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Week 3 Fantasy Football: Top 15 Wide Receivers Based On Matchups

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Top 15 Fantasy Wideouts For Week 3

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Each week of the fantasy football season is more important than the last and this week is no different. So before setting your final fantasy football lineup, make sure to check out my top-15 wideouts based on matchups for Week 3.

Let’s take a quick look at all the Week 3 matchups around the NFL.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Kansas City Chiefs @ Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Green Bay Packers @ Cincinnati Bengals

St. Louis Rams @ Dallas Cowboys

San Diego Chargers @ Tennessee Titans

Cleveland Browns @ Minnesota Vikings

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New England Patriots

Arizona Cardinals @ New Orleans Saints

Detroit Lions @ Washington Redskins

New York Giants @ Carolina Panthers

Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens

Atlanta Falcons @ Miami Dolphins

Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets

Indianapolis Colts @ San Francisco 49ers

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Seattle Seahawks

Chicago Bears @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Monday, September 22, 2013

Oakland Raiders @ Denver Broncos

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15. Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints

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Marques Colston, New Orleans Saints – Colston has eclipsed 60 yards in both games this season, despite the team’s passing game still not clicking. QB Drew Brees obviously prefers to throw the ball to TE Jimmy Graham, but Colston is still valuable enough to be a low-end WR1.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Arizona Cardinals

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14. Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

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Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers – Cobb has hauled in 100 yards and a touchdown in each game this season. Cincinnati’s defense has been vulnerable to the underneath routes and fantasy owners can expect Cobb to once again have a big game.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Cincinnati Bengals

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13. Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers

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Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers – Boldin finished with 208 yards in his first game in San Fran, but he followed it up with a meager one reception for seven yards in Week 2. Last week, San Fran faced off against Seattle’s Legion of Boom secondary and no one on the offense performed well in the 29-3 thrashing. Look for Boldin to bounce back this Sunday afternoon in San Fran.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Indianapolis Colts

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12. Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs

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Dwayne Bowe, Kansas City Chiefs – With all the talk about how amazing Philadelphia’s offense has looked, apparently no one has noticed how bad their defense has looked. They are giving up 360.5 passing yards per game and are currently ranked 31st in the league. Bowe will have a field day on Thursday night and easily finish the game on the other side of 100 yards.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Philadelphia Eagles

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11. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

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Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals – Arizona’s offense has been surprisingly productive this year with QB Carson Palmer under center. Fitzgerald has already caught two touchdowns and seems ready to have a bounce back fantasy performance. Arizona will have to throw the ball around 45 times to keep up with New Orleans this week, which only means more balls for Fitz.

Week 3 Matchup: @ New Orleans Saints

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10. Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears

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Brandon Marshall, Chicago Bears – Marshall has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in both games this season and has also hauled in a touchdown in each contest. QB Jay Cutler is having a career season and will give Marshall plenty of targets this week against a struggling Pittsburgh team.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Pittsburgh Steelers

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9. Victor Cruz, New York Giants

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Victor Cruz, New York Giants – Cruz is quietly becoming one of the most dangerous wideouts in fantasy, as he has already hauled in 236 yards and three touchdowns. QB Eli Manning obviously isn’t afraid to throw the ball downfield, evident by his seven interceptions, and it makes Cruz a top-10 wideout week after week.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Carolina Panthers -

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8. Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys

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Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys – Bryant finally had a breakout game last week, as he hauled in 141 yards and a touchdown. This week he faces off against a very stout Rams’ secondary, but Bryant’s size is an obvious advantage for the wideout. Expect him to have another strong showing in Dallas this week.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. St. Louis Rams

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7. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles

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DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – Through two games in Chip Kelly’s high-octane offense, Jackson has racked up an insane 297 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Kansas City doesn’t have anyone that can run with Jackson, so expect another big game from #10 in Week 3.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

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6. Wes Welker, Denver Broncos

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Wes Welker, Denver Broncos – Welker has fit in perfectly in Denver’s precise passing game orchestrated by future Hall of Fame quarterback, Peyton Manning. Welker has already hauled in three touchdowns through eight quarters of football and it is scary to think about the receptions he could collect against Oakland’s secondary.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Oakland Raiders

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5. Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers

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Jordy Nelson, Green Bay Packers – Fantasy owners were stressed out about Nelson’s off-season knee procedure, but the wideout has been impossible to cover this year. He has amassed 196 yards and three touchdowns already and will continue his torrid pace versus Cincinnati this weekend.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Cincinnati Bengals

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4. Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos

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Demaryius Thomas, Denver Broncos – In his two games against Oakland last season, Thomas hauled in 186 yards. QB Peyton Manning loves to throw the ball to Thomas one-on-one and he has become his favorite red zone receiver. Denver’s offense should embarrass Oakland on Monday night and expect Thomas to have a big fantasy performance.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Oakland Raiders

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3. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

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Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons – Last weekend against the St. Louis Rams, Jones posted a career-high 182 yards on 11 receptions. Miami may be in the middle of the pack as far as pass defense goes, but they have yet to face a dominating wideout like Jones. Now add the fact that WR Roddy White is still recommending that you bench him, and Jones should once again have a 100-yard performance in Week 3.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Miami Dolphins

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2. A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals

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A.J. Green, Cincinnati Bengals – Green Bay has been gashed for 732 passing yards through the first two games of the season and the unit has given up six touchdowns. This is a dream matchup for Green and he should have no problem reaching the 120-yard plateau.

Week 3 Matchup: vs. Green Bay Packers

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1. Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

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Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions – Washington is currently the worst defense in all of football. They are 23rd in passing yards (310.5) and 32nd in rushing yards (201). Needless to say, it seems almost inevitable that Megatron should have a monster game against the lackluster Skins’ secondary.

Week 3 Matchup: @ Washington Redskins