2012 Fantasy Football WR Rankings – Week 3

Sep 18, 2012

With an exciting second week under our belts, here are the LestersLegends 2012 Week 3 fantasy football wide receiver rankings.
1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 
He hasn’t got in the end zone yet, but he has 205 yards in two games. Look for his scoring drought to end against Tennessee.
2. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
One of the games most dominating receiver should continue to shine against San Diego.
3. Victor Cruz, New York Giants
Both Nicks and Cruz got off last week, and I think it will be more of the same this week.
4. Miles Austin, Dallas Cowboys
He’s scored both weeks and is proving to be Romo’s favorite target once again..
5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers
He also has been held out of the end zone thus far. Getting his looks though and Rodgers should get to him soon, perhaps this week against Seattle.
6. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals
Washington has struggled to defend the pass. Green should put up a big game.
7. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings are committed to getting Percy the ball. Tough draw against San Fran, but he’s a major mismatch.
8. Andre Johnson, Houston Texans 
Slowed by the Jags as it was a running show. Should be needed more against Denver.
9. Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers  
The short week won’t help matters, but Smith is one of the toughest players in the league.
10. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos  
Has a tough match-up against Houston, but Peyton’s favorite weapon should be able to put up numbers.
11. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs 
Exploded last week and should have a chance to do so again against the Saints.
12. Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts 
Averaging 103.0 yards per game with one TD. Luck has brought him back.
13. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys 
He’s coming off a weak performance, but this is the type of game (Tampa Bay) where he could pay dividends.
14. Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons 
White will still get his fair share of targets and if they sleep on him, he’ll torch the Chargers.
15.  Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
What the heck happened last week. He’s too good not to bounce back.
16. Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers
The yardage isn’t there yet, but he’s scored in both weeks. He should produce against Oakland.
17. Wes Welker, New England Patriots 
Without Aaron Hernandez the Pats will have to rely on Welker again.
18. Brandon Lloyd, New England Patriots
The Patriots have a touch match-up, but Brady and Lloyd are bound to hook up sooner or later.
19. Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills
It could be a heavy dose of Spiller, but Johnson should be able to get his with Haden out.
20. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles 
Maclin is banged up so Jackson should be counted on more heavily against the Cardinals.
21. Malcom Floyd, San Diego Chargers
Has 175 yards so far. Rivers has full confidence in him and should lean on him against Atlanta.
22. Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins
Assuming he’s good to go this week, he should be productive against the Bengals.
23. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Sees a ton of targets and should continue to produce against Oakland.
24. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears
He had a dud last week, but the team should bounce back against the Rams.
25. Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Scored last week. Should continue to gel with Freeman against the Cowboys.
26. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints  
Has been banged up, but should be a decent option against the Chiefs.
27. Torrey Smith, Baltimore Ravens 
The Patriots have improved in pass defense, but the Ravens have improved their passing attack. Smith should be solid.
28. Eric Decker, Denver Broncos 
Peyton’s other top target makes a decent WR3 this week.
29. Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams
Target machine should have a busy day against the Bears.
30. Brandon LaFell, Carolina Panthers
He’s had two solid games and is playing well alongside Steve Smith. Nice option against the G-Men.
31. Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
With time to heal he should be ready to rock against the Seahawks.
32. Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers
Vikings struggle to stop the pass and Crabtree should have his way.
33. Andrew Hawkins, Cincinnati Bengals
Has 142 yards and a score in two games and a favorable match-up against Washington.
34. Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints
Slow week, but should bounce back against the Rams.
35. Santonio Holmes, New York Jets
Scored last week and makes a solid play against Miami.
36. Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens
Had a slow day last week, but should bounce back against the Patriots.
37. Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans
Off to a slow start, but he got in the end zone last week. Faces Detroit.
38. Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins
Not a glamour pick, but he has 161 yards in two games and should see some looks against the Jets.
39. Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears
Risky play given last week, but should be much better against the Rams.
40.  Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
His health concerns me, but if you’re looking for a home run at WR3, there many not be many better options.
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40 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. jones
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Thoughts on kenny britt? He’s too talented not to break out one of these weeks and seems worth the risk as a flex option.

  2. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    He will break out, but I’m hesitant to take that initial gamble.

  3. Grant
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    It hurts, but I will be benching Larry Fitzgerald until further notice. Danny Amendola will be starting in his place.

    Man, my team exploded over the weekend. My starting lineup for this week (12-team PPR):

    QB – Griffin
    RB – Richardson
    WR – Nicks
    WR – Amendola
    WR – Austin
    TE – Gronkowski
    Flex – Spiller
    K – Hartley
    DEF – Green Bay

    After Week 1, I was iffy. Now it looks like it’s going to be a fun season. :)

  4. Grant
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Do you have any early “buy-low” advice? I was thinking about offering Amendola for Welker, and the guy will take it because he lives by the moment. (Same guy also has Eric Decker, and zero RB depth behind Ray Rice.) But it’s worth stepping back and asking, given the questions surrounding Welker, do we really think he will outscore Amendola for the rest of the season? Sam Bradford seems to have emerged.

