Week 3 Fantasy Football Wide Receiver Rankings Puka Nacua already pushing WR1 status


Fantasy Football Week 3 WR Rankings: Puka Nacua Emerging as WR1 Contender

Before we get to the Week 3 rankings, then are my studies on some of the biggest questions facing the wide reciever position for Fantasy Football. And we have got ta start with 2023’s biggest rout star

How high should Puka Nacua be ranked?

The morning of my rankings process every week involves a rudimentary protrusions process – I start at the platoon position, using literal data and Vegas lines to project snap and scoring data, and also work down to the player position to try to determine what share of the pie each player is going to get, and also I acclimate from there. I say all that to note that, it would be really easy to project Nacua as a top- five wide receiver right now. The Rams have run the most plays in the NFL through two games, and they have dropped back to pass 98 times formerly, with Nacua earning a colossal 38 target share. Indeed hitting that down to a 30 target share on 37 pass attempts would niche Nacua in as myNo. 3 projected WR for Week 3 against the Bengals.

I have got him ranked 14th. Now, that is a massive jump from where Nacua started the season, obviously, but it’s a far cry from what he is fulfilled as theNo. 2 WR in Fantasy through two weeks. Nacua has shown the capability to win in the short areas of the field or down the field; he is winningvs. zone and man content; the Rams are indeed starting to telephone up some run plays for him, like they have done for Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods in the history. His launch looks licit, and I do suppose he could still be a WR2 indeed when Kupp is back; the Woods presentation sticks in my mind then.

I really feel like indeed WR14 might be too low for him right now. Matthew Stafford is locked in on him, and it’s led to major product for the novitiate wide receiver and I do not inescapably suppose it’s a strike. The only vacillation comes from the fact that we are still dealing with a really small sample size, and it’s just a little scary to rank a fifth-round novitiate over the likes of Devonta Smith,A.J. Brown, Deebo Samuel, and the rest after just two games.

The point is, you are starting him. Indeed in a league where I’veJa’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson, and Tee Higgins, I am starting Nacua this week, and I would be doing so indeed if Joe Burrow played. I might be ranking him too low, but I am not going to leave Nacua out of my lineup again.

What is over withJa’Marr Chase?

His quarterback has been bad. That is the only real explanation we need then, I suppose. Burrow missed nearly all of training camp and the preseason with a shin injury, and he just hasn’t looked right, especially on downfield throws, where Burrow is 0 for 12 on passes 15 or further yards past the line of conflict. Whether it’s because of rust or enterprises about his protection, but Burrow also has the fastest time to throw in the league, with69.7 of his throws released under2.5 seconds, the loftiest rate in the league.

Chase is not the deep- shots- only WR he was as a novitiate, as they did a good job mixing in further designed throws and short- area plays for him last season, but it’s not hard to see how Burrow’s struggles throwing deep have affected him. I suppose Burrow will be fine in the long run, but the bad news for Week 3 is, Burrow may not play after exacerbating that shin injury late Sunday. That means Jake Browning might start for the Bengals Monday against the Rams, and in doing so will be looking to complete his first NFL pass.

I am still ranking Chase as a WR1 for this week because he is too dangerous a playmaker to completely fade – suppose of how Garrett Wilson has rescued two else poor performances with unearthly individual sweats in two games with Zach Wilson. That does mean I’ve Chase ranked ahead of Nacua, though Nacua came out ahead in the protrusions. That is a vote of confidence in Chase, though one I am clearly cautious of – this offense could just be a disaster until Burrow is back to 100. There is real threat then with both Chase and Higgins.

How high should Nico Collins be ranked?

Collins is having an inconceivable launch to the season, with 13 catches for 226 yards and one score so far. He is served from the massive pass volume in Houston, but he is also fifth in the NFL in air yards so far on just 20 targets, and those 20 targets come out to a 22 target share, a enough solid mark for someone used primarily as a downfield option. I do not suppose he is a WR1 for Fantasy suddenly – the Texans presumably will not haveC.J. Stroud keep comprising 45- plus passes per game as a novitiate, after all – but he is surely moved into the WR3 discussion. The pace will decelerate down, and there will be some movables when Collins and Stroud inescapably struggle to hit on some of these downfield passes, but the operation is veritably strong in an offense that sure aesthetics like it will remain pass- heavy moving forward, and I have moved Collins into the WR2/ 3 range, with big daily downside. I love what we are seeing so far.

