Fantasy Football Week 3 Wide Receiver Preview: Waiver adds, projections, DFS plays and more


I never know exactly how far anyone is going to scroll in these articles, so before I say anything else; please go make sure Sterling Shepard is rostered in your Fantasy league. He’s still available in more than 40% of leagues and he should be started pretty much everywhere against the Falcons this week. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.

The story of the first two weeks of the season at wide receiver has been Cooper Kupp and Tyler Lockett. They’re first and second in Fantasy scoring through two weeks and I suppose that’s going to cause a lot of people to view them as sell-high candidates. I would be very careful with that.

For one thing, Kupp and Lockett were both values on Draft Day, who were being drafted well behind their normal finish over the past three seasons. I would hate for someone to now accept WR15 value for one of them just because they drafted them as WR22 and want to take a profit. WR15 is how they should have been valued in the first place!

Lockett, in particular, has been one of the best wide receivers in Fantasy since the start of 2019. Here’s all the proof you should need for that claim:

While Kupp had a disappointing touchdown season in 2020, he averaged 16.9 PPR Fantasy points per game in 2018 and 2019. And now he’s playing with the best quarterback he’s ever played with.

The bottom line is this: No, Lockett and Kupp will not keep this up for the entire season. Robert Woods and DK Metcalf will almost certainly have better times ahead as well. But unless someone is making you an offer treating them like a top-five receiver, you aren’t selling high. They are low-end No. 1 wide receivers and you should feel fortunate you were able to draft them as No. 2s or No. 3s. Don’t give that advantage away just to make a small profit..

Here is the rest of the Week 3 WR Preview:

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The following players are not being projected to play Week 3 at this time. Here’s what it means:

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Numbers to Know

  • 50% Brandin Cooks was targeted on nine of Davis Mills‘ 18 attempts in Week 1.
  • 309 — Air yards for Courtland Sutton through Week 2, the most in the NFL.
  • 22 — Targets on the season for Mike Williams, one more than teammate Keenan Allen.
  • 4.4 — Average depth of target for JuJu Smith-Schuster, incredibly that number has gone down from 2020.
  • 19% — Target share for K.J. Osborn. We’ve never seen the third option in Minnesota this involved in the Kirk Cousins era.
  • 41.2% — Catch rate for A.J. Brown so far this year. He’s been over 60% each of the past two seasons. Buy low.
  • 0Jakobi Meyers still has zero career touchdowns on 137 targets. 
  • 46.5 — The Raiders are averaging 46.5 pass attempts per game, the most in the NFL.

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Matchups that matter

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Waiver Wire Targets

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Heath’s Projections

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