  5. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:35 am #

    Grant – Nice. I don’t blame you on Fitzy with that squad.

    That’s a difficult one. Hernandez’s injury looked good for Welker, but now they are bringing in Winslow, pending physical. I think I’d roll the dice given Welker’s past success.

  6. Cwell
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:36 am #

    should i drop colston for lafell. I already have Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Marshall and Steve Johnson at receiver.

  7. LestersLegends
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:54 am #

    I wouldn’t give up on Colston yet.

  8. caster
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Hey Lest, Just want to thank you for the advice you gave me last week. Looking down on everyone from the top is nice. I actually have a question, Would you drop the Seahawks RICE for Panthers LAFELL?

  9. Erik
    September 18th, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    What are your thoughts on trading Chris Johnson for Larry Fitz?

  10. GRO
    September 18th, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    10 team PPR. Need to improve my WR/Flex consistency. What do you think of the following deal:

    I give up Kevin Smith and Torrey Smith, I get Antonio Brown and Donald Brown. The last names are just a coincidence…

  11. Maxeron
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    Hey lest,
    Just wanted to pick your brain regarding my flex position. I have Brandon Lloyd and Michael Crabtree on my bench and Brandon LaFell on the waiver. Considering dropping Crabtree for LaFell and starting LaFell this week. Your thoughts?

  12. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    caster – i would probably make that move caster. rice always gets hurt.
    erik – i think it’s like swapping your PB&J for your friend’s PB&J. Obviously both have risk and upside. if you are strong at RB and want to upgrade WR I’d say go for it. He has had more meaningful seasons more recently.
    GRO – I would make that move. with leshoure coming back k. smith could see a decline.
    Max – both are solid options i’d maybe try to trade crabtree, but i wouldn’t have a problem with that move.

  13. jones
    September 19th, 2012 at 6:20 am #

    Thanks. Given what we know about britt, would you start britt or daryl richardson at the flex this week?

  14. tega
    September 19th, 2012 at 11:17 am #

    I have lloyd, lafell, maclin, garcon and jennings…which two are the best to start. Thanks

  15. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Lloyd and LaFell are the safest. since they are all banged up and he plays early, i’d probably go with lafell.

  16. Dave
    September 19th, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Hey Thanks for last week… another great week!

    I’m 100% playing Jordy Nelson… for WR2, think I should roll with Welker or Lloyd? Thanks again!

  17. Tyler
    September 19th, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Ive got jenngins on the bench now with colston bowe and Torrey smith starting but I just picked up lafell…my question is should I start lafell and sit either colston or smith? Or leave as is

  18. LestersLegends
    September 19th, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

    Dave – Nice. I have Welker and Lloyd slotted together. I think Welker is the safer play with Hernandez out. Lloyd could be big if he shakes deep and busts one. If not, Welker should have more yardage.
    Tyler – I’d leave smith in. the only reason i would consider lafell over jennings and colston is their injuries and the fact that lafell plays early so if you don’t use him he won’t be available. i’d think between jennings and colston you should be safe though.

  19. roy
    September 19th, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    my starting line up is
    rb- Maurice Jones-Drew
    rb- Donald Brown
    rb/wr – Willis McGahee
    wr – Victor Cruz
    wr – Antonio Brown
    te – Martellus Bennett
    flex – Brandon Lafell
    should I start Wes Welker, Eric Decker, or Jermichael Finley over any of the starters? And do you think there is a better pick up D than Lions playing against Ten?

  20. Brandon
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:04 pm #

    With Hakeem Nicks now out, what do you think with Andrew Hawkins as a wr3?

  21. Malcolm
    September 19th, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    my starting line up is
    QB- Peyton Manning
    WR- Hakeem Nicks
    WR- Randall Cobb
    RB- Michael Bush
    RB- Maurice Jones-Drew
    W/R- Ben Tate
    K- David Akers
    DEF- Baltimore

    Hakeem Nicks is out this week should i start Eric Decker or Torrey Smith ?

  22. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    I have them 27 and 28 with T. Smith a little higher. It’s a toss-up. Unless you get return points I’d use them both and bench Cobb.

  23. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    roy – i like the lions against TN and I’d go Welker over LaFell.
    Brandon – i think he’s a solid WR3, especially given your circumstance.

  24. Dave
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:33 am #


    You mentioned playing Welker/Lloyd together… I have Jordy Nelson, Welker, Lloyd and Amendola… should I still roll the pats combo or roll with something else? Welker hasn’t played well historically against the Ravens according to nfl.com.

  25. Chris
    September 20th, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    my starting line up is
    QB- Matt Ryan
    WR- Calvin Johnson
    WR- Danny Amendola
    RB- Kevin Smith
    RB- Alfred Morris
    W/R- Andre Brown
    K- Mason Crosby
    DEF- Eagles

    Bench options
    Eric Decker
    Kenny Britt
    Mikel Leshoure

    I have other waiver options, any thoughts on my RB situation?

  26. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Dave – I like both Pats, but if you wanted to plug amendola in there, i wouldn’t argue with that
    Chris – RB is a little scary for you. I may see about trading Ryan high and getting a quality QB and maybe a RB upgrade.

