The wide receiver position was not spared when it came to injuries from this past week. Courtland Sutton is going to miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Davante Adams likely dodged a hamstring injury as he will be ready to go in Week 3. Parris Campbell also dodged a major injury but he will miss out this week for sure and likely a few more weeks. This week features a lot of big-time passing offenses as Dallas faces off against Seattle. Kansas City also travels to Baltimore with Pat Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.
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|Week 3 Rank||Player||Opponent||Week 3 Projection|
|8||Odell Beckham Jr.||WAS||15.4|
Week 3 Studs
With two talented offenses squaring off, we should expect some fireworks from the Cowboys and Seahawks wide receivers. DK Metcalf might have jumped up a tier after the big game against Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots. Both him and Tyler Lockett had a tremendous game and it is easy when Russell Wilson is throwing the ball with nearly 90% accuracy. I like for them to have a strong week and both have chances to be top ten guys, however, they sit just outside. On the flip side of this game, I love Amari Cooper this week. Seattle’s defense has been exploitable so far and the shootout style games do help. CeeDee Lamb has seen more targets than Michael Gallup so far this season and his production has been stellar so far.
Allen Robinson is a name I love this week as he gets a Falcons offense that ranks bottom ten in fantasy points allowed to wide receivers despite allowing just one touchdown to a receiver. Robinson has been average in the fantasy department through two games and this has been a breakout game for many. Anthony Miller is also someone who receives a slight bump up. Atlanta’s wideouts have been on fire, but Calvin Ridley has stolen the show. Jones still ranks inside the top ten but I will monitor that hamstring injury. Ridley is likely going to be a top ten guy moving forward given the volume.
The Cleveland offense looked great on Thursday night and they will have a long week to get ready for Washington. The Washington Football team has a secondary worth targeting and I like the Browns offense to continue this momentum. Both OBJ and Jarvis Landry are solid plays. Terry McLaurin on the other side of this one is coming off a big Week 2 and is taking on a hindered Browns secondary.
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Houston’s wide receivers have been on and off the field with injuries through the first two weeks, yet neither seems in danger of missing serious time. This is a brutal matchup against the Steelers as the offensive line will likely not be able to give Deshaun Watson a ton of time to throw. In addition this is just a tough matchup against what has been a top three pass defense dating back to last season. On a week where there are not a ton of bad spots for wide receivers, you should be able to find some other options.
Carolina’s trio of wide receivers will take a dip down in the rankings this week. While this is generally an offense I like most weeks, the matchup against the Chargers is a tough one. They were able to limit the Chiefs and Bengals passing attacks and now will face the Panthers. While DJ Moore is still someone to start given he is a top five round guy, I question Robby Anderson and Curtis Samuel coming alive in this one.
While I’m not benching either of the Bills wide receivers, this is a tougher spot for them against a talented Rams secondary. This will be Josh Allen’s first real test of the season as this Bills offense has put up monster numbers. Los Angeles ranks inside the top ten in DVOA against the pass through the first two weeks and was eighth last season. Stefon Diggs and John Brown might have a tougher time than usual this week.
Week 3 Injury Corner
There is a lot going on in the injury corner as we head into Week 3. Courtland Sutton was the big news dropping today as he is done for the year. This is a blow to the Denver offense as is Drew Lock missing the next few weeks. KJ Hamler, Jerry Jeudy, and Noah Fant will all have to step up and will see a tick up in targets as well. Melvin Gordon could get involved more out of the backfield as well. Julio Jones and Davante Adams both have some minor hamstring issues and that is a slight concern as we saw Adams leave the game late and Jones did look a bit hindered. This is something to monitor over the week. The same goes for AJ Brown who missed last week. Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith have picked it up in his absence.
Parris Campbell is doubtful for Week 3 and likely will need a couple of weeks to recover. Luckily Campbell avoided an ACL tear but still has an injury they need to take care of. Sterling Shepard has battled injuries over the last few seasons and is dealing with turf toe. Shepard is listed as questionable and I would lean towards the doubtful side for this week. With a crowded offense, I would expect more for Darius Slayton, Evan Engram, and Golden Tate. Michael Thomas is a name we need to monitor again this week as it was expected he would be out for this week but was going to take it week-to-week. Thomas missed the game against Las Vegas and it was Tre’Quan Smith who stepped up in his absence with seven targets. Drew Brees did spread the ball around, but it was Alvin Kamara who led the team in targets.
Dirk Koetter said Julio Jones being held to two catches was affected by Dallas doubling him often. But he added, “I think there’s something to the hamstring bothering him more than he’s letting on.”
— Jason Butt (@JasonHButt) September 21, 2020
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