell Trubisky. Even if Kenny Pickett is called upon for Week 4 against the Jets, Pickens will not be a reliable WR4.
Pierce, Alec (Ind)
Pittman Jr., Michael (Ind)
Week 3: Michael Pittman caught 8-of-9 targets for 72 yards in the Colts’ Week 3 win over the Chiefs. After missing Week 2 with a quad issue, Pittman returned and paced the Colts in targets, seeing three more than Nyheim Hines. Pittman’s line is nothing to write home about, but he didn’t appear to have any ill-effects from the quad. Pittman will be a WR1/2 next week against the Titans.
Renfrow, Hunter (LV)
Week 2: Hunter Renfrow (concussion) did not practice Wednesday. Renfrow got rocked by Isaiah Simmons on the final play of Week 2. After securing the catch and breaking a tackle, Renfrow lost the ball for a fumble-six when Simmons hit him. He suffered a concussion on the play. If he can’t suit up for the Raiders’ Week 3 matchup with the Titans, Mack Hollins would seemingly take his place in the starting lineup.
Week 3: Hunter Renfrow saw big volume last week but ended his day in brutal fashion by suffering a concussion and fumbling the ball on the final play of the game, putting his status in jeopardy for the Raiders’ Week 3 clash with a Titans secondary that ranks 29th in receiving yards allowed to wideouts so far.
Reynolds, Josh (Det)
Week 3: Josh Reynold caught 6-of-10 targets for 96 yards in the Lions Week 3 loss to the Vikings. Reynold led the Lions in targets and receiving yards, and tied with Amon-Ra St. Brown for the team-high in receptions. St. Brown was playing through injury for much of the game, which allowed Reynold to earn more targets than expected. He’ll be an unexciting dart throw option against the Seahawks in Week 4.
Robinson II, Allen (LAR)
Week 2: Allen Robinson caught 4-of-5 targets for 53 yards and one touchdown in the Rams’ Week 2 win over the Falcons. Coach Sean McVay made it a point after Week 1 to say Robinson needed to be more involved following his 1-12-0 opener on two targets. Matthew Stafford responded by hitting Robinson for a one-yard score in the first quarter. The two later connected for another short score, but it was called back for a “medical timeout.” Robinson is still adjusting to his new digs, and Stafford remains locked on Cooper Kupp, who has posted back-to-back double-digit catches outings and found the end zone twice Sunday. Robinson is clearly the second or third fiddle behind Kupp and short-area favorite Tyler Higbee. Robinson will be a WR3 next week against the Cardinals.
Week 3: Allen Robinson showed signs of life by posting 53 yards and a TD in the Rams’ last game, and he’ll look to stay involved in a Week 3 matchup against a Cardinals defense that’s giving up 153 yards per game to opposing WRs.
Ross, Justyn (KC)
7/25: Chiefs placed WR Justyn Ross (foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.
Advice: Players who land on injured reserve before the season starts are automatically out for the year unless they are released. Ross’s final season at Clemson was cut short because of a foot issue that required surgery. He then underwent a second surgery on the foot this summer before landing on the PUP list to start training camp. Ross reached 1,000 yards as a true freshman at Clemson, putting him on track to be a highly-drafted NFL prospect. Injuries have all but derailed his career, and he will now have to wait until 2023 at the earliest to take the field again.
Samuel, Curtis (Was)
Week 3: Curtis Samuel caught 7-of-10 targets for 48 yards in the Commanders’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles, adding three rushes for 13 yards. Samuel now has a team-leading 30 targets through three games. His usage is no fluke: Washington offensive coordinator Scott Turner is determined to use Samuel at and around the line of scrimmage as a dump-off option for Carson Wentz. Many of his touches have been by design, giving Samuel a safe weekly PPR floor in a pass-first Washington offense. With 22 receptions through three games, Samuel should be viewed as a PPR WR2 play in Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Samuel, Deebo (SF)
Week 3: Deebo Samuel caught 5-of-8 targets for 73 yards in San Francisco’s Week 3 loss to Denver, adding five carries for six yards. Deebo was open on wheel routes twice early in the game, once with his quarterback ignoring him, and another time with his quarterback hanging up the ball so long that it likely cost him at least 20 extra receiving yards. Samuel also took a pounding in the middle of the field in the second quarter when he was stood up by the defense and pushed around in a pile by both sides — he briefly left the game over this. Samuel’s last target was a ball thrown wildly behind him by Garoppolo. He’s still a lock-and-load WR2 vs. the Rams in Week 4, but he’ll need more from his quarterback to play up to his standard.