  27. Tony P
    September 20th, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    Need a little help with my week three line up

    QB- Flacco, Alex Smith
    WR- Brandon Marshall, Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lafell, Torrey Smith (Pick 2)
    RB- McFadden, Andre Brown, Peyton Hillis, Cedric Benson, Mikel LeShoure (Pick 2)
    TE- Gronk- Lock
    DEF- New England, Atlanta

    Would appreciate any kind of help…

  28. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    I like all of your WRs. Stevie and Marshall are my favorite, but I can understand if you are leerie on Marshall and want to plug in Smith or LaFell.

    At RB I like McFadden and Ced Benson. I”m not sure WIlson doesn’t get more run tonight than he did last week.

  29. Laura
    September 20th, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Here is my current lineup for the week:
    QB – Ben Roethlisberger
    RB – Trent Richardson, BenJarvus Green-Ellis
    RB/WR – Willis McGahee
    WR – Greg Jennings, Greg Little
    TE – Brent Celek
    D – Texans
    K – Bironas
    Bench – Carson Palmer, Chris Johnson, Ryan Williams, Hakeem Nicks, Pierre Garcon, Owen Daniels

    I am looking for a little help with week 3. I am hurting at WR with injuries. I though about picking up one of the Giants backups if they didn’t play on Thursday. My other thoughts were Andrew Hawkins or Aldrick Robinson if Garcon and Jennings aren’t available, our WRs are very picked over, and I’d probably drop Ryan Williams. I’m also debating my QB/TE starts.

    I appreciate any advice. Thanks!

  30. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    I think both garcon and jennings could be out. I’d grab hawkins for williams. I’d stick with Ben and Celek.

  31. JC
    September 20th, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    So in both my leagues my WR core is in shambles/hurt and I need help, who do I go with?!

    Nate Washington
    Jeremy Maclin
    Titus Young
    Denarius Moore

    Hakeem Nicks (out i here)
    Jeremy Maclin
    Nate Washington
    Greg Little
    Brian Hartline
    Kevin Wright
    Kevin Ogletree

  32. Isaac
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Having a hard time setting my flex, 12 team ppr:
    wr- green
    te- cook
    Flex- Martin, Amendola, Garcon, Morris thoughts? I should note I’m trying to make a package for a TE upgrade. Thanks!

  33. LestersLegends
    September 20th, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    JC -i don’t know what to do with your mess. dhb, titus, and moore. you’ll have to watch for game time decision. non-ppr harline, dhb, wright.

    Isaac – i’d go with morris though martin is close. i have them one notch apart so if you like martin, i can’t argue.

  34. Gary
    September 21st, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Hey Lester struggling with a few decisions on week 3.
    QB: Brady or Big Ben (ravens strong on D but can you drop tom!?)
    RB: Definitely playing Spiller. Other RBs are Green-Ellis, Matthews, D Murray & D Martin
    WR: Harvin, V Jackson, Welker & Amendola
    Flex: ??
    Which other RB would you play & which 2 WRs? Also would who would you put in the flex. Any help is appreciated, Thanks!

  35. James
    September 21st, 2012 at 5:12 am #

    HELP!!! Yo Lester I’m in week 3 hell just now. I started both newton & cruz lastnight, neither had a strong game. I need your help on some key decisions please.
    RB: Murray, Richardson, Mcgahee & Morris (2 picks)
    WR: S Johnson, An Brown, Bowe & Austin (2 picks)
    Flex: Out of the above who would you put here
    Any help would be great

  36. LestersLegends
    September 21st, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Gary – You have two good options at QB. I like Brady a little better, but if you think ben is a better option, he is a QB that is capable of putting up a big game.
    At RB you are stacked. I would play Murray and Martin, BJGE in the flex. At WR I’d play Percy and welker .
    James – Richardson and Murray and Morris in the flex. At WR I’d play Austin and Bowe.

  37. JC
    September 21st, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Ryan your opinion is always valued so thanks but I was actually gonna try and change it up on my non-ppr and go Washington, Little, Hartline. Then again what do I know lol. It looks like Maclin might get in also but I do know that is a huge risk, if you change your mind before Sunday or have more up to date advice on both my teams WR debacle I’d appreciate it.

    Also: If I try and trade Matt Ryan to improve this mess what should I be asking for in return?

  38. LestersLegends
    September 21st, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    JC – Sorry I couldn’t bring you clarity. I think that non-ppr could be as good as any combo you have. it’s a tough spot. I can’t trust maclin.

    As for Ryan, if you can get like Big Ben/Rivers/Flacco type and a decent WR that would be a no-brainer each week on your team that may work.

  39. JC
    September 21st, 2012 at 11:30 pm #


    Last minute question:

    ppr: titus over washington?

    non-ppr: dhb over little?


  40. LestersLegends
    September 22nd, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Little had a better game last week, but was skunked the week before. dhb has been more consistent, but hasn’t topped 45 yards.
    nate had a decent first game and was limited last game. still, he has just four catches in tow games. young’s been even worse. I suppose i’d go with nate.

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