Will Jahan Dotson’s rout be?

I assumed this Washington offense was going to be enough concentrated, but that is not what we have seen. Through two games, nine different players have at least three targets from new QB Sam Howell. They’ve not concentrated as important as anticipated on Dotson or Terry McLaurin, and that is been a problem so far. And it might just be a problem for Dotson, who showed solid per- target effectiveness as a novitiate, but did not inescapably show the capability to earn targets at a high rate.

Among 88 wide receivers who ran at least 300 routes in 2022, Dotson’s16.2 targets per route run rate ranked just 61st; for comparison, McLaurin was at20.6, good for 34th. Obviously, it would be a bad idea to write off a youthful player so beforehand into his career, but what we are seeing so far is that Dotson hasn’t been suitable to earn targets at a high rate despite playing nearly every pass snap for the Commanders – 78 of 84 through two games – and that is is continuing a theme from his novitiate season. It’s not time to horrify, but I suppose some of the preseason talk that Dotson might leapfrog Terry McLaurin as Washington’s stylish wide receiver looks unseasonable.

Here are my full rankings for Week 3 at wide receiver for PPR leagues: 

  1. Justin Jefferson vs. LAC
  2. Tyreek Hill vs. DEN
  3. Stefon Diggs @WAS
  4. Amon-Ra St. Brown vs. ATL
  5. CeeDee Lamb @ARI
  6. Keenan Allen @MIN
  7. Calvin Ridley vs. HOU
  8. Jaylen Waddle vs. DEN
  9. A.J. Brown @TB
  10. Ja’Marr Chase vs. LAR
  11. Chris Olave @GB
  12. Devonta Smith @TB
  13. Deebo Samuel vs. NYG
  14. Puka Nacua @CIN
  15. DK Metcalf vs. CAR
  16. Tyler Lockett vs. CAR
  17. Mike Williams @MIN
  18. Brandon Aiyuk vs. NYG
  19. Amari Cooper vs. TEN
  20. Michael Pittman @BAL
  21. Jerry Jeudy @MIA
  22. Terry McLaurin vs. BUF
  23. DeAndre Hopkins @CLE
  24. Mike Evans vs. PHI
  25. Chris Godwin vs. PHI
  26. Tee Higgins vs. LAR
  27. Nico Collins @JAX
  28. Jordan Addison vs. LAC
  29. Michael Thomas @GB
  30. D.J. Moore @KC
  31. George Pickens @LV
  32. Garrett Wilson vs. NE
  33. Drake London @DET
  34. Marquise Brown vs. DAL
  35. Jahan Dotson vs. BUF
  36. Zay Flowers vs. IND
  37. Courtland Sutton @MIA
  38. Tutu Atwell @CIN
  39. Jaxon Smith-Njigba vs. CAR
  40. Kendrick Bourne @NYJ
  41. Zay Jones vs. HOU
  42. Christian Kirk vs. HOU
  43. JuJu Smith-Schuster @NYJ
  44. Gabe Davis @WAS
  45. Tank Dell @JAX
  46. KJ Osborn vs. LAC
  47. Elijah Moore vs. TEN
  48. Josh Reynolds vs. ATL
  49. Romeo Doubs vs. NO
  50. Robert Woods @JAX
  51. Van Jefferson @CIN
  52. Curtis Samuel vs. BUF
  53. Adam Thielen @SEA
  54. Treylon Burks @CLE
  55. Skyy Moore vs. CHI
  56. Rashid Shaheed @GB
  57. Josh Downs @BAL
  58. Parris Campbell @SF
  59. Darius Slayton @SF
  60. Allen Robinson @LV
  61. Donovan Peoples-Jones vs. TEN
  62. Jayden Reed vs. NO
  63. Kadarius Toney vs. CHI
  64. Terrace Marshall @SEA
  65. Calvin Austin @LV
  66. Jonathan Mingo @SEA
  67. Rashod Bateman vs. IND
  68. Darnell Mooney @KC
  69. Alec Pierce @BAL
  70. Rondale Moore vs. DAL
  71. Allen Lazard vs. NE
  72. Michael Wilson vs. DAL
  73. Marquez Valdes-Scantling vs. CHI
  74. Rashee Rice vs. CHI
  75. DeVante Parker @NYJ





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