Shepard, Sterling (NYG)
Week 2: Sterling Shepard caught 6-of-10 targets for 34 yards in the Giants’ Week 2 win over the Panthers. It wasn’t a super productive day for Shepard, but these are the kind of games you will get with Daniel Jones at quarterback. A week after scoring on a deep TD, Shepard came back down to earth in a defensively-themed game. All Giants’ receivers should remain on your bench or desperate flexes at best.
Week 3: Sterling Shepard has the looks of the No. 1 wideout in the Giants offense after garnering 10 targets last game, and Daniel Jones overshot Shepard on what would have been a long gainer as well; Shepard should continue to be a frequent target in Week 3 versus Dallas, though the Cowboys are allowing just 180 passing yards per game, which is sixth in the league.
Smith, DeVonta (Phi)
Week 3: DeVonta Smith caught 8-of-12 targets for 169 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles’ Week 3 win against the Commanders. Quiet in the season opener, Smith had a solid Week 2 (seven catches for 80 yards) and was Jalen Hurts’ primary target against Washington this week. He functioned as the team’s main downfield threat, coming down with a trio of downfield shots from Hurts, including a 45-yard first half catch that would have been overturned by replay had the Commanders challenged it in time. Smith exploited single coverage time and again while Washington’s secondary focused on A.J. Brown, who caught five of ten targets for 85 yards and a score. Philadelphia’s highly-concentrated target tree could make the Eagles highly predictable for fantasy managers going forward. Smith will be a high-end WR3 in Week 4 against the Jaguars.
Smith-Schuster, JuJu (KC)
Week 3: JuJu Smith-Schuster caught 5-of-8 targets for 89 yards in the Chiefs’ Week 3 loss to the Colts. JuJu paced the Chiefs in targets, catches, and yards, rebounding from his 3/10/0 dud last Thursday night against the Chargers. Smith-Schuster took a crosser 53 yards for the Chiefs’ longest gain of the day, but he’s still scoreless on the year. The Chiefs’ slot man is settling in as a WR3 for fantasy with Travis Kelce dominating targets and red-zone looks when the Chiefs aren’t feeding their sub-package players end-zone targets. Smith-Schuster will get a road date with the Bucs’ stingy defense in Week 4.
St. Brown, Amon-Ra (Det)
Week 3: Amon-Ra St. Brown caught 6-of-9 targets for 73 yards in the Lions’ Week 3 loss to the Vikings. St. Brown came up limping with an ankle injury in the 2nd quarter, but he played through the injury for the rest of the game. He was likely hampered by the injury, however, with 30 of his 73 yards coming on a first-quarter catch and run. His 30-yard play set the Lions up for a two-yard rushing score, but the second-year receiver was otherwise quiet. His 22% target share broke an eight-game streak of having at least a 29% target share. St. Brown will look to bounce back in Week 4 against the Seahawks.
Sutton, Courtland (Den)
Week 3: Courtland Sutton caught 8-of-10 targets for 97 yards in Denver’s Week 3 win over the 49ers. His biggest catch was a 19-yard backshoulder ball over Charvarius Ward to get Denver into the red zone. While many of Denver’s secondary receivers looked out of sync with Wilson, Sutton and Russ appear to have good chemistry already. Sutton now has 28 targets in three games and has outscored Jerry Jeudy in each of the last two weeks. Sutton figures to be a high-end WR2 for Week 4 against the Raiders, and is held back from WR1 only on account of the fact that the Broncos offense looks putrid around him.
Thielen, Adam (Min)
Week 3: Adam Thielen caught 6-of-8 targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ Week 3 win over the Lions. Thielen’s score came from just one yard out after Justin Jefferson drew a defensive pass interference in the end zone. Overall, it was a solid box score for Thielen, but given that Jefferson totaled just 14 yards on three receptions it was somewhat disappointing that K.J. Osborn was the Vikings’ leading receiver this week. Thielen profiles is a TD-dependent FLEX option against the Saints in Week 4.
Thomas, Michael (NO)
Week 2: Michael Thomas caught 6-of-9 targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ Week 2 loss to the Bucs. Thomas now has three scores through two weeks, so the reports of his demise may have been exaggerated. The New Orleans offense struggled in this game, but Thomas’s role in the red zone always gives him an out to a solid fantasy day. His nine targets were also the second-most on the team. The Saints’ passing game doesn’t run strictly through Thomas like it used to, but he remains an integral part of the offense. Thomas will look to keep up his WR2 pace versus the Panthers next week.
Week 3: Michael Thomas has led a trio of impressive receivers in New Orleans to begin the campaign by tallying three touchdowns in two games, and he’ll now head into a Week 3 matchup against a Panthers’ defense that has allowed only 218 total yards to opposing wide receivers this season.
Valdes-Scantling, Marquez (KC)
Week 3: Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught 4-of-7 targets for 48 yards in the Chiefs’ Week 3 loss to the Colts. MVS’ seven targets were a close third on the team behind Travis Kelce and JuJu Smith-Schuster’s eight apiece. But Patrick Mahomes overshot MVS early on a third-and-long. Expected to serve as Mahomes’ deep threat, MVS hasn’t done anything down the field through three weeks and has yet to score a touchdown. He’s turned 18 targets into a scoreless 10/105 line. Valdes-Scantling plays a bunch of snaps and is top three on the team in routes, but he’s little more than a low-floor WR3/4 headed into Week 4 against the Bucs.
Waddle, Jaylen (Mia)
Week 3: Dolphins listed Jaylen Waddle (groin) as DNP on their Monday practice report. The Dolphins didn’t practice on Monday as they prepare for a short week ahead of Thursday night’s matchup against the Bengals. Waddle caught four passes for 102 yards in Sunday’s win but didn’t appear limited, meaning this could be a non-issue. We’ll assume Waddle is good to go for Week 4 unless the team suggests otherwise. He’ll be a high-end WR2 in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Watson, Christian (GB)
Week 3: Christian Watson saw his snap share cut by more than 50 percent with Allen Lazard returning to action, and it appears he‘ll need to keep earning his quarterback’s trust before the Packers will give him extended opportunities, making it an uphill battle for meaningful production in Week 3 against Tampa Bay, whose secondary allows just 4.6 yards per pass attempt.
Williams, Mike (LAC)
Week 3: Mike Williams caught 1-of-6 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers’ Week 3 loss to the Jaguars. Williams made his only catch on an impressive, back-shoulder grab in the end zone. Justin Herbert played well despite playing through a punishing rib injury, but it’s possible the injury played a part in Williams’ quiet day. Williams also finished the day tied for third on the team in targets. The lengthy receiver should have more competition for targets in Week 4. Keenan Allen missed this game but is a strong bet to be back in the lineup versus the Texans. Williams will be a high-upside WR2 if Allen is able to suit up.
Wilson, Garrett (NYJ)
Week 3: Garrett Wilson caught 6-of-10 targets for 60 yards in the Jets’ Week 3 loss to the Bengals. Wilson was again the focal point of the Jets’ passing game as expected. His stat line probably would’ve been a tad better had he not left the game briefly after taking a shot to the ribs. Wilson will continue to be the top WR play in a Jets’ offense that will always be fighting to come from behind.
Woods, Robert (Ten)
Week 3: Robert Woods caught 4-of-9 targets for 85 yards in the Titans’ Week 3 victory over the Raiders. Woods did most of his damage in the first half, shaking free for multiple chunk gains down the sideline. His largest play came against tight coverage along the sideline, where he broke free from Roc Ya-Sin for a gain of 41 yards. Derrick Henry would punch the ball in two plays later to send the Titans up 14-3. Pass volume dried up in the second half for the entire offense, but the Raiders never threatened until late in the fourth quarter. Fantasy managers can rest easy seeing Woods more than double his yearly target total in Week 3. Woods could find more room over the intermediate areas of the field against the prevent defense of the Indianapolis Colts in Week 4.
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